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The Buzz -- June 17, 2012

A roundup of notable faces, places and things to do in Albany.

The home of Lori and Wayne Holley, 2410 W. Doublegate Drive, Albany, is the June 2012 Yard of the Month as designated by the Daffodil Garden Club.

The home of Lori and Wayne Holley, 2410 W. Doublegate Drive, Albany, is the June 2012 Yard of the Month as designated by the Daffodil Garden Club.

Holleys’ residence is June Yard of the Month

ALBANY — The home of Lori and Wayne Holley, 2410 W. Doublegate Drive in Albany, has been selected as June’s Yard of the Month by the Daffodil Garden Club.

“A beautiful home with attention to detail,” Marideane Maxwell with the Daffodil Club said. “Note the urns at entrance and baskets along railing with blooming flowers.

“We encourage all residents to make an effort to enhance your home and make Albany a clean and beautiful city.”

Maxwell said some simple ways that homeowners can spruce up their home’s curb appeal is to remove clutter and cars from the front door area, add one eye-catching ornament or flower, and take pride in their home.

The club encourages readers to submit suggestions for its Yard of the Month recognition. To nominate a home, contact Maxwell at (229) 436-6888.

Strive2Thrive to ‘grill’ poverty in July

ALBANY — Strive2Thrive is conducting several community events to raise funds and awareness for the organization, including a Grilling Poverty Grill Masters Cook Off on July 14.

The deadline to enter the competition is June 29. Awards will be given to the participants with the highest scores in each grilling category. Participants will be charged $50 for registration. The 15-by-15-foot booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Applications and additional information can be obtained from Strive2Thrive representative Vincent Alston at (229) 317-7187 or by email at VAlston@Strive2Thrive.org.

Shrive2Thrive is a program designed to combat poverty in Albany. It’s vision is to empower families who are experiencing poverty to become self sufficient through the use of community resources. The event will begin at 11 a.m. on July 14.

Chinese cultural workshop set at AAAC

ALBANY — Students entering grades four through nine this fall have an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture at a week-long workshop this month at the Albany Area Arts Council, 215 N. Jackson St.

The workshop is 9 a.m.-noon June 25-29. The cost to participate is $100 each.

Participants do not have to have an exposure to the Chinese language to participate. The workshop will feature a teacher who is fluent in both English and Chinese, as well as experienced in teaching art. With a small teacher/student ratio, participants will learn useful Chinese expressions, written characters and

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Sculptor Josh Rosen speaks June 11, 2012 at the opening of his exhibit at the Turner Art Center in Valdosta.

numbers; create Chinese handcrafts such as origami, calligraphy and painting, and experience Chinese culture and traditions through songs, videos and interaction with the instructor.

Contact (229) 439-2787 or artsinfo@albanyartscouncil.org.

Albany artist featured in Valdosta show

VALDOSTA — Josh Rosen, a sculptor who creates artwork out of everyday — often discarded — items is the featured artist in an exhibit at the Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta.

Rosen, whose piece “My Frankenstein: What A Curious Creation” won first place for sculpture in 2011 in the Albany Area Arts Council’s Southwest Georgia Regional Art Exhibition and Sale, will exhibit his work at the Valdosta gallery through Aug. 1.