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Grapes of Wrath
National Players Presents:
The Grapes of Wrath
Tuesday, February 7
7:00 PM | $10

Tom Joad returns from prison to find the Oklahoma family farm in ruins. As the Joad clan gathers their possessions to leave the Dust Bowl behind, there’s both hope and fear about prospects in California. The Joads trek west, encountering others on the same journey, all striving for their own piece of the American dream.

The Chamber has partnered with the University of West Georgia to bring our members and community a Special Feature Event for Spring 2017 

In this series of six evenings, University of West Georgia professors Josh Byrd, Cale Self, Janet Donohoe, John V. Garner, Mark Schoon, and Nathan Rees come to Newnan to discuss topics in Music, Philosophy, and Art. Join us for a bit of wine and conversation!
University of West Georgia Newnan Campus Main Lecture Hall
Tuesday, January 31, 6pm

While we all might think of a favorite classical piece or composer, how exactly does that music or individual fit into the history of Western music? Which composers stayed within the conventions of their time? Who went rogue? Hop on board a fast and furious “virtual time machine” as we explore the social, musical, and economic issues that helped mold and shape music as we know it. From the monks of Monty Python to the virtuosity of Paganini, this evening’s discussion will try and put everything we hear on a daily basis into a historical perspective.

Tuesday, February 7, 6pm

Did you know that Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” has been used in thirty-eight films or that Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” has been equally and effectively deployed in action flicks, comedies, and dramas? Celebrated filmmaker Spike Lee once turned to the music of Aaron Copland as virtually the entire soundtrack of a movie about basketball. From Bach to Wagner, from Apocalypse Now to X-Men, this lecture – featuring audio/video excerpts from selected films – will explore the more interesting uses (and sometimes abuses) of Western classical music in modern American cinema.

Tuesday, February 21, 6pm

RETHINKING THE BODY – Dr. Janet Donohoe and Dr. John V. Garner

Am I my body? Is my body something other than me? For ages, questions like these have intrigued philosophers. Join us as we explore, on the one hand, the ancient Greek roots of the prevalent belief that we are distinct from our bodies and, on the other hand, contemporary phenomenological attempts to show that our bodies are deeply integral to our very experience of the world. Be there for this shared dialogue, and be sure to bring your body along too!

Tuesday, February 28, 6pm

RETHINKING WORK – Dr. Janet Donohoe and Dr. John V. Garner

What is the purpose of work? What makes a life of work go well or go badly? These questions puzzled the ancients and yet they are still with us today. Join us as we explore both ancient and modern efforts to discern whether we humans work only because we have biological needs, whether certain traps such as greed and consumerism are avoidable, and whether a life of work has a higher purpose. If you find that your work either brings you joy or infuriates you (or both), then come join us as we work together through these problems!

Tuesday, April 11, 6pm


From animal locomotion to dwarf planets in the Kuiper belt, photography has provided a means to witness what is otherwise beyond our physical capabilities. But are photographs inherently truthful? And how does human perception correspond to the mechanical apparatus of the camera? How, finally, might photographs even shape our understanding of the physical world? Please join use for conversation and investigation of one of the most influential technologies of the past 170 years.

Tuesday, April 18, 6pm


The great masterpieces of the Western tradition: timeless expressions of an artist’s unique inner vision, right? Not always. Focusing on the revolutionary era of the Enlightenment, we’ll investigate the impact of politics on art. Connecting the dots between art and history reveals how artists were inspired – or outright compelled – by the political forces shaping the world around them. Come explore this other side of art and discover how even the most acclaimed works of art serve as propaganda.

Newnan-Coweta Chamber

www.newnancowetachamber.org ;

April 1st Wildlife Cruise on the West Point Lake Floating Classroom
Come onboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for a Saturday afternoon on West Point Lake and the opportunity to see local wildlife like never before. This guided tour is open to the general public and will be led by CRK staff and wildlife experts. Anticipate learning more about the fish that populate our lake and the birds of prey that circle in the skies above. Binoculars will be provided and the tour will start and end at Highland Marina Resort.


Date: Saturday April 1
Times: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Highland Marina Resort

Register online at www.chattahoochee.org


Since launching in July 2015, the West Point Lake Floating Classroom has served over 4,400 students and adults by delivering unique, hands-on environmental education programs and guided lake tours.


