BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting tomorrow, July 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will have a Festival of Lights Christmas committee meeting tomorrow, July 11, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room at St.Vincent’s Blount.Input and ideas are greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to or 205-446-0462 if you plan to attend.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, July 11, and Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

FREE CPR CLASS Oneonta Fire & Rescue will hold a free CPR class for the public Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., at Oneonta Fire Station 12, 308 2nd Street North.The one-hour class (intended for those without medical backgrounds) will teach participants how to recognize cardiac arrest and perform CPR using the hands only chest compression method. Register at communitypublic-cpr-class-tickets 64345072845 or email Jonathan Ledbetter at for more information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is hosting a Volunteer Fair Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. Organizations in search of volunteers may register to have a table at the event.Volunteers in search of opportunities may come explore different options.There is no cost for the event.Phone the Chamber office at 205-274-2153 for more information about these and other Chamber events.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, July 13: 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.

FLFR will have a booth at the Volunteer Fair Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. FLFR is looking for volunteers for the Art & Photo Contest, KDoR, and leading hikes and kayak trips.If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1963 will have a reunion tomorrow, July 11, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Charlie B’s in Oneonta. Phone Darnell at 205-625-4835 with questions.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, July 11, 5:30 p.m.: Come enjoy the library’s annual tea party with local author T.K. Thorne.

Friday, July 12, 6 p.m.: Family board game night and free Moon Pies.

Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m.: Twisted Stitchers meet to work on needle craft projects. Supplies and instruction will be available for crochet. At 2:30 p.m., Sharon Cook will teach a Drawing Mandalas class. Email if you plan to attend. A Disney movie will be available in the conference room for kids.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.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.

BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Featured bands play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Jamming starts at 4 p.m., open stage at 5 p.m., house band plays at 6:30 p.m., and featured band plays at 7 p.m. Scheduled bands: July 12 – Renfro Mountain Medicine Show; Aug. 9 – The Commadores. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205- 363-0507 for more information.

UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING First- through sixth-graders may register and pay at UPW68519. You may also register by filling out a brochure at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Registration and fee ($100 per child) are due Aug. 12. Every registered player or cheerleader must attend evaluation or orientation on Saturdays, July 13, or July 20, from 9 a.m. until noon. First practice will be Tuesday, Aug. 13. Games will be on Saturdays beginning Sept. 7. Phone Rex Branham at 205-353-1425 for more information.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS announces the 2019-2020 season: “Rumors” – Sept. 13-22; “Greater Tuna” – Nov. 15-24; “Elvis Has Left the Building” – Jan. 17-26; “Wedding Belles” – March 13-22; “Miss Nelson is Missing” – May 8-17. Season tickets are available.

Season auditions will be held Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m., at the theater located at 413C 6th Street South, Oneonta. All ages are needed and all experience levels are welcome. Cold reads only; no monologues necessary. For more information, phone 205-274- 7469, like our Facebook page, or visit

SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING TRAINING CLASS for boys and girls ages 11 to 16 will be Wednesday, July 17, at Cullman Regional. The one-day class costs $35 for children of Healthy Life members and $55 for others. Lunch and snacks are provided. Visit or phone 256- 735-5600 for more information or to register.

GO BUILD ALABAMA has launched a new scholarship. Go Build’s Career Kickstart Scholarship will provide up to $10,000 in first-year tuition for two qualified candidates who plan to attend an Alabama community college in the fall of 2019 and are studying a skilled trade. Students who are already enrolled may apply by submitting a 250-word response on why they believe they belong in a skilled trade now through July 17 at

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue on July 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees on July 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets phone 256-582-7469 or visit

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Float the Fork Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Details and registration information at

Entries for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted through Wednesday, July 31. Participation details are available on our website.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

OHS ATHLETIC BOOSTER GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Friday, July 26, at 9 a.m., at Limestone Springs. Format is four-man scramble, $100 per player or $400 per team. Mulligan packages are $20. Hole sponsorships available for $100. Prize money for first, seventh, and 14th places. Lunch served following play. Phone Christina (205-213-9062), Mike (205-213-8274), Charles (256-557-2065), or Steve (205-296-3333) for more information. Email intentions to play to

HOODS SCHOOL REUNION will be Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a pot luck dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone 205-353- 5506 to RSVP or get more information.

VETERANS JOB FAIR DAV and RecruitMilitary will have a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members, and military spouses Thursday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at McWane Science Center, Birmingham. Get event registration and exhibitor info at bit. ly/Birmingham080119.

SANDLIN FAMILY REUNION The 85th consecutive event will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., at Cold Springs Community Center, 8821 County Road 109, Bremen. Bring a covered dish for dinner at noon. For more information, phone Patsy Lee (Sandlin) Medlock at 205-995-7988 or 205-915-1870 or email

LEWISBURG JUNIOR HIGH will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Fultondale Elementary lunchroom. Phone Melissa Linton Stephens at 205-631-7042 for more information.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to atttend a weekly program with their child beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided for the 10-week course offered to children who will attend a Blount County school. Spaces are first come, first served. Phone 205- 775-1955 ext 9927 to register.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 205-274- 9188 to register or receive more information.

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.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets every Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every 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. Beekeeping classes will be held in the fall for those desiring to become a beekeeper. 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 or Harold Deason at

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at Azteca Tex-Mex Grill, 300 Springville Station Blvd., Springville (behind Walmart), at 6 p.m.. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-790-1141 or email for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Ave. E. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 205-283-3357, email, or visit for more info and times.

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.

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. Phone 205-612- 4239 or 205-274-0017 for more information.

COLLEGE COUNTS 5/29 GIVEAWAY The fifth annual statewide giveaway focuses on babies born between May 29, 2018, and May 29, 2019. CollegeCounts will randomly select 29 winners to receive $529 in contributions toward an existing or newly opened CollegeCounts account. Parents, grandparents, and legal guardians can visit to register by entering their contact information and the child’s name and date of birth. Selected winners must provide a birth certificate or commemorative birth announcement to receive funds. No purchase necessary to enter or win a prize. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, July 13, 2019. Winners will be contacted by July 25, 2019.

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

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 205-590- 1726 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

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 FARMER’S MARKET offers a wide variety of local and homegrown produce. The market is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Come early for the best selection.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER Those age 60 and older can enjoy fellowship, games, and a meal Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The center also offers bus transportation, exercise equipment, quilting facilities, a pool table, sewing machines, and a computer. The center is located at 335 Stadium Circle, Douglas (across from Douglas High School). Phone 256-840-1440 for more information.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.