FREE HEALTH FAIR at St. Vincent’s Blount 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Aug. 29, at the hospital, 150 Gilbreath Drive just off Ala 75 in Oneonta. Free screenings include cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose), blood pressure, vision, and bone density. Refreshments and door prizes. See

FUNDRAISER ROOK TOURNAMENT sponsored Sept. 19 by VFW Post 5624 of Snead with registration at 9 a.m. and tournament at 10 a.m. Entrance fee $10. Trophies for first- and second-places. Bring your own partner. Dennis Lindsay 205-466-5777 or Jerry Duke 205-429-5495.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Blount County 4-H Shooting Sports Club to help with BB gun and air rifle clubs. Anyone with expertise with these guns invited to help prepare young people for state competition. Nancy Graves 274-2129.

DAWG DAZE PARADE IN ONEONTA Saturday, Sept. 12, sponsored by Oneonta Business Association with possible exhibitions by local shelters, veterinarians, groomers, and pet vendors. Pets entered free or for $5 donation (to benefit local animal charities) by 10:15 a.m., with entries taken to gazebo in front of utilities office on first avenue east. Entries feature Most Talented Dog at 10:30 a.m., Best Looking Dog at 11 a.m.; Best Dressed Dog at 11:30 a.m.; and Dawg Daze King and Queen at 12 noon. Winners announced at 12:45 a.m. with parade to follow. Dog policy: Friendly, leashed animals are welcome, but aggressive or uncontrollable animals are not. If you have any reason to believe that your pet may be aggressive or difficult, please do not bring it to Dawg Daze. The Oneonta Police Department will enforce this policy. Please abide by it so all can have a safe, enjoyable Dawg Daze parade.

DAY ON THE RIVER sponsored by Friends of the Locust Fork River (for children aged 8 to 11) 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at King’s Bend on the Locust Fork River. Children to enjoy certified canoe instruction, get-wet ecology activity, fossil hunt, snake hunt, and more fun while learning. Come as family or with youth group; parent or supervising adult MUST accompany child. Program and lunch provided at no cost. Registration limited so children must be pre-registered; registration deadline Sept. 9. Call Susan 429-3240 or e-mail

ANNUAL LABOR DAY BARBECUE sponsored by Blountsville American Legion VFW to be held at the post Sept. 7 beginning at 11 a.m.

AUSTIN STUDDARD SPECIAL ACCOUNT at BBVA Compass Bank for donations to help with Austin’s medical and family expenses. Latest surgery July 30 to replace brain valve and flush heart valve.

LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM will benefit ranchers and livestock producers for livestock losses resulting from weather related disaster, including hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat, and extreme cold (drought not an eligible cause). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting applications July 13, 2009, for 2008 losses and 2009 losses through July 12; applications must be in by Sept. 13. Apply at Farm Service Agency, 415 5th Ave., E, Suite B, Oneonta. 274-2361, ext. 2.

TOWN OF ALLGOOD 50th anniversary reception Sunday, Aug. 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Allgood Town Hall. Mayor Armstrong, council members, and town employees hope to welcome everyone to the town’s 50th-year celebration.

WORK DAY AT ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. when neighbors and friends will clean and fix up the park and community center. Inside and outside tasks available; if rain, only inside work. Refreshments provided. Don Graves, president, 429-4665; Sara Rose, vice president, 429-3088.

BLOUNT COUNTY FAIR Sept. 15 to Sept. 19. Register booth participants through Sept. 7. 274-8839, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Fair open Tuesday through Friday at 5 p.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m. Wide variety of individual exhibit items, commercial, community service, church, school, youth, and other organizationl booths. Entertainment every night, livestock shows Thursday and Friday, and special events during the week.

BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS of Blount County will receive 5 percent of sales by Guthrie’s of Oneonta through Aug. 31.

SUGARLAND LAKE SENIOR CITIZENS to have meeting and fishing tournament 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at the landing on Holliday Drive. Bring a dish and enjoy. 625-5611 or 274-0278.

ORDERS FOR REFLECTIVE ADDRESS SIGNS being taken by Straight Mountain Volunteer Fire Department by phone, 274-4321 or 274-8509. Signs 6×18 inches, 3-inch reflective white numbers, durable aluminum, fade-resistant blue, long lasting. You install $15 (pre-drilled) or fire department installs $20.