BLOUNT COUNTY DHR will have Santa lists for sponsored children available today, 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.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., at Hayden Community Center, 629 County Highway 7, for the fifth annual community Thanksgiving dinner. Meat will be provided by the chamber; visit the West Blount Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for side dish requests.

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 Start taking photos now for the 2019 Art and Photo Contest.

FLU CLINIC will be held Monday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the community room of the Blount County Health Department for those six months and older. Medicaid, Blue Advantage, Medicare (red, white, and blue card), ALLKids, and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield insurance is accepted. Shots are $5 for those with no insurance. For more information phone 274-2120.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Today, Nov. 14: Amaryllis Garden Club Mitten Tree is up and will remain through Tuesday, Dec. 18, to accept donations of winter clothing items, coloring books and crayons, and toys.

Tomorrow, Nov. 15: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Friday, Nov. 16: There will be a ‘Making Sense of Medicare’ class at noon. Please reserve your space at 222-2487.

Saturday, Nov. 17: Lego Club will meet at 10 a.m. Cub Scouts will be at the library from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interested first- through fifth-graders are invited to see what being a scout is all about. Grown up Geeks: Otaku Edition will meet at 1:30 p.m. to test how well they really know their favorite books and shows.

Monday, Nov. 19: Homeschool Hangouts will grow crystals at 1 p.m.

Story hour is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. We will skip Wednesday, Nov. 21, due to the holiday.

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.

The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving.

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.oneonta for more information on library programs.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, and families may register for a spot to decorate at the park through tomorrow, Nov. 15. Decorating will begin in November. Prizes will be awarded. Phone 274- 0017 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 tomorrow, 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,, or phone 446-0462 to register for or obtain more information about the decorating contests and all OBA special events.

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.

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

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING LUNCH will be Thursday, Nov. 22, from noon until 2 p.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. No charge.

FREE NALOXONE (NARCAN) TRAINING will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m., at Cooper Green Hospital, Second Floor Cafeteria, 1515 6th Ave. S, Birmingham. Each participant receives a free Naloxone kit after completing the one-hour training class provided by Recovery Resource Center, a program of the Crisis Center.

LEADERSHIP BLOUNT COUNTY Registration is now open for the 2019 Leadership Blount County class sponsored by the Blount – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Barbara Andersen at 274- 2153 or Sessions begin in January.

ARC ANGEL TREE is up at Miller’s Soda Shoppe. There are 56 adult residents in need of gifts for Christmas. All details are contained in the card. Please consider showing our special neighbors, many of whom have no family in their lives, the love and joy of the holiday season. BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB is selling 2.5-pound bags of this year’s crop of peanuts for $10 each. Phone 429-3556 to purchase.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 353-1696 for more information.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625- 3231, fax 625-3239, email, mail P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121.