BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Classes meet tomorrow, Jan. 24 (Autism), Mondays, Feb. 11 (Colds, Flus, and Antibiotics) and Feb. 25 (Emotional Abuse), Friday, March 8 (Math with Infants and Toddlers) and Wednesday, March 20 (Children Habits) at 10 a.m. at Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Phone or text Rae Ann Moore at 334-465- 0085 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Jill Jackson, AERA executive director, will be the featured speaker.

MASONIC LODGE 145 in Blountsville will have a spaghetti supper Saturday, Jan. 26, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the Masonic Hall. Cost of the meal is a donation to the organization.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM will be closed from Monday, Jan. 28, through Tuesday, March 5, for renovations. Curator Amy Rhudy will be housed at The Little Brick Church across the street, but no exhibits will be on display.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS is starting a new camp. The first meeting of Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 will be Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. The group will meet every fourth Monday thereafter. If you have Confederate ancestors and would like to join the group, phone 256- 706-6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 482- 4666 for more information.

RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE TRAINING The Blount County Extension office will conduct a Restricted Use Pesticide Training program for private applicators on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building, 415 5th Ave. E., Oneonta. Cost is $20; make checks payable to Blount County Extesnion. Phone Dan Porch at 274-2129 for additional information.

BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Chamber will sponsor a wine tasting on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes and Hops, 231 1st Avenue East, Oneonta. The event is free and open to the public.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, and Feb. 22, 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 256-638-4430 ext. 150 with questions.

CULLMAN REGIONAL Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Cullman Regional Urology Clinic. Screenings are available for men age 50 to 69 or men over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer. African American men have a higher risk and should begin screenings at age 40. Phone the clinic at 256-737- 2177 for a required appointment.

LIONS CLUB ZONE MEETING will be hosted by the Blountsville Lions on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at 479 New Lebanon Road, Blountsville. Food, fellowship, entertainment, and guest speakers are planned for the Valentine’s Day event. Cost is $7 per person. RSVP to Tim Sosebee at 568-0076 by Wednesday, Feb. 6.

CAMP SUMATANGA POLAR PLUNGE Brave participants will rush into the freezing waters of Lake Sumatanga on Saturday, Feb. 23, for a $35 donation. The super brave may choose to jump off the bridge for a $50 donation. Check in begins at 11 a.m. Phone 256-538-9860 for more information or to register. Proceeds support the ongoing ministry of Camp Sumatanga and Conference Center.

BRIDAL FAIR The Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Bridal Fair on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. All the wedding vendors you need will be in one place. Admission is free and door prizes will be available.

BLOUNT COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will have the annual steak dinner meeting and calf show on Saturday, March 2, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Calf show begins at 3 p.m. Meeting and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Come support our youth, network with local cattle producers, and pay your annual dues. Phone Sophia Head at 529-9526 with questions.

TOWN OF BLOUNTSVILLE is accepting applications through Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m., at Blountsville Town Hall (10017 Lee Street West), for spring/ summer employment with Blountsville Recreational Park and Municipal Pool for the following positions: lifeguards, assistant manager, and concession stand. Lifeguard applicants must be certified in CPR and lifeguard training (professional rescuer) through American Red Cross. Pool assistant manager must be certified in CPR and have management experience. Phone Susan Blythe at 429-2406 for information. The Town of Blountsville is an equal opportunity employer.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK now has lighted, locked display cases. If you have a collection that you’d like to share with park visitors, phone 429-2468 or 363-1248 for details.

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 information. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Mr. Breakfast will be at the library Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m.

Homeschool Hangouts (for grades 6 and up) will take on the periodic table Monday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. Teens will compete in a Periodic Table Battleship tournament.

Dena Spinks will teach about chemical free living with essential oils Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn which chemicals are top polluters as well as simple, affordable ways to avoid them.

Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels.

Story hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

English as a Second Language class is Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

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. ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for the 2019-2020 school year will be March 18 through March 22. Students living in the Oneonta City School district should bring two proofs of residence, birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization record.

Non-resident applications will also be accepted during this time. The number accepted will be based on room and availability. Parents will receive a letter from the school principal in June or July notifying them of their child’s status. Phone the school at 625-4108 with questions. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 8th Annual Chili Cookoff, Classic Cruise-In, and Cornhole Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Get details and register on the website. Entry forms are also available at Treasures on Main.

OBA now meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room. The Feb. 19 agenda includes plans for upcoming events. Members and those interested are invited to attend.

Visit,, or phone 446- 0462 for more information about all OBA special events.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will continue the beginning beekeeping class on Mondays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, and 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center in Cleveland. For more information contact Jerry Carter at or Lonnie Funderburg at

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. 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 DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements. 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. 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.

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.

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