THE LITERACY COUNCIL has an immediate need for volunteer tutors to work with struggling adult readers in Blount County. The group is presenting a basic literacy tutor training workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. two consecutive Thursdays, April 8 and 15, at Hope House, 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta. Those interested can register at
or call Theresa Sterling at 205-326-1925 or 1-888-448-7323.

PALS ROADSIDE PICKUP will be held through April 15. Register now with PALS secretary Sue Tidwell, 205-274- 2072. Participants may begin picking up when weather permits, but the landfill near Hayden will accept only your bagged litter. The Blount County Commission has allotted $4000 for this project. This money will be divided among the participating groups according to poundage.

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.

FREE TAX SERVICE will be available through April 14 at First Baptist Church in Oneonta. Call 205-282-0400 for appointment time. The service is provided by trained TCE/IRS tax-aid volunteers and is the nation’s largest free tax service.

FRIENDS OF ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY has changed the date for purchasing tickets for its writers conference set April 20 at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Tickets may now be purchased through April 12 from any member of the group or from Oneonta Public Library. 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, and cookies during the buffet reception and coffee during the book signing following the program. Proceeds will be used for the summer reading program for children in Oneonta and Blount County.

HANDS ON BIRMINGHAM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is seeking a Blount County volunteer in service to America. This federal position is a one-year paid volunteer position working with county nonprofits and agencies which serve in disasters. To apply, e-mail Bob Boylan at,
call Hands on Birmingham at 205-251-5849, or call the Blount County EMA office at 625-4121.

FUN(D) RAISING RAFT TRIP Saturday, April 10, sponsored by Friends of the Locust Fork River will provide a rare opportunity to experience the thrill of whitewater from the relative comfort and safety of a six-person raft, thanks to Locust Fork Expeditions. Plan on a four-hour easy trip between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and bring your own brown-bag lunch and water with the group providing cold drinks for lunch. Cost is $30 per person. All proceeds will benefit FLFR. Limited seating; call now to reserve your seating. Stephen Guesman, 205-919-6231, 429-4120,

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta, is offering three $1000 scholarships to 2010 Blount County high school graduates. Only requirement is to write a 350-wood essay (typed and double-spaced) on the theme “What Quilts Mean to Me.” Each cover sheet must include name, address, and school. Send to Blount County Quilters Guild, c/o President Lynda Hannon, 40 Belvedere Drive, Ashville, AL 35953. Deadline is April 29, 2010. Questions? Call Lynda Hannon, 205-594-4226.

ONEONTA FIRE DEPARTMENT will be testing fire hydrants through Friday, April 30, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The testing is necessary to remove sediment in the lines and to check the functionality of the hydrants. 205-274-2752.

CHEROKEE FESTIVAL AND POWWOW will be held at 3550 Creek Path Road, Guntersville, AL 35976. Children’s day is Friday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 17, with the grand entry from noon until 7 p.m. and the annual bonfire from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gates will be open Sunday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with grand entry at noon. Events Sunday include Native American drums and dancing, arts and crafts demonstrations, singing, storytelling, and flint-knapping. Tickets Saturday and Sunday are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. 256-582-2333.

RELAY FOR LIFE The annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be held Friday, April 23, at the Oneonta Ballpark. Employees of Oneonta City Hall will sponsor a booth and drawing to win a beach basket, Alabama basket, Auburn basket, house divided basket, woman’s basket, man’s basket, and other items. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Oneonta City Hall or by contacting any city hall employee. The drawing will be held the afternoon of the relay with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Much appreciation is extended to all merchants and individuals who donated gifts for the baskets.

TOWN OF SUSAN MOORE council workshop and park board will meet Monday night, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The regular council meeting will be April 19 at 7 p.m.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE musical workshop will be held this summer, June 14 through June 19, at Oneonta High School. The musical is “Robinson Crusoe” and is open to students entering first- through 12th-grades. Registration will be June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the school, with rehearsals from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and dress rehearsal and performance on Saturday. Fee is $50 per student. This event is sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Blount County. 274-0511.

GIRL SCOUT DAY CAMP will be held June 21 through June 25 at Palisades Park. For more information on “Camp Friendly Eco,” contact Tammy Sharp, 205- 914-6790 / gswestblount@,
or PJ Bicknell, 205-353-1141 / bick

JOB HUNTING AT 50+? The AWARE program may be able to help those job hunters 50 years and older. AWARE (Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees) is a nonprofit program sponsored by Positive Maturity. There is never a fee for the employee or employer. For information or to make an appointment, call Lynette at 205-625-5159.