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2024 Spring Break Activities!

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The City of Anniston is excited to offer all sorts of fun-filled activities for our youth this Spring Break season! For more information on our events, call 256-241-7164!

Below are our scheduled activities for the week of spring break! Please note, the field trip on Thursday requires pre-registration online! 

Monday, March 25
South Highland Center Bubble Bar War, Crafts, Bingo, & a Movie! 
Tuesday, March 26
Hodges Center Learning Pickleball, Scavenger Hunt, & Flag football!
Wednesday, March 27
Field trip day! Must be an anniston resident & register online: www.annistonal.gov/field-trip 
Thursday, March 28
Youth Sports Complex Games, moon bounce, face painting, & flashlight egg hunt!

Anniston Outdoor Association Pinhoti Trail Partnership Hike with Wild Alabama

This will be a 6-mile hike to Scott / Jogloma Lake and back on the Pinhoti Trail between Porter’s Gap
and Horn Mountain. Participants should meet by 9:00 am at the Porter’s Gap Trailhead located on
AL Hwy 77 east of Talladega. Please register for this hike on Wild Alabama’s website once it has been
published at the following link Events – Wild Alabama

For additional details, please contact Jonathan Kelly by email at jonathan@wildal.org.

Anniston Outdoor Association Pinhoti Trail Day Hike

This will be a 6.4-mile hike between the Pinhoti Trail crossing at Cleburne County Road 61 and the
Pine Glenn Campground located on USFS 500. This is an “easy to moderate” portion of the trail in
Section 10 which passes by the Laurel Trail Shelter, Sweetwater Lake, and along Shoal Creek.
Participants should pack a lunch with something to drink and should dress appropriately for the
forecasted weather conditions. The departure time and location for this hike will be 8:00 am from
the Publix parking lot located at the Oxford Exchange adjacent to Exit 188 on I-20 and US Hwy 78.
The street address is 115 Commons Way, Oxford, AL. Participants are also welcome to meet directly
at the trail crossing by 8:45 am.

For more information and to register for this hike, please call/text
Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527, or email him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com.

The registration deadline for this hike is Thursday, February 8.

2024 Shamrockin 5k Color Run/Walk

Shamrockin 5k Color Run/Walk is held in Downtown Anniston. Main Street Anniston brings this fun and exciting event to downtown. Please help support us in this continuous endeavor to the road of revitalization in our Downtown Anniston. Race will start and end at the City Market. The event is fun-filled for the entire family. This colorful walk/run will take you on a course that showcases our Historic Downtown Anniston. Proceeds benefit the beautification of Downtown Anniston.
Registration/Packet Pickup starts at 9 AM. The race begins at 10 AM
sign up here https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Anniston/Shamrockin5KColorRun

The Noble Street Festival & Sunny King Criterium 2024

The Noble Street Festival & Sunny King Criterium return on April 13,  2024. Join us for live music, food trucks, professional USA Cycling races, the Sunny King KidZone, plus more exciting attractions! This event is free to enter, and open to all!

Anniston Heritage Festival

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The 2024 Heritage Festival is almost here! Our annual celebration of Juneteenth looks to be a great time, as this year’s concert will be headlined by “Billboard Top-10 R&B Artists,” Lyfe Jennings! Lyfe is a soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who has been heralded by the New York Times as “a socially minded R&B singer.” You can check his music out at this link: www.youtube.com/@LYFEJENNINGS.
Now is your chance to reserve your VIP experience for this event! Our levels of sponsorship are as follows:
Gold Sponsor ($2,500+)
logo on t-shirt, prominence on all advertisements, opportunity to speak on stage, 20 VIP tickets
Silver Sponsor ($1,500+)
logo on t-shirt, prominence on all advertisements, 15 VIP tickets
Bronze Sponsor ($500+)
logo on t-shirt, prominence on all advertisements, 10 VIP tickets.
For VIP Access & Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frazier Burroughs at (256)-236-8221 and fburroughs@annistonal.gov, or Charles Barclay at (256)-454-2724.
The 2024 Heritage Festival will take place at Zinn Park (101 W 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201) on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 2:00 PM CST until 10:00 PM CST! This event is free to attend, and be on the lookout for future announcements on other artists and other exciting news, as we draw closer to the concert date!
For event information or questions, please contact:
City of Anniston Parks & Recreation Department
sstringer@annistonal.gov | 256-241-7164, ext. 236
Thank you!

