News Briefs

HAYDEN BANDSTAND The band Pure Country will be performing on Saturday, July 22, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the free concert. Food will be available for purchase.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE continues with the Movie in the Park program and will show Disney’s Moana on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and chairs to enjoy the free event. Rain location will be inside the Anchor.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will hold its next meeting on Saturday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m., in the conference room of the Frank Green Office Building. The public is invited.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, July 28, and Aug. 11 and 18, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, July 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The OBA, along with Pounder’s Seafood Restaurant and SwampTails Restaurant, presents the band 5ive O’clock Charlie with a live performance. There will be inflatables, food, music, and classic vehicles. Bring a lawn chair and the family to enjoy this free downtown event.

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WOODARD FAMILY REUNION The family of Homer and Gladys Smith Woodard will gather at Amilea Porter Lodge, Palisades Park, on Saturday, July 29, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share. Phone Ray at 338-2622 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1957 will celebrate the 60th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. until ?, at Grace Baptist Church. Bring a dish to share.

HIPP & MURPHREE REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 11 a.m., at Rock Springs United Methodist Church fellowship hall at 1905 County Road 6. Phone Jerry Alldredge at 429-3321 or Ivalee Hipp Darmer at 256-572-1946 with questions. Bring a covered dish and photos to share.

SANDLIN FAMILY REUNION The 83rd annual event will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Cold Springs Community Center, 8821 Co. Road 109, Bremen. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until the last cousin leaves. Phone Patsy Lee Sandlin Medlock at 995-7988 or email for more information.

ELLIS HERNDON FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Blountsville. Bring a covered dish and memories to share.

MURPHREE FAMILY REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree are invited to the reunion at Wayne and Vanessa Brown’s barn at 1226 Barwick Road in Blountsville, on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a favorite dish to share. Phone 559-1926 with questions.

HOFSTALER MEMORIAL CEREMONY has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at White’s Cemetery, located between Trafford and Locust Fork. Hofstalar was a Revolutionary War veteran and a memorial marker will be placed on his grave by the Josiah Brunson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Birmingham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets at 6:30 p.m., on the last Thursday of each month at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography and any skill level are invited. Phone 559-2203 or 274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge.

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.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 2017 Covered Bridge Arts & Music Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 28. Vendor applications are available now. Email Aimee Wilson at for more information on this and other chamber events.

‘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.

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.