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BLOUNT COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will have Christmas open house Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Oneonta High School Athletic Booster Club presents the pancake and sausage breakfast Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., at Oneonta Church of Christ. Tickets are $7 per person at the door. Groups of four or more will be $5 per person.To go plates will be available.Phone or text Christina Jackson at 205-213-9062 or Sharra Clifton at 256-458-2631 for information.

HOG MOUNTAIN TURKEY SHOOTOUT will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 5215 County Highway 45, Hayden. Bring your 12 ga. or 20 ga. hunting-style gun without scope, chairs, and hearing and eye protection. Ammo is furnished. No outside beverages or coolers allowed; refreshments will be available. Proceeds benefit Nectar community. Phone Jeffrey Best at 205-368-6760 or Glennis Best at 205-353-9544 for information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers meets to work on needlecraft projects. Bring your own or come learn to crochet. New members welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.: Kids age 11 and up are invited to play Minecraft on the library’s server (Bedrock Edition). Use our laptops or bring your own device. Participants MUST have their own account. Parental permission is required. Call or visit for details.

Monday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts for teens will learn to code with Scratch. Thanks to a grant from 4H, we will be leading students through exercises for basic understanding of the programming language.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.: Join us for a family-friendly activity making Christmas ornaments.

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. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups are 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.

HOLIDAY BLOOD DRIVE will be Monday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at North Broad Street Church of Christ, 308 North Broad, Albertville.

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.

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, through Dec. 22, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. nightly.

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.

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.

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.

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).

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The park is open for weddings, reunions, and meetings. The park is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., to stamp your 200th celebration passbook, and view several old and interesting artifacts on display. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

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. 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 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.

LUGGAGE OF LOVE Gently used luggage is needed for foster children to pack their clothes when they must move from their homes or to a new home. Luggage may be dropped off at Cleveland First Baptist Church. It will be given to Blount County DHR. Phone Susan at 205-837-5436 for information.

BLOUNT COUNTY LANDFILL/ TRANSFER STATION hours are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. No debit or credit cards accepted; cash or checks only. Call 205-505-0150 with questions.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of non-perishable food items and toiletries for their food pantry. Drop off donations at 1000 Lincoln Ave., Suite B, Oneonta. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-625-4673 x306 for more information.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE and Emergency Medical Services District dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama offers assistance with utility payments for those who qualify. Phone 855-287- 1730 or visit caaneal.org to schedule an appointment. Questions? Phone 205-413-4717.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 205-353-1696 for more information.

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.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.

The Chamber is offering a computer basics class sponsored by OTELCO and hosted by Oneonta Public Library. Classes will meet six Thursdays beginning Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. The class is free of charge but limited to 10 participants. Phone 205- 274-2153 to register.

Visit the website blountoneontachamber.org, email barbara@blountoneontachamber.org or phone 205-274-2153 for applications or more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone 205- 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info 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.

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.

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.).

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information OBA and events.

LOVE WRITING AND/OR ART? The Oneonta Public Library is starting a club for teens interested in helping produce an E-zine where teens can submit their poems, short stories, and art for online distribution. If you are interested in submitting work or helping produce the E-zine, stop by the library or email oplprogramming@gmail.com. BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is searching for information about: Mountain Brook Grocery Store (located near Blount Springs) before it was moved in 1957; the low water bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road, and a covered bridge in the same area; the Blow Gourd community west of Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland (specifically a more than 100-year-old home at 43 Sullivan Drive that was a store where customers used a gourd to call the proprieter).

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205- 625-6905 with any information or for details on events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

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 blountcountyliteracycouncil@gmail.com.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 205-251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.