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The Buzz - April 12, 2012

Sertoma raffles truck to benefit Lily Pad

The Artesian City Sertoma Club will host its 19th annual Sportman's Banquet and Reverse Truck Raffle at 6 p.m. today at Doublegate Country Club.

Benefiting the Lily Pad, the event will include a reverse raffle for a 2012 Ford F150 Crew Cab 4x4 truck. The silent auction starts at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the raffle starts at 8 p.m. Each ticket includes two drink tickets, but there will also be a cash bar.

Live entertainment will include Stephen Harrell and the Dusty Boots band taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $200 and are good for admission for two people and one entry in the reverse raffle.

The winner of the truck is responsible for all taxes. For information on purchasing tickets, contact Jake Reese at (229) 343-1391.

THEATRE ALBANY AUDITIONS: Theatre Albany will conduct auditions at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for the upcoming comedy "The Dixie Swim Club," written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

The auditions will take place at the theater, 514 Pine Ave. Theatre Albany Artistic Director Mark Costello says he is looking to cast five adult women who will portary characters at ages 44, 49, 54 and 57.

"The Dixie Swim Club" is a story about five Southern women whose friendships began many years earlier on their college swim team. They set aside a long weekend every August to renew those relationships.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals are set to begin in April with performances scheduled for May 31-June 10. For further information, contact the theater at (229) 439-7193.

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING: A new report from the Federal Trade Commission ranks Georgia No. 2 in the nation for complaints of identity theft. The FTC also says that shredding confidential documents before trashing them is one of the ways individuals and businesses can help protect themselves from becoming victims of this type of crime.

For the fifth consecutive year, HeritageBank of the South and ShredEX are partnering to bring a free shred day to Southwest Georgia, including Albany. The 2012 Community Shred-A-Thon will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in the parking lot of HeritageBank's main office, 721 N. Westover Blvd.

"This will be the fifth time we've partnered with ShredEx for our annual free shred day," HeritageBank Marketing Director Mary Beth Hobby said. "At our last event, we shred more than 10,500 pounds of paper. Such an overwhelming response from the community shows individuals are truly concerned with keeping their identity safe. This event offers a much needed service in our area."

In addition to the Albany event, HeritageBank of the South is hosting two additional Shred-A-Thons in Valdosta and Statesboro on the same Saturday. This will be the second year for Statesboro market and the first year in the Valdosta community.

COLLEGE GOAL SATURDAY: Navigating the financial aid process and paperwork to attend college can be a daunting task for high school seniors, especially students who are the first in their family to attend a university. Albany State University is conducting a workshop designed to demystify the requirements and application procedures for graduates.

The event, College Goal Saturday, will bring financial aid experts together with students and their families to fill out required forms such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) to gain access to federal funds available to attend school. In collaboration with the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the ASU Office of Financial Aid will host the event 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in the ACAD Building, room 172.

"Throughout the state, colleges are hosting 'College Goal Saturday' to bring our high school students tools they need to apply for much-needed money for college, for free," said Derita Hall, ASU College Goal Saturday site coordinator. "The initiative eliminates one of the major barrier that block the pursuit of a post-secondary education."

The event, fueled by volunteers, is a charitable program sponsored by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and facilitated by high school, college and university financial aid professionals. So far, more than 10,000 volunteers at 700 sites have assisted 100,000 aspiring college students annually. To learn more about the event, contact the ASU Office of Financial Aid at (229) 430-4650 or visit www.collegegoalsundayusa.org.

LUAU CHARITY AUCTION: The annual Officers' Spouses' Club Luau Lounge Scholarship and Charity Auction will be 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Doublegate Country Club, 3800 Old Dawson Road.

A cash bar and auction preview is 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, with a portion of the ticket proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

To purchase a ticket, visit oscalbany.ticketbud.com/osauction or go to Officers Spouses Club MCLB Albany on Facebook. For information, contact oscalbanyyahoo.com.

EASTER SEALS BENEFIT: The senior class of the Thomas University will host Team K.E.D.A. (Keep Educating on Disability Awareness) event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the intramural field at Darton College in Albany.

The community-wide awareness fair includes games, face painting and a variety of other entertainment, including a commemorative walk.

A donation of $20 is suggested, which will include a t-shirt. All proceeds will be donated to Easter Seals of Southwest Georgia. For information, contact Dione Atkins at (229)288-1607.