News Briefs

ONEONTA POLICE DEPARTMENT will conduct active shooter training tomorrow, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY ‘Twas the Night Poetry Contest is for ages 7-11 and 12-18. Gift cards will be awarded to winners in each age bracket. There is a 100-word limit for ages 7-11 and 200-word limit for ages 12-18. Entries are due Dec. 15 and may be submitted at the library or at Winners will be announced Dec. 18.

Anime and Manga club for teens will meet tomorrow, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Japanese snacks will be served.

A Polar Express pajama party will be Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 8 and 9, and Friday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. Watch the movie and kids will get a special surprise. Space is limited.

Twisted Stitchers will meet on Monday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. All experience levels are welcome.

The library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Floats will be judged and awards given. The town invites the public to the annual Christmas Open House at the town hall following the parade for cookies and cocoa. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves at no charge. Questions? Email or phone 429-2406.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Pictures with Santa will be Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., near the fireplace and old-time Christmas tree.

Friday, Dec. 8, beginning at 9 a.m., Carolyn Vest will teach a Christmas table decorations class with supplies except your greenery supplied. The cost is $10 and you take your masterpiece home.

The large pavilion is open for weddings, parties, reunions, and celebrations. The park is now open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 429-2468 for booking information.

ONEONTA BAND DEPARTMENT presents the annual Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., in the high school auditorium. The beginner, middle school and high school bands will perform. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building on ‘Alabama Day,’ Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy and Stanley Moss will present the program on the Alabama Bicentennial.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, beginning at 5 p.m., with a community choir presenting ‘Christmas is in His Presence.’ Refreshments will follow at 6 p.m., with carols performed by string instruments, and Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for visits and photos (bring your camera).

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER has hickory smoked hams for sale for $50. The 20-pound hams are fully cooked and ready to serve. To order, phone Charley Head at 516-7656 or email Deadline to order is Saturday, Dec. 16. Pickup will begin that day (for pre-orders) through Dec. 22 at the community center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Annual Holiday Decorating Contest winners (First – $500, Second – $250, Third – $100, honorable mentions, and people’s choice – $100) will be announced Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon, in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe.

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BLOUNT COUNTY LANDFILL / TRANSFER STATION has new hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB MITTEN TREE is up at the Oneonta Public Library. Needs are for mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing items, books, small toys, and coloring books and crayons. The items will be distributed to the Blount County Children’s Center and Hope House by Dec. 20.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is sponsoring a photography contest and is seeking photos of historical interest in Blount County. Photos should be 4×6 or 5×7 for ages 17 and up and should include the item, location, and date of the photo on the back. Supply photographer information on a separate sheet of paper. Deadline to submit a photo is Feb. 15, 2018. The photo could be on next year’s museum Christmas ornament.

The museum invites middle and high school students to submit an essay about a historical and/or cultural aspect of life in Blount County, e.g., hometown sports, farming, family heritage, bridges, caverns and caves.

Visit or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 685-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will host the Scholastic Book Fair through tomorrow, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, and Friday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. until noon, at the OES Media Center. Books for classroom libraries and gift certificates are available for purchase. Visit oes1 to order online.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, Dec. 8, 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.

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 www.aplaceatthetable 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.

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 for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 274- 7780 or 274-0596.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The 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.