CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum and Blount County Historical Society invites Blount County citizens, descendents of William Edward and Ola Idella England of Holly Springs, and anyone who attended Holly Springs School to the dedication of the Holly Springs School historical marker. The dedication is today, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. at 7284 County Highway 27, Springville.

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.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem will test kids’ building skills to create a superhero base. Winners will receive a certificate, social media recognition, and an opportunity to play Minecraft on our smart board at the next event. Monday, Sept. 9: Homeschool Hangouts meets at 1 p.m. for part one of coding through a Lego maze.Duel Monsters Game Night will be at 5 p.m. Teen Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. to finalize plans for October and November events and discuss marketing. Thursday, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers resumes.Bring your current needlecraft projects or learn how to crochet.New members of all skill levels welcome. 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.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274- 7641 for more information on library programs.

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.

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.

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 SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD) SCREENINGS Cullman Regional will host free PAD screenings Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Phone 256-735-5600 to schedule an appointment or register online at www.cullmanregional.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS Tickets are on sale for “Rumors.” Shows will be Sept. 13 through 22 (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.) For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 205-274- 7469 or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

OSBORN/WILLIAMS REUNION Descendents of James D. Osborn and Elizabeth Folsom Osborn Williams will meet Sunday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Dalton Moss Lodge, Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish, photos, and fond memories to share.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is accepting nominations for its annual awards: Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Volunteen of the Year. Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15. Awards will be presented at the OBA “Stars Fell on Oneonta” Annual Awards Dinner Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., on the street in front of SwampTails. There will also be entertainment and door prizes. Visit the website for nomination information.

The OBA meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room.

“Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, has met it’s Phase 1 goal. Contributions can be made for Phase 2 through the OBA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. Plans are being made for the Christmas tree and holiday decorating contests, the community Christmas tree lighting, and other holiday activities. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA events.

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 or email cwilliams@blountboe.net to register.

THIRD THURSDAYS The newly formed Oneonta Downtown District (ODD) invites all ages to Third Thursday, Sept. 19. Participating merchants will remain open until 8 p.m. to offer unique shopping experiences and a Sip + Stroll. Purchase a cup for $5 and visit each merchant for a complimentary beverage (and a snack). Proceeds benefit ODD and a selected non-profit organization (this month’s benefactor is Friends of the Locust Fork River.) Visit www.oneontadowntowndistrict.com for more information and a list of participating merchants.

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 info.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1970 will have a reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at The Hitchin’ Post, 3019 County Highway 14, Snead. Lunch will be served around 1 p.m. for $15 per plate. Contact Sharon Woodard at 205-429- 2883 or 205-237-1734 for information.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Fall bee school begins Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The free classes will meet each Thursday through Nov. 14. We cover everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping.

The group 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. 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 funder@otelco.net or Harold Deason at hdeson@aol.com.

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.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual dinner Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., at Blountsville Elementary School. Whiskers Catfish and Chicken will cater. $25 per person. Carry outs available at 5:30 p.m. Drawings will be held for door prizes and three grand prizes. Tickets are available at the J.B. Pennington High School office.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute fall term continues through Oct. 7 (ZMTI 105 Minor Prophets) and Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (ZMTI 106A Biblical Foundations I). All classes meet Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta Fellowship Hall. Tuition is $50 plus book. Register at Samford.edu/go/mti. Phone 205-625- 3191 for more information.

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 extends its deepest thanks to Hometown Market and its patrons for their continuing support of homeless veterans. The post has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205- 532-6464. The tree will be decorated Nov. 26 through 28.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Art and Photo Contest winners will be on display at The Makers Downtown (103 3rd Street N, Oneonta) beginning Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visit the website for complete display information.

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 ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

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

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 LarryLStone4@gmail.com.

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 www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

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.

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.

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN There will be a gospel/bluegrass/ ole time country acoustic open jam at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Phone 205-612- 4239 or 205-274-0017 for 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 dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times. ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University to provide free counseling sessions for new and existing small business owners the second Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. Phone Ken Grissom, director of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at JSU, at 256-282-3380 for an appointment. BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Featured bands play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Jamming starts at 4 p.m., open stage at 5 p.m., house band plays at 6:30 p.m., and featured band plays at 7 p.m. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363-0507 for more information. RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP R.O.S.S. holds free, open to all, recovery support group meetings every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Help is available for those battling addiction, those in recovery needing support, and families struggling with addiction. Phone Susan Sweatman at 205-837- 5436 with questions.

HAYDEN COMMUNITY CENTER will have Senior Days every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m until 1 p.m., through October.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB Brooms and mops are available for purchase at Blountsville Pharmacy. Brooms are $8; mops are $6; child’s broom and mop are $5 each. Phone 205-429-3556 for more information.

LUGGAGE OF LOVE Gently used luggage is needed for foster children to pack their clothes when they must move from their homes or to a new home. Luggage may be dropped off at Cleveland First Baptist Church. It will be given to Blount County DHR. Phone Susan at 205-837-5436 for information.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama offers assistance with utility payments for those who qualify. Phone 855-287- 1730 or visit caaneal.org to schedule an appointment. Questions? Phone 205- 413-4717.