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Lifestyle Briefs - Oct. 6, 2013

Junior League plans ‘Boot, Shoot & Boogie’

ALBANY — The Junior League of Albany will hold its first major fundraising event for the League year to benefit Lily Pad and Children’s Miracle Network, on Sat., Oct. 12, at Wynfield Plantation. “Boot, Shoot & Boogie” will be an afternoon of sporting clays followed by dinner and dancing.

The first flight begins at noon and the next flight will start at 3 p.m. Shooters must bring their own gun and shells, and eye and ear protection is mandatory in order to participate. Space is limited for the target shooting; the registration deadline is Oct. 1.

Following the afternoon of sporting clays, at 6:30pm there will be dinner and dancing with live music from Cole Taylor. Tickets are $100 per shooter and includes shooting, dinner and dancing, and $350 for a team of 4 shooters. Visit www.jlalbany.org for more information.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set

ALBANY — Albany’s annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Sat., Oct. 19, at Riverfront Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

Anyone interested may start a team, join a team, sign up as an individual walker or donate to the cause by visiting the website at www.georgiawalk.org.

Also, the Albany Area’s Second Annual Memories & a Mustang Event will be Oct. 11, with an opportunity to win a 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe, at the Bindery Event Center at Oakland Library. Tickets are $125 in advance or $150 at the door and include admission for two to the event. Only 400 tickets will be available, and ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Cocktail Hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with the Reverse Drawing Raffle beginning at 6:30. Tickets may be purchased at act.alz.org/mustangraffle, or by calling Alzheimer’s Association Development Director Dan Phillips at 404-654-7677. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Springer Opera House presents “Pinkalicious”

COLUMBUS — The Springer Opera House latests production is a show dedicated to pink.

The Children’s Theatre Series opens “Pinkalicious: The Musical.” Public performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

Pinkalicious Pinkerton loves everything pink, so much so that she can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. After one too many she ends up with a case of pinkititis which has turned her pink from head to toe.

Pinkalicious learns that the only one who can cure her is herself and that she must learn to control her love for pink. And to learn to love her greens – and other colors.

The musical is based upon the popular children’s book and was adapted by the sisters ­— Elizabeth and Victoria Kann — who also wrote the bestselling children’s book.

Public performances of “Pinkalicious” are at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. For tickets, call (706) 327-3688 or visit springeroperahouse.org or come by the Box Office 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Pinkalicious: The Musical” will be performed in Foley Hall.

YMCA Holiday Chili Run set

ALBANY — The Albany YMCA has set its annual Holiday Chili Run for Sat., Nov. 9. Register now for the 1-mile, 5K, 15K, and Tot Trot. The Family Spirit Award will be awards to one family of 3 or more members who participates in Chili Run events. Pick up a registration form at YMCA Central Facility of Lee Branch or register online at drcssports.com.

Jingle Bell Jog scheduled

ALBANY — Phoebe Healthwork’s 26th annual Jingle Bell Jog will be held Sat., Dec. 7, at 8 a.m. The Jog will consist of a 5K and 10K run, a 1-mile fun walk and a Toddler Trot. The top male and female over the age of forty in the 5K and 10K races will receive prestigious Master Awards and everyone crossing the finish line receives a ticket and a chance to win one of dozens of door prizes. The Jingle Bell Jog is an affiliate of Run & See Georgia and boasts a USATF Certified Course. For questions, please contact Amanda Biery by email or phone at 229-312-4483.

Retired professor announces book

Dr. Louis Schmier, retired history professor at Valdosta State University, has announced the publication of his book “Chant of Ages; Cry of Cotton.” The nonfiction book provides a look at the beginnings of the Jewish community in South Georgia.

“The beginnings of the contemporary Jewish community in Valdosta starts with the arrival of two Jewish confederate veterans, Abraham Ehrlich and Benjamin Kaul, in 1866 and ends with the formal establishment of the present-day congregation in 1908,” said Schmier. “It is a very warm, personal tale of real people that fleshes out the sterile charts, statistics and sweeping generalizations found in history books.

“Here is an unexpected Jewish community in south Georgia that is alive and thriving to this present day and that says a lot about Valdosta and the area.” We will follow their courageous, though cautious, urge to “merge” and their “longing to belong. It would be easy to say that this book is about being Jewish. Yes, the story revolves around these particular Jews. Yet in their extraordinary transformation into becoming ‘Jewish-Georgians,’ you will see a more humane Georgia, a more culturally diverse Georgia.”

When writing the book, Schmier sought to nullify certain generalizations about the area.

“This is a book of the heart as well of the mind,” Schmier said. “I want the reader to experience it, not just read it.”

“Chant of Ages; Cry of Cotton” can be purchased online at www.snakenationpress.org . Schmier plans to donate 15 percent of royalties for each book purchased with “VSU” written in the order comment box, to the VSU Foundation.

Schmier retired from VSU in May after 45 years of service. His recently published book is the first of seven on the early history of Valdosta’s Jewish community.