Celebrate America, presented by Parker Memorial Baptist Church choir and orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Anniston High School.
The first annual yard beautification award contest is held now through July for the best well-groomed yards of Choccolocco area residents. The prizes will be presented at the annual October Fest held Oct. 12. The winners must be present at the festival to receive their prizes. The event is sponsored by the Choccolocco Heritage Society. Call Christy Claes at 256-454-6347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-236-2497 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Oxford Parks and Recreation Department is in need of certified aerobics, exercise or Zumba instructors for night classes. Call Pam Harris at 256-835-1292 or 256-831-2660 for more information.
The summer reading program is taking place at Hobson City Library. Daily activities at the library include:
• Mondays, Club H.C., 2 p.m.
• Tuesdays, Westing Game Book Club, 2 p.m.; Frindle Book Club, 2:30 p.m.; Old Yeller Book Club, 3 p.m.
• Wednesdays, Art Attack, 2 p.m.
• Thursdays, story time and craft, 2 p.m.
• Fridays, kids’ movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.
Parents should plan to attend with their children. Individual summer bridge activities are available for children attending the summer reading program. Call Donna at 256-831-7069 for more information.
Events at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County include:
• The summer reading program, through July 20.
• Tuesdays, story time, 10 a.m.
• Wednesdays, make and take Craft Day.
• Thursdays, kids’ movie, 2 p.m.
Extreme couponing will be held 2 p.m. July 16. Call 256-237-8501 for more information.
A Red Cross blood drive will be held 1:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Anytime Fireworks, 8806 U.S. 431, Alexandria. Free fireworks will be given to every donor. Call 256-847-3969 for more information.
Schedule of events for July 4 at Oxford Lake Park will include the following:
• 8 a.m., “around the lake ramble” for senior adults.
• 8:30 a.m., parade, registration at table in baseball parking lot.
• 9 a.m., parade, children dressed in patriotic costumes may walk or ride in non-motorized vehicles down McCullars Lane.
• 9:15 a.m., official opening ceremonies.
• 9:30 a.m., tricycle and bicycle races, bring your own bike or trike.
• 9:40 a.m., pet show, beside the swimming pool.
• 9:45 a.m., free carnival games and prizes for children inside gymnasium. (Games over at noon.)
• 10 a.m., caricature artist, free cartoon-like sketches inside gymnasium.
• 10:30 a.m., karate demonstrations in gym.
• 1 p.m., swim races at Oxford Lake swimming pool.
• 9 p.m., fireworks display.
Call 256-831-2660 for more information.
Casey Estates summer jamboree will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9 at McClellan off of Summerall Gate Road. Live music, food, fire safety, health information and more will be featured. Call 256-820-3008 for more information.
The deadline to register is July 10 for a grand west coast tour, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, planned for Sept. 16-27. Call Bob and Eloise Crossley, senior adult directors, at 256-435-7263 for more information.
The annual Fort McClellan Chapter of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Regimental Association meet/greet social event will begin with cocktails from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Anniston Army Depot’s Desoto Pastime Center. The deadline to order tickets is July 1. Call Mike Lanphere at 256-453-3553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A free food preservation class will be held 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Alabama Cooperative Extension Office, 1702 Noble St., suite 108. The canning of fruits and vegetables will be covered. Pressure-canning will be demonstrated. Call Patti West at 334-844-8090 for more information.
Asthma education for teachers, guardians and parents of elementary and junior high school students will be provided through Aug. 15 by the Pediatric Care Centers of Northeast Alabama Children’s Environmental Health Clinic. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control from a grant signed May 31 by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Asthma Coalition and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Children who reside in the city of Anniston will serve as the target population. Call 256-237-1184 for more information.
Trips with Doris Haan include Branson, Mo., Aug. 4-10, and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Oct. 2-5. Reservations are being accepted now. Call 256-492-3465 for more information.
Chris Hill, of Anniston and a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, is available to make presentations to civic and community organizations, school PTOs, interested parents or other individuals. Dogs for the Deaf, located in Oregon, is a non-profit organization that for 30 years has rescued dogs from animal shelters and trained them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges and needs. Call 256-835-6918 or email email@example.com for more information or to arrange for a presentation.
Gentiva Hospice is looking for new volunteers to serve in a variety of areas from administrative help to offering support to a hospice patient through visits or weekly phone calls. Volunteers are thoroughly trained and provided ongoing education. To learn more about volunteering with Gentiva Hospice or to inquire about hospice services, call Andrea Turner at 256-831-2964 or email Andrea.Reaves@gentiva.com.