COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building on ‘Alabama Day,’ tomorrow, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy and Stanley Moss will present the program on the Alabama Bicentennial.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, beginning at 5 p.m., with a community choir presenting ‘Christmas is in His Presence.’ Refreshments will follow at 6 p.m., with carols performed by string instruments, and Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for visits and photos (bring your camera).

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will hold a special called meeting on Monday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m., at the central administrative office located at 204 Second Ave. E, Oneonta, for the purpose of considering adoption of a resolution authorizing issuance and sale of the board’s special tax school warrant. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

CITY OF ONEONTA The regular council meeting has been changed and will be Thursday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

RICKWOOD CAVERNS STATE PARK The first-ever holiday in the cave will be through Dec. 23, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. each day. The theme is Santa’s Underground Workshop and the cave will be lit with colorful Christmas lights. Admission is $10 per person.

PALISADES PARK The 17th annual Christmas Lights in the Park is open between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. every night in December, except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Santa will be at the cottage and available for photos on Dec. 16, 17, and 22.

BLOUNT COUNTY LANDFILL / TRANSFER STATION has new hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The library is closed today, Dec. 13.

‘Twas the Night Poetry Contest is for ages 7-11 and 12-18. Gift cards will be awarded to winners in each age bracket. There is a 100-word limit for ages 7-11 and 200-word limit for ages 12-18. Entries are due Dec. 15 and may be submitted at the library or at oplib@otelco.net. Winners will be announced Dec. 18.

Toddle Toys, a playtime for pre-k children, will be tomorrow, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m.

Novel Destinations Book Club will meet tomorrow, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson.

A Polar Express pajama party will be Friday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. Watch the movie and kids will get a special surprise. Space is limited.

On Monday, Dec. 18, the library invites children and parents to the Color With Your Kids event, at 11 a.m., and 4 p.m.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Annual Holiday Decorating Contest 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.

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

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER has hickory smoked hams for sale for $50. The 20-pound hams are fully cooked and ready to serve. To order, phone Charley Head at 516-7656 or email charles.head@yahoo.com. Deadline to order is Saturday, Dec. 16. Pickup will begin that day (for pre-orders) through Dec. 22 at the community center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap.

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.

1980s FILM FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at the Covered Bridge Players theater, with movies scheduled as follows: Pretty in Pink – noon; Goonies – 2:30 p.m.; Sixteen Candles – 5 p.m.; TBD – 7:30 p.m. A $3 per movie donation is requested, or see all movies for a $10 day pass. Proceeds benefit The Bell Center via Run the Ham BellRunner Fundraising Team.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will have a Beginner Beekeeping Class beginning Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Resource Center in Cleveland, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., for 4-5 weeks.

The group meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM 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.

The museum invites middle and high school students to submit an essay about a historical and/or cultural aspect of life in Blount County, e.g., hometown sports, farming, family heritage, bridges, caverns and caves.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 685-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The large pavilion is open for weddings, parties, reunions, and celebrations. The park is now open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 429-2468 for booking information.

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.

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

CHAPTER 28 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The Blount County group has a service office at 1004 2nd Street East, Oneonta, open each Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.. Free services include assistance with forms for veterans benefits, insurance, and more. For information or to make an appointment, phone Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 359-1865 or Gary Clements at 256-655- 4867.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

CROSSING PATHS ANIMAL RESCUE A GoFund- Me 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.

‘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.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

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 number 625- 6026.