BLOUNT COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., in Oneonta. Deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 4. Phone the chamber at 274-2153 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will have an open house with soups, sandwiches, and desserts on Friday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is invited.

LIGHTS & 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.

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.

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.

CAPPS COVE will have an old-fashioned 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. Phone 625-9055 or 625- 3039 for more information.

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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

HEART OF ALABAMA RURAL PLANNING ORGANIZATION will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., at the Depot in Oneonta.

ONEONTA CITY COUNCIL The Tuesday, Dec. 22, council meeting has been rescheduled and will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

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.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will sell hickory smoked hams for pick up between Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Dec. 21, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Pine Mountain Community Center. The hams are $50 each and may be ordered until Dec. 11 by calling Charles Head at 516-7656. The center is located at 4481 Pine Mtn. Road, Remlap.

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

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

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL is hosting the Blount County Basketball Tournaments this year. Any business or individual interested in purchasing an ad is asked to contact Kelly Miller at 466-7663 or e-mail The deadline for ads is Dec. 11.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA is sponsoring the third annual Holiday Decorating Contest this Christmas season. There will be prizes for first, second, third, people’s choice, and three honorable mentions. Winners will be announced Dec. 17.

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 for information on other upcoming events. 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.

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 for more information.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Horton Mill and Easley Covered Bridge Christmas ornaments are available for $15 each. 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.