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Stone Mountain Park visitors invited to take “the Jump” this spring


Three new free fall jump towers offer family-friendly thrills


Stone Mountain, Ga. – Adventure is just one step away for families at Georgia’s most visited attraction. New for 2016 at Stone Mountain Park is “the Jump,” a thrilling, family-friendly, multi-level free fall drop experience. Guests have the option of three different tower levels to jump onto free fall air bags similar to a stunt professional. This new attraction will open Spring of 2016.


“With heights from just a few feet to two stories tall, each of the three new jumping platforms offers a different challenge,” says Jeanine Jones, spokesperson for Stone Mountain Park. “Located next to Sky Hike and Geyser Towers, the Jump is a unique way for families to get out and get together in the outdoors this spring.”


The Jump is a new thrill attraction integrated into the current Sky Hike compound. Three different towers of 20, 15 and less than 10 feet, offer different levels of family thrills. Amateur stunt jumpers 44 inches (3’8”) and over, fall from their tower of choice onto a large, soft airbag below.


The Jump is included, along with over a dozen other attractions, with any Adventure Pass ticket or Mountain Membership. For more information, special promotions and giveaways, guests are invited to “like” Stone Mountain Park on Facebook at facebook.com/stonemountainpark.


Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See,” Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta.  To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy. 78 East.  Stone Mountain Park is at Exit No. 8 on Hwy. 78. More information regarding Stone Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation is available at 800-401-2407 or by visiting www.stonemountainpark.com.



Celebrate the New Year with Fun, Frivolity, and Fireworks


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/18/2015) – This New Year’s Eve get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and ring in the new year at Callaway Gardens.

Partygoers at the New Year’s Eve Fantasy & Fireworks Celebration will have the opportunity to drive their personal vehicle through Fantasy In Lights® between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  When they return to the Robin Lake Beach area, they can park to begin the evening’s celebration.  Two bands will perform beginning at 7 p.m.  As the excitement builds toward the midnight hour, a big screen will showcase college football playoffs and then “the” countdown from New York.  Fireworks will welcome in 2016 with a bang!  Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Tickets are only $19 per person.  They can be purchased online or by calling 1.800.463.6990 or online at www.callawaygardens.com/ffnye.

Then, stay overnight on a New Year’s Eve Fantasy & Fireworks overnight packagesThe basic package includes New Year’s Eve Party, lodging, Fantasy In Lights admission and Gardens admission each day of stay and day of departure at $169* per room in the Mountain Creek Inn. The breakfast package is available beginning at $189*.

Make your New Year’s Eve reservations now by calling call 1.800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.


* Rate is per room, per night based on double occupancy in a Non-View Room in the Mountain Creek Inn. Rates also are available for additional Mountain Creek Inn views, Cottages, Villas and Vacation Homes. Tax and fees are not included. Based on availability. Some restrictions may apply.


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/18/2015) This year, Callaway Gardens® invites you to bring your friends and family to enjoy Christmas meals prepared by Executive Chef Michael Gonzalez and his culinary team.  While you are at the Gardens, enjoy the Gardens’ natural beauty and take in the famed Fantasy In Lights® holiday light and sound extravaganza.



The Gardens Restaurant will be featuring a special plated meal for Christmas Eve.  Patrons may choose their appetizer, entrée, and dessert for their three-course meal.   Entrée selections include Apple Rosemary Roasted Natural Turkey Breast, Smoked Prime Rib, Salmon en Croute, and Maple Grilled Pork Porterhouse.  The Gardens Restaurant Christmas Eve Dinner is $58 per person plus tax and gratuity.  For reservations between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., call 1.855.901.2154.



With the hustle and bustle of Christmas, leave the cooking to Callaway Gardens.  Bring family and friends to the Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms on Christmas Day for a scrumptious holiday meal.  The Christmas Day buffet will feature Turkey Breast, Salt Roasted Steamship Round, and Made-To-Order Omelets.  The buffet will be complete with all of the trimmings such as soup, salad and appetizers, antipasto, seasonal fruit and artisanal cheese displays, and a buffet of desserts.  The Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch is $48 per adult, half-price for children from six to 10, and free for children five and younger.  It will be served 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Reservations are available by calling 1.844.817.8860.



While at Callaway Gardens, be sure to see Fantasy In Lights, the South’s largest and brightest holiday light show.  A special Fantasy In Lights overnight package begins at only $119 in any of the lodging at Callaway Gardens and includes nightly to the internationally-acclaimed Fantasy In Lights holiday attraction, a commemorative Fantasy In Lights ornament, and admission to the gardens.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1.800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

Take a break from your Christmas shopping and come enjoy an event at Philips Arena!
Atlanta Hawks Tickets

Monday, December 21 vs Portland Trail Blazers $135

Come see the Hawks take on the Trail Blazers for the first time this NBA season.

Wednesday, December 23 vs Detroit Pistons $135

Both teams are 15 -12 and tied for 8th in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday, December 26 vs New York Knicks $135

The hawks already beat the Knicks once this season, can they beat them again?

