ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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.

The 19th Annual June Fling kicks off Friday, June 11, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with the free Swing into the Fling featuring the Shepherd-Becker Quintet. VIP tickets are available that include table seating, heavy appetizers, drinks, and more. On Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., explore more than 135 booths, a cruise-in with all kids of vehicles, great food, the Kidz Fun Zone, live music on two stages, and lots more. Learn more at

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

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

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.

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.

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.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER offers various types of assistance for senior citizens in Blount County. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start native plant seedlings Friday, May 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. 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.

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.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 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.

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.

BIG SUMMER BLOWOUT BASH presented by The Rustic Sunflower will be Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. A portion of the proceeds from food and shopping will go to Blountsville Park & Rec. Phone Rebecca Holcombe at 205-493-2116 for information or to register as a vendor. Deadline is Tuesday, June 1.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND will have an arts and crafts, yard sale, and direct sale fair Saturday, June 19, from 8 a.m until 2 p.m., in the Oneonta Elementary School parking lot. Vendor spaces are $15 each, first come, first served; applications are available from band members and at Blount Awards & Engraving, 316 First Avenue East, Oneonta. Phone Margann Stites at 205-756-2364 for information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer reading registration for children preschool through sixth grade is happening now. The first 25 families to sign up receive a new book donated by Friends of the Locust Fork River. Storytime will be every Friday in June at 10 a.m. Children who read at least five books may attend a Kona Ice party Friday, June 25. Top readers will receive prizes. All events will be held outside, weather permitting.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.