COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER White water races are 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD SCHOLARSHIP The Blount County Quilters Guild will award a $1,000 tuition scholarship to two graduating Blount County seniors. Applicants should submit an original 500-600 word, double-spaced essay on the topic “What quilts mean to me.” Essays will be judged on development of topic, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Include name, high school, address, and phone number on a cover sheet and mail to: Blount County Quilters Guild, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta AL 35121. Deadline is Tuesday, April 9. For more information, phone 994-4749 or check with your high school counselor.

SUSAN MOORE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION will continue through the end of the school year, during school hours. You may purchase discounted school supplies for a $40 fee. The following are required to register: child’s birth certificate and Social Security card, Alabama Certificate of Immunization (blue slip), and proof of residency (lease, power bill, etc.). Phone 775-2070 with questions.

BLUE BELL REUNION has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Woodmen of the World in Oneonta.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Teen Advisory Board presents ‘For the Love of the Stars’ on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. Couples night will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. Preorder $5 per couple tickets which include the movie Wall-E, popcorn, drink, and optional telescope time. Tickets night of for $7 per couple. Rain date is April 12. Family night will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Preorder $8 family tickets which include the movie Wall-E, popcorn, drink and optional star gazing. Tickets night of for $10 per family. Rain date is April 13.

Saturday, April 6: Minecraft Mayhem meets at 10 a.m. This month’s challenge is to create the best Easter egg. New and experienced D&D campaigners will meet at noon to build characters. If enough people show up, next Saturday we will venture forth on an adventure.

Monday, April 8: Homeschool Hangouts meets at 1 p.m. for a cooperative building challenge. The Teen Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. to discuss results of the fundraiser and Summer reading.

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.

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

ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION will have the following events: Cullman Ag Center (free admission) – Saturday, April 6, rodeo at 10 a.m. and open roping at 6 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, cowboy church at 8 a.m. and rodeo at 9:30 a.m.; Northeast Alabama Agri Business Center, Rainsville (admission $5 each; 18 and under free) – Friday, April 26, rodeo at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, rodeo at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday April 28, rodeo at 9 a.m.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanup will be Saturday, April 13 at these locations: 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.

Easy canoe/kayak trip led by Vicky and Shawn Wilson will be Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. The six-hour trip is easy enough for beginners and includes swimming, photography, and a stop for lunch. Boats and life jackets will be available to borrow, but bring your own if possible.

Entries for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted Wednesday, May 1, through Wednesday, July 31. Participation details are available on our website.

Youth kayak sprint will be held Saturday, June 8, at the 37th Alabama Youth State Games in Huntsville. There are male and female division for ages 7 to 18. The first 100 racers pay $10; thereafter the fee is $25. FLFR will reimburse $10 to the first 15 Blount County participants. Deadline to register is May 24.

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 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.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. For more information, phone Sondra Horsley at 681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email blountcountyliteracycouncil@gmail.com.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 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 info.

SNEAD STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION is accepting nominations for outstanding alumni through tomorrow, April 4, at 5 p.m. Nomination forms are available at www.snead.edu/alumni or on the alumni association Facebook page. The winner of the 2019 Alumni of the Year award will be recognized at the 2019 Anlumni Homecoming on Friday, May 3.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, April 11, and Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

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 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 Azteca Tex-Mex Grill, 300 Springville Station Blvd., Springville (behind Walmart), at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@charter.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 Thurs- day 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.

OPEN JAM 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.

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.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blountsville Historical Park. For more information phone 256-706-6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 482-4666.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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.

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.

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

The museum is searching for information on schools that existed in Blount County from the late 1800s through the late 1900s.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY offers utility assistance to eligible households. Call 855-287-1730 or go to caaneal.org to make an appointment.