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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 Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net 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. MULE DAY will be held at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center on Friday, Nov. 14, with a parade at 3:45 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, with the mule show. There will be a trail ride from the Crossville Saddle Club to Oneonta the week of Nov. 9-15. Ribbons and money will be awarded to winners in each class at the show. For more information, contact David Dover at 353-8118, Joe Bullard at 237-4871, or visit dgsaddleshop@yahoo.com. BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER JAMS will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Center. Those interested in playing or just listening are welcome. Phone 681-2262 with questions. BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 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 MEMORIAL MUSEUM Christmas ornaments featuring the Horton Mill Bridge are $15 and available for purchase at the museum. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., phone 625-6905. 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. ‘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. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. EVENTS ANNUAL BLOUNT COUNTY VETERANS PARADE will be on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. in Oneonta. Operation Grateful Heart members invite schools, businesses, churches, and other groups to enter in the parade. Contact Amy Rhudy at the Blount County Memorial Museum for entry forms or more information at 625-6905. BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB will have the annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom. The $6 plate includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, and drink. All proceeds benefit the club’s school and community projects. SUSAN MOORE SOFTBALL TURKEY SHOOTS will be held Saturdays Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Snead softball fields. Phone 256-202-0414 for more information. Proceeds benefit the high school and rec league softball teams. THIS AND THAT LOCUST FORK MASONIC LODGE 481 will host a turkey shoot on Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8, and 15, from 9 a.m. until ? The shoot will take place at the end of Spunky Hollow Road and county road 15. Entry fee is $5 per round and prizes will be awarded. The lodge will furnish shells. Phone Jimmy Callaway at 493-2270 for more information. ONEONTA SENIOR CENTER will have a Fall Festival and Awards Day on Oct. 31 and honor the Oneonta fire and police departments for their service.

The center will also have an AT&T representative conduct a class on accessing and navigating the Internet and the use of laptops and iPads on Friday, Nov. 7. Phone the center at 930-1030 for more information and times. FREE LEGAL CLINIC The Blount County Bar Association will host a free legal clinic tomorrow, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Blount County Courthouse in courtroom 2. Local attorneys donate their time to help those who cannot afford legal advice. To schedule an appointment, phone 800-819-7685 or 328- 3540 and identify yourself as a resident of Blount County who wishes to participate. 14th ANNUAL PALISADES PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Groups may register at the park through Nov. 10, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Decorating will begin during the month of November. Prizes will be awarded. Phone the park at 274-0017 for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual Holiday Decorating Contest will expand to two categories and include storefronts, windows, buildings, structures, and more. Cash prizes will be awarded. The Christmas Open House will be Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 and Santa will be downtown both days for photos. For these and other exciting OBA events, visit oneontabusinessassociation.com. SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a trunk or treat and bonfire on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. until? There will be chili, hot dogs, and lots of candy. Those interested in participating with a vehicle in the trunk or treat phone Kelly Stanton at 256- 557-5739 by Oct. 25. ROSA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters at the fire hall from 5 p.m. until ? on Friday, Oct. 31. BROOKSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE will have a spooktacular trunk or treat at the fire department on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. There will be a haunted firehouse, food, bonfire, and much more. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Trick-ortreaters are invited to show off their costumes and come by the library on Friday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on exciting library programs. REUNIONS GREEN FAMILY REUNION The family of Dave and Janie Green will have a reunion Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a dish to share. Phone Pat Green Hawkins at 274-7507 with questions. EDUCATION ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will host a Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 31 and Nov. 3-7 in the media center from 8 a.m until 3 p.m. Family night is Nov. 6 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Phone Denise Turner at 625-5098 or visit bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/ oneonta for more information.