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3rd Annual Society of 7 Benefit Art Sale

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Newnan’s art group, the “Society of Seven” and friends, will sponsor their 3rd annual art sale in memory of Mr. Gene Chesnut (d.2013) at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.
This sale will be ONE DAY ONLY and no art work will exceed $250.00. All proceeds from the sale will help provide funding for art supplies for Title 1 Schools of Coweta as well as the Patrons of the Centre’s Educational Fund which enables deserving students to participate in various educational experiences in the
visual and performing arts.

The Society of 7 and Friends
David Boyd, Sue Christman, Millie Gosh, Dana Johnson, Martin Pate,
Elas Sibley and Brenda Sumpter

Sara Arnall, Anne Berry, Greg Blair, Stephen Brownlee, Ellen Davis,
Andy Gosch, Ellen Guillory, Jim Johns, Jenny Jones, Austin Lindsey,
Jim Litoff, Suzie McKibben, Julie Nestor, Sandy Parker, Kim Ramey,
Carol Tamplin and TIffany Thomas

20th Century Graphics from the Cochran Collection

The exhibition features 63 works of modern art showcasing pieces from pivotal moments in modern art history by pioneers of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art and post-modernism. Lamar Dodd Art Center, 310 Panther Way, LaGrange College.

The museum’s galleries are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays when classes are in session. www.lagrange.edu

Now – April 15

Follow the Cross Walks

Learn more about the last week of Jesus’ ministry in one of the most authentic settings this side of Israel. Guided tours include Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and teaching at the Temple, to the Last Supper, the arrest in Gethesemane, trial before Pontius Pilate, crucifixion and the Resurrection. For the ultimate Easter experience, schedule a biblical meal as part of your tour. Reservations required. Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange. Contact Information: biblicalhistorycenter.com, Penny Smart, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Now – April 10

Line Dancing Lessons

Line Dance Lessons mainly for adults 55+ but Adults of All Ages are welcome

The Active Life Wellness Center, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange

Mondays at 7:00 p.m., Contact Information: Molly Jones 706-883-1681

No charge to participate

March 24 – 26

Charlotte’s Web

Lafayette Theatre Academy presents a junior version of E. B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web. With a cast of students in grades 1 – 12, these young actors bring a story to life. Directed by academy instructor, Carol Cain.

Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, 214 Bull Street, LaGrange

March 24th @ 7:30 March 25th @ 7:30 March 26th @ 7:30

Contact Information: lspageneral@lsparts.org 706-882-9909


Saturday, March 25, 9:00 AM

Blue Knights of Georgia XVII 4th Annual Benefit Ride for CASA of Troup County

The Blue Knights Georgia XVII Fourth Annual Benefit Ride for CASA of Troup County – Motorcycles and Jeeps welcome. Lunch will be provided by the Elks Lodge for $5.00 per plate. Door prizes and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds go to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

LaGrange Elks Lodge, 905 S. Davis Road, LaGrange,

Contact Information: Katrina Self, Executive Director, CASA of Troup County (706) 845-8243, Fees/Admission: $20.00 per rider/$5.00 per passenger

Monday, March 27, 10:00 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Sicily

3D Journeys offers you two free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Sicily each Monday morning session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty. March 27 “Vincenzo Bellini: Sicily’s Son of Musical Drama” Dr. Beth Everett, director of choral activities, Location: LaGrange College Turner Hall Dickson Assembly Room Contact Information: Alumni and Community Relations, 706-880-8244, 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu, www.lagrange.edu

Monday, March 27, 7:00 PM

LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert

LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra’s string, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians present their annual Spring Concert. Also appearing are the LSYO String Ensemble, and students from the LSO Strings Attached program.

Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College

Contact Information:  Raylene Carter, Executive Director, 706-882-0662, www.lagrangesymphony.org

Tuesday, March 28, 9:45 AM & 1:00 PM

Vietnam Veterans Oral History Interviews

Vietnam Veterans are encouraged to participate in this important Library of Congress project. Veterans will join students to capture oral history interviews at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus. For more details contact Dr. Blake Busbin at wbbusbin@auburnschools.org or 334-887-4970.

