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The purpose of “The Anniston Progress” city newsletter is to foster clear, concise, and open communication between the City of Anniston and its citizens. This free quarterly newsletter is here to serve as a resource guide for all Annistonians, allowing them to connect directly to their city at no cost to them. Here you will find important city updates, contact information, and a community calendar that brick-by-brick builds a stronger bridge of communication—for all of Anniston. A community is nothing without the engagement of its citizens, and as the City of Anniston continues to grow in a new direction it is my hope that you will be right there with us. Enjoy The Progress.

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    A Q U A R T E R L Y C I T Y N E W S L E T T E R W I N T E R 2 0 1 5

    Inside this Issue

    Despite chilly temperatures, warm hearts will prevail. Its the time of year when families come together by the fireside at home, or by traveling to see each another many miles away. It is a time when many Annistonians sacrifice the cozy comforts of home and brave the cold to volunteer and serve the homeless and less fortunate in our area. Our trees will shed their leaves, letting dead things go in preparation for what is to come in the New Year. As this year comes to a close and we begin anew in 2016, let us always be reminded of how far as a city we have come and how much further we still have to go.

    The Magic of Christmas The Anniston/Calhoun County Community Christmas Parade

    The Magic of Christmas will serve as the theme of this years Anniston/Calhoun County Community Christmas Parade that will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 on Noble Street in historic down-town Anniston.

    Its not just a parade anymore, its a whole experience, said parade organizer Larry May.

    Its not going to be just one persons idea of Christmas. Christmas at my house is not the same as Christmas at someone elses house. Everyone is going to bring their own flavor this year. So theres more cooperation, and theres more involvement.

    May hopes that this years parade will be more inclusive and diverse, and represent not only all of Anniston, but all of Calhoun County as well.

    This year the parade is more inclusive, May said. We aimed for an Anniston/Calhoun County Community parade; its not just the Anniston parade anymore, its an experience where different churches from different parts of the county can come, different schools can come, different civic groups.

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  • The Anniston PROGRESS 2 The Anniston PROGRESS 3A Letter from WARD 4 Councilwoman MILLIE HARRIS

    Its my pleasure to give the citys Year-End Review, but it seems like it should be called a 40-Year-End Review because thats how long folks have been talking about the need for an additional north-south artery. The Eastern Bypass is finally nearing completion, giving Anniston a long-awaited Christmas present.

    Our beloved city has been blessed with many other gifts, as well.

    IACs recent expansion created 359 jobs at McClellan where that areas local retirement community is also growing with the addition of assisted and independent-living facil-ities near Buckner Circle. Long-va-cant starships are now being used to train agents for various federal agencies and Pappy Dunn Boulevard is almost finished.

    Meanwhile, in downtown Anniston, the establishment of a new Main Street Board, under the auspices of the city, as well as the appointment of a Development Authority, will help make downtown an exciting destination. While Main Street continues to offer events to draw more traffic, such as this years Christmas Village, the Authority will recruit investors to convert historic buildings into lofts, unique shops, restaurants, and businesses.

    And then theres the Main Street Art Project, conceived by local art-ists. Their first events were two Pop-Up Art Shows on the corner of 10th and Noble streets. How exciting that previously empty storefronts are now lively art displays with more projects planned!

    On Quintard Avenue, the Finial (formerly The Victoria) is sched-uled to open in February as a desti-

    nation mini-resort in our city center.The Anniston Police Depart-

    ments Citizens Advisory Council is bridging the gap between the community and police, holding neighborhood meetings, building relationships and improving com-munication.

    The David Satcher Wellness Park on West 14th Street was dedicated in June. Aptly named for an Anniston native, and former U.S. Surgeon General, the park is sure to improve the health of our area residents.

    Waging a war on blight, Anniston Housing Authority gained approval to demolish and redevelop Cooper Homes. And speaking of redevel-opment, the rejuvenated Golden Springs Shopping Center will lead the way for more retail development along that thoroughfare.

    To further our Bike City, USA vision, bike lane construction should by underway by spring. The city is working with ALDOT for acquisi-tion of the right-of-way for Chief Ladiga Trail and McClellans spur plans are being finalized. In addi-tion, 45 miles of trails are complete at Coldwater Mountain, attracting tourists from near and far.

