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Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Sunday, December 1st, 3 pm
Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $4

All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. But how can Junie B. enjoy anything, when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift? Maybe the Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves. Holiday fun with a lesson about giving is a perfect treat for the holiday season!

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B’nai Israel


Invites you to our 11th Annual Barnes and Noble Book


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Ashley Park

Newnan, GA


         6:15 – Lighting of Hanukkah Candles in the Cafe, Story and Songs


Contact Sandy DeMuth for more information,

770-631-3137 or sgdemuth@hotmail.com

t’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

We’re just 13 days away from the annual LaGrange Christmas Parade on December 5!  Don’t forget to submit your application to LeTisha by next Wednesday (November 27); applications are available online at lagrangechamber.com.  Entry fee is $35 plus an unwrapped child’s toy.  All toys are given to Toys for Tots and distributed throughout Troup County.  If you’d like to donate additional toys, please drop by the Chamber office or bring to the parade.  Volunteers will be following behind Santa Claus and collecting toys along the parade route.

Searching for holiday gift ideas?  Don’t forget about $hop at Home Gift Certificates!  Spend dollars locally.  Call Sheila if you have a large order, and we’ll get them ready for you!

The annual Christmas ornament has arrived as well!  Thanks to Kim Skiff for this year’s design featuring West Georgia Health.  Ornaments are $8 each or 3 for $20.  They are available for purchase at the Chamber office.


Welcome New Members and You’re Invited . . .


We are pleased to welcome another great business owned by Neil and Trish Liechty—Bisham Manor.  Affectionately known in LaGrange as “The Castle,” Bisham Manor is the area’s newest special events facility located on Old Young’s Mill Road.  Call Neil and Trish at 706.884.7908 for more information!  You will also get a first-hand tour of the amazing grounds and home at our Holiday BASHon December 17 from 5-6:30 pm.  We’ll jingle and mingle at the fabulous location!

You’re invited to a Meet & Greet for the Georgia Speaker of the House, David Ralston, at Bisham Manor on December 3 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Tickets are $12.  Contact Patrick Crews (crewspj@att.net) for more information and to purchase your tickets.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Events for a Good Cause


ServiceMaster Restore is partnering with the American Red Cross at their Columbus, GA location to sponsor a blood drive during Thanksgiving week (November 25-November 30).  Blood is needed every 2 seconds, and more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed in the US every day. ServiceMaster highly encourages the community to donate when the opportunity arises.  The Columbus Red Cross is located at 7490 Veterans Parkway.

Chamber Events


November 22, 7:45 am:  Networking Group, Upstairs.  Contact Page (pestes@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

November 28-29:  Chamber Office is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.  We hope all of you have a safe, meaningful holiday with your friends and family.

December 2, all day:  We’ll be decorating the big Christmas tree on the Plaza.  Feel free to stop by to help!

December 5, 5:30 pm:  Annual Tree Lighting on the Plaza with Mayor Lukken and Pat & Gail Hunnicutt

December 5, 6:00 pm:  37th Annual LaGrange Christmas Parade


Stay Connected


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Fun, Meaningful Events & Activities

Under the Prairie Moon, A Celebration of the American West (LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange; October 11-February 15).  The exhibit celebrates the American West and features the Andy Warhol  Cowboys and Indians Suites, Southwest  Native American relics and artifacts on loan from a local private collector; the black-and-white photography of US Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, and landscapes of the southwest by Keith Rasmussen.


New Harmonies:  Celebrating  American Roots Music (Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main Street, LaGrange, October 12-December 3).  The Smithsonian exhibit about American music comes to LaGrange.  Special events spotlighting roots music will be held during the exhibit.  Take advantage of this chance to see  American musicians, listen to America’s music and hear the story of freedom.  The main beat of the exhibition is the ongoing cultural process that has made America the birthplace of more music than any other place on earth.  The exhibit is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council.


