NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) will meet Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. The RSVP Chorus will present the program.

FIX YOUR MAMA will fix your female dog or cat and give her a rabies vaccination at no cost to the owner. Owners must live in Blount County and provide proof of residency. Donations are needed to keep the program going. Call 956-0012 to make an appointment or call 967-8016 for more information or to make a donation. Goal is no more homeless pets. Do your part and Fix Your Mama.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC. will celebrate Christmas at its monthly members’ meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Cleveland Town Hall.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD presents “A Traditional Christmas” at Palisades Park, which is decorated and ready for visitors through Dec. 31, except for Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Santa will be at the Quilters Cottage again this weekend. The guild is planning a different theme every year, this year’s being “A Traditional Christmas.” Members invite everyone to come by and see how the cottage looks and celebrate with the group. A mailbox for the children to leave their letters to Santa is located there also.

MUSEUM STILL NEEDS MINERS’ STORIES Extended time is given for stories from Champion and Tait’s Gap miners or their families for the Archive History Book of Champion Mines by the Blount County Memorial Museum. These miners recently held a reunion at the museum and reminisced about their hardships, antics, and camaraderie at the mine. Van Gunter then helped organize the Champion Miners Society, which asked the museum to prepare a reference book of collected materials from the miners. Amy Rhudy, museum curator, is asking these miners or their families to submit stories, which must be typed, not more than two pages, and include job titles and the years the miners began and ended work at the mines. Personal information should be included (next-door neighbors’ names, where they lived – Champion or Tait’s Gap, etc.). Stories must be submitted to the museum by Dec. 20 or in Word format by e-mail to bcmuseum71@
The museum reserves editorial rights. The book will include museum items and will be displayed at the museum.