COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Story hour will skip today, Nov. 21, due to the holiday. The library will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

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

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER All donations made through FLFR’s Facebook page on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, will be matched.

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.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER is selling hickory smoked hams for the Christmas holiday. 20-pound, fully cooked and ready to eat whole hams are available for $50 each. Contact Charley Head at 516- 7656 or charles.head@yahoo.com by Monday, Dec. 17 to order. Pick up will be at Pine Mountain Community Center from Saturday, Dec. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 22. The center is located at 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap.

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.

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 barbara@blountoneontachamber.org. Sessions begin in January.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Homeschool Hangouts will be Monday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. Teens will tackle cracking ciphers and codes.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come see our River Elves float in the Blountsville Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 7, and in the Blount County Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Winners of the 6th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest and the Festival of Lights Tree Decorating Contest 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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

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.

NEWS BRIEFS The Blount Countian gladly publishes events for community organizations. Call 625- 3231, fax 625-3239, email production@blountcountian.com, mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta AL 35121, or drop off at 217 Third Street South, Oneonta.