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JANUARY

The Annual Motorcade honoring Dr. Martin L. King will be held Sunday, January 17, 2016. Motorcade line up will be at Gillmore Elementary School starting at 3:15 pm and will proceed to Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church. The program will begin at 4 pm and Ms. Edythe D. White will be the featured speaker. Dr. James M. Howard, Moderator; Mrs. Harriette Andrews- Douglas, Youth Director. For more info, contact Mrs. Douglas at 246-5520.

The The Annual March honoring Dr. Martin Luther King will be held Monday, January 18, 2016 starting at 3:00 pm from Jackson Middle School and end at City Hall with a ceremony.

White Smith Memorial Library will be having Story Time at 10:00 a.m., every Wednesday, for children ages 3 years and 4 years old.

FEBRUARY

Jackson Park Baseball sign-ups will be held Feb. 2 & 4, 9 & 11, 4:30- 7:00. 2016 Sign-up $75 Ages 4-12. Practice starts March 1. Opening day is April 2.

The Alpha Women's Resource Center Chocolate Festival will be held February 13, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center from 10 am- 4 pm. This is a fundraising event for an Image Clear Ultrasound Mobile Unit. They will have kids activities, face painting, family entertainment, cupcake decorating booth, chocolate vendors, and a chocolate challenge contest. Admission is Kids 8 & Under- Free, Ages 9 & up- $3, Seniors 65 & up- $2. For more information call (251) 246- 7750.>/p>

Jackson Girls Softball League sign-ups will be Feb. 16 & 18, 6:00 - 8:00. Tryouts will be Feb. 20. Late sign-ups will be morning of tryouts 8:00-10:00. Opening Day is March 19.

The Regional Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is hosting its 8th annual "Honor Thy Children" Dinner and Auction fund-raiser, Feb. 20, 2016 at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House, in Jackson, AL. This fundraiser supports the agency's two child focused programs, "Almost Home" and "Regional Child Advocacy Center". The event begins at 5:30 pm with a Silent Auction, Dinner at 6:30 pm and the Live Auction begins at 7:30 pm. Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $40 and can be purchased by calling Mary or Heidi at 251-275-2804 (CAC).

MARCH

Citizen of the Year Banquet will be held on March 22th, 2016 at 6:00pm The banquet will take place at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $25 at First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Regions Bank, Joy Cleaners, and The South Alabamian..

APRIL

Jackson Little Leage Opening Day will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Games will be starting at 9:00 a.m.

CCARC's 17th Annual Spring Jubilee will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am - 2pm. The event will feature live entertainment, a children's activity area, 5K Run and Fun Walk, Canines on Parade Dog Show, Silent Auction, Talent Show, Monster Mud Trucks, Cake Walk, Bingo, Charity Motorcycle Ride and BBQ Cook-off. For more information or event registration, please contact The Arc of Clarke County at 251-246-3000 or visit www.thearcofclarke.com.

The Alpha Women's Resource Center's Walk 4 Life is April 16, 2016. Locations will be announced at a later date. For more information and to sign up, please contact the Alpha Women' Resource Center at (251) 246-7750.

PALS Clean-Up - "Spring Clean-Up" will be held on Saturday, Saturday, April 16, 2016.The anti-litter campaign will take place the week of April 18th Ė April 25th, 2015. Children ages 9-11 may participate in a poster and essay contest. Cash prizes are awarded. The Spring Clean-Up provides a way for community members to become involved in the city of Jackson and gain more personal pride. Every year the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce holds a kick-off breakfast for all of the volunteers at 8:00 a.m on Saturday morning. For more information contact the Chamber office at 251-246-3251. (Materials available only while supplies last, so register on time.)

Gillmore Elementary School Kindergarten Registration April 22, 2016- 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, Child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016. Parents need to bring the following to registration: Alabama Blue Immunization Card, Copy of Social Security Card, and Copy of Birth Certificate.

MAY

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser and is held on varying weekdends during the month of May. The Jackson Relay for Life will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6 pm until 11 pm at the Cecil McMullen Fairgrounds. We will have a variety of fun events and entertainment for everyone and activities for children as well. The goal is to celebrate the lives of those who are cancer survivors, remeber those who lost the battle to cancer, and fight back by raising funds and awareness about cancer and eventually find a cure for all types of cancer. There are several sponsorship levels to choose from if you would like to sponsor an event. Please come take part in this wonderful event and be there for the "Victory Lap." For more information or to join the efforts, contact Jackson Relay for Life Chairman, Maggie Walker at (251) 447-9427.

5th Annual Depot Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. It will begin at 10:00am - 5:00pm from Andrews Funeral Home all the way to the railroad tracks on Depot Road. This time of fun and fellowship is a time to become re-acquainted with old friends and make new ones within the Depot Community. Deadline to order t-shirts is April 15th. For more information you may contact Harriette Andrews-Douglas at 246-5520, 246-2074, or (251) 513-4488.

"Readers are Leaders" Parade is on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Gilmore Elementary and Jackson Intermediate School students who have reached their Accelerated Reader goals all this year will be marching in the parade. The Grand Marshall this year is Mrs. Frances Little. She was the first librarian at Joe M. Gillmore Elementary. The Jackson High School Honor Society and Jackson Middle School top readers will also join us. You, your driver and/or your family should meet us at the First Baptist Church parking lot by 8:45. The parade does not involve "throws". We hope you can join us in this celebration of reading and academic achievement in Jackson schools.

