BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. Jim Kilgore will present “The Kate Duncan Smith DAR School” and the Historical Society will provide a light lunch for $5.

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 today, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more info phone 205-994- 4749 or 205-515-1484.

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.

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

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

FLFR is looking for volunteers. 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

INTERNET EVANGELISM MEETING will be Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., at Cleveland First Baptist Church on Ala 79 in Cleveland. The purpose of the meeting, led by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s director of Internet evangelism Mark Apppleton, is to inform about program details and answer questions according to Sam Hollis, meeting organizer, former Hayden Baptist Church pastor, and current outreach pastor for East Side Baptist Church in Cullman.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects. New members welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Teens age 12 to 19 may come by the library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and submit an application to join the library’s Minecraft server (Bedrock Edition).

Monday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts for teens will meet for part one of mazes and maze design.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.: Teens are invited to celebrate “Stranger Things” with a scavenger-style hunt, trivia contest, and costume contest. Earn points to win the The Other Side graphic novel.

Thursday, Oct. 31: Drop off your child’s favorite stuffed animal for the third annual Sleeps & Treats. There will be a Halloween story hour at 4:30 p.m. A slideshow of what the toys were up to all night will be posted Friday. Toys and treats will be available for pickup Friday, Nov. 1, after noon.

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

TRUNK OR TREAT Cullman Regional will host the fifth annual event tomorrow, 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.

GERHART MUSIC FESTIVAL The 47th annual festival will begin with the Gerhart Youth Concert tomorrow, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m., and conclude with the Gerhart Concert Sunday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. Both are in Fielder Auditorium at Snead State Community College. As part of the festival, Dr. Barbara Hudson will lead an Alexander Technique seminar Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Maze Music Building. Visit for more information.

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

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.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART is recognizing all Vietnam veterans as grand marshals for the 2019 Blount County Veterans Parade on Saturday, Nov. 2. All Vietnam veterans are asked to sign up for the parade by Thursday, Oct. 31, 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.

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.

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.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville will be guest speaker.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

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.

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205- 532-6464. The tree will be decorated Nov. 26 through 28.

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

10-DIGIT DIALING is now mandatory. In order to accommodate the new 659 area code, 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. Current area codes and phone numbers will not change. 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB Brooms and mops are available for purchase at Blountsville Pharmacy. Brooms are $8; mops are $6; child’s broom and mop are $5 each. Phone 205-429-3556 for more information.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 205- 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

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