COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

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

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. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363- 0507 for more information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE After-hours wine tasting will be Friday, June 14, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes & Hops in downtown Oneonta. Live music will be provided by David Robbins and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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 tomorrow, 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. Visit www.flfr.org for more info.

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

SNEAD TOWN COUNCIL has scheduled a special called meeting Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m., in the town community center. Members plan to interview potential candidates for the advertised town clerk position.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION “Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, is underway. Contributions can be made through the OBA’s website (www.oneontabusinessassociation.com) or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121.

BLOUNT COUNTY COOPERATIVE will have the annual meeting Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s. Phone 205-274-2185 for information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, June 13, 5:30 p.m.: Sam Howell with Friends of the Locust Fork River will share stories of his kayak journey from Blount County to the Mobile Bay along Alabama rivers.

Friday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.: Family movie night! Come watch Lego Movie 2 and enjoy free refreshments.

Saturday, June 15, 1 p.m.: Twisted Stitchers invites needlecrafters to work on projects with others. There will be resources and instruction available to learn to crochet.

Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m.: The McWane Center will be at the library for a fun show featuring space-themed science experiments. At 6 p.m., teens will build miniature trebuchets and compete to see who can launch candy the farthest.

Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will teach important life lessons using stories, fun activities, and song.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Story hour is Mondays at 10 a.m.

Lego Club is Saturdays 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.

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.

TOWN OF LOCUST FORK Town hall will be closed Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27.

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.

CENTRAL BLOUNT COUNTY LIONS CLUB will have a Charter Night Banquet Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., at One Way Outreach Ministries, 36560 State Highway 79, Cleveland. Tickets are $20 per person. RSVP to Russell Murphree at 205-625-2013 or russellanddenise@yahoo.com by Monday, June 24.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION presents its fifth Saturday Classic Cruise-In June 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Enjoy classic vehicles, shopping, dining, and entrtainment by the Travis Posey Band. Singing Showdown winners are invited to perform as music continued beyond 8 p.m. Limited booth space is available (free for OBA members; $25 nonmembers). Online preregistration is required. No charge to display classic vehicles.

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.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Chamber is hosting a Volunteer Fair Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. Organizations in search of volunteers may register to have a table at the event. Volunteers in search of opportunities may come explore different options. There is no cost for the event. Phone the Chamber office at 205-274- 2153 for more information about these and other Chamber events.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will resume in the fall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231, fax 205-625-3239, email production@blountcountian.com, mail P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121, or drop off 217 Third Street South, Oneonta.

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 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.

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 The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors for adults who want to learn to read. The service is free to Blount County residents. For more info, phone Sondra 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.

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.

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.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. Financial assistance is available. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the program going and may be mailed to P.O. Box 262, Cleveland, AL 35049. Phone 205-559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 205-559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

Donations are needed to continued operating the no-kill shelter. Visit www.gofundme.com, search Cleveland, Ala., and choose Crossing Paths Animal Rescue to donate.

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.