CALENDAR

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK The annual drive-thru light show is open tonight, 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.

ALABAMA WASTE SLUDGE AWARENESS PUBLIC MEETING is tomorrow, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., at Guntersville Rec Center, MP Room, 1500 Sunset Drive, Guntersville. If you are concerned or would like to learn more about the practice of applying industrial waste sludge to farms and lands throughout the state or have questions, join us or email alabamawastesludge awareness@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF BLOUNT COUNTY and Commercial Trade Solutions Electrical Division present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” tomorrow, Dec. 2, Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., at the Community Arts Center, 6801 Second Avenue West, Oneonta. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or by visiting blountcountyarts.com.

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.

MITTEN TREE is accepting donations 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.

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 tonight, 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 info@flfr.com 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 today, 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. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Tomorrow, Dec. 2: Free carriage rides downtown from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Pickup location is at the Festival of Trees Gazebo area. At 6:30 p.m., WCRL will have a championship game pep rally for Cleveland and Oneonta. Participating downtown merchants and restaurants will remain open until 7 p.m. Santa will be mingling downtown as well.

Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4: Live and interactive Nativity experience at the Angel Wings mural from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Vote online for the Griswold Goodwill Tour of Homes by Dec. 13; winner will be announced Dec. 16.

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

OHS BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT will be Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., in the Eris Horton Auditorium.

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 AmericanPickers@cineflix.com. 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 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.

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 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 Terri.Bailey@encompasshealth.com.

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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info, or follow the library on Facebook for information.

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 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.

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.

ALABAMA APART TOGETHER is a crisis counseling program providing supportive services to Alabamians affected by COVID-19… all of us. Phone 1-888-442-1793 to access confidential and free services and information about available community resources.

ELECTRIC AND PROPANE ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama is offering assistance paying electric and propane bills. To apply, download the LITTLite mobile app or call 1-855- 287-1730 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Program funding is provided by ADECA. Visit www.caaneal.org or follow us on Facebook for more information.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER offers various types of assistance for senior citizens in Blount County. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

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.

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.