LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL A new Lions Club is forming in central Blount County. There will be an organizational meeting tomorrow, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., at One Way Outreach Ministries, 36560 Ala 79, Cleveland. Lions Clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs in the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information phone organizer Ron Seybold at 256-531-6075 or email

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will sponsor a wine tasting tomorrow, 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Minecraft Mayhem is Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. This month’s building challenge is “Candy.”

Duel Monsters game night is Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m.

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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m., prior to the regular council meeting at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Lane.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Feb. 8 and 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP Applications for three offered scholarships are due Thursday, Feb. 28. Criteria for consideration are: U.S. citizen, graduating high school senior planning for livestock industry/agriculture education, exhibits excellent character and citizenship, academic excellence, parent/grandparent or guardian is a current member of the Blount County Cattlemen’s Association or applicant has been a Junior Cattlemen member for two consecutive years. Scholarships are funded by steak sandwich sales. Request applications from Charles Head, 181 Hallman Trail, Remlap, AL 35133, or phone/text 516- 7656.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM will be closed 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.

The museum is searching for information on schools that existed in Blount County from the late 1800s through the late 1900s. Phone the museum with information.

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Visit 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.

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 will continue the beginning beekeeping class on Mondays, 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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, or visit for more information and times.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Please make note of phone numbers for Blount County schools effective Jan. 1. Some school numbers changed and some remained the same.

Board of Education 775-1950; Appalachian 775-1970; Blountsville Elementary 775-1990; Cleveland Elementary 775- 2040; Cleveland High 775-2030; Hayden Primary 647-2103; Hayden Elementary 647-6578; Hayden Middle 647-3083; Hayden High 647-0397; J.B. Pennington 775-2050; Locust Fork Elementary 681-9512; Locust Fork High 681-7846; Southeastern 681-3964; Susan Moore Elementary 775-2070; Susan Moore High 775-2060; Alternative School 775-1960; Blount County Career Technical Center 775-2080; Blount County Learning Center 775-1980. 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 booking 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.

FORMAL DRESS CONSIGNMENT SALE Cleveland High School journalism staff and drama will have a formal dress consignment sale on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. All dresses should be dropped off by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. There is a $10 consigner fee for each dress and you keep all your sale price. For more information, contact Mrs. Maniscalco at

BLOUNTSVILLE FIRE AUXILIARY will have a sweetheart pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom. A $7 plate includes pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs with your choice of drink. All proceeds will go towards a new fire truck and gear. For more information phone Mindy Chappell at 237-9805.

BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Classes meet 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.

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.

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.

2019 ALABAMA WATERFOWL STAMP ART CONTEST The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is accepting entries for the 2019 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest. This is the 40th and final year for the contest. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 1. Complete rules and entry forms are available at, by emailing Seth Maddox at seth.maddox@, or calling 334-242-3469. 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. BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 36th annual banquet will be Tuesday, March 5, at Anchors Church. Nominations for Blount County’s Emerging Business of the Year, Blount County’s Business of the Year, The Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service, The Charles Carr Award for Blount County’s Volunteer of the Year, Blount County’s Industry of the Year, and The Pat Bellew Award for Blount County’s Outstanding Citizen are being accepted. Teachers of the Year and Ambassadors of the Year for both Oneonta City and Blount County school systems will also be honored at the banquet. Phone the Chamber at 205-274-2153 or email to request a nomination form or for information about all chamber events.

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