HOUSEWARMING SHOWER for Darryl, Sandra, Brittney, and C.J. Martin, whose former home was destroyed by fire, will be Saturday, March 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their new home on Highland Dam Road, off Hwy 27, Straight Mountain. Church members, family, and friends are hosting the shower for the family, which had been living in Darryl’s grandmother’s house since the fire. All are invited to come help welcome them into their new home. The family is registered at

WALK FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT The annual Walk MS will be held April 10 in Cullman by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The walk is planned at Cullman’s Heritage Park with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Participants hope to raise $40,000 to support direct services for more than 4000 people with MS in Alabama and to fund national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. Registration: visit,
e-mail melissa.powell@,
or call 205-879-8881.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is requesting local artists to submit photographs of places in Blount County. Selected photographs will appear on updated postcards the museum sells. All photographs should be submitted by Friday, April 23.

ALABAMA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY will have its spring seminar on DNA “Tracking Your Genetic Roots” Saturday, March 27, at Samford University’s Dwight Beeson Business Building, Brock Forum Auditorium in Birmingham. Dr. Joan Kirchman Mitchell, who has a PhD in biology, will speak on Up Close and Personal, From a Distant Perspective, and Putting It All Together. Fee for members is $25 and for nonmembers $35. Register at
or e-mail Yvonne at ycrump@

FRIENDS OF ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is planning a writers conference for April 20 at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Featured writers will be Robert McCammon, Patti Callahan Henry, and Keith Thomson. Tickets will be $50 each (tax deductible) and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, coffee, and cookies during the book signing following the program. Proceeds will be used for the summer reading program for children in Oneonta and Blount County.