The Choccolocco Heritage Society’s annual Octoberfest will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Choccolocco Community Center/Quad Cities Volunteer Fire Department, 220 Iron City Cutoff Road, Choccolocco. Local farmers produce, artists, crafters, music, food and more will be featured. Admission is free. Call 256-454-6347 or 256-236-2497 or 256-237-3219 or email email@example.com for more information.
A free kids workshop will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Home Depot in Oxford. There will be games, prizes, refreshments and a visit from local police, fire and rescue workers. Call Ashley Mitchell or Brandi Rose at 256-832-2279 for more information.
A free Lowe’s safety festival will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s, 4901 McClellan Blvd. There will be games and activities for all age groups. Local emergency agencies will be on site with educational information. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of food will go to purchase smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for the elderly in the community who may not be able to afford them. Call Shayne Pace at 256-499-9030, ext. 4800 for more information on this event.
A planning meeting for the Oxford High School class of 1973 reunion will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Library. Call 256-831-0802 or 256-283-6620 before noon for more information.
An AARP driver safety class, hosted by the Spring Street Recreation Center, will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday in Talladega. The Talladega chapter of AARP will co-sponsor and take registrations. The course is all classroom with no tests. Completion may qualify drivers age 55 or older for insurance discounts. The certificate is good for 3 years in Alabama. Drivers must retake the class to continue their discount. The fee is $14 and includes a workbook that participants keep. Receive a $2 discount by showing a current AARP membership at registration or at the beginning of the class. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Class is limited to 25. Call Nancy Lehe at 256-362-4174 to register. Call Jim Williams at 256-268-5286 or toll-free at 888-227-7669 for more information.
A “4 Life” health and wellness event will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullers Lane. Dr. Scott Whitaker, a naturopathic doctor, will lead the event. Call 205-440-3948 for more information.
The fourth annual “Bark in the Park” event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the duck pond at McClellan. The event will include dog contests, adoptable pet parade, vendors, food and a silent auction. All dogs are welcome.
The annual St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church annual OktoberFest will be 6-10 p.m. Oct. 19 at 308 Seventh St. N.E., Jacksonville. The event will feature authentic German foods and a special menu designed for the children. There will also be dancing, desserts, raffles and a silent auction. Call 256-435-3238 for more information.
An AARP driver safety class, hosted by Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lincoln Senior Center, (old school gym), 181 Magnolia St. S. in Lincoln. The course is all classroom with no tests. Completion may qualify drivers age 55 or older for insurance discounts. The certificate is good for 3 years in Alabama. Drivers must retake the class to continue their discount. The fee is $14 and includes a workbook that participants keep. Receive a $2 discount by showing a current AARP membership at registration or at the beginning of the class. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Class is limited to 25. Call 205-763-1006 to register. Call Jim Williams at 256-268-5286 or toll-free at 888-227-7669 for more information.
A benefit supper and singing will begin at 5 p.m. with singing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Choccolocco Community Church, 22 Nicholas Court, across from Pine Hill Country Club Golf Course, Choccolocco. The event is for Zachery Coffee, 2-year-old son of Lenn and Staci Coffee of Oxford, who has leukemia. Admission is free and open to the public. A love offering will be accepted for expenses related to his condition. Call 256-237-3405 or 256-310-7126 for more information.
The city of Piedmont and the Piedmont Community council’s annual old fashion country fair will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19. Call 256-239-6580 or 256-283-4943 for more information.
The General William H. Forney 468, United Daughters of the Confederacy of Anniston will present seven military service awards at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Jacksonville Public Library, 200 Pelham Road, Jacksonville. Benjamin Cole Tomlinson of Jacksonville will be one of the recipients. Everyone is invited to attend. Call 256-831-4016 for more information.
A “Touch of Jazz” health fair will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Talladega Regional Family Life Center, 405 Battle St. W., Talladega. Ebony Hall from ABC 33/40 is the special guest. The event is hosted by the Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind Senior Services and Comfort Care Hospice.
The fall fest 2013 will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at cane Creek Community Gardens. There will be games, hay rides, live animal demonstrations, cake walks, flower and quilt shows and more. Admission will be $1 per person or free if you are wearing a Halloween costume. Call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621 for more information.
Descendants of pioneer families of the Sikesville community of Clay County will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Mount Gilead Church, County Road. Anyone with family connections to the area are invited.
East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging (EARPDC) will host prescription drug plan enrollment assistance events at the following times and dates:
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 18, 21, 25 and 28; Nov. 1, 4, 8, 15, 18, 22, and 25; Dec. 2 and 6 at East Alabama Regional Planning and Development.
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 30 at Piedmont Manor Housing.
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 27 at Jacksonville Senior Center.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 5 at Anniston Senior Center at Fort McClellan.
Calhoun County elected officials will partner with EARPDC to help Medicare recipients compare prescription drug plans.
To help develop a plan comparison, Medicare recipients will need to bring their Medicare card, along with a complete list of the medications they are taking and the dosages.
People will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session will last about 40 minutes. There may be a wait time for assistance. Call 800-243-5463, ext. 150, with any questions.
Registration is now open for a bus tour March 27-April 1, 2014, to Washington, D.C., and April 28-May 2, 2014, for Savannah, Ga., Jekyll Island and Beaufort, S.C. Call Regina Talton at 256-492-8505 or 256-393-9055 to register or for more information.
Upcoming events at the Oxford Public Library include the following:
• Crocheting, 9:30 a.m., every Monday.
• Computer classes, 5 p.m., every Tuesday.
• Quilting, 10 a.m., every Wednesday.
• Knitting, 10 a.m.; kid time, 4 p.m., every Thursday.
• Story time, 10:30 a.m., every Friday.
The library fall festival will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 31. Play carnival games, win prizes and dance to Thriller. Call 256-835-6123 or visit www.oxfordpubliclibrary.weebly.com to confirm times/events or for more information.
Upcoming events at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include the following:
• Movie, noon, every Monday.
• Story time, 10 a.m., every Tuesday.
Call the library at 256-237-8501 or visit www.anniston.lib.al.us for a detailed calendar of events or for more information.