CALENDAR

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.: Computer basics course sponsored by Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and OTELCO. Space is limited. Phone 205-274-2153 to reserve a space.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club will discuss Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.: Lego Club for kids meets to challenge imaginations to create something unique in an hour.

Monday, Jan. 20: Library will be closed in observance of MLK Day.

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. U.S. CENSUS 2020 Blount County needs 200 applications. Pay is $14 per hour plus mileage. Census personnel will be available to take applications and answer questions at the following: Alabama State Employment Service (68626 Main Street, Blountsville), Friday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; MLK Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., at The Arc of Blount County, and from noon until 2 p.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church; Chamber After Hours, Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Legends Sofa Bar; Hayden youth league basketball, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Hayden High School.

Every Thursday through Feb.27 Census personnel will be at the Oneonta Public Library, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and at the Blountsville Public Library, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., to take applications and answer questions. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Locust Fork Ramblers, a nature-based sauntering group, will have the first Conspicuous Winter Hike Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Meet at Mardis Mill for the moderate to difficult hike. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. Register at flfr.org. BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leadership Blount County class begins tomorrow, Jan. 16, and meets every third Thursday through June. The class brings together leaders from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Through monthly seminars, participants learn more about the community and come to understand one another and are encouraged to engage for the betterment of the community and its people. There are still a few slots available. Phone or email (below) to register.

Chamber after hours event will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Legends Sofa Bar. There will be live music and free hors d’oeuvres.

Chamber lunch will be Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon, at First Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Nominations are being accepted for Blount County’s Emerging Business of the Year, Blount County’s Business of the Year, The Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service, The Charles Carr Award for Blount County’s Volunteer of the Year, Blount County’s Industry of the Year, and The Pat Bellew Award for Blount County’s Outstanding Citizen. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 14, at noon. Phone or email (below) to request nomination forms.

Blount County Bridal Fair will be Sunday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at The Little Brick Church. Admission is free and door prizes will be given.

The 37th Annual Chamber Dinner will be Tuesday, March 31, at Anchors Church. Chamber award recipients, Blount County and Oneonta City schools teachers of the year, and ambassadors of the year will be recognized. Phone the Chamber to purchase tickets.

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

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The 2019 Art & Photo traveling exhibit will be on display at J.B. Pennington High School through Friday, Jan. 17.

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.

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.

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.

FOSTER PARENT CLASSES at Blount County DHR begin Monday, Feb. 3. Phone 205-274-5200 for more information or to register.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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