FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

Saturday, Jan. 15, landscaping at Scenic Overlook has been cancelled.

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.

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

SUSAN MOORE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Dec. 11. The festival, featuring music, food, vendors, chili cookoff, and new playground equipment, will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the park. The parade will be at noon featuring the Oscar Mayer Weienermobile and Big Al. Classic cars, floats, horses, and business entries are welcome. Phone 256-390-0086 to register for the parade or chili cook-off or as a festival vendor. Watch the “What’s Happening in Snead/Susan Moore” Facebook page for updates.

TRAFFORD COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING will be Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION COOKOUT hosted by Sen. Shay Shelnutt and The Alabama Forestry Association will be Thursday, Dec. 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at The Little Brick Church, 112 Second Avenue East, Oneonta.

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

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE will have the Masterworks Chorale concert Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Bevill Center Auditorium. Formerly known as the Community Choir, the Masterworks Chorale will present “Carols Around the World.” The Chorale includes community singers, students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Vote online for the Griswold Goodwill Tour of Homes 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 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.

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 See our display in honor of Blount County Honor Flight veterans at Christmas Lights at Palisades Park.

The 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 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 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.

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. 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.

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 or follow us on Facebook for more information.

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.

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.