Farmers’ Meeting: A Disease/Nematode/Fertility (all crops) Meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sumter County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 127 William Bowen Pointe. UGA Specialists Kemerait and Harris will present the program.Earn one hour credit towards private and commercial (Category 21 and 24) pesticide license. There will be a sponsored meal so call 924-4476 if you plan to attend.
Chamber Concert Series: Georgia Southwestern State University is having its 2013-2014 Chamber Concert Series. This year marks the 35th season of the series. Included are Ensemble Chaconne, Measure for Measure: Music of Shakespeare’s Plays — 7:30 p.m. — Tuesday in GSW’s Jackson Performance Hall. GSW students and children 15 and under admitted free of charge. Tickets to individual performances are available and can be purchased at the door. For more information or for tickets, call 229-931-2204.
Economic Outlook: The Center for Business and Economic Development at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) hosts the 19th annual Sumter County Economic Outlook Luncheon at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Thomas O. Marshall Jr. Pavilion Private Dining Room. This event is co-sponsored by the Americus Rotary Club. The featured speaker is William “Billy” Ussery, executive vice president and external relations with Oglethorpe Power Corporation. For information, contact Janie Mooney at 931-2090.
PDA Meeting: The Americus-Sumter County Payroll Development Authority meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday 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.
Board Meeting: The Sumter County Board of Assessors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Assessor’s office, Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
Food Service Training: Servsafe® Training for Food Service Managers is Feb. 25-26 at the Sumter County Agricultural Center, 127 William Bowen Pointe. Pre-registration is required by Friday. Cost is $140. Call 924-4476 for more information or stop by the Sumter County Extension Office.
Called Meeting: The Sumter County Board of Commissioners has a special called meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at the Sumter County Courthouse in the Board of Commissioners’ Board Room. The meeting is open to the public.
Father-Daughter Dance: Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. hosts Father-Daughter Dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Bell Golf and Conference Center. Tickets are $25 for one daughter and $35 for two daughters. You can purchased a ticket from Kina Davis at Georgia Southwestern State University on the third floor of the Student Success Center or from any member. Dress attire is semi-formal.
Valentine Gala: Books for Sumter Children hosts its annual gala Feb. 14 at the Griffin Bell Conference Center. The silent auction opens at 7 p.m. with dinner served at 7:45 p.m. The GSW Ensemble performs during the evening. Tickets are $50 each. Please RSVP by Feb. 7 by calling 928-0399. Proceeds are used to provide free books for children from birth to age 5.
Sumter Schools: Makeup days for students in the Sumter County School System will be Feb.17 and March 14.
Blue Revue Scholarship Pageant: The Blue Revue Scholarship Pageant, hosted by the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in the Fine Arts Theatre on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. Five young ladies will compete for the title of Miss Blue Revue and Miss Little Blue Revue. Admission is $5.
Spelling Bee: The annual "BEE for Literacy" Spelling Bee is at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Lake Blackshear Library. This annual fundraiser is hosted by Learning for Everyone and Americus Literacy Action and benefits their efforts to eradicate illiteracy in Sumter County. To sponsor a team or for more information visit www.learningforeveryone.org or call 229-924-9443 or 229-942-4970.
Family Reunion: Plans are currently being made for a family reunion for the Johnson, Tyner and Gary families July 18-20, 2014 in Atlanta. For more information, call Marcus Johnson at 229-942-5102 or Arthur Johnson at 229-894-2518.
POW Program: The National Prisoner of War Museum hosts historian Justin Vance from Hawaii Pacific University at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in the auditorium. His subject is “Hawaiians and POWs from Hawaii in the American Civil War.”
Presidents’Day: The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site invites the public to a Presidents’ Day Celebration full of history. On Feb. 16, a discussion of presidential memorabilia by Dr. Larry Cook of Cook and Cook Estate Liquidators of Plains, Pa. Dr. Cook has been invited to lecture several groups on the various aspects of presidential history. In April 2011, Cook and his wife Diane have organized and managed several projects to benefit the Plains Better Hometown Program. The lecture titled Amazing Presidential Facts and Collectibles begins at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. After the lecture, Cook will be on hand to answer questions on his collection and autograph his book “Presidential Coincidences, Amazing Facts and Collectibles” which will be on sale in the bookstore at Plains High School.
Become a Mentor: LEAP “Learning for Everyone … Avenue to Progress” continues to provide mentorship to elementary, middle and ninth-grade academy students and free adult education classes to the citizens of Sumter County. LEAP is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Applicants need to be 18 or older and commit 30 minutes per week for one academic school year. For more information or to make a donation, contact Brittany Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 229-924-9443.
Six Flag Tickets: 2013 Six Flags Tickets are available at $38 per ticket. Stop by the Sumter County 4-H Office, Sumter County Agricultural Center, 127 William Bowen Pointe. Cash only. For information call 924-4476.
Mustard Seed House: Calvary Episcopal Church’s Mustard Seed House is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday on Brannan Avenue. Stop by for some great deals.
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 Perry Wellness Center, 302 E. Furlow St. All meetings are confidential and open to interested persons.
A.A. Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays at New Beginnings and the Addiction Recovery Center of Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare, 952 Anthony St. (across from GSW baseball field). Call 928-2201 for more information.
Help Available: The ROAD Program (Reaching Out to Assess Dementia) is a free and confidential memory screening. Our goal at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is to screen for memory loss and refer for further follow-up, as indicated. Stay active in your care and decision making. Call today for your free screening (229-928-1234. We are here for you. You are not alone.
GED Testing Hours: GED testing at the Stein Center are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and the first Saturday of each month.
Recycling Project: 4-E Learning & Prevention Center Inc. is sponsoring a recycling project. Call 928-5605 to make arrangements for delivery or pick-up of large items. Bring other items to the 4-E Center, 1405 First Montgomery St. All types of metals are needed such as old vehicles, bikes, electronics, microwave ovens, file cabinets, appliances, etc.;; aluminum items; paper items such as old books, magazines, etc.; plastics such as water and drink bottles and other items; and ink cartridges of all sizes, brands and kinds.
4-E Learning & Prevention Center: After School program for k-8th grade students is 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Registration fee is $25 or $60 for pickup from school. You might be eligible for free or reduced child care. Contact DFCS. To register, call 928-5605 or e-mail email@example.com or apply online at www.compass.ga.gov
Youth Mentoring: Love & Mercy Outreach Programs Inc. presents the S.O.L.A.C.E. Youth Mentoring Program from 7-8 p.m. every Saturday at 1243 Faith St. Annex Building; LMOP Inc. Activities Center. All teens ages 12-18 are welcome. For more information or for a ride, contact Tanya Reese 229-591-2565 or Qaijuan Willis 229-942-7220. Also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Americus 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 completely anonymous.
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 6-9 p.m. Mondays and 1- 5 p.m. 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.
Drug Problems: Narcotics Anonymous meets 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for a members only. A meeting open to the public is held on Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All meetings are held at Williams Road Church of Christ. Call George C. 942-3752 or Charlie S. 938-0218 for more information.
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 Peacock 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.
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.
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 229-331-8160.
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.
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 Ave.. 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
AA Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the John Gill House, 2237 S. Broad St. between Ameris Bank and Ellaville United Methodist Church. Call for 815-3001 for more information.
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