NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Feb. 27, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom. The $6 all-you-can-eat plate includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and drinks. All proceeds benefit local Lions Club projects.

BAILEY BOOK SIGNING The Pinson Historical Society and the Pinson Public Library are sponsoring a book signing by Tom Bailey, author of Pinson: The Bicentennial History Including Palmerdale and Greene Station, at the Pinson Rock School on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, March 7, at 1 p.m., in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta.

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will meet tomorrow, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. All local candidates are invited to attend.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Andrea Carter of M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) will be the guest speaker.

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY will have a open house on Monday, Feb. 29, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the newly constructed cafeteria. Parents and the community are invited and light refreshments will be served. Phone 466-5844 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790- 1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets every third Thursday at 6 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital in the cafeteria. For more information call Charlie at 681-3918 or Tammy at 493-0223.

EVENTS

CULLMAN COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents Billy Dean in concert on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m., at the Betty Leeth Haynes Auditorium at Wallace State Community College. Admission is $30, children 12th grade and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Proceeds benefit the association.

LITTLE MISS BEAUTY QUEEN pageant will be held Saturday, March 5, at 4 p.m., at Victory Christian Fellowship and School. Categories are for ages 3-6 and 7-10, with the Miss Victory Christian pageant to follow for ages 12 and up. Entry fee is $25 and proceeds benefit the school. Deadline to enter is Feb. 22. Phone 237-5242 for more information.

HOME, GARDEN, AND FARM SHOW will be March 12-13 at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Booth size is 10’ x 10’ and costs $75. Phone 274-8839 or 478-9739, or visit www.bcoabc.com for registration forms and more information.

THIS AND THAT

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth registration has begun for the 15th Annual June Fling in Oneonta, to be held Saturday, June 4. The event will include booths of all kinds, a classic car show, a kids fun zone, entertainment, and the 3rd Annual Singing Showdown solo vocal competition. The Voice’s semi-finalist Shelby Brown will perform and serve as a judge. Audition videos are due April 15. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, Downtown Antiques 2 Junk, or Treasures on Main Mall for more information and registration forms.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK On Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. until noon, there will be a class on peep hole sugar Easter eggs. Phone for reservations and items to bring. Easter photos reflecting the true meaning of the holiday will be made at the small chapel at the park on Saturday, March 5. The Daffodil Festival will be Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the park. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park through March.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Knitted and crocheted items by Vera Stimson and Beverly Thomason will be on display at the library through February. Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is offering one-on-one computer classes. Phone 274-7641 to schedule a time.

Library 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 for more information on library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2017 Bi- Centennial edition of the Blount County Heritage book.

Books available at the museum for research and viewing: People and Things from the Blount County, Alabama Southern Democrat 1934-1938, by Robin Sterling; Bangor, Days Gone By, by Ryan Cole; and the Murphree and Tidwell family Bibles from 1863.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information on any activities or items for sale.

SERVICES

BLOUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT will sponsor a women’s self defense class ‘Refuse to be a victim’ held at Blountsville Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The first class will be Thursday, March 10. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

RAPE RESPONSE AND SANE FACILITY is now open to serve the public. 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 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP is now accepting applications for winter assistance. Phone 625-6079 for more information and to be put on a waiting list.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING is working with None Suffers Lack Ministry accepting donations and supplies to be distributed to senior citizens in the area. Tax deductible monetary donations will be used to provide meals to seniors. Mail checks to M4A, PO Drawer 618, Saginaw, AL 35137. Phone M4A at 866-570-2998 for drop-off locations and more information.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274-9188 to register or for more information.

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. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY continues to meet on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at 300 3rd Avenue East, Oneonta. 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 at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256- 390-4633, e-mail divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.