ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Membership Mingle will be tomorrow, 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,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Stop by and see Susie Wilkerson at FLFR’s booth at Hayden Day.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to noon: Landscaping at King’s Bend Scenic Overlook Park.

Saturday, Oct. 9: Stop by FLFR’s booth at the Covered Bridge Festival.

Saturday, Oct. 9: Hike to Powell Falls with Sam Howell or help with riverbank cleanups.

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 2021 Art & Photo Contest are on display at The Gym through Dec.1. 2020 Art & Photo Contest winners 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 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

VIVA MEDICARE will have annual enrollment group meetings to share 2022 Viva Medicare plan information Thursday, Oct. 7, and Friday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., at The Little Brick Church, 112 Second Avenue East, Oneonta, and Thursday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., at Hayden Community Center, 629 County Highway 7. RSVP or get more information by phoning Kim Booth at 205-552-4601.

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.

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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 for information. Register online at

USDA ACCEPTING 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

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.