CALENDAR

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Come be part of the discussion, planning, and vision for Christmas 2020 in Oneonta.Meeting will be tomorrow, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital board room.Christmas refreshments will be served. Visit www.oneontabusiness association.com to RSVP or for more information.

20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, or families may register beginning tomorrow, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 15, to decorate a spot at the park. Decorating will begin in November and the exhibit opens to the public Tuesday, Dec. 1. Prize money will be awarded. Phone the park at 205- 274-0017 for information. Registration forms are available at the park office or at www.blountcountypark.com/activities/christmas.

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a yard sale Friday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. until noon (or depending on how much is left to sell). Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the park.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Planting at the Grand Staircase will be Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m.until noon.Register at www.flfr.org.

The awards ceremony for the 2020 Art & Photo Contest will be Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m., at King’s Bend Scenic Overlook (old bridge on Ala 79). The traveling exhibit will be at the Oneonta Public Library during October.

BLOUNT COUNTY CAREER TECHNICAL CENTER will have a free commercial wiring and electrical class every Monday and Tuesday night beginning Oct. 5, 2020, through Feb. 23, 2021, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.Participants will earn NCCER Core Certification, NCCER Electrical One Certification, and OSHA 10 Certification. Limited spots are available.Register online at blcsbcctc. ss19.sharpschool.com/.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blount County Veterans Day dinner and parade scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

WEAVER/WOOD REUNION Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood will have a reunion Saturday, Oct. 3, at Oak Grove Church, Highway 79, Blountsville. Contact Betty LeMarchand at wwrelatives@gmail.com for more info.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, Oct. 10, beginning at 9 a.m., at five locations. Register and see times, locations, and guides at www.flfr.org.

The second eco-mural, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” is being painted by Joan Babcock at 237 Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta.

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. NECTAR COMMUNITY will have a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., at Nectar FCM Church. All residents are asked to attend to discuss upcoming fundraising and to view work that has been done.

USDA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE An additional $14 billion has been made available for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) continues through Friday, Dec. 11. Producers can apply at Farm Service Agency county offices. There are three categories of commodities and there is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Information and application forms are available at farmers.gov/cfap. One-on-one support with the application process is available by phoning 877-508-8364.

TLC NURSING CENTER requests inspirational and encouraging letters from the community. They can be addressed to specific patients or just general words of encouragement for staff or patients. The activities and social work team will print letters and give them out or read them when appropriate. Send letters to loveletters@tlcnursingcenter.com.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER Help to find the best Medicare plan is available for seniors and disabled residents in North Alabama. Senior Resource Center, located in Locust Fork, is available to help during the annual open enrollment period (Oct. 1 through Dec. 7). Other assistance is also available through the agency. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care and 4-year-old preschool program, Friends in Faith. Register Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact Paige Smith at 205-353-1226 for more info.

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has food collection containers for needy veterans located at Priceless IGA supermarket in Oneonta. All donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information or photographs of the Graves Gap School once located near Hayden. They are also asking for information about or photographs of the Sibleyville community and Sibleyville Brick Company and information about why the Tidmore community was renamed Nectar in the early 1900s. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205- 625-6905 Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are: 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. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Storytime with Mari Brindle is Monday, at 3:30 p.m. Parents must stay with their children and all attending should wear a mask. There is currently a display featuring all past librarians. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Hours are subject to change. Please phone 205-429-3156 or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for the most current information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE Agents are at work in the office. Ring the doorbell or phone 205-274-2129 for assistance. Email Angie Batemon at aab0093@auburn.edu or Nancy Graves at foxwong@aces.edu for more information.

Cottage Food Law Testing can now be administered by phone for those wishing to sell baked goods, jams, and jellies directly to the public. To schedule a test or for more information phone Christy Mendoza at 205-217- 6495. PALISADES PARK is now open to the public. Reservations for events, fire tower, and rock climbing are allowed if required social distancing can be maintained. Some hiking trails are not accessible due to storm damage. Clean up is ongoing; stay clear of areas where workers are present. Phone 205-274-0017 or email blountcountypark@gmail.com for more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students. Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 205-775-1950, the Oneonta Board of Education at 205-543-1515, or 800- 543-3098 for more information.

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA is seeking volunteers to serve on the Visiting Allocations Team (VAT) during the 2020 Allocations Process. VAT volunteers review all partner agencies funded through UWCA’s annual campaign. Responsibilities include: committing to 10 to 12 hours during September and October; attending and actively participating in team meetings and agency site visits (all done virtually); reviewing agency programs and accomplishments; working with other volunteers to make program assessments and recommendations. Go to www.uwca.org, click on the Volunteer tab, then on the Visiting Allocations Team tab, or call Randy Betch at 205-458-2171.