DAY OF SERVICE To coincide with other projects around the country on Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Blount County residents are invited to assist with cleaning, organizing, fence clearing, and minor construction at Rocky Creek Equine, a local non-profit agency that provides animal-related contact therapy for children and adults with disabilities. Wear warm work clothes and gloves and arrive at 8:30 a.m., at 3553 Boat Landing Road, Oneonta. Phone Kristi at 493-1243 with questions.

ROBERT E. LEE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION will be held at the Rosa Town Hall, just north of Oneonta, on Monday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. The confederate cannon will be fired and guest speaker will be Past Commander, Gary Carlyle, Alabama Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. After the program, the group will meet at Busy Bee restaurant in Allgood for lunch. Phone R.C. Smith at 681-1879, Van Gunter at 446-8582, or Ann Stephens at 625-7323 for more information.

UNITY CELEBRATION The third annual event will be at noon on Monday, Jan. 15, at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. After the short ceremony, lunch will be served at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

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.

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.aplaceatthetable to learn more. No charge.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION has begun a Beginner Beekeeping Class 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.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Wood Fire Grill in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Jan 12 and 26, 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Parents are invited to ‘Color With Your Kids’ on Friday, Jan. 12, beginning at 11 a.m.

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 15.

Having trouble with your electronic devices? Receive personal help on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Walk in or make an appointment.

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 for more information on library programs.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center. A legislative update will be provided by guest speakers Sen. Shay Shelnutt, Rep. Connie Rowe, and Rep. David Standridge.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be Monday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the private dining room at St. Vincent’s Blount. The need for blood is constant.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The mobile service office van will be at the Frank Green Building on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A DAV service officer will be on hand to assist with claims. Phone Frank Cannon at 359-1865 for more information.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS presents the family-friendly romantic comedy ‘Beau Jest’ for one weekend with four evening performances and two matinees. Evening performances are Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 1-4, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be ordered online at or by phoning 274-7469.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The group holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.