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Albany Area Community Calendar - March 23-31, 2014

CIVIC CLUBS

If you would like the speaker at your club listed, please email us the name and any organization the speaker represents by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication (5 p.m. Tuesday on holiday weeks). Email the information to southview@albanyherald.com.

Albany Golden K Kiwanis Club meets 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday at 2509 Homewood Drive.

Albany Rotary Club meets noon Thursday at Doublegate Country Club.

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

Exchange Club of Albany, chartered in 1936, meets at noon Friday, except the fifth Friday of the month, at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 810 S. Westover Blvd.

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.

Southern Rivers Kiwanis Club meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Albany Police Community Center on Dawson Road. For more information, visit www.kiwanisofsouthernrivers.ning.com or www.kiwanis.org.

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.

MEETINGS

AA—Albany Central Group meets at noon and 7:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 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., at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church community house.

AA—Unity Group (women only meetings) meets at 10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and also Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at 314 Flint Ave. at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church community house.

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

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 Area Tea Party Patriots meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Century Fire Station, U.S. Highway 19 (north of Publix), Leesburg. Organization will discuss fundraising and plans for next few months (March 27). Contact Mike at (229) 869-6802.

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 Crime Stoppers meets 4 p.m. Thursday at the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center, 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. Crime stoppers is an anonymous tip line that encourages community participation. Meetings open to the public. Contact (229) 431-0800.

Albany Flying Club meets Monday at Ryan’s Steakhouse — 6 p.m. eat; 7 p.m. meet. Anyone interesting in flying is welcome. Information: Contact Larry Robinson at (229) 395-5127.

Albany Paratransit Advisory Group, meets 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Monday at the Government Building, located at 222 Pine Ave., room 120. Contact (229) 431-2824.

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

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.

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.

Faith Community Outreach Center’s Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at 106 N. Monroe St. in Albany. The nonprofit organization provides shelter for homeless women and children. Contact Janice Thompson at (229) 436-0807.

Gold Star Wives of America Inc., Albany Chapter meets 11:30 a.m. Monday at Blackbeard’s Restaurant, Slappey Boulevard. Service-connected widows are welcome. Contact Mildred Stephens at (229) 439-9659.

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.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Albany Area Chapter meets at 6 p.m. Monday. Contact Sebrena Haywood at shaywood@dougherty.ga.us or (229) 430-2911 for meeting location.

Mended Hearts Southwest Georgia Chapter 165, a support group for heart patients, meets Monday at Phoebe Northwest conference room with board meeting at 6 p.m., refreshments at 7 p.m., and the general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Contact Sam Foster at (229) 436-7140.

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. Tuesday at Phoebe Northwest in Albany. Contact (229) 343-8791.

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.

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.

Albany VFW Post 2785, 315 Philema Road, meets 7 p.m. Thursday for members. Qualified members wanted that served overseas in combat areas, includes Korea or received imminent danger (combat) pay. Contact (229) 883-9950.

Weight Watchers: Meetings are held at 414 N. Westover Blvd., Suite D. Weigh In Times: Monday, 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Go to WeightWatchers.com for meeting and weigh in times.

REUNIONS

The Albany High School Class of 1969 and the Deerfield-Windsor Class 1969 will hold their 45th reunion June 20-21 at Merry Acres. Grapevine Band will play live music. For more information, email erhinman@mchsi.com.

The Monroe High School Class of 1964 will hold monthly meetings every third Sunday at the Police Department Division located at 2223 Dawson Road at 4 p.m. All members are asked to attend and be on time. For questions, please contact Murray Wiley at (229) 395-8395.

The Monroe High School Class of 1970 is in the process of planning a 45th class reunion and are looking for classmates. For more information, contact Mary Rouse Edwards at (229) 395-4843 or Willa Mosely Menefee at (229) 349-4033.

Tifton Cotton Mill and Emanuel School Reunion: March 22, Ferry Lake Clubhouse on New River Church Road, Tifton. Registration will begin around 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Please bring a covered sigh and a beverage. Utensils and ice will be furnished. For more information, contant Mary Lee (Hayes) Sheppard at (229) 388-8083.

The Worth County High School Class of 1964 will hold their 50th reunion, May 17 at Southern Woods Plantation in Worth County. We are missing some contact information. Please email leepalmer@hughes.net with your info.

Plans are underway for a reunion/birthday party for Albany High School classes 1960-1969 to be held the weekend of May 30-31, 2014. For more information, contact Mike Patterson at 229-420-8654 or email to AHSBIRTHDAYBASH@aol.com.

Westover High School Class of ‘79 will hold their 35th Reunion July 18 and 19 at Merry Acres. For more information, contact dgcannon@hotmail.com.

CLASSES/SEMINARS

Illustration Friday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., second Friday. Artists of all skill levels can participate; bring materials. Participation is free. Grassroots Coffee Co., 123 S. Broad St., Thomasville. Contact the Thomasville Center for the Arts (229) 226-0588 or email lfloyd@thomasvillearts.org.

Occurs on the second Friday of every month through 02/14/2014

DARTON STATE COLLEGE

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

College Goal Georgia is 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. March 25 in J Building. Assistance completing FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid. Attendees encouraged to bring copy of completed tax returns.

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

Real Estate Pre License Course – 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Drivers Education Classes

SAT Prep Classes – April 19 and 26 from 9 a.m.- noon.

Painting with Acrylics – Classes begin April 10.

Prescribed Burn Class – May 14 and 15. Class limited to 75 participants.

SOWEGA COUNCIL ON AGING

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: The classes will demonstrate effective strategies on caregiving for adults. The classes are on-going and in various counties such as Dougherty and Grady. The next class is on Thursdays April 17- May 22 in Newton at the Baker County Senior Center. Registration fee $10; Call Cynthia Wade (229) 432-1124 for more information.

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

Affinis Hospice is a new Southwest Georgia growing company serving over 20 counties. They are looking for volunteers interested in office support and providing support to patients and families. Call (229) 435-2109 for more information.

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.

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