News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS invite the public to the seminar, Butterflies of Blount County, tomorrow, March 8, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building, given by Paulette Ogard. The event is free and reservations are not required.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the regular monthly meeting tomorrow, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will have a bridge cleanup at Swann Covered Bridge on Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at 9:45 a.m., join volunteers Brian Dean and Jan Brown as they lead a hike beginning at Mardis Mill Falls and following Graves Creek. To register, visit www.flfr.org.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION is offering a Right Bite Cooking Class on Tuesdays, March 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Friends of the Oneonta Public Library will meet tomorrow, March 8, at 5:30 p.m.

Gwendolyn Griffin with the Birmingham Botanical Society, will speak on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m., about native perennials of Alabama and will have plants to sell.

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.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry on Saturday, March 17, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the department, located at the intersection of Ala 79 and U.S. 278. The $11 plate is fish, shrimp, or chicken and all the fixings and benefits the Brooksville Fire Department.

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.

MISS 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. Pre-registration 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.

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.

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.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the program going and may mailed to PO Box 262, Cleveland, AL 35049. 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 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.

CROSSING PATHS ANIMAL RESCUE A GoFundMe account has been set up for county residents to contribute to the non-profit charity. Crossing paths is a no-kill shelter and is seeking to raise funds to continue operating. Visit www.gofundme.com, search Cleveland, AL, and choose Crossing Paths Animal Rescue to donate.

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 information. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com for information about upcoming special events.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 sponsors a women’s self defense class 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.

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.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves victims of sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., additional hours provided as needed. Victims 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.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283-3357, email dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times.