Head Start Registration: Sumter County Head Start/Early Head Start are accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. Must have birth certificate, proof of income and Medicard card (if applicable) to register. There is also a prenatal program for mothers in their first trimester. For more information call 924-7666.
Parent Workshop: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers, South Georgia Technical College, Sumter County School System’s After-school programs, host a parent workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today in the media center of Americus-Sumter County High School South Campus. Topic is Customer Service Skills. Refreshments from Subway and door prizes offered. Child care available. For information call Rhonda Reddick 942-4992.
Essay Contest: The Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), in Americus sponsors it's annual essay contest during Confederate History and Heritage Month in April. The contest is open to all area high school seniors (Sumter, Schley, Terrell, Marion, Stewart, Webster and Lee xounties) and includes home school students and studentsi n the private, public and Christian schools. The subject of this year’sessay is: "The Character and Leadership of Robert E Lee.” First-place winner receives a $ 1,000 college scholarship, and second-place winner receives a $500 college scholarship. Winners will be recognized at their school's honor day program and will read their essay at the Annual Confederate Memorial Day Service on April 28 at Oak Grove Cemetery. Deadline for submitting the essay is March 31. For further information about the essay contest,ask your local high school guidance counselor or go to www.ahstephenscamp78.org
Free Computer Class: Lake Blackshear Regional Library offers Personal Computer Basics at 11 a.m. March 31. Each class lasts an hour. Free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Stop by the library at 307 E. Lamar St. in Americus, call 924-8091 or visit lbrls.org for more information.
Window Gallery Art Walk: Area artists who would like to exhibit their work in a Downtown Americus storefront from April 1-30 may pick up a copy of the guidelines and application form from Angie Singletary, 101 W. Lamar St. Call 924-4411 or e-mail email@example.com
PDA Meeting: The Americus-Sumter County Payroll Development Authority meets at 4 p.m. April 3 at the Rees Park Economic Development Center, 409 Elm Ave. in the conference room on the second floor. The meeting is open to the public.
Golf Tourney: The 15th annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. April 14 at Brickyard Plantation Golf Club. Cost is $50 per player and this includes greens fees, cart, lunch and drinks. The format is a four-player scramble. Call Ron Akerman at 928-3374 or Brickyard Plantation at 874-1234 to register.
Caregiver Support: The Caregiver Support group meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 19 at ADH Center of Americus, 721-A Felder St. Topic is home safety with guest speakers from Americus Fire and Emergency Services. Call 928-3673 for more information.
4-H Fundraiser: Belk has generously donated 50 tickets to Sumter County 4-H to sell as a fundraiser that will help send youth to summer camps filled with fun and experiential learning. Community members can purchase a $5 admission ticket to Belk’s exclusive semi-annual Charity Sale from 6-10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, where rarely discounted brands will be marked 20-70 percent off in addition to receiving $5 off on their first purchase. The first 100 customers on Saturday also receive a free gift card ranging from $5-$1,000. Admission tickets can be purchased and picked up at the Sumter County Cooperative Extension Office, 127 William Bowen Pointe.
Servsafe® Training: Servsafe® Training for Food Service Managers is April 24-25. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $140. Call 924-4476 for more information or stop by the Sumter County Extension Office, Sumter County Agricultural Center, 127 William Bowen Pointe.
Relay for Life: The Relay for Life of Sumter County is scheduled for April 27 at Americus-Sumter County High School South Campus. Hundreds of candles, torches and sky lanterns will light the night. Each tells the story of a family member of friend who has battled cancer or who has lost their battle. The luminaria ceremony starts at 9:30 p.m. For information on purchasing luminaria contact Lila Centerfiit at Sumter Bank & Trust.
Six Flags Tickets: Sumter County 4-H has Six Flags tickets for $35 each. Cash only. Stop by Sumter County Agricultural Center, 127 William Bowen Pointe, to purchase. Tickets are valid any regular operating day through Oct. 28. Children two and under free. Questions, call 924.4476.
Plant Sale: The students in Josh Drew’s agriculture class at Webster County High School have its Annual Spring Plant Sale starting Monday at the greenhouse. Available will be dedding plants: Echinacea (POW WOW Wild Berry), Begonia (Cocktail Mix), Dragon Wing Begonia (Red), Begonia (Prelude Mix), Coleus (Wizard Mix), Geranium (orange, red, and pink), Gerber Daisy, Impatiens (Mix), Marigold (Janie Mix), Petunia (Wave Purple), Verbena (Quartz Mix), Zinnia (Profusion Mix), and Salvia (Deep Violet); vegetable plants: Eggplant (Dusky), Pepper (Lady Bell), Pepper (Sweet Banana) and Tomato (Better Bush); and hanging baskets: Boston Ferns, Macho Ferns and Sword Ferns. Prices: Ferns $10, Flat of 36 $10, 6 pack $2, 8-inch pot $2 and 4-inch pot $1.