Friday, March 31, 8:00 PM

Sweetland Amphitheatre Presents Jason Isbell w/ Special Guest Hiss Golden Messenger

Tickets: $30 – $50 (plus fees)


Thursday April 6, 12:00 PM

TLC (Thursday Lunch Club)

TLC presents The Reunion Quartet following a delicious served at the table lunch for only $6. Please make reservations by calling 706-884-4635 or emailing: churchoffice@lagrangefumc.org

LaGrange First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 401 Broad Street

Contact Information: Joyce Young, Coordinator 706-416-7868

Fees/Admission: $6 – Lunch

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Broad Street Walking Tour

Join County Historian, Clark Johnson, for a walking tour of historic Broad Street. Please reserve your space on the tour by calling (706) 884-1828.

Contact Information: Brianna Russell, Troup County Archives, (706) 884-1828 http://trouparchives.org, Fees/Admission: $20

Thursday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Spring 2017 Jobs Fair

Hosted by Congressman Drew Ferguson

The Callaway Center, West Georgia Technical College, 120 Fort Drive LaGrange,

Congressman Drew Ferguson is hosting a local Jobs Fair this April. We are looking for local businesses and organizations who are interested in participating in the event. There is no cost to participate. Tables will be provided, and we will handle all advertising for the event. The first hour will be geared towards veterans, then the fair will be opened to the general public. If you would like to participate in the event, Contact: Jessica Craddock at Jessica.Craddock@mail.house.gov, 770-683-2033 Fax: 770-683-2042

Sunday, April 16, 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Easter Sunrise Celebration

Come celebrate Easter in one of the most authentic settings this side of Israel. Title of program is “Following Mary Magdalene from Galilee to the Empty Tomb.”

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange

Date/Time Information: Sunday, April 16 7am – 8:15 am, Contact Information:

Brandi Wardrip, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Fees/Admission: Free admission.

Friday, April 21, 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM

Relay For Life of Troup County

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. www.relayforlife.org/troupga, Chris Joseph Track, 1700 Whitesville St, LaGrange, Contact Information: Calle Wallace (404) 329-5730

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Troup County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

Refresh the garden and landscape. Select from master gardener grown annuals, shrubs, fruits and vegetables- all REASONABLY priced! Browse our rare and unusual plants, 2017 new introductions and unique gifts. Master gardeners will be available to offer expert advice and suggestions.

Location: Troup County Agriculture Center, 21 Vulcan Materials Road, LaGrange

Contact Information: Shirley Gilliam 706-883-1675  or http://ugaextension.org/county-offices/troup/agriculture-and-natural-resources/master-gardener.html

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

HOMEFEST & Amateur BBQ Cookoff

Join us for our Annual HOMEFEST on Lafayette Square – Downtown LaGrange! Come and get all your home ownership questions answered!! We will have tons of information from our Brokers, Mortgage Lenders, Insurance Agents, Pest Control companies, surveyors and more. Giveaways, music, food, kids activities and more!! We will also be having final judging for our first ever Fair Housing Coloring contest too!! Contestants are being chosen from all Troup County 3rd grade classes. Overall winner judging & prizes to be awarded at HOMEFEST! This year we’ve added an Amateur BBQ Cookoff!! Overall winner will receive $200 cash!! Entry fee is $50 for contest. DEADLINE to register/pay is March 22. For application or more information, please contact 706/884-2600 or troupcountybor@gmail.com, www.tcbor.com

Contact Information:Mandy Brown @706/884-2600 or Tania Griffin @706/518-9577

Fees/Admission: HOMEFEST on the Square is a free family event. The amateur BBQ Cookoff entry fee is $50.

Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sons of Lafayette concert

Make plans to join the Sons of Lafayette for a jovial time experiencing a “Bach to Broadway” concert. Several ensembles will also present pieces during the concert. Bring your family, friends and next door neighbor. We look forward to getting to greet you at the concert. LaGrange College, Callaway Auditorium, 405 Forrest Place LaGrange, Purchase tickets on line at www.sonsoflafayette.org or Facebook, from active members or at Plum Southern, Stephens Exclusives in LaGrange, GA, www.sonsoflafayette.org, $15 general admission seating

Monday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Sicily

3D Journeys offers you two free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Sicily each Monday morning session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty. March 27 “Vincenzo Bellini: Siciliy’s Son of Musical Drama” Shelley Cooper, Musical Theatre. LaGrange College Turner Hall Dickson Assembly Hall

Contact Information: Alumni and Community Relations 706-880-8244 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu www.lagrange.edu. Free shuttle from Sunny Gables to Turner Hall beginning at 9 am Free lectures Dutch treat available in Pitts Dining Hall following the lecture for $8.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

LSO presents EARTH – Of Earth and Nature

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra concludes the 2016-2017 season with EARTH – Of Earth and Nature. This concert includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Copeland’s Appalachian Spring. Concert features Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) featuring soloists selected from the LSO., Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College, Contact Information: Raylene M. Carter Executive Director 706.882.0662, www.lagrangesymphony.org, Fees/Admission: Tickets available at $10, $20 and $30. Students over 12 are $5. Children 12 and under are free but must have a ticket.

Friday, April 28, 8:00 PM

Sweetland Amphitheatre Presents Blackberry Smoke- Like An Arrow Tour

Tickets: $25 – $48 (plus fees) www.sweetland.events

Saturday, April 29, 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Kia’s DASH for Hillside 5K

Kia Motors and DASH of LaGrange are proud to present the second annual Kia’s DASH for Hillside. The USATF certified 5K will start and finish in the beautiful Hillside neighborhood located in LaGrange, Georgia. The race will also take participants through the historic Hills and Dales Estate providing stunning views of the Callaway Home that will be celebrating its 101st birthday this year. It is the only race that enters this historic site and is a must do for any runner. The race is chipped and results will be available immediately after the race. Awards are handcrafted by local artisans, and every runner receives a soft sports blend t-shirt. www.facebook.com/pg/kiasdash/about/?ref=page_internal

Contact Information: Brittany Wynne, wynnebrittany@gmail.com

April 29 – May 13

Biblical History Center Trip to Israel and Jordan

Travel with Dr. Jim Fleming and Hannaniah Pinto for a profoundly moving experience! Day-by-day details of trip are posted on www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Contact Information: Ginny McCabe, travelbr@earthlink.net

Sunday, April 30, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

“Through The Poet’s Eyes”

This concert by Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble will explore the relationship between poetry and choral music for women’s voices. www.cswg.weebly.com

Location: TBA, Contact Information: Bettie Biggs, Artistic Director Choral Society of West Georgia, 706-333-0627

May 4 – May 13

Strange Snow

Lafayette Theatre Company performs the 1983 dramatic comedy Strange Snow, directed by Dr. Kim Barber Knoll. Synopsis: It is 5 am. on the first day of the fishing season and Megs is determined to get his buddy up, but David has a terrible hang over that is not entirely from last night’s drinking. Megs and David served together in Vietnam, and David still blames himself for the death of their pal Bobby. David lives with his sister Martha, a high school teacher who is enjoying a budding romance with the delightful Megs. Together, they endeavor to convince David he has to get past the war and get on with life. Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, 214 Bull Street, LaGrange, 706-882-9909 or lspageneral@lsparts.org, Fees/Admission: Adult $17 Student $12, www.lsparts.org/tickets/index.html

Saturday, May 6, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Troup County March for Babies

Join us for the 28th annual Troup County March for Babies on Saturday, May 6th at Hollis Hand Elementary. This family friendly event is open to team and individual participation. We walk to give every baby a fighting chance. For more information, please call 706-845-0708 or register online www.marchforbabies.org/event/troupga

Location: Hollis Hand Elementary School, 641 Country Club Road, LaGrange

Registration and team photos: 8:30 a.m., Walk begins: 10:00 a.m.