Holiday Carriage Rides (beginning November 22, Downtown LaGrange).  Carriage ride around the Square compliments of Downtown LaGrange Development Authority and Downtown Partners.  Enjoy a carriage ride through historic downtown LaGrange every Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.  The rides will begin and end on Bull Street next to the Plaza.  There is no charge for the ride, but tips are encouraged.  The carriage schedule is as follows:  Friday from 5 to 9 pm (November 22 and December 6, 13, 20); Saturday from 1 to 5 pm (December 7, 14, and 21), and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm (November 24, December 8, 15 and 22).  Note:  The carriage rides will extend until 5 pm this Sunday.

Candlelight Holiday Sip & Shop (November 22, 5 to 9 pm, Downtown LaGrange).  Shop, dine and play in Downtown LaGrange to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A $25 donation entitles shopper to sample a wine at each of the participating merchants shops.  You can register and pick up your wineglass today at the Chamber (until 5:30 pm) or at the Del’avant from 5 to 9 pm.

Fantasy In Lights (November 22-December 30, Callaway Gardens).  8 million lights.  15 dazzling scenes.  1 magical night.  Enjoy the most spectacular holiday light and sound shows in the southeast—and one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights.”  Call 1-800-CALLAWAY for more information.

West Point Winter Carnival (November 23, 10 am until 8 pm).  Rain or shine, you’ll have a fun day of family fun this weekend at the West Point Depot.  It will be snowing in Troup County thanks to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.—and you’ll can snow tube for free!  Shop at the holiday market with more than 80 vendors.  There will be reindeer games and inflatables; cost is $10/wrist band or you can purchase individual tickets.  Here’s a schedule of events:

10 am to 12 noon:  Toy Walk with The Grinch & Friends

12-2pm:  Ornament Making

2-2:15 pm  Natalie Sanders & Champion Dancers

2:15-4:30 pm:  Cake Walk sponsored by West Point Food Closet (bring canned goods)

4 pm:  Snow Tubing begins!

4:30-5:30 pm:  Local church choirs performing

5:30 pm:  Local school performing

5:00 pm:  Santa arrives with Point University Cheerleaders; have your picture taken with Santa at the caboose!

6:15-7:00 pm:  Entertainment continues, including Christmas Caroling with New Horizon Theatre

7:00 pm:  Mayor Drew Ferguson and Council will light the City of West Point Christmas Tree followed by caroling

7:30 pm:  Twas the Night before Christmas Bedtime Story


Hogansville Sip ‘n Shop (November 23, 5 to 9 pm).  Do your holiday shopping early and take advantage of great bargains.  Local restaurants will be represented at each business so you can enjoy free refreshments and dine while shopping!

Holiday Open House (November 24, 1-5 pm, Downtown LaGrange).  Joni the downtown merchants as they open their shops on Sunday afternoon for your shopping pleasure.  Enjoy seeing your favorite boutiques decked out for  Christmas.  Complimentary gift wrapping will be available!

“We Gather Together” (November 24, 5:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church).  Under the direction of Bettie Biggs, the Choral Society will once again perform its 8th annual concert of Thanksgiving & Praise.  With the exception of a few pieces, the concert is comprised of  American music, including spirituals, folks, contemporary and patriotic repertoire.  Tickets are available at The White Orchid, Plum Southern and Stephens Exclusives.

Christmas on the Hill (December 3, 5:30-8 pm, LaGrange College).  The College hosts its annual Christmas on the Hill, featuring photos with Santa in his sleigh, live reindeer, Christmas karaoke, a real snow pit, elf bowling, games, crafts for children, holiday treats and beverages.  The Christmas tree lighting will be at 6:30 pm.  Participants are encouraged to donate a can of non-perishable food to benefit Our Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen and maintained by LaGrange College students.  Open to the public.

Nativity Festival at Churches (December 4-8, Wed-Friday 2 to 7 pm, Sat and Sunday 12 to 5 pm).  The festival presents beautiful and artistic exhibits from around the world.  All are from private collections on loan for this special time of year.  Free admission at all locations:  Advent Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church).

First United Methodist Church of LaGrange LIVE Nativity (December 4, 5-6:30 pm).  Join the children and youth of FUMC of LaGrange as they present a live nativity on the church grounds on Trinity Street.

