THE BLOUNT COUNTIAN will be closed today, Nov. 24, through Friday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is open 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 or by calling 205-274-7641.

The library will be closed tomorrow, 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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will be Friday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m., at the gazebo. Come enjoy horse-drawn carriage, Polar Express train, and festive firetruck rides; hot chocolate; food trucks; and snow. Prior to the lighting, children (who must be accompanied by an adult) may visit Neely Theatre to watch “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland.” Santa will lead a Christmas Creatures parade at 5 p.m. downtown.

Sign up for the Griswold Goodwill Tour of Homes. Entries must be located within the city limits and be decorated by Dec. 1. Vote online by Dec. 13; winner will be announced Dec.16.

Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

MITTEN TREE will be available Monday, Nov. 29, at Oneonta Public Library. This year the tree is in memory of Frances Louise Frengel and in honor of Amaryllis Garden Club. Needed items: new mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing items, children’s books, coloring books and crayons, and small toys. Items will be distributed to Blount County Children’s Center and Hope House on or before Dec.22.

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.

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.

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 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.)

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturdays, Dec. 4, and Jan. 15, landscaping at Scenic Overlook has been cancelled.

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

Look for the FLFR display at Palisades Park beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, and our float in the Christmas Parade Tuesday, Dec. 7.

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 for more information. Application deadline is Saturday, Jan. 15. Funds provided by a CAWACO RC&D grant.

Deadline to apply for the FLFR scholarship is Monday, Jan. 31.

Nursery will reopen Jan. 17, 2022.

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 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

AMERICAN PICKERS is coming to Alabama in February. If you have a private collection of unique, unusual, or interesting items and would like to be considered for the show, send your full name, city/state, contact information, and a brief description of your collection to You may also phone 1-855-OLDRUST (653-7878).

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 survey about COVID-19 vaccination awareness and acceptance. You do not have to be vaccinated to participate. Visit to complete the survey. Contact Dr. Matt Ulmer, PhD, at or 334-844- 3517 or Dr. Salisa Westrick, PhD, at or 334-844-8314 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 Topics cover a wide range of issues from gardens and fields to livestock and their forage.

ONEONTA SENIOR CENTER thanks all vendors who participated at their Fall Festival.

The 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

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA, a non-profit organization, is taking applications for a part-time assistant case manager. Send resume to or phone 256-899-9180 with questions.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY has a Barbie doll collection on display through November. 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, or follow the library on Facebook 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.

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.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER Those age 60 and older can enjoy fellowship, games, and a meal Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The center also offers exercise equipment, quilting facilities, a pool table, and a computer. The center is located at 335 Stadium Circle, Douglas (across from Douglas High School). Phone 256-840-1440 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students. Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 205-775-1950, the Oneonta Board of Education at 205-543-1515, or 800-543-3098 for more information.