FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Jan. 8: Riverbank cleanups at five locations. Swann Covered Bridge starts at 9 a.m

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.

Nursery will reopen Jan. 17, 2022.

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

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

FOSTER PARENT CLASSES at Blount County Department of Human Resources begin Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Phone 205- 274-5200 with questions.

ONEONTA REC CENTER will be closed due to sickness for two weeks for cleaning. The Rec Center will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 18, to start girls basketball season. Email with questions.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Masks are required inside the library and patrons are asked to maintain social distance. Curbside service is 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 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE offers free Lunch & Learn classes the third Tuesday of each month (except March which will be the fourth Tuesday), from noon until 1 p.m. Bring your own sack lunch to the location. Desserts and drinks are provided. Phone 205-274-2129 by 10 a.m. the day of the class to register. Food Preservation/Freeze Drying, Jan. 11, Blount Extension Office, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta; Seed Starting, Feb. 15, Allgood Fire Department; Aquatic Weeds, March 22, Highland Lake TBD; Food Facts and Myths, April 19, Oneonta TBD; Container Gardening, May 17, Hayden TBD; Escape Vapes – Resources for Adults, June 21, Oneonta TBD; Food Plots for Wildlife, July 19, Cleveland TBD; Harvesting Rain with Rain Barrels, Aug. 16, Snead TBD; Food Preparation – Fall in Love with Soups!, Sept. 20, Allgood Fire Department; Successful Aging, Oct. 18, Oneonta TBD; Garden Tools 101, Nov. 15, Blountsville TBD. Visit for more 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.

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.