CALENDAR

TOWN OF ALTOONA will have its 2020 Christmas parade Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Planting at the Grand Staircase, Saturday, Dec. 5. Get details at flfr.org.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will have a brief Christmas program and open house Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. Dennis Martin will be guest speaker and there will be outside caroling at the cabins. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Festival of Lights Tree Contest winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, in front of the Angels in Oneonta mural. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com for more information.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will provide hickory smoked hams for Christmas.Cost is $50 for a 20-lb. fully cooked and ready to serve ham. Phone Charley Head at 205-516-7656 or email charles.head@yahoo.com by Wednesday, Dec. 16, to order. Hams may be picked up at the Pine Mountain Community Center (4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap) Monday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 19.

DR. SAHAWNEH MEMORIAL Pinebrook and Cross Creek subdivisions in Oneonta (Scenic Trail, Twin Oaks Drive, and Deer Trace) will have a drive-thru white Christmas memorial celebration in memory of Dr. Tom Sahawneh Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Saturday, Dec.26.

20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK is open through Thursday, Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day). The exhibit is free, but donations are appreciated. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 for information.

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.

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 (through Monday, Dec. 7). Other assistance is also available through the agency. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups, Saturday, Dec. 12. Get details at flfr.org.

The 2021 Friend of the River Scholarship will be awarded in May. Blount County high school seniors graduating in 2021 (private school, public high school, or homeschool) may apply by Tuesday, Dec. 15, to participate as a FLFR youth volunteer and qualify for the $1,000 scholarship. Email Ellen Luce at ellen@flfral.com if interested.

2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Blountsville Public Library through Thursday, Dec. 31. Also look for the FLFR display during the 20th Annual Christmas Lights at Palisades Park Dec. 1 through Dec. 31.

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

The FLFR Nursery is complete thanks to a CAWACO grant. Volunteers meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. For more info email Mari at info@flfral.com.

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

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE has extended the deadline until Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m., for the Industrial Systems Technology Scholarship and the Welding Career Track Scholarship. To apply, visit www.snead.edu/scholarships.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Winners of the Friends of the Locust Fork River 2020 Art & Photo contest will be on display during December.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-429- 3156, visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

USDA NEWS 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. You will also find a data dashboard containing application progress and program payment release updates; it is updated each Monday at 2 p.m. EST. One-on-one support with the application process is available by phoning 877-508-8364.

Enrollment applications are being accepted for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program through Friday, Dec. 11. This is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. For more information visit www.farmers.gov or your local USDA Service Center at 55545 U.S. Highway 231 N, Oneonta or phone 205-274-2361 x2.

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR foster parent classes begin Thursday, Jan. 21. Phone 205-274-5200 with questions or to register.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Share your Christmas decorations with everyone this year. Sign up for the Griswold Goodwill Tour of Homes. Visit the OBA website (below) to enter your home in the tour. An award will be presented for people’s choice.

The Flags of Honor project will pay tribute to active duty military and veterans of the armed forces with colorful personalized 18”-x-48” banners. A sponsorship of $250 includes: flag of honor banner, Christmas greetings banner, generic “shop local” banner, and a to-be-determined banner. This is not a fundraiser. Funds collected will pay for production of banners and hanging apparatus. They will be displayed along First Avenue. Email info@oneontabusinessassociation.com for more information.

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

SHOP WITH A HERO First responders ask for your help to shop for Christmas gifts for families in need in Blount County. Donations are being accepted through www.paypal.me/shopwithahero or through the Shop with a Hero account at any HomeTown Bank location. Learn more on the “Shop with a Hero” or “Blount County 911” Facebook pages.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY has returned to curbside service only. Library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monthly book club discussions have been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 21. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for details or to arrange a pick up. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

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.

ONEONTA CITY HALL is continuing to update and integrate features with their new phone system. The menu options have changed to include only one of four options before speaking with an individual. If you dial 205-274-2150, you have: Option 1 Court, Option 2 Fire, Option 3 Police, Option 4 All City Business/ Operator.

Traditionally, each department had a direct line. This option continues with the following numbers assigned to those departments. Main Menu 205-274-2150; Ed Lowe (Community Development) 205-813-7181; Revenue 205-813-7182; City Clerk 205-813-7183; City Administrator 205-813-7184; Human Resources 205-813-7185; Public Safety Director 2050-813-7186; Police Investigations (ring all) 2050-813-7187; Police Chief 205-813-7188; Fire Department (ring all) 205-813-7189; Fire Chief 205- 813-7190; Building Inspections (ring all) 205-813-7191; Bookkeeper 205- 813-7192.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information on the Prisoner of War camp that was located in Oneonta during World War II. The camp housed both Italian and German prisoners of war. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care 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 information.

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

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.

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.