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Introduction to Acting
 through Improvisation
Pioneer.  A collaborative workspace

We’re excited to get the fall acting class off to a start! Come join us for the intro acting class — the summer course was a hit.

“Weekly classes feature acting exercises that unburden your load, connect you to others, and allow you to express yourself creatively. “Improv” is all about exploring innovative ways to improve communication and listening skills, strengthening your gut instincts and giving your brain a rest. Wear comfortable clothes.”

Erica Nashen will guide you through a series of physical and vocal exercises that are the building blocks of acting. No experience required. — $10

There will be some more advanced classes in the future, so make sure to stop by so we can chat about other courses.

103 E. Main Street
(770) 823-5099

Hogansville Police Department’s
2016 National Night Out

Friday, September  9, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at
Hogansville Elementary School
Enjoy a Fun Night with Free Food and Activities


You’re invited! “Yappy Hour” is a concert + pet food drive that will benefit the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society. See attached flyer.

Call this a good time for a good cause, Ladies Night, Date Night—call it whatever you like, I just hope you’ll make plans to be there. The all-female band, Vintage Vixens, will be playing, covering famous hits from the 60s & 70s. Local favorites Julie LaFond with John McCollough will open.

It’s Saturday, Sept. 10, at The Alamo in downtown Newnan. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 + a donation of cat or dog food. Door prizes will be given away throughout the night. Advance ticket sales receive 5 door prize tickets. Admission purchased at the door gets 1 door prize ticket. Advance tickets available until Sept. 8, at http://www.speerentertainment.com/.
BOTH causes are near & dear to my heart: My Mom, Linda Walker, is the founding member and bass player of the Vintage Vixens, and I’ve been a volunteer with Newnan-Coweta Humane Society for about 2 years now! J Looking forward to seeing you there soon! Thanks for sharing.  Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/297297133960780/

Sale event flyer



PINE MOUNTAIN, GA – (8/29/2016) – Cultivate your artistic skills and expand your gardening and natural history knowledge with Callaway Gardens’ Workshop Series!  Local experts and staff facilitate programs that allow you to explore new opportunities.


Basket Weaving: Delightful Versatility

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center

Try your hand at a new technique for our Callaway Gardens basket making classes!  This basket features a 4” x 6” wood bottom and is finished with a square dip handle.  A wide assortment of natural materials will be provided for those who wish to embellish their baskets.  Great fun and very versatile!  Suitable for beginning basket makers.

Class limited to 6 participants

Instructor:  Sharon Hynes

Fee:  $60/Guest; $54/Annual Passholder


Blue Morpho Butterfly Reception

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Day Butterfly Center

After a brief overview with our butterfly expert,  get up close and personal with the fantastically beautiful Blue Morpho Butterflies that are all over the Day Butterfly Center Tropical Conservatory.  These spectacular iridescent blue butterflies seem magical in this amazing habitat.  Stroll through the conservatory with a complimentary glass of red wine or red grape juice, and experience these beauties eyeball to eyeball.

Instructor:  Michael Buckman, Manager, Day Butterfly Center

Fee: $20/Guest; $18/Annual Passholder


Basket Weaving: Gathering Basket

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center

Discover the joy of weaving an heirloom Gathering Basket.  This sturdy basket is woven on a 10” square hoop and is the perfect size for taking to the local farmer’s market or gathering vegetables or flowers from a personal garden.  Instruction will include basic basket weaving techniques and would be appropriate for both beginner and intermediate basket weavers. Weave the basket then use creativity with natural materials to decorate and personalize.

All basketry materials will be supplied.

Attendees should bring heavy shears and an old bath towel.

Class limited to 8 participants

Instructor:  Sharon Hynes

Fee:  $60/Guest; $54/Annual Passholder

Marvelous Monarchs

Monday, October 10, 2016, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lily Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center

Spend a fun, informative morning learning about these amazing creatures: their astounding life cycle, flight and details of their migratory journey.  Learn the perils these butterflies are facing in today’s world and how we can help.  Class includes a visit to the Day Butterfly Center outdoor garden for tips how to attract monarchs to your garden. Try catching and tagging monarchs and why this is important.  Leave with lots of information and a special plant for intended for monarch butterflies.

