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Town crier: Oct. 29, 2016

Americus
Halloween Block Party: A Halloween Block Party is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Bill Harris Unit, Boys & Girls Club, Hosanna Circle. There will be a costume contest, face painting, door prizes and concessions. Admission is $2/non-members and $1/members.

Board Meeting; The Sumter County Board of Assessors meets at 9 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Sumter County Courthouse in the Board of Assessors meeting room. The meeting is open to the public.

Networking Event: Interested in sharing your ideas or vision for the growth of Sumter County? Then make plans to join One Sumter Electric at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 for One Sumter Economic Development Foundation’s speed networking event at the Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel for a fun, laid-back networking opportunity with fellow community members focusing on “Planning for Growth.” Uptown Columbus President/CEO Richard Bishop and Perry City Manager Lee Gilmour will talk about their communities’ strategic plans for growth, lessons learned, and how they have made their respective cities thriving, growing and vibrant communities to work and live! For more information, contact Mary Beth Bass at 229.815.1669 or marybeth@onesumter.org.

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 cclcohen@yahoo.com. 2290432-5411 or 260-409-0169.

Free Senior Fair/Seminar: Georgia Cares and FVSU Ag Mobile Information Technology Center host a Savvy Senior Information and Resource Fair/Medicare Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Williams Road Church, 110 Williams Road. Seniors age 65 or older can have all your questions answered by experts, review Medicare options for 2017, laminate your Medicare card, enroll in programs to reduce your Medicare costs, and learn about preventative services. This is open enrollment time for Medicare and the perfect time to get the best deals on your medications. Bring all your medications and staff will put them in the computer and get the three best price quotes for you for supplemental insurance.

Free Workshop: Caring for someone with memory problems? The Rosalynn Carter Institute efor Caregiving hosts a free Dealing with Dementia Workshop from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 13. 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 .

Jewelry Sale: The Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Auxiliary has a $5 Jewelry Sale from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 14 and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Wellness Center at the Hospital Complex.

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.

Plains
40th Anniversary: In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the historic 1976 Carter Presidential Campaign, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site invites the public to hear noted political author, Robert Buccellato. The lecture titled “Jimmy Carter in Plains, the Presidential Hometown” begins at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 5 on the Plains Depot platform. It will include an interesting discussion of Plains, and the 1976 Carter Presidential Campaign. After the lecture, Bucelletto will be on hand to answer questions and autograph his book, “Jimmy Carter in Plains, the Presidential Hometown”. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. Buccellato is the author of “Florida Governors Lasting Legacies” and “Finding Dan McCarty”. He is the historian for the Clerk of Courts for Leon County, Florida.

Buena Vista
Campaign Rally: Southwest Georgia Path to Victory Rall is from 5-8 p.m. today, Oct. 29 at Fox Hall. 104 4th Ave. Dinner provided and Georgia House Minority Leader Rep. Stacey Abrams is special guest. Democratic candidates invited are Jim Barksdale for U.S. Senate, state Representatives Carolyn Hughley and Debbie Buckner, Bill McGowan for Georgia House District 138, Buena Vista Mayor Ralph T. Brown, chair of Georgia Democratic Party DuBose Porter, and other officials. Tickets are $25 at the door. For information call Andre Fields 347-650-1667.

Ongoing
Americus
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.

Volunteers Needed: The Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross seeks volunteers willing to invest time in Disaster Preparedness Education for our chapter and the surrounding areas. Looking for dedicated individuals willing to speak and train others on what to do before, during and after a disaster. Any volunteer with time on his/her hands is an excellent candidate for this program. This is of vital importance to our area as we never know when a disaster will happen. Call 229-924-2026  or the chapter at 229-436-4845 for more information.

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

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, call at 229-924-9443.

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 effects of alcoholism. Al-Anon offers a safe place to recover from the effects of another person’s drinking. Meetings are 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the AA Clubhouse, Ga. Highway 30. 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. The 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 free screening 229-928-1234.

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.

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 solaceyouthprogram@gmail.com

\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.

Volunteers Needed: Phoebe Sumter Hospice, a local nonprofit, is looking for volunteers to serve as a member of the hospice team by sharing skills and interests in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life for those served. As a volunteer you serve with patients or help in the office with staff. If you are interested please call Belinda Bond at 229-931-7421/ the office 229-928-4000 or email nfranklin@phoebesummter.org

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 fourecenter@yahoo.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.

Plains
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.

Ellaville
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.

Montezuma
Al-Anon: The Macon County Al-Anon Family Group has changed its meeting time from Wednesday nights to 1:30 p.m. Sundays at St. Mary’s, 608 Rawls St. Parking is in front of the church. Call 478-472-6518 to confirm meeting.