—The family Halloween program, “What Was That?” with The Noise Guy will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
—Teens and adults who enjoy reading books by Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Evanovich, as well as everyone else who likes scary stories, are invited to hear Susan Abel Sullivan’s “A One Hour, One Woman Show,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the library annex. Sullivan will give dramatic questions, have a question and answer period and present an original song, “Fried Zombie Dee-light.” She is the author of “The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama,” “Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories,” “Fried Zombie Dee-light,” “Ghoulish, Ghostly Tales” and the upcoming “The Weredog Whisperer,” published by World Weaver Press.
• Halloween at PARD:
—A flashlight candy hunt and carnival style games will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the soccer field. Lights will go out for the hunt at 8 p.m. The cost is $3 for ages 12 and younger. There is no cost for adults. Only children ages 12 and under are allowed to participate in the games and candy hunt.
For more information on any of these events call 435-8115.
• The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet Thursday, November 7 at 9.30 a.m. in the MAC
of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Every one is invited to attend.
• Jacksonville Health and Rehab’s Fall Festival will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• An evening of mystery and intrigue with Edgar Allan Poe, sponsored by the Center for the Arts, is scheduled for 6:30 on Oct. 29 at Foothills Theatre on Buckner Drive at McClellan. Tickets are $5 for students; $7 for adults. Hear live readings of some of Poe’s favorite classics followed by a screening of the classic film, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” starring Vincent Price. This will be the first show in the newly remodeled complex at Buckner Events Plaza.
• Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat on Nov. 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Mellissa at 256-452-3479
• The General John H. Forney UDC Chapter will meet at the Jacksonville Public Library on Saturday at 10 a.m.
• The Capt. Kyle Comfort Memorial 5K 4th Annual Walk/Run will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at McClellan Medical Mall. Registration information can be obtained at kylecomfortfoundation.org. There are reduced rates for groups. For more information call race director Joel Denney at 452-8699.
The Chief Ladiga Half Marathon: The Chief Ladiga Half Marathon (13.1 miles, from Piedmont to Jacksonville) will be at 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Pre-registration is $20 on or before Nov. 27 and $25 after Nov. 27. Registration fee is $18 for members of the Anniston Runners Club. Registration forms can be picked up at the community center or visit the center’s website at www.jacksonvillerecreation.com
• The Calhoun County Community Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Jacksonville High School band room.
• Free GED classes will be held from 8 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. in Room 173, Self Hall, Jacksonville State University. Call 256-782-5660 for more information.
• Bradford Health Services has free family support meetings from 5-6 Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings.
• Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-a-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks.
• The Jacksonville Farmers Market is open. Buy Fresh, Buy Local. The seasonal market draws in farmers, bakers, artisans and local producers of everything from honey and fresh vegetables to home canned goods, artisan breads, herbs, goat soap, kefir products and even home churned ice cream. Hours are from 7-11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23. The market is in the pocket park behind Roma’s on the square. VISA/MC/Debit/EBT and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Vouchers are accepted.
• Classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes at Pete Mathews Coliseum are at 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes and 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 689-2580 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill level of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Peerless Grill, 13 West 10th St., Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to attend. Call 236-8488 for more information.
• The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the public library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Bring samples of original writing to share. The group offers support, critique and information about writing and possible publishing venues. Call 256-499-2182 for more information.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon each Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 400 Chinabee Ave., just off the square. Call 847-0909.
• A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church behind McDonald’s. For more information, call Pearl Williams at 435-4881.
• The Friday Night Opry Show is presented from 6:30-9:30 Friday nights at the Golden Saw Music Hall in the Williams community. Call 435-4696.
• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program, meets every Friday night at First Baptist Church. Dinner is served at 5:30. Large group meetings with worship and praise bands and guest speakers begin at 6:30. Small share/support groups meet after that at 7:30 p.m., followed with cake and fellowship. Call 435-7263 or 225-2492.
• Jacksonville Fire Department is looking for information and items relating to the history of the department. If you have anything to share, call David Bell at 310-8961.