CALENDAR

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.

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.

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 $35 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.

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.

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

SNEAD STATE MUSIC 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

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 MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information or photos of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (formerly Church of Christ) located next to Auto Zone in Oneonta. If you have information please contact Amy Rhudy during museum hours Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 205-625-6905 or Shirley Hall at 205- 994-1135.

ALABAMA EXTENSION SERVICE Important flooding recovery resources are available on the Alabama Extension website www.aces.edu. Topics cover a wide range of issues from gardens and fields to livestock and their forage.

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 information.

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.

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.

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.

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. . Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844-1017 for more information.

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.

SNEAD SENIOR CENTER Join us for activities and lunch. Home delivered meals are available. The center is located at 268 Richman Drive and hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-466-7628 for information.

USDA EXTENDS DEADLINE 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 Friday, Oct. 15. To learn more about this program visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance or www.usda.gov.

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 Monday, 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.

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.

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.