COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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 Building auditorium.

OHS BAND ALUMNI Join us as we celebrate and honor David Bearden at a retirement reception Saturday, May 25, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., in the OHS Band Room. A memory book will be available to share stories and photos.

STOP THE BLEED CLASS Oneonta Fire and Rescue in cooperation with Allgood Fire and Rescue will host a free Stop the Bleed Class Saturday, May 25, at 9 a.m. The goal of the class is to prevent deaths after natural and intentional trauma by teaching the community (who are often present before first responders) basic bleeding control.

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

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

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE MUNICIPAL POOL Grand opening will be Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Get swim lessons for $40 (one week in June and one week in July, from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.)

Regular pool hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30 p.m until 5:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 5 and up, $3 for ages 4 and under. Summer passes are available for $50 single pass, $80 two-person pass, $100 family of three, and $16s0 family of four.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Saturday, May 25: Mr. Breakfast is back! At 11 a.m. kids learn life lessons with fun games, activities, and songs.

Monday, May 27: The library will be closed for Memorial Day. No items will be due.

Thursday, May 30: Registration for Summer Reading begins. Sign up to be eligible for prizes (a Kindle Fire), learn about fun and free events for kids and adults, and receive a free book.

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.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 18th annual June Fling will be Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, in downtown Oneonta. The sixth annual Singing Showdown begins Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday festivities begin at 8 a.m.

OBA now meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room. 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 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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1955 will have the 64 year reunion on Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Blountsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

LOCUST FORK 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK 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 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.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS TRAINING The University of West Alabama Police Department will host a one-day class on Wednesday, June 12, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Bell Conference Center on the Livingston campus. The event offers free training for law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, judges, probation officers, victim service providers, social workers, healthcare professionals, and educators. Registration is required. Contact Officer Josette White at jhwhite@uwa.edu or 205-652-3602.

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

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, June 13, July 11, and August 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is searching for information about: Mountain Brook Grocery Store (located near Blount Springs) before it was moved in 1957; the low water bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road and a covered bridge in the same area; the Blow Gourd community west of Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland (specifically a more than 100-year-old home at 43 Sullivan Drive that was a store where customers used a gourd to call the proprieter.)

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 with any information or for details on events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK is open for weddings, reunions, and meetings. The park is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., to stamp your 200th celebration passbook and to view several old and interesting artifacts on display. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

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