    I wish all peace, joy and prosperity for 2016!

    Millie HarrisCouncilwoman, Ward [email protected](256) 231-7692

    ANNISTON CITY COUNCIL

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  • The Anniston PROGRESS 4 The Anniston PROGRESS 5Together Larry May and Robert

    Jackson have been responsible for organizing a series of annual con-certs named the Model City Music Festival held in historic downtown Annistons Zinn Park.

    May said this years parade will have more of an entertainment aspect to it that he and Robert Jackson have brought to the concerts.

    And just as each Model City Music Festival has incorporated different musicians and genres, this Christ-mas parade aims to be a place where everybody gets to have their idea of Christmas represented.

    Organizers encourage parade at-tendees to arrive at Noble Street early by spending time at Santas Holiday Village on 10th and Noble streets, prior to the parade start time of 3 p.m.

    Get there for Santas Holiday Village as a warm-up and wind-down for the parade, May said.Get down-town early and watch the parade, eat and shop downtown, walk around downtown.

    A prime viewing spot would be on 10th Street, where a large star will be painted in the street and parade announcers and commentators will assemble to host the parade.

    Want to be a part of the Christmas parade? Its not too late. Visit www.annistonal.gov to download a regis-tration packet, or pick one up at your local city community center, or at Anniston City Hall located at 1128 Gurnee Avenue.

    For more information about the Anniston/Calhoun County Commu-nity Christmas Parade contact Larry May at (256) 237-0760.

    Santas Holiday VillageMain Street Anniston is rolling

    out the red carpet (and red suit) for Annistons first-ever Santas Holiday Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat-urday, Dec. 12 on the corner of 10th and Noble streets. The Village will include live entertainment, a Holiday Caf, childrens crafts, local artists, storybook reading, vendors from downtown Anniston, vendors from around Calhoun County, a visit from

    Santa Claus, and much more holiday fun for the entire family! This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to donate a non-per-ishable food item for Santa and his elves to hand-deliver to local food banks.

    For more information about Santas Holiday Village, contact Main Street Anniston at (256) 236-0996.

    Milk & Cookies with SantaAnnistons Parks & Recreation

    Department is partnering the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County for Milk & Cookies with Santa on Monday Dec. 7. Bring the kids and enjoy stories with Santa along with tasty cookies, refreshing milk, and a fun Christmas craft with Santas helpers! The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Ayers Room Auditorium of the Anniston Main Library, located at 108 E. 10th Street. This event is free to the public. For more information, contact the Library at (256) 237-8501.

    Christmas with CASTThe Community Actors Studio

    Theatre (CAST) presents two special Christmas productions this season. Check the adjoining schedule for a list of dates and times. For tickets, visit www.castalabama.com, or contact CAST at (256) 820-2278 or [email protected]

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (CAST Kidz)

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman who engage in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday schools Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a noncon-ventional fashion.

    The book was adapted by Robinson

    into a play which was first performed on November 26, 1982 by the Seattle Childrens Theatre.

    Every Christmas Story Ever ToldInstead of performing Charles

    Dickens beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!

    Knox Concert Series:The Nutcracker

    The Knox Concert Series and Wells Fargo will present the 34th annual performance of this magical holiday tradition on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. George Balanchines The Nutcracker is performed by The Alabama Ballet, one of only seven companies in the world granted the right to perform this holiday classic

    by the Balanchine Trust. Make the magic last a little longer for your child immediately following the ballet with a Sugar Plum Magic Moment. This experience includes an on-stage tour, meet-and-greet with The Nutcracker cast, snow fall experience, photo with a cast member and a souvenir. Sugar Plum Magic Moment tickets are limited. Contact Betsy Davis at (256) 452-1297 or at [email protected] for more information. General admission tickets for The Nutcracker are available online at www.knox-concertseries.org, or by visiting the following locations: The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Couchs, Heritage Hall Museum-Tal-ladega, Noble Bank-Anniston/Ox-ford, Jacksonville Farmers & Mer-chants Bank, Rabbit Hutch, Regions Bank-Anniston, Tyson Fine Wines & Things, and Garfrericks Cafe. Reserved seating is available by phone purchase only. Call (256) 832-4554 for more information.

