CALENDAR

APPALACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL will have a yard sale and car wash Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the school. All proceeds benefit PTSO and the football program.

BLOUNTSVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Sept. 25, on Main Street in Blountsville. There will be food trucks, vendors, inflatables, crafts, live music, a parade, and much more.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION annual dinner scheduled for Sept. 25, has been postponed due to COVID concerns. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.: Artist Ashley Armistead will lead “Color the River, Write the River.” Craft river poetry with poet Tina Mozelle Braziel. More info on the website.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.: See you at the Blountsville Harvest Festival.

Come plant seedlings and share plant knowledge at the Restoration Nursery in Royal on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Winning photos from the 2020 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Shape’n Up Fitness Center in Oneonta through Oct. 15.

Joan Babcock’s “Blue Heron” mural at Sullivan’s Auto Service on Ala 79 in Cleveland is finished. Share your pics on social media with the hashtag #FLFRBlueHeronMural.

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

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1981 will have the 40 year reunion Saturday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m, at The Hitching Post of Bullard Farms, 3019 County Highway 14, Snead. Meal will be catered and donations are appreciated to cover cost. RSVP to Tracy at 205-625-1592 or Darline at 205-456-9453.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD will have the annual Quilt Show Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 per person. Phone 205-994-4749 for more information.

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY WIND BAND begins rehearsal Monday, Sept. 27, and will perform Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m., at the Bevill Center Auditorium. There is still time to be a part of the band comprised of Snead State students, adults within the Snead State area, and area high school students who have demonstrated excellence in All-State tryouts. College credit is available for students who would like to participate as a credit course. Contact director Mike McGee at mike.mcgee@snead.edu or 256-840-4148 for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Membership Mingle will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

The OBA annual awards celebration “BBQ Bravo” will be Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Tin Town on First Avenue. Tickets are $40 each (table of 8 for $300) and are available via the website.

Cruise and Croon will be Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Shop, dine at local restaurants and food trucks, listen to live music, and enjoy family fun for all ages. No entry fee.

Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

USDA EXTENDS DEADLINE The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12 rather than the original deadline of Sept. 17.

The deadline for Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers, which provides financial relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19, is Oct. 15.

To learn more about these programs visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance or www.usda.gov.

2 FEET 4 PAWS 5K and Fun Run will be Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8 a.m., at The Gym (Ala 75 across from Oneonta City Schools). Cost is $25 ($35 after Oct. 5) for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile fun run. All proceeds benefit the Blount County Animal Adoption Center. Contact Lynn Pass at 205-762- 0855 or thegym35121@gmail.com for information. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/AL/Oneonta/2Feet4Pawsoneonta.

USDA APPLICATIONS Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) are due Nov. 1. To learn more about this program visit usda.gov/organic.

BLOUNT COUNTY VETERANS PARADE will be Saturday, Nov. 6. Anyone interested in participating in the parade is asked to contact Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, at 205-625-6905, Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., or Lester Hallman at 205-283-4576.

ONEONTA PARK AND RECREATION girls and boys basketball registration is open for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration fee is $40; half is due upon registration. Visit oneontaal.recdesk.com to register.

ONEONTA SENIOR CENTER offers arts and crafts, games, monthly day trips and blood pressure checks, computer games and internet access, fall festivals, and holiday parties. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. The center is located at 101 First Avenue East. Phone 205-625-4476 for more information.

SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE The Carl Coleman Spay/Neuter Trust Fund, held and invested by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, is specifically designated for pet owners in Blount County to receive reduced price spay and neuter services. Call Blount County Animal Adoption Center Tuesday through Friday at 205-625-6026 for approval or with questions. Approved participants will pay a $20 co-pay to the clinic on the day of surgery.

SNEAD SENIOR CENTER is open at 268 Richman Drive. Come join us for activities and lunch. Home delivered meals are available. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-466-7628 for info.

ENCOMPASS HEALTH HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients. Volunteers run errands, walk and care for pets, and assist with light house cleaning. Volunteers are given choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do. For more information or to sign up, contact Terri Bailey, volunteer coordinator, at 205-762-0998 or Terri.Bailey@encompasshealth.com.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA, a non-profit organization, is taking applications for a part-time assistant case manager. Send resume to taylor@caaneal.org or phone 256-899-9180 with questions.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM For genealogy appointments, phone Amy Rhudy during museum hours Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 205-625-6905.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY has a display of china painted by Betty Alexander. Also on display are some of her wood carvings. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Masks are required for entry. Phone 205-429-3156, visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for info.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the library has returned to curbside pickup only. Reserve items through the catalog page of www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or by calling 205-274-7641.

Library 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Free tours of the cabins are available during regular hours. The park is available for weddings, reunions, and meetings and is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429-2468 or 205-410-4404 for reservations.

SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL Oneonta Fire Department has a safe medication disposal box outside the fire department on Second Street. Medications can be dropped off at any time.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at R&R BBQ, Hwy 411, Odenville. Meeting and meal at 6 p.m. All Purple Heart recipients and spouses are welcome to attend or join. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844-1017.

GROW MORE GIVE MORE is a project that teaches home gardeners new skills and encourages them to share their harvest with the community. We teach you to Grow More fruits and vegetables so you can Give More to those fighting hunger and food insecurity. Visit www.aces.edu/go/growmore for online resources, contact the Blount County Extension Office at 205-274-2129, or phone the Master Gardener Helpline at 877-252-4769.

You may drop off donated produce at the following sites:

• One Life Mission, 35 Salem Church Road, Blountsville, AL 35031, Angel Holmes, 205-493-3443

• 79 Thrift Store/Eagle’s Wings/Teen Challenge, 23536 State Highway 79, Trafford, AL 35172, Phillip Jones or Rick Burleson, 205-966-2272

• Her Recovery/Redeemed, 130 Tuscaloosa Pike, Cleveland, AL 35049, Mary Beth Robertson, 205-446-7183

• The Recovery, 75 Cemetery Road, Altoona, AL 35952, Lisa or Chris Knight, 205-456-0212

• Locust Fork Thrift Store, 29984 State Highway 79, Locust Fork, AL 35097, 205-285-1688

ALABAMA APART TOGETHER is a crisis counseling program providing supportive services to Alabamians affected by COVID-19… all of us. Phone 1-888-442-1793 to access confidential and free services and information about available community resources.

ELECTRIC AND PROPANE ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama is offering assistance paying electric and propane bills. To apply, download the LITTLite mobile app or call 1-855-287-1730 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Program funding is provided by ADECA. Visit www.caaneal.org or follow us on Facebook for more information.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER offers various types of assistance for senior citizens in Blount County. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER is now open. Those age 60 and older can enjoy fellowship, games, and a meal Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The center also offers exercise equipment, quilting facilities, a pool table, and a computer. The center is located at 335 Stadium Circle, Douglas (across from Douglas High School). Phone 256-840-1440 for more information.