TOWN OF SUSAN MOORE will host an informative review of Agenda 21, which has been accepted by 175 countries, from 12 noon until 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Susan Moore Community Center. The presentation will be given by Don Casey. Refreshments will be served.
AN EVENING UNDER THE AWNING AUCTION will be Friday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m. until everything is sold, at the Hope House, 1000 Lincoln Ave., Oneonta. Admission and soft drinks (while they last) are free. Bring your own chair. New amazon.com returns (including barstools, comforters, elliptical machines, and more) will be auctioned with all proceeds benefiting the Hope House, Inc. Checks, cash, and debit cards (with 3% processing fee) will be accepted. Auctioneer Gary Jessen #5221.
WHOLE BACKSTAGE CHILDREN’S THEATRE is offering summer camps this year. Camp Crash! (Aug. 4-8) is for ages 9-15; Musical Theatre Show-Offs (Aug. 4-8) is for ages 10-17. The cost of camp is $130. E-mail email@example.com or phone 256-582-7469 for more information or to register.
COTTAGE FOOD LAW FOOD SAFETY COURSE will be held Monday, Aug. 4, at the Frank Green Building auditorium from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The course will be taught by Angela Treadway, Regional Extension Agent in Food Safety. The cost of the program is $25 and may be paid at the door, and participants will receive a certificate upon completion. Phone the extension office at 274-2129 to register.
ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS Important dates: July 31 – high school schedule changes from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.; Aug. 4 – new student registration from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.; Aug. 11 – open house from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.; Aug. 12 – new student registration from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS will present a fall landscaping miniconference “Special Gardens, Special Places” on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Palisades Park. The $20 registration fee includes the conference, lunch, snacks, and presentations given by Betty Pate, Rip Weaver, Lisa George, and Dr. Carol Reid. Registration forms are available at the extension office at the Frank Green Building or phone Sherilyn Osborn at 681-9896 with questions.
ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will have the Cruise-In and Croonin’ event on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Singing Showdown winners will perform, along with other top 10 singers. The second annual Holiday Decorating Contest will expand to two categories and include storefronts, windows, buildings, structures, and more. The Christmas Open House will be Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 and Santa will be downtown both days for photos. For these and more exciting OBA events, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.
HAUNTED HOUSE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The first-ever haunted house, Phobia, will be held at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center in October. The group is seeking to fill security, actor, and makeup artist positions. Visit fearcomestolife.com or e-mail Andy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER JAMS will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Center. Those interested in playing or just listening are welcome. Phone 681-2262 with questions.
BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info for more information.
ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.com for information on exciting library programs.
BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK depicts life in the 1800s and is located two miles north of Blountsville on Ala 231. The park will open Saturdays and Sundays through the summer months from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and admission is free.
BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for photographs and information on: gas/service stations in Blount County; the Robbins Coal Company, Davis Robbins Sr., and Irene Robbins; the Armstead Community in Blount County. The Blount County Historical Society and Harold Cleveland are asking for donations to purchase a cemetery historical marker for Daileys Chapel Cemetery. Contact Mr. Cleveland at 274-8514 or Amy Rhudy at the museum Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone the museum at 625-6905 for information on special events and speakers.
SERVICES DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY will begin in September and DivorceCare 4 Kids will also be offered for children (ages 5-12) affected by divorce or separation. Registration will be Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost for the meetings and they will be held at 309 4th Ave. East, Oneonta. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256- 390-4633, e-mail email@example.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.
HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT Many students from foreign countries are awaiting word for the 2014-15 school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a high school student. The student is fully insured, brings spending money and expects to be included in family activities
and have household responsibilities. Phone World Heritage regional area coordinator Jodi Kiefer at 1-866-277- 2799 or visit www.whHosts.com for more information.
FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) that offers a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a nonprofit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information.
BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.
FREE NUTRITION CLASSES Every Wednesday in August, 11 a.m. until noon, at the Frank J. Green Building auditorium. If you are on food stamps, WIC, or think you might qualify for food stamps, you are eligible for free classes sponsored by the Urban Nutrition Education Program. Phone Shonna Carranza at 274-2129 for more information.
DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274- 0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.
NARCONON reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones at risk. Phone Narconon at 800-431-1754 for a free brochure, assessment, and/or referral, or visit www.drugabusesolution.com.
CRITTERS ‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats and $55 for dogs. A rabies vaccination, if needed, is an additional $16. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.
DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.
AGRICULTURE FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEE NOMINATION The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees has begun, and nominations should be received in the USDA Service Center by Aug. 1. Elections will take place this fall. For information on the nomination process and elections, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
USDA URGES GOOD RECORD KEEPING The USDA’s Farm Service Agency urges livestock producers affected by natural disasters to keep thorough records, such as livestock and feed losses incurred as a result of unexpected winter weather or other natural disasters. The 2014 Farm Bill can provide an avenue to help farmers and ranchers during difficult times. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov to learn more about these and other programs.
ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the PD Room.
BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION will hold the August business meeting on Friday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. The monthly work session will be Thursday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m., followed by a budget meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.
STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.
COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will present “Greater Tuna” at the theatre on Ala 231 on Aug. 15-16 and Aug. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling 903-4060 or visiting www.coveredbridgeplayers.com. The group will hold auditions for “Dracula” on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the theatre. Phone 903-4060 with questions.
SPECIAL DAY AT THE FARMER’S MARKET will be Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be door prizes, vendors, produce, and a live broadcast on WCRL 95.3 FM. For more information, phone 274-8839.