COMMUNITY CALENDAR

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Guest speaker will be Merri Crow with Discover Blount County at the meeting tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7. Discover Blount is an initiative to promote tourism and economic development in the area.

OFFER will host a reception for new Oneonta superintendent Daniel Smith tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in the high school lobby. The event will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will recognize interim superintendent Tim Nabors for his service. OFFER – Oneonta Foundation For Educational Resources – invites everyone to come and meet the new superintendent and welcome him to the Oneonta system.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Novel Destinations Book Club will meet tomorrow, Nov. 16, to discuss ‘Last Chance for Justice’ by T.K. Thorne, at 5:30 p.m.

The LEGO Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m.

The library will be closed Nov. 23-26.

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.

THE COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will present the play ‘Seasonal Allergies’ at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. To purchase tickets, phone 274-SHOW (7469), or visit www.covered bridgeplayers.com.

BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Enter a float for free by Nov. 27. Floats will be judged and awards given. The town invites the public to the annual Christmas Open House at the town hall following the parade for cookies and cocoa. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves at no charge. Questions? Email susanblythe321@gmail.com or phone 429-2406.

2017 HOLIDAY GOSPEL JUBILEEE scheduled for Monday, Nov. 27, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center has been cancelled.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Munoz Mexican Restaurant in Hayden. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, Nov. 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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will have a ‘Lakeside Christmas’ at the Anchor on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The free family event includes photos with Santa (bring your camera), live Nativity, and light refreshments. Bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the Blount County Children’s Center. The public is invited.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB is 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.

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.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB MITTEN TREE is up at the Oneonta Public Library. Needs are for mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing items, books, small toys, and coloring books and crayons. The items will be distributed to the Blount County Children’s Center and Hope House by Dec. 20.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Annual Holiday Decorating Contest deadline for entry is Nov. 30 and the business must be decorated by Dec. 1 for judging. Winners (First – $500, Second – $250, Third – $100, honorable mentions, and people’s choice – $100) will be announced Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon, in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe.

Christmas Open House will be Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., downtown. Participating merchants will have light refreshments and prize drawings. Children can create ornaments for the community Christmas tree at Redeemer Church from 9 a.m. until noon. Photos with Santa Claus will be at DD’s Place (301 1st Ave.). Children may also put letters to Santa in the big red mailbox there.

‘Run, Hide, Fight: Responding to an Active Shooter’ will be the topic of discussion at the OBA meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m., at the Woodman Life building on Ala 75. Corporal Anthony Brewer with the OPD will present the program.

The community Christmas tree lighting will be Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., at the gazebo downtown.

For information on these exciting OBA events, visit www.oneontabusiness association.com.