Webster Pre-K Registration: A limited number of spaces are available for the Webster County Schools Pre-K program; applications are accepted on a first, first served basis. Out of county Pre-K students are tuition free. Stop by the school for an application. Students must be age 4 by Sept. 1 and have a birth certficate, Social Security card, ear/eye/dental form 3300, immunization form 3231 and proof of Georgia residency. Call 828-3365 for more information.
Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed March 31 for a survey of graves at Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery at Putnam. The work begins at 10 a.m. at the church and adjacent cemetery on Mount Zion Road, off Ga. Highway 26 between Buena Vista and Ellaville. The group will record information about graves known to be lost or unidentifiable and vital facts about persons known to be buried in the cemetery whose graves cannot be located. Thus senior and elderly persons with family ties to the cemetery are especially needed and welcome. The compiled results will be published on the Marion County Rootsweb web site. Volunteers should bring a clipboard if they can. Clarence White, organizer, can be reached at 678-429-9670 or White792@aol.com
Pasaquan Saturdays: Pasaquan begin its 2012 season on Saturday, April 7, and will open the first Saturday of each month through November. Bring your camera, your picnic, your friends, your family ... Check out new items in the gift shop. Hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Visit the place where the past, the future, the present converge. Donations to Pasaquan are much appreciated, and they are tax exempt. http://www.pasaquan.com
Symposium: Spring is just around the corner! Welcome the change in seasons with beautiful new ideas for your garden. The South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium is March 28 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Regional experts speak on wildflowers and native plants, recognizing and stopping invasive plants, and special gardens and natural areas around our state. The websiste www.sgnpws.org has a printable registration form, or call 229-391-6868 for more information. Plant sale with rare and unusual gorgeous plants!
Volunteers Needed: The Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross needs local volunteers. If you are interested in working as a volunteer in our office or helping with local disasters such as single-family fires, call 924-2026 and speak with Wanda, volunteer coordinator.
Anonymous Crime Tipline: The Americus Police Department has an anonymous crime tip line 924-4102. Citizens can leave information for police about crime in their neighborhood or other areas. The calls are completly anonymous.
Revised Hours: The Americus Police Department has revised its hours of operation for the front lobby in an effort to accommodate late afternoon commuters and workers. Hours of operation are now 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. This will allow citizens who work during the day an opportunity to take care of any pending business they have at the police department such as obtaining incident reports or picking up and dropping off criminal histories.
Faith Clinic: Sumter Faith Clinic is a non-profit organization directed at meeting the spiritual and health care needs of residents of Sumter County who do not have health insurance or an affordable means to health care. Services include basic, non-emergent medical care of acute conditions as well as treatment of some chronic conditions. Services are delivered by volunteers. The clinic is located at 127 S. Jackson St. next to First Presbyterian Church. Hours of operation are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.
CPR Classes: Americus Fire and Emergency Services will offer American Heart Association CPR certification classes. Call Harriett Williams at 924-3213 for more information.
Water Restrictions: The City of Americus has implemented the following water restrictions, established by the state Environmental Protection Division as Level II drought restrictions. Outdoor watering is allowed on the following days: North of Lamar Street on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; and South of Lamar Street on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. No watering is allowed on Fridays. Outdoor water use is allowed only between midnight and 10 a.m. on scheduled days. Restrictions affect all residential, commercial, government and institutional outdoor irrigation and other nonessential water uses. These include watering lawns and landscapes, gardens, washing cars at residential sites and hosing streets and sidewalks. These restrictions will be strictly enforced. For information call Charlotte Cotton, Chief Administrative Officer at 924-4411.
No Burning: The City of Americus has an ordinance that forbids outside burning within the City limits. The Fire Marshal and police will be issuing tickets, which result in fines, to anyone who violates this ordinance. There will be no warnings issued.
Drug Problems: Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursday at First Presbyterian Church or call 591-1134.
Volunteers Needed: Phoebe Sumter Hospice is looking for volunteers to help with the needs of the terminally ill and their loved ones. This includes house-sitting, doing light chores or just providing spiritual or emotional support during this difficult time. Call Wendy Joyner 928-4000 if interested in becoming a volunteer.
Needs Volunteers: The Mattie Marshall Center is looking for volunteers to help do activities. Do you play an instrument, sing, dance or have a club or group that would like to come visit? We need volunteers of all ages and types for parties, Bingo, exercise, church services, snacks, etc. For information call Nikki Jones 924-9352, ext. 3089.
Safety Address Signs: Sumter County Cooperative Extension Service offers a blue safety address sign to resident property owners. The blue sign is made of 12” by 6” engine grade sign material with 4” #M reflective numbers and or letters. It is attached to a 36” metal post. The sign is highly visible at night and easily spotted during the day time. Signs are $20. A portion of the proceeds go to the local 4-H Club youth program. Stop by the Sumter County Extension Office, 127 William Bowen Pointe, and complete a Safety Sign Form today or print an order form off line at http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/sumter/4H/documents/BLUESAFETYADDRESSSIGNORDERFORM.pdf. For more information call 924-4476.
Narcotics Anonymous: “Just For Today,” Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, at Williams Road Church of Christ, 110 Williams Road. Call George C. 942-3752 or Charlie S. 938-0218 for more information.