First United Methodist Church of LaGrange Christmas Concert (December 4, 7pm).  The choirs and orchestra of FUMC of LaGrange presents Handel’s Messiah at the annual Christmas concert.  Everyone is welcome.

Nativity Festival at Vernon Woods Retirement Community (December 2-8, Mon-Friday 8 am to 4pm).  The festival presents beautiful and artistic exhibits from around the world.  All are from private collections on loan for this special time of year.

Mingle with Kringle (December 5, 3 to 5 pm, Lafayette Plaza).  Meet Santa and his friends on the Plaza before the Parade.

Lighting of the City Christmas Tree (December 5, 5:15 pm, Lafayette Plaza).  Join Mayor Jeff Lukken, Santa Claus and parade grand marshals, Pat & Gail Hunnicutt, in lighting the downtown Christmas Tree.

“All I Want for Christmas Is . . .” Christmas Parade (December 5, 6 pm, Downtown LaGrange).  Pat and Gail Hunnicutt will kick off the holidays in LaGrange as grand marshals of the Christmas parade.  Applications are available on the Chamber website.  Be sure to bring your application, toy and $35 entry fee to the Chamber by November 26!

Christmas Wreaths Workshop (December 7, 10 am to 12 pm, Hills & Dales Estate).  Get ready for the holidays by creating a wreath using fresh greenery, holly berries and a beautiful bow.  Estate horticulturist Jo Phillips will conduct the workshop.  Bring clippers if you have them; all other supplies will be provided.  $35 per person.  Reservations required.  Call 706.882.3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (December 8, 7:30 pm, Callaway Auditorium).  The LaGrange College  Choir, under the direction of Debbie Ogle, welcome in the Christmas season with the annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7:30 pm in the Callaway Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrating Christmas with the LSO (December 10, 7:30 pm, Callaway Auditorium).  The Choral Society of West Georgia, led by artistic director Bettie Biggs, joins the LSO for a special Christmas performance.

Children’s Christmas Celebration (December 14, 9:30 am to 1 pm, Hills & Dales Estate).  Children are invited to the Hills & Dales Estate Visitor C enter to participate in the 4th annual Children’s Christmas celebration.  Gingerbread house decorating and ornament crafting in the morning, musician extraordinaire Robin Treadwell and storyteller Debbie Burdette leading a holiday sing-a-long at 11 am plus Santa arriving at 11:30 pm—a good time will be had by all!  Fresh cider and cookies  provided.  All children’s activities are free; tours of the home will be available at regular price.

Christmas Topiary Workshop (December 14, 10 am to 12 pm, Hills & Dales Estate).  Floral artist Jerry Rigby will help you create a Christmas topiary suitable for your dining room table or as a decoration for your mantel.  Topiaries will be handmade using oasis forms and fresh greens, then decorated with holiday themed accessories.  Bring clippers if you have them.  All other supplies will be provided.  $35 per person.  Call 706.882.3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

You’re invited!

Holiday Business-After-Hours

Win an iPad mini!

Delicious hors d’oeuvres and spirits!

Let’s Jingle & Mingle at 
 Thursday, December 12, 5 – 7pm

 8000 Capps Ferry Road, Douglasville, Georgia 30135

 (Just 17 miles from downtown Newnan!)

Ring in the holidays, round out the year

with your Chamber friends at the amazing Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club!

A proud member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, Foxhall is a magnificent 1,100 acre planned community just 17 miles from the heart of downtown Newnan! Bordering the Chattahoochee River on one side, wooded hills and manicured rolling lawns on the other, Foxhall feels like a faraway escape yet is just a short drive. 

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Help Wanted – Summer Instructors


TO:                 Local Media & Community Groups

SUBJECT:      Help Wanted – summer Instructors

FROM:           Fayette County Parks & Recreation Department

770-716-4320  Fax: 770-460-1931




The Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking talented, motivated instructors to teach summer programs during the months of May – August.  The targeted age groups are: toddlers, children, teens, and adults.  The generalized program areas include: summer camps, cultural arts, music/dance, outdoor/nature, sports/fitness/wellness, educational/enrichment, and special interest/events.  


