Community Development Week 2023 | April 10th-14th
From April 10th through the 14th, the National Community Development Association (NCDA) celebrates the impact that local Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs have in our neighborhoods and cities!
From repairing homes, to building new housing, to assisting with new public facilities, there is much that our CDBG department does! Thus, we invite you to join us in this week-long celebration so you may learn about some of the great things our CDBG team has done in Anniston!
Below you will find the schedule of activities for Community Development Week:
Monday April 10th
10:00 AM | Tour: Chestnut Village – Inspire Ave, Anniston, AL 36201
11:00 AM | Tour: Hillside Cottage – Circle Dr, Anniston, AL 36201
Tuesday, April 11th
10:00 AM | Tour: Barber Terrace – 411 S. Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207
Wednesday, April 12th
10:00 AM | Appreciation Day Event at the Anniston City Meeting Center – 1615 Noble St, Anniston, AL 36201
Thursday, April 13th
10:00 AM | Tour: Jacksonville Habitat Home – 506 Francis St E, Jacksonville, AL 36265
Friday, April 14th
10:00 AM | Tour: Dr. David Satcher & St. Michael’s Health Clinic & Community Learning Center – 426 Mulberry Ave, Anniston, AL 36201
For questions or more information, please reach out to our CDBG department at: 256-231-7799 or 256-231-7623.
You may also learn more by visiting our website at: www.annistonal.gov/community-development-block-grant-department
Spring Break in Anniston! (2023)
Our Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) has a full slate of fun activities, games, and more planned for Spring Break week! So, be sure to share the attached flier with anyone looking for some spring time fun for their children!
Below are the days and locations that you can expect to have some fun:
Monday | March 27th | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wiggins Community Center – 2202 W 17th St, Anniston, AL 36201
Tuesday | March 28th | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Hodges Community Center – 3125 Spring Valley Rd, Anniston, AL 36207
Wednesday | March 29th | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
South Highland Community Center – 229 S Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207
Thursday | March 30th | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Carver Community Center – 720 W 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201
During this week, all centers will be closed from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, except the center that is hosting that day’s activities and the Aquatic Center.All centers will reopen from 4:15 PM to 7:00 PM each day for free play and other activities as planned.
For more information, feel free to contact our PARD team at: 256-236-8221.
Something To Do Sunday at Wiggins! (3/19/23)
Something To Do Sundays are back! A local favorite, every 3rd Sunday we will set up shop at one of our centers or out in the community and provide the youth with educational fun, games, activities, and structure!
This month, we will be at the Wiggins Community Center (2202 W. 17th Street, Anniston, AL 36201) on Sunday, March 19, 2023 (03/19/23) from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM!
Our Something To Do days started with concerned community citizens coming together on one accord to offer our deserving youth a structured, yet fun-filled opportunity to play and learn!
Be sure to bring your most recent Report Card! Rewards will be given to A & B Students!
For more information contact our Parks & Recreation Department at: 256-236-8221.
Anniston Changers at Norwood Park! (03/18/23)
The Anniston Changers are BACK, and we invite all those interested to come out and volunteer with us on Saturday, March 18th, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Norwood Park!
Volunteers can register to serve at this link: https://bit.ly/3IZralZ
Our meeting location will be in the parking lot of Norwood Park: 420 W. 29th St, Anniston, AL 36201
We will be working to clean up the areas and neighborhoods around the park, so be sure to bring any lawn equipment you can! We will be picking up litter as well!
Refreshments will be provided for all who volunteer! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact City Public Relations Director, Jackson Hodges, via text or call at: 256-846-2044!
2023 Youth Summer Job Fair!
The Youth Summer Job Fair will be held at the Carver Community Center (720 W. 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 starting at 5:00 PM! Those who attend the job fair will be given tips on completing job applications and preparing for interviews.
The following positions will also be available for youth, ages 16 to college age, at this job fair:
Day Camp Aide | $10.16/HR
Day Camp Director | $14.92/HR
Lifeguard | $10.16/HR
Turf Care Worker | $10.68/HR
For more information, please contact our Parks & Recreation Department at: 256-236-8221.
