FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start native plant seedlings Fridays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the FLFR Restoration Nursery on Taylor Ford Road. Email Jennah at to participate.

Landscaping at the Grand Staircase Saturday, June 5, beginning at 8 a.m. Register at

Banners displaying 2020 Art and Photo Contest winners are on display at The Gym through July 31.

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 us on Facebook and Instagram.

BIG SUMMER BLOWOUT BASH 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 info.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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 kinds of vehicles, great food, the Kidz Fun Zone, live music on two stages, and lots more. Learn more at www.june

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

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

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. Friday tickets are $20; Saturday tickets are $30. Visit or phone 334-376-2396 for information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer reading registration is happening now. Register online or at the library. The first 100 families to register at the library will receive a free picture book courtesy of Friends of the Locust Fork River.

Monday, June 7: closed for Jefferson Davis’ birthday.

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. (rain date June 29): Werewolf outside game night for teens. Can you identify the werewolf before you’re all dead? Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, June 9, 10 a.m.: 6th Day Creatures will bring a variety of animals to teach kids about the wild world around us.

Mondays, June 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m. (rain date July 12): Outdoor tales story time for kids.

Tuesday, June 15, 10 a.m. (rain date June 22): How to Save Birds, Bees, and Wildlife for kids. FLFR will lead this event inspired by A Garden to Save the Birds. Learn easy ways to help animals in your own backyard.

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. (rain date June 29 or July 6): Jeopardy for teens. Outside trivia game with prizes. Refreshments provided.

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. (rain date June 24): Intro to Birding for adults. Vince Meleski will give an outdoor presentation on local birds. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. (rain date June 26): Mr. Breakfast is back with a special outdoor animal-themed event for kids.

Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. (rain date June 29 or July 6): Water Royale for teens. Water balloon fun. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, June 23, 10 a.m. (rain date June 30): Chats, Cats, and Dogs for kids. Irene Latham will read her Caldecott Honor book The Cat Man of Aleppo, talk about her new book D-39: A Robodog’s Journey, and answer questions. Signed copies of both books will be available for $20 each to raise money for the Animal Adoption Center of Blount County. Karen Gilham will bring furry friends for show and tell.

Monday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. (rain date July 12): Sketching Nature for adults. Joan Babcock will lead an outdoor class on plant and flower sketching. Supplies will be available or bring your own. Refreshments provided.

Library 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. Masks are preferred. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit for more information.

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

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, 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (or until everyone sells out), at the Agribusiness Center, New Street, Oneonta.

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.

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-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429-2468 or 205-410-4404 for reservations.

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.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is in need of someone who can translate German written material into English. Phone or come by the Museum during regular hours if you can help.

For genealogy appointments, phone Amy Rhudy Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 205- 625-6905.

SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAMS for Blount County and Oneonta City schools are underway. The program offers breakfast and lunch to children under age 18 at no cost. See the article on page A5 for more information.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231; email; mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121; or drop off at 217 Third Street South, Oneonta. Deadline is Friday at noon to begin publication the following Wednesday.