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LaGrange, Ga. August 18, 2017 – The LaGrange Police Department is excited to begin its Senior Citizens’ Police Academy, an eight-week class that provides an opportunity for senior citizens to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the LaGrange Police Department.

The first session was held Thursday, August 10th with 29 people signed up to participate.   Sessions are held every Thursday.

Officer Natalie Blackstock is leading the classes.

“We have a ball!” Blackstock says, “We try to gear the information towards our senior citizens and what we feel is relevant to them.”

The program is designed to empower and educate our senior populations on issues pertinent to them.

Participants are able to gain valuable knowledge in areas such as fraud prevention, internet safety, traffic safety, elder abuse, and reporting crime.

The goal of the Senior Academy is to prevent someone from becoming a victim and to make them more comfortable with the police officers in the community.

Blackstock adds she is getting a lot of great feedback from the participants, “ They are already talking about the gun safety session. That’s when we will let them learn the proper way to use a firearm.”

The Senior Citizens’ Police Academy is free of charge. To participate, you can sign up free of charge at the Active Life Center at (706) 883-1681. The next session August 24th.

Contact: Officer Natalie Blackstock, LaGrange Police Department at nmckinley@lagrangeaga.org or (706) 883-2632.

To learn more about the City of LaGrange, go to www.lagrangega.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lagrangegagov and Twitter at @lagrangegagov.

Charity Golf Tournament
Join the Southern Conservation Trust and the City of Fayetteville on Friday, October 6, 2017 for the 23rd Annual Lane Brown Charity Golf Tournament.
The golf tournament will take place at Whitewater Creek Country Club in Fayetteville, 175 Birkdale Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia.
Friday, October 6, 2017 9am shotgun start.
Help us spread the word about this wonderful event that.  All proceeds benefit The Ridge Nature Area and Historic Preservation.
There are multiple ways to sponsors this event and have an impact on the community.
Southern Conservation Trust | info@sctlandtrust.org | www.sctlandtrust.org

Flashback Friday Lawn Party

Free Admission, Food Trucks, Family Friendly

Join us for a free night of live music and entertainment on the Great Lawn on Friday, October 20th. Music begins at 8 p.m. with The Reasons Why featuring songs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Regional food truck, local food vendors, craft beers and wine will be available for purchase, so come hungry and thirsty!
For more information, please visit www.sweetland.events

Sweetland Craft Beer & Music Festival

35+ Breweries, 100+ Beers, Bluegrass, & Local Food Vendors

The second annual Sweetland Craft Beer & Music Festival is an outdoor festival featuring breweries from across the southeast and beyond on the Great Lawn at Sweetland on Saturday, October 21st. The festival features great live music, local food vendors, lawn games, a SEC football viewing area & more.

Music LineupLarry Keel ExperienceRiver WhylessEarly James & the Latest, and Blackberry Possum.

Breweries: 35+ local, regional, and national breweries. Featuring 100+ beers from 4pm till 8pm. Brewery lineup announced soon.

Tickets: $35 in advance; $40 at the gate; $10 for music only. 

Ticket includes: Souvenir Sampling Glass, Unlimited Sampling of Craft Beers until 8pm, Games, and Live Entertainment until 9pm.

All ages are welcome. ALL must have a ticket to enter. A valid I.D. is required to participate in the tasting.

VIP Parking tickets are available for $10.00.

