February 3-May 12
Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama will be offering free income tax service in Rockford. They will be located in the E-911 building on Communication Drive each Wednesday from 9 to 2 beginning February 3 until May 12. Parking is in the rear of the building. Anyone wanting to get their income tax return prepared needs to bring all the documentation necessary to prepare their return, including a photo ID for the taxpayer and spouse, as well as their prior year tax return. You may call the main location in Alexander City (256-234-0347) for an appointment or more information. Be sure to tell them you are in Coosa County and want an appointment at Rockford.
April 23 and May 15
Volunteers are needed to help build and plant three new garden areas at the 4-H Clubhouse in Hanover on April 23 and May 15, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. We will be installing a new butterfly garden and a new pollinator garden, as well as rebuilding the existing frog pond. Please register with the 4-H agent, Janet Lovelady, at 256-284-3572.
EPAC, Equality Performing Arts Center, will host Fourth Friday: Michael Saunders with “Songs from the Heart” on Friday, April 23, beginning at 7 p.m. EPAC is located at 560 Alabama Highway 9, Equality.
In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Coosa County DHR is hosting a drive-through foster home recruitment event from 12 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at the Coosa County DHR office parking lot in Rockford. All attendees and members of the community are encouraged to wear blue, symbolizing child abuse prevention. Come by to support this great cause, obtain recruitment information, wave hello, and receive refreshments. For more information, contact Coosa County DHR at 256-377-2000.
The Weogufka Center is hosting Mule Day on April 24 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities will be outdoors. The event will include mules, wagon rides, pony rides, food, vendors, produce, live music, cake auction, vintage cars, and more! Vendor fee: $30 per site. Admission fee: $5 per car. If raining, the event will be canceled. For more information and to reserve a vendor space, call Melvin Palmer at 256-249-8885.
The Historical Society meets Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in Rockford at the old “Crew’s Drugstore” on Main Street. We have an exciting program to be presented by Kerry Hatchett. Since retiring, he has been researching Indians in Coosa County. He will be sharing that, as well as a map of Coosa County he has created. You don’t have to be a member to attend. We will follow state guidelines for social distancing, and you are welcome to wear a mask if you are more comfortable doing so. Individual prepackaged snacks will be served.
Loraine McKinney Johnson, a native of Goodwater who now resides in Montgomery, will be holding a book signing at the Goodwater Public Library for her newly published book, “Married to Fear: A Testimony of Abuse and Redemption.” Johnson will have books available for purchase onsite, and they will be $15 each. The book signing will be held Thursday, April 29, from 3-6 p.m. at Goodwater Public Library on County Road 66.
Registration for the Goodwater Youth Development and Recreational Center 2021 summer programs starts May 1. Applications will be available at the center starting that day, and the programs are for ages 4-16. Summer programs include swimming, bowling, reading program, field trips, 4-H, inside and outside activities, skating, arts and crafts, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day. The summer program is from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information contact Sharonna Hayes at 256-743-1252.
Equality Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its first Saturday monthly fundraiser on May 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fundraising event will include hot dogs, hamburgers, bake sale, and rummage sale in Equality at the old fire station by the Quality Gas Station on Highway 9. The bake sale starts at 8 a.m., and the rummage sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Goodwater Youth Development and Recreational Center will host May Day, a fundraiser event for parks and recreation, on Saturday, May 22. For more information call 256-743-1252 or 256-839-6301.
May 30-June 11
Registration is now open for Poplar Point Camp’s summer camp! Summer camp will be from May 30 through June 4 for 7-11 year olds and from June 6 through June 11 for 7-11 and 11-18 year olds. More information is available at www.PoplarPointCamp.com. Also new this year, you do not have to pay all up front; you can pay half now and half May 1. Register and learn more at http://poplarpointcamp.com/Camp/summer-camp.
The summer program for the Goodwater Youth Development and Recreational Center kicks off on June 1. The summer program ends July 30. For more information call Sharonna Hayes at 256-743-1252.
Coosa County 4-H is accepting registrations for 4-H Summer Camp, which will be held June 7-9 at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana. Please call or visit the Extension office in Rockford for more information at 256-377-4713.
The Goodwater Youth Development and Recreational Center is open to the public weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and practice days for the travel ball team are those same days from 5 to 6 p.m. Cheerleader practice is held on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 256-743-1252.
The Hanover Neighborhood Watch Meeting is held every third Tuesday of the month at the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department building at 6:30 p.m. Always a meal before the meeting begins. Everyone is cordially invited and encouraged to attend. Y’all come!
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Food Safety Team is working hard to provide food safety information to our clients in Alabama. This year, the food safety agents will provide current information on various subjects on the first Tuesday of every month at noon. We ask you to join us LIVE @acesfoodsafety on Facebook. Questions for the “Tuesday’s Table Talk” may be submitted to www.aces.edu/go/TableTalkTuesdays. The panel will answer questions live on Facebook @acesfoodsafety. Topics are planned for the first Tuesday of each month from now through November. Upcoming topics include “Water Bath and Pressure Canning” for May 4, “Tips for Summer BBQs” for June 1, “Drying, Pickling and Fermentation” for July 6, and “Starting a Food Business” for August 3. See more topics closer to time for those discussions.