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Community Events and Activities for August 29-September 5

 

Friday, August 29-Sunday, August 31

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival (Callaway Gardens)

Soar into September at the 16th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival.  The weekend kicks off with the Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long.  Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride.  Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone and much more.  There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration as well as a 5K Race and Triathlon event.

 

Saturday, August 30

Market on Main (8 – 10 am, Carmike Cinema parking lot, East Depot and Main Street, LaGrange)

Enjoy this local farmer’s market each Saturday morning until October. Purchase the freshest produce, baked goods, preserves and plants around. Worth waking up early for! For more information contact Barbie Watts at 706.298.4534 or barbiew@downtownlagrange.com.

 

Sunday, August 31

Callaway Garden Fitness Series—Triathlon & 5K (Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain)

Begun in 1980, this event is the oldest ongoing triathlon in the continental US.  The 1K (horseshoe shaped) swim is around pristine Robin Lake (deep water entire swim, but within 20 yards of shoreline during the first half).  The 30K bike is out and back on Scenic Drive, Discovery Parkway and Mountain Creek Drive and completely eliminates all parking lot traffic that was a problem on the course used in previous years.  The 8K run follows Robin Lake Circle and parts of the paved Discovery Bicycle Trail.  Call 1-800-CALLAWAY for more information.

 

Thursday, September 4

Heritage Bank of the South Open House (5-6:30 pm, 401 Vernon Street, LaGrange)

Drop in for food and beverages!

 

Upcoming Activities for a Good Cause

 

Now-September 30

West Point Lake Coalition Gas Raffle

To raise funds for additional buoy lights on West Point Lake, the Coalition is partnering with McDonald Oil Company to raffle off $1750 in Shell Gas Cards (1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $500 and 3rd Place $250).  Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the Chamber or from a Coalition member.  Contact Dick Timmerberg (dtimmerberg@bellsouth.net or 706.884.5916) for more information.

 

Thursday, September 4

United Way of West Georgia Campaign Kickoff Breakfast (8 am, Del’avant)

Don’t be Sad or mad, be GLAD!  Wake up with the United Way and Author Chuck Stump at the 2014 Kick-Off Breakfast.  $15/person.  Advanced registration required.  Call 706.884.8292 or gaylajean77@yahoo.com.

 

FCA Annual Fall Banquet (6:30-10 pm, Callaway Conference Center)

The annual fundraising banquet for Fellowship of Christian Athletes will feature keynote speaker Coach Bobby Bowden.  Seats for $50; tables are $300.  Contact  Todd Pruitt (tpruitt@fca.org) for more information.

 

Friday, September 12

March of Dimes Diverse Power Golf Tournament (12 pm, The Fields Golf Club)

                Contact Carla Starling (cstarling@marchofdimes.com or 706-845-0708) to participate or to sponsor!

 

Saturday, September 13

CASA Benefit Ride (8 am, Baptist Tabernacle Church)

Participate in a motorcycle ride to benefit CASA of Troup County.  Contact Ken Little (kllittle@charter.net or 706-523-0301) for more information or to participate.

 

Tuesday, September 16

LaGrange Symphony Guild’s “My Favorite Things” Luncheon (10:30 am – 1:15 pm, Del’avant)

Festive luncheon, auction and marketplace to support the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Program.  For more information, please contact Raylene Carter (rmcarter01@gmail.com or 706-616-4154).

 

Thursday, September 18

Prevent Now!  Faith-Based D2L Training (11:30 am – 1 pm, 200 Main Street, Suite D, LaGrange)

The United Way of West Georgia sponsored training is a great opportunity for the faith-based community to educate its adult congregants to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse during this lunch and learn.

For more information, please contact McKenzie Jackson (706-594-0290 or mjackson@twincedars.org).

 

Saturday, September 20

Walk to End Alzheimer’s (9 am, Vernon Woods, LaGrange)

Join the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support for families and caregivers and research.  For more information about how to participate, please contact Josh O’Neal (706-302-1717 or onealj@wghealth.org).

