NEWS Briefs

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION will have a bluegrass singing featuring Davis, Montgomery & Wilemon, on Friday, May 13, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy music and dancing for $3 per person, $5 per couple, $1 for ages 7-11, free for age 6 and under. Doors open at 6 p.m. and concessions will be available.

HAVE A HEART FUNDRAISER K.C. Cruisers and the Blountsville Police Department are sponsoring a benefit ride on Saturday, May 14, for Lt. Dan Freda, who had triple bypass surgery recently. Cost is $20 per rider, $5 per passenger. There will be door prizes, a 50-50 drawing, bike and car show, vendors, and a 60-mile ride. All proceeds will benefit Lt. Freda. Phone 353-3705 or 429-3479 for more information.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB will have a plant sale on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Gazebo in downtown Oneonta. Proceeds benefit community and county projects.

COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF BLOUNT COUNTY is sponsoring ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.’ Performances will be Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m., at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School. Admission is $5.

LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE will be Saturday, May 14, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service. To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox. The food will be distributed to local food banks and pantries.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will have season auditions on Sunday, May 15, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Prepare a 60-second monologue. Callbacks will be at 6 p.m. Visit or phone 903-4060.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP Now meets every third Thursday at 1 p.m., at Miller’s Soda Shoppe. For more information, phone Charlie at 681-3918 or Tammy at 493-0223.

GADSDEN PARKS AND REC will host walking tours of the Black Creek Trail system at Noccalula Falls. Tour dates will run the second and fourth Saturdays in May and June. The tours cover about 2.5 miles of walking and take approximately one-and-a-half hours. All tours begin at 9 a.m. and bottled water is provided. Phone 256- 543-7412 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. Firearms Training Course will be offered this summer teaching gun safety, handling, and care of a handgun.The free course is open to the public, but individuals must have their own handgun and ammunition.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email

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. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

THE CRISIS CENTER 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.

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, Cleveland, AL 35049.

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.

‘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.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING or M4A, has designated May as Older Americans Month. There will be a free program and lunch for seniors age 60 and older on Thursday, May 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church in Snead. There will be door prizes awarded and free health screenings.

KIDS DAY ON THE RIVER will be Saturday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at King’s Bend near Cleveland. Join Buddy the Beaver for a great day of fun activities on the banks of the beautiful Locust Fork River. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, lunch, and a variety of hands-on stations.

The event is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River. Visit or email to register.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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, fashion show, and the 3rd Annual Singing Showdown solo vocal competition. The Voice’s semifinalist Shelby Brown will perform and serve as a judge. Visit 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 or e-mail for registration information.

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 274-9188 to register or for more information.

MT. CARMEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have Decoration on Sunday, May 15, with the service at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and singing by The Daily Bread. The church is located on County Road 29 on Straight Mountain. Jeff Fore, pastor.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FISH FRY will be Saturday, May 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the fire hall. The $11 plate includes fish, shrimp, or chicken with all the fixings catered by Swamp John’s. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

HAMM REUNION will be Sunday, May 15, at the Lion’s Club, 111 Michelle St. S.W., Hanceville. Bring a covered dish for the 11:30 a.m. luncheon. Phone Scott Hamm at 256-739-3069 with questions.

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976 will celebrate the 40th reunion with a family day on Saturday, May 21, at Mountain Woods Lake Beach and Pavilion, 700 Lakeshore Circle, Warrior, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Phone 568-0076 for more information.

FAULKNER FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at Palisades Park Pavillion #1. Bring a dish and memories to share. Phone 353-2651 with questions.

MARDIS FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, June 5, from noon until dusk, at the Dalton Moss Lodge, Palisades Park. Bring a dish for the 1:30 p.m. meal, a musical instrument to play, and memories to share. Phone Joanie Ash Mardis at 540-4979 or email Janet Mardis VanStone at with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER will have a rabies clinic sponsored by The Animal Hospital, P.C., at the shelter on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost of the shot is $12 and all proceeds benefit the 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.

LADY LAKERS OF HIGHLAND LAKE are taking orders for whole Boston butts at $30 each for the Memorial Day weekend. The meat may be picked up Saturday, May 28, at the Anchor from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or Friday, May 27, with advance notice. To pre-order, phone Cheryl at 274-8509 or 515-0432.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART invites residents to the Blount County Memorial Day Service, beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 28, in front of the Blount County Courthouse.

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION The annual Memorial Day barbecue will be Monday, May 30, beginning at 11 a.m. The $8 plate includes chicken or pork and all the fixings. The ladies auxilary will have homemade ice cream for $1 per cup.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, May 13 and 27 and June 10 and 24, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.