Cirque Musica  | Sunday, December 20 $50

Something happens when the circus meets the sympathy! Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is bringing the holiday spirit to Philips Arena.  Click HERE to learn more.

The Oak Ridge Boys  | Tuesday, December 22 $50

The Oak Ridge Boys are coming to Atlanta! Just fresh out of being inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Oak Ridge Boys will be performing their hits such as “Elvira”, “Bobbie Sue”, and “American Made.”

Enjoy these events from suite A17 inside Philips Arena. Suite includes snack style concessions, and has a private bathroom. Contact Melissa Sivigliano by telephone at 678-242-1868 or click HERE to reserve your tickets now.

Calling all birders!  Every Christmas season Callaway Gardens® participates in The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count Program.


Volunteer birders are needed to assist with the count on Saturday, January 2, 2016.  Some participants simply watch feeders from the comfort of their home, while others walk and drive through different portions of the count area to census the bird populations.


Apart from its attraction as a social, sporting, and competitive event, the Christmas Bird Count reveals key scientific information about the Winter distribution of resident and migratory birds across the Western Hemisphere.


Each count has a designated circle measuring 15 miles in diameter.  All the birds seen or heard during the 24-hour (midnight to midnight) count day are tallied by birders. The center of the count circle is near the Mountain Creek® Inn at Callaway Gardens, so the census area encompasses much of Callaway Gardens, as well as FDR State Park, and a large portion of Harris County.


Preregistration for the Christmas Bird Count is required by December 22, 2015.  Participants should have a good knowledge of birds, dress for the weather, in layers and wear hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes and bring a lunch and/or a snack.” To volunteer for this exciting event, email education@callawaygardens.com .


Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1.800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.


where kids get to make


9:30-1:30pm EACH DAY


CALL (678) 899-7035 TO REGISTER!
**Kids must be between the ages of 6-12.  Parents must sign a release form upon drop-off.

314B Newnan Crossing Bypass
Newnan, GA 30265
(678) 899-7035

James Keating owner /chef of Epic Restaurant of Columbus, Georgia has received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2016. This is the first time Epic Restaurant has attained this celebrated rating and the first restaurant to ever receive this highly esteemed award in the city of Columbus.

“It’s delightful to see a restaurant in Georgia’s 2nd largest city achieve the Four Diamond Status” said, Sasha Marcinczyk, ACG – Regional President, Georgia. “The Food and service is exceptional and Epic Restaurant has spearheaded a re-surging waterfront revival of downtown Columbus.”

AAA Georgia President, Sasha Marcinczyk will present Epic Restaurant the 2016 AAA Diamond Award Letter on Wednesday, December 16th at 1:30pm. Refreshments will be served, and Media is invited.


City News…
Newnan Christmas Parade Past & Present is December 12th @ 6 pm in Historic Downtown Newnan

“Delightful, interesting, thought provoking…moving” – Music Publication


Gift Membership Deals

Share the benefits and privileges of Membership with family members, grandchildren, friends, or colleagues while supporting the artistic and education programs of The Centre. Each recipient will receive a special welcome, including information about Member benefits and a personalized greeting from you, the giver! 

Every Patron Enjoys:

 • The satisfaction that you are a generous supporter of the arts in our community
• Advance notice of many special events
 • Acknowledgement and recognition in all Centre performance programs
• A subscription to Patrons’ email newsletter and calling service
• Exclusive invitations to various luncheons, receptions, and events
 • A tax deduction commensurate with your level of Patron membership (for gift-giver)

#GivingTuesday Deals:

 • Founders of the Centre – $25 $20
   (ages 4-18)
 • Understudies of the Centre – $200 $175
   (under 40 years old)
 • Stars of the Centre – $250 $225
 • Directors of the Centre – $500 $450

For more information:

Visit CentrePatrons.org/join to pay online or drop by The Centre today! Call 770-254-2787, ext 2 for more information. This offer is for gift memberships only. Cannot be used for personal renewals.

Thank you to our Corporate, Community and Patron Partners
Your support makes a difference — Help support us now

1523 Lower Fayetteville Road • Newnan, Georgia 30265
770-254-2787 • Map/Directions

DAY 10: Thursday, December 17, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Holiday Open House at Refresh Me Salon, 307 Church Street. Celebrate the season with live music, food, beverage and Chamber friends.


DAY 11: Friday, December 18, 1 pm

Eat, Shop and Experience Troup County Drawing – complete the 12 days of Christmas bingo card to be eligible for $25, $50, $75, $100 and $250 $hop at Home gift certificates.


DAY 12: Tuesday, December 22, 8:30-5:30 pm

Visit the Chamber for Last Minute Gifts—ornaments and $hop at Home gift certificates!




Now – December 18

Direct Auto & Life Insurance Stocking Drive

Register for a chance to win a giant stocking filled with toys and Direct Insurance will donate a stocking to a local charity. Stop by their office at 299 Commerce Avenue, Suite H and register today. For more details, call Jennifer Coker at 706-882-8800.


