COMMUNITY CALENDAR

LIVE WELL Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) is offering a free six-week course to help manage chronic health conditions. Classes will meet each Wednesday, beginning today, April 24, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Locust Fork. Transportation and respite assistance is available. Phone 205-670-5770 to register.

FARMERS MARKET/FMNP TRAINING PROGRAM The Blount County Extension office, in conjunction with the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center and the Alabama Farmers Market Authority, will conduct training to allow producers to accept FMNP vouchers tomorrow, April 25, at 9 a.m. at the Frank Green Building auditorium located at 415 5th Avenue East, Oneonta. Immediately following the training, the local Farmers Market will conduct its annual meeting to determine days and hours of operation. Anyone with questions may phone the Extension office at 205-274-2129.

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.

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.

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. Register at www.flfr.org.

CLEVELAND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION will be Monday, April 29, through Wednesday, May 1, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visit clevelandel.com for a list of needed documents.

SUSAN MOORE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION will continue through April 30, during school hours. You may purchase discounted school supplies for a $40 fee. Phone the school at 205-775-2070 with questions and for a list of needed documents.

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

FREE STROKE PREVENTION SCREENINGS Cullman Regional is offering free stroke prevention screenings tomorrow, April 25, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Appointments are preferred, but walkins are welcome. Phone 256-735-5600 to schedule an appointment.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, April 27: New and experienced tabletop players are invited to join the D&D adventure into the Lost Mine of Phandelver at noon. If you haven’t attended before, contact us ahead of time at oplprogramming@gmail.com so we can get you added to the campaign.

Monday, April 29: Homeschool Hangouts for grades 6 and up will learn about the human brain from college psychology professor Alden Brindle. This is the first of a two-part series.

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 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

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.

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 two slots available. Email otebear@gmail.com 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 alumni@snead.edu.

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.

SMOKE RISE COMMUNITY YARD SALE will be Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Businesses, churches, and households will participate. Phone Christy Harris at 205-516-5025 for more 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.

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.

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.

BLOW GOURD HOUSE INFORMATION The museum is looking for information regarding the Blow Gourd community west of Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland. They specifically desire information about the 100-plus-year-old home at 43 Sullivan Drive that was reportedly a store where customers used a gourd to call the proprieter. If you have information, phone the Blount County Memorial Museum at 205-625-6905.

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, May 9, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

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 www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com 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 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 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.

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 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.

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN There will be a gospel/bluegrass/ole time country acoustic 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.

BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Featured bands will play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Jamming starts at 4 p.m., open stage at 5 p.m., house band plays at 6:30 p.m., and featured band plays at 7 p.m. Scheduled bands: May 10 – Pine Mountain Bluegrass; June 14 – Heartfelt Harmony; July 12 – Renfro Mountain Medicine Show; Aug. 9 – The Commadores. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363-0507 for more information.

ONEONTA REC LEAGUE CHEERLEADER REGISTRATION continues through Saturday, May 18. Register at the Rec Center Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. daily. Fee of $25 due at registration. Fundraiser packets to offset cost of uniform, poms, shoes, etc., are available through April 18. Uniform fittings will be May 20 through May 24. Cheer balance is due at fitting. For more information, email oneontarec@otelco.net.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Please make note of phone numbers for Blount County schools effective Jan. 1. Some school numbers changed and some remained the same.

Board of Education 205-775-1950; Appalachian 205-775-1970; Blountsville Elementary 205-775-1990; Cleveland Elementary 205-775-2040; Cleveland High 205-775-2030; Hayden Primary 205-647-2103; Hayden Elementary 205-647-6578; Hayden Middle 205-647- 3083; Hayden High 205-647-0397; J.B. Pennington 205-775-2050; Locust Fork Elementary 205-681-9512; Locust Fork High 205-681-7846; Southeastern 205- 681-3964; Susan Moore Elementary 205- 775-2070; Susan Moore High 205-775- 2060; Alternative School 205-775-1960; Blount County Career Technical Center 205-775-2080; Blount County Learning Center 205-775-1980.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY offers utility assistance to eligible households. Call 205-855-287-1730 or go to caaneal.org to make an appointment.

NEW HAYDEN TOWN NUMBERS The Town of Hayden has new phone numbers as follows: Hayden Town Hall – 205-543-6881; Hayden Water Department – 205-543-6882; fax – 205-543- 6883.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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. 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 205-446-0462 for more information about all OBA special events.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone 205-429- 3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

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

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 205-625-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 205-353-1696 for more information.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.