Community Capsule
• The Community Tree Planting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, from 10 a.m. to noon. We will meet at the Historic Eastwood School on Gardner Drive SE near the Vann St. SE crossing. Volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 19, the JSU Earth Club and gardening friends will plant spring flowering trees underneath the big pine grove. We have plenty of diggers, but still need waterers and a cheering section. Please come out and join us. For more info call Susan at 256-435-7136.

• Planning a prosperous future for Jacksonville will be the message of Mary Schell of the Alabama Historical Commission. Come hear her speak on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Train Depot on West Mountain Street. Ms. Schell will explain how a recognized Historic Commission can open up grant funding, allow access to planning resources and improve the local economy.

• The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in and around Jacksonville, Alabama to step into that role by delivering a free U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified media awareness course that provides valuable insight into helping to understand how the media works and how best to work with available media outlets. This six-hour instructor-led course, AWR 209 Dealing with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders, will be offered on March 9, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Calhoun County EMA, 507 Francis Street W, Jacksonville, AL, 36265, giving emergency responders the skills and knowledge they need to quickly adopt the role of a public information officer if and when needed and to communicate with the public through the news media. Participants will learn both in a classroom-lecture setting and through group activities. Many rural first responder organizations do not have a full- or part-time public information officer on staff, therefore, making this training a valuable asset in learning more about building media relationships and effective communication skills in disseminating information to the news media. Registration for this course is required. Registration deadline is February 23. To register for this course, visit www.ruraltraining.org/training/delivery/18549

• Volunteers from the Calhoun County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will prepare and electronically file FREE Federal and State Individual Income Tax Returns at the Jacksonville Train Deport, 650 Mountain Street NW, during the hours of 9 AM to 3 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 29 thru April 11.  These Volunteers are part of the IRS Volunteer Return Preparation Program (VRPP) and have all been trained, tested, and certified to prepare electronic returns by the IRS.  Please bring all pertinent tax information (including last year’s tax returns), Social Security cards and one photo identification of some sort.   

• Doris Haan has several trips planned for 2013. The first will be to Washington, D. C., March 21-26 to see the Cherry Blossom Festival and take several tours. The tour will depart from Gadsden. A trip to Savannah, Ga., and surrounding areas is set for May 6-10. Call Haan at 492-3465 to make reservations or for more information.

• Looking for a new way to get into shape? Want to get ready to run a 5K? Nationally certified running coach Lori Tippets will be leading an eight week course beginning Monday, Jan. 7 at the Jacksonville Community Center. The course will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. for about 45 minutes. There is no cost. Call Lori at 256-452-8334 for more information.

• 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 Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill level of photographers, meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 PM, at the Peerless Grill, 13 W 10th St. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join us. For more information call 256.236.8488.

 

• 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 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 9517k@jsu.edu

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.
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