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MEETINGS ROYAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will meet from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Royal Community Center. The community meeting will be from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

CITY OF ONEONTA COUNCIL MEETING The regular Oneonta City Council meeting has been rescheduled and will now be Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS will hold a CDL recertification class on Tuesday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 625-3801 for information.

EVENTS FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will host the 13th Annual Day on the River on Saturday, June 15, from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Register by June 11 by email at dayontheriver@gmail.com, www.flfr.org, or phone Susan at 429-3240.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS The Blount County Community Action Agency will offer a self defense class taught by Peggy Harris of Alliance Taekwondo Martial Arts. The class will be Friday, June 21, with a follow-up class on Friday, July 12, both days from 10 a.m. until noon. Phone 625-6079 to register for the class.

WHOLE BACKSTAGE THEATRE AUDITIONS for the production “Mister Roberts” will be Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Oneonta native Tim Moore will direct the show to be performed this fall. One woman and 19 men are needed. Visit www.wholebackstage.com or phone 256-582-7469 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION The extension will present a seminar titled “Home food preservation basics,” on Thursday, June 13, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the extension office. The $10 fee covers supplies and participants will prepare and take home a low-sugar strawberry or peach jam. Freezing and canning fruits and vegetables will also be discussed. Phone 274-2129 to register.

BLOUNTSVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY is having a “Calling all Dads” festival on Thursday, June 13, between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy music, food, childrens activities, and more. Drawings for gift bags and prizes will be held. The event will benefit the town of Blountsville and its efforts to provide resources and assistance to the community. The festival will be held at the housing authority at 134 Solar Drive in Blountsville. Phone 429-2475 or 407-625- 2608 for more information.

ESTATE PLANNING EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR A seminar for adult children and parents on estate planning will be Tuesday, June 18, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Attorney Dr. Robert Tufts will conduct the seminar and discuss the need for estate planning, wills, trusts, probates, and more. To pre-register, phone the Blount County Extension office at 274-2129.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will host an open house Sunday, June 16, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The newest cabin will be dedicated by a descendent of Isham Chamblee. The new park name will be revealed, there will be refreshments, the Mountain Melodies Dulcimer Club will perform, and a wagon team is expected. Society members will be on hand to discuss

reconstruction efforts, and the other buildings will be open to the public. The park will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS The annual event will be Saturday, June 22, at Pine Mountain Community Center. Bluegrass begins at 11 a.m. with eight groups to perform through 8 p.m. Musical entertainment is free, and plates and sandwiches will be available for purchase. Smoked Boston butts may be pre-ordered through June 12 and are $5 per pound for whole butts with chopped meat at $8 per pound. Contact Charley Head at 681-0341 or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 to order.

PRIDE OF HAYDEN MARCHING BAND will have a yard sale Saturday, June 29, at Hayden Elementary School from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

THIS AND THAT

CAKE WITH KOMEN Meet the staff, board of directors, and key volunteers of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in North Central Alabama. The group will meet Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Miller’s Soda Shoppe to discuss what the organization is doing in the community and how local residents can get involved.

BOOK SIGNING The Blount County Museum will have a reception for local author CJR Hartley, who will be available to sign her book, You Have the Power of Prayer, on Friday, June 14, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The museum will have books for sale and refreshments will be served.

TOWN OF ROSAThe town of Rosa’s application to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been approved by FEMA. Residents will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Regular Phase of the program. Phone Rosa town clerk Julia K. Whisenant at 353-2630 for more information.

