CALENDAR

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The library will be closed today, Jan. 1.Weekly groups will not meet this week.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem. Winner of the building challenge will receive a certificate and their creation will be shared on social media.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 5 p.m.: Teens are ringing in the new year with a party. Come hang out, play games, enjoy good food, complete a puzzle-roomstyle challenge, and more for free.

Monday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.: New ASL for beginners class starts this week. Please arrive early.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m.: ASL for beginners resumes this week.New members welcome.

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 Winners of the 2019 Art and Photo Contest will be on display at Cricket Wireless through Sunday, Jan. 5. The store is located at 2343 Second Avenue East, Suite F, in Oneonta.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.

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.

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

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM presents Dr. Billie Jean Young Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m., at Eris Horton Auditorium, and at 6:30 p.m., at The Little Brick Church. Young is an author, poet, speaker, and dramatist. She will present her drama Fannie Lou Hamer – This Little Light.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 205-625-6026.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231, email production@blountcountian.com, or drop off at 217 Third Street South, Oneonta. Deadline Friday, 4 p.m.