Fourth Friday!

Fourth Friday

Fourth Friday returns for the summer on the following dates:

 Friday, June 24th at 6:00 PM!
 Friday, July 22nd at 6:00 PM!
 Friday, August 26th at 6:00 PM!
 Friday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM!
We are open to vendors for these four events, so please feel free to complete an application and send it to our Main Street Event Coordinator, Karla Eden, at: keden@annistonal.gov.

Link to Vendor Application: 4th Friday Vendor Application 

For questions, you may reach out to Karla at: 256-371-3711. 

DETAILS:

Join us every fourth Friday of the month June through September from 6pm till 9pm for our monthly street festival. We will have food and artisan vendors, kids activities, various themed shows, the classic car Cruise In, and more.

In June, we are bringing back the popular Freestyle Connection BMX Team for 3 action-packed stunt shows. Also on site, kids can bring their bicycle and test their skills on the Bike Rodeo Course. Learn how to safely maneuver through obstacles that you may encounter on the roads or trails.

In July, Mahealani’s Polynesian Entertainment will return to Anniston for our Summer Luau. Mahealani spent the last several months dancing in Hawaii and we are so excited to welcome her group back to Anniston! Join us as they take our community through various authentic island dances.

The Chopped Competition Returns in August, as a few of our downtown restaurants compete to take the title of Chopped Champion from reigning winner, Effina’s Downtown.

New this year, Main Street Anniston presents, Decades Night for our September Fourth Friday. As with all our Fourth Fridays, we encourage you to dress for the theme. Pick your favorite decade and come downtown for a night of groovy fun. This might be the end of our summer event series as we begin to gear up for our fall and winter activities but, that don’t mean you won’t feel your temperature rising… when Elvis takes the stage!  

We love our vendors and can’t wait to have you join us for Fourth Friday, but please remember you must submit a new application for each Fourth Friday you plan to attend.

Wacky Wednesday!

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Join Mainstreet Anniston every Wednesday in June and July for Wacky Wednesday! This is a family friendly event with a focus on fun for the kids. Wacky Wednesday will be hosted in Zinn Park from 10:30am till 12:30pm. We will have various activities each week – from educational programs to general fun.

For event questions, please contact Main Street Anniston Event Coordinator, Karla Eden, at: 256-371-3711.

Insect Pinning Workshop!

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Insect Pinning Workshop 

Saturday, May 28, 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

AMNH Classroom 

Are you fascinated by our six-legged friends? Would you like to start your own insect collection? Join the education team and learn how to pin and mount insects like a pro. Create stunning and intriguing displays or show off your new entomology skill. 

Register online at www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766. This workshop is limited to 15 people, ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required by Friday, May 27. Workshop tickets are $5 per person. Anniston Museums and Gardens members receive a $2 discount per registrant. 

https://7536.blackbaudhosting.com/7536/Insect-Pinning-Workshop 

Rock the Trails!

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Did you know the Anniston Museums and Gardens (AM&G) is home to three nature trails with a wide variety of plant species? You can explore the Mrs. Eugenia G. Brannon Nature Trail with two main loops, the Bird of Prey Trail, and the Longleaf Nature Trail. Explore with our education team for a fun afternoon of creativity as we paint nature-inspired images and encouraging messages on rocks. Once your masterpiece is complete, you can help us “Rock the Trails” by placing your rock on one of AM&G’s three trails for guests to enjoy along the way. 

This program is included in museum admission and is free for members. 

Little Explorers Preschool Program !

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Little Explorers Preschool Program 

Every Tuesday in May, 10:30am – 11:00am 

Anniston Museum of Natural History 

The Anniston Museum of Natural History is the perfect place to keep your preschooler entertained and engaged, all while learning about the world around them. Every Tuesday, our education team will encourage curiosity, exploration, and learning through play with stories, activities, and crafts about the natural world. Each week, a new subject will be explored, and animal ambassadors will drop in periodically to help out! Following the program, parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum with their children and learn more about the day’s topic in our exhibit halls. 

This program is included in museum admission and is free for members. 

2022 Heritage Festival!

2022 Heritage Festival Flyer

2022 Heritage Festival! | 06/18/22 | Zinn Park

The line-up for our annual Heritage Festival is here! We are excited to introduce the following star-studded performers: 

4:00 PM: Pooh’s Hot Band | Featuring – Heidi Mae 
5:30 PM: Kim Scott
6:30 PM: J’Cenae
8:00 PM: Urban Mystic
9:30 PM: The Manhattans | Featuring – Gerald Alston
The fun 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!

