VETERANS JOB FAIR A free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members, and military spouses will be tomorrow, Aug.1, from 11 a.m.until 3 p.m., at McWane Science Center, Birmingham.Get event registration info at Birmingham080119.

MISSION MARKET The second semi-annual community yard sale will be Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m.until 2 p.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. All proceeds benefit local outreach.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Monday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m.: Duel Monsters game night.Come play or learn how.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects (crochet, sewing, embroidery, etc). New members are welcome.

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

Story hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.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.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS phone numbers have changed: Oneonta Elementary School 205- 536-7756; Oneonta Middle School 205-543-5203; Oneonta High School 205-543- 5913; Central Office 205- 543-1515.

MASTER GARDENER CLASS The Blount County Extension office will offer a master gardener program this fall.The 12-week class will be taught every Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 28 and ending Nov. 13. Most of the classes will be at the Hayden Community Center located at 629 County Highway 7. Topics include: vegetable gardening, plant propagation, disease and insect identification and control, landscape design, home orchards, and much more.After completion of classroom requirements and 50 hours of Extension-approved volunteer service, you will become a certified Alabama Master Gardener. Program cost is $125, which includes books and materials. Phone the Extension office at 205-274-2129 for application or information. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 14.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Entries for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted through today, July 31. Participation details are available on our website.

River cleanups will be Saturday, Aug. 10: 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.

Float the Fork Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get details and register at

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.

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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

HIPP AND MURPHREE REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m., at Rock Springs United Methodist Church, 1905 County Highway 6. Please bring a covered dish and photos to share. Phone Jerry Alldredge at 205- 429-3321 or Ivalee Hipp Darmer at 256-572-1946 for more information.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER Auditions for the fall show, ‘Noises Off!,’ will be Thursday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Performance dates will be Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. Five male and four female roles are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 256-582-7469 or visit

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.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 will have the 55th reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (across from SMHS). Class of 1964 will meet at 1 p.m.; classes of 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966 will join at 2:30 p.m. Phone Bob Moore at 205-383-7579 or Judy Wood at 205-283-5342 for more information.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Redeemer Community Church offers free haircuts and school supplies Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., downtown Oneonta. Inflatables, Kona Ice, and much more will be available!

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATS ANNUAL GATHERING will be Friday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., at the home of Paige and Diane Cutcliffe, 435 Lakeshore Circle, Highland Lake. Tickets for the casual Southern backyard party are $25 each and available by phoning Mike Evans at 205-274-7954, Mattie Harvey at 205-274-7190, or Paige Cutcliffe at 205-274-4178. All interested residents are welcome regardless of membership in the club.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Appalachian Athletic Booster Club will host the event Saturday, Aug. 17, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Appalachian School. Cornhole and volleyball tournaments (two-person teams; $20 registration fee) begin at 4 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to throw a pie in the coach’s face ($1 for three throws), food and ice cream for sale, inflatables ($5), face painting, and more. Vist the Facebook page or phone Krisy Roberts at 205-612-1722 for more information. All proceeds benefit the booster club.

MURPHREE REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Wayne and Vanessa Brown’s barn located at 1226 Barwick Road, Blountsville. Bring your favorite food to share for lunch. Phone 205-559-1926 with questions.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH All youth are invited to join Christian rapper DCrook for a night of fun, food, and worship Sunday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m., at Dailey’s Chapel, 222 Bynum Drive, Oneonta. Youth groups please RSVP to Whitney Hardy at 205-353-4912.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to attend 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.

HAYDEN COMMUNITY CENTER will have Senior Days every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m until 1 p.m., from August through October.

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.

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205-532- 6464. The tree will be decorated Nov. 26 through 28.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK is open for weddings, reunions, and meetings. The park is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Get your bicentennial PastPort stamped and view several old and interesting artifacts on display. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

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

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 band: 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.

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

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.

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.

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. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-790- 1141 or email lonnie. 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.

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.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward 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 information and times. ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University to provide free counseling sessions for new and existing small business owners the second Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. Phone Ken Grissom, director of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at JSU, at 256-282-3380 for an appointment.

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.

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.