CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION has called a special meeting tomorrow, Nov.21, at 1 p.m., in the Commission Boardroom at the Courthouse to consider an agreement for installation of door access controls at the Family Services Center.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets tomorrow, Nov.21, at 6 p.m., at Hayden Community Center, for its sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner. The chamber will provide ham, turkey, dressing, and gravy. Visitors are asked to brings side dishes: last name A-I, vegetable; last name J-R, salad; last name S-Z, dessert. Rodney Green and Ken Benton will present information about the renovation of Robert Reid Stadium.

MITTEN TREE will go up at Oneonta Public Library today, Nov. 20. Please bring new mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing items, children’s books, coloring books and crayons, and small toys.Items will be distributed to the Blount County Children’s Center and Hope House by Dec. 18. The tree is sponsored by the Amaryllis Garden Club.

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.

HOMETOWN BANK FOOD DRIVE Home- Town 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD currently has a vacancy.Those interested in serving on the board please contact Amanda Cole at 205-274- 2149 or visit Oneonta City Hall.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers meets to work on needlecraft projects. Bring your own or come learn to crochet. New members welcome.

Tomorrow, Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club meets to discuss Kristin Hannah’s book True Colors. New members welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will be at the library teaching kids important life lessons through stories, fun activities, and songs.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205- 274-7641 for more information on library programs.

DIABETES MANAGEMENT SEMINAR will be tomorrow, 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 others. Reserve your spot online at www.cullmanregional.com or phone 256- 290-3644.

ITALIAN VISTAS TOUR will depart March 18, 2021. The nine day tour includes Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, and Isle of Capri. Price is $4,449 if enrolled by Dec. 1 and includes airfare, hotels, ground transportation, breakfast and dinner daily, and all entry fees for museums. For more information email corear@ocsredskins.com or jbowman@ocsredskins.com.

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-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 blountoneontachamber.org, email barbara@blountoneontachamber.org 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE will be Friday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Staff and board members invite you to join them for homemade lunch and desserts at 106 First Avenue North, Oneonta. The Children’s Center is a child advocacy center with the mission of preventing child abuse, helping victims, and strengthening families. For more information phone 205-274-7226.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA will be Saturday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service, 308 Second Street North. The free community event will include Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, fire truck show, blacksmith exhibition, arts and crafts, snacks, and hot chocolate.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual Festival of Lights Tree Contest is seeking sponsors and decorators. Only a few live Frasier fir trees are still 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 seventh annual Holiday Decorating Contest is open for registration through Monday, Nov. 25. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded in eight categories. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 10. Visit the OBA website below for more information.

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 its 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.

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 info phone 256-706-6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 205-482-4666.

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).

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Decorating has begun. For more information, phone the park at 205-274-0017.

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.

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.

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.

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.