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JANUARY

The Annual Motorcade honoring Dr. Martin L. King will be held Sunday, January 20, 2014 starting at 9:45 from Joe M. Gillmore Elementary School and end at Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church. Line-up for the motorcade is at 9:15.

The Annual March honoring Dr. Martin L. King will be held Monday, January 20, 2014 starting at 4:00 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

Pine City Polka Dot Parade is Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. It is running from Gillmore Elementary School to City Hall. The semi-formal and draw down will be at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park on Saturday, February 8th at 8 p.m. in the evening. For more information contact Lindsey Woodyard 769-6120 or Elizabeth Arensburg 769-8035.

The Jackson Girls Softball Association will be holding sign-ups on Feb. 10, 11, and 13, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at the New Era Softball complex in North Jackson. Fees are $75 and includes the cost of uniform. Tryouts will be announced later.

The Regional Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is hosting its 8th annual "Honor Thy Children" Dinner and Auction fund-raiser, Feb. 15, 2014 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 $30 and can be purchased by calling Mary or Heidi at 251-275-2804 (CAC).

Dixie League sign ups will be Feb. 18th & 20th, 2014 from 4:30- 6:30 and Feb. 25th & 27th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 at the Dixie League Field. Sign-up fee is $80 per player. Try-outs will be held on March 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. For more information contact Will Blount at 251-744-1956.

Little League sign ups will be Feb 4th, 6th, 11th, and 13th, 2014 from 4:30-7:00 at Little League Concession Stand. Sign-up Fee is $70 per player. Try-outs will be held Feb. 22nd and March 1, 2014 starting at 9:00. All kids age 6-12 will have to attend at least one tryout. Opening Day will be on April 5, 2014. For more information you may contact Bro. David Webb at wsrbc@bellsouth.net or Chris Giles at brogiles@gmail.com.

State of the City Address will be on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 starting at 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., at the Jackson City Hall, by invitation only. For more information please contact Carolyn Carpenter at 251-246-3251.

MARCH

Citizen of the Year Banquet will be held on March 18th, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church. For more information contact Dottie Fore at First United Methodist Church 251-246-2224.

The Alpha Women's Resource Center's Walk 4 Life is March 29, 2014. There will be three walk sites - New Era parking lot in Jackson, Thomasville Baptist Church, and the walking track across the street from First Baptist Church of Leroy. All walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. This is a two mile walk. Bring the whole family! There will be food, music, children's games, and inflatables. Raise $150 in pledges to earn a free t-shirt! To sign up, please contact the Alpha Women's Resource Center at (251) 246-7750.

APRIL

The Grove Hill Arts Council will again sponsor a photography contest and exhibit of "Photography in Your Own Backyard" Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Studio 122. Categories are architecture in Clarke County, people, pets, scenes, flowers, wildlife, moment in time, computer altered and other. There are divisions for middle school, high school, and adults. Entries are due at the local libraries or at the Arts Center by Friday, April 4th. For more information, contact the Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center at 251-275-4278.

Jackson Little Leage Opening Day will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Games will be starting at 9:00 a.m.

CCARC's 15th Annual Spring Jubilee will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 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.

PALS Clean-Up - "Spring Clean-Up" will be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2014.The anti-litter campaign will take place the week of April 19th Ė April 26th, 2014. 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.)

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 2nd, 2014 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, Billie Ann Sellers at 251-589-2353.

4th Annual Depot Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014. 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. There will be T-shirts for sale. 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.

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Southwest Alabama Regional Rodeo May 9 - 10, 2014 at 1954 Coffeeville Road, Jackson Academy Arena. The Rodeo will begin at 7:30 pm and gates open at 5:00 pm. Advanced tickets - Adult- $10.00 Child 8- 12- $8.00. Tickets at the gate- Adult- $12.00, Child 8- 12- $10.00. Children 7 & under- Free. Advanced tickets will be sold at Merchants Bank, CMC Gas, Floral Creations, and the Chamber of Commerce. If you have any questions please contact the Chamber at 246-3251.

Trail Ride sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce May 10th, 2014 in the field across from Jackson Academy. This will be a 3 mile ride. Registration will begin at 7:00 am. Trail Ride will start at 9:00 am. Registration Fee- $25.00/ per horse. This includes a ticket to the Rodeo Saturday night. A discount will be giving to families. If you have any questions please contact the Chamber at 246-3251.

"Readers are Leaders" Parade is on Monday, May 12, 2014 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 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.

Memorial Day Celebration sponsored by the First Baptist Church and City of Jackson. Ann Downing, a popular soloist on the Gaither Homecoming Video Series, will appear May 25th, 2014 in Jackson, Al. at City Hall at 10 AM and First Baptist Church Jackson at 4 PM. There will be a community choir rehearsal at First Baptist Church at 2 PM. All church musicians and singers are invited.

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. Memberships are available at Atchisonís Business in Jackson, on 111 West Church Street. For more information call 251-246-9383.

JUNE

Swimming Lessons are being offered on the following dates:

  • June 2 - 5, 2014
  • June 9 - 12, 2014
  • June 16 - 19, 2014
  • July 7 - 10, 2014

Registration for swimming lessons at H.W. Pearce Jr. Memorial Park will be Wednesday, May 28, 2014 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

"Fizz, Boom! Read!" is the summer reading program at White Smith Memorial Library. Summer reading will be June 2-26, 2014 1- 2:30 p.m., with K5 attending on Mondays, grades 1 and 2 on Tuesdays, and grades 3 and 4 on on Wednesdays. Children attend once a week for four weeks and one evening for the awards program. Registration is $10. The awards program will be Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Call 246-4962 on Tuesdays, Wednesday, or Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Monday or Thursday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House. This event is for Chamber Members only.