Don’t miss the two opening acts for TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band on Friday, Septmeber 29th! We’re excited to have Taj Mahal’s children in Black Pacific Music and Georgia’s very own Jontavious Willis! A handful of lawn tickets are still available. Get yours while you can!  General Admission Lawn tickets are available online or by calling Ticket Alternative at (877) 725-8849.
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LaGrange Academy To Host Once in a Lifetime Solar Eclipse Educational Event for Students
LaGrange, Ga., August 14, 2017 – On August 21st, LaGrange, Georgia will be in the path of a 94% solar eclipse. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse” because it is the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States.  
The LaGrange Academy will be hosting an educational event for students to safely learn more about the eclipse. The media is invited to come.
WHO:                          LaGrange Academy
WHAT:                       Once in a lifetime solar eclipse learning experience for students, media event
WHEN:                       Monday,  August 21st, 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm
WHERE:                     LaGrange Academy, 1501 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240
Contact: Headmaster Brian Dolinger, (706) 882-8097

To learn more about LaGrange Academy, go to www.lagrangeacademy.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lagrangeacademy.

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Dunham’s Sports is inviting residents of LaGrange and surrounding communities to its grand opening weekend celebration beginning Friday,August 18th at 9:00 a.m. at their new location in the LaGrange Mall, 1501 LaFayette Parkway.

WHO:            Dunham’s Sports

WHAT:           Dunham’s Sports Grand Opening Weekend Celebration

WHEN:          Friday, August 18th 9:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 20th

WHERE:         Dunham’s Sports inside the LaGrange Mall, 1501 LaFayette Parkway in LaGrange, GA

The first 100 adults in line on Friday will receive a free Dunham’s Sports t-shirt.

The first 100 adults in line on Saturday will receive a free Dunham’s Sports baseball cap.

The first 100 adults in line on Sunday will receive a free Dunham’s Sports gift card, one being worth $500.

Also on Friday, there will be free 6-packs of Coke or Diet Coke to anyone making at least a $10 purchase, while supplies last.

“We are excited to be opening a store in the LaGrange community,” said Jeff Lynn, chairman and chief executive officer of Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation.

“Dunham’s prides itself on providing our customers with a wide variety of top-quality, value-oriented, name-brand merchandise at everyday low prices.”

The opening of the LaGrange location is the third Dunham’s Sports in the state of Georgia and marks over 225 stores chain wide.

Contact: David Palmer, VP of Marketing/Advertising Dunham’s Sports (248) 530-6700.

Find more information about Dunham’s Sports on their Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/dunhamssportinggoods.


Surf’s up at Robin Lake Beach for the fifth annual Nautique USA National Wake Surf Championship August 17-20, 2017.

The best pro and amateur wake surf athletes in the world will catch waves behind the “game changing” Nautique boats with their innovative surf system creating the best wake surfing waves in the industry. The Nautique 2017 USA National Wake Surf Championship, with a total pro cash purse of $35,000, is the culminating World Series of Wake Surfing event in the United States leading up to the 2017 World Wake Surfing Championship. The World Series of Wake Surfing is a global qualifying series of wake surfing events.  The World Series event sites have exploded in the past five years and now there are more than 20 events in 10 countries.

On Saturday, August 19, the inaugural Rock the Wake™, the worlds’ first mash-up wake event that combines the top pro wakeboarders with the top pro wake surfers, will be the featured event.  For the first time ever, wakeboarders and wake surfers till compete in blended teams of four-on-four for a prize purse of $20,000. In addition to the event, there will be many vendors and activities at the event site, which happens to be on Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens.  Activities will include inflatable structures, rock climbing, face painting, rentals for kayaks and stand up paddle boards, and tons of giveaways.  Saturday evening will include a special lineup of music, Rock the Wake™ awards and fireworks.

“History will be made at Callaway Gardens,” state Rock the Wake™ Executive Director Scott Culp.  “Never before has a crossover event like this taken place anywhere in the world.  We’re excited to have the pros come out and show everyone a great time.”

Overnight accommodations are available at Callaway Gardens that include admission to Callaway Gardens and these weekend events.  Admission also is complimentary Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders.  Daily gate admission is $20 per adult; $15 per senior; $10 per child ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger.


Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017


Robin Lake Beach, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

For details, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1.800.463.6990.


Competitors, volunteers, and spectators are invited to all events!


Thursday, Aug. 17

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Nautique USA National Wake Surf Championship Finals Day One Competition; All competitors are scheduled to ride.


