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 on March 8 and March 15. 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.


Award winning artists of the Chilton County Arts Council and Alabama Gourd Society will display, demonstrate and sell gourd art at the Rose Gallery at 703 Second Ave. N. in Clanton every Saturday in March from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, contact Mack Gothard (706) 299-4596 or chiltoncountyartscouncil@hotmail.com.


Art classes for children have resumed and a new adult class began 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 LeCroy Career Tech Center is looking for students that would be interested in enrolling in an EMT basic course and a volunteer firefighter certification course. Classes would begin in October and would either be one or two nights a week depending on student availability. Classes will be held at the LCTC public safety classroom. For more information, contact the LCTC at (205) 280-2920. The LeCroy Career Tech Center is located at 2829 Fourth Ave. N. in Clanton.


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.