News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, July 4, and Friday, July 5: The library will be closed for Independence Day. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.: Lego Club will meet for the last time this summer. Normal third Saturday meetings will resume in August. At 2:30 p.m., adults are invited to bring their favorite card or board game or come try a new one in a community game event. Traditional and not-so-traditional games will be available. Monday, July 8, 10 a.m.: Story hour will meet for the last time this summer. Normal Wednesday schedule will resume in August. Tuesday, July 9, 10 a.m.: 6th Day Creatures is back. Kids are invited to come see and touch some amazing animals. At 6 p.m. teens are invited to play an outdoor Jedi v. Sith game. Saturday, July 13, 2:30 p.m.: Registration is open for the Drawing Mandalas class with Sharon Cook. Email if you plan to attend. A Disney movie will be available in the conference room for kids. English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m. 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 or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS announces the 2019-2020 season: “Rumors” – Sept. 13-22; “Greater Tuna” – Nov. 15-24; “Elvis Has Left the Building” – Jan. 17-26; “Wedding Belles” – March 13-22; “Miss Nelson is Missing” – May 8-17. Season tickets are available. Season auditions will be held Saturdays, July 6 and 13, at 2 p.m., at the theater located at 413C 6th Street South, Oneonta. All ages are needed and all experience levels are welcome. Cold reads only; no monologues necessary. For more information, phone 205-274-7469, like our Facebook page, or visit

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1963 will have a reunion Thursday, July 11, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Charlie B’s in Oneonta. Phone Darnell at 205-625-4835 with questions.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, July 11, and Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the monthly meeting Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building.

UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING First- through sixth-graders may register and pay at UPW68519. You may also register by filling out a brochure at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Registration and fee ($100 per child) are due Aug. 12. Every registered player or cheerleader must attend evaluation or orientation on Saturdays, July 13, or July 20, from 9 a.m. until noon. First practice will be Tuesday, Aug. 13. Games will be on Saturdays beginning Sept. 7. Phone Rex Branham at 205-353-1425 for more information.

2019 VEGETABLE FESTIVAL will be Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County Farmer’s

Market. There will be several raffle drawings for customer and vendors throughout the day. Free tomato sandwiches are the highlight of the day. WCRL’s Jeremy Lesley will broadcast live during the event.

FREE CPR CLASS Oneonta Fire & Rescue will hold a free CPR class for the public Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., at Oneonta Fire Station 12, 308 2nd Street North. The one-hour class (intended for those without medical backgrounds) will teach participants how to recognize cardiac arrest and perform CPR using the hands only chest compression method. Register at cpr-class-tickets-64345072845 or email Jonathan Ledbetter at for more information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, July 13: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self. FLFR will have a booth at the Volunteer Fair Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. FLFR is looking for volunteers for the Art & Photo Contest, KDoR, and leading hikes and kayak trips. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team. Float the Fork Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Details and registration information at Entries for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted through Wednesday, July 31. Participation details are available on our website. Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is hosting a Volunteer Fair Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. Organizations in search of volunteers may register to have a table at the event. Volunteers in search of opportunities may come explore different options. There is no cost for the event. Phone the Chamber office at 205-274- 2153 for more information about these and other Chamber events.

SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING TRAINING CLASS for boys and girls ages 11 to 16 will be Wednesday, July 17, at Cullman Regional. The one-day class costs $35 for children of Healthy Life members and $55 for others. Lunch and snacks are provided. Visit or phone 256- 735-5600 for more information or to register.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue on July 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees on July 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets phone 256-582-7469 or visit

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to atttend a weekly program with their child beginning Wednesday, September 18, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided for the 10-week course offered to children who will attend a Blount County school. Spaces are first come, first served. Phone 205- 775-1955 ext 9927 to register.

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), in partnership with the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, announces a new initiative focusing on improving water quality and riparian area habitat through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Eligible producers are encouraged to apply by Monday, July 8, by visiting the local USDA service center at 55545 U.S. Hwy 231, Suite A, Oneonta. For more information phone 205-274-2363.