Friday, Aug. 18

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Nautique USA National Wake Surf Championship Finals Day Two Competition; All competitors are scheduled to ride.


Saturday, Aug. 19

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Rock the Wake™ – Pro Invitational


6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Robin Lake Rock the Wake™ Beach Concert & Fireworks


6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Roger Lee Band


7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Neil Lucas & Band


9:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Rock the Wake™ Awards & Fireworks


9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Magnetic Musos


Sunday, Aug. 20

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Nautique USA National Wake Surf Championship Finals


3 p.m.  Nautique USA National Wake Surf Championship Finals



WHAT:  Join former NASA Space Ambassador Tom Garmon to witness and learn about the rare Total Solar Eclipse, one of the most incredible astronomical moments in our history.

In the area of Pine Mountain, Georgia, a three minute partial eclipse will occur around 2:30 p.m. with close of 93% of the sun blocked by the moon.  Cloudy conditions could minimize viewing.

Garmon will be available to answer questions as the eclipse occurs.  The first 25 guests/families to this event will make their own pin-hole viewing device (one per family please) for safe eclipse observing at no additional charge.  Based on availability, NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses can be purchased in the Discovery Gift Shop.

The NASA Live Stream will be available in the auditorium of the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center.

Amazing facts about this eclipse:

·         A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth are aligned with the moon directly between the other two.

·         This eclipse will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.

·         It will be the first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years.

·         The next total solar eclipse will occur in 2026.

·         While the eclipse will begin around Noon on the Western coast of the US, the maximum darkness of the eclipse is expected in the Pine Mountain area will be around 2:30 p.m. and should last for approximately 3 minutes.

For more information, please contact the Education Department at 1.855.546.9740 or email education@callawaygardens.com

WHEN:  Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or as long as available) NASA Live Stream

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Make Pin-Hole Viewer activity and Eclipse Viewing with former NASA   Space Ambassador Tom Garmon

2 p.m. Viewing of the Eclipse with former NASA Space Ambassador Tom Garmon

WHERE:  Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

HOW:  Participation and admission is complimentary for overnight guests and annual passholders.  Day guest admission is $20 per adult; $10 per child (ages 6-12); and complimentary for children age five and younger.

The Suffering Artist is Proud to Present
Under One Sky: Eight Views of Nature

Opening with a reception Saturday, August 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
The Suffering Artist
311 East Main St
Hogansville, GA 30230

We are very excited to host our first photography exhibit where eight wonderful photographers will be presenting images they’ve captured of our natural world. We hope you’ll come to the opening reception and enjoy the serene, thought-provoking work. And, as always, there will be great food and great conversation to complement the photographs. Hope to see you there!

LaGrange, Ga.  The much-anticipated downtown LaGrange hotel is starting to take shape.

 Developers Nick Lakha and Josh Chapman revealed more details of the hotel that will be open to the public. “Lafayette Square is beautiful,” says Lakha. “We’re going to be the first full-service hotel in downtown LaGrange. We’ll be able to cater to the folks looking for a different experience.”

The 90-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel will include two meeting rooms, a full service bar and restaurant called The Bistro that will be open for breakfast and dinner, and a Starbucks that will be open to the public 7 days a week.

 “Building the downtown hotel gives us the opportunity to be a part of the community,” Chapman said.

 “It will be wonderful for everyone who visits downtown. You’ll be able to fully experience the gem that is downtown LaGrange.”

The hotel will also include a putting green, splash pad, and 10-foot long fire pit for guests.

For a look at the menu of The Bistro, go to www.courtyard.marriott.org/bistro

The downtown Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown LaGrange is expected to open in December 2017.

Contact: Sarah Trillo with Paramount Hospitality, (770) 668.2470

To learn more about the City of LaGrange, go to www.lagrangega.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lagrangegagov and on Twitter at @lagrangegagov.

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