Registration for swimming lessons at H.W. Pearce Jr. Memorial Park will be Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 12 noon until 5:30 p.m., under the pavillion at the pool. Classes are for ages 3 - adult. For more information, contact Renee Williams at 246-7090

Deceased Veteran Cross and Flag Tribute May 30, 2016. A cross and U. S. Flag bearing the name, branch of service and foreign war distinction will be displayed in Jackson, Alabama City Hall starting at the City Hall. There will be a Memorial Day Service. Time- TBA

H.W. Pearce Memorial Park, formally known as Vanity Fair, opens for the season on Motherís Day weekend and closes mid-August. The park offers activities for the entire family, including swimming lessons and a swim team. The park is an alcohol free environment. Change memberships may be purchased at Phyllis Ramey, CPA, 601 College Ave. For more information call 251-246-5220 ask for Jessica.

JUNE

Swimming Lessons are being offered on the following dates:

  • June 13 - 16, 2016
  • June 27 - 30, 2016
  • July 11 - 14, 2016

"On Your Mark...Get Set....Read!!!!!" White Smith Memorial Library - It is for children currently in grades 5K-4th. The program lasts the entire month of June. There will be stories, crafts, special guest, and other events. Each child will receive a t-shirt and medal for attending. A celebration of their success will be held at the Pearce Memorial Park Community House on June 30th, 6:00 pm. Early registration will be Monday, April 18th. 4:00-6:00 pm. You may continue to register 9:00 am-6:00 pm Monday and Thursday. 9:00am - 5:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Class size is limited, so register early. The cost is $10 per child. A parent or guardian must register child.

The City of Jackson 200th Birthday Celebration- Friday, June 24, 2016 - Saturday, June 25, 2016. There will be a scavenger hunt, entertainment, kids games, food vendors, hot dog eating contest, and much more. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at (251) 246-3251.

JULY

AUGUST

Gals 4 His Glory will be having a Run for the Light 5K (Run/Fun Walk) on August 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. This will be benefiting the Alpha Women's Resource Center. Meet at the Jackson Football Field. $25 pre-registration due by July 2nd. $35 late registration Winner's Awards, Candlelight Service & After Party will follow. You may come by the Chamber to pick up a Registration Form.

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce's Education committee will host its annual Back to School Breakfast for local educators August 5, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park Community House. The breakfast is sponsored by local businesses who donate promotional items such as pens, pencils, note pads, and calendars just to name a few. A light breakfast is provided for the educators to get their day started off in the right direction.

United Way Clarke County Kick Off event will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2016 at Time 11:30-12:30 at Location Grove Hill Methodist Church.

SEPTEMBER

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, add September 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House.This event is free to a Chamber Business member and one guest. Additional guest or non-members are welcome and may purchase a ticket for $15 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 12th.

OCTOBER

Alpha Center Banquet will be held on October 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Thomasville Baptist Church. The speaker will be Mike Williams, founder and President of Life Trends. This year's theme is "Catch the Vision for Life". For Reservations call Diane Pruitt - 251-246-7750.

The Jackson Fire Department's annual Town Inspection and Fire Prevention Parade will be held in October. Fire Prevention week is October 9 - 15, 2016. This year's Firemenís Banquet, which recognizes the court, will be held on Tuesday,October 11, 2016. This event will take place Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House. This yearís parade will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. Floats are judged on theme, originality, and appearance. The top 3 winners are awarded cash prizes. The band judged to be the best is also awarded a cash prize. A poster contest is held at the elementary school level and prizes will be awarded. For more information contact Bob Bumpers.

The Jackson Rotary Club sponsors the Clarke-Washington County Fair. This event will be held October 31 -November 5, 2016 at the fair grounds located behind Gary's- Hwy. 43. The gates open at 5 p.m. nightly. More information coming soon!

NOVEMBER

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce will host it's 34th Annual Fall Festival on November 5, 2016 from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm in the streets of Downtown Jackson. This event will include; Live Music & Entertainment, Antique Car Show & Tractor Show, Food & Market Booths, Children's Games, Lumberjack Competition, and Golf Ball Drop. For more information you may contact the Chamber at 246-3251.

Deceased Veteran Cross and Flag Tribute November 11, 2016. A cross and U. S. Flag bearing the name, branch of service and foreign war distinction will be displayed in Jackson, Alabama along highway 43 starting at the Joe C. McCorquodale bridge and go north.

Christmas Open House will be on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Those participating are Floral Creations, Flowertown, Niche' & Southern Traditions and The Framery and Spunky Monkeys in Leroy. This event is held by local florists, gift and antique shops to showcase their holiday merchandise. Held during the afternoon each business serves refreshments and offers discounts on Christmas merchandise.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Tuesday, November 17th 2016, at 5:30 pm. Pictures with Santa will be available and local choirs will be performing.

First United Methodist Church Annual Step Sing will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. All churches and school choirs invited to sing. Hot cocoa is served to those attending the event.

DECEMBER

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. The theme for this year will be "A Southern Christmas Tradition" The four categories that are judged are clubs and non-profit organizations, businesses and industries, bands and other marching groups. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded. The parade will begin this year on Mayton Drive, in front of Gillmore Elementary School and disbands downtown, at the City Hall and Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber at 251-246-3251. Click here to download parade forms.

White Smith Library Sweet Dreams Program- Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Santa will be here!

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