CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION November meeting dates are: tomorrow, 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanup day will be Saturday, Nov. 9: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self. Visit flfr.org to register.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will teach important life lessons through stories, songs, and fun activities.

Monday, Nov. 11: The library will be closed for Veterans Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.: Prof.Seth Terrell from Wallace State will teach teens story-writing techniques.

English as a Second Language lab is cancelled this week; 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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

OLDIE GOLDIE HOSPITAL FRIENDS will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant.

SPONSOR A CHILD FOR CHRISTMAS Blount County DHR has more than 150 children available for sponsorship. Lunch will be provided Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium for anyone who takes a Santa list. Lists will be available until 4:30 p.m. or until they are all taken. Phone Alicia at 205-274-5224 or Joslyn at 205-274-5240 for more information.

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 through Friday, Nov. 15. Decorating will begin in November. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, phone the park at 205-274-0017.

CULLMAN HEART WALK will be Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 9 a.m., at Depot Park in downtown Cullman. The event features the heart walk, survivor walk, kid’s activities, free health screenings, nutrition tips, and much more. Register or get information at www.heart.org/cullmanheartwalk.

ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Entries are currently being accepted. Phone city hall at 205-589-2311 or visit Town of Altoona Facebook page for details.

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 LarryLStone4@gmail.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 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 funder@otelco.net or Harold Deason at hdeson@aol.com.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Reid at 205-590-1726 for more info.

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.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at Azteca Tex-Mex Grill, 300 Springville Station Blvd., Springville (behind Walmart), at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@charter.net for more information.

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.

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, 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.

ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University 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.

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.

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.

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.).

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Horton Mill Covered Bridge Hike will be Saturday, Nov. 16. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the bridge and join Tammy Mason on an easy hike along the Calvert Prong from the bridge to the old mill site.

ADEM public hearing will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 1148 College Street, Blountsville. This hearing is for the public to tell ADEM how important a clean river is to life in Blount County.

2019 Art & Photo Contest winners will be on display at Blountsville Public Library through Nov. 30.

FLFR is looking for volunteers. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

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

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual Festival of Lights Tree Contest is seeking sponsors and decorators. Thirty live Frasier fir trees are available for $150 each (includes stand and sign) and can be decorated anytime Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 26-28. Trees will be lit Friday, Nov. 29, at the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. For registration forms and decorating guidelines, visit the OBA website below.

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. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/ oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA events.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB members are selling 2.5-pound bags of shelled, 2019 South Alabama crop raw peanuts for $10 per bag. 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.