CALENDAR

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss Life of Pi by Yann Martel. If you’ve read the book and would like to join the discussion, please stop by.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will be at the library teaching life lessons through stories, fun activities, and songs.

Monday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts for teens will continue Budget Busters games. This is a continuation from last month; new players cannot be added, but you can come watch.

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.

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 Palisades Park hike will be Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.Tammy Mason will lead a hike to and up the Sand Mountain Lookout Fire Tower. Register at flfr.org.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.

HIGHLAND LAKE READING SERIES welcomes poet and author Tina Mozelle Braziel Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m., at the Jane Lamb Memorial Library, 612 Lakeshore Dr. Visit www.townofhighlandlake.com for more info.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Brenda Lockhart, state AERA secretary and former District 4 director, will present a legislative update.

U.S. CENSUS 2020 Blount County needs 11 more applicants. Pay is $14 per hour plus mileage. Census personnel will be on hand to take applications and answer questions every Thursday through Feb. 27 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. and at Wallace State Oneonta main building, Mondays from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

FIFTH ANNUAL CULLMAN EMS 911 CHILI SUPPER AND COOKOFF will be Saturday, Feb. 22, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Cullman First Baptist Church. The competition is open to all law enforcement, firefighters, EMA, EMS personnel and dispatchers. The event is open to the public for a $5 per person donation at the door. All proceeds benefit Curt’s Closet of Cullman. Phone James Curtis at 205-903-4486 or email james. curtis@cullmanregional.com to register or for more information.

FREE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENINGS Cullman Regional will offer free prostate cancer screenings Monday, Feb. 24, in the Cullman Regional Urology Clinic. Screening is available for men ages 50 to 69 or men over 40 who have a family history of prostate cancer. Phone 256-737- 2177 to schedule an appointment.

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

CENTRAL BLOUNT COUNTY LIONS CLUB will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser dinner Friday, Feb. 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Cleveland High School lunchroom. Phone Denise or Russell Murphree at 205- 625-2063 for more information.

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 at the Frank Green Building through Monday, Feb. 24, and 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. 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.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.

DAN PORCH RETIREMENT RECEPTION will be Sunday, March 22, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. The reception is given by Blount County Master Gardeners. Everyone is invited.

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.

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 info phone 256-706-6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 205-482-4666.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.