 

Mark Your Calendars:  Upcoming Events & Activities

 

Tuesday, September 9

Author Talk at LaGrange Memorial Library (6:30 pm, 115 Alford Street, LaGrange)

Meet the 2014 Georgia Fiction Author of the Year Raymond L. Atkins during the Friends of the Library Author Talk & Book Signing.

 

Girl Scout Recruitment Meeting (6:00 pm, 3794 Hamilton Road, LaGrange)

Girl Scouts is forming new troops in the LaGrange area.  Join us to learn more about how and your daughter can become involved.  The mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  At this meeting, you will learn about Girl Scouts, loal upcoming events and how you can volunteer to experience this journey with your daughter.

 

Sunday, September 14

                Bisham Manor Bridal Open House (1-5:30 pm, 1901 Young’s Mill Road, LaGrange)

Contact Donna Arnold (donna.arnold17@gmail.com or 706-884-7908) for more information.

 

Saturday, September 20

                Busy as a Bee Workshop (10 am- 12 pm, Hills & Dales Estate, LaGrange)

Join apiarist Doug Roberts as he presents an illustrated talk about honey bees.  Adult participants will get a small jar of local honey.  Suitable for adults or children age 10 and up.  $20 per adult; $5 for each accompanying child.  Registration is required.  Call 706-882-3242.

 

Thursday, September 25

                West Georgia Career Connect Expo and Job Fair (10 am – 2 pm, New Community Church, 1200 South Davis Road, LaGrange)

The event is open to the public and free to both job seekers and recruiters.  Meet companies and recruiters in the West Georgia area looking to hire qualified talent.  Sponsored by the Department of Labor, LaGrange College, Point University and West Georgia Technical College.  Employers may register to participate at www.surveymonkey.com/s/TroupCareerExpo2014; for sponsorship information, please contact dgoldwire@lagrange.edu.

 

Ongoing Events

 

Now – September 12

A Slice of Our History: Troup County Golf and Golfers  (Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main Street, LaGrange)

Troup County has played an often unrecognized role in the history of the sport of golf. From the early 20th century until today, several people and events with Troup County connections have impacted the game and its development. The story of golf is unveiled through photographs, artifacts, news clippings and more. Among those spotlighted are Ely Callaway, Bobby Jones, Lionel and Harold Callaway, Suzanne Jackson, Allen Doyle and others. Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm. For more information contact 706.884.1828.

 

Now – October 19

Bellevue Belles

The LaGrange Woman’s Club is seeking a diverse group of young ladies who are interesting in presenting the history and culture of LaGrange to visitors at Bellevue, National Historic Landmark.  Participants must be of high school age with good academic standing, personal poise, presentation skills and an interest in history.  Selection process will include an interview.  Applications are available at Bellevue, 204 Ben Hill Street, LaGrange, on Tuesdays-Saturdays from 2-5 pm.  Applications are due by October 19.

 

September 1 – 30

Blue Morpho Butterfly Month (Callaway Garden’s Day Butterfly Center)

Enjoy the month-long display of nature at its finest.  Marvel at the Blue Morpho as hundreds of these tropical butterflies fill the Day Butterfly Center with their iridescent-blue splendor.  If the trend continues, visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of Blue Morpho Butterflies on the planet during September.

 

Every Wednesday

Story Time at the Hogansville Public Library (10 am, 600 E. Main Street, Hogansville)

Call 706.637.6230 for more information.

 

Every Third Thursday of the Month

Toddler Thursdays at LaGrange Art Museum (10:30 am, LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange)

Toddler Thursday is designed just for 1-5 year olds and their favorite adult. Each class will introduce toddlers to art and the Museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery activities, and an art activity. Toddler workshops last one hour and are lead by specially trained museum educators. $10 per child per month. For more information contact Sallie Keith at sallie.keith@lagrangeartmuseum.org.

