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Albany Area Community Calendar - Dec. 8-16, 2013

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 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4800 Old Dawson Road.

AA—Unity Group meets at noon Monday-Saturday at 314 Flint Ave., 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.

AA—Unity—Sunday night meets at 7:30 p.m. today at the mental health center, 601 W. 11th Ave.

AARP Moultrie meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Albany residents are welcome. Discount meal available at 5 p.m. Contact Brenda Meredeth at (229) 985-8847 or email bmredeth1@yahoo.com.

Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 451 and Auxiliary Chapter A451, meets at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 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.

Al-Anon meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4800 Old Dawson Road.

Albany Audubon Society meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Flint RiverQuarium administrative building. If you are a bird enthusiast or just have an interest in nature, please join us. For more information, contact mmartin@flintriverquarium.com or call (229) 296-7567. Membership is open to the public. Annual dues at the national and/or local level are $20.00 for an individual. Membership includes expert presentations, snacks, social events and field trips to some of southwest Georgia’s best birding hot spots.

Albany Chorale community chorus meets 7 p.m. Monday at Darton College, Building F, room 115. Contact (229) 432-6019 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 Golden K Kiwanis Club meets 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday at 2509 Homewood Drive.

Albany Rotary Club meets at noon Thursday at Doublegate Country Club.

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

Better Breathers Support Group for those with pulmonary problems meets 10 a.m. Wednesday at Phoebe Northwest, with December and January meetings varying. Contact the American Lung Association at (229) 435-3626.

Breast Cancer Survivor Group meets 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Tuesday at Westwood Church, 123 Westover Blvd., Albany. Contact (229) 776-8823 or (229) 883-5714.

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.

Commodore Richard Dale Chapter of National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution meets at noon Thursday at Quickie Restaurant, 1906 North Slappey Blvd. Contact (229) 432-7909 or (229) 435-0534.”

Compassionate Friends, a self-help group for bereaved parents, meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the civic room of the Chamber of Commerce building, located at 100 S. Central Ave., Tifton. Contact Mary Jones at (229) 382-1586.

Darton State College Concert Band rehearses 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Humanities Building room F113, 2400 Gillionville Road, Albany. Community members invited to join without audition

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

Dougherty County Rotary Club meets noon Tuesday at Doublegate Country Club.

Dougherty County Saddle Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Nov. 11 at the Quickie Restaurant, 1906 N. Slappey. Contact, (229) 438-9043 or www.docosaddleclub.com.

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

Good Life Drum Circle meets Saturday at Riverfront Park on 112 South Front St. from 4-5 p.m. Bring your rhythm, drums or other percussion instruments and chairs. No drumming experience necessary.

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

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.

MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), which provides food and fellowship for expectant mothers and mothers with children up to 5-years-old, along with child care for children, meet 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday September through May at Gillionville Baptist Church, 4614 Gillionville Road, Albany. Women do not need to be members of Gillionville, or any church, to participate. Membership is $40 per year (some scholarships available), but no cost for first visit. Contact the church office, (229) 435-9738, for additional information or Mary Lombard, (229) 869-2343, for registration.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, 2332 Lake Park Drive, Albany. Meeting is open to patients and caregivers. Contact Barbara Blake at (229) 308-7337.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold its holiday gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Phoebe Northwest in Albany. Refreshments, holiday photos and activities. At 7:30 p.m., separate support groups for adults in recovery and for family and friends. Contact Pam at (229) 343-8791 for more information about this gathering or about NAMI-Albany.

National Alliance on Mental Illness support group meetings for two separate groups — family and friends of someone with an illness, and for adults to maintain recovery — are at 6:30 p.m. 4th Tuesday at Phoebe Northwest in Albany. Contact (229) 343-8791.

Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoebe Northwest’s conference-room C in Albany. Contact (229) 312-8716.

Renewed Minds meets 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday at Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Group provides support and resources for people with a mental illness and their families. Contact Dr. Mark Burnette at (229) 288-1925 or email Kim Burnette at kimlyb61@gmail.com.