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  • The Anniston PROGRESS 6 The Anniston PROGRESS 7CITY DEPARTMENTSBRIAN JOHNSON, City Manager(256) [email protected]

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    A SITDOWN WITH THE MAYORS YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCILThe inaugural class of Mayor Vaughn Stewarts Youth Advisory Council sat down on a Sunday afternoon in the lobby of RMCs Tyler Center to discuss the future of Anniston and their place in it.

    Were the next generation, so our opinion should be enforced because we might be the next upcoming city council, said Jarece Tillery, an 11th grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

    Students had varying answers on what motivated them to join the Youth Advisory Council.

    I think its important for the Citys youth to be involved and know whats going on, said Olivia Simmons, a 12th grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

    I think for me personally as a homeschooler its important because we get left out of a lot of stuff that public schools are looking for, said Kailee Peterson, a 12th grade

    homeschooled student. The Youth Advisory Council

    is an advisory group composed of homeschooled students and high school students from Anniston High School, The Donoho School, Faith Christian School, and Sacred Heart Catholic School.

    The mission of this youth council is to promote civic engagement among youth by offering them real-world experiences with elected and civic leaders.

    Its good for us to bring new ideas because a lot of the older councils had the same old infrastructure, and its helpful for us to bring fresher ideas in, said Alysse Lalonde from The Donoho School.

    Just having young folks being able to voice their opinions is important because a lot of the stuff that the council is going to pass will be affecting us, said Jacob Kaplan, also from The Donoho School.

    Sacred Heart 12th grader Justine Magadia said that she hopes being a part of the Youth Advisory Council will help everyone be good role

    models for other students at their respective schools.

    She also said that it was important to represent them well, to be a good example, and to inspire other young people their ages to get involved.

    Students said that there are few things that Anniston is getting right, including: helping the homeless and less fortunate, establishing a culinary arts program at Anniston High School, promoting the areas natural resources and natural beauty through eco-tourism, Regional Medical Center serving as a medical hub for the area, the rich history of Annistons downtown historic district, and the biking and street festival events hosted there.

    This Youth Advisory Council has an opportunity to develop leadership skills while making a mark on their community, said Mayor Vaughn Stewart. This new body ensures that our youth are at the table when decisions affecting their future are made, embodying the citys motto of One City, One Vision.

    Mayor Vaughn Stewart speaks to the inaugural class of the Youth Advisory Council at Regional Medical Centers Tyler Center.

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    Tis the season for giving! The holiday season is widely known for being the most charitable time of the year. And for many area non-profit organizations, a giving spirit makes all the difference when it comes to investing in those who need it the most. The United Way of East Central Alabama and the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama are two local entities that have formed partnerships with local agencies to better serve our communities. Please be encouraged to be a part of this giving season by supporting charitable organizations in the area that do so much for so many. The United Way of East Central Alabama

    The United Way serves the citizens of Anniston and Calhoun County through a number of programs including: Success by 6, The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). Additionally, the United Way uses donations to provide support to local agencies like the Soup Bowl, Interfaith Ministries, The Learning Tree, and Com-munity Enabler Developer. City of Annis-ton employees pitched in to raise $5,642 in support of the United Way of East Central Alabamas campaign this year.

    We have a motto that we use quite often at United Way: Reach out a hand to one, and influence the condition of all. This is what we strive to do every day. said Shannon Jenkins, executive director of the United Way of East Central Alabama.

    As individuals, we may not feel like we have very much to offer our neighbors when we see that theyre in need. But, to give away even just a little of what we have been blessed with can truly make a difference in the life of the person right beside us.

    When we all give, whether it be great or small, and then combine our gifts together for the purpose of improving the condition of our fellow man, we can have a great impact. United Way has touched

    the lives of 1 in 3 residents right here in Calhoun County over the last year. Wom-en fleeing domestic violence can find safe shelter and security through 2nd Chance, the Anniston Soup Bowl is feeding and taking care of the hungry every day, and over 32,000 free high-quality books are being delivered to the homes of Annistons youngest residents each year. If you have given to United Way, then its YOU that makes all of this work possible!

