WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMS DISTRICT will have a year-end Christmas and recognition celebration on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at Hayden United Methodist Church Family Life Center. RSVP today, Nov. 28, to or 902-6109.

ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. This year’s parade features floats, classic cars, marching bands, emergency vehicles, hoof units, and costumed characters including Big Al and Santa. For more information or to be in the parade, phone town hall at 589-2311.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. The group will play Santa Dollars with Amy Rhudy of the Blount County Memorial Museum.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come see our River Elves float in the Blountsville Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 7, and the Blount County Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at

FREE NALOXONE (NARCAN) TRAINING will be today, 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.

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.

LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK The public is invited to drive through for the 18th Annual Christmas Lights in the Park between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. any night in December except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

Santa will be at the cottage for photos from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will have a Christmas worship service and open house on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Speaker will be Dennis Martin and special music will be provided by Marci Green. Frankie Neel will play the pump organ to accompany carol singing and there will be a live Nativity and refreshments.

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. 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.

Visit,, or phone 446-0462 to register for or obtain more information about the decorating contests and all OBA special events.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Novel Destinations Book Club will watch the movie ‘Meg’ on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:45 p.m.

Minecraft Mayhem for kids and teens will be Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.

Homeschool Hangouts will perform Christmas themed experiments on Monday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. Also on Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., there will be a Duel Monsters game night for players and those who want to learn.

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 for more information on library programs.

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. 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, or visit for more information and times.

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. 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.

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.

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

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 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

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