CALENDAR

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a Swamp John’s fish fry Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Plates are $13 and include fish, shrimp, or chicken and all the fixings. The fire department is located at 81390 U.S. Highway 278, Blountsville.

NARFE SPECIAL MEETING for all federal employees, retirees, an annuitants will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m., at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Guntersville. Chris Alexander, head of the Federal BCBS health program, will present a program and handouts concerning changes for 2023. Officers for 2023 will be elected. Those who preregister will receive a free meal. Phone Jerry at 256-660-0119 or Kathy at 256-506-9450 or 205-429-3005 to register or for information.

CAREER OUTREACH DAY The Oneonta Career Center is partnering with Oneonta Public Library on a monthly basis beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and continuing each third Thursday thereafter. Career Center staff will be available in the library lobby to assist patrons with any career needs.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Liz and the Grand Tour will perform in a fundraising concert at Blountsville Historical Park. This is a family event. All proceeds benefit FLFR.

Banners of 2022 Art & Photo Contest winners are on display at Shape ‘N’ Up through Thursday, Oct 20. Visit FLFR’s YouTube channel to see videos of the ceremony and winner interviews.

Stop by Blountsville Fire Station to view Joan Babcock’s broad winged hawk mural in progress.

Don’t miss Paulette Haywood Ogard’s post on our Facebook page about October butterflies.

Join other volunteers each Monday, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, at Restoration Nursery (215 Taylor Ford Road, Blountsville) to start native plant and milkweed seedlings for river restoration and pollinator gardens. Email jennah@flfral.com to participate.

Register for events, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at www.FLFR.org. Follow us on Facebook for updates due to weather.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE offers free Lunch & Learn classes the third Tuesday of each month, 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.

Successful Aging, Oct. 18, Oneonta TBD; Garden Tools 101, Nov. 15, Blountsville TBD. Visit www.aces.edu/blount for more information.

The Extension office has relocated to the Family Service Center, 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 405A, Oneonta. We can still be contacted via phone (205-274-2129) or email (blountcountyextension@aces.edu).

INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP for homeowners and those enrolled in Conservation Reserve Programs (CRP) will be Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Nancy Loewenstein, Extension specialist in forestry and wildlife sciences, will be guest speaker. The event is free, but registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 18. Phone the Blount County Extension Office at 205-274-2129.

PINE MOUNTAIN EVENTS Bluegrass Jamboree will be Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Pine Mountain Community Center. Robbie & Blue Mourning and the Pine Mountain Bluegrass Band will perform. There will also be jamming, concessions, and Trade Day.

Fall festival will be Monday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the Community Center. The event features games, prizes, face painting, candy, food, and handmade goods.

Pine Mountain Community Center’s September meeting will not be rescheduled. All are encouraged to attend the annual community meeting and potluck Saturday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

Craft night is every Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Lee’s Chapel.

All events are free and open to the public. The center is located at 4477 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap. Visit pinemountain.info for details.

J.B. PENNINGTON HOMECOMING 2022 All graduated classes are invited to enter a float in the parade to be held Friday, Oct. 21, at 2:30 p.m. Alumni are also invited to tour the school grounds at 3:30 p.m. Contact the school office to enter your float. The Pride of J.B. Pennington Tiger Marching Band will host a fundraiser dinner at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets may be purchased from band members. Football players and cheerleaders from the 1940s and 1950s will be introduced prior to the game. Contact Dr. Joe Brindley at 205-274-7737 or 205-915-3806 or email amchan@blountboe.net to participate. Class reunions may be held at the school anytime. Phone the office for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will have Halloween Cruise & Croon Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on First Avenue East in downtown Oneonta. There will be more than three blocks of classic vehicles, food trucks, and live entertainment.

OBA is conducting a membership drive. All non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals are welcome to join. For more information about membership and all of OBA’s projects, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, phone Tara Murphree at 205-813-7194, or email oneontabusinessassociation@gmail.com.

THE COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS Tickets are now on sale for the hilarious comedy “Things My Mother Taught Me” by Katherine DiSavino at the Neely Theatre in downtown Oneonta this October. Reserve your seats at coveredbridgeplayers.ludus.com. For more information visit The Covered Bridge Players at the Neely Theatre Facebook page.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE fundraiser and silent auction will be Thursday, Nov. 3, at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Auction will be in the gym from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Meal will be served in the fellowship hall at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to reserve your seat at 205-625-5416.

FLYNT BOOK SIGNING Noted Alabama and Southern historian Dr. Wayne Flynt will speak and hold a book signing Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m., at The Community Arts Theater. Flynt is currently touring nationally for his new book Afternoons with Harper Lee. He says this book is more in the vein of conversations with an old friend than of Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee which dealt with letters exchanged between the two.

COMMUNITY WIND BAND The Snead State Community College Fine Arts Department Community Wind Band will perform Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m., at Bevill Center Auditorium. The band is comprised of Snead State students, adults within the Snead State area, and area high school students who have demonstrated excellence in All-State tryouts. Rehearsals have begun, but there is still time to participate. Contact director Mike McGee at 256-840-4148 or mike.mcgee@snead.edu for more information.

22ND ANNUAL PALISADES PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Registration is open through Tuesday, Nov. 15, for spots to decorate. Phone 205-274-0017 with questions or to register.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS If you are 55 or older and interested in volunteering, contact Blount County RSVP coordinator Gemma Hayes at 205-625-4901. Sign up for at least one hour of volunteer work in our community between now and Dec. 8 and join us at our Winter Recognition Banquet.

BLOUNT COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB meets the second Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m., at Blount County Memorial Museum. Phone Leonard Yarbrough at 205-429-3435 for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group has open discussion meetings every Monday and Thursday, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop, 400 Sixth Street South, Oneonta. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Phone 205-237-0593 or 205-237-0592 for more information.

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 meets the second Saturday of each month, at 8:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta. Membership dues are $40 per year. Contact Commander Joe Franklin at 205-446-5547, Vice Commander Larry Baker at 205- 213-0905, or Adjutant Mike Mitchell at 205-559-2515 if you have questions about membership eligibility.

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.

SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Capt. William Graves Camp #805 meets the second Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m., in the chapel at Blountsville Historical Park. Meetings are family oriented and open to the public. Contact Norman Alexander at 205-482-4666 for information.