NEWS BRIEFS



LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK The public is invited to drive through for the 15th annual Christmas lights in the park, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. each evening except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Santa will be at the cottage for photos Dec. 4-5, Dec. 12-13, and Dec. 18-19.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Dec. 4, at Charlie B’s Restaurant at 10:30 a.m. for the Christmas program.‘Three Men and a Lady’ will perform.

CAPPS COVE will have an oldfashioned Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. There will be a live Nativity, costumed carolers, singing in the Chapel, and chili with all the trimmings. All donations will be given to a charitable organization. Phone 625-9055 or 625-3039 for more information.

CLEVELAND CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK The annual event will be Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. The Little Miss Pantherettes will perform in the park and Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for photos with your camera. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Everyone is invited.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB MITTEN TREE is up at the Oneonta Public Library. Donate mittens/gloves, caps, sweaters, jackets, pajamas, and other warm clothing, along with coloring books and crayons and small toys. The items will be given to the Blount County Children’s Center and the Hope House by Dec. 17 for distribution to needy children.

HOPE HOUSE needs coats of all sizes to distribute to the needy for the winter months. Coats can be dropped off at Clothing Care Cleaners, 303 Railroad Ave., where they will be cleaned.

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP is now accepting applications for winter assistance. Phone 625-6079 for more information and to be put on a waiting list.

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

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP will not meet again until January. Meeting dates will be announced. Phone 493-0223 or Charlie at 681-3918 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

The book, Moore Family of Susan Moore, Alabama is available for sale and all books are discounted 20% during December. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information on any activities or items for sale. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625- 6905.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will host Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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.

APPALACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL will have the second annual Trees on the Diamond, through Friday, Dec. 4, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Fraser fir Christmas trees will be sold from $35 – $45. Phone 274-9712 for more information.

BEARD-SIMMONS FAMILY CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 8 a.m., at The Food Basket Restaurant in Albertville.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will sponsor a turkey shoot on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the ballfield at the old rock school on U.S. 231. The $5 per shot is for 12-gauge, 20-gauge, and .410 bore. Phone 256-557-5739.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Santa will be available for photos on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Carolyn Vest will teach how to make Christmas door decorations on Dec. 5. Phone 429-2468 for more information and reservations as class space is limited. There will be a free Christmas program and Open House with a live manger scene, scripture, and how Christmas was celebrated in the 1800s on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429- 2468 for reservation information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA is sponsoring the third annual Holiday Decorating Contest this Christmas season. Entries must 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.

MASTER GARDENER CLASS OFFERED The Blount County Extension office is offering the class on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 3 and ending April 20. The cost for the 12- week class is $125, which includes books and additional materials. Phone the extension office at 274-2129 before the Jan. 15 deadline to register.

REMLAP COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS is forming to meet needs in the community and help residents. Bring a brown bag lunch to the first Wednesday, 11 a.m. meetings, or bring your own coffee to the second Saturday meetings at 9 a.m. All meetings are held at Remlap Methodist Church on Remlap Drive. The group will have a clothes giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. until noon, at Remlap Methodist Church.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Horton Mill and Easley Covered Bridge Christmas ornaments are available for $15 each. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Phone 274- 7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING is working with None Suffers Lack Ministry accepting donations and supplies to be distributed to senior citizens in the area. Tax deductible monetary donations will be used to provide meals to seniors. Mail checks to M4A, PO Drawer 618, Saginaw, AL 35137. Phone M4A at 866-570-2998 for drop-off locations and more information.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274-9188 to register or for more information.

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.

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

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY continues to meet on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at 300 3rd Avenue East, Oneonta. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also 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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.