COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will have an organic wine tasting Friday, May 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes & Hops, downtown Oneonta. Come visit our booth at the June Fling, Saturday, June 1.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, 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.

Monday, June 3: Library closed for state holiday. No items will be due this day.

Tuesday, June 4: Mari Brindle and Joan Babcock will teach the basics of Zentangle art for ages 12 through 19 at 6 p.m. No previous art experience required.

Wednesday, June 5: Doc Atoms will start Summer Reading off with a bang at 10 a.m. with his explosive science show.

Tuesday, June 11: Kim with Friends of the Locust Fork River will teach a Camp Right workshop at 10 a.m.

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.

COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF BLOUNT COUNTY presents “Annie” June 1, 7, and 8, at 7 p.m., and June 2 and 9, at 2 p.m., at J.B. Pennington High School. Admission is $12.

OPIOID AWARENESS Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (R.O.S.S.) will host an opioid awareness event Thursday, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at the Gazebo by the Oneonta Utilities Department. Guest speakers Bud Jones, Susan Sweatman, and Jodi Cone will address opioid awareness and services available to combat this serious problem. Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available.

ONEONTA YOUTH AND CO-ED FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION for ages 5 through sixth grade is going on now through Friday, June 14. Come by the Oneonta Rec Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Bring a copy of birth certificate and registration fee ($120 full contact; $85 flag). For more information phone 205- 625-3534.

FALL SOCCER REGISTRATION for boys and girls ages 4 to 11 will be Saturdays, June 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Rec Center field. You may register, pay fees, and try on uniforms. You may also register or get more information at www.oneonta.club.

OHS YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP Oneonta High School football coaching staff will conduct a two-day football skills camp for grades 3 through 6 on Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9, from 9 a.m. until noon. Cost is $75 per camper and includes an Oneonta Football t-shirt. Need 30 campers pre-registered by Friday, June 28, to hold the camp. Phone Coach Phil Phillips at 205-625-3801 or email pphillips@ocsredskins.com for more information or registration form.

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.

BLOOM-N-PIE DAYS The 17th annual event will be Saturdays, June 8 and 15, and Sundays, June 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, at 2395 Skyball Road, Hayden. Phone 205-429-2392 for information.

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-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Gathering at Bear Meat Cabin will be Monday, June 10, at the Blountsville Historical Park. Live bluegrass music and tours start at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Free tickets are required and available from the Chamber office.

After-hours wine tasting will be Friday, June 14, at Grapes & Hops in downtown Oneonta. More details to come.

The Chamber 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. PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ & BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 22, at Pine Mountain Community Center. Seven bluegrass bands will entertain from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring Another Day at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Chopped Boston butt or smoked chicken plates will be available for $10 beginning at 11 a.m. Boston butts may be preordered through June 17. Whole Boston butts are $35; chopped pork with sauce is $9 per pound. Phone Charley Head at 205-516- 7656 to order.

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.

GARRETT AND FANNIE HOLOWAY REUNION will be Sunday, June 2, at the Anchor at Highland Lake. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. Phone Edna at 205-274-7454 for more information.

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.

BEASON/BEESON REUNION Descendents of Cpt. Edward Beeson will have a reunion Saturday, June 8, at Union Methodist Church, 420 Beason Cove Road, Steele. Meet and greet begins at 10 a.m.; business meeting at 11 a.m.; lunch begins immediately after meeting. Bring lawn chairs and a covered dish to share. Drinks, plates, and eating utensils will be furnished. Games and activities for children will be provided.

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.

Mari Brindle with Friends of the Locust Fork River will lead a Rocks Tell Stories workshop Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Come paint rocks so they tell their river stories.

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.

COLLEGE COUNTS 5/29 GIVEAWAY The fifth annual statewide giveaway focuses on babies born between May 29, 2018, and May 29, 2019. CollegeCounts will randomly select 29 winners to receive $529 in contributions toward an existing or newly opened CollegeCounts account. Beginning today, May 29, parents, grandparents, and legal guardians can visit CollegeCounts529.com/giveaway to register by entering their contact information and the child’s name and date of birth. Selected winners must provide a birth certificate or commemorative birth announcement to receive funds. No purchase necessary to enter or win a prize. All entries must be submitted by July 13, 2019. Winners will be contacted by July 25, 2019.

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.

INVASIVE PLANT WORKSHOP The Blount County Natural Resources Planning Committee will host the free workshop Tuesday, June 11, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., in the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Dr. Nancy Loewenstein and Merry Gaines will share information about combating pesky plants. BBQ sandwiches will be served. RSVP to Alana Reynolds at 256-558-4462.

BLOUNT COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION Blountsville Post #129 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount American Legion Hall. Oneonta Post #72 meets the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s. Snead Post #818 meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the old Snead Senior Center. Locust Fork Post #2014 does not have a regular meeting schedule. For more information on any post, email Larry Stone at LarryLStone4@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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 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 info.

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.

BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Featured bands will play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month. 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: 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. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, June 8, at the following sites and times: Swann Covered Bridge with Sam Howell, 9 a.m.; Mardis Mill Falls with Alden Brindle, 10 a.m.; Taylor Ford with Ana Self, 10:30 a.m.

The 37th Alabama Youth State Games kayak sprints are Saturday, June 8, in Huntsville.

Sam Howell will share stories and photos from his 27-day solo kayak trip from Crooked Shoals to the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m., at the Oneonta Public Library.

Kids’ Day on the River will be Saturday, June 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Registration is required to attend.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE MUNICIPAL POOL 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 $160 family of four.

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 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.

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.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS announces the 2019- 2020 season: “Rumors” – Sept. 13-22; “Greater Tuna” – Nov. 15-24; “Elvis Has Left the Building” – Jan. 17-26; “Wedding Belles” – March 13-22; “Miss Nelson is Missing” – May 8-17. Information on season auditions is coming soon. Season tickets are available. Phone 205- 274-7469 or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

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.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 205-251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 205-625- 6026.