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Today, Patrick discusses upcoming movies and events with our favorite guest and co-host, Mr. Jonathan Hickman!

Our 4th Annual Dragging for Dollars event will be held at 7PM on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts in Newnan, Ga.

Cheer on your favorite community representatives as they bring out their softer side in a woman-less beauty pageant for a great cause. Visit us online at: www.aih.org/newnan/draggingfordollars to Vote and Purchase Tickets!

Ticket sales open Jan. 29 for the Friends of Wadsworth concert, the signature annual event of Newnan Cultural Arts Commission.

The evening of song and chamber music at Wadsworth Auditorium again features rising stars of the classical music world.

Returning as artistic director and host for the 2016 edition is Newnan’s own Courtenay Budd. Joining her are musicians Nokuthula Ngwenyama – viola, Wendy Sutter – cello, Laura Ward – piano and returning is a familiar face to Newnan audiences, Chee-Yun – violin. Budd, herself an accomplished soprano, will also be joined by internationally-known baritone Randall Scarlata.

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, who goes by “Thula” for short, lives in Phoenix, AZ, not a far cry from her native California.

Ngwenyama came to international attention when she won the Primrose International Viola Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions at age 17. Plaudits followed her debut recitals in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center and in New York at the 92nd Street ‘Y,’  and in 1998 she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Featured as a “Face to Watch” in the Los Angeles Times, Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed her playing as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerizing character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements.”

Recent highlights include an appearance with the Sinfonieta Cracovia performing Pendericki’s Viola Concerto and multiple domestic performances, including appearances at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and on the People’s Concert Series in New York with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She also completed a recording project of the three Bach Gamba Sonatas with keyboardist Eckart Sellheim.

General admission tickets, $20, will be available Jan. 29 online atwww.brownpapertickets.com and at local outlets including: Let Them Eat Toffee downtown on North Court Square; the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau in the historic Courthouse downtown; Matrix Insurance, 3111 Hwy. 34 E., Suite D, at Thomas Crossroads; and SouthTowne Motors, 695 Bullsboro Dr.


For updates check the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission section on the City of Newnan website – www.cityofnewnan.org — or see their Facebook page.




The Newnan-Coweta Chamber will hold its 68th Annual Chamber Meeting at The Newnan Centre on February 4, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
“Simply The Best” is the theme for this year’s Dinner Meeting, which is designed to honor the past and create the future as the Chamber tells the story of Coweta since the Chamber began, the journey to prosperity, and winning the 2015 National Chamber of the Year Award, narrated by Newnan Utilities General Manager Dennis McEntire.


Presented by Georgia Power Company, this annual meeting will be attended by business and community leaders, economic development partners and elected officials. Chamber leadership will pass from 2015 Board Chair Danny Beck, Beck Janitorial, to 2016 Board Chair Tony Ferguson, Georgia Power Company.


The annual celebration also serves as an opportunity to honor Chamber members who have made significant contributions to enhance the community during the past year.  This year’s Prosperity Award winners will feature recognition for Elite Foam, Kason Industries, Inc., Spancrete, University of West Georgia, and Yokogawa Corporation of America.


The Volunteer of the Year Award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions of time and leadership that resulted in tangible benefits to the Chamber and its members, and the Chairman’s Award will be given to an individual in recognition of unique contributions to the Chamber and its members.


Joining Georgia Power as event sponsors are Silver Sponsor Nissan of Newnan, Gift Sponsor Heritage Automotive, Partner Sponsors Atlanta Range & Ordnance, Georgia Pain and Spine Care, McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan Peachtree Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Lexus of South Atlanta, PetSmart, Shine ‘N Drive Car Wash, and Yellowstone Landscape.  Bedazzled Flower Shop and Forage and Flower are providing this year’s centerpieces.



For more information on the Annual Meeting, call 770.253.2270 or mail info@newnancowetachamber.org.

Four Finalists Selected

2016 Sweetland Amphitheatre Season Ticket Sweepstake

Congratulations, Patsy Darden, Meg McLeod, Rick McKnight & Allie Crawford! You have been selected as our four finalists for the 2016 Sweetland Amphitheatre Season Ticket Sweepstake.

One (1) winner will receive two season tickets in our reserved seating (rows K through O as selected by Sweetland management)  and one (1) VIP season parking pass limited to only those concerts included in our 2016 Summer Concert Series line up, as well as, a pre-opening tour of the Amphitheatre for you and three other guests. Total prize value is estimated at over $700.

