CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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 info@flfr.com 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 www.FLFR.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ROYAL T-BALL, BASEBALL, SOFTBALL Tiger Youth Sports Incorporated will have teams at Royal Ballpark. Sign up fee is $100 which includes uniform. Registration will be Saturday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. until noon, at the ballpark. You may also register any time before Jan. 31 at J&H Automotive & Tire in Blountsville. Phone John-Ross Pentecost at 256-708-0137 with questions.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No items will be due and late fees will not accrue on days the library is closed.

The library is starting a jigsaw puzzle exchange. It is requested that donated puzzles be in good condition with no missing pieces. You do not have to bring a puzzle to take one home, and it is not required that puzzles be returned.

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 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.

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

QUALIFYING FOR LOCAL POLITICAL OFFICE If you are interested in qualifying as a Democrat to run in any upcoming local office, contact Paige Cutcliffe at 205-274-4178 or 205-919-5092. Deadline to qualify is Friday, Jan. 28.

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.

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 www.aces.edu/blount for more information.

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

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

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 survey 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 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.

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

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 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.

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

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. 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.