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AARC plans pair of autism workshops

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Dr. T. Marshall Jones rings the bell for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle fund drive.

Special photo Dr. T. Marshall Jones rings the bell for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle fund drive.

ALBANY — The Albany Adovacy Resource Center is conducting a pair of workshops next week and next month for those whose lives are impacted by autism.

From 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the AARC Training Center, 1319 W. Broad Ave., the group will conduct an Autism Navigating Program, Autism Parents Support group.

The meeting will include open floor discussions, an information/resource table, a lending library and a hospitality table.

From 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9, also at the AARC Training Center, the organization will conduct a Judevine Autism Training Program, Workshop for Parents. The three-evening workshop is designed to teach parents how to work with children who have autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, autistic characteristics or pervasive development disorders (PDD).

Both workshop are funded through the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. To register, call (229) 888-6852 and speak with Debbie Vansant at extension 357 or Sonia Prescott at extension 350.

Albany Pan Hellenic president named

ALBANY — E. Charles Thomas, a member of Gamma Omicron Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fratenrity, will serve as president of the Albany metro Area chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council for 2012-14.

Thomas was initiated into the Delt Delta chapter at Albany State University in 1971. After graduation, he joined Gamma Omicron Lambda in 1976 and has been active for the past 35 years, serving as chair of Founder’s Day, the mentoring program Project Alpha, voter registration. He is a past president of the chapter.

Palladium Players auditions scheduled

LEESBURG — The Lee County Palladium Players will have auditions at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday for its annual town-and-gown musical, “Hairspray,” which will be performed in March.

Dotty Davis, the show’s director and choreographer, says she is looking for teens and adults of all ethnicities to try out for the show, which is part of the Players’ 20th anniversary season. No prepared material is required for the auditions, but producers auditioners are welcome to bring prepared songs and monologues.

Davis says there “is a special need for African-American performers in Hairspray. And, of course, the show is a celebration of dancing-in this case that high-energy dancing of the 1960s. So we need performers who dance, as well as sing and act. Folks who would like to audition for dance roles only are welcome, too.”

“Hairspray” was a huge success on Broadway from 2007-09, having been adapted from the original 1988 cult classic film. After winning eight Tony Awards, the show was then transformed into a hit movie musical starring John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pheiffer, Zac Effron and Queen Latifa. The show is set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, and tells the story of “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues a spot on a local TV station’s dance party show and rallies the community against racial segregation.

Davis will be joined on the production team for this year’s show by Robby Davis, technical director and designer, and Kevin Blaise, music and vocal director. Additional information on the auditions is available at (229) 903.2297 or theatrelchs@lee.k12.ga.us.

Fraternity rings bell for Salvation Army

ALBANY — The Gamma Omicron Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity did some volunteer bell ringing last month for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle fund drive.

Manning the kettle at the Albany Mall on Dec. 2 were Dr. T. Marshall Jones, James C. Bush, Ricardo Sisney, E. Charles Thomas, Jesse Willis, Patrick Wilkerson and chapter President Prince P. Reid III.