For more information, please see the official rules.

Dar He – The Story of Emmett Till

Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm
$12 adults/$10 students & seniors

In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. Through conversations with a Look magazine journalist, Emmett’s mother and others caught up in the events that led to Till’s devastating fate, this riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confessions of the men accused of Till’s murder.

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To celebrate the longer days Daylight Savings brings us, we are hosting our 2nd annual Spring Forward Par 3 Tournament.
Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Format: Two-Man Scramble
Tee Times: Starting at 2:00pm
Entry Fee: Member $75 per team,
Non-Member$100 per team
Price includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, post tournament cookout, opportunity to win prizes.
Please turn in your entry form and payment to
The Fields Golf Club by Wednesday, March 9, 2015.
257 South Smith Road
LaGrange, GA 30241

Special Notice

Meetings with LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton

LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton will hold a series of meetings around the city to hear from residents on issues of concern, to update residents on projects and priorities for the city, and to gather citizen input and suggestions. Council members and city staff will also be in attendance. Here are the dates, times, and locations:


Thursday, January 28, 6:00 pm

Confidence Missionary Baptist Church, 705 Colquitt Street, LaGrange.


Tuesday, Feb 2, 6:00 pm

Hollis Hand School, 641 Country Club Road, LaGrange.


Thursday, Feb 4, 6:00 pm

Troup Baptist Association building, 1301 Washington Street, LaGrange (hosted by Circles of Troup County).


Thursday, Feb 11, 6:00 pm

Dunson United Methodist Church, 11 North Barnard Avenue, LaGrange.




January 19 – February 23

Tai Chi for Diabetics

Certified instructor, Valerie Duke, will lead this 6-week class for adults 55+ who are diabetic, at The Active Life Wellness Center.

Contact Information: Molly Jones, 706-883-1681


January 20 – March 2, 3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.

2016 Winter Supervisory Series

Seven “Warm Up” Sessions Jan 20 “Leadership Skills for Managers and Supervisors” Jan 27 “Taking a Look at Ethics” Feb 3 “Communication Skills for Leaders” Feb 10 “Managerial Delegation” Feb 17 “Conducting Effective Meetings” Feb 24 “Resolving Conflict” Mar 2 “Creating a Productive Workplace” Cunningham Center at Columbus State University, for more information call Judy Giddings (706) 561-2465. $245 Members of Strategic HR Partners; $315 for Non-Members www.strategichrpartners.com


Wednesday, January 20, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Lifting More Voices: Early Troup County Black History

Legacy Museum on Main presents their new exhibit spotlighting Black achievement in early Troup County history. Opening reception February 6, 2016 1 PM – 3 PM. Museum hours Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and on the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. www.legacymuseumonmain.org


Friday, January 22, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Casey Smith for Queen BBQ Lunch

Show your support for Casey and her campaign for Mardi Gras Queen in association with “Behind the Mask,” a Mardi Gras Party to benefit Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. Tickets are $7.00 and lunch includes 2 BBQ sandwiches, chips and a brownie. Purchase tickets at Calumet Bank, 101 Calumet Center Road, LaGrange.


Saturday, January 23, 7:30 PM

LSO POPS concert

An evening with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Gary Motley Jazz Trio, followed by a reception. For tickets, www.lagrangesymphony.org, info@lagrangesymphony.org or 706-882-0662. Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College.


Monday, January 25, 10:00 AM

3D Journeys Lecture

“The Cuban Literary Soul: Dreams, Memory and Rediscovery” presented by Dr. Amanda Plumlee, Latin American Studies & Modern Languages. 3D Journeys offers you four free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Cuba, each Monday morning session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty.


Beginning at 10:00 a.m. (and ending at 11:15), the lectures will be held in the Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall. Park in the lots adjacent to the pedestrian bridge on Vernon Road; a shuttle will take you to the door. A Dutch-treat lunch will be available in the Pitts Dining Hall following each session.


For information or lecture reservations (suggested), call (706) 880-8244 or email 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu.


Tuesday, January 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Souper Reads Book Club

Join us for soup and a discussion of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Hogansville Public Library 600 E. Main St. Hogansville

Admission is free, www.thrl.org


Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Author Talk: David Darracott

Winner of the 2015 GAYA for Detective/Mystery, David Darracott will speak as part of the Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library Author Talk Series.

