CALENDAR

In light of the current guidelines and recommendations to prevent spread of the coronavirus, we urge you to contact organizations to determine if these events are being held. News Briefs represent information we were last given. If contacted, we have included information about closures and cancellations.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 The 105th birthday celebration for Charles White scheduled for March 20 has been cancelled.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Daffodil festival scheduled for March 21 has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

CITY OF ONEONTA has cancelled the work session and council meeting scheduled for March 24. It will be rescheduled.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, March 19, and Thursdays, April 9 and May 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. Come learn about Second Amendment rights.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leadership Blount County class scheduled for March 19 has been rescheduled for a date to be determined. Wine tasting at Grapes & Hops scheduled for March 19 has been rescheduled for a date to be determined. Grand re-opening ribbon cutting for The Makers Downtown and Pink Porch scheduled for March 20 has been rescheduled for April 17. Oneonta Downtown District Art Stroll scheduled for March 21 has been rescheduled for April 18. The Chamber Banquet scheduled for March 31 has been rescheduled for May 12. Visit the website blountoneontachamber.org, email barbara@blountoneontachamber.org, or phone 205-274- 2153 for more information.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS presents Wedding Belles March 20-22. The show is directed by Amy Nicole Singleton and features Hannah Taylor, Bunny Murphree, Donna Blackwell, Sharon Breaseale, and Aletha Taylor. Shows are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. To reserve tickets or for more information, phone 205-274-7469 or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

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.

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.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT fish fry scheduled for March 21 has been cancelled.

DAN PORCH RETIREMENT RECEPTION scheduled for March 22 has been postponed until a later time.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Ramblers Hike No. 3 scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is closed to the public until further notice. All events and programs are cancelled. The book drop remains open, but no late fees will be charged while the library is closed. Visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org to take advantage of all our online services.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY is closed until further notice.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE, which meets on Tuesdays at Charlie B’s, is cancelled until April 7.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE in Blount County will be closed through Friday, April 10. All programs, events, and meetings related to the Extension and 4-H are cancelled. Employees are working remotely from home and can answer phone calls and emails. Contact Dan Porch at 256-531-0033 or porchdw@aces.edu, Angie Batemon at 205-237-7711 or aab0093@auburn.edu, or Nancy Graves at 205-353-1034 or foxwong@aces.edu.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE will be Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m., on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse. If it rains, the event will move to the Frank Green Building auditorium at 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. For more information contact Donnie Jackson at 205-272-0445.

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.

CENSUS 2020 needs more Blount County applications. $14/hour plus mileage, flexible work hours, weekly pay, and paid training. Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs. Email Jill Sellers at kathryn.j.sellers@2020census.gov for more information.

Invitations to complete 10 short census questions are being mailed to households. There are three ways to submit: online, phone, or mail. Be on the look out because everyone counts in Blount County!

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 fma. alabama.gov/seniornutrition. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625- 3231, email production@blountcountian.com, or mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121. Deadline is Friday, 4 p.m., prior to Wednesday publication.