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Community calendar for September 30, 2012

CLASSES/SEMINARS

SIGN LANGUAGE

Sign language classes: Free classes started 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Contact the church, (229) 436-5700, or Tim Hadley, (229) 255-5666.

Introduction to Sign Language: A 14-week course covering conversational sign language, deaf culture, causes of deafness and proper etiquette for signing. Classes began Sept. 4. Call Darton State College Division of Continuing Education at (229) 317-6730 for more information and to register.

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

GriefShare: Education and support group for those who have lost a loved one due to death meets at First Baptist Church—Albany, 145 Oakland Parkway, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 14. Individuals may join the group at any time. Contact Kathy at (229) 883-8000.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Family-to-Family Education Program, 12 weeks beginning in January 2013. Free to family members and caregivers of persons with mental illness. Includes latest research, support, resources, coping strategies. Sponsored by NAMI Georgia with support from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Learn more about Family-to-Family at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Phoebe Northwest. Look for NAMI directional signs. 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.

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.

Albany Symphony Association is seeking volunteers for various opportunities. Contact (229) 430-8933 or email lledbetter@albanysymphony.org.

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

Birthright of Albany Inc., a crisis pregnancy center offering alternatives to abortion, is seeking volunteers. Spots are available each weekday morning from 9 a.m. until noon. Contact (229) 883-5433 or (229) 439-7353.

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 and general office work in the Albany and Americus offices. Also needed are volunteers to help with fundraisers, mailings, special events and 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.

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.

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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