CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The awards ceremony for Art and Photo Contest winners will be today, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., at the fair. Winning works will be on display at The Makers Downtown (103 3rd Street N, Oneonta) beginning Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m.until 8 p.m.Visit the website for complete traveling display information.

FLFR is looking for volunteers for the Art & Photo Contest, KDoR, and leading hikes and kayak trips. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting tomorrow, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta.All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD) SCREENINGS Cullman Regional will host free PAD screenings tomorrow, Sept. 12, in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Phone 256-735- 5600 to schedule an appointment or register online at www.cullmanregional.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS Tickets are on sale for “Rumors.” Shows will be Sept. 13 through 22 (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.) For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 205-274-7469 or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com. Like us on Facebook.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to attend a weekly program with their child beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided for the 10-week course offered to children who will attend a Blount County school. Spaces are first come, first served. Phone 205-775- 1955 ext. 9927 or email cwilliams@blountboe.net to register. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers resumes. Bring your current needlecraft projects or learn how to crochet. New members of all skill levels welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will teach important life lessons through stories, fun activities, and song.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.: Teens are invited to a Super Smash Bros. brawl.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m. ESL classes are Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Story Hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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. Visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

HAYDEN COMMUNITY CENTER will have Senior Days every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m until 1 p.m., through October.

4-H CHICK CHAIN SHOW AND AUCTION will be Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m., at the Blount County Fair. Fifteen youth will show birds, including Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, and Barred Plymouth Rock, raised over the summer. The brown egg layers will then be auctioned. Awards will be presented for showmanship, best of breed, and best overall pen.

OSBORN/WILLIAMS REUNION Descendents of James D. Osborn and Elizabeth Folsom Osborn Williams will meet Sunday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Dalton Moss Lodge, Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish, photos, and fond memories to share.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is accepting nominations for its annual awards: Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Volunteen of the Year. Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15. Awards will be presented at the OBA “Stars Fell on Oneonta” Annual Awards Dinner Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., on the street in front of SwampTails. Visit the website for nomination information.

The OBA meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room.

“Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, has met it’s Phase 1 goal. Contributions can be made for Phase 2 through the OBA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. Plans are being made for the Christmas tree and holiday decorating contests, the community Christmas tree lighting, and other holiday activities. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA events. BALANCE BUILDER SILVER SNEAKERS® WORKSHOP Learn about common risk factors and steps to prevent falls Thursday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2, Cullman Regional campus. Cost of the lunch and learn program is $5 for Healthy Life members and $8 for others. Register online at www.cullmanregional.com or phone 256-735-5600. THIRD THURSDAYS The newly formed Oneonta Downtown District (ODD) invites all ages to Third Thursday, Sept. 19. Participating merchants will remain open until 8 p.m. to offer unique shopping experiences and a Sip + Stroll. Purchase a cup for $5 and visit each merchant for a complimentary beverage (and a snack). Proceeds benefit ODD and a selected non-profit organization (this month’s benefactor is Friends of the Locust Fork River.) Visit www.oneontadowntowndistrict.com for more information and a list of participating merchants.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes your choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or a combination, slaw, fries, hush puppies, dessert, and drink.

CARS AT THE CAVE will be Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Rickwood Caverns State Park. There will be food vendors, music, and prizes. General admission is $3. Free registration for all vehicles. Phone the park office at 205-647-9692 for information.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1970 will have a reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at The Hitchin’ Post, 3019 County Highway 14, Snead. Lunch will be served around 1 p.m. for $15 per plate. Contact Sharon Woodard at 205- 429-2883 or 205-237-1734 for more information.

BEEF SYSTEMS SHORT COURSE will be on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 24 through Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Topics include forages and nutrition, herd health and reproduction, record keeping and environmental stewardship, and economics and meat science. Cost is $40. Register online at www.aces.edu/blog/topics/beef-resources/beef-systemsshort course. Contact Regional Extension Agent Gerry Thompson at 256- 508-2020 or thompgl@aces.edu or visit Blount County Alabama Extension Facebook page for more information.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 256-638-4430 ext. 150 with questions.

ONEONTA BIKE PATROL AND RESERVES will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Oneonta City Depot. Plates are $12 and include fish, shrimp, chicken, or combo and all the sides. Tickets are available at the Oneonta Police Department.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual dinner Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., at Blountsville Elementary School. Whiskers Catfish and Chicken will cater. $25 per person. Carry outs available at 5:30 p.m. Drawings will be held for door prizes and three grand prizes. Tickets are available at the J.B. Pennington High School office.

