CALENDAR

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville, for installation of officers and a Christmas musical program.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club meets to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.New members welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.: Lego Club challenges kids to create something unique in one hour.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.: Mr.Breakfast will be at the library teaching life lessons through stories, fun activities, and song.

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.

The library will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 for holidays. Weekly groups will not meet the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

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.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER Hams can be picked up at Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap, through Saturday, Dec. 21.

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.

HOLIDAY DEADLINES for the Dec. 25 issue are: public notices, tomorrow, Dec. 19, noon; all other material, tomorrow, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.).

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets the 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. Emphasis for 2020 will be raising your own queen honey bees. 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.