    We are grateful to live and work in a community filled with amazing people. In this giving season, let us take this opportu-nity to simple say THANK YOU. You are the heartbeat of our community, and we could not accomplish what we do without you!

    For more information about the United Way of East Central Alabama, call (256) 236-8229, email [email protected], or visit http://www.uweca.org/.

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    Its the holidays and a time for giving, receiving and reflecting! If you are looking for a unique gift this year, consider a gift that is long-lasting and impactful. The Community Foundation is home to many endowment funds which support the work of many local organizations in our community benefiting human service needs, education, arts & culture, animals, religious organizations and more. Endowment funds create a permanent source of income for many of these organizations. A gift in memory or honor of someone may be just the gift you are looking for. The Foundation staff will design a personalized holiday note to announce your gift and return it to you or mail it for you. Call Susan Williamson at (256) 231-5160 or visit the Foundation online at www.yourcommunityfoundation.org. Give online, mail your gift, or drop it off at our office, located at 1130 Quintard Avenue, Suite 100.

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    FREEDOM RIDERS PARK

    On May 14, 1961 a Greyhound Bus left Atlanta, Ga. carrying among its passengers seven members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), also known as the Freedom Riders, on a journey to test interstate bus segregation. The bus was met by an angry mob at a bus station on Gurnee Avenue where tires were slashed and windows were broken. Upon leaving Anniston, the bus was followed by the mob to an area on Highway 202 where the driver stopped to change the tire. The crowd set the bus on fire and attacked the passengers as they departed. The incident served to strengthen the resolve for the civil rights movement.

    The site of Freedom Riders Park is west of two mural locations in historic downtown Anniston, but still carries historical resonance as the site of the infamous bus burning in 1961. The actual site is now a grassy, four-acre easement on Highway 202 in Anniston and, through the work of a group of proactive citizens, is well on its way to becoming the nations first Freedom Riders Park. The purpose of the park is to provide an internationally significant place for reflection, appreciation and education that

    is centered on the Freedom Riders, civil rights movement and the bus burning. The park will perpetuate the notion that crisis is opportunity by telling the story of how an act of violence helped fuel the nations civil rights movement.

    The site is currently being surveyed by the National Park Service. This reconnaissance survey will continue in to the new year, and if approved, could bring this project one step closer to federal designation.

    The City of Anniston is intent on not only paying homage to the brave efforts of the Freedom Riders and other civil rights advocates, but also promoting heritage tourism for students, scholars, tourists, families, and international visitors.

    For more information about Freedom Riders

    Park, visit www.freedomriderspark.org or search Freedom Riders Park for frequent updates on Facebook.

    ART HISTORY Artist Joseph Giri created carefully rendered

    paintings on the sites of two infamous Freedom Riders attacks that took place in historic downtown Anniston. One is at the site of a former bus station on Gurnee Avenue, the other, on the corner of 9th and Noble streets. Another note-worthy mural is City Within a City on West 15th Street. The mural is located at the Dr. David Satcher Wellness Park adjacent to the Chief Ladiga Trail that will run directly through historic downtown Anniston.

    FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTHAnniston has an undeniably rich civil rights history. In honor of February being Black History Month, this issue of The Anniston Progress will spotlight local programs and initiatives that continue to highlight the African American experience not only in America, but in the City of Anniston.

    MONDAY, JAN. 18, 2016 IS MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

    A design concept for Freedom Riders Park.

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    The city is home to a number of murals that vividly illustrate pages in the book of Civil Rights history in America.

    BHM Oratorical Contest at AMNH

    The Anniston Museum of Natural History will once again host the Black Heritage Festival for 2016. This event serves as one of Northeast Alabamas most treasured Black History Month events, and is one of the oldest continuing celebrations of African-American history and culture. For over three decades, the Black Heritage Festival has drawn in countless visitors to the Model City and has been ranked as one of the Alabama Department of Tourism and Travels top ten February events.

    I started it because it was my vehicle for getting black people to the museum, and they werent coming because for so many years they were being told that they couldnt come, said Georgia Calhoun, founder of the Black Heritage Festival.