Contact Information: Carla Starling, cstarling@marchofdimes.org

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Roman Army Day

An extremely popular annual event that features dramatic presentations from Legio XI, a group of Roman soldier reenactors. Other activities include bread making, mosaic tiling, weaving, Roman marketplace, catacombs and much more. Admission charged.

Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com

Saturday, May 6, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Young Singers of West Georgia: Spring Showcase

Young Singers of West Georgia perform choral pieces to wrap up the school year with their Spring Showcase. lsparts.org/yswg/index.html

Location: New Community Church,1200 S Davis Rd, LaGrange

Lafayette Society for Performing Arts 214 Bull St. LaGrange, 706-882-9909 lspageneral@lsparts.org

Saturday, May 6, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Chattahoochee Valley River Revival

A 3-mile, family-friendly, paddle trip begins below West Point Dam at Hardley Creek Park and ends at the City of West Point River Park. 5pm paddle kickoff. After the paddle…a free & open to the public Chattahoochee celebration with music, food and short films shown on a screen overlooking the banks of the Chattahoochee! If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Henry Jacobs at hjacobs@chattahoochee.org or 706-882-3701 for more information about vendor and sponsorship opportunities. Downtown River Park in West Point (River Celebration) & Hardley Creek Park (Paddle Trip Launch Site), Contact Information: Henry Jacobs, hjacobs@chattahoochee.org, 706-882-3701, www.chattahoochee.org

LaGrange Memorial & Hogansville Public Library Events for March

3/23/2017 3:00:00 PM

Teen Meet

Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St., Hogansville

3/23/2017 4:30:00 PM

Tween Book Club:  Story Scavengers

The story scavenging has begun!  The book has been taken home, and this meeting date is for the participants who have started and finished the assigned book.  There will not be a sign-up for this March date, since it is for those already participating. However, in April, we will begin a new book, and we will alert the public to the date and time for that book club meeting.  This program is especially for participants from the ages 8 to 12 years.

LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St, LaGrange

3/24/2017 2:00:00 PM

Bookshop Open

Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library Book Sale. Stop by the bookshop and the lobby of the LaGrange Memorial Library for some great deals on used books!

LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St, LaGrange

3/25/2017 10:30:00 AM

Last Saturday Crafts

Bring your current craft project and owrk iwth other crafters at the library.

Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St., Hogansville

3/27/2017 3:00:00 PM

Genealogy II

Get to know your ancestors better! Learn how and where to find the records that tell their story – marriage, birth, death, military and others. Prerequisite: Genealogy I

LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St, LaGrange

3/28/2017 12:00:00 PM

Souper Reads Book Club

Lilac Girls by Matha Hall Kelly

Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St., Hogansville

3/28/2017 4:30:00 PM

Tech Explorers

Do more programming of the Sphero SPRK+ robot in this program for 9-12 year olds. Registration is required.

LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St, LaGrange

3/29/2017 10:30:00 AM

Story  Time

Children gather weekly at the library to hear stories, sing songs, and make a craft.

LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St, LaGrange

3/29/2017 10:30:00 AM


Children gather weekly at the library to hear stories, sing songs, and make a craft. For Children 5 and under.

Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St., Hogansville

3/31/2017 2:00:00 PM

Bookshop Open

Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library Book Sale. Stop by the bookshop and the lobby of the LaGrange Memorial Library for some great deals on used books!

LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St, LaGrange

3/31/2017 3:00:00 PM

Tech Explorers

Do more programming of the Sphero SPRK+ robot in this program for 9-12 year olds.  Registration is required.

Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St., Hogansville

Ongoing Events


First Tuesday monthly – November 7

Troup County Master Gardeners 2017 Lunch and Learn Series

Bring your lunch and come join the Troup County Master Gardeners as we explore a variety of horticultural topics. Each session will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00 at the LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St. LaGrange, Free!

