COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR invites the public or a business to sponsor a child for Christmas. Today from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Santa lists will be available for sponsors. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. to those sponsoring a child. Phone Alicia at 274-5224 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE invites all TREASURE Forest members, landowners, and interested residents to a meeting tomorrow, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building, 415 5th Avenue East, Oneonta. Phone Charles LeCroy at 353-2858 with questions.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a turkey shoot on Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 11, from 8 a.m. until ? There will also be a ham and special bacon shoot. The $5 per shot is for 12-gauge, 20-gauge, and 410 guns. The fire department is located on Ala 231, just north of Rainbow Crossing (intersection of Ala 231 and U.S. 278), and south of Arab.

HOPE HOUSE CHRISTMAS FOR BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN Applicants must be a resident of Blount County, attend school in the county, provide photo IDs for all adults in the home, provide a Social Security card for each person in the household, provide proof of income, and a referral letter from the school the child attends. Applicants can phone Jessica Waid at 625-4673, ext. 300 through Nov. 6 with questions and to apply. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will have a work session at 6 p.m. followed by the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB will have the annual pancake breakfast Saturday, Nov. 4, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Blountsville Elementary School lunchroom. Tickets are $6 and include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and drink. The club is also selling bags of this year’s crop of raw peanuts in a 2.5-lb. bag for $10. Contact any Lions Club member to order or phone 429-3556.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Will show the movie ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ tomorrow, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.

Classes on Saturday, Nov. 4: Knit for Christmas at 10 a.m., where attendees will make a cup coozie; Crochet for Chirstmas at 11:30 a.m., attendees will make a soap saver. Both classes are free and materials provided. No experience necessary.

The local chapter of the La Leche League will meet Monday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m., there will be a screening of the anime film ‘Your Name.’

The library will be closed Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.

Patrons may check out up to four DVD or BlueRay movies for up to seven days. New releases are limited to two per card for a maximum of three days. An increased late fine of $1 per day is now in effect.

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 for more information on library programs.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is accepting nominations for the 2017 Citizen of the Year, to be awarded Thursday, Nov. 16, at the 5th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. Nominations are due Nov. 4. Mail them to: West Blount Chamber of Commerce, PO. Box 607, Hayden, AL 35079 or drop them off at Traditions Bank.

WALTER KING FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Nov. 5, at Dalton Moss Lodge, Palisades Park, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bring food, utensils, paper goods, and ice.

THE BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium to elect officers for the upcoming year. All members are requested to attend.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Any group, business, church, or family may register through Nov. 13 to decorate a spot at the park. There is no cost to register and prizes will be awarded. Questions? Phone the park at 274-0017.

CITY OF ONEONTA will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5:15 p.m., in the council chambers to discuss updates on building and fire codes. All interested residents are invited to attend.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Pictures with Santa will be Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon until 4 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The large pavilion is open for weddings, parties, reunions, and celebrations. Phone 429-2468 for booking information.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets at 6:30 p.m., on the last Thursday of each month at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography and any skill level are invited. Phone 559-2203 or 274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets on Tuesday nights 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999- 8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The group holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Mondays 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 274- 7780 or 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 274-9188 to register or for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM invites Blount County World War II Veterans to serve as Grand Marshals for the 2017 Blount County Veterans Day parade.

The museum is sponsoring a photography contest and is seeking photos of historical interest in Blount County. Photos should be 4×6 or 5×7 for ages 17 and up and should include the item, location, and date of the photo on the back. Supply photographer information on a separate sheet of paper. Deadline to submit a photo is Feb. 15, 2018. The photo could be on next year’s museum Christmas ornament. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information on any museum events.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students . Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 625-4102, the Oneonta Board of Education at 625-4106, or 800-543-3098 for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is seeking volunteer firefighters for the area. Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station #1 at 4201 County Road 29. Training is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Phone Jeremy at 965-6616 with questions.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone 256-615-5614 for more information.

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 283-3357, email dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN FIRE DEPARTMENT announces that recycling services have been discontinued. The department asks that the public refrain from leaving recyclables or trash on the ground at the unmanned station. Phone John Storey at 515-4090 with questions.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition. This allows the organization to provide items to needy Blount County residents at a low cost. All donations are tax deductible. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE and Emergency Medical Services District dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429- 3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION For information on all exciting OBA events, visit www.oneonta businessassociation.com.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CULLMAN COMMISSION ON AGING can help with obtaining free prescription medications for those over 55. If you have a medical condition, no insurance, need assistance, or are on disability, the Cullman COA might be able to help. Phone 256-734-1241 or visit www.cullmancoa.com for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is currently being offered, teaching gun safety, handling, and care of a handgun. The free course is open to the public, but individuals must have their own handgun and ammunition.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email rclaburn422@yahoo.com.

BLOUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT will sponsor a women’s self defense class ‘Refuse to be a victim’ held at Blountsville Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org. ‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the program going and may mailed to PO Box 262, Cleveland, AL 35049. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment. BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone 625-6026.

CROSSING PATHS ANIMAL RESCUE A GoFundMe account has been set up for county residents to contribute to the non-profit charity. Crossing paths is a no-kill shelter and is seeking to raise funds to continue operating. Visit www.gofundme.com , search Cleveland, AL, and choose Crossing Paths Animal Rescue to donate.