Calhoun and Cleburne County Head Start/Early Head Start centers are accepting applications. Head Start centers in Calhoun County are Norwood, Piedmont, Ayers, Constantine and Hobson City. Centers in Cleburne County are Heflin and Fruithurst. Children must be 3-years-old by Sept. 1. Call 256-237-8628 or 256-463-2243 for more information.
A Philippine disaster relief fund has been set up by Anniston Runner Club member, Raul Magadia, MD, for donations to be collected through Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Donations may be dropped off at the Animal Medical Center and Magadia will pick them up from there. Non-perishable goods will also be accepted. A tax deductible check made out to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Philippine Disaster Relief Fund noted at the bottom of the check will be accepted. Please drop off at the Animal Medical Center, 719 Quintard Ave., Anniston, AL 36201.
A pancake breakfast, hosted by the Anniston High School band, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Carver Community Center. The cost is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the door.
The second annual Webster’s Chapel Redneck Christmas parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with lineup at 9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by Webster’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Pastor donald Douthit. There will be a first, second and third place prize for the best decorated entry. No one will be turned away by showing up the day of the parade.
You may register your entry at https://www.facebook.com/redneckchristmasparade or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 256-435-3913.
The annual “Bring it on!” cheerleading competition will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oxford Civic Center in the gymnasium. The event is presented by E.C.F.S. partnered with J. Morgan Events. All squads are welcome. Visit www.empowercfs.com or www.jmorganevents.com for more information.
A Miss and Mr. Christmas pageant will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heflin Recreation Center. All proceeds will go to the Cleburne County HOSA (Health Occupation students of America). Call 256-463-2532 or 256-239-2886 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Weaver Christmas parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Weaver Elementary School and ending at Weaver Park. A chili contest will be held the same day. Contestants in the chili contest are asked to have their chili in a slow cooker and be ready at the park at 9:30 a.m. for judging. Christmas in the Park will be held after the parade. Christmas crafters are invited to participate. Contact Aletha Warren Young at 256-820-0854 for more information on any of these events.
A program of Christmas music will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1000 W. 18th St. The event is presented by the After School Fine Arts program of Cheaha Creative Arts, Inc. and the Cobb Elementary Mass choir. Call 256-237-4011 for more information.
The annual Christmas open house at the "Friendship House" will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, 1931 Donna Drive, Oxford. Call 256-831-4081 for more information.
Anniston author/speaker, Alice G. Duckett, will be the featured storyteller 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the “Night Before Christmas festival” in Guntersville. She will perform three programs of traditional holiday stories and original Christmas stories of childhood in the historic Gilbreath House.
Annual “Breakfast with Santa” will be 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Oxford High School cafeteria. The event is sponsored by the Oxford City Schools Education Foundation. Tickets are $10 per person and includes breakfast with Santa and other Christmas characters, holiday entertainment and each child will receive a book from Santa. Tickets may be purchased at Coldwater, DeArmanville or Oxford Elementary Schools. Call 256-454-1242 for more information.
An "Affordable Health Insurance" forum will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 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.
A Way Out day program, for young ladies ages 18-21, is held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Monday-Wednesday at Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1335 Pine Ave. The program director is Claudia Elston. Transportation will be provided and children are welcome. Call 205-405-4337 for more information.
"Women Loving Life", an AA group for women only, is held 5-6 p.m. every Wednesday at Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1335 Pine Ave. Call 205-405-4337 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.