SPONSOR A CHILD FOR CHRISTMAS Blount County DHR has more than 150 children available for sponsorship.Lunch will be provided today, 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 tomorrow, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails. U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville will be guest speaker.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting tomorrow, 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 begins this month.Prizes will be awarded. For more information, phone the park at 205-274-0017.

FIRST HOG MOUNTAIN TURKEY SHOOTOUT The Nectar community fundraiser will be Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 5215 County Highway 45, Hayden, AL 35079.Shells will be furnished for unloaded 12 ga. or 20 ga. hunting style guns with no scopes. Youth and adult shoots and prizes. No outside coolers or beverages. Refreshments will be available. Contact Jeffrey Best at 205- 368-6760 or Glennis Best at 205-353-9544 for more information.

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. Visit to register.

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.

CULLMAN HEART WALK will be Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 9 a.m., at Depot Park in downtown Cullman. Register or get information at walk.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet. Bring your current needlecraft project or learn to crochet. New members welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.: Lego Club will meet to create something unique in one hour.

Monday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts will put last month’s 3D maze creations to the test.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.: Come play Super Mario Party on the big screen.

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. THIRD THURSDAY SIP + STROLL The Oneonta Downtown District (ODD) presents the third Third Thursday of the season. Participating merchants will remain open Nov. 21 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. Raffle tickets will also be sold. A portion of November cup sales and raffle tickets will be donated to the Hope House to help buy Christmas gifts for children in need. Visit or the Facebook page for more information. DIABETES MANAGEMENT SEMINAR will be Thursday, Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2 at Cullman Regional. The lunch and learn program led by Dr. Carlos Villar is $5 for Healthy Life members and $8 for other. Reserve your spot online at or phone 256- 290-3644.

HOMETOWN BANK FOOD DRIVE HomeTown Bank is conducting a food drive through Friday, Nov. 22, to benefit the Hope House and The Salvation Army. Donations of non-perishable food may be dropped off at any branch.

FILL AN AMBULANCE AND DRIVE AWAY HUNGER Blount EMS and Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to challenge first responders in Blount County to provide a different kind of patient care during the Thanksgiving season. Food items will be collected and delivered to Hope House Food Pantry Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. The goal is to fill as many ambulances as possible. Contact Weslie Powell at 205-625-4567 or Jonathan Ledbetter at 205-274-2752 for more information.

THANKSGIVING LUNCH will be Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Lester Memorial Fellowship Hall. No charge; all are welcome.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 2019 Blount County Christmas parade sponsored by S&S Foods will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The theme is “Parade of Lights.” Visit the website, email or phone 205-274- 2153 to get a parade application.

The Chamber will celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday with a wine tasting Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes & Hops, 231 First Avenue East, Oneonta. Sample a selection of beer and wine and enjoy snacks, live music, and holiday shopping.

Chamber Christmas breakfast will be Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Leadership Blount County class will begin Jan. 16, 2020, and meet every third Thursday through June. The class brings together leaders from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Through monthly seminars participants learn more about our community and come to understand one another and are encouraged to engage for the betterment of the community and its people.

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.

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

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

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 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 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, or visit for more information and times.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD provides mutual aid for area emergencies. Those interested in joining our team contact captain Steven Tuck at 256-506-7622 or co-captain Jeff Baril at 205-237- 1205. Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the squad building, 500 Fieldstone Road, Oneonta (behind the Blount County Sheriff’s Department).