Instructor: Michael Buckman, Manager, Day Butterfly Center

Fee: $25/Guest; $22.50/Annual Passholder


Basket Weaving: Linda’s Favorite Basket

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center

Discover the joy of weaving a basket. To start, this sturdy basket a 6” x 12” base is made. The side handles provided are handmade from Tennessee white oak.  This project is the perfect size for many things from DVDs to fruit, socks or as a holiday centerpiece! Instruction will include basic basket weaving techniques and would be appropriate for both beginner and intermediate basket weavers. Weave the basket then use creativity with natural materials to decorate and to personalize it.

All basketry materials will be supplied.

Attendees should bring heavy shears and an old bath towel.

Class limited to 8 participants

Instructor:  Sharon Hynes

Fee:  $60/Guest; $54/Annual Passholder

Fresh Greenery Christmas Workshop

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to Noon

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



Year-round opportunities to take great photos coupled with expert instruction from accomplished amateur photographer Jim Henderson make Callaway Gardens the perfect venue for learning digital photography. The majority of the classroom instruction takes place in the Callaway Discovery Center.


Henderson brings an encyclopedic knowledge of digital photography’s technical aspects, a mastery of the discipline’s artistic side, and an incredible knack for teaching and inspiring his participants in a fun and enthusiastic manner. He presents each topic in an easy-to-understand fashion.


Enrollment in all DSLR workshops is limited and preregistration is required. For more detailed descriptions and online registration, visit www.callawaygardens.com/photo.



Mastering Night Photography at the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4
Mountain Creek Conference Center, Room 110

The photo opportunities are abundant at this event.  Participants begin in the classroom to discuss camera and exposure settings then shoot the balloon glow. Saturday morning includes balloon launch and classroom session. Then, participants will shoot balloon launches on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a final classroom session on Sunday morning. Tripods and cable releases required.

Fees: $175/Guest; $157.50/Annual Passholder
Includes digital handout


Mastering the Nightscape:
Fantasy in Lights

Monday, November 14, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mountain Creek Conference Center, Room 110

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit Fantasy In Lights before it opens to the public and shoot the most spectacular holiday light and sound show in the South arranged in over a dozen themed displays! With our own private transportation, participants will have multiple opportunities to stop, set up our tripods, and get truly amazing shots not possible from a moving vehicle. The workshop begins in the classroom, where we cover camera and exposure settings and tips for getting great images.

Fee: $100/Guest; $92.50/Annual Passholder


For a complete listing or to register, visit www.callawaygardens.com/workshops.  Or, call the Education Department at 1.844.265.7906 or email education@callawaygardens.com.  Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.  Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each workshop begins.  Annual Passholders and Callaway Connection members qualify for special rates.



In partnership with the Coweta County Emergency Management Agency, the Central Midwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct its annual shelter drill from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road, Newnan, Georgia.  Registration begins at 9:30.


“In addition to the risk of tornadoes, straight line winds, winter storms and other severe weather we face, we also need to prepare for hurricanes,” said Sarah Wynn, Disaster Program Specialist with the Central Midwest Georgia Chapter. “Hurricanes can directly affect our service area with heavy rains, lightning, strong winds and flash floods, but they can also bring thousands of evacuees to Georgia.”


As part of a coordinated hurricane response effort, Georgia has pledged to shelter up to 50,000 evacuees across 50 counties for five days. The American Red Cross partners with state and local agencies during emergencies and manages disaster relief shelters.


“Our chapter will be called upon to host approximately 1,800 evacuees, so the Red Cross needs community volunteers from across our 20 county service area to help answer the call to give them safe refuge,” explained Wynn.  “This shelter drill gives Red Cross volunteers and our community partners an opportunity to experience a full mock shelter in a learning environment.”


Volunteers will get a practical review of shelter management following a major local disaster by converting an empty gymnasium into a fully functioning shelter. The shelter simulation is designed as a “hands on” exercise to sharpen our readiness to survey, plan, open, manage and close a shelter. They will set up cots, learn how to prepare meals and be oriented to the Red Cross’ Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). Additionally, volunteers will draw upon their training to find solutions for dealing with commonly confronted shelter situations.


