NEWS BRIEFS



NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, March 17, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. George Kappler, chairman of the board at Kappler Industries, will be guest speaker. The group will remember Charles White’s 102nd birthday.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, March 17, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7. The Hayden High School Jazz Band will provide entertainment for the program. The public is invited.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry on Saturday, March 19, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the fire hall located at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Ala 79. The $11 plate includes fish, shrimp, or chicken and all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

THE EASTER BUNNY BONANZA will be Saturday, March 19, in downtown Oneonta from 11 a.m. until noon. Children up to age 12 are invited to visit merchants with a big E sign on their door or window for candy and prizes. Hip Hop Bunny and Dr. Wags will be at Klassy K-9 and Sassy Kat for egg hunting and photos. Rain date is March 26.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

COTTAGE FOOD LAW AND SAFETY COURSE The Blount County Extension is offering the course tomorrow, March 17, at the extension office auditorium, for $25. The course is required for anyone selling nonhazardous foods such as cakes, cookies, jams, and jellies, from their home directly to consumers. Phone 274-2129 or Angela Treadaway at 410-3696 for more information.

B-SNAP SPRING SPAY/NEUTER DAYS will be held during March as a memorial tribute to Eugene Jackson, a longtime supporter of the Blount County Animal Shelter. Fees are $25 for male dogs or cats and $35 for females. Space is limited. Blount County residents only phone 647-8340 to schedule an appointment.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. Phone 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 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.

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 625-6026.

WALKER REUNION will be Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Phone Anita Cornelius at 274-8109 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.

MISS BLOUNT COUNTY PAGEANT will be Sunday, April 24, at Oneonta High School. Girls ages one month through high school seniors are invited. The event is sponsored by the OHS music and drama department. Email coveredbridgeprel@yahoo.com for registration information. MISS CENTRAL ALABAMA PAGEANT will be Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m., at J.B. Pennington High School auditorium. Ages

are birth to 18 years and there will be a special needs princess division. Proceeds benefit the Senior High Life Skills Class at the Blount County Learning Center. Email MissCentralAlabama@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page for registration details and applications.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 7th Annual Dawg Daze will be Saturday, April 16, at Klassy K-9 and Sassy Kat on Railroad Ave. Rain date is April 23. All proceeds will benefit area animal shelters.

Booth registration continues 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 semifinalist Shelby Brown will perform and serve as a judge. Audition videos are due April 15. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com for information on these and other exciting OBA events.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County, HomeTown Bank, and Hillview Farms Bed and Breakfast, will sponsor a week-long Missoula Children’s Theatre camp beginning with auditions on Monday, June 13, at 8 a.m. Rehearsals will be all week with ‘The Frog Prince’ performed Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m. . There are a limited number of roles available. Visit www.blountcountyarts.com or e-mail rbrewer3172@gmail.com for registration 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 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 New library policy effective April 1: patrons must present a library card to check out materials. Lost library cards will be replaced for free during the month of March. Beginning April 1, replacement cards will cost $3.

Interested in one-on-one computer instruction? 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. Dr. Bonnie Carol Reid has donated for display two scrapbooks from the county extension Homemakers Council. Photos of Birmingham during the late 1800s and early 1900s are on display courtesy of Stanley Moss. There is a display of clocks dated from the early 1900s. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information on any activities or items for sale.

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 next class will be April 14. 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.

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.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleve-land, AL 35049.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

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 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD will award a $1,000 tuition scholarship to two graduating Blount County high school seniors. Applicants should write an essay on the topic ‘What quilts mean to me.’ Essays should be 500-600 words, double-spaced, and will be judged on development of the topic, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Include name, high school, address and phone number on cover sheet and mail to Scholarship Chairman, Blount County Quilters Guild, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta, AL 35121. Deadline is March 21. Phone 994-4749 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY CAREER EXPO The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 4th Annual Blount County Career Expo. Tenth grade students from all county and city schools will attend the expo, scheduled for April 26. Businesses from throughout the county are invited to participate and share information with students during the day-long event. For registration information, contact chamber executive director Aimee Wilson at 274-2153 or Karen Standridge at Hayden High School.