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CASA BONITA Alabama Nonprofit Housing Inc. invites the public to the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Casa Bonita dwellings at 31 Morales Drive behind Walmart in Oneonta Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will not be able to file for flu shots with any private insurance companies this year, including BlueCrossBlueShield. It will accept Medicare insurance for the cost of the vaccine, but the red, white, and blue Medicare card is required. Without Medicare, the vaccine will be $5. Shots will be administered between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the department on Tuesday, Sept. 27; Wednesdays, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19; and Thursday, Nov. 3. Questions? Phone the health department, 274-2120.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES Palisades Park will present its 11th Christmas Lights Extravaganza in December. Anyone interested in reserving a spot to decorate for a business, church, club, or family may phone the park, 274-0017, any Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., between Oct. 3 and Nov. 14. Decorating will begin in November. No charges for reservations. A prize will be awarded in each of four categories.

PALMER REUNION will take place Sunday, Sept. 25, at Rickwood Caverns, Hayden, 10 a.m. till ??? Everyone welcome. Bring food for a covered-dish lunch. 647-9052.

BUTTS FAMILY REUNION will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain Grove Church fellowship hall in Blountsville. Come and bring lunch. Everyone is invited.

SENIOR MEDICARE PATROL and State Health Insurance Assistance Program are seeking volunteers to help Medicare and Medicaid recipients to find proper health coverage and to resolve suspicions of fraud and abuse through advocacy and education. Both programs are funded by grants through the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the Administration on Aging. The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) is one of 13 area agencies on aging in Alabama. Funded through the Alabama Department of Senior Services, federal grants, and local funds, M4A provides services to and advocates for seniors, their caregivers, and individuals with disabilities. Visit www.M4A-Alabama.org or phone 670-5770 ext. 127.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OFF TWO DAYS Blount County Public Transportation will not operate Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, because of mandatory training for all transit drivers involved in Section 5311 programs managed by Alabama Department of Transportation. Service will be as usual on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, and will resume as usual on Friday. The system apologizes for any inconvenience. Carla Cleveland is county transportation director, and Wanda Harris is dispatcher and assistant director.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM has for sale copies of the first and second editions of May “Granny” Millican’s book Snakes Alive: True Tales and Snake Times: Real Snakes Real People and Raccoon Wranglers. For information, come by the museum or phone 625-6905 any Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.