Now – December 23

Christmas at Bellevue

Visit an old fashioned Victorian home decorated for Christmas. For details, 706-884-1832.


Now – December 26

Hills & Dales Holidays: A Christmas Tradition

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join us for our Christmas celebration at the Callaway family home and the visitor center for Christmas decorations and cookies. info@hillsanddales.org, www.hillsanddales.org, Regular tour prices apply: Adults $15; Children over 6 $7


December 11-12, 18-19, 24

Follow the Shepherds Walks

Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story.


“Two Different Kings” Sound and Light Show

This multimedia Sound and Light show in the Roman theater will contrast the difference between the world of King Herod and the character of the reign of King Jesus.


Biblical History Center (formerly Explorations in Antiquity Center) 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, (706) 885-0363, Digging4it.com

$15 Adults; $12 Children ages 6-12 (includes the Sound and Light show at no additional charge).


Saturday, December – 12th and 19th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Santa at the Square

Saturdays in December, be sure to bring your wish list and camera for a visit with Santa. LaFayette Square (weather permitting) www.downtownlagrange.com, (706) 298-4534, Free, the public is welcome


Saturday, December 12, 7:30 PM

Pure Life Studios presents City Mouse

City Mouse is Folk / Rock – Indie / Bluegrass? You decide. “This young Atlanta folk band will make sure you have a great time, every time. With a mixture of instruments from this three piece including the banjo, guitar, stand up base, and fiddle, they are a foot stomping good time. Pure Life Studios, 206 Clark St., LaGrange, TEXT ONLY 706.443.4838, $10.00 CASH donation at the door.


Sunday, December 13, 7:00 PM

Cocoa and Carols

Join us for a wonderful caroling event for the whole community.

Point University, Scott Fine Arts Center, West Point

Free, the public is welcome


Tuesday, December 15, 7:30 PM

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert

Holiday Presence! …A Glittering, Wonderfully Captured Celebratory Spirit of Christmas, with special guests, the LaGrange-area High School Honor Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Beth Everett. Callaway Auditorium, www.lagrangesymphony.org – (706) 882-0662


Saturday, December 19, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Children’s Christmas Celebration

Join Hills & Dales for our ninth annual Children’s Christmas Celebration. Activities will include decorating gingerbread houses, crafting Christmas ornaments, and Santa, and Christmas snacks. www.hillsanddales.org , Hills & Dales Estate, 1916 Hills and Dales Drive, Children’s activities are free.


Saturday, December 19, 7:30 PM

Pure Life Studios presents Ten Blocks Away

Ten Blocks Away is the only group we clear the floor for – with a joyful carefree spirit, TBA is a vibrant drumming ensemble whose music is based in the celebratory traditions of West Africa. They also bring dancers who happily teach you the traditional moves to the songs. A very joyful night. Pure Life Studios, 206 Clark St., LaGrange, TEXT ONLY 706.443.4838, $10.00 CASH donation at the door.


Tuesday, December 22, 7:30 PM

Once Upon A December

New Horizon Theatre presents a One Night Only event featuring International performer Julia Langley with local singers and musicians.  Back for its second year, this joyous celebration brings the sounds of the season – past and present.

New Horizon Theatre: 411 W 8th St; West Point.  706/518-6234 Box Office or visit the website at: www.nhct.org,   All seats $15


Ongoing Events


West Georgia Worx

Flu season is coming and West Georgia Worx is here to help. West Georgia Worx is again administering the flu vaccine. Contact Robert Carlson at 706-845-3075 or Carlsonr@wghealth.org for more details on the importance of employers vaccinating their workforce against influenza, and how West Georgia Worx can help.


Now – December 17

Lafayette Theatre Academy – Fall Classes

The Lafayette Theatre Academy, part of the Lafayette Society of Performing Arts, offers students a safe and supportive environment to express their individuality and creativity, while gaining the knowledge and developing the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of the theatrical arts. Classes start at $45/month and are based on instruction time. Sibling discounts are available. 706-882-9909 or amcdow@lsparts.org


Now – February 6, 2016

Mirror Mirror

In partnership with Hills & Dales and the Legacy Museum, this exhibit will link the Museum as a community participant in the year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Callaway family home. Featuring portraiture-mirroring-portraiture, this unique exhibit will compare photographs with paintings, taking a look at portraiture across centuries and cultures and will include some of Troup County’s best known citizens as well as some of its unsung. The upper floor of the Museum will feature a retrospective of Signe Gruschovenko’s contemporary twist on portraiture.



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.


Available Meeting Space – Vernon Woods Retirement Community has space to host a meeting or small gathering for up to 14 from your organization. No charge for chamber members or non-profit organizations. Contact Susan Burdick at 706-812-2899.


Kiwanis Club – Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at the Highland Country Club. We would love for anyone to come out and see what we are all about.

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