News Briefs

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, 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 will offer a basket weaving class on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m.

‘Family Movie Night in the Park’ will be Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m., screening the movie ‘Max,’ an exciting family movie featuring a retired military service dog. Admission is a requested $2 per person donation and concessions will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for this fun family night.

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

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION will be picking and grinning on Saturday, June 18, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., featuring the Warrior River Boys sponsored by the Ladies Auxillary. Enjoy homemade chicken and dumplings and peach cobbler. Admission is $3 per person, $5 per couple, and 6 and under free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY The summer reading program is in progress now through June 24. Story time and activities begin at 10 a.m. each Friday in June. Awards day and pizza party will be Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m.

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 for more information. GADSDEN PARKS AND REC will host walking tours of the Black Creek Trail system at Noccalula Falls. Tour dates will run Saturdays, June 11 and 25. The tours cover about 2.5 miles of walking and take approximately one-and-a half hours. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and bottled water is provided. Phone 256-543-7412 with questions.

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.

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. 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. for more 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Patrons must present a library card to check out materials. Replacement cards cost $3. 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 for more information on library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for a copy of ‘Three Ring Circus; How Rickwood Caverns Became a State Park.’

Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Blount County kids and teens can eat free this summer at the elementary school cafeteria Monday through Friday, until July 22. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Kids and teens under age 18 eat free, adult meal cost is $2 for breakfast, $4 for lunch. The program is sponsored by the Alabama State Dept. of Education and the USDA.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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, or visit 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, Cleveland, AL 35049.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF BLOUNT COUNTY along with Disability Rights and Resources are offering a couponing class on Thursday, June 16, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blount County Community Services Building. Phone Clara at 274- 0174 or Rita at 625-6079 to register or 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.

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.