NEWS BRIEFS



VILLAGE SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH will host the Durochers in concert on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. The group is a nine-member string band and vocal ensemble in the acoustic folk/rock/gospel tradition. The church is located five miles north of Pinson off Old Compton Road at Village Springs, across from the Dollar General. Phone 681- 8677 or 527-1186 for more information.

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 www.bcoabc.com for registration forms and more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth registration has begun for the 15th Annual June Fling in Oneonta, to be held Saturday, June 4. The event will include booths of all kinds, a classic car show, a kids fun zone, entertainment, and the 3rd Annual Singing Showdown solo vocal competition. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, Downtown Antiques 2 Junk, or Treasures on Main Mall for more information and registration forms.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Jane Wright will teach a pine-needle basket-making class on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for reservation information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Want to learn to crochet? Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and continue each Tuesday through February. Bring yarn, scissors, and a size G crochet hook. Knitted and crocheted items by Vera Stimson and Beverly Thomason will be on display at the library through February. 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 is offering one-on-one computer classes. Phone 274-7641 to schedule a time.

Super Savers couponing workshop with Clara Christopher will be Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. All participants will receive a free coupon binder. Phone the library to reserve a spot.

Library hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

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

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.

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.

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 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have a meeting tomorrow, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. Senator Shay Shelnutt and representatives Connie Rowe, David Standridge, and Randall Shedd will speak at the meeting and there will be a question-and-answer session afterwards. The meeting will be at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Joe Ward, president of AERA, will be the speaker.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will hold its next meeting on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9:30 a.m., in the conference room at the Oneonta Public Library. The public is invited.

ROCK SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTER will have a Soup Supper on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The meal is $7 for all you care to eat soup, dessert, and drink. Proceeds benefit the Rock Springs Community Center.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Student Government Association will host a LIFESouth Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the school.

THE BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta.

HEAD START is taking applications for Pre-K, Pre-school, and Head Start programs until Feb. 18. Phone 466-5212 or 625-6254 to schedule an appointment. The programs and supplies are provided at no cost to families who meet the criteria. Se habla Español.