CALENDAR

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., at Hayden Community Center.The seventh annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served, first responders will be recognized, poster contest winners will be announced, and 2021 Citizen and Business of the Year awards will be presented. All chamber meetings are open to the public.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is open to the public. Masks are required and patrons are asked to maintain social distance. Curbside service is available with 30 minutes notice.Reserve items through www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or by calling 205-274-7641.

The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving. Normal hours resume Monday, Nov.29.

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.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK The annual drive-thru light show will be Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 31, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The park will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturdays, Dec. 4 and Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to noon: Landscaping at Scenic Overlook.

Saturdays, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8: Riverbank cleanups at five locations. Swann Covered Bridge starts at 9 a.m.

Come plant seedlings and share plant knowledge at the Restoration Nursery in Royal on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Last day to volunteer is Nov. 22. Nursery will reopen Jan. 17, 2022.

FLFR seeks a college level environmental/ science student for a paid internship. Work 20 hours per month while completing requirements for FLFR Watershed Steward Certificate. Email info@flfr.com for more information. Funds provided by a CAWACO RC&D grant.

Winning photos from the 2021 Art & Photo Contest are on display at The Gym through Dec. 1. Winners from the 2020 contest are on display at Shape’n Up.

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

CHRISTMAS IN CLEVELAND presented by Cleveland Elementary PTSO will be Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the Cleveland Elementary Gym, 115 Stadium Drive, Cleveland. There will be craft and food vendors, children’s activities, and pictures with Santa.

WEST BLOUNT CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Details will be posted on the West Blount Fire District Facebook page.

ALABAMA WATER WATCH VOLUNTEERS Play a vital role in helping to protect the Locust Fork River by learning to monitor water chemistry and perform bacteriological testing. New volunteers and those needing to recertify email debra@flfral.com ASAP with contact information and phone number. Course will be online with an in-person field testing day Saturday, Dec. 4. (Rain date Dec. 11.)

A SHOT FOR ALABAMA The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and Alabama Cooperative Extension System are looking for current Alabama residents age 19 and older to participate in a survery about COVID-19 vaccination awareness and acceptance. You do not have to be vaccinated to participate. Visit aub.ie/ASFACM to complete the survey. Contact Dr. Matt Ulmer, PhD, at ulmermj@aces.edu or 334-844- 3517 or Dr. Salisa Westrick, PhD, at westrsc@auburn.edu or 334-844-8314 with questions.

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

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.

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.

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 parttime assistant case manager. Send resume to taylor@caaneal.org or phone 256-899-9180 with questions.

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.

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.

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. All Purple Heart recipients and spouses are welcome to attend or join. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844- 1017.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email production@blountcountian.com. Deadline is Friday, noon.