Registration deadline is Saturday 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.
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 Palestine and the Arab world Monday. (Countries are subject to change without notice.) Call 256-831-7069 for more information.
Donations for the annual Honduras medical mission yard sale are being accepted 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday at First Baptist Church, 230 7th St. N.E., Jacksonville. The fundraiser yard sale is planned for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at the church. Call 256-435-7263 for more information.
An AARP driver’s safety class will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday 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.
The Oxford Arts Council presents the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra concert/dance at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Oxford Civic Center. The tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Oxford Civic Center, Noble banks, BB&T banks and Cheaha banks. Call 256-832-0000 for more information.
February activities at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• Children’s story time, 10 a.m., every Tuesday.
• Free Zumba classes, 10 a.m., Thursday.
• Make a craft day, all day, Wednesday, children’s department.
• Calhoun County student art exhibit, all month, Ayers room.
A free camellia workshop will be held 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Northeast Alabama Community Center in Etowah County. The workshop will be presented by Hayes Jackson, Alabama Cooperative Regional Extension agent. Call 256-237-1621 to pre-register or for more information.
An educational seminar, Let’s Talk Money: How to Use it and not lose it, will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Anniston City Meeting Center. The event is presented by West Anniston Foundation and State Farm Insurance and will be led by Katina Prince, State Farm Life & Banking specialist. Call 256-238-8476 or 256-835-7774 for more information.
Jacksonville State University will host its 13th annual Emerging Leaders’ Day Thursday. The event will give high school juniors from more than 120 schools in 16 counties in Alabama and Georgia the opportunity to hear from a nationally-recognized motivational speaker, participate in leadership activities, and speak with JSU student leaders about college life. Carl “Energizer” Olson is the motivational speaker for the event. Call 256-782-8294 or email Kayla McCay at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Annual rummage sale/silent auction will be 7 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2 at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church (behind McDonald’s in Jacksonville) in the Activities Center. Call 256-435-3907 or 256-239-6682 for more information.
The Boy Scouts American Values luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 6 at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Gene Stallings is the guest speaker. Honorees will be Dick Anderson, Juliette Doster and Maj. Gen. Gerald Watson. Contact Joe Serviss at 256-235-0849 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Children’s Ministry “children’s market consignment sale” will be held 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 6-8 and 8 a.m.-noon March 9 at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church, 109 Gayle Ave. S.W. The church is located behind McDonald’s in Jacksonville. The proceeds are invested in the community through a gift certificate program with area non-profit organizations. Call 256-239-6033 or visit www.jaxfumc.org/children for more information.
Senior Adult Day will be held at 8 a.m. March 11 at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford. There is no cost to attend. A free sack lunch will be provided. Entertainment will be provided by Rip Reagan and Gadsden State Community College band. Door prizes will be featured. The event is sponsored by Oxford Parks and Recreation and the Oxford Arts Council. Call 256-831-2660 for more information.
The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is accepting nominations Feb. 1-March 15 for outstanding young volunteers ages six to 18. Nominators must be 21 years or older. Kohl’s is honoring more than 2,300 youth, ages six to 18, who have made a positive impact on their communities with more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes; top winners receive $10,000 each. Visit www.kohlskids.com for more information.
The Cheaha Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is offering four scholarships totaling $6,000. Four of the scholarships are funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. Two scholarships for $2,000 each are designated for junior, senior or graduate level students in August 2013, attending Jacksonville State University. Two additional scholarships for $1,000 each are designated for students attending Gadsden State community College in August 2013.
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be women who are U.S. citizens and residents of Calhoun or Talladega County; have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale; and the field of study is not specified. Interested parties should send their name, telephone number and email address to Janice Howard, Scholarship Chairman, Cheaha Charter ABWA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-241-2807 for more information. Parties will then receive a login and password to the scholarship website. Application must be completed by March 31. The winner will be notified in May.
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.
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 Thursday. Call Regina Talton at 256-492-8505 for more information.