COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Guest speaker is Wesley Breeden, with the AMBA benefits program will discuss special offers and services for AERA members.

CHIPPING FOR CHILDREN Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at Heritage Golf Course and is sponsored by the Oneonta Masonic Lodge #324. There will be lots of prizes and all proceeds benefit the Blount County Children’s Center. To register, phone Andrew at 446-5412 or Garreth at 353-8404.

QUILT SHOW The Blount County Quilters Guild quilt show will be Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m until 4 p.m., at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 per person. Over 100 quilts will be on display in two buildings. Quilting and craft vendors will be available. There will be a drawing for a quilt on Saturday. Quilters are invited to enter quilts in the show. Bring quilts to the Quilter’s Cottage at Palisades Park on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information phone 256- 558-3399 or 994-4749 or visit the website blountcountyquilters.com.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER A group will hike from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m. Bring a camera and learn tips on taking great photos on the easy-to-moderate hike.

Volunteers are always welcome! Join the group on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Cleveland Park to learn more. Refreshments provided.

Learn more about FLFR, register for hikes and cleanups, donate, and much more at flfr.org.

TREATS ON THE STREET will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., downtown Oneonta. Children are invited to dress in costume and recieve treats from local businesses along the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of 1st Ave. East. Children must be supervised and a secret judge will award prizes for best costumes. The event is sponsored by the OBA. Businesses who would like to participate, visit treats@oneontabusinessassociation.com or phone Daniel at 305-7775.

ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER OF BLOUNT COUNTY is offering half-price adoption fees on all adult cats during the month of October in honor of Kossie Buckelew. Buckelew has volunteered weekly at the center since it opened in 2005.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, Oct. 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.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB will have its scarecrow and pumpkin decorations at the bird and butterfly garden through October at the corner of High School Street and First Ave.

ABSENTEE VOTING for the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election is now open. To vote absentee in person, go to the second floor of the Blount County Courthouse (Room 208) and bring a photo ID. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To request an application for a ballot and receive a ballot by mail, phone 625-4153. Thursday, Nov. 1, is the last day voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARM CITY BANQUET will be Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Locsut Fork Baptist Church. The event will bring farming and non-farming communities together for a night of food, fellowship, and fun. Kyle Hayes, Area III organization director for the Alabama Farmers Federation, will be the speaker and ‘The Cotton Pickin’ Kids’ will provide entertainment. To RSVP, text 256-572-2111 or email stephanieagm@hotmail.com by Nov. 9 for more information.

MT. PLEASANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL will have a Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 9, with a breakfast for all veterans at 7:15 a.m., and the program to begin at 8 a.m. The school is located at 4111 Susan Moore Road. All veterans are invited – RSVP to 256-572- 4764.

JUDSON COLLEGE PREVIEW AND SCHOLARSHIP DAY will be Saturday, Nov. 10. Prospective students can explore the college’s academic and athletic programs, meet current students and faculty, and tour the campus. The school has performing arts available and athletic team tryouts will be Friday, Nov. 9. Visit www.judson.edu/november-preview-day or phone admissions at 800-447-9472

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, and families may register for a spot to decorate at the park through Nov. 15. Decorating will begin in November. Prizes will be awarded. Phone 274-0017 for more information.

CITY OF ONEONTA is seeking a volunteer alternate to the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Phone the city clerk at 274-2149 if interested in the position.

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.

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. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY offers utility assistance to eligible households. Beginning Dec. 1, call 855-287-1730 or go to caaneal.org to make an appointment.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY There is 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Story hour is every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

English as a Second Language class is Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels.

Beginning computer classes will be held Wednesdays at 3:30 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 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.

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.

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

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.

ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BELL The museum is looking for photos of the old OES bell that hung outside the elementary school. The bell has been recovered and will be displayed at the OHS Veterans Day program. The theme is ‘Let Freedom Ring.’ If you have a photo, contact Amy Rhudy at the Blount County Memorial Museum at 625-6905.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY RSVP is seeking volunteers to assist with a six-week workshop on chronic pain management. Volunteers are needed to help recruit participants, speak to small groups about the program, make reminder phone calls, and conduct follow-up surveys. Training and mileage compensation is provided. For more information, phone Johnna Pannell at 625-4901.

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.

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.

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 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.