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

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 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 HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m., prior to its regular council meeting at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

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 – 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 for tickets or for information about all chamber 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 at 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 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 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. 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.

ADULT DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP at Cullman Regional meets tomorrow, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m., in the 225 Meeting Room, Professional Office Building 1, Second Floor. For more information contact the Diabetes Care Center at 256-737-2025 or visit the website at

FREE OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION TRAINING will be today, 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

FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENINGS Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings tomorrow, 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.

SNEAD STATE PIANO FESTIVAL kicks off Friday, March 1, with a studio recital by Snead State Community College students at 7 p.m. in Fielder Auditorium. The festival closes with a concert by Rachel Park, Jacksonville State University assistant professor of piano, on Saturday, March 2, at 5 p.m., in Fielder Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information about the piano festival, visit

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 or email

BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Classes meet 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.

OPEN JAM Beginning Thursday, April 4, there will be a gospel/bluegrass/ole time country open jam at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Phone 612-4239 or 274- 0017 for more information.

CENTRAL SIX ALABAMA WORKS is hosting World of Work at SkillsUSA 2019” (WOW) exposition on Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the BJCC. This unique career exposition invites 8th through 12th grade students from Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, Chilton, and St. Clair counties to start making plans to become leaders in high-wage workforce industries. Schools who wish to bring students must register by March 8. Exhibitor and sponsorship registration is due March 15. Visit to register or for more information about sponsorship.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Feb. 28: Papercuts will have its final session with teens finishing their zine. Come by the library after the event to see their creations.

Saturday, March 2: Minecraft Mayhem invites kids to compete in the monthly challenge at 10 a.m. This month’s challenge is to build a vault to help leprechauns protect their gold on St. Patrick’s Day.

Monday, March 4: Duel Monsters game night will be at 5 p.m. Come compete or learn how to play.

New addition: ESL Lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Come practice your English skills.

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

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Winners of the 2018 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Cleveland High School library 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 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 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 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. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Jane Wright will teach a pine needle basket making class on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Fee is $10. Phone 429-2318 or 429-2468 to reserve your spot.

Do you do historical crafts? Please come demonstrate at the park. Phone 429-2468 for more information.

The park 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.

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.

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

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625- 3231 or email