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Community Calendar - Dec. 18-Dec. 26, 2011

VOLUNTEERING

Contact United Way/Volunteer Center at (229) 883-6700, ext. 23 or wendy.friar@unitedwayswga.org.

Albany Area YMCA seeks volunteers in youth sports, aquatics, fitness, fundraising and facilities-management. Contact Tracy Wallace at (229) 436-0531, ext. 212.

Albany Civil Rights Institute is seeking volunteers. Contact via e-mail: lee@acrmm.org.

Albany Community Hospice needs volunteers interested in providing patient care and respite care.

Albany Museum of Art is seeking volunteers to assist in answering telephones, greeting visitors, creating and assembling mailings, events, projects and exhibitions. Contact (229) 439-8400 or e-mail cmorrison@albanymuseum.com.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Time Out needs volunteers on Friday afternoons and Tuesday afternoons.

Evergreen Assisted Living needs volunteers.

Faith Community Outreach Center needs volunteers to work in building maintenance, data entry, dietitian assistant and clerk, filing clerk, receptionist and recreational assistant. Contact Janice Thompson or Leslie Revill at (229) 436-0807.

Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers to assist with answering phones, accepting in-person donations, registering health-and-safety-class participants, fundraising, mailings and special events. Volunteers are also sought to be trained in local disaster assistance in 24 counties. Contact Wanda at (229) 924-2026.

Flint RiverQuarium needs volunteers for a number of positions throughout the facility.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia has various volunteer opportunities from leading a troop to chaperoning a trip to teaching a workshop. Contact 1-800-448-4762 or (229) 432-9188.

Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers.

Lee County Headstart needs various volunteers.

Lily Pad SANE Center is seeking CASA volunteers to work with abused and neglected children who are served through the Juvenile Court System, as well as volunteer advocates. Contact (229) 435-0074.

Palmyra Nursing Home needs volunteers to help with activities for residents.

Salvation Army needs volunteers to help serve meals.

Stitches from the Heart seeks volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, small sweaters and hats for babies, which will be donated to hospitals throughout the nation. Patterns available. Contact (877) 985-9212, e-mail StitchFromHeart@aol.com, visit www.StitchesFromTheHeart.org or write 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, Calif., 90405.

Thronateeska Heritage Center is seeking volunteers.

The Volunteer Center, a service of the United Way of Southwest Georgia, seeks volunteers of all ages to help with various programs throughout the community. To apply, call (229) 883-6700, ext. 23, or visit the center, located at 112 N. Westover Blvd.. Email wendy.friar@unitedwayswga.org.

MEETINGS

AA—Albany Central Group meets at noon and 7:30 p.m. daily, 427 Flint Ave.

AA—Homewood Group meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4800 Old Dawson Road.

AA—Unity Group meets at noon Monday-Saturday at 314 Flint Avenue, behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

AA— Unity Group (women only meetings) meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday at 314 Flint Ave. behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 451 and Auxiliary Chapter A451, meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 30. Open to enlisted USAF personnel, National Guard Reserve, prior service and retirees. Spouses and surviving spouses invited to attend. Contact Jack Tresslar, (229) 854-9688 or Charlie Jones, (229) 878-6475.

Al-Anon meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2126 Edgewater Drive.

Albany Area Employer Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Georgia Department of Labor, located at 1608 S. Slappey Blvd. Employers and human resource professionals welcome. Contact Robin Chester or Lynne Jones at (229) 430-5010.

Albany Chorale meets 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday at Darton College, building F, room 115. Contact (229) 698-4246 or visit www.albanychorale.org.

Albany Civil Air Patrol is recruiting junior members, 12-18 years old, and senior members, 18 and older. Group meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Terminal, 3905 Newton Road, Suite 301, Albany. The organization helps on air-search-and-rescue missions and teaches junior members aeronautics. Being a pilot is not necessary to join. Contact Lt. Colonel Marl McCracken at (229)347-8207.

Albany Crime Stoppers meets 4 p.m. Thursday at the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center, 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. Crime stoppers is an anonymous tip line that encourages community participation. Meetings open to the public. Contact (229) 431-0800.

Albany Flying Club meets Dec. 26th at Ryan's Steakhouse — 6 p.m. eat; 7 p.m. meet. Anyone interesting in flying is welcome. Information: Contact Larry Robinson at (229) 395-5127.

Albany Golden K Kiwanis Club meets 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday at 2509 Homewood Drive.

Albany Paratransit Advisory Group, meets 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Monday at the Government Building, located at 222 Pine Ave., room 120. Contact (229) 431-2824.

Artesian Toastmasters Club meets at noon Thursday at the Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. Contact (229) 639-8324.

Byne Christian School's Girl Talk program is open to all girls in grades 6-12 in the community. The group meets from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year. Contact (229) 438-0424.

Divorce Care support group meets 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sherwood Baptist Church, 2201 Whispering Pines Road, free and childcare available. Contact (229) 883-1910, ext. 217.

Exchange Club of Albany, chartered in 1936, meets at noon Friday at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 810 South Westover Road.

Faith Community Outreach Center's Board of Directors meets at 6 p.m. Dec. 26 at its center, located at 425 W. Society Ave. in Albany. The nonprofit organization provides shelter for homeless women and children. Contact Janice Thompson at (229) 436-0807.

