The Annual Motorcade honoring Dr. Martin L. King will be held Sunday, January 20, 2013 starting at 4:40 from Joe M. Gillmore Elementary School and end at St. Union Baptist Church. Line-up for the motorcade is at 4:15.
The Annual March honoring Dr. Martin L. King will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 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.
Pine City Polka Dot Parade is Jan. 31st, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. It is running from Gillmore School to City Hall. The semi-formal and draw down will be at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park on that following Friday, Feb. 1st, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the evening. For more information contact Lindsey Woodyard at 769-6120.
The Jackson Girls Softball Association will be holding sign-ups on Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 2013 and Thursday, Feb. 14th, 2013 from 6-8 pm at the New Era Complex. Cost for signing up is $75. A late sign-up and tryouts will be held Saturday, Feb. 16th, 2013. Signups will be held from 9-11 am that day and will include a $15 late fee. Tryouts will be from 1 pm for new girls and girls moving to a new age bracket.
The Regional Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is hosting its 7th annual "Honor Thy Children" Dinner and Auction fund-raiser, Feb. 16, 2013 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. 26th, 28th, March 5th and 7th, 2013, from 4:30 till 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson Dixie League Field. The program is for 13 and 14 years old and sign-up fee is $75 per player. Tryouts and draft day will be Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, at 9 AM. Opening Day will be April 23rd, 2013. Contact Will Blount at 251-744-1956.
Little League sign ups will be Feb. 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th, 2013 from 4:30-7:30. Sign-up Fee is $70 per player. Try-outs will be held Feb. 23rd and March 2nd, 2013 starting with 11-12yr at 9:00 and 9-10yr at 10:00. Minor league will be at 9:00. Opening Day will be held
on April 6th, 2013. For more information call David Webb at 769-2921.
State of the City Address will be on Thursday, Feb. 21st, 2013 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.
Waverunners Swim Team Meeting - There will be a meeting at the First United Methodist Church on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 6 p.m. The season starts in late May. Travel is optional. Ages 4 and up!
Citizen of the Year Banquet will be held on March 19th, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church. This years Citizen of the Year is Paul South. For more information contact Dottie Fore at First United Methodist Church 251-246-2224.
Photo Fund Raiser Rockville Community Outreach - Rockville Community Outreach is having a " Photo Fund-Raiser" on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Hampton Inn Conference Room. Kel Kyle of Backyard Shots from Atlanta, GA will be the photographer. Purchase a $10 coupon and receive a 8x10 picture. Packages will also be available. To purchase a coupon, call 251-246-0180. Walk-ins are welcome.
The Grove Hill Arts Council will again sponsor a photography contest and exhibit of "Photography in Your Own Backyard" in April 2013. The desire of the Arts Council is to promote an interest in art through photography. This year's special category is "Sunrises & Sunsets in Clarke County". 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 6th, 2013. Games will be starting at 9:00 a.m.
"Peter Pan" comes to Bedsole Theater - The Bedsole Theater at the Thomasville's Civic Center will present "Peter Pan" April 5 and 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. and April 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Civic Center box office. For additional information, call 334-636-5827. "Fly to Never Land" and meet the cast of Peter Pan on Saturday, April 6, from 3:30-5:30 at the Thomasville Civic Center. Children ages 2-10 are invited to a special visit to "Neverland" to meet the cast. Tickets are $15 per child and include a picture with the cast members of their choice and light refreshments. For more information, contact Lisa Newton at 334-636-4451 or email@example.com. Children Attending are welcome to dress as their favorite character.
April 6th, 2013, Purina Feed will be having a Grand Opening at Ace Hardware, 1126 College Avenue. The Grand Opening will be held from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. There will be pony rides and other activities for the kids.
CCARC's 15th Annual Spring Jubilee will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 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 20th, 2013. The anti-litter campaign will take place the week of April 20th – April 27th, 2013. 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.)
The Alpha Women's Resource Center's Walk 4 Life is April 6, 2013. There will be two walk sites - in front of Grove Hill Baptist Church and at the walking track across from First Baptist Church of Leroy. Both 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.
3rd Annual Depot Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013. 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.
"Readers are Leaders" Parade is on Monday, May 13, 2013 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.
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 17th, 2013 from 6 pm until 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.
H.W. Pearce Memorial Park, formally known as Vanity Fair, opens for the season on Mother’s 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 Atchison’s Business in Jackson, on 111 West Church Street. For more information call 251-246-9383.
Swimming Lessons are being offered on the following dates:
- June 3 - 7, 2013
- June 10 -14, 2013
- June 24 - 28, 2013
Registration for swimming lessons at H.W. Pearce Jr. Memorial Park will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 12 noon until 5:30 p.m., under the pavillion at the pool. Classes are for ages 3 - adult. The Jackson Waverunners Swim Team has started registration for this summer ages 4 and up. Practices will be at Pearce Memorial Park in Jackson sometime between the hours of 5:30 - 12:45 on weekday mornings. Season starts Tuesday, May 28, 2013. For more information, contact Renee Williams at 246-7090 or Coach Carly at 769-4960. Check Facebook at Jackson Waverunners Swim Team.