BENEFIT YARD/BAKE SALE A yard and bake sale will be Friday and Saturday, June 7 – 8, beginning at 8 a.m. at the former Shea’s Store in Nectar. Proceeds will benefit community members Adam and Sabrina Dunn to help with adoption expenses. The event will be held rain or shine.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The library is now featuring a display of artwork created by Danny Dorning.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The Blount County Heritage books are for sale at the museum for $50 each. The Blount County Historical Society is sponsoring a 2014 Photo Calendar contest. Visit www.blountmuseum.com or go by the museum for contest rules. The museum is searching for a copy of the 1953 Blount County High School yearbook, and the 1947- 1997 50th reunion yearbook. Don Hartley is interested in purchasing the books. Contact him at 681-2213 or 910-4767. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Special programs: Teen summer reading will continue every Tuesday night in June. The children’s summer reading program “Dig into reading” will begin today and be held every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. The teen summer reading “Beneath the Surface” will

continue every Tuesday night in June. The adult summer reading program is “Groundbreaking Reads” and will be held Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., June 6 – July 11. Visit the library, www.oneontapubliclibrary.com, phone 274-7641, or visit the library’s Facebook page to see what exciting programs are on the calendar. Tuesday programs are offered free and most begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

BLOUNT COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD is conducting a fundraising drive to raise money for operating expenses and to purchase a new emergency vehicle. The volunteers ask that each household in Blount County donate $40 so this life saving service may continue. All donations are needed and appreciated. All donors will receive a free 10-x-13 family portrait.

REUNIONS MCHAN REUNION Descendants of Joseph W. and Mary McHan will have a reunion Saturday, June 8, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and drink and enjoy fellowship and memories.

RAGSDALE FAMILY REUNION Family and friends of Marion and Lou Ragsdale will gather at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Oneonta on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. Bring a covered dish and photos to share. Phone 353-4622 for more information.

MORTON FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Snead Baptist Church fellowship hall. All descendants of John Wesley Morton, Jimmie Gibson Morton, and all other Mortons are invited. Activities include a video of family photos, a covered dish luncheon, and a special program honoring veterans. Photos for the video may be sent to dawgfanz77@gmail.com.

BEASON/BEESON REUNION The Beason/Beeson reunion will be Sunday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Union Church in Steele.

CLEVELAND CLASS OF 1959 will have a class reunion on Saturday, June 15, at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bring a covered dish and memories to share.

SERVICES ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at the chamber office. Phone 274-2153 to make the necessary appointment.

AWARE (Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees) works to enhance, engage, and reconnect mature job seekers in Blount County and create relationships with employers. There is never a fee for the service. Job search workshops will be held at the Oneonta Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. There is limited space available. Phone 625- 5159 or 803-1665 to register or e-mail aware@positivematurity.org for more information or to speak with a job counselors.

AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER or ADRC, a program of the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), raises visibility about the full range of avail-

able options, both public and private benefits and resources for long-term support and services. Residents of Blount County can receive assistance every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Phone 866-570-2998 to schedule an appointment. For online assistance, visit www.m4a-alabama.org.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center, room 305. 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.

EDUCATION WSCC ENCOURAGES GED COMPLETION Beginning in January 2014, there will be a new GED test and the cost will triple to $150. Wallace State Community College Adult Education Department encourages those who have not completed or taken the test to do so before the end of 2013. Free classes are available in Cullman, Blount, Morgan, and Winston counties to help individuals prepare for the GED test. Phone 256-

352-8077 or visit wallacestate.edu/adulted to learn more.

AGRICULTURE WETLAND AND GRASSLAND RESERVE PROGRAM The cutoff date to apply for the Wetlands Reserve Program ( WRP) and Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is June 7. A new round of funding authorizes millions of dollars to enroll land into the nationwide program. The WPR helps landowners restore and protect wetland ecosystems on private and tribal lands. Through the GPR, landowners apply for conservation easements or agreements that support conservation of working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland. Visit offices.sc.egov.usda.gov for more information.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS A meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at the Frank Green Building at 6 p.m. will be geared toward small, limited resource, minority, and beginning farmers. The meeting will help explain the financial assistance programs that address the managment of natural resources on the land. Hoop houses to extend growing season, plasticulture, woodland grazing, and rainwater collection for small farms are topics to be discussed. Phone Mike Roden at 256-773-8495 or Merry Gaines at 274- 2363 for more information.