BLOUNT COUNTY FLU DRIVE will be today, 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.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville.

THIRD THURSDAY SIP + STROLL The Oneonta Downtown District (ODD) presents the second Third Thursday of the season. Participating merchants will remain open tomorrow, Oct. 17 until 8 p.m. and offer unique shopping experiences. Purchase a cup for $5 and visit each location for a complimentary beverage and light snacks. A portion of October cup sales will be donated to the American Breast Cancer Foundation as we are #paintingitpink downtown in October. Stay tuned to the website and Facebook for details about ODD’s haunted tour and Halloween costume contest.

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

PICKIN’ IN THE PARK BLUEGRASS SINGING The Central Blount Lions Club fall bluegrass festival has been postponed until spring.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4 p.m.until 7 p.m.The $12 plate consists of fish, chicken, shrimp, or a combination of two, fries, slaw, hush puppies, dessert, and drink.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart. New members welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.: Lego Club will meet. Also at 10 a.m., Mari Brindle and Joan Babcock will teach a Zentangle® class for adults. Supplies provided.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.: Poet Tina Mozelle Braziel will teach a teen workshop of creating a creepy poem and read it aloud.

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

ASL for beginners is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.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 information on library programs.

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.

DINNER DOWNTOWN The fourth annual event will be Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., on First Avenue in downtown Oneonta. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members. Seating is limited to 150. Phone Lynette at 205-274-2153 from 8 a.m. until noon to order tickets.

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 register. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Phone 205-670-5770 or email for more information.

TRUNK OR TREAT Cullman Regional will host the fifth annual event Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., in the main parking lots in front of the hospital. There will be free food, bounce houses (including one specifically for toddlers), free health screenings, and tons of candy. Visit for more information.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents “Noises Off!” Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 3. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 256-582- 7469 or visit

QUILT SHOW The Blount County Quilters Guild quilt show will be Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 per person. More than 100 quilts will be on display in two buildings. Quilting and craft vendors will be available. There will be a drawing for a quilt on Saturday. Quilters are invited to enter quilts in the show. Bring quilts to the Quilter’s Cottage at Palisades Park on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information phone 205-994- 4749 or 205-515-1484.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Covered Bridge Hike will be Saturday, Oct. 26. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Swann Covered Bridge. The easy to moderate hike will be led by Sam Howell. Register at Don’t forget to visit our booth at the Covered Bridge Festival.

Art and Photo Contest winners will be on display at Oneonta Public Library through Thursday, Oct. 31.

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 to join our team.

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

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Blountsville Elementary Lunchroom. Tickets are $6 and include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk. Proceeds benefit the club’s community and sight projects.

HISTORIC ASHVILLE MASONIC LODGE Blount County Historical Society invites the public to the rededication and open tour of the old Ashville Masonic Lodge Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. The lodge is located on Seventh Street in the Ashville Historic District.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION November meeting dates are: Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. (work session); Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. (business meeting). These changes are due to the Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day holiday.

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.

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

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.

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.

NORTH BROAD STREET CHURCH VETERANS MEETING will be the third Saturday of every month, at 8:30 a.m., in the fellowship hall behind the church located at 308 North Broad Street, Albertville. All active, reserve, and retire military are invited to discuss topics related to military personnel with chaplain Dr. Gary G. Payne, Lt. Col. (Ret.).

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email Deadline is Friday by 4:30 p.m. to publish the following Wednesday.