A BUTTERFLY TO REMEMBER is an event sponsored by Golden LivingCenter and Asera Care to be held Friday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until noon at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Community members are invited to remember those who have passed with the release of a butterfly. Refreshments will be served. Phone 256-350-8688 for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer reading program is in progress and will end June 25 with story time each Friday. Prizes will be awarded to top readers on June 26 at a pizza party. 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 for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Bam!Pow!Read! summer reading program is in progress. Special events planned each week for children and adults. Phone 274- 7641 or visit for event calendar.

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 Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.- net for more information.

PINE MOUNTAIN ANNUAL BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 27, at the Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap. Bluegrass begins at noon with groups performing through 7 p.m. Adult and child plates are $7.50 and $5.00; sandwich and drink is $4. Phone Charley Head at 516-7656 or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 to pre-order smoked Boston butts through June 17. Whole Boston butts are $6/lb. and chopped pork is $9/lb.

JAMES E. CARR RETIREMENT RECEPTION will be Sunday, June 28, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church fellowship hall. The public is invited.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will offer several craft classes this summer. Classes include rag rugs, pottery, and weaving. Phone 429-2468 for more information.


ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have the regular board meeting Monday, June 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.


AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE will be Saturday, June 20, at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Hayden from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The course is a refresher for drivers 50 and over. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Bring a lunch – drinks and snacks will be provided. Phone Cathy Lee at 647- 8933 for more information or to register.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 129 in Blountsville will have the annual July 4 barbecue and will begin serving at 11 a.m. The $8 plate includes your choice of chicken or pork, baked beans, coleslaw, drink, and dessert. The Ladies Auxillary will have homemade ice cream for $1 per cup.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County will sponsor a workshop this summer at Oneonta High School auditorium. The workshop will be July 6-11, with Sleeping Beauty performed on Saturday, July 11. There are a limited number of roles available. Visit the council’s Facebook page or e-mail for registration information.


CITIZENS FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE will be held Saturday, June 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Oneonta Police Department. Space is limited and deadline to register is 4 p.m. June 19. Registration forms are available at the OPD.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have a benefit fundraiser for the West Blount Fire and Emergency Medical Services district on Saturday, June 13, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. The event will feature Swamp John’s catering and the Tom Prickett duo providing entertainment.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART BLOUNT COUNTY is asking for items to be shipped to Blount County soldiers deployed overseas. Items may be dropped off at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Phone the museum at 625-6905 for more information.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory taxdeductible 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.

SUSAN MOORE FIRE DEPARTMENT will add a $5 per month donation to water bills beginning July 1 to residents in the Susan Moore fire district serviced by Blount County Water Authority.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for 1954 through 1958 Locust Fork High School yearbooks.

The museum is searching for information on the Bangor community and Bangor Cave.

The Murphree Genealogical Association Convention will be held at the Woodmen of the World building on July 31 and Aug. 1. Registration and payment are due by July 14. Visit or phone Amy at the museum for more information. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

BLOUNT COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD is asking for a $40 donation from households in the county to help with operating expenses and the purchase of a rescue-one boat. A complimentary 10- x-13 family portrait is offered as a thank you for the donation. Phone captain Edward Gean at 229-9193 or Scott Fendley at 446-0723 for additional information.


MORTON REUNION All branches of the family are invited to the Saturday, June 13, reunion at Snead Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bring a covered dish and drinks. Plates and utensils will be furnished. Phone 466-3277 with questions.

BROOKS AND THOMPSON REUNION Descendants and friends of John Ollie Brooks and Lousanna Jane Painter and James Bascom Thompson and Mary Francis Brantley are invited to the reunion to be Saturday, June 13, at the Amilea Porter Center from 3 p.m. unti 7 p.m. Bring

a favorite dish and photos to share. Phone Don Brooks at 625-8127 or Tommy Thompson at 334-312-0973 with questions.

TAYLOR EDMON SHELTON REUNION will be June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Brooksville Fire Department community room. All relatives of the 13 children are invited. Contact Harvey Shelton at 256-881-5252 or or Betty Graham at 256-586-4339 or for more information or questions.


SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM sponsored by the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama will be providing free meals to children 18 years and younger at no cost. Meals will be served at the Ratchford Child Development Center at 600 Jackson Avenue, Oneonta. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 am. until 12:30 p.m. and must be eaten on site. Meals will be served weekdays through July 31, except July 3.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION will offer a Diabetes Empowerment Education series held on consecutive Tuesdays now through July 14, from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Extension office conference room. The program is free and open to those who wish to learn more about diabetes. Phone 274-2129 to register or for additional information.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP will meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. to support and share with caregivers who may be struggling with the task of providing care for a loved one suffering from the disease. Phone June Peppers at 363-1248 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleveland, AL 35049.

COPD SUPPORT GROUP Anyone interested in participating in a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group, contact Phyllis at 274-9184 after 1 p.m.

FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) that offers a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a nonprofit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has begun sessions at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12 and The Big D, a program for teens age 13-18, will be offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, e-mail, or visit for more information.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit


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 and Purina Cat Chow want to find forever homes for cats this month. Share a personal cat rescue story at #MyRescueStory, and for every story shared, Purina Cat Chow will help subsidize a cat adoption fee at BCAS. Phone the shelter at 625- 6026 for more information. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.