The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Anniston. The event is sponsored by D.A.N.G.E.R. Squad M/C. Look for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.
A quilt show will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Leatherwood Baptist Church, 2709 Old Gadsden Highway. All donations go to Steel Magnolias Support Group for support and care of local cancer patients.
Calhoun County Birders will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Anniston Museum of Natural History at the tree house to the left of the main parking lot. A museum naturalist will present a program on birds. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to attend. Call Jim Wakefield at 256-770-1434 for more information.
The Golden Eagle holiday bazaar will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Jacksonville High School. Donuts with Cocky and JHS mascot, cupcakes with Santa and more will be featured. Call 256-689-0338 or visit www.HarvestQueenPageant.com for more information.
The Anniston 2012 Veterans Day parade will be 2 p.m. Sunday at 15th and Noble Street. Individuals, organizations, businesses and bands are encouraged to participate. Email CalhounVeterans@cableone.net to request an entry form. Call 256-435-1910 for more information.
Free AARP driver safety classes for active military members and veterans of any U.S. armed forces and their spouses, partners, widow(er)s and children will be held in November as part of AARP’s national program to recognize and thank military veterans for their service. The classes are as follows:
• Anniston: 9 a.m. Monday-Tuesday at Parker Memorial Church, 1205 Quintard Ave. Call 256-294-2301 to register.
• Talladega: 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Talladega Housing Authority, 155 Curry St. Call 256-223-2599 to register.
• Jacksonville: 9 a.m. Friday at Jacksonville Community Center, 501 Alexandria Road SW, No. A. Call 256-435-5091 to register.
• Oxford: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Oxford Public Library, 110 E. 6th St. Call 256-294-2301 to register.
• Lincoln: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, 255 Magnolia St. S. Call 205-763-1006 to register.
A dedication ceremony for the new veterans’ room will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at NHC Place, 1335 Greenbrier Road. Call 256-835-3959 for more information.
Publix Super Markets, Inc., job fair will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 280 Colonial Drive, Oxford.
“Tuesday Topics” will be held at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the McClellan Center, room 1229. The guest speaker is Sgt. Jon Garlick of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. The free seminar is hosted by Gadsden State Community College Counseling and Advising Center and the McClellan Center. Call 256-238-9348 or email email@example.com for more information.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Calhoun County kick-off celebration will be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1205 Quintard Ave. Call 205-623-7558 or 800-227-2345 or email Kristi.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration deadline is Thursday for the Girl Scouts Camp Cottaquilla old-fashioned holiday planned for 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 8 at the camp. Email email@example.com for more information.
A health fair, hosted by the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind senior services department and the Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center, will be 8 a.m.-noon Thursday at Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center, education building, 877 Cedar Bluff Road, Centre. Health screening, education, door prizes and more will be available. Call 256-761-3740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Anniston author and speaker Alice G. Duckett will present a program titled “The First Thanksgiving” to first graders at 1 p.m. Friday at Kitty Stone Elementary School, 115 College St., Jacksonville. Call 256-782-5191 for more information.
Payment deadline (cash only) is due by Friday for a Christmas lights day trip planned to depart at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 to Callaway Gardens. The event is sponsored by Oxford Parks and Recreation Department. Space is very limited. Call Pam at 256-831-2660 for more information.
The Alexandria Variosa Club bake sale will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Alexandria Variosa Club House, 2035 Alexandria-Wellington Road, next door to the Alexandria Community Center. Proceeds will be used for community events and programs.
The annual memorial service for the German Italian PW Cemetery will be at noon Nov. 18 at Fort McClellan. Representatives of the German and Italian governments are expected to attend. A reception will follow at the Monteith Amphitheatre at McClellan. The public is invited to attend. Call 256-235-3995 for more information.
“Cans for a Cause” will be held through Nov. 19 in the lobby of the AmStar Theater 14 at Quintard Mall, Oxford. The food drive benefits the Jacksonville Food Bank. Non-perishable and canned goods will be accepted.
“Tracks in the Snow: Wilderness Simile” by Anniston author Margit Suesser was recently published by Dorrance Publishing in Pennsylvania. There will be a book signing with Suesser at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Oxford Public Library. Email email@example.com or call 800-788-7654 for more information.
East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging will hold the following prescription drug plan enrollment assistance events:
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, also Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3; Friday, also Dec. 7 at East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29 at Jacksonville Senior Center.
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 30 at Piedmont Manor Housing.
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 5 at Anniston Senior Center at McClellan.
Calhoun County elected officials will partner with EARPDC to help Medicare recipients compare prescription drug plans.
To help develop a plan comparison, Medicare recipients will need to bring their Medicare card, along with a complete list of the medications they are taking and the dosages. Volunteers will guide them through the selection process and help them get information on the cost of each plan.
People interested in getting a plan comparison will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each counseling session will last about 40 minutes. There may be a wait time for assistance. Contact East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission at 800-243-5463, ext. 150, with any questions.
Events at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• Monday movies at noon.
• Lego League, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, in the children’s department. Come build a project out of Legos.
• Kids’ crafts day, all day Wednesday
• Prudence Hilburn will present a program on easy party foods for the holidays at 2 p.m. Nov. 27.
The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at the McClellan Center conference room. The book of the month is "Leonardo and the Last Supper" by Ross King. Call 256-549-9352 for more information.
Oxford Arts Council will present Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at First Baptist Church of Oxford. Tickets are $25 each. Call Theresa Haynes at 256-832-0000 for more information.
The Anniston High School class of 1988 is planning its 25-year reunion cruise for November 2013. All AHS class of 1988 alumni and other Anniston High School alumni interested in attending should contact Tamara Reed Christopher at 256-310-7118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A blanket drive for the homeless, sponsored by Dr. Shannon R. Thomas and team, is taking place now through Dec. 13 at 711-B E. 10th St. New or gently used blankets and sleeping bags will be accepted. Call 256-231-0077 for more information.