COVERED BRIDGE MARCHING FESTIVAL hosted by Oneonta High School Redskin Marching Band will be Saturday, Oct. 5, at Gilbreath Stadium. Sixteen high school marching bands will perform. Gates open at 10:45 a.m. Admission is $5. Vendors and concessions will be available.

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 PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem will challenge kids to create a supervillain lair fit for the season.Winners will receive a certificate and have their build and picture posted on social media.

Monday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts will meet for part two of Coding with Legos. Attendance at part one is not required. At 5 p.m.come play or learn how at Duel Monsters Game Night.At 6 p.m.the Teen Advisory Board will meet to discuss business and plans for the remainder of 2019.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Come learn American Sign Language with ASL interpreter Peggy Freeman. This is a 10-week course for beginners.Instruction is free, but come early as space is limited.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m., and 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 or phone 205-274- 7641 for more info.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION meeting notices: October work session tomorrow, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.; October business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. (held early due to Oct. 14 Columbus Day holiday).

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

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 6 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,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA events.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

THINK PINK WOMEN’S HEALTH LUNCHEON The second annual event hosted by Cullman Regional will be Thursday, Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Top of the Town, Cullman. Tickets are $20 per person or $175 per table of 10. Phone 256-735-5600 or visit to purchase tickets or get more information.

LIONS CLUB Second District 34-A Cabinet meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Crossroads Baptist Church, Warrior. The public is invited to this meeting hosted by Hayden Lions Club. Wear your favorite collegiate team’s jersey and bring canned goods for chances to win door prizes. Phone Tim Sosebee at 205-568-0076 for more information.

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.

PRIDE OF HAYDEN MARCHING FESTIVAL The 13 annual festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Robert W. Reid Stadium in Hayden.

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.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute Biblical Foundations class begins Monday, Oct. 21. The eight-week course will meet each Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta fellowship hall, 300 Third Avenue East. Tuition is $50 plus book. Register at 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 Deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Phone 205-670-5770 or email for more information.

COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL sponsored by the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will be Saturday, Oct. 26, downtown Oneonta. Booth registration is now open. Download an application from https:// or phone 205-274-2153.

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL OF GADSDEN will have the second annual Home, Garden, and Design Show and Santa’s Workshop Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the Venue at Coosa Landing. $10 tickets are available at the door. All proceeds benefit the community. Visit for vendor registration or more information.

BARKS IN THE PARK will be Saturday, Nov. 2, at Highland Lake Anchor. Registration is from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Wag Walk and Dog Costume Contest begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $15 plus a bag of Puppy Chow. Hosted by the Lady Lakers, this event is a fundraiser for the Animal Adoption Center of Blount County. Download registration forms at Phone Cheryl at 205-515-0432 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.

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

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

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., in the fellowship hall of Mountain Chapel Church, 1871 Rogers Road, Oneonta. For more information, contact Cathryn Baker at 205-612-6648.

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

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 to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Fall bee school meets each Thursday through Nov. 14. The course is free and 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 or Harold Deason at

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, 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.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta. 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, or visit for more information and times.

ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Chamber of Commerce partners with JSU to provide free counseling sessions for new and existing small business owners the second Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. Phone Ken Grissom, director of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at JSU, at 256-282-3380 for an appointment.

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN There will be a gospel/bluegrass/ ole time country acoustic open jam at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. April through December, and 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. January through March. Phone 205-612-4239 or 205-274-0017 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.