Community Development Week 2023 | April 10th-14th

CDBG Week 2023

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: 

Thank you!

Spring Break in Anniston! (2023)

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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.

2023 Heritage Festival!

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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)

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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: or 256 231-7628.

Saturday Alive!

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Join us for a guest favorite – Saturday Alive! Each month we’ll discuss a new topic and introduce you to several of our animal ambassadors. There is always something fun to learn at the Anniston Museums and Gardens!

This program is included with daily admission and free for members.

43rd annual Heritage Festival: 43 Years of Poetry Celebration

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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 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 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 or call 256-237-6766. Vendor space is limited. Vendor fee is $40 per business and includes an 8-foot table and two chairs.

A Plantsman and His Plants Guest Speaker: Robert Wilson

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Join us in February when Robert Wilson of Lynchburg, TN shares some of coolest, hard to find plants from his micronursery. Robert likes to play with and propagate those plants that are new, few, and rarely seen at basic plant nurseries. After his talk, Robert will offer a selection of his plants for sale! It’s a perfect time to add something interesting to your garden or landscape.

Robert Wilson is a native Tennessean and currently resides in Lynchburg, TN. Robert has been involved with horticulture since 1995 and has been enthralled with plants ever since. Currently he has a small home garden and nursery. He manages a few private properties in Monteagle and Sewanee, TN. Robert’s wife Emily and their herd of cats consume whatever leftover free time he can manage. His hobbies include weird plants, fishing, and watering- and of course music, all day everyday!

This program is $5/person. AM&G members are free. Pre-register online or call 256-237-6766.

Little Explorers A to Z Preschool Class

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Children ages 3½ to 5, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join our Education team each Tuesday as we encourage curiosity, exploration, and learning through play with stories, activities, and crafts about the natural world. Following the program, parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum with their child and learn more about the day’s topic in the exhibit halls. A new topic will be explored each week and animal ambassadors will drop in periodically to help out!

This program is included in museum admission and free for members.
*Younger siblings are welcome, but all activities are geared toward older preschool aged children.

Christmas Carols and the Stories Behind Them

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Get into the Christmas spirit with the Berman Museum! Experience carols played on Berman Collections organs from different periods, enjoy live music and refreshments, and learn the stories behind beloved Christmas carols. It’s the perfect way to spend a December afternoon with friends and family.
This program is included in museum admission and is free for members.

81st Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

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December 7, 1941, is the “date which will live in infamy” – the attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into World War II. Commemorate this historic event 81 years later at the Berman Museum. Visit the Pearl Harbor gallery any time between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to learn more about our neighbors who gave the ultimate sacrifice that day and hear the inspiring stories of a survivor.
This program is included in museum admission and is free for members.