CALENDAR

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 are $25 each. Phone Mike at 205-274- 7954, Mattie at 205-274- 7190, or Paige at 205-274- 4178 to purchase.

NARFE The National Association of Retired Federal Employees is dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the benefits of active and retired federal employees. Come learn about what NARFE has done and is doing for you tomorrow, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. We will have a drawing for a $25 gift card and new prospects receive a free buffet. For reservations phone 256-506-9450 (Arab), 205-625-6750 (Oneonta), 256- 593-9887 or 256-660-0199 (Marshall County), or 205-625-5795 (Cleveland).

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly. New members are always welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.: Kids are invited to test their building skills at Lego Club. Our three favorite builds will be featured on social media.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m.: Teens are invited to compete to discover the best racer in Mario Kart.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; ESL classes resume tomorrow, Aug. 15, 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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

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. Visit 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 D-Crook 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.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute fall term will be Aug. 19 through Oct. 7 (ZMTI 105 Minor Prophets) and Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (ZMTI 106A Biblical Foundations I). All classes meet Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta Fellowship Hall. Tuition is $50 plus book. Register at Samford.edu/go/mti. Phone 205-625-3191 for more information.

KIDS SAFETY DAY Blount County 911 will host the first Kids Safety Day Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Walmart in Oneonta. Kids will be able to tour ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, helicopters, and other emergency response vehicles. There will also be safety information, giveaways, food, ice cream, and other fun activities.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1955 will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Float the Fork Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meet at Locust Fork High School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to put-in location. Get more details and register by emailing info@flfr.org or sharon@flfral.com. The Aug. 17 float has been cancelled.

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 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.

BOTTOMS UP FOR CROHN’S AND COLITIS The second annual fundraiser will be Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Cahaba Brewing Company. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and include two drink tickets, access to the silent auction, tailgate snacks, tailgate games, trivia, a Kendra Scott trunk show,

FREE FISH FRY Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Woodland Park Sheds 3 and 4. Johnny Owen, Justin Thompson, and Eric Robinson invite you to come enjoy fellowship and the day. All are welcome.

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.

ONEONTA BIKE PATROL AND RESERVES will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Oneonta City Depot. Plates are $12 and include fish, shrimp, chicken, or combo and all the sides. Tickets are available at the Oneonta Police Department.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents ‘Noises Off!’ Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 3. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 256-582-7469 or visit www.wholebackstage.com.

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 dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org 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.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blountsville Historical Park. For more information phone 256-706-6572, 256-612- 4038, or Norman Alexander at 205-482-4666.

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

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. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363-0507 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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room.

“Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, is underway. Contributions can be made through the OBA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. Plans are being made for the Christmas tree and holiday decorating contests, the community Christmas tree lighting, and other holiday activities. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA special events.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will resume in the fall.

and more. Proceeds benefit research and programs funded by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/chapters/alabama or contact Emily Richter at 646-387-2149 or erichter@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will launch a seven-part series called Building Blocks of Our Community at its monthly luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 28, from noon until 1 p.m., at Heritage Golf Clubhouse. Greg Brown, St. Vincent’s Blount hospital administrator, will share information about health care progress in the county. Each event will examine a different topic that is a vital part of everyday life in Blount County. Lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Following the luncheon, a representative from Iron ReHealth will be available to answer questions concerning small business health insurance plans offered through the Chamber. Phone the Chamber office at 205-274-2153 or email barbara@blountoneontachamber.org for more information.

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 today, Aug. 14.

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

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 LarryLStone4@gmail.com.

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 www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com 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 info.

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 funder@otelco.net or Harold Deason at hdeson@aol.com.

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. wadsworth@charter.net 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is searching for information about: Mountain Brook Grocery Store (located near Blount Springs) before it was moved in 1957; the low water bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road and a covered bridge in the same area; the Blow Gourd community west of Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland (specifically a more than 100-year-old home at 43 Sullivan Drive that was a store where customers used a gourd to call the proprieter.)

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905 with any information or for details on events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.