Red Cross volunteers, businesses, faith-based organizations, civic and military groups, social and academic clubs, and other organizations are encouraged to participate.  No prior experience is necessary.  Participants must be at least 18 years old and may bring interested family, friends and colleagues.  Lunch will be provided. Volunteers and partners are asked to register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DDNVG3C no later than September 3rd.


Red Cross Shelter Drill

Saturday, September 10, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cornerstone United Methodist Church

2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road, Newnan, GA

RSVP: 706-884-5818 or Sarah.Wynn@RedCross.org


2016 Sweetland Craft Beer & Music Festival

Saturday, October 8th @ 3-8pm

$35 – Advance Tickets*
$40 – Day Of *
$15 – Music Only Tickets
*Includes Unlimited Samples & Souvenir Glass 

Music by: 

Little Tybee, Pine Hill Haints, Jontavious Willis and Grant Garland Trio


Souvenir Sampling Glass, Unlimited Sampling of Craft Beers, Games, Live Entertainment, Food Vendors and more.

The inaugural Sweetland Craft Beer & Music Festival is an outdoor festival featuring breweries from across the Southeast. The festival will include live music, local food vendors, local business vendors, non-profit educational booths, games and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

* For every ticket purchased, $2 will be donated to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Floating Classroom Program. Sweetland Amphitheatre will match the total ticket donation amount for CRK.

Sponsorship Opportunity:

The Sweetland Craft Beer & Music Festival has fun and exciting sponsorship opportunities available for you and your company. Limited spots available, so don’t delay. Please reach out to keyal@sweetland.events or click here for more information.



Brilliant Blue Butterflies Provide Beautiful Sight for Guests;
Exclusive Reception Available


PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (8/29/2016) – September is Blue Morpho Butterfly Month at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center.  Typically there are more than 1,000 tropical butterflies of various kinds flying freely throughout the conservatory; however, this month it will be filled exclusively with spectacular blue morpho butterflies.


“During September, visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of blue morphos on the planet at that moment,” said Michael Buckman, manager of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. “This is our eighth year filling the Center with blue morphos.  I’ve been told by suppliers that we are receiving all that they have of these beautiful butterflies. When I heard that, I knew we were doing something very special.”


The blue morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular iridescent blue butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America.  The undersides of the wings are brown with large eyespots and the contrasting upper sides have perhaps the most brilliant, vivid blue that nature has to offer.  This iridescent color is actually a result of the microscopic scales on the back of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance.  As a blue morpho flies, its contrasting wing colors of brilliant blue and dull brown fool the eye and make the morpho look as if it is appearing and disappearing.  The word ‘morpho’ actually means “to change or modify.”


This tropical butterfly is usually a forest dweller but occasionally ventures into sunny areas.  They are diurnal, or active during the day, and they spend much of their time in flight because they can be territorial.  When courting, they often fly in long chains of five or more making a spectacular sight.


As one of the largest butterflies, with a wingspan of five to eight inches, the blue morpho is a wonderful subject for photos and video.  They feed on the juice of rotting fruit making them easy to locate at the fruit feeders in the Day Butterfly Center.  Butterflies are most active between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  For best results taking photos, consider visiting when the butterflies are resting, before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m.


A once-a-year exclusive opportunity will be available on Saturday, September 17.  From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there will be a blue morpho Butterfly Reception to get up-close and personal with these beautiful blue butterflies.  After an introduction by Michael Buckman, the Callaway Gardens butterfly center manager, tour through the facilities afterhours with your choice of red wine or red grape juice.  The blue morphos will be attracted to the wonderful aromas of your beverage of choice.  Tickets for are $20 per person and include a complimentary beverage.  A limited number of reservations are available.  Make your reservation today at www.callawaygardens.com/BlueMorphoReception or call 1.844.265.7906.


General admission* to Callaway Gardens, home of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, is $20 per adult (ages 13-64); $15 per senior (65+); $10 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax).  Annual Passholders, with their pass and valid ID can enter the Gardens with up to five guests in the same vehicle for free per day.  Military and their spouse receive free admission and half price admission for up to four guests in the same vehicle.  This price includes access to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions and activities.  The Day Butterfly Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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