News Briefs

SILENT AUCTION will be Saturday, March 3, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at Cleveland First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Many items have been donated by local businesses and door prizes will be awarded. Light refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit a local family who plans to adopt an infant.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE is offering a Right Bite Cooking Class on Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Phone 274-2129 to register for the free classes.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will meet on Tuesday, March 6, beginning with the 6 p.m. council work session, the 6:30 p.m. public hearing on request to vacate road Sunset Circle, the regular 7 p.m. meeting, and a work session immediately following the meeting.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails Restaurant. Five of the candidates running for sheriff will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, March 1, the Plus Ultra Animanga Club will meet at 5 p.m. This month the group will watch ‘Patema Inverted’.

Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m., kids and teens are invited to test their Minecraft building skills and a chance to win a prize.

The movie ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ will be shown on Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m.

Twisted Stitchers is meeting Mondays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at noon.

Having trouble with your electronic devices? Receive personal help on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Walk in or make an appointment.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, March 9 and 23, 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.

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL The fifth annual event will be Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Blountsville Historical Park. There will be music all day, vendors, cabin tours, food, drinks, and a real Confederate wedding. Parking is $5, admission to the festival is free. Vendors featuring Blount County products are welcome.

BLOUNT COUNTY PAGEANT will be Saturday, March 17, at Oneonta High School. Girls ages one month through high school seniors are invited. Little Mister Blount County is added this year for boys age one month through five years. To register, email jayne.posey76@yahoo.com. Proceeds benefit OHS Music and Drama departments.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE CAMP will be June 11-16 at Oneonta High School and is sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Blount County. Two performances of ‘Peter and Wendy’ will be Saturday, June 16. Cost for first grade up to 8 years old is $50, ages 9 and older is $75. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Questions? Email rbrewer3172@gmail.com or visit communityartscouncil.com.

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.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center. 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 lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net 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 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT Anyone interested in becoming a trustee with the department is asked to submit an application by the March 16 deadline. Phone 256-931-2624 or email 60@yahoo.com for an application or for more information.

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.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition. This allows the organization to provide items to needy Blount County residents at a low-cost. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum has the Lady Lakers of Highland Lake cookbooks for sale for $5 each.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org 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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit www.oneonta businessassociation.com for information about upcoming special events.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CHAPTER 28 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The Blount County group has a service office at 1004 2nd Street East, Oneonta, open each Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.. Free services include assistance with forms for veterans benefits, insurance, and more. For information or to make an appointment, phone Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 359-1865 or Gary Clements at 256- 655-4867.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is seeking volunteer firefighters for the area. Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station #1 at 4201 County Road 29. Training is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Phone Jeremy at 965-6616 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is currently being offered, 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 rclaburn422@yahoo.com.

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 serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. 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.

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 256-615-5614 for more information