CALENDAR

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.

COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL is Saturday, Oct. 9, beginning at 9 a.m., in downtown Oneonta.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Oct. 9: Stop by FLFR’s booth at the Covered Bridge Festival.

Saturday, Oct. 9: Hike to Powell Falls with Sam Howell, at 9:30 a.m., or help with riverbank cleanups at five locations. Swann Covered Bridge starts at 9 a.m.

Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30, Nov. 6 and 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Locust Fork Baptist Church: Nature Art Class with Dr. Shivani. Class is limited to 10 vaccinated participants.

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.Previous year Art & Photo Contest winners are on display at Shape’n Up Fitness Center in Oneonta through Oct.15.

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

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE will have a Swamp John’s fish fry Saturday, Oct. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. All plates are $12 and include fish, chicken, shrimp, or combo; slaw; hush puppies; fries; pickle; onion; drink; and choice of homemade dessert. Eat in or carry out available.

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/2Feet- 4Pawsoneonta.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is reopened to the public. Masks are required and patrons are asked to maintain social distance. Curbside service remains available with 30 minutes notice. 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.

VIVA MEDICARE will have annual enrollment group meetings to share 2022 Viva Medicare plan information tomorrow, 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.

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

“A Spook and a Show” will be Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Come paint pumpkins and watch “Hocus Pocus.” Sponsored by OBA, the City of Oneonta, and Oneonta Public Library.

“Creepy 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, participate in a costume contest, 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. SNEAD STATE MUSIC PERFORMANCES Percussionist Deborah Loach will perform Saturday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m., in Fielder Auditorium.

The Jazz Band will provide music during Snead State’s Founder’s Day Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The band will perform at the gazebo behind the Administration Building on the Boaz campus.

The Wind Band will perform Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m., at the Bevill Center Auditorium. The band is comprised of Snead State students, adults within the Snead State area, and area high school students who have demonstrated excellence in All-State tryouts. Contact director Mike McGee at mike.mcgee@snead.edu or 256-840- 4148 for more information.

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 usda. gov/organic.

GERHART MUSIC FESTIVAL The Golden Anniversary celebration of the annual Gerhart Music Festival at Snead State Comunity College (originally scheduled for Nov. 2 and 4-7) has been deferred until fall 2022. Final dates have not been set.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Anyone interested in decorating a spot for a business, church, civic group, or family may register through Monday, Nov. 15. Decorating will begin in November. Registration forms are available at the park office or online at www.blountcountypark.com/activities/christmas/. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 with questions.

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.