COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER A river float led by Ellen and Chad Luce will be Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Meet at Tonka (intersection of Ala 160 and Ala 79) and caravan to the put in. For information on the cleanups or float, visit www.flfr.org.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Story hour is every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

English as a Second Language class is Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Novel Destinations Book Club will meet tomorrow, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss Feint of Art by Hailey Lind.

The movie Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

The LEGO Club will meet on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. for children and teens.

Twisted Stitchers, a needle craft group, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 1 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 on library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM will offer the Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program for ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

The Museum and Historical Society will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

MURPHREE REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree are invited to the reunion Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Wayne and Vanessa Brown’s barn at 1226 Barwick Road, Blountsville. Bring a dish and memories to share. Phone 559-1926 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATON will meet Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., at Palisades Park for the annual covered dish luncheon. Bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship with old and new members.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Aug. 24, Sept. 14 (snack day), and Sept. 28, 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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Stop by one of 21 member businesses to ‘Shop Small and Win Big.’ Enter free now through Friday, Aug. 24, to win a pair of season tickets to Alabama Crimson Tide home games this fall! The business from whom the winning ticket is drawn also wins a pair of tickets. For more information and entry box locations visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com or www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation. Visit the website or phone 446-0462 for information about OBA and upcoming special events.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE will meet on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium to select the executive committee members for the next four years, which will then choose the new executive officers. The executive committee is composed of four males and four females from each of the county’s four commission districts. Anyone interested in running should phone Jim Kilgore at 625-6682 for more information.

CLEVELAND PARK will have the annual Labor Day barbecue fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. The event will feature performances by local musicians and free inflatables and water slides for kids of all ages. Preorder Boston butts for $30 each, racks of ribs for $20 each, and whole smoked chickens for $10 each. Phone Olivia Blackwood at 274-9418 to order.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY FAIR Booth registration has begun for the 65th annual event, to be held Sept. 11-15, at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Early registration is encouraged and forms available at www.blountcountyfair.com. Questions? Phone Tara at 274-8839.

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. For more information, phone Phyllis Johnson at 681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email blountcountyliteracycouncil@gmail.com.

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 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOMES TOUR The 26th annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7. The tour will showcase five homes that are energy-efficient and use solar technologies that are clean and renewable. Email solartouralabama@gmail.com for registration information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER has sponsored the book Alabama Rivers, a Celebration & Challenge, as one of the founding river groups to test for water quality with the program that the book’s author, Bill Deutsch, co-founded in 1992. He will give a powerpoint presentation and sign books at the chamber luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Anchors Church.

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 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.

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.

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.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 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 rclaburn422@yahoo.com.