CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY The offices of The Blount Countian will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25 for Christmas. We will reopen Monday, Dec. 28, at 8 a.m.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL will have a dedication ceremony to name the Bruce McAfee Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the school. The public is invited.

COMMUNITY ARTS OF BLOUNT COUNTY will hold auditions for the musical,‘Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Jr.,’ on Jan. 4-5, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Neely Arts Center. Auditions are limited to sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Phone 332-5775 or visit the Community Arts of Blount County Facebook page for more information.

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

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.

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.

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, or visit Divorce- 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

‘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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Jane Wright will teach a pine-needle basketmaking class on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for reservation information.

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.

HOME, GARDEN, AND FARM SHOW will be March 12-13 at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Booth size is 10’ x 10’ and are $50 until Feb. 1, $75 after Feb. 1. Phone 274-8839 or 478-9739, or visit for registration forms and more information.

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.

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.

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

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY The public is invited to view a costume jewelry display created by Debbie Graves through Dec. 31. 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.

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.

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 – Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.