COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENINGS Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, and 28, in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Screenings included are: lipid panel, BMI, EKG, blood pressure, ABI, and bone density. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Phone 256-735-5600 to schedule an appointment.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Author Larry A. Vines will present his book Requirements for an Effective School – Conflict Resolution Mediation at the library on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. The presentation will focus on conflict resolution within the school, home, and work communities. It gives a hands-on approach for effectively resolving issues between the involved parties.

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.

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is one of three finalists in the running for a $20,000 teachers’ lounge makeover provided by TCC, a Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer. The winner will be decided by community votes. Cast your vote now through Sunday, Feb. 10, at tcc.io/schoolmakeover2019.

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 today, Feb. 6.

ONE-ON-ONE BUSINESS COUNSELING The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at the Chamber office. It is necessary that you make an appointment. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, phone Ken Grissom at 256- 782-5342.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Join a river cleanup team on Saturday, Feb. 9: Swann Covered Bridge led by Sam Howell, 9 a.m.; Mardis Mill Falls led by Alden Brindle, 10 a.m.; End of Taylor Ford Road led by Ana Self, 10:30 a.m.

Tammy Mason will lead a Palisades Park group hike and climb the Sand Mountain Lookout Fire Tower on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m.

FLFR’s Free Film on Sunday is back! “America’s Amazon: The Mobile-Tensaw Delta” will be shown Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., at Wallace State – Oneonta.

Winners of the 2018 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Locust Fork High School library through Fri., Feb. 15. They will be displayed at Cleveland High School library from Saturday, Feb. 16, through Friday, March 15. Entires for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted beginning Wednesday, May 1.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at flfr.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, Feb. 9: Hearth and Home presents basic string art at 10 a.m. Materials and instruction are free. Mr. Breakfast will be here at 11 a.m. teaching children valuable lessons through storytelling, activities, and song.

Monday, Feb. 11: Homeschool Hangouts is studying braille at 1 p.m. Learn its history, uses, and how to write your name.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

FOR KIDS’ SAKE VARIETY SHOW The 2019 Bownes Memorial For Kids’ Sake Variety Show will be Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre at Wallace State. The show will feature musical and theatrical performances from more than 80 children. Tickets are $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Cullman Regional Foundation. Phone 256-737-2565 or email crmcfoundation@cullmanregional.com for more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will continue the beginning beekeeping class on Mondays, Feb. 11 and 18, 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.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will hold its next meetings on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

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.

FREE OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION TRAINING will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Cafeteria of Cooper Green Hospital, 1515 6th Avenue South, Birmingham. Each participant will receive a free Naloxone kit after the one-hour class. To register phone 458-3377 or email lplaia@crisiscenterbham.org.

ALABAMA RECORD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION will have the 38th annual record and CD show on Friday, March 1, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the Main Exhibition Hall of Gardendale Civic Center. Admission is $5 per day. A special $10 early-bird admission is available on Friday beginning at noon. For more information, visit the website at www.alabamarecordcollectors.com or email info@alabamarecordcollectors.org.

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 www.outdooralabama.com, by emailing Seth Maddox at seth.maddox@dcnr.alabama.gov, 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.

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.

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 – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 36th annual banquet will be Tuesday, March 5, at Anchors Church. Winners of Blount County’s Emerging Business, Business, and Industry of the Year, The Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service, The Charles Carr Award for Blount County’s Volunteer of the Year, and The Pat Bellew Award for Blount County’s Outstanding Citizen will be presented. Teachers 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 barbara@blountoneontachamber.org to request a table or for information about other chamber events.

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.

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.

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 www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www. facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 446- 0462 for more information about all OBA special events.

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