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West Georgia

Choral Arts Festival 2017


Make your plans now to join The Choral Society of West Georgia, for the first Choral Arts Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College.   Dr. Byron Cartwright, Director of the Point University Concert Choir, will be the guest clinician.


The 4 p.m. choral festival is free and open to the public.


Confirmed Choral Groups include:


Choral Society of West Georgia, Bettie Biggs, Director


Faithful Hearts Women’s Ensemble – First Baptist Church On The Square – Sandy Blair, Director


LaGrange High School Chorus – Katie Westbrook-Trent, Director


Point University Concert Choir – Dr. Byron Cartwright, Director


Sons of Lafayette Male Choir – Dr. Beth Everett, Director 


Voices of the Valley Children’s Choir – Dr. Michelle Herring , Director


Young Singers of West Georgia – Stacey Hardigree, Director


West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2017


4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Callaway Auditorium

LaGrange College




Date: Feb. 25, 2017
“Give Our Regards To Broadway” With

Special Guests: University of Georgia Senior Dance Ensemble


Date: March 11, 2017
Choral Arts Festival

Callaway Auditorium


Date: April 30, 2017
Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble



Sons of Lafayette

 LaGrange, GA


Voices Of The Valley

Columbus, GA

Young Singers of West Georgia

Point University

Choral Society of West Georgia

P. O. Box 151

LaGrange, GA  30241


Fifteen brave men will, once again, enter the battleground that is
Dragging for Dollars

benefiting Southeastern Assistance in Healthcare (SAIH)

March 18, 2017


Season’s Greetings
from Your Chamber
In This Issue
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With so many fun and meaningful things going on this month, we are only including  SOME of the events.  Please click the links to the other sites for a more complete list of activities this month.
 If you have an event or fundraiser you would like to include in next month’s
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valerie@newnancowetachamber.org at least one week before the end of the month.
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The Bear’s Community Bulletin Board.

Around the Community in December…  


The Greatest Gift/Drive Through Nativity
Thursday – Sunday, December 8 – 11, 6pm; Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 2956 Highway 154
Live cast in 10 scenes.  No cost.  For more information, visit www.cornerstoneumc.com.

A Christmas Carol
Thursday – Sunday, December 8 – 11; 8pm except for 3pm on Sunday; Newnan Theatre Company, 24 First Avenue, Newnan  
The timeless story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.  Book, music, and lyrics by Dale Lyles.  Form more information, tickets, and pricing, visit www.newnantheatre.org or call 770.683.6282.

8th Annual Bedford Dasher 5K Run/Walk and Elf Run
Saturday, December 10, 8am; The Bedford School, 5665 Milam Road, Fairburn
 Vendors selling crafts, wreaths, soaps, gifts…and pictures with Santa!  For more information and to register, please click here or email Kristy Westmoreland at kwestmoreland@thebedfordschool.org.

“Songs of Christmas” Parade
Saturday, December 10, 6pm; Downtown Newnan 
The parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands.  Santa will also be coming into town.  For more information about entering, parking, and route, please click here.

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Senoia
Sunday, December 11; for more information, visit www.enjoysenoia.com.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
Friday, December 16, 7pm; The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing & Visual Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan

Experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the Annie Moses Band as the acclaimed classical crossover ensemble performs stunning arrangements of holiday favorites.  For more information, visit www.TheNixonCentre.net or call 770.254.2787.

The Nutcracker
Friday, December 16, 7:30pm and Saturday, December 17, 5pm; Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson Street, Newnan
The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission presents Southern Arc Dance The Nutcracker.  For tickets, click here.  Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 770.683.3724.

Night Hike-Sensory Awareness
Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm; Chattahoochee Bend State Park, 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan
A 2 mile long night hike along the Riverside Trail with 5 different experiments to test your senses.  We will have hot cocoa to keep your fingers warm and your taste buds happy.  Bring a flashlight for safety along with sturdy shoes, bug spray and water.  Click here to register.

Canned Food Drive to Benefit the Salvation Army 
Newnan GNC is spearheading efforts to collect NON-PERISHABLE food for the local Salvation Army’s Food Pantry.  Help keep the shelves full!  Gladly accepting canned and non-perishable (non-damaged, in-date) through 12.31.16.   Click here to view collection locations.

2016 Christmas Dinner Give-A-Way
Liberty Tax Service/Amer Awad wants to spread the word!  Donations being accepted to help fund giving away 200 dinners to those in need on December 23rd.  For more information, please click here.