South Georgia Mopar Association meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Corral in Tifton for dinner, followed by a meeting at 8 p.m. Contact Larry Walters at (229) 594-6324 or sftmopar@att.net.

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

Sowega Beekeepers Club will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2700 Westgate Blvd. Members, please bring finger foods and be ready to vote in a new slate of officers. Visitors feel free to join us for our Christmas Party and learn about our club. For more information go to www.sowegabeekeepers.org, or contact Kathy Brinson at kbrinson@bellsouth.net.

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.

Survivor’s Support Group: 2 p.m. Tuesday. Education, support and advocacy group for those experiencing issues related to domestic violence/dating violence and physical and emotional abuse. Confidential. Call (229) 439-7094 for information and location.

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

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

REUNIONS

The Monroe High School Class of 1964 is holding monthly meetings at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at South Albany Medical Center (Police Department Division), 1300 Newton Road. Contact Murray Wiley at (229) 395-8395.

CLASSES/SEMINARS

Sign Language classes: Byne Memorial Baptist Church is offering free classes. For more information, call the church office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at (229) 436-5700.

Illustration Friday is a creative social opportunity for illustrators & artists of all skill levels. On the second Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. of each month. A fun way to exercise your skills, be exposed to new techniques, and bring your drawing out into a new venue. Bring your pad of paper and a few choice utensils, and prepare to get inspired! Participation is free. Grassroots Coffee Co., 123 S. Broad St. in Thomasville. For more information contact the Thomasville Center for the Arts (229) 226-0588 or email lfloyd@thomasvillearts.org.

DARTON STATE COLLEGE

Contact Darton State College Continuing Education at (229) 317-6730 for more information and to register for these classes.

SAT Test Review for High School Students offered each month. Two three-hour sessions. The cost is $76.

White Tail Deer Ecology and Management: Dec. 16-17. Learn to make the most of your quest to capture with this one and a half day class. Dr. Karl Miller, Professor of Wildlife Ecology from UGA and Brian Murphy, CEO & Wild life Biologist will be teaching and explaining the latest research on deer behavior, vision, scent and much more. Fee - $290.

iAuthor – How to create and publish multi touch eBooks with iBooks Author. Register now for our January 2014 class. 229-317-6730. Course Fee: $89

Real Estate Pre License Course – Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning January 22, 2014 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Self-Publish Your Own eBook –Tuesday, January 14 & 21, 2014 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Pre License Insurance Classes – Life & Health Classes begin February 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Drivers Education Classes - begin January 28, 2014

SAT Prep Classes – January 11 & 18, or February 22 & March 1 or April 19 & 26, 2014 from 9 a.m.- noon.

Painting with Acrylics – Classes begin April 10, 2014

Spring Floral Design – Classes begin March 3, 2014

Digital Photography – Classes begin March 3, 2014

Interior Decorating – Classes begin January 28 for 5 Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Prescribed Burn Class – May 14 & 15, 2014. Register early! Class limited to 75

SEWING

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 choose 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

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Courses for certification and recertification are available. Cost is $45 and certification is valid for two years. Contact (229) 883-0024 or email 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.

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, email 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 email: lee@acrmm.org.

Albany Community Hospice is seeking volunteers interested in providing patient support and companionship. Contact (229) 312-7050.

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.

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is looking for volunteers. Contact Volunteer Services at (229) 312-4336 (Main Campus) or (229) 312-4331 (North Campus).

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, email 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) 854-1944 or jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net.

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.

The Community Calendar is a summary of non-entertainment upcoming events published Sundays in SouthView. (Our Coming Up Calendar features upcoming entertainment events and runs Wednesdays.) If you have an item for the Community Calendar, please submit it by 5 p.m. Monday before publication. Submissions must be concise and emailed to southview@albanyherald.com; faxed to (229) 888-9357, Attn. SouthView; or dropped by our office at 126 N. Washington St. Because of space constraints, items that are not time-sensitive or new may not appear each week.