To schedule a school field trip or private guided tour on the boat contact Laura Breyfogle at lbreyfogle@chattahoochee.org or call 706-882-3701.




Seeking Volunteers: Monitor the Water Quality of Your Neighborhood Creek


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper invites you to make a difference in protecting our water by joining our Neighborhood Water Watch (NWW) program. As a NWW volunteer, you will receive training and supplies to collect samples from a local waterway. To learn more about this program go to www.chattahoochee.org, contact Hannah Bradford at hbradford@chattahoochee.org or call our LaGrange office at 706-882-3701.




Register Now: Upcoming Paddle Trips & River Cleanups


Here are two upcoming outings that the CRK team will be leading in the Middle Chattahoochee region.


Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome, beginners in particular. Register early for the chance to use one of our kayaks (first-come, first-serve basis) and decide for yourself if the on-the-water experience is for you!


March 25 – Chattahoochee Bend Paddle Trip

Join us for a guided paddle trip on the middle section of the Chattahoochee River as it flows from Whitesburg to one of Georgia’s newest parks—Chattahoochee Bend State Park. This outing will cover approximately ten river miles and is open to paddlers of all skill levels. $35 Per Paddler. REGISTER ONLINE at www.chattahoochee.org

Saturday, April 8 – 7th Annual Sweep the Hooch

Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, or paddlers to remove trash at sites throughout the watershed. Sweep the Hooch brings people together to give back to the mighty river that gives us so much.


In the Middle Chattahoochee region, there will be shoreline cleanup sites at Chattahoochee Bend State Park and the Riverview boat ramp in Valley, Alabama. There will also be a Sweep the Hooch outing onboard the West Point Lake Floating Classroom that includes a boat ride to and from a cleanup location on West Point Lake!


Registration opens February 14th! To learn more, visit: https://chattahoochee.org/sweep-the-hooch/



Tickets On Sale Now

Blackberry Smoke – Like An Arrow Tour
Friday, April 28th at Sweetland Amphitheatre

Featuring lead singer Charlie Starr from our very own LaGrange, GA.
Tickets are available for purchase by clicking HERE or by calling Ticket Alternative at (877) 725-8849.

Visit our website www.sweetland.events for more information!

**The 2017 Summer Concert Series will be announced next Thursday, February 2nd at 10 A.M.! More information coming soon!**




Meetings with the Mayor

Again this year 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:


Tuesday, Jan 31, 6:00 pm – Hollis Hand School, 641 Country Club Road, LaGrange.

Thursday, Feb 2, 6:00 pm – Troup Baptist Association building, 1301 Washington Street, LaGrange (hosted by Circles of Troup County).

Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:00 pm – Confidence Missionary Baptist Church, 705 Colquitt Street, LaGrange.

Thursday, Feb 9, 6:00 pm – Dunson United Methodist Church, 11 North Barnard Avenue, LaGrange.



PLEASE NOTE: All LaGrange Memorial Library and Hogansville Library events are available at the end of this list.


January 27 – February 4

Lafayette Theatre Company’s: You Can’t Take It With You

WINNER -2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Revival of a Play WINNER – 2015 Drama League Award, Best Revival of a Play NOMINEE -2015 5 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play NOMINEE – 2015 2 Drama Desk Awards. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. LSPA Business Office 706-882-9909, www.lsparts.org


Thursday February 2, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

TLC (Thursday Lunch Club)

TLC, the senior outreach ministry of LaGrange First UMC, will feature a musical program presented by Debbie and Randy Ogle, following a served at the table lunch for $6, Reserve your place by calling 706-884-4635 or emailing: churchoffice@lagrange fumc.org.


Saturday, February 4, 7:00 PM

Twin Cedars Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask is a celebration of Mardi Gras, held at the DelAvant Event Center in downtown LaGrange. The event benefits a number of our LaGrange programs. Over 280 of our closest friends come out to partake of the best of Mardi Gras. With a New Orleans style buffet served by C’Sons and a band that could have stepped right off Bourbon Street, our attendees simply don’t want to leave at the end of the evening.