Bring One for the Chipper
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8am – 12pm; Parking lot behind newnan City Hall, 23 LaGrange Street, Newnan
Easy and eco-friendly recycling through “Keep Newnan Beautiful” and the City of Newnan.  The first 250 people that bring their Christmas Trees to be recycled will receive a red maple seedling (one per household while supplies last).  For more information, call 770.253.8283.


December 10
Barnes and Noble
342 Newnan Crossing Bypass

Support While Shopping
We will be holding a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble to help raise money for summer arts camp scholarships and art supplies for Title I schools.

Join us for these great activities:
Kids Activities: Story time with classic Christmas stories
and ornament making. Get some shopping done while the kids
and grand-kids have some fun!

Christmas Carols with Poplar Road Elementary

Reading of Christmas Stories

Music and festivities

Ugly Sweater Contest: Prizes given!

There will be prize give-aways throughout the day.
Stop by our welcome table for more information.

Mark your calendar now!

Now – Dec 24

Buy a Tree Change a Life

City Light Church has partnered with “BUY A TREE CHANGE A LIFE” (www.buyatreechangealife.com). We will be selling Christmas trees (200ct) at City Light Church located @ 501 Fourth Ave, beginning Thanksgiving Day until Dec 2, 2016. In 2015, BUY A TREE CHANGE A LIFE partnered across the country to help children globally and locally. For further information, contact Lisa Taylor @ (706) 884-8494.


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


Now – December 15

Ballroom Dance Lessons

Beginner’s Ballroom Dance Lessons for Adults of all Ages

The Active Life Wellness Center, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange

Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Contact Information: Cody Wayne Foote 334-663-2408

Fees/Admission: $100. per couple for a 5 week session


Thursday, December 1, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mingle with Kringle

Meet Santa and his North Pole friends at LaGrange’s Big Christmas tree before the lighting of the LaGrange’s Christmas tree. Bring your own camera to capture a Christmas memory in Downtown LaGrange.

LaFayette Plaza in Downtown LaGrange, Free, public invited to attend

Barbie Watts 706-298-4534, barbie@downtownlagrange.com, www.downtownlagrange.com


December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24

Follow The Shepherds Walks

Walks are ongoing, with the first one at 6 pm. Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story. These evening walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas multi-media presentation.


Christmas Multi-Media Presentation: “Two Different KIngs”

This multi-media presentation in the Roman stepped theatre contrasts the difference between the world of King Herod the Great and King Jesus of Nazareth as understood by his early followers. The show will feature the discoveries in the recently excavated tomb of Herod.


Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, Make reservations early, $10 adults/$6 children, 706-885-0363, BiblicalHistoryCenter.com

Contact Information: Penny Smart- 706-885-0363, Follow the Shepherds Walk included with admission.


December 2-3

Point Community Christmas Concerts

Featuring all Fine Arts Department Performing Ensembles

Spring Road Christian Church

Friday, December 2, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm Saturday, December 3, 3:00 pm.


December 2-4

Lafayette Ballet Company: Nutcracker 2016

Troup High Performing Arts Center

Adults: $16 Students: $12

LSPA Business Office 706-882-9909



Saturday, December 3, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sovereign Grace Church Holiday Craft Blitz

Craft and vendor fair. Homemade items and direct sell items (Avon, etc). Bake sale with great homemade goodies. $4 lunch (hot dog, chips and drink) available. LaGrange PD rep will be handing out kids fingerprinting kits as well as safety books for children.

Location: 885 Callaway Church Road, LaGrange,

Contact Information: Renee Gay 706-957-3212


Saturday, December 3, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fresh Greenery Christmas Workshop

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center The wonderful scent of winter evergreens signals the holiday season and festivities are at hand. To help get ready, we’ll provide the instruction, frames, mechanics, fresh greenery, berries, etc. Participants go home with a delightful Christmas decoration to bring holiday cheer to any home. Choose a wreath, centerpiece or door hanging. Instructor: Patricia Collins, Director of Gardens Fee: Per wreath or centerpiece – $45/Guests; $40.50 Annual Passholder. To register call 706-663-5153 http://callawaygardens.com


December 3 – December 26, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Hills & Dales Holidays

The Callaway home will be decorated for Christmas using all fresh greens with the Christmas tree specially styled circa 1916. A wonderful scaled gingerbread house replicating the Neel Reid designed Callaway home will be on display in the Palm Room.

