COMMUNITY CALENDAR

OPIOID AWARENESS Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (R.O.S.S.) will host an opioid awareness event tomorrow, 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.

TOWN OF BLOUNTSVILLE OPEN HOUSE for Dr. David Case will be tomorrow, June 6, at 6 p.m. The community will have an opportunity to meet Dr. Case and tour the building located at 69070 Main Street. Refreshments will be served.

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

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.

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. Visit www.flfr.org to register.

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

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.

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.

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

Tomorrow, June 6: Adults are invited to learn methods to create string art at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 8: Lego Club meets at 10 a.m. Glenn Wills will present photos of forgotten places in Alabama at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, June 10: Join Ricky and Cassandra at 10 a.m. for themed story hour and singing.

Tuesday, June 11: Kim with Friends of the Locust Fork River will teach a Camp Right workshop at 10 a.m. Teens are invited to test their knowledge in a Jeopardy style game at 6 p.m. Correct answers earn Summer Reading raffle tickets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

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 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.

HUFFSTUTLER REUNION and pot luck lunch will be Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the D.S. Lloyd building at Palisades Park. For information phone Cindy Rhyne at 478- 737-8061 ore email cindybaton@cox.net.

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.

BARNYARD PALOOZA DAY CAMP Blount County Girl Scouts (those who have finished kindergarten through sixth grade) will learn about the works of a barnyard Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27, at the Girl Scouts Amphitheatre at Palisades Park. Fee is $30 for registered Girl Scouts; $50 for non-registered girls. Registration deadline is Saturday, June 15, to guarantee a t-shirt. For more information text or phone Vanessia Lancaster at 205-559- 4359 or email gstroop3085@gmail.com.

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. 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 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.

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.

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 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. 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 Blountsville Historical Park has a big night planned for Friday, June 14! Food/dinner on the grounds will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Donations are welcomed. Recipes will be from Fa- So-La cookbook. International Sacred Harp Singers will perform at 6 p.m. and Heartfelt Harmony will perform at 7 p.m.

Featured bands 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: 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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will resume in the fall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CHAPTER 28 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The Blount County group has a service office at 1004 2nd Street East, Oneonta, open each Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Hayden office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Friday at Hayden Town Hall. Free services include assistance with forms for veterans benefits, insurance, and more. For information or to make an appointment, phone Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 205-359- 1865 or Gary Clements at 256-655-4867.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 205-323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. For more information, phone Sondra Horsley at 205-681- 7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email blountcountyliteracycouncil@gmail.com.

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.