BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will launch a seven-part series called Building Blocks of Our Community at its monthly luncheon today, 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 for more information.

CLASSIC CRUISE-IN will be Saturday, Aug. 31, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. The free event sponsored by Oneonta Business Association features classic cars and live music by Chapter 5.Car owners may participate free of charge and without prior registration. Some downtown merchants will remain open.For more information visit www.oneontabusiness

CLEVELAND LABOR DAY BBQ will be Monday, Sept. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. BBQ plates or sandwiches and hot dogs, Dunn’s fried pies, iced tea, and Coke products will be available. There will be free inflatables for children. Entertainment schedule is: 10 a.m. local talent; 11 a.m.jam session; noon open stage; 1 p.m. Pine Mountain Bluegrass Band. Proceeds help maintain the playground and improve the park.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, 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.”

Monday, Sept. 2: The library will be closed.

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.oneontapublic or phone 205-274- 7641 for more info. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Entries in the art and photo contest will be displayed in the conference room of the Wallace State Oneonta center through tomorrow, Aug. 29, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:40 p.m., 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 to join our team.

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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.

CAHELA, CLABURN, CLEM REUNION The 14th annual event for descendents of “Lizzie” Cahela Claburn Clem will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish to share. Paper products will be provided. Phone 205- 516-3520 for more information.

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.

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.

CARS AT THE CAVE will be Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Rickwood Caverns State Park. There will be food vendors, music, and prizes. General admission is $3. Free registration for all vehicles. Phone the park office at 205-647-9692 for information.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 256-638-4430 ext. 150 with questions.

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.

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

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

BLOUNT COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION Blountsville Post #129 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount American Legion Hall. Oneonta Post #72 meets the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s. Snead Post #818 meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the old Snead Senior Center. Locust Fork Post #2014 does not have a regular meeting schedule. For more information on any post, email Larry Stone at

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 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 honey bees or 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 or Harold Deason at

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 205-590- 1726 for more information.

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. MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at Azteca Tex-Mex Grill, 300 Springville Station Blvd., Springville (behind Walmart), at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-790- 1141 or email lonnie. for more information. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 205-274-7780 or 205-274-0596. ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 205-274- 9188 to register or receive more information. DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare

4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 205-283-3357, email, or visit for more information and times.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email production@blount Deadline is Friday 4:30 p.m.