    It grew from 1980 to 2015 and its just grown and grown.

    This years festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 and is free to the public. The festival is home to a number of exciting events and activities, however the student Oratorical Competition remains the

    heart of the operation. Young people from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade recite, from memory, prose and poetry from their favorite African-American authors.

    Black poetry and history was not written in our publications so to keep that alive we had them learn poetry by black poets, Calhoun said.

    My main goal is to get children to face an audience, and to speak clearly and develop their vocabulary with beautiful language and words. From my experience you get the children, you get the parents to come.

    Throughout the years, diversity has been strongly encouraged and students of different races and ethnicities have participated in the competition for cash prizes in each age group.

    Although the cash prize serves as a great reward for a job well done, the real gift for every student that gets on the stage to perform in front of a large live audience is a sense of confidence, determination, and fearlessness.

    For more information about the 36th Annual Black Heritage Festival, contact the Anniston Museum of Natural History at (256) 237-6766.

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    Its a new year at the Museum. Alan Robison is currently settling into his new position as Annistons Director of Museum Operations.

    In his capacity, Robison will oversee the Anniston Museum Complex, which consists of the Anniston Museum of Natural History, the Berman Museum of World History, and the Longleaf Botanical Gardens.

    My first priority is establishing a sense of unity with the mission of these three organizations: the Longleaf Botanical Gardens, the Berman, the Museum of Natural History, Robison said. Working in conjunction with each other for a common purpose is going to be very much key to our ultimate success.

    Robison began his 28-year career in museums as a curator. He was formerly employed at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn., where he had served as executive director since 2008.

    Before his time at the Customs House Museum, Robison served as assistant director and senior curator for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Macon, Ga.

    Robison said that funding always remains a challenge when it comes to museums, and what museum staff can schedule and what they can plan for is all predicated upon what they can raise money to support.

    To fully-fund all the great ideas that we have, the exhibits that we want to bring in, the care of the collection that we have, and programs for the community, all take funding, Robison said. For every great idea we have to raise the funds to make it happen. Its always a challenge.

    The Anniston Museum of Natural History also has an upcoming accreditation review process with the American Alliance of Museums.

    In addition to preparing for that

    process, Robison stays extremely busy with a number of things on his growing to-do-list yet remains focused on his vision and goals for the museums complexs future.

    We do not want to be a well-kept secret; we want the community to be exposed to the programs and exhibits that we have here and we want to expand our customer base, Robison said.

    The vision is an interdisciplinary place where guests of all ages can have an experience. Its not just about kids, its about the parents, its about the grandparents, its about mom and dad, and the next-door neighbor.

    Everybody who comes here can learn about their world and make connections with each other, and have a great experience at this location. Whether its world history or natural history, or if its a walk through our botanical gardens, in 10, 15, 30 years from now I envision that this is a regional draw, not just for Anniston, but a regional draw that stands for a quality experience that is educational in nature and that edifies this community. Thats what I want for this location, to continue that mission. We are charged with securing and preserving what has been entrusted to us, and we do that now but we will always do that to the highest standard possible. In addition to that we want to earn the trust of this community and its citizens so that they will come back again and again and support us.

    Its what gets you up in the morning.

    Longleaf Botanical Gardens Update

    Big things are underway for the Longleaf Botanical Gardens as the board of directors plan for a grand opening ceremony in May.

    By definition, a botanical garden or botanic garden is a garden dedicated to the collection,

    cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labeled with their botanical names.

    But for the Longleaf Botanical Gardens board of directors, this garden has the potential to cultivate much more than a wide range of plant life.

    Numerous endeavors are currently in full bloom, including a full revamp of the former Lenlock Community Center that will serve

    as the physical future home of the Longleaf Botanical Gardens.

    Located at the end of Museum Drive, just beyond the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History, this space offers great potential for a mixed-use indoor and outdoor facility suitable for weddings, receptions, retreats, reunions, and a number of special events.

    I have to give a lot of credit to

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    Annistons Director of Museum Operations Alan Robison.

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    the Longleaf Botanical Gardens board, said Alan Robison, director of Museum Operations. They have really stepped up to get it to the treasure that it is.