 

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Newnan, Ga.  – Piedmont Newnan Hospital and The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Friday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Conference Room 2 of the hospital. Anyone who is eligible to donate is encouraged to come out to the hospital on Poplar Road as the American Red Cross is reporting a shortfall of 80,000 donations over the summer.

 

To give blood, a donor must be: in good health; age 17 years or older; weigh at least 110 pounds; not have donated blood within the last 56 days; and, show a valid photo I.D. It is recommended donors eat a snack or meal within two hours prior to donating blood.

 

To schedule an appointment for the Sept. 5 blood drive at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, visit redcrossblood.org, click on “Enter a Sponsor Code” located in the left center of the page and enter sponsor code: piedmontnewnan.

 

For more information about Piedmont Newnan Hospital, visit piedmontnewnan.org.

 

Al Chez, Trumpeter for David Letterman

Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm
Free Event
This program will include selections with solo performances by Al Chez as well as selections featuring select high school students.


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WHAT:

16th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

 

WHEN & WHERE:

Friday, August 29, 2014

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (balloon setup will begin at 6:45 a.m.; weather dependent)

Callaway Gardens (Beach Entrance on U.S. Hwy. 27)

Set for Labor Day Weekend, this annual Balloon Festival has something for everyone, from the soaring, majestic, colorful balloons to Callaway Gardens’ unique mix of natural beauty, to its endless helpings of multi-generational activities and events.  When it comes to family fun at Callaway Gardens, the sky is the limit!

 

Festivities kick off Friday night when guests flock to Robin Lake Beach for the Balloon Glow.  Upbeat live music by The Regulars sets the mood as balloons inflate. While the sun sets, the balloons’ individual colors glow against the gorgeous evening sky.

 

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, it is up, up and away as the balloons head for the open skies (weather permitting*) at sunrise and sunset.  On the ground, the action continues as Robin Lake Beach plays host to a family festival featuring activities and events for all ages.  Choose from tethered balloon rides** (weather permitting*), swimming, miniature golf, disc dog demonstrations and more.

 

Don’t miss the popular Classic Car Show on Saturday.  Nearly 300 cars are expected to roll through the gates and add more color to the already spectacular event.  And, this is one last weekend for guests to enjoy Robin Lake Beach’s Aqua Island,**a floating water playground.

 

Come ready to have a great weekend and eat.  The Beach Pavilion’s concessions will offer a variety of menu items.  In addition, a food truck court will feature Tex’s Taco, Happy Belly, On Tapa The World, Hobie Pop Kettle Corn and Venice Gelato & Lemonade, just to name a few.

 

Sports fans have no fear.  The games will be on the big screens at The Beach Bar at Robin Lake.  Saturday night will include live music by Final Answer followed by a demonstration by On Target Pyrotechnic Skydiving Team at dusk (weather permitting).

 

Adding a different element of excitement to the weekend will be the Nautique 2014 USA Wakesurf National Championships. The powerful Nautique G23 will be the tow boat as these competitors skim board and surf on Robin Lake.  Saturday will feature the qualifying heats followed by the Pro Division Finals on Sunday.

 

On Sunday morning, the athletically inclined can enjoy their own adventures thanks to the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series, including a 5K run and a triathlon.  This year represents the 34th anniversary of the triathlon at Callaway Gardens.  It is the oldest triathlon in the South and one of the longest continuous running triathlons in the continental United States. To register, visit www.active.com.  Sunday night will be extra special with live music by Sons-N-Britches followed by a bonus Sunday night Balloon Glow.

 

Inside the Gardens, be sure to witness the flight of hundreds of blue butterflies as part of September’s special Blue Morpho Month. If the trend continues, for the month of September there will be more Blue Morphos on display in one place at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center than any other place on the planet. There are also bicycle trails, Birds of Prey shows, floral displays, walking trails and more.

 

And, if you really want to fly, try out the new TreeTop Adventure**, a year-round attraction at Callaway Gardens featuring more than 30 obstacles and zip lines in the tree canopy.  Be sure to make your reservation before your visit.

