COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB A Sue Bell Cobb for Governor campaign representative will address the monthly meeting tomorrow, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. The public is invited.

SMOKE RISE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION will have a community yard sale on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit www.smokerisehoa.org for a map of participating homes and look for signs throughout the community.

HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. For more information, phone the Altoona Town Hall at 589- 2311.

APPALACHIAN PTSO BANQUET will be Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m., at the high school gym catered by Whiskers Catfish. Tickets are $25 and include an all-youcan eat buffet, a live auction, and a silent auction.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Saturday, April 28, at Heritage Golf, beginning at 12:45 p.m. for rules and format, teeing off at 1 p.m. The two-man scramble is $65 per person or $130 per two-man team. Phone Doug Reid at 531-6801 or Paul Cunningham at 807- 5547 to register.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Seed packets are available for patrons of the library. Supply is limited.

Tomorrow, April 12, at 5 p.m., there will be a special screening of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ for teens.

On Friday, April 13, at noon, there will be a seminar, ‘Making Sense of Medicare,’ in the conference room. Phone 222-2487 to reserve a spot.

On Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m., Hearth and Home will have guest speakers Pat Lyles and Mari Brindle discussing seed-starting and transplanting seedlings. Participants will receive a plant to take home.

Twisted Stitchers is meeting Mondays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at noon.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, April 13 (snack day), and April 27, 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will host a candidates forum with all candidates running for the office of Blount County Sheriff invited, on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., at the pavilion. The public is invited.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA A seat on the board of directors is currently available and an election will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m., at the Community Action Agency Outreach Service Center, 1004 2nd Ave. East, Oneonta. Phone 625-6079 for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 17th annual June Fling will be Saturday, June 2. The fifth annual Singing Showdown will also be that weekend, and audition round videos are due April 15. The preliminary round is June 1 at 6 p.m. and finals round is June 2 at 1 p.m. Cash prizes of $500, $250, $100, and the grand prize of a recording session at Analog on Third will be awarded. Categories are ages 10-17, and 18 and older. Visit the website for complete rules and entry forms.

Booth registration for the June Fling is now underway. Applications can be picked up at Treasures on Main or the OBA website.

Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com or phone 446-0462 for information about this and other upcoming special events.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE CAMP will be June 11-16 at Oneonta High School and is sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Blount County. Two performances of ‘Peter and Wendy’ will be Saturday, June 16. Cost for first grade up to 8 years old is $50, ages 9 and older is $75. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Questions? Email rbrewer3172@gmail.com or visit communityartscouncil.com.

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. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum has the Lady Lakers of Highland Lake cookbooks for sale for $5 each.

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.

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

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.

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. Divorce- Care 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

SUBMIT NEWS BRIEFS to production@otelco.net by Friday at 4:30 p.m.

‘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.

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.