• Several local soldiers will be returning from deployement Monday, May 20 at approximatly 2 p.m. at the parade/soccar fields at Ft. McClellan. The returning local soliers are Jeff Haney, Randall Cannon, David “Jordan” Boswell and colton Harris. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
• The White Plains Alumni Association will have its annual reunion / award banquet at Harmony Baptist Church, Choccolocco, on Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m. Four $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to deserving graduates of White Plains’ Class of 013. Davine Miller, retired principal of White Plains High School, will be guest speaker. Reservation forms and dinner menu choices are in the association’s newsletter. For more information cakk 256-236-8780, 256-447-7563 and 256-435-5910.
• Trade Day and Farmers Market at Nances Creek Community Center on the first Saturday of each month through October. It starts at 7 a.m. There is no set up fee.
• A reminder that while the spring season is here and many landowners will be cleaning their property, any outdoor burning within the Piedmont City Limits requires a burn permit which can be obtained free of charge, provided that you meet the outside burning criteria, you can apply for a permit at the Fire Department at 312 N. Center Ave., If you have any questions concerning outdoor burning you can call the fire department at 256-447-3364.
• YOU’RE INVITED TO LUNCH & LEARN….A series of free gardening programs sponsored by Calhoun County Master Gardeners & Calhoun County Commission held the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan from noon-1pm ; bring your own lunch!
May 22 “Alabama the Beautiful”: Lisa Harris, Scenic Alabama
June 26 “A Simple Water Feature for the Garden”: Hayes Jackson, ACES
July 24 “Herb Gardening”: Dani Carroll, ACES
August 28 “Getting to Know the Talladega National Forest: Part 2”: Jonathan Stober, District Biologist
September 25 “Gardening for Dry Places”: Hayes Jackson, ACES
Speakers & topics subject to change. Contact the Extension Office to confirm. 256 237 1621
• Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Oregon, is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert it’s owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic child out of traffic, bodies of water, and other dangerous situations. Chris Hill, a resident of Anniston and a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, has a DVD presentation he will give to civic and community organizations or individuals. Contact Chris at (256) 835-6918
• The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill levels of photographers, meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 PM, in the Noble Building, Suite 100. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join us. For more information 256.236.8488.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.
• Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 21 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 P.M. at 114 N. Center Ave. downtown Piedmont, to discuss the latest Veteran’s issues and benefits. If you are a service-connected disabled vet or you think you may have a military service related condition, the DAV may be able to help you. Help Workshops are also available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. Veterans are urged to attend for possible compensation and benefits unknown.
• Anyone with knowledge about German and Italian POW’s and their artifacts at Fort McClellan during the time period 1943-1946 please contact Klaus Duncan at 256-782-2991.
• Crossplains Church of Piedmont, in partnership with the Piedmont Benevolence Center, invites kids ages 5 and up to the church every Wednesday to get F.I.T. (food, interaction, teaching) Every Wednesday night from 6-7:30 p.m. Supper, Devotion and Games. Anyone needing transportation contact 256-447-2721. Someone will return calls regarding pickup times.
• 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.