NARFE CHAPTER 942 meets tomorrow, May 20, at 11:30 a.m., at Jeffersons in Albertville. Wear your name badge for a free meal.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon (or until everyone sells out) until June when the regular three-day schedule will begin.

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. 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.

LOCUST FORK YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEER REGISTRATION will be Saturdays, 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.

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 with questions or for more information.

EIGHTH ANNUAL TOWN OF DOUGLAS YARD SALE will be Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. Rain dates are June 11 and 12. For more information phone Judy Dobbs at 256-840-1440 or Tony Simmons at 256-593-6825.

42ND ANNUAL HANK WILLIAMS MUSIC FESTIVAL will be Friday, June 4, at 2 p.m., and Saturday, June 5, at 8 a.m., in Georgiana. Advance weekend tickets are available until May 29 for $40. Friday tickets are $20; Saturday tickets are $30. Visit or phone 334-376-2396 for information.

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 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.

FLFR will celebrate 30 years of river stewardship with a family-friendly outdoor concert by The Authentics Saturday, May 29, at 2 p.m. RSVP to Mari at with number of adults and children. You will receive a confirmation email with location and details.

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.

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 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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 sba. gov for more information. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 1.

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.

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.

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.