FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER invites residents to consider a gift to the organization. Visit and click “join” or “donate.” Contributions are tax deductible and benefit the all-volunteer, membership organization. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY will have a “Manga Party” Saturday, Jan. 4, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Teens can draw their favorite Manga character and enter a contest, dress as their favorite character, make candy sushi, and watch “The Secret World of Arrietty.” Visit, phone 274-7641, or visit the library’s Facebook page for more information on exciting library programs. AMERICAN ROSIE THE RIVETER ASSOCIATION is searching for women who worked on the homefront during World War II. These stories and experiences are being compiled for the association’s archives. For more information, phone 888-557-6743, e-mail, or mail P.O. Box 188, Kimberly, AL 35091.


ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. until noon at the chamber office. Phone 274-2153 to make the necessary appointment. FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen now open in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) and offers a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a non-profit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information. FREE NUTRITION CLASSES If you are on food stamps, WIC, or think you might qualify for food stamps, you are eligible for free classes sponsored by the Urban Nutrition Education Program. Phone Shonna Carranza at 274-2129 for more information. DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center, room 305. 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


‘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 is a limited number of reduced and free spay appointments. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $44 for a female cat, $64 for a female dog, $34 for a male cat, and $49 for a male dog. 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.