2024 Youth Spring Sports Registration!

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It’s time to strap-in, lace-up, and play ball! Registration for Spring Youth Sports is now open! Registration will run until February 29, 2024!

You may register your superstar online today, by visiting: https://bit.ly/3k4G1mH
You may also register in person by completing our registration pamphlet and returning it to any City of Anniston Community Center: http://tinyurl.com/yhfnkh9e

This year we will be offering the following sports:

T.O.T. Soccer ($50)
Youth Soccer ($85)
T-Ball, Baseball, & Softball ($100)
Barracudas Swim Team ($45 per month for 1st child)
Track & Field ($50)

For more information, please contact City of Anniston Athletic Director, Darren Spruill, at: 256-820-3860 and/or dspruill@annistonal.gov.

Day Hiking at Lake Yahou with Lunch to follow at the Cane Creek Grill

Beginning and ending at Lake Yahou, this will be about a 2.83 loop hike using the UXO trail (1- mile),
the Golden Buck Trail (.94 miles), and the Oscar Trail (.89 miles). There is an optional .79-mile path
around the lake for those desiring a shorter hike. Participants should pack snacks and water and
dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions. An optional stop at the nearby Cane Creek
Grill is planned for lunch. The Grill has a variety of great sandwiches and burgers. The meeting time
and location for this outing will be 9:00 am at Lake Yahou. Directions to the lake from Exit 188 on
I-20 are as follows: Go north on US 431 (also known as Golden Springs Road and Anniston’s Eastern
By-Pass) for about 4 miles, turn right on Iron Mountain Road, take an immediate left on Lake Yahou
Road, and follow the road to the lake. Click this link for Google Map directions: Lake Yahou Park Trail
Head. Please contact Keith Hudson by emailing him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com, or by
calling or texting him at 256-453-9527, to register for this outing. The registration deadline for this
trip is Thursday, January 25.

Loop Hike in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness

This will be a loop hike beginning and ending at the Burn’s trailhead located on Cleburne County
Road 55 (also known as the Rabbittown Road). Google directions are: Burns Trailhead. From the
trailhead, the hike will proceed up the access trail to the Pinhoti and will travel about 3 miles on the
trail before intersecting with the Jones Branch Road. The hike will then follow the road for another 3
miles before returning to the trailhead. Jones Branch Road offers several tranquil views of Jones
Branch and the surrounding valley. Pending group interest, there may also be a short side hike to the
“Indian Cave” a large rock overhang that archeological evidence suggests was used by aboriginal
cultures for several years. Participants should pack a lunch with something to drink and dress
appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions for the day. The meeting time for this hike will
be 9:00 am at the Burns Trailhead. To register for this hike, please call or text Keith Hudson at
256-453-9527, or email him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com. The registration deadline for this
trip is Thursday, January 11.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Youth Participation Day!

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The City of Anniston “Good Choices” Program cordially invites the community to our 22d Annual “Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Youth Participation Day” on Monday, January 15, 2024 at the Anniston City Meeting (1615 Noble St, Anniston, AL 36201) commencing at 9:00 AM CST. 

An award will be given to the class with the largest participation! All City and County Schools are invited to participate. Participating students can sign in on-site the day of the event, or by visiting: www.annistonal.gov/mlk-sign-in 

About this Event: 

The breakfast is an annual event sponsored by the City of Anniston Good Choices Program. Its purpose is to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King while imparting to our youth the importance of perpetuating his vision of a united and non-violent society. The program showcases local youth engaging in dance or showcasing their poetic excellence through diction and more! Recognized as Youth Participation Day, all schools, both city and county, are strongly encouraged to participate!


Thank you to the following entities for their continued support and sponsorship of this wonderful event: Calhoun County Commission (Commissioner Fred Wilson), State Representative Barbara A. Boyd, Pandoras Art & Social Club, Iota Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Pan Hellenic Council of Calhoun County, & the Zeta Mu Sigma (Alumni) Chapter Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. 

For additional information and event questions, please contact Carver Center Director, Patricia Pickens, at: 256-231-7630.