COMMUNITY CALENDAR

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Classic Cruise-In and Cornhole Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. The Chili Cook-off has been postponed until February, 2020. Get details on the website.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

ONEONTA MIDDLE SCHOOL will host author Irene Latham as part of the state’s Read Alabama 200 program on Tuesday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., in the Eris Horton Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. A Blount County resident, Latham is the author of Meet Miss Fancy, Don’t Feed the Boy, and Leaving Gee’s Bend among others. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Canoers and kayakers race the clock as they negotiate a quarter-mile course of slalom gates Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at King’s Bend. Tickets are $3 each per day; junior high and younger are free. Camping is $5 per person per night. To register or volunteer for races visit www.alabamacupraces.com.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE presents “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney March 28-30, in the Duff/McDaniel Black Box Theatre in Guntersville. Weeknight and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Phone 256- 582-7469 or visit www.wholebackstage.com for $10 tickets or information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Monday, April 1: Duel Monsters game night will be at 5 p.m. Come play or learn how to play.

Friday, April 5: Couples night will be at 7:30 p.m. Preorder $5 per couple tickets which include the movie Wall-E on the big screen, popcorn, drink, and star gazing with optional telescope time. Tickets available the night of for $7 per couple. Rain date is March 12.

Saturday, April 6: Family night will be at 7:30 p.m. Preorder $8 family tickets which include the movie Wall-E on the big screen, popcorn, drink and star gazing with optional telescope time. Tickets available the night of for $10 per family. Rain date is March 13.

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.

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.

WALKER REUNION will be Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta.

CULLMAN REGIONAL RN RECRUITMENT EVENT will be Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. until noon, at Karma’s Coffee House, downtown Cullman. Meet with directors and hiring managers from several departments, enjoy refreshments, and register for door prizes. For more information phone 256- 737-2636 or visit www.cullmanregional.com.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, April 12 and 26 (share a snack day), 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER annual Blue Ribbon Dinner will be Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m., at Anchors Church in Oneonta. Proceeds support the mission of the Children’s Center: to prevent child abuse, to help victims, and to strengthen families. Lee Alexander will prepare a delicious dinner and entertainment will be provided by The Cotton Pickin’ Kids from Hanceville. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, phone the Children’s Center at 274- 7226.

APPALACHIAN SPRING PARK DAY will be Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a full day of baseball, softball, and great activities including inflatables, local vendors, and food. Contact Brian Metcalf at 641-3524 or through the Facebook page for vendor and volunteer information.

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.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 will have a reunion Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m., at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Phone Gail at 274-7252 for information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is planning an event on Tuesday, July 16, at the Frank Green Building, to match volunteers with local non-profits and community service organizations. If you are a non-profit or community service organization serving Blount County and would like to participate, phone the Chamber office at 274-2153.

LOVE WRITING AND/OR ART? The Oneonta Public Library is starting a club for teens interested in helping produce an E-zine where teens can submit their poems, short stories, and art for online distribution. If you are interested in submitting work or helping produce the E-zine, stop by the library or email oplprogramming@gmail.com.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

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. ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University to provide free counseling sessions for new and existing small business owners the second Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. Phone Ken Grissom, director of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at JSU, at 256-282-3380 for an appointment.