SWAIA Supports Upcoming Jackson Classic Auto Cruise-In and Car Show
The Southwest Alabama Improvement Association will sponsor a Memorial Day Week-End Classic Cruise-in Auto/Bike Show on Saturday, May 26, 2012from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hardees in Jackson. For further information contact Dr. O.L. Hubert, President SWAIA at 251-387-0357.
"Dig into Reading" is the summer reading program at White Smith Memorial Library. Summer reading will be June 3-27, 2013 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 27, 2013 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 Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House. This event is for Chamber Members only.
The University of Alabama Alumni Association and friends generally holds its Annual Meeting in the summer. A guest speaker is invited from UA. The money raised goes towards the scholarship fund.
The City of Jackson will be hosting a 4th of July Fireworks Show on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at the Fairgrounds. The fireworks will start at dark. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education committee hosts its annual Back to School Breakfast for local educators in August each year 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 17th from 5:30 PM till 8:00 PM, at the H.W. Pearce Memorial Park in Jackson, formerly known as the Community House. 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. There will be many family friendly activities, door prizes, and free refreshments. Business and organizations are also welcome to come and bring their United Way donations the night of the event.
The Vietnam Moving Wall will be in Jackson Oct. 3-7, 2013. Plans for this will be announced at a later date.
Alpha Center Banquet will be held on October 11th at Tompkins Baptist Church. The speaker will be Mr. Scott Klusendorf, the President of Life Training Institute and nationally known pro-life speaker.
The Jackson Fire Department's annual Town Inspection and Fire Prevention Parade will be held in October. Fire Prevention week is October 7th – 13th, 2013. This year's Firemen’s Banquet, which recognizes the court, will be held on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013. This event will take place Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House. This year’s parade will be held on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013. 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.
Ronald McDonald Dinner and Auction will be held at The Fish House on October 23rd from 5:30-8:30. For more information contact the McDonald office in Grove Hill (251) 275-4844
Clarke County Museum's 11th Annual Pioneer Day, Saturday, October 29th 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 Herron’s Creek Indian Hunting Camp. Tours of the 1830’s Mathews Cabin given by costumed re-a-enactors! For information contact Kerry Reid at Clarke County Museum at 251-275-8684.
The Jackson Rotary Club sponsors the Clarke-Washington County Fair. The event is held the first week of October 31st thru November 5th at the fair grounds located behind Jackson Steakhouse-Hwy 43. The gates open at 5 p.m. nightly. Signature events include:
Entries for the exhibits - Sunday, October 31st from 2 to 5 P.M. For information about items, contact Linda Butts 754-9448 or Judy McMullen 246-3416.
The Fair will be held Oct 30th - Nov 3rd.
The events for the fair are as follows:
- Tuesday - Fair Queen, Wednesday $2 admission school age kids
- Thursday - Cheerleading competition
- Friday - Little Miss Competition
- Saturday - Come watch the game with us, Split the pot.
VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM There will be a Veterans' Day Parade Saturday, November 10th, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Line up will be at 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Hibbett Sports' parking lot in Jackson. All businesses, civic clubs and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the parade to recognize and honor those who have served to protect our freedom. A ceremony will follow at Jackson City Hall. For more information contact Travis Matthews at 251-589-9933.
Christmas Open House will be on Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. Those participating are Floral Creations, Flowertown, The Sugar Tree, Hansel & Gretel, Cauley Jewelers, The Framery, Rose of Sharon and Spunky Monkeys in Leroy. Also, there will be an Open House on Thursday, November 15th, starting at 6:00 p.m. Those participating are Bloomers, Smith’s Jewelry and Record & Sound, as some of the other merchants will also be open for your shopping. 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 event will be on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, downtown at 6:00 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be available and local choirs will be performing.
First United Methodist Church Annual Step Sing will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. All churches and school choirs invited to sing. Hot cocoa is served to those attending the event.
Holidays Around the World Thomasville's Favorite Holiday Tradition! MSO (Mobile Symphony Orchestra), Scott Speck, Music Director. A favorite holiday tradition, with music you know and love...the Nutcracker, John Williams' music from Home Alone, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and more! Monday, December 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.. Thomasville Civic Center Auditorium. Tickets are $20.00. For more information contact the Thomasville Civic Center at 334-636-5827.
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. The theme for this year will be "Christmas Fun for Everyone." 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.
Women's Business Center Open House will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. til Noon at First United Security Bank, 205 Commerce Street, Downtown Jackson. We are pleased to have the Women's Business Center staff offering business counseling services for both men and women in business or interested in starting a business. They will serve clients from office in downtown Jackson.
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 14, 2012, between the hours of 6-8 and be sure you register with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
Christmas Concert, First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir Children's Program, 10:00 a.m.