NEWSBRIEFS



MEETINGS

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.

EVENTS

ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The parade will feature floats, classic cars, bands, and special guests include Big Al, corporate mascots, and Santa. Phone 589-2311 to enter or for more information.

THIS AND THAT

BLOUNTSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have the annual boot drive Saturday, Nov. 29. Proceeds benefit the Toys for Tots program.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Fro exciting upcoming OBA events, visit www.- oneontabusinessassociation.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 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 Phone 274- 7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on exciting library programs.

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. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

SERVICES

CAREGIVERS SEMINAR will be hosted by Cullman Regional Medical Center Home Care for family caregivers and the responsibilities and challenges they face on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Colonel Cullmann Room. The cost is $8 for the lunch and learn program. For more information, phone 256-737- 2600, or visit www.crmchospital.com.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP will meet Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster Assisted Living, 1020 Olive Street SW, Cullman. The discussion will focus on Project LifeSaver. Phone Jane Farley at 256-737-2033 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.

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 www.ilrgb.org.

NARCONON reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones at risk. Phone Narconon at 800-431-1754 for a free brochure, assessment, and/or referral, or visit drugabusesolution.com.

CRITTERS

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount

HARPO MEETING The Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Oneonta Depot building. Discussion will focus on Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan, commuter programs and incentives. Phone 246-8473 or email lland@rpcgb.org for more information.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will have the annual breakfast Saturday, Nov. 15, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. The $7 ticket includes eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, gravy and biscuits, and drink. Proceeds benefit community projects. Phone 647-4372 or Doug Reid at 590-1726 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE SOFTBALL TURKEY SHOOTS will be held Saturdays, Nov. 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.

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.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY will have the annual potluck Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at the community center. Bring a favorite dish and enjoy fun, food, and fellowship.

LOCUST FORK MASONIC LODGE 481 will host a turkey shoot on Saturday Nov. 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Businesses, churches, clubs, and teams are invited to participate. Phone Venus Malito at 429-4095 or 470-4790 to enter or for more information. Winning entries will be announced after the parade.

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.

AGRICULTURE

USDA URGES GOOD RECORD KEEPING The USDA’s Farm Service Agency urges livestock producers affected by natural disasters to keep thorough records, such as livestock and feed losses incurred as a result of unexpected winter weather or other natural disasters. The 2014 Farm Bill can provide an avenue to help farmers and ranchers during difficult times. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov to learn more about these and other programs.