Community Capsule
• Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball Registration For: Boys and Girls ages 3-14 years old. Baseball Age Groups: 3-4 yr old Wee-Ball, 5-6 yr old T-ball, AA 7-8yr old, AAA 9-10 yr old, Ozone 11-12 yr old, Dixie Boys 13-14 yr old. Softball Age Groups: 8 under (7-8 yr olds), 10 under (9-10 yr olds), 12 under (11-12 yr olds) Age Control Dates: Baseball May 1 and Softball January 1. Registration Fee: Baseball/Softball $60.00 per child Tee ball/Wee ball $50.00 per child ($5 off each additional sibling in the same household). Dates: February 1st through February 21st. Times: Monday through Friday 8am-6pm, Saturdays 9:00-1:00. Location: Jacksonville Community Center, 501A Alexandria Rd. S.W. For further information check our website: or contact Ed Canady or Amber Russell @ 435-8115.

• The Jacksonville High School Junior High And Senior High Student Council are sponsoring Elite Night at Jacksonville High School. It is FEBRUARY 16TH. The theme this year is Mardi Gras. Junior High is 6 to 8 p.m. (7TH AND 8TH GRADE). Senior High is 8:30 – 11 p.m. ( 9TH, 10TH, 11TH, AND 12TH GRADE) at the school cafetorium.

• 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.

• NAMI Jacksonville will hold its monthly educational meeting at 6 PM, Tuesday night, Feb. 12th, 2013, in the community room behind K.L. Brown Funeral home and Crematory on Highway 204 in Jacksonville. Meetings are free and open to the public. Our educational program will be provided by Michael B. Autrey, Director of the Office of Consumer Relations, Alabama Department of Mental Health. He will be speaking to us about their Certified Peer Specialist Program.

• The Joy Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 on Thursday Feb. 7, in the MAC of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. The Program will be presented by quilters from Stitch ‘N Quilt. There will be a class after the meeting on Pineapple Block Construction. Everyone is invited to attend.

• 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

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.
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