SHERIFF CANDIDATE FORUM will be tomorrow, April 26, at the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, and the forum will begin at 6 p.m., moderated by Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet on Friday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will be the guest speaker.

PEOPLE FIRST OF BLOUNT COUNTY will have a community listening session tomorrow, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at 1004 Second Avenue East, Oneonta, to hear concerns and suggestions about improving healthcare in Alabama. For more information call (601) 616-4867 or email

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

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 Friday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a sensory friendly story hour. Phone the library for details.

Monday, April 30, at 1 p.m., will be Homeschool Hangout with origami.

The Plus Ultra Animanga Club will meet on Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m., to create a round robin-style story.

On Saturday, May 5, there will be a Minecraft Mayhem tournament beginning at 10 a.m.

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 for more information on library programs. 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. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 17th annual June Fling will be Saturday, June 2. The fifth annual Singing Showdown will also be that weekend. 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 or phone 446-0462 for information about this and other upcoming special events. 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 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, or visit 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 251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, 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.

BLUE BELL EMPLOYEES will have a reunion Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Woodmen of the World. Please bring a covered dish to share.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION? A speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be at the Community Service Building at 1004 Second Avenue East in Oneonta on Tuesday, May 1, from 2 until 4 p.m. For details call Clara Christopher at 251-2223 ext. 400.

ONEONTA MIDDLE SCHOOL will perform the musical ‘High School Musical Jr.’ on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at OHS’s Eris Horton Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

SUSAN MOORE BAND SPRING FLING will be Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., at Susan Moore High School. Admission is free and features food vendors, arts and crafts, game booths, inflatables, face-painting, and performances by the music department. Funds raised will benefit the Susan Moore Bulldog Band. To reserve a $50 booth phone 913-0233.

SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE FORUM will be Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Pine Mountain Community Church. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will be the moderator. The church is located at 2678 Valley Grove Road, Remlap.

STAMP OUT HUNGER the 26th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be Saturday, May 12. Put non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox. The food will be delivered to a local food bank.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART invites the public to a Blount County Memorial Day Service to be held Saturday, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m., in front of the Blount County Courthouse.

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 or visit