Buster Miles Ford of Heflin is offering two college scholarships at $1,000 each to be awarded to local FFA members, one for Ranburne High School and one for Cleburne County High School, through the 2013-2014 Built Ford Tough-FFA Scholarship program. Applications must be completed online by Feb. 2 and signature page must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8. Visit www.ffa.org and take the required signature page to Buster Miles Ford for the dealer endorsement and official dealer code.
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. Monday. 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 Jacksonville Photo Club will meet 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacksonville Public Library in meeting rooms at back of building. The topic will include basic camera tools. Anyone interested in photography is welcome. Contact John Allen at AMSLTDJAGA@aol.com for more information.
The Calhoun County Birders will meet at 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library. Dr. Robert Carter will speak on bird migration research he is doing at Coleman Lake and Duggar Mountain. The program is open to the public. Call Linda Wakefield at 256-770-1434 for more information.
The deadline is Friday to register for sign language classes to be held 5:15-7:15 p.m. Jan. 21-March 11 (Tuesday night) at EH Gentry Facility, 1105 Fort Lashley Ave., Talladega. Contact Bianca Perez at 256-761-3492 or email email@example.com to register or for more information.
Sign up/audition, to join a full orchestra in Calhoun County, will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Harvest International Ministry, 707 Wilmer Ave. No experience necessary. The audition’s main purpose is to meet the director, concert pianist, Reinaldo Whyte. There will only be 32 spots available on a first come, first served basis. Walk-ins are welcome. Be sure to include the student’s name, grade and name of parent or guardian. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Visit Anniston Youth Orchestra on Facebook for more information.
A Watershed Academy will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 16-17 at Cane Creek Community Garden at Fort McClellan. The two-day workshop is sponsored by the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance, Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The academy is designed to be an all-inclusive package of courses, field classes and demonstrations which bring together the concepts of low impact development, smart watershed and streamside management, and water quality topics for municipal officials, concerned residents and landowners alike. Visit www.choccoloccocreekalliance.org/events or call 256-454-6347 or email email@example.com for more information.
Reservations are being accepted for a bus tour to Washington, D.C., March 27-April, 2014. Deadline to register is Jan. 21. Call 256-492-8505 or 256-393-9055 for more information.
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.