Albany woman prepares for pagent

ALBANY -- Alexa Turpin of Albany will vie for the title of Miss Georgia in June as the representative of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

Turpin, who was named Miss GSU in February, will go to Columbus on June 12 to participate in the Miss Georgia pageant, which gets under way June 16-19.

She is the daughter of Dr. Frank and Lisa Turpin of Albany.

Health department serves up nutrition

ALBANY -- The Dougherty County Health Department's free luncheon-and-lecture on Friday will emphasize the roles that good nutrition and exercise play in creating a healthier lifestyle.

Kent Grissom, a fitness trainer from American Body Works, will be the speaker at the event from noon until 1 p.m., Dougherty County Health Department Director Cheryl Henley said.

"During the month of June, the Dougherty County Health Department will focus on physical activity and nutrition and their part in maintaining healthier bodies," she said. Included in the hour-long session, titled "Get Fit for Life," is a heart-healthy lunch provided to all participants at no charge, she said.

The Lunch and Learn will be held at the Education Center of the Dougherty County Health Department, 1710 S. Slappey Blvd.

The event is free to the public, but advance registration is required to ensure sufficient seating and food are available. Contact (229) 430-6230.

Aquarium offering free teacher training

ALBANY -- The Flint RiverQuarium is hosting free Creatures of the Flint Teacher Workshops this summer at its Wet Lab for kindergarten through fifth-grade science teachers. Aquarium officials say that teachers who attend one of the two-day workshops each earn one PLU.

Aquarium officials say workshop participants will learn content behind the Georgia Performance Standards that focus on sorting living and non-living materials, comparing similarities and differences, needs of life, life cycles, habitat changes, adaptations and classification of creatures that inhabit the Flint RiverQuarium and much of Georgia. The teachers will learn how to create and deliver lesson plans with fish, frogs and turtles in mind, and how to incorporate the Creatures of the Flint, as well as an Imagination Theater movie screening, into their own lesson plans.

RESA's pre-registration prior approval form must be submitted for this workshop. Teachers may request a registration form and direct questions to: Melissa Martin, education manager, Flint RiverQuarium, 117 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga., 31701. She can also be contacted at or by calling (229) 639-2650 ext. 226 or 1-877-GOFLINT.

Teacher Workshop Schedule

-- Third- through fifth-grade teacher workshop: Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Standards covered: S3L1, S4L2, S5L1.

-- Kindergarten through second-grade teacher workshop: July 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and July 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Standards covered: SKL1, SKL2, S1L1, S2L1.

Lee County libraries making a splash

LEESBURG -- Lee County libraries will "make a splash" to encourage reading this week.

The county library system's "Make a Splash Story Program for Children" will be:

-- Tuesday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Leesburg Library;

-- Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Smithville Library;

-- Thursday, 10 a.m., Redbone Library.

Other programs in the Lee libraries this week include:

-- T-Shirt Tie-Dyeing program for teens: Tuesday, 4 p.m., Leesburg Library. each participants should bring a white t-shirt.

-- Wii Tournament for ages 12-16: Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Leesburg Library.

All these events are free and open to the public. Contact (229) 759-2369.