A Hymn Festival for Advent and Christmas led by Christmas Camerata chamber vocal ensemble will be held Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Clinton Street East.
The Camerata includes Heidi and David Dempsey, Carolyn and Grant Paris, Sue Ann Reinisch , Cecelia Talley, Kenneith Calvert, Rae Cauthen, Laura Cobbs, Landon and Rodney Shirey, Brandon Pisacrita and Wayne Dempsey. They will sing Christmas carols and hymns from the Presbyterian Hymnbook, accompanied by the pipe organ and instrumentalists Hannah Underhill (Glockenspiel), Daniel Dempsey (clarinet) and Sue Ann Reinisch, (Irish harp).
Organist Susie F. Dempsey has invited musical friends and family to form the Christmas Camerata who will lead congregational singing of many of the musical selections. The service is organized with scripture in telling the story of the birth of Christ from the Annunciation through Epiphany. The public is invited to attend and worship in celebration of the Nativity.
For more information contact Susie F. Dempsey at 256-435-9804.
• The Choccolocco Heritage Society of Choccolocco will hold its annual community-wide Christmas tree lighting and party today. White Plains High School band will perform at 5:30 p.m. followed by other music groups. A party will be held inside the local museum at the little white schoolhouse where snacks, cookies and other Christmas food and hot drinks will be served. It is rumored that Santa Claus will be on hand to greet the children from two to 92. For more information call 356-236-2497, 256-237-2136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 the library annex. Anyone needing accommodations is asked to contact librarian Barbara Rowell at 256-435-6332.
• 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.
• 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 email@example.com
• The Jacksonville affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, meets in Jacksonville, second Tuesday of the month. For additional information contact: 256-452-9676.
• 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 www.momtomomjacksonville.org. Supper and childcare provided.