COMMUNITY CALENDAR

MAKING ALABAMA: A Bicentennial travel exhibition will be on display at the Frank Green Building auditorium beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Thursday, Sept. 27. A ribbon cutting will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

KOREAN WAR VETERANS will meet Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m., at Sarah’s Cafe in Walnut Gove.

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 ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Spirited Tales of Old Blount County will be at the library. Walk through time, listen and watch actors play out scenes in Blount County’s history, and enjoy refreshments. Bring the entire family for this historical event on the following dates: Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Sept. 7 and 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission: adults and teens – $5 each; kids under 12 – $2 each; and families of four or more – $15 per family.

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

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

Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels. Toys are provided to keep young children busy.

Plus Ultra Animanga Club for teens will meet Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m., featuring an anime and manga trivia competition.

Hearth and Home will meet Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m., with a representative from MainStreet Family Urgent Care speaking on the history, vaccine, and prevention of the flu. Attendees will receive a gift.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Baptist minister and Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Dr. Will Boyd will speak. The public is invited.

POND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM The Natural Resources Planning Committee will host a farm pond management program on Thursday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m., at Al and Mick’s BBQ, 88175 U.S. Hwy 278, Snead. RSVP to Dan Porch, County Extension office, at 274-2129 or porchdw@auburn.edu.

OSBORN REUNION Descendants of James D. Osborn and Elizabeth Folsom Osborn Williams are invited to the reunion on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and memories to share.

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.

ONEONTA CLASS OF 1955 will have the 63rd reunion on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Oct. 12 (snack day) and 26, 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.

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 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.

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. 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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 429-2468 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 446-0462 for information about the OBA and upcoming special events.