CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE will be held March 23-24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Blount County Service Center of American Red Cross, 906 second avenue east, Oneonta. Cost is $55 for the entire class, although participants can take portions of the class for lesser rates. To register (by March 18) contact Dawn Silas, 274-2115 or at email@example.com.
ACADEMIC BOOSTERS SUPER SATURDAY The Academic Boosters of Oneonta High School will sponsor Super Saturday March 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the school. Community education workshops offered include estate planning, gardening techniques, ballroom dancing, yoga/Pilates, home buying, genealogy, etc. Call the school at 625-3801 for more information.
MISS BLOUNT COUNTY BEAUTY PAGEANT will be held Saturday, March 14, at J.B. Pennington High School. Girls one month old through high school seniors are invited to compete. A Master Blount County will also be crowned for boys ages one month through five years. Each contestant will receive a trophy, and the winner in each age division will receive a crown and a trophy. Entry fee of $60 includes four bonus events. A $20 early-entry discount will be given if received by Feb. 27. This event is sponsored by the Miss Covered Bridge Pageant, an official Miss Alabama preliminary. For more information, call 559-4127.
PAGEANT DRESSES ON SALE Susan Moore High School Band is sponsoring a pageant dress consignment sale March 7 at 9 a.m. in the band room. Choose from over 100 pageant/ prom dresses in sizes for little girls to adults at very affordable prices. Proceeds will benefit the band. For more information, call 466-7663.
BUSINESS OWNERS COUNSELING The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge Tuesday, Mar. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the chamber office. Appointments are necessary. For more information or to make an appointment, call 274- 2153.
FIRST ANNUAL HISTORY FAIR will be sponsored April 25-26 by Blount County Historical Society at Cleveland High School. Competiton is open to public and homeschooled students in grades 3-12 who live in Blount County. Packet information is available at the Blount County Memorial Museum (625-6905) and local schools.FRAUD AWARENESS SEMINAR "Don't Be Fooled" will be held April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Frank Green Building, Oneonta. Learn how to recognize and prevent Medicare fraud, protect yourself from phone scams and gimmicks, avoid consumer fraud that targets the elderly, spot scams happening locally, and identify and report suspected fraud and abuse. Admission is free and lunch will be served. RSVP by March 25 to Judi Drew, 670-5770.
INDOOR MOTOCROSS will be featured Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at 7 p.m. at Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center's indoor arena. Admission is $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday with free admission for children 6 and under. For more information, call 274-8839 any Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contestants may contact sponsor Corner Motocross at 647-6949 or www.bcoabc.com.LIGHTS! CAMERA! BOOK FAIR! is the theme of Oneonta Elementary School's scholastic book fair Feb. 27 through March 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day when books may be bought for the media center. In addition, family night will be Tuesday, March 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Held in the school's media center, the book fair features specially priced books and educational products, including new releases, award-winning titles, children's classics, interactive software, adult books, and current bestsellers from over 100 publishers. Contact Denise Turner 625-5098 for more information.
BASIC WEATHER SPOTTERS CLASS Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. will be hosted by Blount County EMA at its office in the basement of the Blount County Courthouse. The class will be presented by the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham. When arriving, enter the courthouse at the small metal door facing the Board of Education office (old post office). Preregistration is not required. For more information, contact Doug Smith at the EMA office 625-4121.
QUILTERS OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS The Blount County Quilters Guild is offering three $1000 scholarships to 2009 Blount County high school graduates. Only requirement for a student to be considered for a scholarship is to compose a two-page essay titled "What Quilts Mean to Me" and to mail it to The Blount County Quilters Guild, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta, AL 35121. Essays must be received by March 31. If you have questions, call guild vice president Joyce Foster at 594-3513.