Hills & Dales Estate – House and garden tour: $15 adults, $7 students (age 7 – through college); Garden only tour: $8 adults, $4 students (children 6 and under are free) 706-882-3242; info@hillsanddales.org, hillsanddales.org


Saturday, December 3, 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sons of LaFayette – Christmas Concert

Make plans to start Christmas off with a season celebration concert by the Sons of LaFayette. You are sure to be uplifted, encouraged and ready to “Deck the Halls” with merriment. Be sure to bring your family, friends and next door neighbor to enjoy a wonderful start to the season. First Presbyterian Church, 120 Broad St, LaGrange, Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/solmvc, sonsoflafayette@gmail.com

$15 General seating Tickets available from choir members or at Plum Southern, Stephens Exclusives or online at: http://www.sonsoflafayette.org/tickets.htm www.sonsoflafayette.org


Saturday, December 3, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hillside Holiday Market

The Hillside Holiday Market returns this holiday season to add some local flavor to your gift list. There will be plenty of unique gift ideas. Vendors please contact Deborah Santiago for more information and your application. delealb@gmail.com Hosted by DASH for LaGrange and the Hillside neighborhood. Hillside Station – 625 Jefferson Street


December 3rd, 10th & 17th (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM)

Prevent Child Abuse Troup/Twin Cedars’

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services, Inc.) is offering GA Stewards for Children “Darkness to Light” Trainings at no cost to the community at large during the month of December. This nationally acclaimed training is designed to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Through this training initiative, we as a community, are educating adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Coleman Community Center (Twin Cedars), 701 Lincoln St., LaGrange. To register contact Kim Adams at kadams@twincedars.org or 706.298.5064 (registration will remain open through December 16th)


Sunday, December 4, 7:30PM

Lessons and Carols Service

LaGrange College’s annual gift to the community, the service features the Chamber Choir and Orchestra presenting scripture and song celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Callaway Auditorium, Free – For further information contact asellman@lagrange.edu or call 706 880-8351


Monday, December 5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Christmas on the Hill

Christmas celebration for the community features Santa and his live reindeer, games, holiday crafts, treats, caroling, Christmas tree lighting and other surprises.

LaGrange College library plaza, Contact Information: Katie Mosley, 706-880-8112, free, but canned food items will be collected for local food banks. www.lagrange.edu


December 8–10

A Christmas Carol

This Christmas Carol goes beyond other adaptations with Charles Dickens himself being introduced to the audience. The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions. A Christmas Carol recaptures the magic and mystique of the Dickens original.

New Horizon Theatre, 411 W 8th St., West Point, $16 for Adults / $13 for Seniors, Students, and Military. For tickets: Visit the website @ www.nhct.org or call the Ticket Hotline @ 706/518-6234. For Audition information, email us at: info@nhct.org


Friday, December 9, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Active Life Ballroom Dance

Ballroom Dance for Adults of all Ages, with the Mike Skipper Band. Attire is business casual. The Active Life Wellness Center, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange

Contact Information: Molly Jones 706-883-1681, Fees/Admission: $20.00 per couple


December 9-10

Young Singers of West Georgia: Christmas Memories

December 9 at 7:00PM & December 10 at 3:00PM

New Community Church, Adults: $12 Students: $8

LSPA Business Office 706-882-9909, Lsparts.org


Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

LSO presents LIGHT – Holiday Celebration Time

LSO presents LIGHT – Holiday Celebration. Included is music from Leroy Anderson Tchaikovsky and Handel. 706-882-0662, info@lagrangesymphony.org, www.lagrangesymphony.org


Saturday, December 17, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Hills & Dales Children’s Christmas Celebration

Children can create their own gingerbread house and Christmas ornaments. One of the ornament designs will have a 100th anniversary theme. There will also be a Christmas sing-a-long, story time and visits with Santa. Hills & Dales Estate Visitor Center, Free to community. 706-882-3242; info@hillsanddales.org, hillsanddales.org


Thursday, December 22, 7:00 PM

Once Upon A December

International Entertainer and Educator Julia Langley will once again present the wonderful Christmas Celebration “Once Upon A December” on Thursday night, December 22 at 7:00 PM at New Horizon Theatre.  This musical extravaganza, bringing songs of the season – both traditional and contemporary – features Ms Langley, regional favorite Alabama Avenue, many talented local performers, and a special appearance by former Miss Alabama and current CBS News personality Jaime Langley.  Seating is General Admission.  All seats are $15 with proceeds going toward the New Horizon Theatre Scholarship Fund.

