SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE welcomes Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill as guest speaker at the 2019 Commencement ceremony tomorrow, May 9, at 5 p.m., at the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium on the Boaz campus.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS presents ‘The Odd Couple’ May 10-11 and May 17-19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday show is at 2 p.m. There will be no matinee on Mother’s Day. Phone 205-274- SHOW (7469) or visit to reserve tickets. Like our Facebook page for more information.

STAMP OUT HUNGER The annual Letter Carriers Food Drive will be Saturday, May 11. Please put non-perishable donations in a bag by your mailbox.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Concert in the Park will be Saturday, May 11, beginning at 4 p.m., at Highland Lake. Appalachian High School Soaring Eagles Band and other musicians will be featured. Admission is free. Food will be available.

SPRING CLEAN DAY was postponed until Saturday, May 11, due to rain. 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! The event is sponsored by the City of Oneonta, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Oneonta Business Association, and the Oneonta Beautification Board.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanup will be Saturday, May 11 at the following 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. Register or get more info at

NATIONAL SKILLED NURSING CARE WEEK is May 12 through 18. The theme for this year’s observance is “Live Soulfully.” TLC Nursing Center will celebrate with the following events: Monday, May 13, 10 a.m. – Mayoral Proclamation and Balloon Release; 6 p.m. – Resident Party sponsored by Hayden Baptist Church; Tuesday, May 14, 10 a.m. – Petting Zoo; 6:30 p.m. – One Accord gospel singing; Wednesday, May 15, 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. – Family Fun Fest; 6 p.m. – Cookout and Pine Mountain Opossum Pickers; Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m. – Crossroad Cruisers and Covered Bridge Car Club Parade; Friday, May 17, 2 p.m. – TLC Karaoke.

FREE STROKE PREVENTION SCREENINGS In recognition of National Stroke Month, Cullman Regional is offering free stroke prevention screenings tomorrow, May 9, and Thursday, May 23, 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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, May 10 and 24 (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 205-625-6079 with questions.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, May 11: Master gardener Susan Hagen will give a presentation on current garden trends at 10 a.m. Beginner and experienced gardeners welcomed.

Monday, May 13: Elementary aged homeschoolers will build their own version of Angry Birds at 1 p.m. The Teen Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. to discuss the June Fling book sale and recruitment for the 2019-2020 term.

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

COLON CANCER AWARENESS SEMINAR Ashley Adams, RN, will discuss colorectal cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment Thursday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2 on the Cullman Regional campus. The lunch and learn program is $5 for Healthy Life members and $8 for others. To register, phone 256-735-5600 or visit

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.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, May 18, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at 81390 U.S. 278, Blountsville. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination of two with fries, hush puppies, slaw, pickle, onion, choice of homemade dessert, and drink.

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.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1962 will have a reunion Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s. Contact Wayne Ellis at 205- 559-2766 for information.

HAMM REUNION will be Saturday, May 18, at the Lions Club, 111 Michelle Street SW, Hanceville. Please bring a covered dish for the noon lunch. Phone Scott Hamm at 256-739-3069 for information.

BEARD – SIMMONS FAMILY REUNION The 35th annual event will be Sunday, May 19, from noon until 2 p.m., at North Broad Street Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, in Albertville. Bring a covered dish. A group photo will be taken. Worship with the family at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

LADY LAKERS of Highland Lake are taking orders for whole Boston butts for the Memorial Day weekend. Boston butts are $30 each and may be picked up Friday, May 24, from 10 a.m. until noon, or Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Anchor. To preorder phone Cheryl at 205-274-8509 or 205-515-0432.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Hike to Cornelius Falls with Stephen Guesman and Martha Hunter on Saturday, May 25, at 9 a.m. This is a moderate hike to the widest waterfalls on the river.

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.

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

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

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART Blount County Memorial Day Service will be Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m., in front of the Blount County Courthouse. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Frank Green Bulding auditorium.

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 through May 29, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Locust Fork. Transportation and respite assistance is available. Phone M4A at 205-670-5770 to register.

LOCUST FORK HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959 will have a reunion Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s. Phone Charlotte at 205-482-5759 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.

LUGGAGE OF LOVE Gently used luggage is needed for foster children to pack their clothes when they must move from their homes or to a new home. Luggage may be dropped off at Cleveland First Baptist Church. It will be given to Blount County DHR. Phone Susan at 205-837-5436 for information.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the second and fourth 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY has mosaic art by Mountain Mosaics and More on display through the month of May. These beautiful pieces are handmade by Gary and Julia Zimmerman of Blountsville.

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 for more information.