 

Want to be a part of the high-flying balloon action?  Sign up to be on a Balloon Chase Crew for the weekend.  Crew members are assigned to assist pilots throughout the weekend with setting up balloons, chasing them when they are in the air and then bringing them back to Callaway Gardens after landing. For more information, contact Andy Brown at 706-663-5043 or abrown@callawaygardens.com.

 

Festival admission is $25 per adult (ages 13-64); $20 per senior (65+); $12.50 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax).  As an incentive to witness the morning launches, admission at the U.S. Hwy. 27 Beach gate will be half-price from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  This price includes access to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions and activities.

 

With proper identification, annual passholders can enter the Gardens with up to five guests in the same vehicle per day for free on Friday and before 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  They can enter for half-price after 9 a.m. each day.

 

Military personnel, including active duty, retired and Veterans, and up to five accompany guests in the same vehicle can enter the Gardens for half-price

To make the early arrival deal a little sweeter, the Exchange Club of Columbus will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $5 per person (while supplies last) under the Beach Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday morning.

 

Don’t delay.  Call now for reservations at 1.800.463.6990 or make reservations online at www.callawaygardens.com.

 

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

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Tuesday, August 26

Networking Group (7:45-9 am, Upstairs)

Please contact Page (pestes@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

 

Marketing Committee Meeting (8:30 am, Downstairs Conference Room)

Please contact Page (pestes@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

 

Youth Leadership Ropes Course (6 pm, Twin Cedars)

The first session of our Youth Leadership Program.  We have 31 juniors and seniors representing Callaway High School, Lafayette Christian School, LaGrange Academy, LaGrange High School and Troup High School in this year’s class!

 

Wednesday, August 27

Tourism Advisory Committee (1:30 pm, Downstairs Conference Room)

Please contact Page (pestes@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

 

Thursday, August 28

Diplomats Committee (8:30 am, Downstairs Conference Room)

Please contact Sheila (sheila@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

 

2014 Resource Troup Expo Planning Committee (10 am, Downstairs Conference Room)

Please contact LeTisha (letisha@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

 

Back to Football BASH! (5 pm – until?, Upstairs at the Chamber)

Tuesday, August 26

The Job Seeker’s Toolkit (9 am – 12 pm, West Georgia Technical College Main Campus, One College Circle, LaGrange)

Designed for persons seeking employment, this seminar will feature local employers explaining what they are looking for when hiring.  Key topics will include job searching, preparing for the interview, dressing for success and interviewing 101.  The FREE program is presented by the LaGrange Employer’s Committee of the Georgia Department of Labor.  To register, call the LaGrange Career Center at 706-845-4000.

 

Thursday, August 28

2014 Kia of LaGrange Back-a-Kid Golf Tournament benefitting Boys & Girls Club (Highland Country Club)

This four-person, select-shot event will be held at Highland Country Club.  Morning and afternoon tee times are available.  For registration and sponsorship information, please contact Bart McFadden at 706-812-9696 or bart_mcfadden@yahoo.com.

 

Choral Society of West Georgia First Rehearsal (6:30 pm, Troup High Choral Room, LaGrange)

The Choral Society of West Georgia begins its 9th concert season with the first rehearsal beginning at 6:30 pm.  All interested singers are invited to attend!

 

Friday, August 29-Sunday, August 31

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival (Callaway Gardens)

Soar into September at the 16th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival.  The weekend kicks off with the Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long.  Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride.  Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone and much more.  There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration as well as a 5K Race and Triathlon event.

 

Upcoming Activities for a Good Cause

 

Thursday, September 4

FCA Annual Fall Banquet (6:30-10 pm, Callaway Conference Center)

The annual fundraising banquet for Fellowship of Christian Athletes will feature keynote speaker Coach Bobby Bowden.  Seats for $50; tables are $300.  Contact  Todd Pruitt (tpruitt@fca.org) for more information.

