BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The ‘Sounds of Liberty’ program will be Wednesday, July 4, from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. Liberty Bells ring at that time throughout the country including the Philadelphia Liberty Bell which rang 13 times on July 4, 1716. Sen. Clay Scofield will be the guest speaker. The public is invited. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY There will be a book discussion of Karen White’s ‘The Sound of Glass’ Thursday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m.
Outdoor Movie Night will be Friday, July 6, at 8:30 p.m., featuring ‘Shrek: The Musical.’ Refreshments will be served but bring your own chairs.
The LEGO Club will meet Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m., for kids and teens.
On Tuesday, July 10, at 10 a.m., Doc Atoms will perform the explosive science show for kids, wrapping up the summer reading program.
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.
BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION has rescheduled the work session of July 5 to Thursday, July 12, at 9 a.m. The commission business meeting has been rescheduled fom July 9 to Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome.
CLEVELAND PARK SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT Mountain Melody Players and Of One Accord will be performing Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Limited amphitheater seating or bring your own. Free admission.
FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER has partnered with the Blount Photography Club to offer a free photography lesson on Saturday, July 14, 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., at Mardis Mill. Visit www.flfr.org to register. All ages are welcome. Questions? Call Sharon 807-1919.
HELPING HANDS OF THE THIN BLUE LINE The group, consisting of the Oneonta Police Department, Anchors Church, Blount County Civitans, and WCRL 95.3 will accept donations at Walmart on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Items will be used for families that OPD officers encounter that have a need, without the officer paying out of pocket for the items. Items requested are new pillows, blankets, air mattresses, clothing, car seats, diapers, baby wipes, and toiletry items.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY will be Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, for the City of Oneonta.
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.
MAGIC IN THE GARDEN is presented by the Blount County Master Gardeners and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The event will be Thursday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and is $20 per person which includes the program, lunch, and snacks. Contact Sherilyn Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 681-9896 for more information or to register.
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 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
CITY OF ONEONTA is seeking residents who are interested in volunteering on an Oneonta Board. There are a number of vacancies on different boards that need to be filled. Phone 274-2150 or visit city hall for more information.
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.
BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK is a stop for those visiting historical sites in Alabama for the 200th birthday celebration. Get your passport book stamped at the gift shop.
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 info.
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 MEMORIAL MUSEUM 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.
ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com or phone 446-0462 for information about upcoming events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.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 251- 2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.
‘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. Financial assistance is available. 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.
NEWS BRIEFS The Blount Countian gladly publishes community events. Call 625-3231, fax 625-3239, email firstname.lastname@example.org, mail P.O. Box 310, Oneonta AL 35121, in person 217 Third Street South, Oneonta.