COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Mio Sogno Ristorante in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE AUXILIARY RESERVE will have a turkey shoot on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Blountsville City Park by the pool, from 8 a.m. until all products are gone. Cost is $5 per game per shot. 410, 12 and 20 gauge will be available; shells provided.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will have river cleanup at three locations on Saturday, Nov. 10: Swann Covered Bridge with Sam Howell at 9 a.m., Mardis Mill Falls with Alden Brindle at 10 a.m., and the end of Taylor Ford Road with Alecia Self at 10:30 a.m. Please register at www.flfr.org.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. prior to its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR will have Santa lists for sponsored children available on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. Lunch will be provided for each person taking a Santa list. Phone Alicia Tolbert at 274-5224 or Joslyn Blair at 274-5240 for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION invites businesses, clubs, individuals, and organizations to enter its 6th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest and the Festival of Lights Tree Decorating Contest. Registration for the holiday decorating contest is free and due by Thursday, Nov. 15. Winners of multiple categories will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe. The tree decorating contest costs $150 to cover the cost of a live Fraser fir that can be decorated Monday, Nov. 26, through Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the green areas around the gazebo. Awards will be given in multiple categories. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 446-0462 to register for or obtain more information about the decorating contests and all OBA special events.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Hearth and Home will have a class on making small, chocolate-themed gifts for the holidays on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.

Also on Nov. 10, Frances Darnell Whited will be signing copies of her book Footprints in the Dust from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Books will be available to purchase for $20.

The library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veteran’s Day.

The Amaryllis Garden Club Mitten Tree will go up on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and remain through Tuesday, Dec. 18, to accept donations of winter clothing items, coloring books and crayons, and toys.

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.

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.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Nov. 16, and Nov. 30, 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 Tammy Mason will lead a hike along the river from Horton Mill Covered Bridge to the old Horton Mill on Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tara Stallworth will provide tips on taking great photos. Please register at www.flfr.org. Start taking photos now for the 2019 Art and Photo Contest.

All donations made through FLFR’s Facebook page on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, will be matched.

Come see our River Elves float in the Blount County Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, and in the Blountsville Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 7.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at flfr.org.

HOPE HOUSE CHRISTMAS REGISTRATION Please phone Jessica Waid at 625-4673 by Nov. 21 to verify eligibility and schedule an appointment.

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

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB is selling 2.5-pound bags of this year’s crop of peanuts for $10 each. Phone 429-3556 to purchase.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR There will be an open house for those interested in becoming foster parents or volunteers on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Social workers and supervisors will be available to answer questions.

LOW WATER BRIDGE Blount County Memorial Museum is searching for history on the bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road. They would also like information about a possible covered bridge in that area years ago. Phone Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with any information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625-3231, fax 625-3239, or email production@blountcountian.com.