COMMUNITY CALENDAR

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will perform ‘The Foreigner’ on Friday, May 11, Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at the theatre, 413 6th Street South, Oneonta. For tickets, visit coveredbridgeplayers.com or phone 903-4060.

SWANN COVERED BRIDGE CLEAN-UP On Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m., join the Friends of the Locust Fork River as the group collects litter around the bridge every second Saturday as part of the PALS Adopt-a-Stream program. Bring water, gloves, sturdy shoes and a playful attitude. Visit www.flfr.org or email info@flfral.com for more information.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS Support your home team on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. There will be fun sensory based activities, music, and special events. Come and cheer on your school – posters and supportive signage are welcome.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will host a candidates forum with all candidates running for the office of Blount County Sheriff invited, tomorrow, 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 PUBLIC LIBRARY Teen Theater will show the anime film ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ (rated PG) tomorrow, May 10, at 5 p.m.

A free seminar, ‘Making sense of Medicare’ will be Friday, May 11, at noon.

Hearth & Home will use paint to turn plain drink coasters into summer fruits on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. No charge.

The Novel Destinations Book Club will meet Thursday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m.

The Black Panther’ will be shown on Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome, but this film is rated PG-13.

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

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.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1962 will have a class reunion on Saturday, May 19, at Charlie B’s restaurant from 11 a.m until 1:30 p.m. Bring old photos to share.

HAMM REUNION will be Sunday, May 20, at the Lions Club, 111 Michelle St. SW in Hanceville. Bring a covered dish for the noon meal. Phone Scott Hamm at 256-739-3069 for more information.

BEARD-SIMMONS FAMILY REUNION The 34th annual event will be Sunday, May 20, from noon until 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall at North Broad Street Church of Christ, 308 North Broad Street, Albertville. Bring a covered dish and memories to share.

HOPE HOUSE LISTEN AND LEARN will be Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at the Family Life Center court room, adjacent to the Hope House. Do you have questions about drug use or addiction or is a loved one suffering? A panel of experts will answer questions about treatment options and long term recovery. Phone 625-4673 or visit the Hope House Facebook page to register.

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.

LADY LAKERS OF HIGHLAND LAKE are taking orders for whole Boston butts for Memorial Day weekend. Butts are $30 each and may be picked up Saturday, May 26, at the town hall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or on Friday, May 25, with advance notice. To order, phone Cheryl at 274-8509 or 515-0432.

TOWN OF DOUGLAS YARD SALE The fifth annual event will be Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. Residents, businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to participate. No permits are required. For more information or to donate items, phone Judy Dobbs at 256-505-7165 or Tony Simmons at 256- 593-6825. 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 for 18-older is June 1 at 6 p.m., preliminary round for age 10-17 will be Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m., and finals for both categories will be 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. 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.

FLFR ART AND PHOTO CONTEST Contest entries, open to amateur artists and photographers, should celebrate life in and around the Locust Fork River. Photos, sketches, and paintings may include people, animals, bridges, and special memories. Entries will be accepted until July 31 and can be dropped off at the Blount County Memorial Museum, the Oneonta Public Library, or the Hayden Courthouse Annex. Prize money totals more than $1500. Visit www.flfr.org for rules and guidelines.

JSU BENEFIT CONCERT The group Alabama will headline a concert to benefit Jacksonville State University’s tornado relief efforts on Sept. 26 at Burgess Snow Field on the campus of JSU. Also performing will be Charlie Daniels Band, Jamey Johnson, Riley Green, Shenandoah, Darren Knight, ‘Southern Momma,’ and many more. Tickets are on sale now and start at $25 each. Visit www.ticketfly.com or phone 877-435-9849 to purchase tickets.

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.

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 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 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.

CSX TRANSPORTATION will be doing railroad track repairs through Blount County on Nyota/Commissary Road, Third Street, County Road 9. Each road will be closed 2-3 days for the repairs. Detours will be posted.

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. The Hayden office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Friday at Hayden Town Hall. 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.

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 www.ilrgb.org.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625-3231, fax 625- 3239, or email production@otelco.net.

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. No debit or credit cards accepted; cash or checks only. Call 505- 0150 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.

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.

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.

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. ‘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.

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.

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.