ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, 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.

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.: Joan Babcock will lead a doodling art class for adults. Some supplies will be available or you may bring your own. Contact Sharon at to sign up.

Monday, Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts will make a marble roller coaster with everyday household items.

Monday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.: Teen Advisory Board will meet to discuss clubs, March and April events, fundraising goals, and other business.

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.

WESTSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY welcomes author Glenn Wills tomorrow, 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River clean ups will be Saturday, Feb. 8: 9 a.m., Swann Covered Bridge (Sam Howell); 10 a.m., Mardis Mill Falls (Alden Brindle); 10:30 a.m., End of Taylor Ford Road (Ana Self). Register at

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.

FREE HEART SCREENINGS Cullman Regional will offer eight types of screenings Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, and 27, in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Phone 256-290-3644 to schedule an appointment.

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.

BAMACARRY STATEWIDE FREEDOM CONFERENCE will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at Jasper Civic Center. Get tickets at

SNEAD STATE FACULTY RECITAL The Music Department of Snead State Community College will have the faculty recital Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m., in Fielder Auditorium. The recital features performances by department chair Dr. Barbara Hudson, Steven DiBlasi, and Mike McGee.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. Come learn about Second Amendment rights.

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.

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

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Palisades Park Hike, Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tammy Mason will lead a free hike to and up the Sand Mountain Lookout Fire Tower. Register at

Locust Fork Ramblers hike No. 2, Saturday, Feb. 29, 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This hike, led by naturalist Zac Napier, will focus on fungi and lichen.

Winners of the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be on display at St. Vincent’s Blount through Monday, Feb. 10, at the Frank Green Building through Monday, Feb. 24, and then at The Gym through Monday, March 9.

The 2020 Art & Photo Contest will begin accepting electronic entries April 1. Participation details are on the website.

FLFR is looking for volunteers. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

PUBLIC MEETING to discuss roads and other issues concerning Blount County will be Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m., at the Bullard Farm Pavilion. Everyone welcome.

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.

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.

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, guidelines, and submission forms.

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.

HOMELESS VETERANS food donations are now being collected at Priceless IGA. The program is sponsored by American Legion Post 72 in Oneonta.

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.

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.

DRY CREEK MASONIC LODGE will meet at Locust Fork Masonic Lodge until further notice. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. Phone David Kimbrough at 205-915-2641 with questions.

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.