A green bean drop will be held at 8 a.m. today at Grace Baptist Church, 2018 Hinton Drive, Oxford. The event is sponsored by Grace Baptist and Mountainview Churches. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m.-noon to bag the 20,000 pounds of green beans. Agency pickup time is 10 a.m.-noon. The beans are used to feed the hungry in north Alabama. All ages are welcome. If you are volunteering please bring a portable chair. All other supplies will be provided. Call 256-658-7555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The annual “Red Ribbon Kick-Off Ceremony,” sponsored by the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention, will be 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zinn Park. The guest speaker will be Michael Cuento, group supervisor of the Jefferson County Initiative of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Birmingham. The event is the kick-off for Red Ribbon Week, held nationwide Oct. 23-31, to promote drug prevention in schools and communities. Call 256-831-4436 for more information on this event.
A free heath and wellness seminar will be 2 p.m. Oct. 6 (and every Saturday for eight weeks) at the Anniston Seventh Day Adventist Church. The non-denominational program will cover topics from mental, emotional and spiritual, nutritional and physical well-being. There is a text book offered for $30 but it is not necessary for the program, but is a good resource for home-study. Contact Heather Williamson at 229-400-3918 or email email@example.com for more information.
Visit Anniston High School during October to be a part of Bridging the Gap: Building a healthy relationship between family and school. The event is part of “Alabama Statewide Parent Visitation” month. Fun activities, state and local education program information will be featured.
The Positive Christian Singles will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin’ in Oxford. Dennis Brooks will lead the program. This will be the last meeting for 2012. Call 256-820-3536 for more information.
A 40th anniversary celebration of “Speedy” Cannon will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Jacksonville Community Center, 501 Alexandria Road S.W., Jacksonville. Special speakers, music and visual presentations will be featured. Everyone is invited to attend.
New afternoon activities at the Oxford Senior Center, 424 Main St., Oxford, will include “Elder Exercise” at 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. The class will be beneficial for those with arthritis. A grieving spouse support group will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Call the center at 256-831-5900 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for more information.
The 2012 Alabama Treasure Forest Association conference will be Friday at the Gadsden State Community College arena in Centre. There will be a luncheon, banquet, sessions and a live auction. The association tour will be Oct. 6 at the Chattokee Lodge Treasure Forest in Cherokee County where you will see how timber and wildlife are managed for economic income. Call ATFA at 888-240-4694 or visit www.atfa.net to register or for more information.
The Weaver Heritage Day celebration will begin at 8 a.m. today at Elwell Park in Weaver. There will be contests, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and demonstrations featured. Call Aletha Young at 256-820-0854 or visit Weaver Heritage Day on Facebook for more information.
A walk-in flu clinic will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 17 at the Calhoun County Health Department community room. The cost is $15 each or Medicare, Blue Advantage and All Kids will be accepted. Call 256-240-6671 for more information.
The First Presbyterian Church and community fall festival fundraiser will begin with a yard sale at 7 a.m. and the festival at 8 a.m. Oct. 13 at 1701 Henry Road. A yard sale, games for children, music, bake sale, food and a German lunch will be featured. Call 256-237-5458 for more information.
NAMI Jacksonville offers a free 12-week program, Family to Family, for families and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday’s at First Presbyterian Church, 1701 Henry Road. Registration is required. Call 256-435-4236 for more information or to register.
The Animal Medical Center PetFest will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Zinn Park. There will be contests of best trick, costume parade and waggliest tail. There will also be an adoptable pet parade, pet art and a petting zoo. A rabies clinic will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $10 per vaccine. Proceeds will benefit participating rescue groups and shelters. Call 256-236-8387 or visit www.amcvets.com for more information.
Christmas registration for Christmas Clearing House, The Salvation Army and toys for Tots will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army fellowship hall at 15 W. 4th St. Bring photo I.D., proof of children’s age, proof of income and expenses or food stamp approval, clothing and shoe sizes for children age 10 and under. Call 256-236-5643 for more information.
The annual Florida Branch of the Second (Indianhead) Division Association reunion, for 2nd Infantry Division Veterans, will be Oct. 12-14 in Titusville, Fla., at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. Call 321-269-9100 to make reservations and let them know you are with the Second Division. Call Donald Calnan at 561-742-5379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A “Jazz it Up for Education” event, of live music, food and more, will be 6-11 p.m. Friday at the Public Education Foundation, 318, 326 E. 7th St. Proceeds are to benefit the foundation. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Road Masters of New Orleans, La., are featured guests. Tickets are available at the Public Education Foundation of Anniston, Golden Springs Pharmacy, First Educators Credit Union and the Chamber of Commerce. Call 256-237-0053 for more information.
A senior citizen trip to Ellijay, Ga., for the annual Apple Festival, will depart from Oxford Civic Center at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 20. The cost is $55 each and includes the motor coach bus transportation, admission to festival, visit to Apple Warehouse and a barbecue dinner. Payment is due in cash by Oct. 1. Seating is limited for this one-day trip. Call Pam Harris at the Oxford PARD at 256-831-2660 for more information or registration.
Kids First Childcare, 1710 Hillyer Robinson Industrial Parkway, is accepting applications for fall enrollment. Enroll during September and pay only half of registration fee. Call 256-831-8881 for more information.
Anniston author, Brenda Wilson, will hold a book signing of her newly published book of inspirational poems, Organic Restoration for Malnourished Souls, 2-6 p.m. today at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Visit www.wingsofaneaglebookstore.blogspot.com for more information.
The Emma Mitchell benefit concert will begin with a pre-jam at 3 p.m. and concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the old Munford High School football field. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for Emma. A silent auction, raffles, concessions, a kid’s zone and music will be featured. All profit and proceeds will go to Emma and her family. Visit www.facebook.com/teamegmitchell for more information.
September events at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• Monday movies at noon
• Story time at 10 a.m. Tuesdays
• Teen movie, 4 p.m., Tuesday
• Kid’s craft day, all day, Wednesday
Free classes for familiarization with the Hispanic culture and the Spanish language, sponsored by the Calhoun County Hispanic American Association, will be 9-11 a.m. today (Saturdays through March 31, 2013) at The Anniston Star, 4305 McClellan Blvd. All instructors are expected to attend. The first and third Saturday will focus on English to Spanish; second and fourth Saturday will focus on Spanish to English. Call Gladys Denizard at 256-225-0109 for more information.
Fall trips planned by Jane Flannigan will include a Chattanooga Riverboat cruise Oct. 13 and a visit to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 26-28. Register early by calling 256-665-5803.
A preschooler story-time program “Absolutely Apples” will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Jacksonville Public Library annex. Call 256-435-6332 for more information.