Fitness Association to hold certification workshop on Dec. 8 in Jacksonville

The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) will be holding primary group exercise certification workshops at the Jacksonville Community Center on Dec. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The certification workshop will include lectures, practical demonstration and written and practical exams. The workshop also will include a one-year membership to the AFAA organization, which is a $68 value.

American Red Cross asks Arkansans to give blood during Sickle Cell Awareness Month

The general public is being asked to help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September, which is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease that affects around 70,000 in the U.S., most of them of African descent but also some of Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Turkish descent.

It is important that blood donors reflect the ethnic diversity of the patients who receive their blood. Patients with sickle cell disease — primarily in the African-American community — are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone within their racial and ethnic groups. The Red Cross is committed to maintaining a diverse base of blood donors to help ensure that all blood types are available for patients with serious medical needs.

The following are upcoming blood donation opportunities: Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 2000 John Harden Drive in Jacksonville; Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Metro Medical Center Education Building, 1400 Braden Road in Jacksonville.

Anyone wanting to donate blood can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The Nixon Public Library announces the following schedule for upcoming events:

Thursday: Adult movie night, "The Lucky One," rated PG-13 at 5 p.m.

Friday: Toddler time at 10:30 a.m.

Monday: Family arcade at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m. and afternoon storytime at 4 p.m.

Nixon Public Library sets programs for older children, adults for September

The Nixon Public Library announces new programs geared for teenagers: A learn to knit class is scheduled for children age 13 and up. Registration is required. Interested people should bring size 10 knitting needles. Free yarn will be provided.

In addition, the library’s True Stories book club will be discussing The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Next month’s title Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history, by S.C. Gwynne, will be discussed in October. A copy can be picked up at the front desk.

The library also has adult game night on Thursdays with dominoes for people who want to learn how to play and for those who want to sharpen their skills. No registration is required. The adult game night is for people 18 years and up.

The Nixon Library Used Book Sale is set for Monday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a. Hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents.

A Clothing Swap is set for Monday, Sept. 24, where patrons can come choose some free used clothing and donate some of your own.

The Book Club Divas will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

The club will be discussing The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. The title Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier will be discussed in October. Persons planning to attend can pick up a copy at the front desk.

Adult Game Night will be held on Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 where the featured card game will be poker. The event is for people who want to learn how to play and for those who want to sharpen his or her skills. No registration required.

The program "Learn to Crochet" is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m. It is for ages 13 and up. Registration is required. Anyone planning to attend needs to bring one skein of 100 percent acrylic (4/medium) yarn and a crochet hook size that is recommended for that yarn.

Preschool storytime will be held each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. which will include stories, fingerplays, songs, and crafts for children ages 3-5 years old. Afterschool storytime also will be held on Wednesdays but at 4 p.m. and will consist of stories, crafts, and snacks for children ages 4-8 years old.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:30 and includes music, movement, stories, and playtime for children ages 12-36 months.

Jacksonville candidates’ forum set for Sept. 27

A candidates’ forum for Jacksonville aldermen candidates is slated for Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center. The event is open to the public.