MUSIC AND SUPPER AT ROYAL Everyone is invited to Royal Community Center to enjoy an old-time music jam and winter chili and soup supper Friday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. String musicians from around the county will be exchanging songs, stories, and laughs, while neighbors and friends enjoy chili and soup (all kinds, mild, spicy, vegetarian, and maybe even some venison chili!) plus cornbread or French bread, drinks, and homemade desserts. "Plates" are $6 or $3 for those nine and under. The building is heated, and assorted board games and cards will be available. Proceeds from the event will go toward matching the grant just received for the park's track repair. Questions? Call Don Graves 429-4665, Sara Rose 429-3088, or Judith Shelton 429-3305.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES are here! Over 1000 cases of Girl Scout cookies were delivered Wednesday, Feb. 11, to the Woodmen of the World building for the Blount service area. Area manager P.J. Bicknell says if you missed the initial order, don't worry: Booth sales have started. Look for troops in front of Walmart and choose from among the eight kinds of cookies offered.4-H CELEBRATES 100th YEAR Blount County is joining in the celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Alabama. If you were in 4-H in any of the years 1909-2009, please contact Nancy Graves, 274-2129, fox firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy G. Ulrich, 274-2129, email@example.com or Blount County Extension Office, 415 fifth avenue east, Oneonta. A fellowship get-together for Blount County 4-H alumni is planned sometime this year to share stories, photos, certificates, record books, and all other 4-H materials former members can find. When contacting the Extension office, include your name, address, phone, and years in 4-H, together with such information as special memories, awards, achievements, trips, judging teams, offices held, etc.
SPRING FASHION SHOW Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blount County will host a spring fashion show and luncheon March 21 at 11 a.m. at the World Outreach Center in Oneonta. There will be door prizes, lunch, and entertainment. Tickets are $160 for a table of eight or $20 for an individual and are available at the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and at Century 21/Town 'n Country. For more information, call Lynette Glatzer at 625-6621.
Big Brothers Big Sisters opened its Blount County satellite office in July 2008. Since then, more than 50 bigs and littles have been matched at Susan Moore. Programs are underway at Oneonta and Cleveland elementary schools. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should call Jim Tuttle at 559-1008.
AARP FREE TAX HELP AARP volunteers will offer free tax help for low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older at Oneonta Public Library on Monday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Call 274-7641 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to set up appointments.
ONEONTA KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Oneonta Elementary School principal Ed Parrish announces kindergarten registration Monday, March 2, through Thursday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. A registering student must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2009, and must bring a valid birth certificate, social security card, and an Alabama certificate of immunization. In addition, registering students who live in the city limits of Oneonta must bring two proofs of residence: one being a purchase, lease, or rental agreement; the second a utility bill showing the residential address.SPAGHETTI DINNER AND AUCTION will be sponsored Saturday, March 7, by Straight Mountain Fire & Rescue in the Appalachian school lunchroom. Dinner will be served between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and takeouts will be available. Adult plates are $6 and children under 10 eat for $4. The fundraiser auction will begin at 5 p.m. Those who would like to donate handmade items or baked goods for the auction should take them to the Appalachian school lunchroom that day before 5 p.m. or call Cheryl at 274-8509 to arrange for pickup.
EMERGENCY FUNDS AVAILABLE Some $24,277 has been approved for Blount County for emergency food and shelter programs. Local government and private volunteer organizations may be eligible for funds if they are non-profit, have an accounting system, conduct annual audits, do not discriminate, and demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and provide shelter. Qualified agencies may apply by phoning The Salvation Army, Connie Montgomery, 625-4852.
DUCKS UNLIMITED FUNDRAISER The Blount County committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its 25th annual banquet and auction Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Sarah's Cafe. Chairman Paul Wilson of Oneonta says, "Everyone is welcome at the banquet, which will feature auctions and raffles of wildlife and sporting art, as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to support DU's wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Alabama, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico." For more information, contact Wilson at 274-7129 or Jim Ellis at 915-8238.
FIRST ANNUAL HISTORY FAIR will be sponsored April 25-26 by Blount County Historical Society at Cleveland High School. Competition is open to public and homeschooled students in grades 3-12 who live in Blount County. Packet information is available at the Blount County Memorial Museum (625-6905) and local schools.
FRAUD AWARENESS SEMINAR "Don't Be Fooled" will be held April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Frank Green Building, 415 fifth avenue east, Oneonta. Learn how to recognize and prevent Medicare fraud, protect yourself from phone scams and gimmicks, avoid consumer fraud that targets the elderly, spot scams happening locally, and identify and report suspected fraud and abuse. Admission is free and lunch will be served. RSVP by March 25 to Judi Drew, 670-5770.