Community Capsule
• Join us for Knit “and Crochet” Night at Yarns by HPF every first and third Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at the shop. We are at 402 Pelham Rd. North by Subway.

• Annual Honduras Medical Mission Yard Sale sponsored by FBC Jacksonville will be Friday March 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday March 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 230 7th Street Northeast, Jacksonville. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off Monday February 25 through Thursday, February 28 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, please call FBC office at 256-435-7263.

• Jacksonville First United Methodist Church will have its Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sale will be held in the Activities Center of the church (located behind McDonald’s in Jacksonville).

• The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at the Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The program scheduled is a presentation about growing organic vegetables by Roxanna Sims and Dave Clark of Forever Sunrise Organics (farm) in Piedmont. Visitors are welcome.

• The annual Tree Give-Away on the Square will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 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!

• 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 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 for more information.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.
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