Qualified applicants must be 18 years or older.  High school graduate preferred.  Must be able to document successful work history and/or knowledge for the specified program area. 


Program proposals and applications are due as soon as possible (better chance of getting your preferred schedule/facility), but they should be submitted no later than Friday, January 17.   For more information, call 770-716-4320 or email recreation@fayettecountyga.gov



Do you have a special talent, skill or hobby to teach…?  WE NEED YOU! The Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking talented, motivated instructors to teach in all program areas: TODDLERS, CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS, OUTDOOR/NATURE, CULTURAL ARTS, MUSIC/DANCE, SPORTS/FITNESS, EDUCATIONAL/ENRICHMENT, AND SPECIAL INTEREST.


Camp Instructor – Day Camps (Several positions)

Plans, schedules and implements activities, including games, sports and crafts for youth ages 5-12 (or teens ages 13-15), for one or more Day Camp(s) with activities such as art, science, nature, sports, drama, and more.  Camps will be offered weekly during the months of June and July.


Instructors have flexibility in offering their class as either a one-day class/workshop or a multi-day/week session, depending on instructor availability and what makes sense for that type of class.  For an example of classes we currently offer, please visit www.fayettecountyga.gov/parks_and_recreation and click on “Current Brochure.”


Applications are available at the Activities House at 980 Redwine Road, Fayetteville between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Questions?  Please call 770-716-4324 or email recreation@fayettecountyga.gov to inquire about teaching in our community! 

Christmas At The Centre

Featuring Masterworks Chorale
The Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale
Special Guest: Former Celtic Woman Lisa Kelly

Sunday, December 8th, 3 pm
Tickets: $10
With Student ID $5
Tickets are Available at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.
Call 770-254-2787 for more information

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On Friday, December 6, 2013 from 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Dr. Walt Todd, professor at Shorter University of Atlanta, will return to The Carnegie to provide another program for the history series, “World War II – Remembering The War”. 

Dr. Todd has presented numerous World War II history programs at The Carnegie including: “The Aleutian Islands: The Invasion of Attu”, “Operation Vengeance: The Death of Admiral Yamamoto”, “The Battle of Guadalcanal” and “The Invasion of Japan: The Last Sacrifice?” along with his last program, “Tarawa – The Invasion of Betio Island”.     Well researched and with a passion for history, Dr. Todd provides a lecture series at The Carnegie that includes a PowerPoint presentation along with a display of weapons and memorabilia from World War II. 

The upcoming lecture will detail the attack on the U.S. Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  According to Dr. Todd, new information has been released within the past five years providing even more detail into this massive Japanese air attack on U.S. military ships based in Hawaii.

Retired from the University of West Georgia after 31 years of teaching, Dr. Todd returned to teaching history at Shorter University.  Dr. Todd has written three books on military history on the subjects of the air defense of the Japanese home islands in World War II, the air defense of North Vietnam from 1965-1972 and the development of storm trooper weapons and tactics in World War I.

Located at 1 LaGrange Street on the historic downtown Courthouse square in Newnan, call The Carnegie at 770-683-1347 to reserve your spot for this lecture.

Tickets On Sale Now 

Tickets are on sale now for the 8th Annual  “We Gather Together – A Concert of Thanksgiving and Praise”


This year’s concert will focus on The American Folk Hymn as part of the presentations honoring the Smithsonian Institute’s Exhibition New Harmonies which explores the early traditions of American music including sacred, country, blues, and dance. Soloists include David Kocsis, Organist at 1st Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, Violist Sam Lee, LSO clarinetist, Jean Brumbeloe, and Rusty Tate who is making his Choral Society debut in a variety of instrumental offerings, including guitar, bagpipe and Ullieann pipes.  A graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, Tate lives in Meriwether County and teaches full time in the Newnan area.



Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from Plum Southern, Stephens Exclusives, The White Orchid or any member of the LaGrange Civic Chorale.

Choral Society of West Georgia

P. O. Box 151

LaGrange, GA  30241

Ph: 706-882-2734

email:  choralsocietyofwestgeorgia@gmail.com


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