RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE TRAINING course will be offered by the Blount County Extension office today, Jan. 29, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Any private applicator needing to renew or obtain a restricted use permit in 2020 should attend. Cost is $20. Make check payable to Blount County Extension.Phone Dan Porch at 205-274- 2129 for information or to arrange for special accommodations.

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a potluck dinner and meeting Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the future of the park and ball field. Please bring a covered dish to share.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem will build monster trucks. Winner will be featured on social media. Participation in challenges is not required for attendance.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m.: Teen Chopstick Challenge in honor of National Chopsticks Day.Event features an M&M eating contest and building a Lego tower using only chopsticks.

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 or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

AMERICAN LEGION North Alabama District 12, which includes Cullman, Madison, Limestone, Morgan, and Blount counties, will meet Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Blountsville Legion Hall. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.

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

WESTSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY welcomes author Glenn Wills Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. Wills will discuss his book Forgotten Alabama.The library is located at 5151 Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove. Phone 205-589-6699 for more information.

NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY LUNCHEON Cullman Regional will host the third annual event to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke among women Friday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Loft 212, 212 4th Street SW, Cullman. Tickets are $20 per person or $150 for a table of 10. Phone 256-737-2754 or visit 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.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.

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

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE will host a bed build Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot. Help build beds for kids in need in Blount County. No experience needed. All ages welcome. Donations of new twin-sized bedding and pillows will also be accepted.

U.S. CENSUS 2020 Blount County needs 150 applicants. Pay is $14 per hour plus mileage. 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.

ALABAMA RECORD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION The 39th Annual Record and CD Show will be Friday, March 6, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Main Exhibition Hall of Gardendale Civic Center. Admission is $5 per day. $10 early bird admission is available on Friday beginning at noon. Visit for 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 or

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

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 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.

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 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.

GRIEFSHARE meets every Sunday at Cleveland First Baptist Church. The nondenominational program for those who have experienced the death of a family member or friend features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics. Visit for more information. Phone Brenda Trujillo at 205-529-1252 to register.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION announces open call for artists to submit design ideas for OBA’s Paint the Town project. Design concepts are due Monday, March 2. Visit the website below for details.

OBA 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,, or phone 205- 446-0462 for more information about OBA and its events.

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.