Helping Our Veterans meets 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1721 E. Oglethorpe Blvd., Albany. Contact (229) 878-6243.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Albany Area Chapter meets at 6 p.m. Monday. Contact Sebrena Haywood at shaywood@dougherty.ga.us or (229) 430-2911 for meeting location.

Kiwanis Club of Albany meets at noon Wednesday at Darton College, Student Union Room 252. Contact Roger Marietta at (229) 894-2425.

Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County meets 12:30 p.m. Monday at Hilton Garden Inn, 101 Front St., Albany. Contact David Shivers at (229) 698-4253.

Kiwanis Club of Lee County meets at noon Thursday at Grand Isle Club, 270 Grand Isle Drive. Contact: Gene Goldsmith at (229) 888-7802.

Southwest Georgia Barbershop Chorus: Rehearsals 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Darton College Choral Room, Bldg. F, Room 115, 2400 Gillionville Road. Contact Steve Scott (229) 288-7205 or Joe Wingard (229) 594-3403.

Southwest Georgia Exchange Club meets noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, at Byne Memorial Baptist Church fellowship building, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany. Contact Lavonda at (229) 888-5646.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Ga. No. 245, a weight-management group, meets 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Contact Faye Vick at (229) 787-5252.

TOPS No. GA 170 Putney meets 6 p.m. Monday at Putney Community Center. Contact Theresa Henderson at (229) 439-9715.

CLASSES/SEMINARS

SEWING

The classes are being held at the Sew-thern Belles Sewing Studio, 2516-D Dawson Road, in Largo Plaza, across from Northwest Public Library. Pick up additional information at the studio Monday-Saturday or contact Carolyn Levy, 869-6775, cclalbany@hotmail.com.

Adult Sewing Classes are 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All levels, including beginners. Machines are provided. Participants work at their own pace and chooses their projects. Adults can begin any week. Instructor: Carolyn Levy. Classes are $12.50 per hour.

MUSIC

Piano Lessons: The Albany State University Early Learning Center now offers piano lessons for all ages in the afternoons and on weekends. Lessons cost $40 per session. Contact the center at (229) 430-2792.

HEALTH/FITNESS

PCP Winter Training Series: Eight-week series of winter training rides starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays from Dec. 3 through Jan. 21. Start locations depends on week's sponsor. Rides are conducted at a steady tempo, usually 20 mph, and helmets are required. Contact Michele Moulton at michele0914@yahoo.com.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Family-to-Family Education Program, 12 weeks beginning in January. Free to family members and caregivers of persons with mental illness. Includes latest research, support, resources, coping strategies. Contact NAMI-Albany: Pam at (229) 343 8791 or Alan at (229) 883 3191.

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Courses for certification and recertification are available. Cost is $45, and certification valid for two years. Contact (229) 883-0024 or e-mail lareciagill@bellsouth.net.

Gentle Yoga Class for Women Cancer Survivors is held 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Albany YMCA, Fee $29 per month. Contact (229) 312-0042.

Hula Hooping for Women Cancer Survivors is held 7 p.m. Mondays. Fee $15 per month or $5 per class. For location and more information, call Candy Reid at (229) 889-0313 or visit www.hoopsforhealing.com.

CPR classes through the American Heart Association are available. They include health care provider, heartsaver and first aid. Contact (229) 883-6368 or (229) 883-2083.

Darton College conducts Continuing Education Serv-Safe Food Safety class monthly. Contact (229) 317-6730 or (229) 317-6726.

Fire Safety classes meet twice monthly at 2401-C4 Dawson Road. Cost $15 per person. Contact Velma Raven at (229) 881-7600.

Infant Swimming Resource classes will be held at the Country Inn and Suites throughout the year. Contact (229) 343-7982, e-mail w.monroe@infantswim.com or visit www.infantswim.com.

CRAFTS

Ceramic Classes are held in the following locations:

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Thornton Community Center, located at 210 Thornton Drive. Contact (229) 430-5242.

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Bill Miller Community Center, located at 322 Vick St. Contact (229) 430-5240.

• 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Henderson Community Center, located at 701 Willard St. Contact (229) 430-5241.

NOTICES

American Cherokee Confederacy is accepting members with 1/16 or more of Indian heritage. Contact (229) 787-5722 or contact the tribal office at 619 Pine Cone Road.

Albany Paratransit System provides transportation for disabled, elderly and ADA-certified citizens for trips to doctors appointments, jobs, shopping or visiting family and friends. Contact (229) 430-5182 or visit www.albany.ga.us.

Chevrolet Club for Chevrolets manufactured 1950-79 is being formed. Contact (229) 878-6243.

Sons of Confederate Veterans organization is accepting members. Free Family Tree Research And Documentation Of Confederate Ancestor. Contact James W. King, ( 229) 436-0397.

Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross provides 24-hour personal response services for area senior citizens. The service provides a small, lightweight, waterproof device that can be worn on the neck or wrist and contains a button that, when pushed, provides personal support, especially in a medical emergency. Contact Nigel Poole at (229) 924-2026.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation is offering grants to help children needing critical health care treatment, services or equipment not covered or not fully covered by their parents benefit plans. For more information, visit www.uhccf.org.

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