2024 Redistricting

Anniston Outdoor Association- Flint River Float Trip

This will be about a 4-hour canoe trip on the Flint River Canoe Trail located in Madison County near
Huntsville. The Flint River Canoe Trail consists of 34 miles of navigable water with a good current
with no rapids. The Flint River is known for its sparkling water, rock bluffs, rippling shoals, wildlife,
and forest canopy. Our trip will begin on Brownsboro Road and will end on Little Cove Road located
a little southwest of Gurley. We will be utilizing the services of North Alabama Canoe & Kayak for this
trip (NACK). Their rates are $45.00 for kayaks (including the shuttle) and $30.00 to shuttle private
boats. Participants should pack a lunch as plans are to take a lunch break along the way. Local
participants may meet by 7:30 am at the Pic-N-Save Grocery Store (formally Winn Dixie) located on
US Hwy 431 in Saks Community of North Anniston to carpool or caravan. Others may meet directly
at the outfitter located at 1143 Moontown Road in Brownsboro by 9:30 am. To register for this
outing, please contact Keith Hudson by Monday, June 17. When registering, please let him know if
you will need to rent a kayak or if you will just need a shuttle for your personal boat. Keith may be
reached by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com, or by phone or text at 256.453.9527. Credit
or debit cards are not accepted so please come prepared to make cash payment upon your arrival at
NACK (they do have an ATM on site).

Anniston Outdoor Association-Upper Tallapoosa River Float Trip

This will be a 5-hour float trip on the Tallapoosa River near Tallapoosa, GA. This portion of the river
has a slight current with several shoals but no major rapids. We will be utilizing the services of Lazy
River Rentals for this trip. Lazy River Rentals offers rental boats and a shuttle service at the following
rates: $25.00 for single person kayaks, $45.00 for double person kayaks, and $10.00 to shuttle
private boats. They will put us in at the Broad Street Bridge in Tallapoosa and we will float to their
takeout located at 131 Doe Valley Road south of US Hwy 78 near the AL/GA state line. The shuttle
for this trip leaves the outfitter at 9:00 am (cst) / 10:00 am (est). Participants are encouraged to
pack a lunch with something to drink, wear clothing/footwear suitable for water activities, and to use
sunscreen. The meeting time and location for this trip will be 7:45 am (cst) from the Publix parking
lot located across from the Oxford Exchange adjacent to Exit 188 on I-20 and US Hwy 78. Those
wishing to meet directly at the outfitter should arrive there no later than 8:30 am (cst) / 9:30 am
(est). Participants should contact Keith Hudson by Monday, June 10 to register for this trip. When
registering, indicate if you will need to rent a boat or will just need a shuttle for your personal boat.
Please do not contact the outfitter directly as they have requested that participants register through
the trip leader who will give them a headcount following the registration deadline. Also, participants
should come prepared to make cash payment to the trip leader upon arrival at the outfitters (this
was requested by the outfitter as well). To register for this trip please contact the trip leader, Keith
Hudson, by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com, or by phone or text at 256.453.952.

Anniston Outdoor Association- Hatchet Creek Float Trip

This will be a 9-mile float trip on Section 5 of the Hatchet Creek Canoe Trail beginning at King’s Bridge on
Coosa Co Road 18 northwest of Rockford and ending at Double Bridge on Coosa Co Road 29 west of
Rockford. This section features some Class I and II drops, fast shoals, some rocky sections to navigate
around, sandbars, and an area of Cahaba Lillies. Areas such as Humpback Rock, Sandbar Island, River Birch
Beach, the Rock Garden, Lawson’s Left Hook, and the Lawson Bridge can be found along this section.
Participants should wear clothes they don’t mind getting wet including water shoes/sandals, should pack a
lunch with liquids to drink, and should bring sunscreen. The meeting time and location for this trip will be
8:00 am from the Johnson Giant Food parking located on US Hwy 78 in the Coldwater area of Oxford
adjacent to I-20 Exit 179. Participants may also meet by 9:00 am at the King’s Bridge put-in. The put-in is
located off of Coosa Co Road 18 at the following coordinates 32.9200, -86.2714 and the take out located off
of Coosa Co Road 29 at the following coordinates, 32.862102, -86.339691. The creek’s water level can
change rapidly so this trip is subject to being cancelled on short notice if the flow rate falls below 300 cfs.
The creek’s flow rate can be monitored at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=02408540&legacy=1.
A map of Hatchet Creek can be viewed at Hatchet Creek Map. To register your participation for this outing,
please contact Keith Hudson by Thursday, May 23. He may be reached by phone or text at 256-453-9527,
or by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com.

Bingo Day!

Join us for Bingo Day!

When: June 12th & 26th   2024

Where: Anniston’s Community Learning Center

(Adjacent to ST Michaels Medical Clinic)

Time: 1:00 P.M.

Prizes: Home good Items, Snacks, & Living essentials


Wacky Wednesday!

