COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

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. J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m., in the high school auditorium. All alumni and friends are invited.

Canaan’s Crossing, Bama Blu Grace, and Daily Bread will be in concert Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 and are available at Peoples Bank locations or at the door. All proceeds benefit J.B. Pennington projects. For more information phone 775-2050.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1944 Graduates are invited to a 75th anniversary/class reunion lunch on Friday, April 1. RSVP to 525-5432.

FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENINGS Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings on Thursdays, Feb. 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will continue the beginning beekeeping class on Monday, Feb. 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.

It’s about time for honeybees and other pollinators to begin to fly around and possibly cause problems. We can help with identification, swarm control, and advice. We don’t offer bee removal, but have a list of contacts that can safely remove bees. Phone Harold Deason at 568-1053, Jerry Carter at 213-1673, or Lonnie Funderburg at 559-3260 for more information.

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.

HEART DISEASE SEMINAR Cardiologists from Cullman Regional Cardiology Clinic will be on hand Thursday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., to discuss prevention, treatment, and management of heart disease. Cost of the lunch and learn program is $5 for Healthy Life members and $8 for others. To reserve your spot, register online at www.cullmanregional.com or phone 256-735-5600.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, 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.

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.

CULLMAN EMS hosts the Fourth Annual 9-1-1 Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Desperation Church, 202 Elizabeth Street NE, Cullman. Registration is $20 per team and open to all law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel and dispatchers. Tasting is open to the public for $1 per sample. Attendees also have a chance to win door prizes and enter a raffle for Rock the South tickets. All proceeds benefit The Link of Cullman County. To register or for more information contact James Curtis at 903-4486 or james.curtis@cullmanregional.com.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

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.

JOYFUL SPANISH will have an open house on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 406 5th Street N, Oneonta (across from DHR). New classes are starting soon so come by to check out the class schedule for elementary and high school students and adults, learn about teaching methods, register for classes, and sign up to win door prizes.

BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Classes meet Monday, 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.

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 – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 36th annual banquet will be Tuesday, March 5, at Anchors Church. 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 will be recognized. 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 barbara@blountoneontachamber.org to purchase tickets or for information about all chamber events.

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM presents famed Alabama sculptor Craigger Browne in two free public presentations, Tuesday, March 5, at 1 p.m., in Oneonta High School’s Eris Horton Auditorium, and at 6:30 p.m., at The Little Brick Church.

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.

WHAT’S BUGGIN’ YOU? Blount County Extension will conduct a program to educate homeowners about common pests and how to deal with them on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Cost is $10. Make checks payable to ACES. Phone Bethany O’Rear at 612-9525 to register. The class must have 10 participants or it will be cancelled.

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. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Thursday, Feb. 14: At 5 p.m., teens are invited to learn about the history of zines and how to draw basic illustrations in week two of our zine making event, Papercuts!

The library will be closed Monday, Feb. 18.

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 or phone 274- 7641 for more information on library programs. 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 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. 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. 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. 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.

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