    The existing building and surrounding land is currently being made over by museum staff, botanical experts and many, many dedicated volunteers.

    We have consulted with a landscape firm and we are working to develop a relationship with them, said Board Chairman Arthur Toole. Were trying to do things right rather than fast.

    Although the garden is currently closed to the public as it undergoes the early phases of building and planting, the board of directors hosted an open house event for the community to preview in November, and will hold a grand opening ceremony in May.

    The community can watch us as we grow and they can see a little more of where we came from because well be far from where we came from, Toole said.

    Right now we need to garner

    support from the community, and we need people to be interested and join us with donations, whether it be financial or volunteering or materials, or anything someone has thats a particular talent we can use. We want people to be involved.

    For more information about the Longleaf Botanical Gardens, or to donate, visit www.longleafbotanicalgardens.org, or e-mail [email protected]

    Annistons Director of Museum Operations Alan Robison.

  • The Anniston PROGRESS 12 The Anniston PROGRESS 13

    DecemberRun, Dribble, ShootDec. 2, 5 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    On American Soil: Remembering Pearl Harbor Dec. 6, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.Berman Museum of World History

    Anniston City Council MeetingDec. 7, 5:30 p.m.Council Chambers/City Hall

    Milk & Cookies with SantaDec. 7, 5:30 p.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Kwanzaa (study of)Dec. 7, 5 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Tiny tot gamesDec. 10, 4 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Youth danceDec. 11, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Basketball clinicDec. 12, 9 a.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Anniston/Calhoun County Community Christmas paradeDec. 12, 3 p.m.Noble Street

    Santas holiday villageDec. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Corner of 10th & Noble Streets

    Hanukkah (study of)Dec. 14, 5 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Bean bag bocceDec. 15, 5 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Early release/half dayDec. 18Anniston City Schools

    Early dismissalDec. 18, 11 a.m.Sacred Heart Catholic School

    Christmas holiday breakDec. 18-Jan. 1The Donoho School

    Christmas (study of)Dec. 21, 5 P.M.South Highland Community Center

    Winter breakDec. 21-Jan. 5Anniston City Schools

    Christmas breakDec. 21-Jan. 6Sacred Heart Catholic School

    Christmas breakDec. 21-Jan. 1Faith Christian School

    Christmas DayDec. 25See list of holiday closings

    Video game challengeDec. 29, 5 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    JanuaryNew Years DayJan. 1See List of Holiday Closings

    Anniston City Council MeetingTBD, 5:30 p.m.Council Chambers/City Hall

    Tiny Tot KickballJan. 4 & 25, 4 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Students Return to SchoolJan. 4The Donoho School

    Students Return to SchoolJan. 5Faith Christian School

    Students Return to SchoolJan. 6Anniston City Schools

    Second Semester BeginsJan. 6Sacred Heart Catholic School

    Report Cards IssuedJan. 6Anniston City Schools

    Report Cards IssuedJan. 7Sacred Heart Catholic School

    Youth DanceJan. 8, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Arena FootballJan. 9, NoonWiggins Community Center

    Chili Cook-offJan. 9, 11 a.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    Scavenger HuntJan. 14, 4:30 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Martin Luther King, Jr. DayJan. 18See List of Holiday Closings

    MLK Breakfast & Youth Appreciation DayJan. 18, 10 a.m.Anniston City Meeting Center

    Video Game ChallengeJan. 21, 5:30 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Matball TournamentJan. 23, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Late Start DayJan. 25The Donoho School

    Doggy ShowcaseJan. 30, 10 a.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    FebruaryAnniston City Council MeetingTBD, 5:30 p.m.Council Chambers/City Hall

    Tiny Tot Tee BallFeb. 1 & 15, 4 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    AnniconFeb. 6Anniston City Meeting Center

    Arena FootballFeb. 6, NoonWiggins Community Center

    Progress Reports IssuedFeb. 10Anniston City Schools

    Sewing 101Feb. 11, 5 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Progress Reports IssuedFeb. 11Faith Christian School

    Progress Reports IssuedFeb. 11Sacred Heart Catholic School

    Valentines Day CraftsFeb. 11, 5 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Early Release/PD Half DayFeb. 12Anniston City Schools

