Gurleys have top yard for March

ALBANY -- The home of Hal and Elaine Gurley has been selected Yard of the Month for March by the Daffodil Garden Club. The home is located at 912 W. Third Ave.

The club recognizes a yard each month and places a sign to call attention to it in the hope that other homeowners will be inspired to spruce up their yards as well, club president Marideane Maxwell said.

Also on the horizon, the Federated Garden Clubs of Albany will be conducting an April plant giveaway at the Garden Center, 805 Fifth Ave. The annual project will be conducted 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 17. Anyone who also wants to share their own plants at the event are encouraged to do so, but it's not required, Maxwell said.

Luke Bryan has 'Wild Weekend' in Florida

FORT WALTON, Fla. -- ACM's new top solo vocalist Luke Bryan's Spring Break 2010 Tour was a rousing success with a pair of sold-out performances at Fort Walton.

Bryan's label, Capitol, said Bryan sold out one show at the Swamp in Fort Walton and followed that with another sold-out crowd of 4,000 the next day at Spinnaker's. Sandwiched in between was an in-store performance and autograph session by the Leesburg, Ga., native at a local Wal-Mart that packed the store.

Bryan's tour, which featured his second Spring break EP, was sponsored by Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and Miller Lite. The EP featured three songs penned by Bryan, including the approrpiate "Wild Weekend."

On the horizon for the rising country music star is the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. April 18 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas by CBS. Already ACM's best new solo vocalist, Bryan is in the running for its best new artist award.

Auditions coming up for 'Big River'

ALBANY -- Artistic Director Mark Costello has announced that Theatre Albany will conduct auditions for the musical "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The auditions will be conducted at the theater, 514 Pine Ave.

The Tony Award winning musical of Twain's timeless classic sweeps the cast and audience down the mighty Mississippi River as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming. Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

Costello, Musical Director Gary Unger and Choreographer Judy Dabbs look to cast 15 males and seven females for parts including Huck, Jim, Pap, the widow Douglas, the duke, the king, Judge Thatcher and Mary Jane. Those interested in auditioning should prepare a song (something that shows off the voice) and bring the sheet music (an accompanist will be provided) or CD/cassette tape. Rehearsals are set to begin in April with performances scheduled for May 21 through June 5. For more information, call the theater at (229) 439-7193.

Valdosta artist presents in Albany

ALBANY -- Anthony Scheffler, a Valdosta area artist, will present at the Georgia Artists' Guild of Albany at 7 p.m. April 1.

Scheffler specializes in unique, contemporary vessels characterized by the intersection of straight-lined shapes, guild officials said. He works mostly with wood because of its universal appeal and endless variations, but often incorporates weathered metal, anodized aluminum and found objects into his pieces as a way of complementing and drawing attention to basic shapes.

Schefflers' works have shown nationally and include open and closed vessels, conceptual pieces, and wall sculptures. The presentation will include a discussion of the artist's work, design influences, and the value of community engagement with the arts.

Standard Flower Show opens in Thomasville

THOMASVILLE -- The 89th Standard Flower Show opens at 1:30 p.m. today in Thomasville with a luncheon and fashion show Friday, March 19th with Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Garden Center, 1102 S. Broad St.

The show will be open 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Thomasville Garden Clubs, the design entries will feature the theme, "Through the Garden Gate." The Thomas University Jazz Ensemble will perform for the opening.

A standard flower show is one that follows the entry requirements set forth by the National Garden Club. The Thomasville show features general horticulture entries, special exhibits such as a display garden, educational exhibits, designs by commercial florists, and youth horticultural entries. A highlight of the show is always the creative floral designs presented by members of the three Thomasville garden clubs -- Briarcliff, Killarney Queen and Rambler Rose. Awards are given for each division and class and the local garden clubs have a friendly competition for most points awarded overall.

For information, call (229) 228-7977 or toll free at 1 (877) 577-3600. During the event, the flower show telephone can be reached at 225-5291.