COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION has a work session tomorrow, July 12, at 9 a.m. The commission business meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, July 12, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center. New board members and officers will be introduced and Greg Reid will moderate a debate between Blount County Sheriff candidates James Chapman and Mark Moon.

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.

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. Call Sharon at 807-1919 for info.

LOCUST FORK TOWN HALL will be closed Monday, July 16, through Thursday, July 19.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Guest speaker will be author T.K. Thorne at the Elvis-themed tea party on Thursday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., for adults. Her books Noah’s Wife, Angels at the Gate, and Last Chance for Justice are available at the library. The book discussion has been moved to Thursday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. 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.

GIBBS FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, July 14, at Snead Community Center (the old senior center) by the park, from 10 a.m. until ?

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Heritage Golf. Mark Moon will be guest speaker.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY will be Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, for the City of Oneonta.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, July 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.

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.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1957 will have the class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Grace Baptist Church, beginning at 11 a.m. Bring a covered dish, photos, and memories to share.

SANDLIN FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Cold Springs Community Center, beginning at 10 a.m. with lunch at noon. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. Address is 8821 Co. Road 109, Bremen. Phone 995-7988 or 915-1870 or email patsymedlock@bellsouth.net for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The 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 information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building. Dr. Will Boyd, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, will speak. The public is invited.

SNEAD TOWN COUNCIL will have a special called meeting on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m., at the Snead Community Center.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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 sherilynosborne@bellsouth.net or phone 681- 9896 for more information or to register.

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 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. 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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com or phone 446-0462 for information about upcoming special events.

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.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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.

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 251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

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