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CELEBRATE NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Lincoln Avenue in front of the Family Services Mall.Come hear local bands, enjoy great food, and learn more about the many organizations working together to make recovery possible in Blount County.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wondering what is being done right now to expand highspeed Internet service in Blount County? The Internet touches almost every aspect of our lives these days! Get the answers to all your Internet service questions at the Chamber lunch today, Sept. 25, at noon, at Heritage Golf Course in Oneonta. This event, which is sponsored by OTELCO, is free and open to the public.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION released the following updated meeting notices: special called meeting tomorrow, Sept. 26, 9 a.m., to consider FY2020 budget adoption, vacating unnamed road in D-3 associated with the estate of Randy Earl Copeland, consider authorizing the purchase of a backhoe for D-1 off National Joint Purchasing Alliance, and consider authorizing bids for the purchase of four pick-up trucks for each district foreman; October work session Thursday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.; October business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. (held early due to Oct. 14 Columbus Day holiday).

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet. Bring your needlecraft project or come learn to crochet. New members welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will help children learn important life lessons through stories, fun activities, and songs.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Stanley Moss, vice president, will speak on the topic “Guess Who: Notable Alabama Connections.”

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.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Anyone interested in decorating for a business, church, civic group, or family may register at the park beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Nov. 15. Decorating will begin in November. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, phone the park at 205-274-0017.

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.

SUGARLAND LAKE FALL FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at McKay Park. There will be free food, games, jump house, kayaks, compound bow shooting, and family fun.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION “Stars Fell on Oneonta” Annual Awards Dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., on the street in front of SwampTails. There will also be entertainment and door prizes. Visit the website for ticket 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

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

10-DIGIT DIALING becomes mandatory after Saturday, Oct. 12. You will now need to dial the area code for all local calls. After Oct. 12, if you dial only seven digits, your call will not go through. All services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment programmed with a seven-digit number will need to be reprogrammed. Examples are life safety systems, business phones, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, etc. You may also want to check your business stationery or advertising materials to ensure the area code is included.

BLOUNT COUNTY FLU DRIVE will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. There is no charge for Medicare, Medicaid, or BCBS patients. Those with other insurance or without insurance pay $5. Hepatitis A vaccine will also be available for adults in high risk categories.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 18. If your class would like to ride in the parade or have reserved seating at the game, contact Shannon Jones, assistant principal, at 205-545-5913. The parade begins at 3 p.m.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1979 will have the 40th class reunion Friday, Oct. 18. Classmates are asked to contact Donny Ray at 205- 353-7479 for details.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE AGING BRAIN, a dementia and Alzheimer’s community awareness event, will be Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 108 Third Avenue East, Oneonta. There will be an expert speaker, local testimonials, and refreshments. Phone Melissa Gilliland at 205-625-3190 for information.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Fall bee school begins tomorrow, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER Those 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 offers bus transportation, exercise equipment, quilting facilities, pool table, sewing machines, and computer and is located at 335 Stadium Circle, Douglas (across from Douglas High School). Phone 256-840- 1440 for more info.

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. LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is 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.

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.