• Join the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance, Auburn University and Calhoun County Extension for a workshop on rain gardens at the Cane Creek Community Center on McClellan. Rain gardens are planted depressions that use native plants and soil to slow and infiltrate stormwater. They help prevent erosion, water pollution and flooding and they recharge the groundwater.
The Rain Garden Certification Workshop is designed to give participants the tools to plan, design and install their own rain gardens while also learning the principles of watershed management and how to be a part of improving water quality in the community.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., course starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The workshop will include refreshments, lunch, resource notebook and exam for standard participants at $15. For those seeking Certification and Continuing Education Units, registration is $75.
For more information on the event, visit www.choccoloccocreekalliance.org or contact Christy Claes at 256-454-6347.
• The JSU art department’s 34th annual Mini-Works on Paper Exhibition opens with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Hammond Hall Gallery on the JSU campus. The juried exhibit features paper works of art with an image area no larger than a dollar bill.
The exhibit is judged by Mary Ann Sampson, a visual artist who makes letterpress and one-of-a-kind editions of handmade books at her studio in Ragland. Awards for the winning works range from $100-$300. The works will remain on exhibit at the gallery until May 30.
• Anniston Natural History Museum’s annual spring plant sale, featuring plants propagated from the Museum Gardens and from Master Gardeners will be held from noon-3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the museum.
Many different varieties of plants will be available for purchase. Plus, pick up a tree donated by Alabama Power Company — first-come, first-served.
• Quintard Mall’s Spring Market will feature a variety of vendors offering unique items from handmade jewelry and accessories, home décor, gifts, cosmetics and much more. Many vendors will have one-of-a-kind handmade items. Booths will be located throughout the mall from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. This could be a great opportunity to find that perfect Mother’s Day gift. For more information, visit ShopQuintardMall.com.
• The Jacksonville Farmers Market, located in the city’s Pocket Park behind Roma’s Restaurant features 15-25 vendors providing an variety of local, seasonal produce, as well as fresh-baked goods, canned goods, fresh homemade tamales, pesto, ice cream and healthy Kefir products, along with a large assortment of culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, plants and seedlings. The market has also added concrete art, yard décor, birdhouses, swings and more. The market accepts EBT and SFMNP vouchers and some of the vendors accept debit/credit. The market is open every Saturday from 7-11 a.m. through Nov. 23. A weekly Monday market opens June 3.
• The Noble Gallery’s new featured artist is Anniston painter and sculpter, Paulette Parks. See artworks by Parks inside Nunnally’s Custom Framing, beginning today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 256-237-5921.
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