News Briefs

ONEONTA AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has purchased a Christmas tree as part of the Oneonta Business Association Festival of Lights. The theme of our tree is ‘A Military Christmas.’ If you have military ornaments you’d like to donate to our tree, please phone Bill Hendrickson at 205- 532-6464. The tree will be decorated today, Nov. 27, and tomorrow, Nov. 28.

THANKSGIVING LUNCH will be tomorrow, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Lester Memorial Fellowship Hall. No charge; all are welcome.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The library will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 1, for Thanksgiving.

Monday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.: Sharon Cook will lead an adult Zentangle art class. Supplies will be provided. Email Cook at or phone the library at 205-274-7641 to reserve a spot.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; no class Thursday due to holiday.

ASL for beginners is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Story Hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.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. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Christmas Open House and program will be Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. There will be special music, a devotion, a live Nativity, refreshments, and tours of all buildings. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be at the church.

The park is open for weddings, reunions, and meetings. The park is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., to stamp your 200th celebration passbook, and view several old and interesting artifacts on display. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK Drive through the 19th annual Christmas lights in the park any night in December (except Dec. 24 and 25) between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Santa will be at the cottage for photos every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 6 through Dec. 22, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. nightly.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will meet Friday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant, for the annual Christmas program. Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, will present the Santa Auction.

ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Entries are currently being accepted. Phone city hall at 205-589-2311 or visit Town of Altoona Facebook page for details.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 2019 Blount County Christmas parade sponsored by S&S Foods will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The theme is “Parade of Lights.” Visit, email or phone 205-274-2153 to get a parade application.

The Chamber will celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday with a wine tasting Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes & Hops, 231 First Avenue East, Oneonta. Sample a selection of beer and wine and enjoy snacks, live music, and holiday shopping.

Chamber Christmas breakfast will be Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE will be Friday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Staff and board members invite you to join them for homemade lunch and desserts at 106 First Avenue North, Oneonta. The Children’s Center is a Child Advocacy Center with the mission of preventing child abuse, helping victims, and strengthening families. For more information phone 205-274-7226.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

BICENTENNIAL BELLS ACROSS ALABAMA The 70 chapters of the Alabama Society DAR are inviting everyone across the state to join them in ringing bells to celebrate statehood day in Alabama. There will be a special bell ringing at noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. Everyone is invited.

MITTEN TREE is up at Oneonta Public Library. Please bring new mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing items, children’s books, coloring books and crayons, and small toys. Items will be distributed to the Blount County Children’s Center and Hope House by Dec. 18. The tree is sponsored by the Amaryllis Garden Club.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA will be Saturday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service, 308 Second Street North. The free community event will include Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, fire truck show, blacksmith exhibition, arts and crafts, snacks, and hot chocolate.

ITALIAN VISTAS TOUR will depart March 18, 2021. The nine day tour includes Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, and Isle of Capri. Price is $4,449 if enrolled by Dec. 1 and includes airfare, hotels, ground transportation, breakfast and dinner daily, and all entry fees for museums. For more information email or

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at Azteca Tex-Mex Grill, 300 Springville Station Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-790-1141 or email for more information.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Reid at 205-590-1726 for more information.