The Chilton County Extension Office will host a diabetes cooking school called “Right Bite.” The classes will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. Participants will learn about portion control, reading labels, choosing carbohydrates, various sweeteners, controlling blood pressure and much more. The cooking school will show how to enjoy healthy foods while controlling diabetes. Recipes will be prepared with an opportunity for tasting. The program will be conducted by Regional Extension Agent and registered dietician Christina LeVert. Pre-register by calling the office at (205) 280-6268 and mailing the $10 registration fee to P.O. Box 30, Clanton, AL 35046. Space is limited.


Flutter 2016 will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center on the Jefferson State Community College Campus. Those planning to attend will have the option to bid on 100 different items with auctioneer Tommy Glasscock while enjoying food, drinks and music. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Call (205) 755-4205 for tickets or purchase online at www.butterflybridgecac.org. The event benefits Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center.


Clanton First United Methodist Church will host a women’s event, “IF: Gathering” in the Helen E. Parrish Activity Center. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 6. The “IF: Gathering” seeks to gather, equip and unleash a generation of women to live out God’s calling on their lives. The goal is to make the name of Jesus great in and through the women of the church, neighborhood and city. Food will be provided. There will be snacks on Feb. 5 and lunch on Feb. 6 with snacks available throughout the day. Childcare will not be provided. There will be a time for conversation and digging deeper into what everyone is learning. Speakers will be telecast from Austin, Texas. Registration for the event is $1. Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged. For more information, visit www.clantonfumc.org or visit www.ifgathering.com.


Join Kelsey’s Place (a local non-profit that helps people improve job search skills and find employment) as they enjoy an evening of mystery and intrigue by solving a baffling murder that occurs at the Calypso Ball held at the Pledger Manor. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at 904 Second Ave. N. For more information, contact (205) 755-7101.


The Chilton County Master Gardener Association will hold a meeting at Jemison City Hall from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9. The program is to be announced.


Feb. 20: Senior Connection of Chilton County will hold a chili cook off and health fair on Feb. 20. There is a $5 admission fee. There will be a free chili tasting and health screening. The cost to enter chili in the cook off is $25 and there is a $25 charge for booth space at the health fair. For more information, call (205) 755-8227 or chiltonseniorconnection@gmail.com.


The Mental Health Board of Chilton and Shelby Counties, Inc. will host its annual Public Board Meeting for more from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 10. For more information, call Judy Towner at (205) 668-4308. If individuals would like to be placed on the agenda to speak/present, call by Feb. 5. The meeting will be held at 151 Hamilton Center in Calera. For more information, call (205) 668-4308.


The Jemison Fairytale Show will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Jemison Municipal Complex. Everyone is invited to come and participate. The event is open to all ages. The cost to attend is $2 adults $1 for school-aged children. For more information, contact Jemison Librarian Tammie McGriff at (205) 688-4491 ext. 318.


A preliminary pageant for the Chilton County/Shelby County Woodlands Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Clanton Country Club. This will be a double crown event where there will be a set of queens awarded for Chilton County and Shelby County. Forms can be picked up at Brenda’s Formal Wear, Bar-D, or by contacting chiltoncowoodlands@gmail.com. The pageant is an official preliminary to the Alabama Woodlands Scholarship Pageants, which is the qualifier for the United States Woodlands Scholarship Pageant. This is the first year for the pageant to be held in Chilton County. The timber industry is one of the largest industries in the state, and provides much needed funding to Alabama. Every girl should fee empowered and should strive to be the best person that she can be. The pageant’s platform is “The Girl Power Campaign.” The philanthropy is the Hydrocephalous Foundation and every year each queen raises money for the Hydrocephalous Walk that is held in Alabama. The queens make appearances throughout the year in various parades, fundraisers (such as collecting and donating school supplies to less fortunate), various society fundraiser walks, seeing off the troops overseas, and even at theme parks to spend the day having fun.


The 27th annual Marion W. Easterling Memorial Gospel Singing will be held Feb. 20 at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church Family Life Center at 2930 County Road 49, Clanton. There will be performances by Canaan Land, Holy Destiny and Justified. There will be free admission and food will be provided at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Percy Scott at (205) 755-2647.


Senior Connection of Chilton County will host the annual chili cook off and health fair on Feb. 20. The cost to attend if $5 for admission. There is a $25 chili entry fee and $25 for booth space for the health fair. There will be a free chili tasting and health screening. For more information, call (205) 755-8227 or chiltonseniorconnection@gmail.com.


Art classes for children will resume and a new adult class will be beginning the first week of January at the Chilton County Arts Council building at 703 Second Avenue North in Clanton. The children’s class is held on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. and the adult class on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. These are general art classes with emphasis on drawing, composition and color. The cost is $12, each evening for members of CCAC and $15 each evening for non-members. The instructor for these classes is Sue Anne Hoyt who holds a MFA degree in painting from Auburn. Please let us know if there are specific classes that you are interested in as we have many skilled artists in CCAC and we would like to offer additional classes of interest. Contact us to submit a proposal if you have an area of expertise in the arts and would like to teach a class. Call Sue Anne Hoyt at (205) 305-0105 for additional information.


A 2016 “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series” will be held on the first Friday of each month at 2 p.m. This webinar series provides information individuals can use about good and bas insects. Webinars are free and open to the public. Topics discussed will include how individuals can help pollinators and other good insects by using pesticides properly. There will also be discussion about how to control insects that are deemed as bad, such as fire ants, vegetable bugs, a new invasive fruit fly and cockroaches. Snakes aren’t insects, but they can be good and bad, so the webinar will discuss them as well. The webinars are brought by Imported Fire Ants and Urban IPM, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension Service, and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. The link to a web page listing of all of the webinars is http://articles.extension.org/pages/73368/2016-all-bugs-good-and-bad-webinar-series.


The Clanton Senior Center is looking for church groups or individuals who are interested in widening their outreach ministry by delivering Meals on Wheels to the homebound Senior Citizens. If interested, please contact Carolyn Thomas at the Senior Center at (205) 755-3248 or (205) 389-4534 for more details.


In May 2016, Lake Mitchell HOBO plans to award two $2,000 scholarships to students who live in Chilton and/or Coosa County. To apply, a student must be a senior in good standing with at least a B average, and planning to attend an Alabama college in the fall of 2016. The student must submit an application form, participate at one or more Lake Mitchell clean-ups, write an essay, and be interviewed by members of the committee. Any student who is interested in applying for the scholarship can go to the website at www.lakemitchellhobo.org/scholarships.html and download the HOBO Scholarship Application Form and the HOBO Scholarship Requirements. Contact Rebecca Beaty at rebecca.beaty@gmail.com for more information.


The Chilton County Retired Educators will be awarding a scholarship to a college senior who will be graduating by June 2016 in the field of education. The recipient must be a graduate of a high school in Chilton County. Those interested in applying should submit a resume along with a short summary stating the reasons for choosing the field of education. Mail resumes by Oct. 12 to Mrs. Peggie Harris 1300 County Road 83, Clanton, AL 35045.