2023 Heritage Festival!
2023 Heritage Festival! | 06/24/23 | Zinn Park
We are excited to announce that multi-platinum R&B group, Silk, will headline this year’s Anniston Heritage Festival! Stay tuned for more announcements about this year’s festival because more fun is to come!
The festival will kick-off at 2:00 PM with vendors, games, and activities. Music will then hit the stage at 4:00 PM! Tents are allowed in designated areas, but please do not bring personal grills or generators.
The Heritage Festival is a free, family oriented event that celebrates Juneteenth! It is designed to provide a safe and fun-filled day for citizens of all ages and cultures. There will be entertainment, games for youth, food vendors, arts & crafts, and more!
For Event or Vendor information, please contact Shanika Stringer or Frazier Burroughs at 256-236-8221, and/or Charles “Chazz” Barclay at: 256-454-2724.
Wiggins Center Fun Road Ride Challenge! (2023)
Wiggins Center – Fun Road Ride Challenge!
The Fun Road Ride Challenge is a mile and a half street ride that includes: straights, inclines, and curves for your riding enjoyment! Upon the completion of the course ride, we (the WCC Riders) will invite everyone to try out our new bike trail ride at no additional cost! So, grab your bikes and gear up for a fun Saturday bike riding challenge! Concessions will be open, so stop by the stand for a favorite tasty treat!
– WHEN: Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 AM
– DETAILS: Registration begins at 9:00 AM
– COST: per rider $5 (can pay at event)
For questions or more information please contact the Wiggins Community Center at: email@example.com or 256 231-7628.
Hometown Heroes and the Civil Rights Connection Interactive Presentation Guest Presenter: Park Ranger Jessica Epperson
Have you ever thought about issues that you are willing to fight for and what that would look like? What are some ways that our neighbors have done so in the past? How does this relate to the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama? Join us as we explore these questions in this interactive presentation with AM&G Education staff in collaboration with the Freedom Riders National Monument and Park Ranger Jessica Epperson. This program is included in museum admission and free for members.
43rd annual Heritage Festival: 43 Years of Poetry Celebration
This February, we invite the community to the 43rd annual Heritage Festival! Celebrate Black History Month with us all day by encouraging our community’s youth during the oration competition, enjoying a special choir performance, shopping African-inspired vendors, and touring the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum! Festival Coordinator Georgia Calhoun declared this year’s theme as 43 Years of Poetry Celebration. Food vendors will be on-site with delicious food options available for purchase. This community event is perfect for people of all ages!
Register your child to compete in the 43rd annual Heritage Festival Oration Competition. Download the registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Anniston Museum of Natural History. This special event provides children from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to develop public speaking skills and strengthen their love for reading, writing, and poetry. Review the Oration Competition Application for details. Registration forms are due by end of day Saturday, February 11, 2023. All oration competition participants receive $10.00, a participation ribbon, and a one-year Family Membership to the Anniston Museums and Gardens. Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each category during the Awards Ceremony.
To become a 43rd annual Heritage Festival sponsor, please contact Sarah Woolmaker at email@example.com or call 256-237-6261. Thank you for your support!
Interested in becoming a vendor at the 43rd annual Heritage Festival? Contact Angie Dothard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-237-6766. Vendor space is limited. Vendor fee is $40 per business and includes an 8-foot table and two chairs.
Sunday Fundays for the Kids!
Every Sunday this month we will be providing educational fun, games, activities, and structure for the kids at one of our city community centers!
Here is the monthly schedule for our February Fundays:
Sunday, Feb. 5th | Wiggins Center | 2PM – 4PM
2202 W 17th St, Anniston, AL 36201
Sunday, Feb. 12th | South Highland | 2PM – 4PM
229 Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207
Sunday, Feb. 19th | Carver Center | 2PM – 4PM
720 W 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201
Sunday, Feb. 26th | Hodges Center | 2PM – 4PM
3125 Spring Valley Rd, Anniston, AL 36207
For more information contact our Parks & Recreation Department at: 256-236-8221.