Contact Information: Shirley Gilliam 706-883-1675


Now – August 2017

Pasaquan Works on Paper by Eddie Owens Martin

Regular Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-5PM and Every Third Saturday from 1-4PM

The LaGrange Art Museum is partnering with Columbus State University and the Kohler Foundation for the fall Opening of Pasaquan, a seven-acre art environment consisting of six major structures, more than 900 feet of painted masonry fence, painted totems, decorative walkways, sculptures, and other art and artifacts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States. “One of the top 16 places to see in the US in 2016.” – CNN. LaGrange Art Museum, Free for Troup County Residents, Non-Residents $10 donation Call 706-882-3267, email art@lagrangeartmuseum.org, www.lagrangeartmuseum.org


Tour West Georgia Tech, (10:00-11:00 AM or 5:30-6:30 PM)

Tours are held the third Tuesday of each month. No need to register or make an appointment, simply show up at WGTC, One College Circle, LaGrange. (706) 845-4323 – www.westgatech.edu.


State of Economic Development Lunch

Wednesday, March 29

11:30am – 1pm

Location:  Newnan Country Club

Cost:  $35 for Chamber members and their guests; $50 for General Admission 

Reservations due: Friday, March 24

RSVP here

Speakers:  Tom Croteau, Deputy Commissioner Global Commerce, Georgia Dept. of Economic Development, and Greg Wright, President, Coweta County Development Authority

Come hear first-hand from our state and local economic development professionals as they share progress and achievements from this past year and share future goals.  Don’t delay, make your reservations today!

Sponsored by  Newnan CEO, Coweta-Fayette EMC and Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Pancakes and Politics Breakfast

Wednesday, April 12

7:30 – 9am

Location:  Newnan Country Club

Cost:  $20 for Chamber members and their guests; $50 for General Admission

Reservations due: Monday, April 10

RSVP here

Join your Chamber peers for this post-legislative session wrap up.  Learn about the most important issues and what to expect in the future. 

The Coweta Delegation will participate in a moderated panel.  Chris Clark, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, will provide legislative insights from the session as well as moderate the panel.  

Sponsored by AT&T

Coweta Delegation Members pictured below (left to right):  Senator Matt Brass, Representative Lynn Smith, Representative Josh Bonner, Representative David Stover, and Representative Bob Trammell

What qualities will be most important for Coweta’s 21st Century Workforce?
Communication and organizational skills are some essential qualities
Developing a successful workforce depends on many factors, and recent articles suggest that everything from communication and organizational skills to a positive attitude are all increasingly important for the workforce. These articles on workforce development are provided by Central Educational Center CEO Mark Whitlock.
Central Educational Center (CEC) is a publicly funded charter college and career academy in Newnan. CEC is a joint-venture partnership among business and industry, the Coweta County School System, and West Georgia Technical College that provides learners from eighth through twelfth grade, and throughout adulthood, a seamless education for life. Work ethic is a key component in grading team member performance. For more information, contact Mark Whitlock at mark.whitlock@cowetaschools.net.
Community Leaders Share Insights Through Newnan CEO Video Messaging
To hear from more of Coweta’s community leaders, click here to subscribe to Newnan CEO.
President of the Coweta County Development Authority Greg Wright talks about some of the major economic development wins for the community and the celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary.
COO of the Grenzebach Corporation Martin Pleyer talks about what he likes to do outside of the office.
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To champion increased economic prosperity for our members

Coweta County Extension Offers Hands-on Gardening Workshops


The Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are offering four new hands-on gardening workshops to the public. The hour-long sessions are:


  • April 5: Gardening 101 – The basics of gardening and preparing your garden for planting.
  • April 12: Irrigation Systems – All about irrigating in-ground and raised-bed gardens.
  • April 19: Planting the Garden – How to plant different kinds of vegetables, from tomatoes to beans.
  • June 14: Preserving the Harvest – All about canning and freezing.


Each session is limited to 15 participants and will be held from noon-1 p.m. at UGA Extension – Coweta County, 255 Pine Road, Newnan. Cost is $10 per workshop, with advance payment required. You can attend one or all of the workshops.


Online payment and registration at http://t.uga.edu/34d  or call 770-254-2620.

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