 

Friday, September 12

March of Dimes Diverse Power Golf Tournament (12 pm, The Fields Golf Club)

                Contact Carla Starling (cstarling@marchofdimes.com or 706-845-0708) to participate or to sponsor!

 

Saturday, September 13

CASA Benefit Ride (8 am, Baptist Tabernacle Church)

Participate in a motorcycle ride to benefit CASA of Troup County.  Contact Ken Little (kllittle@charter.net or 706-523-0301) for more information or to participate.

 

Tuesday, September 17

LaGrange Symphony Guild’s “My Favorite Things” Luncheon (10:30 am – 1:15 pm, Del’avant)

Festive luncheon, auction and marketplace to support the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Program.  For more information, please contact Raylene Carter (rmcarter01@gmail.com or 706-616-4154).

 

Thursday, September 18

Prevent Now!  Faith-Based D2L Training (11:30 am – 1 pm, 200 Main Street, Suite D, LaGrange)

The United Way of West Georgia sponsored training is a great opportunity for the faith-based community to educate its adult congregants to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse during this lunch and learn.

For more information, please contact McKenzie Jackson (706-594-0290 or mjackson@twincedars.org).

 

Saturday, September 20

Walk to End Alzheimer’s (9 am, Vernon Woods, LaGrange)

Join the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support for families and caregivers and research.  For more information about how to participate, please contact Josh O’Neal (706-302-1717 or onealj@wghealth.org)

COMMUNITY SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR CHARITY CYCLING EVENT

 

Bike MS Event Returns for Ninth Year

 

PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (08/21/2014) – More than 1,000 cyclists will be riding into town Sept. 19-21, 2014, for the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride at Callaway Gardens, a proud partner of this event.  Returning for the ninth year, participants will ride in this annual, long-distance cycling event that benefits the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.  This year’s fundraising goal is $1.2 million to help find a cure for this devastating disease and to support those in Georgia living with MS and their families.

 

There are many ways to show our hospitality and help make their experience the best one ever.

 

Donate Your Time

Help the Georgia chapter staff throughout the weekend by volunteering to work at the check-in tables, setting up and breaking down the event site, assisting with parking and traffic, helping at refreshment break points along the route, serving as medical volunteers or cheering riders along the route.

 

There are several shifts available for each volunteer job Friday through Sunday.  To sign up, call Rusty Benton, event specialist for the Georgia chapter, at 678.534.3588 or email him at russell.benton@nmss.org. To learn more about the event, visit www.bikems.org.

 

Put Out the Welcome Mat

The cyclists will be traveling throughout Harris and Meriwether Counties.  Businesses, churches, schools and others are asked to post a welcome sign or an encouraging message to the group Sept. 19-21.

 

Stay Overnight and Benefit MS

Another great way to contribute is to stay overnight at Callaway Gardens’ Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages or Mountain Creek Villas.  Volunteers and participants can enjoy special-priced overnight rates.  For each room reserved, the Bike MS event will receive a donation from Callaway Gardens; in fact, the more rooms reserved — the higher the percentage of the donation.

 

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, GA, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus, GA.  For additional information, call (800) 463-6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

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About The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter serves individuals with MS and their families in 159 counties statewide, and along with hundreds of volunteers, raises more than $2 million annually from events such as the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride and nine Walk MS events throughout the state. Seventy-eight cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support local programs and research for a cure.

 

Visit www.MSgeorgia.orgfor information on programs and services.

Sign up!  

September 3 Women of Prosperity Lunch

Click here to register 

RSVP Deadline August 25

Hurry to make your reservation.  Only 100 seats available.

Mark Your Calendar for Final 

2014 Coweta’s Women of Prosperity Lunch

Wednesday, December 3
Anne Meisner, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern 
RSVP by November 28

Questions?

To get involved or take advantage of the Business Women’s Network programs, contact Valerie at valerie@newnancowetachamber.org or  call 770.253.2270

Business Women’s Network:  To develop female leadership engaged in community and professional leadership positions

Executive Women’s Coaching, Leadership Skills Training, and  Monthly Socials

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