NEWS BRIEFS



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.

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 FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OFFER) tailgate party will be Friday, Sept. 18, at the Oneonta Softball Field next to Gilbreath Stadium. The tailgate area will open at 4:30 p.m. and a meal will be served, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be live music provided by Fast Eddy. You must purchase a ticket to the homecoming game with Locust Fork and tickets for the tailgate event are $12 each. There will be shuttle service available prior to the game or those who might need assistance up and down the hills. The softball field will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day of the game or classes or individuals who would like to set up tents, chairs, or tables. After halftime, Twin Oaks at Heritage will be open for an after-party with a $5 cover for non-members. To purchase tickets or for more information, phone 625-3252 or e-mail sreeves@oneonta.k12.al.us.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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. Learn to weave on a hand-made loom at the class scheduled for Nov. 7. Class space is limited. Phone 429-2468 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY KID CRAFTERS CLASS The Parent Involvement Program is designed to introduce skills needed for pre-K (age 3-5) children to prepare for kindergarten while parents learn to create acitivites that will reinforce the skills at home. The class is free of charge to children living in Blount County and outside Oneonta city limits and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Ten weekly sessions begin Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Phone 274-5600 ext. 3034 to register or for more information.

ARC AND PLC PROGRAMS OPEN ENROLLMENT will end Sept. 30 for the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2014 and 2015. The programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. Visit www.usda.gov/ farmbill for more information.

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.

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.