Community Calendar
• The annual Tree Give-Away on the Square will be held on Friday, Feb. 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m. Members of the Jacksonville Tree Commission, JSU landscaping department and the Garden Club will be there to answer your tree planting and tree care questions. A variety of ornamental and shade tree saplings are being provided by the Alabama Power Company and the Alabama Forestry Commission. Species include: crape myrtle, dogwood, American elm, Chickasaw plum, red maple, redbud, fringe tree (aka granddaddy greybeard), several oak species, Japanese maple, green ash, pond cypress, blackgum and bald cypress. Join us in planting trees for the next generations to enjoy!

• The Choccolocco Hertiage Society will meet at the Choccolocco Community Center, 220 Iron City Cut-off Road, on nTuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Call 256-236-2497 or 256-237-2136 or e-mail billcouch1@hotmail.com

• The Bluegrass Southern Gospel group “Once Blinded” will be in concert at Holley Springs Baptist Church, 2012 Choccolocco Road, across from Camp Lee on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 236-835-0518 or 256-435-9775 or e-mail billcouch1@hotmail.com

• New classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information and: Tuesday and Thursday: Senior water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

• The Gadsden Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is sponsoring an informative seminar entitled “Social, Mobile and Cloud Tools: The Way of Today’s Professional” Friday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon, at The Bevill Center located on the East Broad Campus of Gadsden State Community College. The featured presenter will be Donna Gilliland, president of MOSTraining, Inc. MOST is an acronym for Microsoft Office Solutions Training. Gilliland, an award-winning technology instructor, social media specialist, and certified technology writer provides tailored-to-fit productivity training for today’s professionals. Her technology teaching career spans over 18 years, and she holds certifications in Microsoft, IBM and CompTia. Course outline for the seminar includes Team Collaboration via MS-SkyDrive, the New Outlook.Com, Google Drive and Google+ for Business, Conducting Online Meetings via tablet or phone, Evernote—create online shareable notebooks, and Dropbox for online storage and sharing of files. Registration is required due to limited seating. The seminar fee is $35 for IAAP members and $40 for non-members. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 13. For more information about IAAP and to obtain a brochure contact Linda Hollingsworth, CAP at 256-549-8678/ lhollingsworth@gadsdenstate.edu

• 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: www.jacksonvillerecreation.com 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 FEB. 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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