CALENDAR

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

FREE HEART SCREENINGS Cullman Regional will offer eight types of screenings Thursdays, Feb. 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.

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 flfr.org.

U.S. CENSUS 2020 Blount County needs 150 applicants.Pay is $14 per hour plus mileage.Census personnel will be on hand to take applications and answer questions at: Wallace State Oneonta main building, Monday, Feb. 17, from 3:30 p.m.until 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m.until 11 a.m.; and Blountsville Career Center, Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Every Thursday through Feb. 27 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.

BLOUNT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FRIENDS will gather Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB New supply of brooms and mops are now in.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.

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

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers meets to work on needlework projects or come learn to crochet. New members always welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.: Lego Club for kids meets to challenge skills and imagination.

Monday, Feb. 17: The library will be closed for Presidents’ Day.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.: Teens are invited to a Discount Valentine’s party. Singles and couples will race to solve clues and complete challenges to win a grand prize. Enjoy cheap chocolate, droopy rejected flowers, and out-of-date decorations.

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.

Computers 101 is Thursdays 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. 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.

Wine tasting at Grapes & Hops will be Thursday, March 19, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be live music, snacks, a prize drawing, and samples from Oneonta Candy Co.

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. Hurry! Only a few are still available.

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

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.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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 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.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual meeting Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., in the PHS Auditorium.

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 www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about OBA and its events.

SNEAD PIANO FESTIVAL The annual Snead State Community College event will be Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. nightly, in Fielder Auditorium. Students will perform Friday and Steven DiBlasi and Sara Gibbs will perform Saturday.

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 www.alabamarecordcollectors.org for more information.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS presents Wedding Belles March 13-22. The show is directed by Amy Nicole Singleton and features Hannah Taylor, Bunny Murphree, Donna Blackwell, Sharon Breaseale, and Aletha Taylor. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. To reserve tickets or for more information, phone 205-274- 7469 or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

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.

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 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).

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.

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. 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.

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.