NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, April 18, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin.

RUN FOR LIFE 5K The eighth annual event will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Highland Lake Anchor. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m. Preregistration fee is $25. Day of race fee is $30. Walkers in Walk for Life fee is $20. Register by April 6 to ensure T-shirt size. All proceeds benefit Blount County Sav-A-Life. Register online at or

4-H PIG SQUEAL The 4-H Pig Squeal Show and auction will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Weigh in begins at 9 a.m., showmanship begins at 10 a.m., and the auction begins at 11 a.m. Please come support these youth by bidding on their market animal. Successful bidders’ animals will be transported to the processor for you. You do not have to take the animal home! Enter the back gate of the Agri-Business Center. Phone the Extension office at 205-274-2129 for additional information.

MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE The Blount County Master Gardeners will conduct their annual plant sale on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center in the Farmers Market area. Enter the back gate and pull around to the left side of the building. Look for signs.

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 205-274-7226.

ULTIMATE FAIR will continue through Saturday, April 20, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center with rides, games, food, and a circus. Gates open at 5 p.m. today through Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, April 18: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Beast in the Garden by David Baron. New members are always welcome.

Saturday, April 20: Lego Club will meet at 10 a.m. D&D players will venture into the Lost Mine of Phandelver at noon. If you haven’t attended before, please contact us ahead of time at so we can get you added to the campaign.

Monday, April 22: The library will be closed. No items will be due and no late fees will accrue.

English as a Second Language lab will not meet on April 22. Regular time 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 or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27. For more information phone 205-589-2311.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, April 26. at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Stanley Moss will present the program on the history of nursery rhymes.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, April 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 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.

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 205-641-3524 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 or contact Emily Richter at 646-387-2149 or

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

MAKING MANDALAS IS EASY Learn to draw mandalas with Sharon Cook on Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m., at the Oneonta Public Library. There are only eight slots available. Email to reserve your spot. Cook’s mandalas will be on display at the library through the month of April.

SNEAD STATE ALUMNI HOMECOMING will be Friday, May 3, in Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium on the Boaz campus. Social hour begins at 5 p.m.; meal and program begin at 6 p.m. Gospel quartet Gold City will perform. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP by Wednesday, May 1, by phoning 256-840-4103 or emailing

SPRING CLEAN DAY The City of Oneonta, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Oneonta Business Association, and the Oneonta Beautification Board are joining forces for a day of sprucing up downtown. On Saturday, May 4, meet at the gazebo at 9 a.m. Bring work gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, weed eaters, pruners, rakes, brooms, and yard trash bags. All are welcome!

FORD DRIVE 4 UR SCHOOL will be Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., in front of Oneonta Elementary School. Take a spin in a new Ford vehicle and help All-American Ford raise money for Oneonta City School. For every test drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the school, up to $8,000. There is no purchase necessary; must be 18 or older with a valid driver license and valid insurance.

ALTOONA DAY 2019 will be Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Altoona Football Field. Crafts, food, live music, and fun for the whole family.

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

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 205-274- 7252 for information.

ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION will be Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at St. Clair Arena, 100 Arena Drive, Odenville. Come show your support for military heroes as well as get information about military careers. Phone Wayne Johnson at 205-338-9416 or 205-753-1156 for more 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 205-274-2153.

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 205-559-2203 or 205-274-8608 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 time for honeybees and other pollinators 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 205-568-1053, Jerry Carter at 205-213-1673, or Lonnie Funderburg at 205-559-3260 for more information.

The group meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 205-999- 8948 or Hal Hendrix at 205-243-8424 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 205-590-1726 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 205-790-1141 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 205-274- 7780 or 205-274-0596.

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 205- 274-9188 to register or for more information.

ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University to pro- vide 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.

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 205-283-3357, email, or visit 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 205-612-4239 or 205-274- 0017 for more information.

PICKIN’ IN THE PARK Featured bands will play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Music begins at 5 p.m.; band plays at 7 p.m. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363-0507 for more information. 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 205-482-4666.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 205- 625-331, fax 205-625- 3239, email, or drop off at 217 3rd Street S.