ARTISTS IN THE COUNTRY INC., a non-profit organization for ongoing art education in Blount County Schools, will have open house and half-price pre-opening sale Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., at 37959 State Highway 75, Susan Moore.Viewings are also available by appointment. Phone 205-446-7127 or email for more information.

FREE ARTERIAL DISEASE SCREENINGS are available Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Cullman Regional Medical Group – Surgical Arts.Appointments are required. Phone 256-734- 7850 to schedule.

ANNUAL PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m.until 7 p.m., at Pine Mountain Community Center. Roast chicken and Boston butt BBQ plates ($10) and BBQ sandwiches with drink ($5) will be served beginning at 11 a.m. Smoked meat may be pre-ordered through June 20: whole Boston butt ($40) or chopped pork ($10/lb.); prices include homemade sauce. Phone Charley Head at 205-516- 7656 to order.

LADY LAKERS of Highland Lake are selling whole Boston butts for $30 each. Pickup date is Satuday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Anchor.Meat may be picked up Friday, June 26, with advance notice.Phone Cheryl at 205-274-8509 or 205-515- 0432 to order.

FIREWORKS IN THE PARK sponsored by Locust Fork Baptist Church will be Sunday, June 28, at 9 p.m., at Locust Fork Community Park.No inpark festivities will take place.Please park safely outside the park, maintain social distance.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER is accepting entries for the 2020 Art & Photo Contest through July 31. Submit photos, paintings, drawings, show Blount County is “Awesome by Nature.” There are 12 categories sponsored by different businesses.Winners earn cash prizes from $25 to $200. Details and entry instructions are available at

ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY BLOOD DRIVE will be Wednesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the south parking lot of North Broad Street Church of Christ in Albertville.All blood types are needed.

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a yard sale Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, beginning at 8 a.m., rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit the park which is located on Timmerman Road in Blountsville.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE The Carl Coleman Spay/Neuter Trust Fund, held and invested by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, is specifically designated for pet owners in Blount County to receive reduced price spay and neuter services. Call Blount County Animal Adoption Center Tuesday through Friday at 205-625-6026 for approval or with questions. Approved participants will pay a $20 copay to Animal Hospital P.C. in Oneonta on the day of surgery.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY plans to resume normal hours Monday, June 22: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thanks to a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, library patrons now have free access to Gale Presents Udemy’s courses. Udemy is a website offering high-quality online courses in a wide variety of subjects with emphasis on business, marketing, and professional and personal development. Create a free account through the link at www. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 with questions.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY is now open. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be guidelines and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. The Blountsville municipal swimming pool and playground remain closed until further notice.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK is open. Free tours of the cabins are available during regular hours. The park is available for weddings, reunions, and meetings and is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429- 2468 or 205-410-4404 for reservations.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at R&R BBQ, Hwy 411, Odenville. Meeting and meal at 6 p.m. All Purple Heart recipients and spouses are welcome to attend or join. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844- 1017.

BOY SCOUTS CAMP CARDS The Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts of America are selling Camp Cards to help support local heroes on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Discount cards may be purchased for local fire and police departments, EMS/paramedics, doctors, nurses, and others leading the response to COVID-19. Scouts will coordinate and deliver the cards. Cards, which contain more than $70 in coupons and discounts, may be purchased online for $10. Proceeds support programming and direct services to local Scout units. Visit to purchase or for more information.