NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Crystal Kitchens will teach a class on making rag rugs using the Navajo Knot method on Saturday, Sept. 5. The class is $10 and begins at 9 a.m.

Back by popular demand are the pine straw basket making class on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and another pottery class to be scheduled. Class space is limited. Phone 429- 2468 for more information.

HIGHLAND LAKE CONCERT IN THE PARK will be Sunday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Anchor and will feature The Allen Tolbert Unit playing bluegrass, jazz, and country. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy the free concert.

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION POST 129 will have a Labor Day barbecue from 11 a.m. until ? at the Blountsville VFW. The $8 plate includes a choice of chicken or pork.

CLEVELAND PARK ANNUAL LABOR DAY BBQ FUNDRAISER will be held Monday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. until ? Entertainment will be provided by One Accord, Mountain Melodies, Blackwood Crossing Band, and Shady J’s. Plates will be $8, pork sandwiches $3, and fried pies $2 each. To pre-order Boston butts for $25 and whole chickens for $10 each, phone Libby Blackwood at 274- 9418. All proceeds benefit Cleveland Park.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. Agenda items include discussion of the fiscal year 2016 budget, general business, and approval of the internet and technology responsible use policy.

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.

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.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Upcoming free classes offered include: Citizenship, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; English, Tuesdays at 11 a.m.; Basic Computer, Thursdays at 11 a.m.; and Intermediate Computer (Excel), Thursdays at 1 p.m. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Linda Hallmark of Warrior has donated the written history of the Hayden School, formerly known as the Rockland School, to the museum.

Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

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 Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

RIDGEWAY/PAYNE FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church of God in Susan Moore. Bring a covered dish for the noon luncheon and memories to share.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1980 will celebrate the 35th class reunion on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Homecoming football game. For more information, email oneontaclassof1980@gmail.com.

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT Many students from foreign countries are awaiting word for the 2015-16 school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a high school student. The student is fully insured, brings spending money and expects to be included in family activities and have household responsibilities. Phone World Heritage at 800-888- 9040 or visit www.whhosts.com for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY will begin the next session Sunday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at 300 3rd Avenue East, Oneonta. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. Divorce Care 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12 and The Big D, a program for teens age 13- 17, will be offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256-390-4633, e-mail divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more 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.

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.

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.

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 www.ilrgb.org.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. 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.

MEETINGS

PURE EARTH 4-H CLUB will meet the second Tuesday of each month, beginning, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Warrior Community Center. The special interest club is for ages 5-19 and is dedicated to teach young people how to be good stewards of the earth.

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.

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.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the private dining room at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital and is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refreshments will be served.

EVENTS

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB WAFFLE HOUSE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. The $6 plate includes waffle, meat, and beverage. Money raised will benefit local community projects. The club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant in Blount Springs. Phone Paul Cunningham at 807-5547 for more information.

NICODEMUS BENEFIT SINGING will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church. The gospel group The Caltons from Collinwood, Tenn., will perform. Money raised will help the Nicodemus family purchase a diabetic alert dog for 2-year-old Cole. For more information, or to make a donation, phone Beth at 353-1414.

THE 62nd ANNUAL BLOUNT COUNTY FAIR will be Sept. 15 – 19 at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center. This year promises to be the best yet with rides, food, livestock shows, exhibits, and the first Miss Blount County Fair Pageant. Booth registration continues through Sept. 11. For more information, visit www.blountcountyfair.com or phone the Agri-Business Center at 274-8839.

MISS COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL PAGEANT will be Oct. 4 and girls age one month through high school senior are invited to participate. Each contestant will receive a crown. Proceeds will benefit the community service project, Breast Cancer Research and Awareness, OFFER, and the Blount County Education Foundation. E-mail coveredbridgeprel@yahoo.com for more information.

HIGHLAND LAKE 5K RUN will be Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. The $25 entry fee includes a T-shirt if registered by Sept. 28. To register, phone the town hall at 625-6407 or visit www.active.com/highland-lake-al/running/ highland-lake-5k-2015.

THIS AND THAT

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER FLEA MARKET/YARD SALE will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the parking lot between the football field and the center. Vendors are encouraged to participate and groups associated with Douglas Schools will not be charged a vendor

fee. Phone 256-840-1440 between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual OBA Awards Dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Oneonta First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Ballots will be distributed soon for nominations for the Edwards-Shaddix Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Tickets are $25 and include a meal, entertainment, and door prizes. Tickets can be purchased at Downtown Antiques 2 Junk on First Avenue or at the OBA website.

The OBA is sponsoring the third annual Holiday Decorating Contest this Christmas season. Entries must register by Nov. 20 and be decorated by Dec. 1 for judging. There will be prizes for first, second, third, people’s choice, and three honorable mentions. Winners will be announced Dec. 17. Entry forms are available at Miller’s Soda Shoppe or Downtown Antiques 2 Junk on First Avenue.

Christmas Open House will be Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. Santa will be available for photos and participating merchants will give away door prizes. Visit www.oneontabusinesassociation.com for entry forms, to purchase tickets, and information on other upcoming events.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at St. Vincent’s Blount from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. Designed for drivers age 50 and over, subjects include defensive driving tehniques, safety strategies, and new traffic laws. Cost of the class is $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. There is no driving and no tests, but some insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. Phone Cathy Lee at 647-8933 for information or to register.