• Children’s story time, 10 a.m., every Tuesday.
• Free Zumba classes, 10 a.m., Thursday, also Feb. 21 and 28.
• Lego League, all day Saturday, children’s department. Use building blocks to create the project of the day or create your own masterpiece.
• Ballet basics, adult education class in partnership with Knox Concert Series focusing on attending a ballet, 2 p.m., Tuesday.
• Book signing with William Zinn, author of ‘In the Shadow of the Mountain,’ 2 p.m., Feb. 21.
• Make a craft day, all day, Feb. 27, children’s department.
• Calhoun County student art exhibit, all month, Ayers room.
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International family nights will be held 5:30-7 p.m. each Monday in February at the Hobson City Public Library, 610 Martin Luther King Drive. Students from the Jacksonville State University International House will present information, songs, stories and dances from their countries.
Visit Turkmenistan, Monday; France/Netherlands, Feb. 18; and Palestine and the Arab world, Feb. 25. (Countries are subject to change without notice.) Call 256-831-7069 for more information.
The theme for Black History Month 2013 is “At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality” at the Hobson City Public Library. Events begin at 2 p.m. A video and discussion of “The Fight for Freedom” featuring the Emancipation Proclamation will be held Saturday; “No Easy Walk” featuring the March on Washington, Feb. 23. A trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum will talk place Feb. 18. Call Donna Ross at 256-831-7069 for more information.
The 13th annual celebration of Black History month “Rooted in the past, growing toward the future” will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Jacksonville Community Center. The guest speaker will be retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Gilbert Taylor. Door prizes, food and entertainment will be featured. The event is free. Call 256-435-7611 or 256-435-3560 for more information.
The Gadsden State Community College student activities will hold auditions for the “Top Ten” talent show at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ayers Campus Computer Science Auditorium and Wednesday at the McClellan Center auditorium. Any Gadsden State student interested in participating may sign up for the auditions by calling Dr. Judy Hill at 256-549-8329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association meeting/social event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Anniston Star, 4305 McClellan Blvd., in the conference room. Chris Kehmeier, project manager for IMBA, is the guest speaker and will give an update on the Coldwater trails. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. Email Barry Nicholls at email@example.com for more information.
A free seminar on Society Security and your retirement will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at AOD Federal Credit Union, 12 Elm St., second floor meeting room, Oxford. The seminar is a no-cost, no-obligation event hosted by Mike Hindman, representative at AOD Financial Services. Space is limited. Call 256-241-8270 or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Valentine’s Day dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Classic on Noble. The Walls will be performing on the main floor at 6:30 p.m. Call 256-237-5388 or visit www.classiconnoble.com for more information
The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 99 annual spaghetti supper will be held 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Lozahatchee Masonic Lodge No. 97, 380 U.S. 278 Bypass, Piedmont.
The Thyroid, Head & Neck Cancer Foundation Valentine’s ball night-out event will be 6-11 p.m. Feb. 16 at Peerless Grille in the upstairs area, corner of Noble and 10th Streets. Must be 21 or older with I.D. Dress attire will be formal/casual. No gym shoes, jogging suites or T-shirts. This is the foundations first fundraising event for the year. Call 251-458-0649 or 256-225-2863 for more information.
Registration deadline is Feb. 22 for the Girl Scouts “aMAZE! Journey” and “Power Up!” programs to be held 6 p.m. March 1 to 11 a.m. March 2 at Camp Cottaquilla for girls in grades 6-8. The programs work together to help girls learn that doing nothing is not an option when it comes to bullying. Contact email@example.com for more information. Register online at girlscoutsnca.org/program-registration.
The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. at the McClellan Center conference room. The book of the month is Secrets of Mary Bowser, by Lois Levenn. Call 256-549-9352 or 8548 for more information.
Registration deadline is Feb. 23 for the 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. The “AWR 209 Dealing with the Media: A short course for rural first responders” will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9 at Calhoun County EMA, 507 Francis St. W, Jacksonville. Visit http://www.ruraltraining.org/training/delivery/18549 to register.
An AARP driver’s safety class will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Parker Memorial Baptist Church, 1205 Quintard Ave. Upon completion of the class you may qualify for up to a 10 percent discount on your auto insurance. Call 256-419-2120 or 256-294-2301 for registration or for more information.
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra concert/dance, 6:30 p.m., Oxford Civic Center, presented by the Oxford Arts Council, call 256-832-0000 for more information.
Calhoun County RSVP volunteers will provide free tax counseling and assistance through April 15 at the following locations and times:
• Anniston, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday, United Way Building, 1505 Wilmer Ave., suite B.
• Jacksonville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, Jacksonville Train Depot, 650 Mountain St., N.W.
• Oxford, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Oxford Public Library basement, 110 E. 6th St.
• Weaver, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Weaver City Hall, 406 Anniston St.
Taxpayers must bring the following items to have their tax returns prepared:
• Photo I.D.
• Social Security car for the taxpayer, their spouse and dependents, if applicable.
• Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
• Current year’s tax package if they received one.
• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers.
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
• A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns, if applicable.
• Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
• Other relevant information about income and expenses (total amount paid for day care, day care providers identifying number).
• To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
Free tax preparation is a service of the Calhoun County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
February is “Parent Visitation Month” and Anniston High School invites all parents to visit with teachers during this time. Call the school early, at 256-231-5010, to set up your conference.
The AOD Federal Credit Union’s scholarship fund will award 15 scholarships to high school graduating seniors who have been AOD Federal Credit Union members for at least one year. Application packets are available at www.aodfcu.com. The completed applications must be mailed no later than March 31 to AOD Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 608, Bynum, AL 36253.
Anniston High School class of 1988 is planning an alumni cruise for November. All AHS class of 1988 and other Anniston High School alumni interested should contact Tamara Reed Christopher at 256-310-7118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A spring tour to San Antonio, Texas is planned for April 28-May 4 leaving from Gadsden. The trip will include the Riverwalk District, Alamo, LBJ Ranch, Mexican market and more. Deadline to register is Feb. 21. Call Regina Talton at 256-492-8505 for more information.