    Early DismissalFeb. 12, 1 p.m.Sacred Heart Catholic School

    Youth DanceFeb. 12, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Adult Sweetheart BallFeb. 13, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    Presidents DayFeb. 15See List of Holiday Closings

    Indoor SoccerFeb. 18 & 25, 7 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    Black Heritage Festival/Oratorical CompetitionFeb. 20Anniston Museum of Natural History

    Late Start DayFeb. 29The Donoho School

    Winter Event Calendar Winter Ongoing EventsDecemberMonday Movies Mondays, 12 p.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Tuesday StorytimeTuesdays, 10 a.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Sign Language ClassDec. 7, 14 & 21, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Lifeguard ClassDec. 17-20, Times varyAquatic & Fitness Center

    Dance LineMondays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Land of FairytalesMondays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Bible StudyTuesdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    ZumbaWednesdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Family NightThursdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Fishing ClubSaturdaysCarver Community Center

    Tot SoccerMondays, 5:15 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    PoundMondays, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    TaekwondoMondays & Wednesdays, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    ZumbaTuesdays & Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    YogaWednesdays, 5:30 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    Indoor SoccerThursdays, 7 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    Poetry & Drama ClubTuesdays, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    4 H ClubTuesdays, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Youth Bible StudyWednesdays, 5 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Line DancingThursdays, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    East Brush PickupDec. 7-10, 21-24

    West Brush PickupDec. 14-17, 28-31

    JanuaryMonday MoviesMondays, 12 p.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Tuesday StorytimeTuesdays, 10 a.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Spin ClassDates & Times TBDAquatic & Fitness Center

    Dance LineMondays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    VolleyballMondays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Bible StudyTuesdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    ZumbaWednesdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Family NightThursdays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Arts N CraftsSaturdays, NoonCarver Community Center

    West Anniston WalkersSaturdays, 10 a.m.Carver Community Center

    Afterschool Activity ProgramsMondays-ThursdaysCarver Community Center

    Tot SoccerMondays, 5:15 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    PoundMondays, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    TaekwondoMondays & Wednesdays, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    ZumbaTuesdays & Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    YogaWednesdays, 5:30 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    Adult Beginner Computer ClassJan. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Music AppreciationJan. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 4:30 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    Exercise ClassMondays, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Poetry & Drama ClubTuesdays, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    4 H ClubTuesdays, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Youth Bible StudyWednesdays, 5 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Line DancingThursdays, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    FebruaryMonday Movies Mondays, 12 p.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Tuesday StorytimeTuesdays, 10 a.m.Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    Dance LineMondays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    VolleyballMondays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Bible StudyTuesdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    ZumbaWednesdays, 6 p.m.Carver Community Center

    ACT PrepThursdays, 5 p.m.Carver Community Center

    Black History TriviaSaturdays, 9 a.m.Carver Community Center

    West Anniston WalkersSaturdays,10 a.m.Carver Community Center

    Tot TBallMondays, 5:15 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    PoundMondays, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    TaekwondoMondays & Wednesdays, 6 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    ZumbaTuesdays & Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    YogaWednesdays, 5:30 p.m.Norwood Hodges Community Center

    16 Days of Black History FactsBeginning Feb. 1South Highland Community Center

    Group GamesFeb. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 4 p.m.South Highland Community Center

    VolleyballMondays, 7 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Exercise ClassMondays, 6 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Poetry & Drama ClubTuesdays, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    4 H ClubTuesdays, 4 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

    Youth Bible StudyWednesdays, 5 p.m.Wiggins Community Center

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    Winter BreakAnniston City School System (Dec. 21-Jan. 5)Faith Christian School (Dec. 21-Jan. 1)Sacred Heart Catholic School (Dec. 21-Jan. 6)The Donoho School (Dec. 18-Jan. 1)

    HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

    Thanksgiving Day Closings (Thursday, Nov. 26)Anniston City Hall (Nov. 26 & 27)PARD Community Centers (Nov. 26 & 27)Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    (Nov. 26 & 27)Anniston Museum of Natural History, Berman

