CALENDAR

BOOTS VS. BADGES BLOOD DRIVE will be tomorrow, Aug.22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 308 2nd Street North, Oneonta.All donors will receive a free t-shirt.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will have the annual potluck picnic Friday, Aug. 23, at Palisades Park from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. in the Dalton Moss Lodge. Come, bring a favorite dish, and meet old and new friends.

KIDS SAFETY DAY Blount County 911 will host the first Kids Safety Day Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Walmart in Oneonta. Kids will be able to tour ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, helicopters, and other emergency response vehicles.There will also be safety information, giveaways, food, ice cream, and other fun activities.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet. Bring your current needlecraft projects or come learn how to crochet with provided supplies. New members always welcome.

Monday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts for teens will be using critical thinking and problem solving skills on a basic farming simulator game. Teens will try to maximize their production of food units, and at the end will compare efforts to see what worked.

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m.: Teens are invited to come learn how to create art using the Zentangle method. This is an easy method that works for different skill levels.

Thursday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m.: Blount County author and railroad historian Marvin Clemons will present a talk on Birmingham’s iconic Terminal Station and sign copies of his book, “Great Temple of Travel, A Pictorial History of Birmingham Terminal Station.” The book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the loss of Terminal Station.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Story Hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

ESL classes are Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Float the Fork Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meet at Locust Fork High School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to put-in location. Get more details and register by emailing info@flfr.org or sharon@flfral.com.

Entries in the art and photo contest will be displayed in the conference room of the Wallace State Oneonta center Monday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 29, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. daily, and Friday, Aug. 30, from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite piece.

FLFR is looking for volunteers for the Art & Photo Contest, KDoR, and leading hikes and kayak trips. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at flfr.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1955 will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

BUTTS FAMILY will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Mountain Grove Church fellowship hall. Bring a covered dish. Call 205-429-2568 for information.

GARGUS FAMILY will have a reunion Sunday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the D.S. Loyd building at Palisades Park. Call Sandy at 205-274-8440 or 205-601-8623 for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Downtown merchants, property owners, and interested individuals are invited to a meeting about the “Light the Town” project Monday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Community Church.

The OBA meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s

Blount board room.

“Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, is underway. Contributions can be made through the OBA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. Plans are being made for the Christmas tree and holiday decorating contests, the community Christmas tree lighting, and other holiday activities. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA special events. BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will launch a seven-part series called Building Blocks of Our Community at its monthly luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 28, from noon until 1 p.m., at Heritage Golf Clubhouse. Greg Brown, St. Vincent’s Blount hospital administrator, will share information about health care progress in the county. Each event will examine a different topic that is a vital part of everyday life in Blount County. Lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the luncheon, a representative from Iron ReHealth will be available to answer questions concerning small business health insurance plans offered through the Chamber. Phone the Chamber office at 205-274-2153 or email barbara@blountoneontachamber.org for more information. BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum and Blount County Historical Society invites Blount County citizens, descendents of William Edward and Ola Idella England of Holly Springs, and anyone who attended Holly Springs School to the dedication of the Holly Springs School historical marker. The dedication is Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. at 7284 County Highway 27, Springville.

The museum is searching for information about: Mountain Brook Grocery Store (located near Blount Springs) before it was moved in 1957; the low water bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road and a covered bridge in the same area; the Blow Gourd community west of Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland (specifically a more than 100-year-old home at 43 Sullivan Drive that was a store where customers used a gourd to call the proprieter.)

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905 with any information or for details on events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

FREE FISH FRY Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Woodland Park Sheds 3 and 4. Johnny Owen, Justin Thompson, and Eric Robinson invite you to come enjoy fellowship and the day. All are welcome.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL football players and cheerleaders during the years 1968 through 1973 will have a reunion Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m., in the high school cafeteria. Team members, cheerleaders, coaches, and fans are invited.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to attend a weekly program with their child beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided for the 10-week course offered to children who will attend a Blount County school. Spaces are first come, first served. Phone 205- 775-1955 ext. 9927 to register.

CULLMAN REGIONAL FOUNDATION announces the 28th Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Extravaganza scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, at TP Country Club. There will be morning and afternoon four-person scramble tournaments, putting contest, helicopter ball drop, and the Million Dollar Hole-In-One shoot out. For more information or to register, phone 256-737-2565 or email crmcfoundation@cullmanregional.com.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta.

BOTTOMS UP FOR CROHN’S AND COLITIS The second annual fundraiser will be Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Cahaba Brewing Company. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and include two drink tickets, access to the silent auction, tailgate snacks, tailgate games, trivia, a Kendra Scott trunk show, and more. Proceeds benefit research and programs funded by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/chapters/alabama or contact Emily Richter at 646-387-2149 or erichter@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents ‘Noises Off!’ Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 3. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 256-582- 7469 or visit www.wholebackstage.com.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS phone numbers have changed: Oneonta Elementary School 205-536-7756; Oneonta Middle School 205-543-5203; Oneonta High School 205-545-5913; Central Office 205-543-1515.

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP will meet on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Mountain Chapel Church, 1871 Rogers Rd., Oneonta. The first meeting is Sept. 9. For more information, contact Cathryn Baker at 205-612-6648.

ONEONTA BIKE PATROL AND RESERVES will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Oneonta City Depot. Plates are $12 and include fish, shrimp, chicken, or combo and all the sides. Tickets are available at the Oneonta Police Department.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute fall term continues through Oct. 7 (ZMTI 105 Minor Prophets) and Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (ZMTI 106A Biblical Foundations I). All classes meet Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta Fellowship Hall. Tuition is $50 plus book. Register at Samford.edu/go/mti. Phone 205-625-3191 for more information.

HAYDEN COMMUNITY CENTER will have Senior Days every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m until 1 p.m., through October.

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 extends its deepest thanks to Hometown Market and its patrons for their continuing support of homeless veterans. The post has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205-532-6464. The tree will be decorated Nov. 26 through 28.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB Brooms and mops are available for purchase at Blountsville Pharmacy. Brooms are $8; mops are $6; child’s broom and mop are $5 each. Phone 205-429-3556 for more information.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets the last Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography at any skill level are invited. Phone 205-559- 2203 or 205-274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets every Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday (January through October), from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center, 62561 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Those interested in beekeeping are invited. Beekeeping classes will be held in the fall for those desiring to become a beekeeper. We regularly purchase bees and supplies as a group. Door prizes are given at each meeting. You must be present to win. For more information contact Lonnie Funderburg at funder@otelco.net or Harold Deason at hdeson@aol.com.

RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP R.O.S.S. holds free, open to all, recovery support group meetings every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Help is available for those battling addiction, those in recovery needing support, and families struggling with addiction. Phone Susan Sweatman at 205-837- 5436 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blountsville Historical Park. For more information phone 256-706- 6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 205-482-4666.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET offers a wide variety of local and homegrown produce. The market is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Come early for the best selection.