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange,

Admission is free, www.thrl.org


Thursday, January 28, 7:30 PM

Pure Life Studios presents Harpeth Rising

Unapologetic genre-benders – this violin, banjo, and cello with 3 part harmony blend Folk, Newgrass, Rock, and Classical. Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m. $15.00 Cash at Door $17.50 Card. Pure Life Studios, 206 Clark St, LaGrange, www.facebook.com/lagrangepurelife


January 29 – January 31

30th Annual Southern Garden Symposium Callaway Gardens

The Southern Gardening Symposium has brought professional speakers, a complete one-stop gardening Marketplace, and the excitement of being among some of the foremost gardeners and garden enthusiasts to Callaway Gardens for 30 years! Symposium Registration Symposium registration is $259 per person, and includes a Friday evening reception, two continental breakfasts, Saturday box lunch, Saturday banquet, Saturday and Sunday programs and materials. Hurry – the registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 18! To register by phone or for more information, call 1.844.265.7906 or email education@callawaygardens.com. www.callawaygardens.com/SGS


Saturday, January 30, 7:30 AM

Callaway Gardens Marathon/Half Marathon/5K

Enjoy the marathon and half marathon entirely within Callaway Gardens on one of the most beautiful courses that you’ll ever run! Pass the Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Discovery Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, the Ida Cason Memorial Chapel, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl and Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden and enjoy the gentle rolling hills. If you’ve never run at Callaway Gardens you’ve got a real treat coming to you! Register online here: http://www.active.com/pine-mountain-ga/running/distance-running-races/callaway-marathon-half-5k-official-2016?int=


Saturday, January 30, 7:30 PM

Pure Life Studios presents Kyshona Armstrong

Kyshona Armstrong’s style has a unique bluesy/soulful sound. Her latest album, Go, shows off vocal stylings that are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Al Green. Kyshona has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Lake Street Dive, Meiko, Lera Lynn, Hope For Agoldensummer, Angel Snow, Randall Bramblett, Dwayne Shivers, Anthony David, Cracker, and many more.

Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m. $15.00 Cash at Door $17.50 Card. Pure Life Studios, 206 Clark St, LaGrange, www.facebook.com/lagrangepurelife


Tuesday, February 2, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

West Georgia Health Blood Drive

Give Blood and benefit your local hospital. West Georgia Health and LifeSouth Community Blood Center host this Blood drive in the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic on the grounds of West Georgia Health. Food and Drinks provided. All donors receive a recognition item. Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic at West Georgia Health 1514 Vernon Rd., Lagrange. For information: www.lifesouth.org, East Region Lifesavers 334-705-0884


February 3, 10:30 AM

Ringling Brothers Circus Clown Visit

Rob Ringling, the Ambassador of Laughter for the Ringling Brothers Circus, is coming to the LaGrange Memorial Library to share his love of reading and laughter with our story time families. This program is open to all ages, so please come be a part of it.

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange

Admission is free, www.thrl.org


Monday, February 8, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

LaGrange Academy Open House

Come join us for an evening of education and fun at LaGrange Academy Open House. Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer questions about our wonderful school. Also, you will have the pleasure of seeing some of our elementary students present science demonstrations. Please stop by to check out what LaGrange Academy has to offer! www.lagrangeacademy.org


BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story Opens at Legacy!
The Golden Age of Rock N’ Roll and the music of Buddy Holly lives again on stage. Follow Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from his humble country roots to the top of the record charts. Audiences will be cheering for more, with rousing Rock N’ Roll hits “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Maybe Baby,” “That’ll be the Day,” “Raining in My Heart,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

JAN. 22-FEB. 21, 2016

Performances Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 3pm

Sneak Peak at Buddy Rehearsals!
Sneak Peak at Buddy Rehearsals!
Premium Seats
Save on Premium Seating for Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 3:00pm
Save up to $15 on premium seating for this Sunday’s matinee performance of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. All seats $30! Use promo code: BUDDY30 online or mention this ad when ordering tickets.
Offer Expires 01/25/2016. Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid on 1/24/16 3pm performance only. Does not include sales tax.


Meet Millie!

A special show by plein air artist Millie Gosch  is currently on display in the main floor rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. She will present two gallery talks at the museum, one on Jan. 21 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and an evening talk on Jan. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. They are free to the public. It is a “homecoming” for Gosch, who is one of the four Thomasson children who grew up in the former residence at 74 Jackson Street. Ample parking is available behind the museum with entrance off Clark Street.

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