BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOME TOUR The 17th annual Blount County tour is part of the National Annual Solar Tour. It is a three-plus hour guided walking tour through four houses with numerous solar and efficiency features. One house is insulated with bales of wheat straw, another one is a dodeca–yurt, one features clerestory windows, and another one is built underground. The tours are Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy discussion and the movie Kilowatt Ours at noon Saturday between the tours, and Sunday at 1 p.m. To register, email for a registration form. Questions? Call Daryl at 429-3088.

SNEAD STATE COLLEGE STREET SINGERS The musical ensemble the College Street Singers are preparing for their 2012 concert season. Members from Blount County are Leah Wiginton from Cleveland and Bethany Hollis from Oneonta. To book the group, phone (256) 840-4188.

ALABAMA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY will hold a fall seminar Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. The fee is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. Visit html or email Yvonne Crumpler at ags-seminar@algen for more information and to register.

BLOUNTSVILLE DULCIMER SOCIETY meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Freeman Cabin at the Blountsville Historical Park on US 231. To join or inquire about beginner lessons, contact Janice Graves at 429-3161.

ST. VINCENT’S FISHING TOURNAMENT St. Vincent’s Home Health will hold its first fishing tournament Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at safe daylight, with weighin at 3 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per boat, and registration begins at 4:30 a.m. First place will win $1500. Tournament proceeds benefit St. Clair County Community Action Agency, which provides needy families with meals, household items, and utilities. Contact Marci Coffelt at 381-0707 or email for more information.

COX FAMILY REUNION The family of Henry I. and Miranda Roddam Cox will have a reunion Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon until 3 p.m. at the Dalton Moss Building at Palisades Park.

EMA PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING The Blount County Local Emergency Planning Committee will have the fall meeting today at 10 a.m. in the Blount County EOC located in the basement of the courthouse.

RELEASED PROGRAM TO BEGIN A kickoff meeting of Released, a new life after incarceration program, will be held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 210 3rd St. S., Oneonta, at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and is designed to provide assistance and resources for residents who are transitioning from periods of incarceration back into everyday life among family and friends that support a crime-free and addiction-free lifestyle. Phone Dale Sharp at 353-5717 with questions.

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE The Whole Backstage Theatre in Guntersville will open the production of “Always…Patsy Cline” Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. and will run for two weekends. Performances will be held Sept. 13-16 and 20- 23. Call (256) 582-7469 to purchase tickets. For more information see

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. All six candidates competing for the position of Alabama State Representative, recently vacated by Elwyn Thomas, have been invited to speak.