Town crier: Oct. 12, 2016
Published 9:10 am Wednesday, October 12, 2016
School Board: The Sumter County Board of Education has a work session at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the board room of the SCS administration building, 100 Learning Lane. Both sessions are open to the public.
Online Gaming: The Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program at Georgia Southwestern State University invites all community members to participate in an open forum on online gaming from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Rosalyn Carter Nursing Hall Auditorium. Online gaming has grown in popularity over the years but there have also been repeated reports of harassment based on gender and sexuality.
Barbecue Chicken: Americus Fire & Emergency Services sells Barbecue Chicken plates (chicken half, baked beans, slaw) for $7 each Oct. 22. Pick up is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Station 1 at 119 S. Lee St. For tickets, call 924-3313 or see any Americus firefighter. Proceeds benefit fire safety education and Honor Guard.
Paws Patrol Workshop: Paws Patrol – A Community Partner of Pet Partners holds a workshop from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at a location to be announced. Paws Patrol currently serves in communities by visiting many facilities including hospitals, adult rehabilitation centers and daycare centers, nursing homes, schools and libraries for Paws to Read, a literacy program. For information contact Cheryl Cohen at email@example.com. 2290432-5411 or 260-409-0169.
Free Workshop: Caring for someone with memory problems? The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving hosts a free Dealing with Dementia Workshop from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Each participant will receive a free Dealing with Dementia Guide. Reservations are required and seating is limited so call now, Miranda Thomas at 229-931-4545 or email Miranda.Thomas@gsw.edu .
2016 T-Shirts: Americus Fire & Emergency Services now has its 2016 t-shirt for sale to raise funds for Relay for Life. The new design is available in green and black. Call 229-924-3213 or stop by Station 1 at 119 S. Lee St., downtown. Also purchase from any Americus firefighter.
Breast Cancer Awareness: Nyu Hope 4 Ville of Ellaville will walk in support of Breast Cancer Awareness starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Ellaville Square downtown. T-shirts are available for purchase for $15. Must reserve by Oct. 9. Raffle tickets are available to purchase $1 for a $25 VISA gift card. All proceeds will be donated to the fight against breast cancer. For more information or to make a donation call (229) 938-3152.
Paqaquan Reopening: The grand reopening of Pasaquan is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21. Free admission, Park at the Square in Buena Vista and ride shuttlebuses to the site. Bluses will run every 15 minutes; there will be no parking at Pasaquan that day. At Pasaquan, enjoy food trucks, live music, cosmic cosmetologists, gace painters, tours, and more.
Retired Federal Employees: The National Active and Retired Federal Employees meets Oct. 19 at Knights of Columbus, 2009 Gillionville Road. Buffet lunch available. Speaker is David Simmons, marketing director. Century Pines/Evergreen.
Family Reunion: Lewis Miller Family Reunion is from noon-lunch Oct. 15 at 3789 Seminole Road, Richland. For information call Rena Cobb 229-887-3796.
Six Flag Tickets: 2016 Six Flags Tickets are $43.50 each at the Sumter County 4-H Office, 127 William Bowen Pointe. Cash only. You save $25.39 on adult tickets and $4.20 on youth and senior citizen tickets. Youth must be under 48 inches, seniors 55 years or older, Children age 2 and under are free. Gate Price is $68.89. Tickets valid any regular operating day through Jan.1, 2017. Questions, call 924-4476.
Free Service: Americus Fire & Emergency Services offers free blood pressure checks from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Station 1 (South Lee Street).
GriefShare: First Baptist Church offers a non-denominational video series and biblical concepts for healing after the death of a loved one. Led by caring people, participants are provided workbooks for personal study and receive encouragement through small-group discussion. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month. There is no cost and the meetings are open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. For information call the church 229-924-9035 or Ann Beaver 229-894-9825.
Narcotics Anonymous: First Step Group meetings have moved to a new location at 126 Forest Street and are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
Volunteers Needed: Learning for Everyone Inc. (LEAP) is seeking volunteers for its Mentor Partnership with the Sumter County School System. Volunteers will mentor children in the grades 3-9. Interested applicants may check out www.learningforeveryone.org or call 229-924-9443. They may also attend our mentor trainings. Mentor trainings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at 200 Cotton Ave.
Weight Watchers: Weight Watchers meets Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Jackson St. Weigh-in is at 5 p.m., followed by meeting at 5:30 p.m. Visit weightwatchers.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
CPR Classes: Americus Fire and Emergency Services will offer American Heart Association CPR certification classes. Call Harriett Williams at 924-3213 for more information.
Drug Problems: Narcotics Anonymous meets 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays for members only. A meeting open to the public is held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. All meetings are held at Williams Road Church of Christ. Call George C. 942-3752 or Charlie S. 938-0218 for more information.
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 Charlotte Watts 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.
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 Brannan 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 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.
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.