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 is accepting calls from potential applicants. 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.
Sign up/audition, to join a full orchestra in Calhoun County, will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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. Thursday and Friday 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.
An AARP safe driving class will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Parker Memorial Baptist Church. Upon completion of the class you may qualify for a discount, up to 10 percent, on your auto insurance. The class is held in the classroom and there is no test at the end of the class. Call 256-294-2301 to register or 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.
Applications are being accepted for the TBN Holy Land Experience and spiritual retreat planned for April 10-13. Call Flo Hill at 256-831-7711; Zelma Kirkland at 256-403-6809 or Beverly Porter at 256-238-8822 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.