COMMUNITY CALENDAR

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will serve all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Proceeds will support sight and diabetes programs on the local and state level.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER FLFR’s Free Film on Sunday is back! FLFR and Wallace State Community College present “America’s Amazon: The Mobile-Tensaw Delta.” The film will be shown Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Following the film, Alabama native biologists Jimmy and Sierra Stiles will answer questions about the Delta and more.

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.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will hold its next meetings tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Jason Kirby, Birmingham Botanical Gardens archivist, will present “From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War.”

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.

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.

CENTRAL BLOUNT COUNTY LIONS CLUB, nicknamed “Covered Bridge Lions,” will meet Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., at One Way Outreach, 36560 Ala 79, Cleveland. Those interested in joining or learning more about the Lions Club are welcome.

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

THE ARC SHOW The Arc of Central Alabama presents a cocktail party and art market on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m., at Limestone Springs. This new event celebrates the unique talents and abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds raised at the event will support the local Arc facility and the artists themselves. To purchase tickets, phone Paula Bedran at 705-1836 or email paula.bedran@arcofcentralalabama.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.

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.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 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.

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 for 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.

ONEONTA PLANNING COMMISSION has one vacancy available at this time. If you are intereted in serving, contact Oneonta City Clerk at 274-2149 or come by City Hall.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Thursday, Feb. 21: Papercuts continues at 5 p.m. This week we’ll start to design zines about our favorite topics. Novel Destinations Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts.

Saturday, Feb. 23: Lego Club for kids and teens will meet at 10 a.m. to see what they can build in one hour. Finished creations will be showcased on social media and in the library. Mr. Breakfast will be at the library at 11 a.m. for storytelling, activities, and song.

Monday, Feb. 25: Homeschool Hangouts for grades six and up will learn about optical illusions at 1 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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 274-7641 for more information on library programs.

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.

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 BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION 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.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 590-1726 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.

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.

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. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283-3357, email dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Feb. 22, and March 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.