CALENDAR

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

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 Damon Denney, an 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. 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. Phone 205-274- 7469 or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com to reserve tickets.

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 flfr.org.

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 more information.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will celebrate the 105th birthday of World War II Navy veteran Charles White Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. All veterans and active and retired federal employees from surrounding areas are invited to attend. Lunch cost is $9 plus tip.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry Saturday, March 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. $12 plates include your choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination, fries, hushpuppies, slaw, pickle, onion, drink, and dessert.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

Ramblers Hike No. 3 will be Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Naturalist Zac Napier will lead the Bama Birds program. Register and get more information at flfr.org.

The second planting at the grand staircase will be Sunday, March 29, at 9 a.m. Join Zac Napier, Wesley Carnley, and volunteers from Cleveland First Baptist Church. Tools, seedlings, and seeds will be provided by FLFR.

Winners of the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be on display at Hayden High School through Tuesday, March 24.

The 2020 Art & Photo Contest will begin accepting electronic entries April 1. Participation details and new categories 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.

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.

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 sherilynosborne@bellsouth.net for information or to register.

WEAVER/WOOD Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood contact Betty LeMarchand at wwrelatives@gmail.com. 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.

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.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on U.S. 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of non-perishable food items and toiletries for their food pantry. Drop off donations at 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Suite B, Oneonta. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-625-4673 x306 for more information.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 205-353-1696 for more info.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. Financial assistance is available. There are a limited number of appointments. Phone 205-559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 205-559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Phone 205-625-6026 for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.: At Board, Not Bored, teens can play board games like Selfish (oxygen is a limited resource in space) and Unstable Unicorns (build a unicorn army), and more.

Wednesday, March 18, 1:30 p.m.: Teens ages 12 and up are invited to our new coding club for homeschoolers. Come learn the basics of programming.

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. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274-7641 for more info on library programs.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 205-251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB New supply of brooms and mops is 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.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Children are invited to participate in the Paint the Town project through Oneonta Rocks. More details will be available soon. Visit the website below for more information.

OBA meets the third Tuesday of every month, at 6 p.m., in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room.

Booth registration is underway for the 19th Annual June Fling scheduled for Saturday, June 13. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about OBA and its events.