Community Capsule
• Jacksonville’s 2012 Christmas Parade - Thursday, Nov. 29 - The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pelham Plaza and wind through the square and on to Jacksonville State University.

Participants can begin lining up as early as 4 p.m. Entrants must fill out and return an application to take part in this year’s parade.

Applications can be picked up at Edward’s Grocery located at 6726 Alabama 204. Contact Rita Edwards at 256-225-0816 with questions.

• Bridge Out Sunday, Sunday, November 18, food give-away, 10:30 a.m., Hampton Inn, 1001 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville. Produce, groceries, free food, canned goods, turkey to be given away after the service. The event is presented by The Bridge Christian Center. Call 205-568-4370 for more information.

• St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s 17th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall on the corner of Drayton and Church avenues. The meal is free and carryouts are available, No reservation is needed for eat-in or carryout. If you need transportation or delivery call St. Luke’s Church at 256-435-9271. If you reach our voice mail, please leave your phone number for verication. Call Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation and delivery are in Jacksonvillem only.

• The Choccolocco Heritage Society will meet at the Choccolocco Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. to plan its annual Christmas tree lighting and community-wide Christmas party. All members are urged to attend. For more information call 256-236-2497 or 256-237-2136 or e-mail

• Yarns by HPF invites you to join us at the shop for Knit (Crochet Too) Night every 1st and 3rd Thursday, from 5-7 at 402 Pelham Rd. N., in the Subway Shopping Center. Call 256-452-5206 if you have any questions.

• AARP Driver’s Safety Class for all veterans and their spouses, including all National Guard, reserves and Coast Guard, may qualify for up to a 10 percent discount on your auto insurance upon completion of the class which is good for three years. Class will be Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Senior Center. Call 256-294-2301 for more information and registration.

• The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Thursday. Nov. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chamber office. It is necessary that you make an appointment. For more information call 256-782-5271.

• Applications for Head Start are now being taken. Come visit a Head Start/Early Head Start Center in your community and talk with center coordinators or family advocates. For additional information in Calhoun and Cleburne counties call Gayle McClellan at 256-237-8628. Head Start Centers located in Calhoun County are Norwood, Piedmont, Ayers, Constantine and Hobson City. Children must be three years old by Sept. 1.

• First Baptist of Jacksonville is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land November 28-December 5, 2012. The total cost is $3,060 per person plus $153 for insurance. We will be experiencing where Jesus walked. If you are interested call First Baptist of Jacksonville 256-435-7263 and speak to Pastor Derek Staples or Bob and Eloise Crossley, Senior Adult Directors.

• JSU’s senior adult fitness will begin again the first of September. The classes and times are: Water Aerobics-Monday to Friday from 7:30-8:30 a.m., Floor Fitness- Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m., Yoga- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Aubrey Crossen is taking over the program. Fore more info, call 256-689-2580 or email

• Yoshukai Karate of Jacksonville offers classes at the Jacksonville Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information call 256-282-5425.

• Mom to Mom, a group for moms of all ages with children of all ages, meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday every month at EaglePoint Church, Jacksonville. Visit Supper and childcare provided.

• The Jacksonville affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, meets in Jacksonville, second Tuesday of the month. For additional information contact: 256-435-4236.

• The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Jacksonville Public Library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Please bring samples of your original writing to share. The group offers support, critique and information about writing and possible publishing venues. Call 256-782-2881 for more information.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon each Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 400 Chinabee Ave., just off the Square. Call 256-847-0909.

• A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church behind McDonald’s. For more information, call Pearl Williams at 256-435-4881.

• A senior dance for those 55 years and older will be at the Senior Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m. the second Friday night of each month, featuring music, fun, friends and food. The Fun Tyme Band will be there to provide the music. $5 per couple, $3 for single.

• The Friday Night Opry Show is presented from 6:30-9:30 Friday nights at the Golden Saw Music Hall in the Williams community. Call 256-435-4696.

• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program, meets every Friday night at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Dinner is served at 5:30. Large group meetings with worship and praise bands and guest speakers begin at 6:30. Small share/support groups meet after that at 7:30 p.m., followed with cake and fellowship. Call 256-435-7263 or 256-225-2492.

• Jacksonville Public Library is offering the public free photographs of some of the wedding couples and anniversary couples that were originally submitted to The Jacksonville News for publication. Photos represent the last four decades. Come by the library to view the photos on site and find a relative or friend. Call 256-435-6332.

• Ladies, come pray with us on the square in Jacksonville at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. We will be praying for our city, our churches and pastors, our schools and children, our officials and businesses. If you have questions, call Polly Angelette at 256-435-7016.

• The Calhoun County Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays in Room 327 Stone Center, Jacksonville State University, corner of Church Avenue and Eleventh Street. Visitors and new members are welcome. Call 256-782-8044, 256- 782-5604 or 256- 435-7491.

• Jacksonville Fire Department is looking for information and items relating to the history of the department. If you have anything to share, call David Bell at 256- 310-8961.

• The Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 200 Clinton S.E. Anyone needing accommodations is asked to contact librarian Barbara Rowell at 256-435-6332.
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