News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, June 16, at Catfish Cabin Restaurant in Albertville at 10 a.m. Kay Kennamer, a teacher at Albertville Learning Center, will be guest speaker.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK ‘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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF BLOUNT COUNTY along with Disability Rights and Resources are offering a couponing class tomorrow, 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.

PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 25, at Pine Mountain Community Center. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with chicken or Boston butt barbecue plates and sandwiches available for purchase. Music begins at noon and continues until 7 p.m., with seven groups performing. Phone Charley Head at 516- 7656 or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 by June 20 to pre-order whole Boston butts for $6/lb., no sauce, or chopped pork with sauce for $9/lb. The center is located at 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap.

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

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.

‘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 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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Friday, June 24, 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.

GADSDEN PARKS AND REC will host walking tours of the Black Creek Trail system at Noccalula Falls on Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. The tour covers about 2.5 miles of walking and takes approximately one-and-a-half hours. Bottled water is provided. Phone 256-543-7412 with questions.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County, HomeTown Bank, and Hillview Farms Bed and Breakfast, are sponsoring the Missoula Children’s Theatre, with a performance of ‘The Frog Prince’ Saturday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at Eris Horton Auditorium, Oneonta High School. Admission is $5. Visit for more information.

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.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Will sponsor a women’s self-defense class on Saturday, June 25, from 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the library. The $15 deposit is refundable upon completion of the class. Register at the 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 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.