Main Street Anniston’s Wacky Wednesday is back to make your Summer fun!!
Join us at Zinn Park (101 W. 14th St) from 10:30 AM till 12:30 PM for our Wacky Wednesdays! There will be bounce houses, the splash pad, Kona Ice, games, live animals and more!
Free to the public!
Our Wacky Wednesday summer schedule is as follows: June 26th and our End of Summer Bash on July 31st!

Summer Cheer Camp!

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📣 Get ready to cheer your heart out with Coach Tie at our fun Summer Cheer Camp at the Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center! 🎉 Join us for two summer sessions of fun-filled dance, band dance, cheer/chants, stunt classes, tumbling, jumps, and more!

 Here are the details:

🗓 Session 1: June 1st & June 8th

🕘 Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

📅 Registration Deadline: May 30th

Session 1 – Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/4wjxdkxa 

🗓 Session 2: July 13th & July 20th

🕘 Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

📅 Registration Deadline: July 11th

Session 2 – Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/mv6say2m 

💵 Cost: $50 with T-Shirt / $40 without T-Shirt

Hurry and secure your spot! Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn and have fun! 




The Downtown Market!

Join us at the Anniston Downtown Farmer’s Market, happening every Saturday from May through October, 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM CT! Discover a vibrant array of fresh produce, honey, meats, dairy, artisanal foods, baked goods, crafts, and more at the new City Market (114 West 11th Street Anniston, AL 36201).

Enjoy live music, cooking demos, and special events featuring local chefs and artists. This Certified Farmers Market is your chance to connect directly with small and medium growers and producers.

For more information, call 256-624-7172 or email marketmanagerafm@yahoo.com. Growers interested in selling can obtain permits at no charge from the County Extension Office (256-237-6121). See you there!

2024 Summer Day Camp!

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The City of Anniston is excited to host its annual Summer Day Camp Program. The Summer Camps will run from May 28, 2024, through August 2, 2024, from 7:00 AM until 5:30 PM (Monday – Friday).

Our camps will take place at the Carver Community Center, Norwood Hodges Community Center, & Wiggins Community Center! 

Activities will include: Nature & Science, Drama, Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Outdoor Survival, Contests, Music, Field Trips, Dance, Swimming Lessons, Cooking, Gymnastics, Tumbling, and more!


You may register online at: https://www.annistonal.gov/parks-recreation/summer-camp/ 

Registration forms may also be picked-up at each community center camp site. You may also download a registration form here: https://tinyurl.com/cmueku3h. To register in-person, once you have filled-out your registration form, you may either deliver it to any Anniston Community Center, or mail it to:

The City of Anniston Parks and Recreation Department

P.O. Box 2168

Anniston, AL 36202

Attn: Day Camp


Camp fees for residents of the City of Anniston are $55 per week per child; $50 for each additional child in the same family. 
Weekly fees for non-residents are $60 per week per child. 
There is a $25 one-time registration fee for all campers. Fees are non-refundable. 

Additional Information:

Carver Community Center – (256) 231-7630 (Pat)

Hodges Community Center – (256) 231-7627 (Kevin)

Wiggins Community Center – (256) 231-7628 (Carol)

Thank you!

Summer Adventures in Learning! (SAIL)

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Children regress when they don’t practice their academic skills over the summer. This is known as summer learning loss, or the summer slide. Children from low-income families lose two-three months of grade equivalency. Thanks to wonderful partnerships throughout East Alabama, we are excited to introduce our community’s own Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program, as a dynamic component of the City of Anniston’s Summer Day Camps this year!

Designed for students entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in August 2024, this SAIL program welcomes participants from the City of Anniston’s Summer Camp Programs at Wiggins, Carver, and Hodges Community Centers, along with students residing in Calhoun County. This program primarily focuses on students not meeting grade level standards. Daily attendance is mandatory to participate in this SAIL program.

The classroom components of the SAIL program will be hosted at The Donoho School. SAIL students will be required to participate in both the Summer Day Camp Program and the SAIL program, and they’ll be offered transportation from their respective Summer Camp locations to The Donoho School for 3.5 hours of daily instruction featuring innovative reading and math sessions rooted in the BellXcel curriculum, led by certified local educators. After breaks for lunch, city transportation will take Summer Day Camp students back to their respective community centers. On Fridays, SAIL students will be transported to Camp Lee for unique outdoor enrichment adventures, and return them to their centers afterwards!

Registration kicks off at designated community centers from May 7th to 9th. All students who register for the SAIL program will be required to take a pre-test prior to final enrollment into the program. This program will start June 3rd and run until August 2nd, excluding July 1-5 and June 19th.

For more information on our community’s SAIL program, please contact the City of Anniston Parks & Recreation Department at: 

Phone: 256-241-7164 or 256-236-8221
Email: sstringer@annistonal.gov or fburroughs@annistonal.gov 

Learn about our local SAIL network by visiting their sites below: 

Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama: https://www.cfnea.org/ 
The Donoho School: https://www.donohoschool.com/ 
Alabama Power: https://www.alabamapower.com/
Camp Lee: https://camplee.org/ 
BellXcel: https://www.bellxcel.org/