CALENDAR

In light of 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER All March and early April events are cancelled or postponed. Visit the website for more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION will hold a special called meeting Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m., in the commission boardroom at the courthouse, to determine protocol for re-opening county buildings and facilities to the public and other related topics concerning the state of emergency.The courthouse remains closed to public traffic, but the meeting may be viewed via Facebook live feed.

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 CHILDREN’S CENTER The Annual Blue Ribbon Dinner and prize drawing scheduled for April 28 has been cancelled. The dinner is the center’s major fundraiser. The pandemic will also cause the center to lose some grant funding. Gifts are always appreciated, even more so at this time.

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.

WALKER REUNION scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled. Phone Anita Cornelius at 205-274-8109 for information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Grand re-opening ribbon cutting for The Makers Downtown and Pink Porch Market has been rescheduled for April 17. Oneonta Downtown District Art Stroll 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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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 Saurday, June 13. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about OBA and its events.

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.

CENSUS 2020 Invitations to complete census questions are being mailed to households. There are three ways to submit: online, phone (844- 330-2020), or mail. If you haven’t received one, visit my2020census.gov and enter your street address to complete five questions for each member of your household. For those without internet service at home, wifi is available from the parking lot of Oneonta Public Library. Instructions are posted on the door.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 205- 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.