A Polar Express Fun Day will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Buckner Event Plaza, 412 Buckner Drive in the Grand Hall. The event starts with a ride on the ‘Polar Express’ kiddie train, followed by a craft and snack time. Then a showing of the movie, The Polar Express, will be featured. Reservations are recommended. Boarding passes are $10 for children 12 and under. Call 256-403-6211 to make a reservation or more information.
An "Affordable Health Insurance" forum will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 1030 Parkwood Drive. The forum will be led by Debra Foster, a trained, certified application counselor. Call 256-237-6082 for more information.
All for Him: A Christian writers’ fellowship will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014, at First Baptist Church at McClellan, 851 Morton Road. Bring copies of your own work for the group to read or a piece by your favorite writer. Everyone is welcome. Call 256-847-0230 for more information.
The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 2, 2014, in the MAC of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Visitors are welcome.
Cheaha Creative Arts, Inc., will offer beginner’s ballet classes in January 2014. The instructor will be Leigh Ann Wilder. The program will be in an open group format for a one-hour class for two separate sessions twice per month. Call Rose Munford at 256-473-7707 to register or for more information.
American Red Cross volunteers of the Calhoun-Cleburne Chapter of Project SHARE winter season will begin accepting calls at 9 a.m. Jan. 6, 2014. The program is designed to give financial assistance to qualified individuals with their energy bills (electric, gas, butane or wood) once during the winter season (Jan. 1-June 30). The elderly, 62 and older, on low fixed incomes with no other source of funds and those disabled and receiving 100 percent disability are eligible for Project SHARE. The phone number for Project SHARE is 256-236-7146.
The Talladega Optimist Club invites students to compete in both essay and oratorical scholarship programs for academic year 2013-2014. Home schooled, as well as students in both public and private schools are encouraged to apply. Local contests offer cash prizes up to $100. Winners in the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi district contests receive scholarships up to $2,500.
The essay topic for 2013-2014 is “How Dreams Lead to Success.” Contestants compose an original essay with limited guidance from others, length 700-800 words. The deadline to receive essays with completed applications is Jan. 17, 2014. Late entries will not be accepted. Find the application and rules at http://www.optimist.org/Form/Essay_RULES_PAD-E_13-14.pdf. Students should not provide a copy of the birth certificate to enter the local contest. However, the local winner must provide a copy of the birth certificate to go forward to district-level competition.
The oratorical topic is “How My Passions Impact the World.” The time allotted will be not under four minutes or over five minutes. Visit http://www.optimist.org/Form/Oratorical_RULES_PAD-E_13-14.pdf. The oratorical contest will be held March 10, 2014 at 6 p.m. in Baynes Hall on the grounds of the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega. Call Dr. Jim Williams at 256-268-5286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.