New Horizon Theatre, 411 W 8th St., West Point, $15. For tickets: Call the theater @ 706/643-7529 or email us at tickets@nhct.org


Sunday, December 25, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM

Christmas Dinner at Callaway Gardens

Executive Chef Sid Kurrimbukus and his team of culinary wizards are creating a Christmas feast … perfect to celebrate a special day with your friends and family. Choose from two delicious buffets. The Piedmont dining room at the Lodge and Spa and The Plant Room Restaurant at the Mountain Creek Inn. Reservations are required at both. Lodge and Spa is $45 for adults and $19 for children The Plant Room is $42 for adults and $18 for children, view menus at Callawaygardens.com.


December 31, 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM

New Years Eve Party

Looking for fun on New Year’s Eve? On December 31, we’re offering the opportunity to enjoy Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens. Then, join us at Robin Lake Beach for some New Year’s Eve festivities! Two great bands will entertain the crowd. Football games and New York’s New Year’s Eve Countdown will be on big screen at midnight. Gate opens and Fantasy in Lights drive begin at 6 pm. Live music begins at 7pm with countdown at midnight. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Overnight packages are available. Happy New Year! Tickets for the party and Fantasy in Lights are $28 for adults and $14 for Children. To purchase Fantasy In Lights tickets only call 1-800-852-3810.


Monday, January 23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Sicily

3D Journeys offers you four free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Sicily each Monday mornings session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty: Jan 23rd: “Sicily: Historical Nexus of the Mediterranean World” Dr. Kevin L. Shirley, History. Location: LaGrange College Turner Hall Dickson Assembly Room

Contact Information: Alumni and Community Relations 706.880.8244 or 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu, Fees/Admission: Lectures are free. Dutch Treat lunch will be available in the Pitts Dining Hall following each session $8.00 www.lagrange.edu


December Events at the LaGrange Memorial and Hogansville Public Libraries

Peachtree City

December 3 – Hometown Holiday

Hometown Holiday – A Peachtree City Tradition!
Bundle up the family on the golf cart and head over to The Fred for the annual Hometown Holiday event on Saturday, December 3rd. This free community event starts at 5 PM, with gates opening at 4:30. Entertainment will be a mix of community talent including performances by the Peachtree Wind Ensemble, Georgia Academy of Dance, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Kelly Singers, and dancers from the Kelly Porter Dance Academy. Lisa Kelly will be the special guest host for the evening.
After the program wraps up with a crowd sing-along, grab a free glow necklace for the kids and hop on your golf cart to follow Santa through the Trail of Lights. This two-mile journey on illuminated cart paths will lead you to City Hall for the lighting of the tree. Then at Drake Field, children can visit with Santa in his tent, add their talent to the coloring wall, participate in holiday crafts, and warm up with complimentary apple cider.

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In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People (That Should be Shot)
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
Sundays – 2:30pm
Southside Theatre Guild, 20 W. Campbellton St.,, Fairburn, GA 30213
It is 6 PM and the Douglas family is busily preparing to be invaded by their quirky relatives for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung and irritable Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny, find themselves in need of a place to briefly hide out. Using a ruse to gain entrance into the Douglas home, they suddenly find themselves in charge of an ever-growing list of family members that they are forced to hold hostage. From smart-aleck teenagers, to nosy neighbors, and bickering adults – the laughs (like the flow of people) are non-stop and we soon wonder who is holding who hostage?!
“In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. 

 Get in the holiday spirit!
Show only runs two weeks so don’t miss out!

Got Kids?

Give them the gift of Live Theatre with tickets to The Elves & the Shoemaker!


Public Performance:

Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00am
Tickets only $15!

Part of a Homeschool or Mom group? Take advantage of our field trip prices- only $8, for Weekday performances 9am & 11am. Limited availability. Call 404-895-1473 to check field trip availability.

Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone, GA 30290

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
Friday, December 16 at 7 pm
$15 adults, students & seniors
Experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the
Annie Moses Band as the acclaimed classical crossover ensemble performs
stunning arrangements of holiday favorites. Strings, harp, and  soaring vocals take the stage to re-imagine classic melodies and to debut originals that are sure to become classic. From the electrifying rhythm of “Carol of the Bells” to the breath-taking beauty of “O Holy Night,” “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band” is a cinematic  journey audiences are sure to love.

1523 Lower Fayetteville Road • Newnan, GA 30265
770-254-2787 • Map/Directions to The Nixon Centre

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