JULY

July 2014- July 2015- Quail Hollow Gardens Tour guided tours of Coach Dye's Japanese Maple Gardens and Nursery. Tours include other points of interest including Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge, Guest Cottage, and gift shops. Trees are available for purchase before and after the tour. We welcome garden clubs, senior groups, schools, churches, civic clubs, and other organizations. For more information visit their website http://www.quailhollowgardens.com/. To schedule a tour call 334-257-1519 or email jeanice@coachpatdye.com or lynn@coachpatdye.com.

The City of Jackson will be hosting a 4th of July Fireworks Show on Friday, July 4th, 2014 at the Fairgrounds. The fireworks will start at dark. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

AUGUST

Gals 4 His Glory will be having a Run for the Light 5K (Run/Fun Walk) on August 2, 2014 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 8, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. 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, September 4, 2014 at 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the Grove Hill United Methodist Church. This free event is open to the public and it will be an opportunity for community to meet the partner agencies funded by the Clarke County Campaign and to learn about their services.

SEPTEMBER

Clarke-Washington EMC will have it's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Washington County High School Jordan-Wilcox Stadium in Chatom, Al. Registration & Entertainment from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Reports begin at 7 p.m. Door Prizes and Free Food & Drinks

Blood Drive The Jackson Rotary Club and Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a blood drive Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Downtown Jackson Fire Station.

OCTOBER

Alpha Center Banquet will be held on October 10,2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tompkins Baptist Church. The speaker will be Stacy Massey.

The Jackson Fire Department's annual Town Inspection and Fire Prevention Parade will be held in October. Fire Prevention week is October 5th Ė 11th, 2014. This year's Firemenís Banquet, which recognizes the court, will be held on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014. This event will take place Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House. This yearís parade will be held on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014. 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.

"For the Arts" Run and Fun Walk- The Grove Hill Arts Council "For the Arts" 5K Run and 2 Mile Fun Walk, 124 Main St. in Grove Hill, will be Saturday, October 12, 2013. Early registration of $20 for adults, 19 and over, and $15 for students, ensures you a T-shirt. First Place wins an 8 X 8 work of art. For additional information, call the Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center at (251) 275-4278.

Ronald McDonald Dinner and Auction will be held at The Fish House on October 14, 2014 from 5:30-8:30. For more information contact the McDonald office in Grove Hill (251) 275-4844.

Annual meeting of the Clarke County Development Foundation is scheduled for October 24, 2013, 6 - 9 p.m., at the High School in Coffeeville and the dinner will be a "Low Country Boil". Tickets are $30 single and $50 couple and can be picked up at any Town or City Hall's in Clarke County.

Clarke County Museum's 14th Annual Pioneer Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm., Grove Hill, Alabama. Live pioneer demonstrations including: wood carving, sweet gumming, butter churning, campfire cooking, clothes washing, blacksmithing, candle dipping rug hooking, hewing logs, rope making, Indian weaving, quilting, campfire pies, dough bowls, corn shelling, flint napping and treenware, PLUS Blue Herronís Creek Indian Hunting Camp. Tours of the 1830ís Mathews Cabin given by costumed re-a-enactors! For information contact Kerry Reid at Clarke County Museum at 251-275-8684.

NOVEMBER

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce will host it's 32nd Annual Fall Festival on November 1, 2014 from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm in the streets of Downtown Jackson. This event will include 5-k Run, 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.

The Jackson Rotary Club sponsors the Clarke-Washington County Fair. This event will be held November 4th- 9th, 2013 at the fair grounds located behind Gary's- Hwy. 43. The gates open at 5 p.m. nightly. More information coming soon!

Christmas Open House will be on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Those participating are Floral Creations, Flowertown, The Sugar Tree, Hansel & Gretel, Traditions, The Framery, Rose of Sharon 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.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 Bloomers, Smith Jewelers, The Framery and Memory Lane Antique & Gifts will be having their Christmas Open House from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

November 11, 2013 - Veteran's Day - The City of Jackson invites everyone to gather at the War Memorial at City Hall at 11:00 a.m. to view the monument and offer a prayer of thanks for those who have served the cause of freedom.

"2013 Thunderfest Dinner with Race Car Legends" will be held on November 15, 2013 at the Community House Tickets are $35 each. The "2013 Thunderfest Race Car Show" will be held on November 16, 2013 at the fairgrounds in Jackson from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony event will be on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, downtown at 5:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be available and local choirs will be performing.

DECEMBER

First United Methodist Church Annual Step Sing will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. All churches and school choirs invited to sing. Hot cocoa is served to those attending the event.

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. The theme for this year will be "An Old-Fashion Christmas." 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.

Business Lighting Contest will be going on during the Christmas Holidays and I hope you will enter your business or home in this contest. The rules and regulations and application are on our web site and the judging will take place on December 10, 2014, between the hours of 6-8 and be sure you register with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

White Smith Library Sweet Dreams Program- Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Santa will be here!

Christmas Concert, First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir Children's Program, 10:00 a.m.

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