COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is partnering with Tecta America, the nation’s largest commercial roofing company, to hold a job fair tomorrow, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium located at 415 5th Avenue East in Oneonta. They are looking for workers to join their Birmingham team. Jobs come with competitive wages and a full benefit package.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. It starts at the Blountsville ball park and winds through town to Blountsville Town Hall, where festivities will continue with Santa, Mrs. Clause, and their elves.

PARADE OF LIGHTS The 2018 Blount County Christmas Parade, hosted by the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by MainStreet Family Urgent Care steps off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Join in the fun as the the parade heads down Ala 75 and winds back through downtown Oneonta.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Polar Express Pajama Party will be Friday, Dec. 7 and 14. Pictures with the conductor are at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m.

Mr. Breakfast will be at the library Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. Kids ages 5 through 12 will learn important life lessons through sports and other fun activities.

Homeschool Hangouts will be Monday, Dec., 10, at 1 p.m. Middle- and high-school aged students will have the opportunity to used codes and ciphers to break out of an escape room.

The Teen Advisory Board will meet Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., to discuss new members, fundraisers, and new clubs.

Color With Your Kids will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. Parents can come color winter and Christmas-themed coloring pages with your children.

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. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come see our River Elves float in the Blountsville Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., and the Blount County Christmas Parade on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

River cleanup teams will meet as follows on Saturday, Dec. 8: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m. (led by Sam Howell); Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m. (led by Alden Brindle); End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m. (led by Ana Self).

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at flfr.org. BLOUNTSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE AUXILIARY will have a Blountsville community gathering and free holiday dinner on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the VFW Hall in Blountsville. Businesses or individuals interesting in helping should contact Mindy Chappell at 237-9805.

The Auxiliary is also sponsoring 48 children for Christmas. Anyone who wants to donate toys or money should contact Chappell as well.

HAYDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL third- and fourth-graders will perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; school-age children are free.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS There will be no classes in December. 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. 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22.

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.

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.

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 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 BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will have the beginning beekeeping class on Monday, Jan. 14, and continuing for five more Mondays, at 6:30 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center in Cleveland. For more information contact Jerry Carter at carterbees@charter.net or Lonnie Funderburg at funder@otelco.net.

The group 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.

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 www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

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 Wednesdays 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. BLOUNT COUNTY DHR will have 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.

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.

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