    MuseumAnniston City School System (Nov. 25-27)Faith Christian School (Nov. 23-27) Sacred Heart Catholic School (Nov. 25-27)The Donoho School (Nov. 25-27)

    Christmas Day Closings (Friday, Dec. 25)Anniston City Hall (Dec. 24 & Dec. 25)PARD Community Centers (Dec. 24 & Dec. 25)Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    (Dec. 24 & Dec. 25)Anniston Museum of Natural History (Dec. 24

    & Dec. 25)Berman Museum (Dec. 24 & Dec. 25)

    New Years Day (Friday, Jan. 1)Anniston City Hall PARD Community Centers Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County

    (Dec. 31-Jan. 6)Anniston Museum of Natural HistoryBerman Museum

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 18)Anniston City HallPARD Community CentersPublic Library of Anniston-Calhoun CountyAnniston Museum of Natural History, Berman

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    CAST Community Actors Studio Theatre www.castalabama.com

    The Best Christmas Pageant EverDecember 3-6Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 7:30 p.m. Sun @ 2:30 p.m.McClellan Theater/100 Gamecock Drive

    Every Christmas Story Ever ToldDecember 10-13Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 7:30 p.m. Sun @ 2:30 p.m.Berman Museum Theater/840 Museum Drive

    The Miracle WorkerFebruary 18-21, 2016Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 7:30 p.m. Sun @ 2:30 p.m. McClellan Theater/100 Gamecock Drive

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeMarch 17-20 & 24-27, 2016Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 7:30 p.m. Sun @ 2:30 p.m.Buckner Center

    Hair SprayApril 21-24 & 28-May 1, 2016Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 7:30 p.m. Sun @ 2:30 p.m.McClellan Theater/100 Gamecock Drive

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    The NutcrackerSunday, December 62 p.m.

    Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas, The Symphony TourSaturday, December 197:30 p.m.

    Polish Baltic Philharmonic OrchestraSaturday, January 16, 20167:30 p.m.

    The Midtown MenSaturday, April 9, 20167:30 p.m.

    **All productions listed are held at the Anniston Performing Arts Center, located at 1301 Woodstock Avenue. Contact Mandi King at (256) 235-2553 for more information.

    YOGAStart your New Year with Yoga @ Norwood Hodges Community Center! Classes will be held on Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays @ 11:00 a.m. Call (256) 231-7627 for more information.

    SPIN CLASSES START IN JANUARYSpinning @ the Aquatic & Fitness Center starts in January! Class size will be limited and dates and times are TBD. Fitness makes a great gift for the holidays. Gift certificates for the Aquatic & Fitness Center are available. For more information, contact Aquatic & Fitness Center Director Robin Brothers at (256) 847-7349, or at [email protected]

    MLK Breakfast & Youth Appreciation DayAnniston City Meeting Center, 1615 Noble Street (256) 231-7675In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18, PARD will host an MLK

    Breakfast & Youth Appreciation Day at 10 a.m. at the Anniston City Meeting Center. For more information, contact Frazier Burroughs at (256) 231-7630.

    Aquatic & Fitness Center,130 Summerall Gate Road (256) 847-7349

    Lifeguard Class$200Dec. 17-20 Times vary

    BasketballAnniston PARDBasketball will be registering for the entire month of November. Registration fee is $60 and includes reversible jersey and shorts. There will be some coaching clinics at the community center and aquatic center in December. League play begins January 9th.

    Spring SoccerAnniston PARD Soccer will be registering for Spring Soccer for the entire month of February. Registration fee is $75 and

    includes a full uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) and a soccer ball. JSU Womens Soccer team will be hosting Monday Night Academy Skills camp for all Anniston PARD soccer players. League play begins On April 2nd.

    T.O.T. SoccerT.O.T. Soccer (Teaching Our Toddlers) is an introduction to soccer for children aged 1 to 3 years old. Anniston PARD will be conducting registration for the Spring sessions for the entire month of February. T.O.T. Soccer meets once a week. Registration fee is $40 and includes 6 sessions, t-shirt, soccer ball and certificate.

    T-Ball/BaseballAnniston PARD T-ball/Baseball will be registering for the entire month of February. Fees for both are $35 and includes hat, shirt and pants.

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