CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will meet Friday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant, for the annual Christmas program.Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, will present the Santa Auction.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Help make the grand staircase at King’s Bend Scenic Overlook even grander. Tools, seedlings, and seeds will be provided Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. Register at flfr.org. Look for our river float in the Blountsville (Dec. 6) and Oneonta (Dec. 10) Christmas parades.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Winners of the seventh annual Holiday Decorating Contest will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., at The Little Brick Church.

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.

LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK Drive through the 19th annual Christmas lights in the park any night in December (except Dec. 24 and 25) between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Santa will be at the cottage for photos every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 6 through Dec. 22, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.nightly.

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 PUBLIC LIBRARY Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m.: Polar Express Pajama Party is back. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for pictures with the conductor. Families join us for the movie on the big screen. Kids take a special surprise home afterwards.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem challenge for this month is to build a snow globe. The best entry will be featured on social media and receive a certificate.

Monday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts is going digital as we use Minecraft to create a working roller coaster. At 6 p.m., the Teen Advisory Board meets to discuss final plans for the Winter Social and other business.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.: Teens are invited to create their worst, tackiest art for a Bad Art Contest. Do you have what it takes to make a hideous eyesore?

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; no class Thursday due to holiday.

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. BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups, Saturday, Dec. 14: 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.

Winners of the 2019 Art and Photo Contest will be on display at Locust Fork High School through Dec. 20.

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.

BICENTENNIAL BELLS ACROSS ALABAMA The 70 chapters of the Alabama Society DAR are inviting everyone across the state to join them in ringing bells to celebrate statehood day in Alabama. There will be a special bell ringing at noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. Everyone is invited.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER is taking orders for hickory smoked hams for Christmas. Cost is $50 for each 20-pound, fully cooked ham. Phone Charley Head at 205-516- 7656 or email charles.head@yahoo.com by Monday, Dec. 16 to order. Hams can be picked up at Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 21.

MITTEN TREE is up at Oneonta Public Library. 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.

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.

ITALIAN VISTAS TOUR will depart March 18, 2021. The nine day tour includes Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, and Isle of Capri. Price 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.

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.

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.

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN There will be a gospel/bluegrass/ole time country acoustic open jam at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park tomorrow, Dec. 5, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Phone 205-

612-4239 or 205-274-0017 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. For more information on any post, email Larry Stone at LarryLStone4@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).