COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will have river cleanups on Saturday, March 9: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self.

Brian Dean will lead an easy to moderate hike along Graves Creek on Saturday, March 16. Meet at Mardis Mill Falls at 10 a.m.

Winners of the 2018 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Cleveland High School library through Monday, March 25. Entires for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted beginning Wednesday, May 1.

FLFR is looking for volunteers for various projects. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email info@flfral.com to join our team.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at flfr.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Renovations have been delayed; the museum plans to reopen Monday, March 11.

Blount County Heritage books have arrived. Come by the museum to pick up your copy.

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.

FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENING Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings on Thursday, March 14, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Phone 256-735-5600 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL The fifth annual event will be Sunday, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Blountsville Historical Park. There will be music, historical demonstrations, cabin self tours, antique cars, food and drinks, and a real Confederate wedding in the chapel at 2 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, March 9: Hearth and Home will meet at 10 a.m. to learn finger knitting and how to make t-shirt yarn. Bring an old t-shirt you don’t mind cutting up.

Monday, March 11: Homeschool Hangouts will learn how to build weight-bearing bridges with paper at 1 p.m. The Teen Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming fundraiser and other business.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and class is Thursdays at 4:30 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.

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.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, March 14 and April 11, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, March 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or combination, slaw, hush puppies, fries, dessert, and drink.

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. BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will host Sharon Cook’s exhibit “Mandalas While Coping with Cancer” through March 25. Cook will teach a mandala class at the library on Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. Email otebear@gmail.com to register.

Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

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

FIFTH ANNUAL ALABAMA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF Registration is now open for chef teams to submit recipes integrating Alabama Gulf seafood as the featured ingredient. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 21. Finalist will be selected by April 1 to compete at the May 1 event. Visit EatAlabamaSeafood.com for registration forms and more information. 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.

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.

FARM EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT AUCTION J.B. Pennington High School will host the fifth annual event Saturday, April 6, beginning at 9 a.m., with viewing Friday, April 5, from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. until the auction begins. All types of farm, construction, and lawn and garden equipment, ATVs, trailers, trucks, and tools will be available. Consignment fee is 10 percent. Bring consignment items to the school Thursday, April 4, at noon. Donations will also be accepted. All proceeds benefit the school. Phone Van Alldredge at 237-5915 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 www.centralsix.org to register or for more information about sponsorship.

TAKE STEPS BIRMINGHAM The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation features honored heroes Sarah Elliott and Taylor Gautney at this year’s walk on Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m., at Homewood Central Park. For more information on how to get involved with Take Steps and to find a 2019 walk site nearest you, please visit www.cctakesteps.org or contact Emily Richter at (646) 387-2149 or erichter@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WIND BAND will perform Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m., in the Bevill Center Auditorium.

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.

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 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. BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM 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. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

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