SPRING FORWARD Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Today, March 4, 1:30 p.m.: Teen homeschool coding club for ages 12 and up. Come learn the basics of coding.

Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem participants will build a vault. Winner will receive a certificate and their build will be shared on social media.

Monday, March 9: Mari Brindle will lead a zendoodle class for adults at 10 a.m.Contact Sharon at to register and get more information. Homeschoolers (age 11 and under) will make (and fly, weather permitting) kites at 1:30 p.m. The Teen Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. to discuss recruitment and general business and plan events.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; class is Thursdays at 4:30 p.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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION presents the fall conference, Native Myths for Gardeners, Thursday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.until 3 p.m., at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Cost is $20, which includes program, snacks, and lunch. Registration is limited to 75 participants. Contact Sherilyn Osborne at 205-382-0791 or for information or to register.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

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

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 for more information.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT CHALLENGE STUDENT PRAYER BREAKFAST will be Friday, March 13, at 7 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Guest speaker will be attorney Damon Denney, a 1986 Oneonta High School, Samford University, and University of North Carolina School of Law graduate, and partner with the Birmingham law firm Burr and Forman. All local students are welcome to attend the 20-minute program which includes a full hot buffet breakfast.

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 at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 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

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, email, 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. Presentations will be at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited.

COLLEGECOUNTS AND MCWANE CENTER are partnering to provide visiting families with college savings information. Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, April 21, CollegeCounts will have a booth near McWane’s Itty Bitty Magic City exhibit. Representatives will be available to answer parent and grandparent questions and provide useful information about saving money for their child’s future education.

WALKER REUNION will be Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s in Oneonta. Cost is $10 per plate. Phone Anita Cornelius at 205-274-8109 for information.

WEAVER/WOOD Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood contact Betty LeMarchand at The family meets the first Saturday in October and would love to meet new relatives.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD Join the quilting fun on Tuesday and Thursday each week and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Meet from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Quilters Cottage at Palisades Park.

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.

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.

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 afternoon 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. There is a video series, time for discussion, and a workbook for daily personal guidance in healing.

Visit for more information. Phone Brenda Trujillo at 205- 529-1252 to register.

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.

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

SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM provides senior citizens with fresh fruits and vegetables from approved farmers markets in Alabama. Applications are now being accepted at No phone or mailed applications are accepted. If you need assistance or do not have access to a computer, you may have someone assist or apply for you.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama offers assistance with utility payments for those who qualify. Phone 855-287-1730 or visit to schedule an appointment. Questions? Phone 205-413-4717.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Poetic Hike along Graves Creek from Mardis Mill Falls will be Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. This is an easy to moderate hike led by Brian Dean and eco-poet Tina Mozelle Braziel. Register at

River cleanups will be Saturday, March 21: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self.

Winners of the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be on display at The Gym through Friday, March 6, at the Mulberry White Water Races, March 7 and 8, and at Hayden High School Monday, March 9, through Tuesday, March 24.

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