We will also have an essay & art contest for high schoolers and middle schoolers this year, with cash prizes for the top 3 finishers in each category! To learn more, please read the contest flyer!

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.

Summer Day Camp Program 2022!

Summer Camps 2022

The City of Anniston will host its annual Summer Day Camp Program. The Summer Camp will run from May 31st through August 5th, from 7:00am until 5:30pm (Monday – Friday), and it will take place at the following 3 community centers: the Carver Community Center, Norwood Hodges Community Center, & Wiggins Community Center!

Registration forms may be picked-up at each community center camp site. To download a printable version of the Summer Camp registration Form, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3LWSLoj 

DETAILS:

DATES & TIMES

The Day Camps begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. — Monday through Friday. Ten action-packed weeks are planned beginning May 3 1 st and ending August 5, 2021. July 4th is a city -wide recognized holiday, and our camps will not operate.

STAFF

Participants in our strategically planned Day Camp Programs are supervised at all times by carefully screened counselors. These qualified leaders instruct the campers, as well as lead them through the daily schedule of activities. Calendars will be available each week to keep parents informed of upcoming events and activities.

COST

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. A convenient daily plan is only $15 per child (if space is available). There is a $25 one-time registration fee for all campers. Fees are non-refundable. Camperships are available for low income families living within Anniston City Limits whose children attend Anniston City Schools. Proof of school enrollment must be provided. Call the camp your child will be attending for more information.

REGISTRATION

Early registration is encouraged since all Anniston Day Camp Programs have limited enrollment. To register your child, follow instructions on the attached registration form.

Baseball & Softball Dual Fundamentals Camp!

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CALLING ALL BASEBALL & SOFTBALL PLAYERS!

Carver Community Center will have a dual fundamentals camp on Saturday, June 25th from 10am until 1pm (boys) and 4pm until 7pm (girls).
Host Location: Anniston Sports Complex (right next to Anniston PARD Aquatic & Fitness Center-130 Summerall Gate Rd) Teams or individuals of all ages are welcome! Come learn the keys to better base running, catching, discipline on the field, and sportsmanship from Carver’s Recreation Leader, Derwin Perry and our special guests Head Baseball & Softball coach from Talladega College, Marcos Dominguez and Amber Hallman

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, however registration is required!

To register please go to the following links:
Baseball (10am-1pm): https://www.eventbrite.com/…/carver-baseball…
Softball (4pm-7pm): https://www.eventbrite.com/…/carver-softball…

Anniston Downtown Market 2022!

The Anniston Downtown Market is Back!

The Anniston Downtown Farmer’s Market will occur every Saturday, from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM, starting May 7, 2022 and running through October 29, 2022! Our Farmer’s Market is located in the heart of Downtown Anniston at the new Coldwater Mountain Brewpub at 1208 Walnut Avenue Anniston, AL 36201.

All are invited to the big top tent beside the brewpub to discover farm fresh produce, honey, meats, and dairy products; artisanal food items including baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, pickled items, and other canned goods; handmade jewelry and crafts; and to learn and sample recipes using locally sourced ingredients from featured local chefs and Calhoun County Extension Office nutritionists.

This Certified Farmers Market is an opportunity for small and medium growers and producers to interact directly with you, their customer! And what better way to put a face with the food you eat than to meet YOUR farmer? Quality vendors and special events including cooking demos, musical guests, featured artists, and more are what help make the Anniston Downtown Market a destination suited for any age.

For additional information, call 256-624-7172 or email marketmanagerafm@yahoo.com. If you are a grower and are interested in selling at the Anniston Downtown Market, permits are available at no charge from the County Extension Office (256-237-6121).

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt!

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Carver Community Center will join Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center on THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH for a FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT! The event will begin at 7PM located at The City of Anniston’s Youth Soccer Complex. The cost of admission is $2 per child. Everyone please bring a flashlight & a bag or basket. Please dress appropriately for the outside weather.

Join us for a great night of fun!

***For a successful program, we need the help of various organizations or individuals within our community to help donate plastic eggs and/or candy. Any monetary donations will be receipted and copies will be made available. ALL DONATIONS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 5PM***

For more information contact Carver Center @ 256-231-7630 or the AFC Director @ 256-847-7349