SOUTHERN HERITAGE FESTIVAL The Blountsville Historical Society invites you to celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial Saturday, Oct. 5, at Blountsville Historical Park. There will be food, craft demonstrations, music, and period costumes. Admission is free; parking is $5. All proceeds benefit the park.

The park is available for weddings, reunions, and meetings. Hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., to stamp your 200th celebration passbook, and view several old and interesting artifacts on display. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute fall term continues through Oct. 7 (ZMTI 105 Minor Prophets) and Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (ZMTI 106A Biblical Foundations I). All classes meet Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta Fellowship Hall. Tuition is $50 plus book. Register at Samford.edu/go/mti. Phone 205-625- 3191 for more information.

AGING: RESPONDING TO THE CALL is a free training conference for law enforcement and first responders. Six CEUs can be earned Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Heritage Golf Course, 1364 Heritage Road, Oneonta. Lunch will be provided. Register online at www.m4a.org/ register. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Phone 205-670-5770 or email rjames@m4a.org for more information.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART is recognizing all Vietnam veterans as grand marshals for the 2019 Blount County Veterans Parade. All Vietnam veterans are asked to sign up for the parade at the Blount County Memorial Museum during regular hours, Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone Amy Rhudy at 205-625- 6905 for more information.

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 extends its deepest thanks to Hometown Market and its patrons for their continuing support of homeless veterans. The post has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205- 532-6464. The tree will be decorated Nov. 26 through 28.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB Brooms and mops are available for purchase at Blountsville Pharmacy. Brooms are $8; mops are $6; child’s broom and mop are $5 each. Phone 205-429-3556 for more information.

LUGGAGE OF LOVE Gently used luggage is needed for foster children to pack their clothes when they must move from their homes or to a new home. Luggage may be dropped off at Cleveland First Baptist Church. It will be given to Blount County DHR. Phone Susan at 205-837-5436 for information.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER Those age 60 and older can enjoy fellowship, games, and a meal Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The center also offers bus transportation, exercise equipment, quilting facilities, a pool table, sewing machines, 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 BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Fall bee school begins Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The free classes will meet each Thursday through Nov. 14. We cover everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping. The group meets every fourth Thursday (January through October), from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center, 62561 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Those interested in honey bees or beekeeping are invited. We regularly purchase bees and supplies as a group. Door prizes are given at each meeting. You must be present to win. For more information contact Lonnie Funderburg at funder@otelco.net or Harold Deason at hdeson@aol.com.

BLOUNT COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION Blountsville Post #129 meets the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Blount American Legion Hall. Oneonta Post #72 meets the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s. Snead Post #818 meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the old Snead Senior Center. Locust Fork Post #2014 does not have a regular meeting schedule. For more information on any post, email Larry Stone at LarryLStone4@gmail.com.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets the last Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography at any skill level are invited. Phone 205-559- 2203 or 205-274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets every Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 205-590- 1726 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 205-274-7780 or 205-274-0596.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 205-274- 9188 to register or receive more information. ALABAMA DIVISION OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blountsville Historical Park. For more information phone 256-706- 6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 205-482-4666. DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 205-283-3357, email dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times. BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Featured bands play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Jamming starts at 4 p.m., open stage at 5 p.m., house band plays at 6:30 p.m., and featured band plays at 7 p.m. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363-0507 for more information. RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP R.O.S.S. holds free, open to all, recovery support group meetings every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Help is available for those battling addiction, those in recovery needing support, and families struggling with addiction. Phone Susan Sweatman at 205-837- 5436 with questions.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 205-353-1696 for more information.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CHAPTER 28 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The Blount County group has a service office at 1004 2nd Street East, Oneonta, open each Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Hayden office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Friday at Hayden Town Hall. Free services include assistance with forms for veteran benefits, insurance, and more. For information or to make an appointment, phone Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 205-359-1865 or Gary Clements at 256-655-4867.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is currently being offered, teaching gun safety, handling, and care of a handgun. The free course is open to the public, but individuals must have their own handgun and ammunition.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 205-625-4127, or email rclaburn422@yahoo.com.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors free to Blount County residents. For more information, phone Sondra Horsley at 205-681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email blountcountyliteracycouncil@gmail.com.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 205-323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 205-274- 2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 205-251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET offers a wide variety of local and homegrown produce. The market is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Come early for the best selection.

LOVE WRITING AND/OR ART? The Oneonta Public Library is starting a club for teens interested in helping produce an E-zine where teens can submit their poems, short stories, and art for online distribution. If you are interested in submitting work or helping produce the E-zine, stop by the library or email oplprogramming@gmail.com.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone 205-429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama offers assistance with utility payments for those who qualify. Phone 855-287- 1730 or visit caaneal.org to schedule an appointment. Questions? Phone 205- 413-4717.