COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE will meet Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. Democrats registered to vote in Blount County will have the opportunity to elect their county committee for the coming four years. The committee consists of four women and four men from each of the county’s four commission districts, as well as other possible slots. Anticipated candidates need to be present for the election. The elected county members will then select the county’s executive officers. For more information, phone Jim Kilgore at 625-6682.

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

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

A sensory friendly story hour will be Friday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m.

Homeschool Hangouts will be Monday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. This month, the group will be doing the egg drop challenge.

Twisted Stitchers will meet Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels. Toys are provided to keep young children busy.

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.

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.

RIDE FOR MIRACLES The third annual event will be Saturday, Aug. 25, with registration beginning at 7 a.m., at Oneonta Walmart. Cost is $20 per bike and includes meal, passenger cost is $10 including a meal. A great route is planned and there will be live music and prizes given away at the end of the ride at Heritage Golf Course. All proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, phone Christy Smith at 353-9300 or Reba Summers at 353- 2092.

GARGUS FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 26, at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Questions? Phone Sandy at 601- 8623 or email sbullock3012@gmail.com for more information.

SKILLMAN FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Walnut Grove Community Center near West End High School for the descendants of Walter Thomas Skillman and Emma Dora Gunnells Skillman. Doors open at 11 a.m. with lunch at 1 p.m. Phone Danny at 237-4982 for more information.

RETIREMENT PARTY for Deputy Chief Judy Underwood will be Friday, Aug. 31, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Oneonta Depot, 28817 Ala 75, Oneonta. The party is to honor her 33 years of service with the Oneonta Police Department.

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. Plates will also be available for purchase.

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.

The fair will feature rides, entertainment, vendors, food, and much more. Gate admission is $5 and $10 for an armband good for unlimited rides.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The art and photo contest award ceremony will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., at the Blount County Fair. The photos will be exhibited during the fair and at numerous locations throughout the county. The itinerary will be published in the newsletter and on Facebook and at flfr.org.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.