COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

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

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

Resume 101 class will be Friday, Aug. 31, at 3:30 p.m.

Minecraft Mayhem will meet Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.

Charlotte Haygood of the Sand Mountain Seed Bank will talk about winter annuals followed by a seed swap on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 12:30 p.m. Bring seeds to share.

Twisted Stitchers will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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. The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, to observe the Labor Day holiday.

CREM REUNION Descendants are invited to the reunion on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park. Phone Janet King at 516-3520 or email janetking65@gmail.com for more information.

FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, from noon until 5 p.m. State Farm agent Duane Tolbert will provide hot dogs and refreshments to all first responders. The address is 910 2nd Ave. East, Oneonta.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, 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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK invites all Blount County authors to participate in the book signing to be held during the Annual Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29. This is in appreciation of all past and current authors and the contribution to Blount County literature. Phone 429-3996 to confirm participation.

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 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 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 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.

NEW HAYDEN TOWN NUMBERS The Town of Hayden has new phone numbers as follows: Hayden Town Hall – 543-6881; Hayden Water Department – 543-6882; fax – 543-6883.

BILLIE SUE BEASLEY The Joseph Edward Beasley family is looking for photos of Billie Sue. She went to Appalachian school and passed away in 1979. The family is looking for photos of her during her school years. Any information is appreciated. Phone Elaine Beasley at 594-5032.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Winner of ‘Shop Small and Win Big’ is Sheila Floyd of Blountsville. She registered at Cosa Bella Boutique. Both win a pair of season tickets to Alabama home games. For more information about OBA and upcoming special events visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com or www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation or phone 446-0462.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY has a pine needle basket collection on display, courtesy of and created by Jane Wright. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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