BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET opens Saturday, May 15, from 7 a.m. until noon (or everyone sells out) at the Agribusiness Center.

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL will be Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. Entertainment will be provided by Pine Mountain Bluegrass, Cotton Pickin’ Kids, and others. There will be an antique car show, food, and crafts. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car.

LOCUST FORK YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEER REGISTRATION will be Saturdays, May 15, May 29, and June 12, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Locust Fork Park. Registration fee is $165 for football and $275 for cheer. For more information contact us on Facebook or contact Michael Horsley or Beth Harper.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESUCE will have a fish fry Saturday, May 15, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination; slaw, fries, and hushpuppies; drink; and choice of dessert. Eat in or carry out.

SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL will have a cornhole tournament and car show Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food vendors will be available. Cornhole tournament will include a competitive class ($25 individual, $40 team) and an amateur class ($10 individual, $15 team).Payout for top three in each. Contact Keith Carpenter at 205-910-5659 to register. Vendors contact Wendy Young at 205-306-6567.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for all Blount County Schools ends Friday, May 21. Check your local school’s website for specific dates and times. Required documentation for registration: valid birth certificate, record of immunization, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration form. Registration form is available on our website ( or may be obtained from your local school.

SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL Oneonta Fire Department has a safe medication disposal box outside the fire department on Second Street. Medications can be dropped off at any time.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start native plant seedlings Fridays, May 14, 21, and 28, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the FLFR Restoration Nursery on Taylor Ford Road. Email Jennah at to participate.

Joan Babcock is working on our next mural at Sullivan’s Auto Service on Ala 79 in Cleveland. Completed murals, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” by Joan Babcock at 237 Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta and “Explore the River” by Lakshmi Tummalapalli and @OneExplorer at 62441 U.S. Highway 231 in Cleveland are available for photos. Share your pics on social media with the hashtags #FLFRMurals and #NatureAwarenessMurals.

COVID guidelines are followed at all events. Please wear a mask and social distance. Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at www.FLFR. org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ALABAMA RECORD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION will have the 40th annual show Friday, May 14, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Gardendale Civic Center Main Exhibition Hall. Admission is $5 per day. Friday 11 a.m. early-bird admission is available for $10. Visit for more information.

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC hosted by Ascension St. Vincent’s will be Saturday, May 22, by appointment only in the outpatient clinic at 150 Gilbreath Drive, Oneonta. Appointments are available to anyone age 18 and older as stated by the guidelines for the Moderna vaccine. To make an appointment visit and select Moderna 1 from the drop down menu.

BOSTON BUTTS FOR MEMORIAL DAY The Lady Lakers of Highland Lake are selling whole Boston butts for Memorial Day. Boston butts are $30 and will be available for pickup Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Anchor. Meat may be picked up Friday, May 28, with advance notice. Phone Cheryl at 205-515-0432 to order.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE sponsored by Operation Grateful Heart will be Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m., on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse. The service will be moved to the Frank Green Building auditorium in case of bad weather. Phone Donnie Jackson at 205-272-0445 for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring the first Explore Oneonta Photo Competition. Entries will be accepted through June 15. Visit for rules and entry form.

The second issue of Explore Oneonta, OBA’s new quarterly publication, is available at 20 local businesses as well as on OBA’s website.

Cruise and Croon events are scheduled for Saturdays, May 29, July 31, and Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta.

Swing into the Fling replaces the usual Singing Showdown this year. The Shepherd Becker Quartet will perform Friday, June 11, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your lawn chair. VIP Experience tickets (which include table seating, VIP food tent, drinks, commemorative wristband, and door prizes) are available for $30.

Booth registration is underway for the 19th annual June Fling scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Early registration fees will be honored through May 1. Visit the website for details and restrictions.

Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION loans are available for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits that were impacted by the Jan. 25-26 tornado. Apply online at or visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the City of Fultondale Public Library, 500 Byrd Lane, Fultondale. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For questions or one-on-one assistance with applying, phone 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard of hearing phone 800-877-8339. Visit for more information. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 1.

SMALL FARMER TRAINING 2021 Wallace State Community College is conducting online and on-site small farmer training classes through Aug. 25. Visit or contact Travis Kress at 256-352-8115 or for more information or to register.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

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

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

GROW MORE GIVE MORE is a project that teaches home gardeners new skills and encourages them to share their harvest with the community. We teach you to Grow More fruits and vegetables so you can Give More to those fighting hunger and food insecurity. Visit for online resources, contact the Blount County Extension Office at 205-274-2129, or phone the Master Gardener Helpline at 877-252-4769.

ALABAMA APART TOGETHER is a crisis counseling program providing supportive services to Alabamians affected by COVID-19… all of us. Phone 1-888-442-1793 to access confidential and free services and information about available community resources.

ONEONTA PARK & REC Youth football registration for fall is live on the website. Register at Phone the Rec Center at 205-625-3534 for more information.

FREE ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS are available for veterans or their spouses from the DAV. For more information, contact Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 205-359-1865 or Amy Rhudy at Blount County Memorial Museum 205-625-6905.