CALENDAR

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta.

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

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is offering a computer basics class sponsored by OTELCO and hosted by Oneonta Public Library.Classes will meet six Thursdays beginning tomorrow, 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.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Thursday, Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects. Bring your own or come learn to crochet.New members welcome.

Monday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m.: Joan Babcock, Sharon Cook, and Mari Brindle will lead a Zendoodling class.Some supplies will be available at the library or bring your own. Email Sharon at otebear@gmail.com to sign up.

Monday, Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m.: Due to complications in December, we will revisit Minecraft roller coasters this month.

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 Mondays at 6 p.m. and 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.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, Jan. 18, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Your choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or combination with hushpuppies, fries, slaw, pickle, onion, choice of fresh homemade dessert, and drink for $12 per plate.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS present Elvis Has Left the Building (a play by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger) Friday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 26. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets ($15) are available by calling 205-274-SHOW or visiting www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE/UNITY CELEBRATION will be Monday, Jan. 20. Blount County will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a service project at The Arc of Blount County. Meet at 615 Fairground Avenue, Oneonta (behind Charlie B’s) at 8 a.m. Bring rakes, leaf blowers, gloves, and hedge trimmers. Persons of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The service project will be followed by a brief Unity Celebration at noon at The Little Brick Church. A luncheon follows the Unity Celebration at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM presents Dr. Billie Jean Young Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m., at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta City School, where she will present her drama Fannie Lou Hamer – This Little Light. Bob Bentley will sponsor a reception at 5:30 p.m. at The Little Brick Church followed by a poetry reading at 6:30 p.m. Young is an author, poet, speaker, and dramatist.

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.

WEAVER/WOOD Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood contact Betty LeMarchand at wwrelatives@gmail.com. The family meets the first Saturday in October and would love to meet new relatives.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB 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.

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 Charlie B’s Restaurant. 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.

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.

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 retired 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.

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.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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. Booth registration is underway for the 19th Annual June Fling scheduled for Saurday, June 13. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about OBA and its events.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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 available for weddings, reunions, and meetings. The park is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231.