Ambassadors Needed: The Ambassadors of the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce are looking for new members. Chamber member businesses are invited to nominate someone to join this elite group of business minded individuals who perform volunteer work on behalf of the Chamber. Call 924-2646 for information.
Free Classes: Free GED classes are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays in Sumter, Schley, Marion, Macon, Webster and Crisp counties. For information call 931-7323.
Share Group: The Grief Share Group meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at First Baptist Church, South Lee Street. Meetings are open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. For information, call the church office at 924-9035 or Ann Creel Beaver at 924-7652.
Support Group: The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group meets from noon-1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Magnolia Room at Magnolia Manor Retirement Center. A light lunch will be served.
AA Meeting: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 332 S. Lee St. Friends of Bill W. Club meets at 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 702 Adderton St. (Ga. Highway 30 West). For more meetings, visit www.aageorgia.org
Substance Abuse: Love and Mercy Outreach programs presents Alpha and Omega Substance Abuse and Awareness Program from 6-7 p.m. every Saturday at 511-D W. Forsyth St. All people with alcohol and drug addiction issues and their friends and family are welcome. For more information or for a ride, call James Ross 229-331-4746 or William Wallace 229-322-9621.
American Legion: American Legion Post 2 meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.
Lodge Meeting: M.B. Council Lodge No. 13, F&AM meets at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesday of very month at the Masonic Temple, 1209 Crawford St.
Pilot Club: The Americus Pilot Club meets (focuses on brain-related injuries and disorders) meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Magnolia Room, Magnolia Manor Retirement Center, South Lee Street.
Soup Kitchen: The Soup Kitchen, at 437 S. Hampton St., is open at 6 p.m. every Wednesday to all in need.
Volunteers Needed: SOWEGA Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), office serving a six-county area, needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children who are involved in the court system. A CASA volunteer advocates for the child’s best interest before the court. Training classes are available soon. For more information, call 931-4488.
Family Workshop: Who would make your final health care decisions if you couldn’t make them for yourself? The Critical Conditions Family Workshop can help you and your loved ones talk about these issues before decisions might have to be made. The CRITICAL Conditions Family Workshop is free! If you are aware of a group who would be interested in participating in a workshop presented by United Hospice of Cordele, call contact Jana Dew at 1-800-288-8466.
Adult Reading Skills: Adult Literacy Action Inc. has several openings for adult individuals interested in improving their reading skills. The organization is affiliated with the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. Volunteer tutors are available to work with individuals on a one-on-one basis. Generally sessions are held one or two times a week for about an hour. Training materials are furnished at no charge. If interested, call 924-9010.
Recovery Program: Doing things the same never brings change. Got problems? Drugs, divorce, alcohol, porn; it doesn’t matter. Join us at 7 p.m. every Monday at 245 Southland Road for Celebrate Recovery. Contact us at 924-7409 or 937-2966 for more information or visit www.cornerstoneamericus.com and click on Celebrate Recovery.
Georgia REACH: Are you taking care of a loved one with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s? Do you wonder if there is anyone one out there who understands what you and your loved one are going through? The Georgia REACH team is here to help. Georgia REACH provides information on Alzheimer’s and related dementias, teaches how to manage troubling behaviors and provides tools to manage stress. This free program is offered in eight counties including Macon, Marion, Schley, Sumter and Webster. For more information call the Middle Flint Council on Aging at 928-2126 or Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at 928-1234.
Al-Anon: You do not have to be an alcoholic to suffer from the affects of alcoholism. We offer a safe place to recover from the effects of another person's drinking. Meetings are 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Carswell House, Calvary Episcopal Church, 133 Brannen Aven. All meetings are confidential and open to interested persons.
Girls Rock: 4-E Learning & Prevention Center Inc., 802 Ashby St., sponsors Girls R.O.C.K. (Respecting Ourselves with Charisma & Klass) from 4-6 p.m. every Friday for girls ages 8-16. Learn etiquette skills, music and dance, participate in community projects and enjoy field trips. Membership is $40 per month. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-8001 for information.
Make A Difference: Become a volunteer at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center where there are several opportunities for you to make a difference in someone’s life. Contact Activity Director Sherry Beck, 924-9352, ext. 3079.
After School Classes: The 4-E Learning and Prevention Center Inc. offers after school and tutoring services in math/reading/language arts/science/social studies/CRCT/EOCT test preparation, and a new program, Girls ROCK (Respecting Ourselves with Charisma and Klass), etiquette skills/music/dance/community projects and field trips. Call 928-5605.
Free Tutoring: Free tutoring sessions are offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Leslie Civic Center. Volunteers are needed. Call Loretta Raines 938-1166 for more information.
Lions Club: The Plains Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Call President Doug McKinney at 924-1433 or information.
Free Classes: GED prep classes are offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Boys & Girls Club. Classes and books are free. Participants can study independently. Practice GED tests are given. Call 824-5388 or South Georgia Technical College Adult Literacy for more information.
Tea Party: Albany Area Tea Party Patriots meet from 7-8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Century Fire Station, U.S. 19 (just north of Publix). For information call Mike Sabot at 229-869-6802.
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