February 7 – November 7

Troup County Master Gardeners 2017 Lunch and Learn Series

Bring your lunch and come join the Troup County Master Gardeners as we explore a variety of horticultural topics. Each session will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00 at the LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St. LaGrange, Free!

Contact Information: Shirley Gilliam 706-883-1675


Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

LaGrange Academy Admission Open House/Winter Celebration

Please come join us for an evening of games, snacks, information and fun! LaGrange Academy is Troup County’s only private, college prep-school. LaGrange Academy serves students grades pre-k through 12th grade. We would love to have you visit our campus and answer any school and/or admission questions you might have. Please enter our Commons building to sign in and join us for our winter celebration. We look forward to seeing you soon! LaGrange Academy, 1501 Vernon Road, LaGrange, Contact Information: Fayedra Mumme, Director of Admissions 706-882-8097 www.lagrangeacademy.org


Saturday, February 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

14 Dimes 4 Love

For your donation of 14 dimes, you can bring a lot of love to the animals waiting for their fur-ever family to find them here at the LaGrange Troup County Humane Society! Stop in to receive 14 dog treats to put in the valentines boxes of some of our most adoptable pups. As you stroll through our kennel lane, choose which lucky pup will get to keep your heart (cookie, that is) by placing the cookie in their valentine’s box and don’t forget to pick up one of their valentines for you!!

LaGrange – Troup County Humane Society, 1390 Orchard Hill Road, LaGrange

Please R.S.V.P. by February 10th to Linda Couto at info@lagrangehumane.org or call (706) 298-3608

Donations of 14 dimes requested. (Yes, we accept other forms of cash donation.)



Saturday, February 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Sock Hops in concert

The Troup High School Alumni Association presents The Sock Hops for a great evening of music. Location: Troup High Fine Arts Auditorium, 1920 Hamilton Road, LaGrange

Contact Information: Ellis Cadenhead, 706-884-5546 or Troup High School, 706-812-7957, Fees/Admission: advance tickets are $15 and available at Troup High School, LaGrange Toyota, United Rental and The Mill Store


Saturday, February 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mardi Gras Parade to benefit Twin Cedars

Floats, bands, beads and fun should mark this first-ever Family Mardi Gras parade in LaGrange. Look for the King and Queen on their specially built float. Come to the showmobile / judging stand to enter your costume for “best costume in the crowd”. If you’re lucky enough to be on the route, plan a parade party. Take a bag to bring home your catches from the parade. Starting near LaGrange High School at North Greenwood and Highland, this family friendly parade proceeds to Marshall, then W. Bacon, then to Ridley, W. Broome, Bull St, Broad, Ben Hill, W. Haralson, back to the start.


February 17, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting – Open House – new LaGrange College laboratory science building

Ribbon cutting and open house for LaGrange College’s new $21 million laboratory science building and renovations to Callaway Science Building at the building’s entrance on the corner of Vernon Street and College Avenue. Additional parking and a shuttle service will be available at Price Theater.

For more information, contact Nikkovia Sweet, 706-880-8248, www.lagrange.edu


February 17 – April 14

20th Century Graphics from the Cochran Collection

Celebrating the opening of “20th Century Graphics from the Cochran Collection” at the Lamar Dodd Art Center at LaGrange College on February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The exhibition features 63 works of modern art showcasing pieces from pivotal moments in modern art history by pioneers of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art and post-modernism.Lamar Dodd Art Center, 310 Panther Way, LaGrange College.

The museum’s galleries are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays when classes are in session. www.lagrange.edu


Saturday, February 25, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

“Give Our Regards to Broadway”

A fun-filled evening of traditional, new and all time favorite Broadway tunes with a uniquely choral twist. Angela Anderson is the guest choreographer and will have dancers to liven up the evening!

Location: TBA, Contact Information: Bettie Biggs, Artistic Director Choral Society of West Georgia, 706-333-0627, www.cswg.weebly.com


March 31, 8:00 PM

Sweetland Amphitheatre Presents Jason Isbell w/ Special Guest Hiss Golden Messenger

Tickets: $30 – $50 (plus fees)



Friday, April 28, 8:00 PM

Sweetland Amphitheatre Presents Blackberry Smoke- Like An Arrow Tour

Tickets: $25 – $48 (plus fees) Tickets go on sale, 1/27/17 @ 10am via www.sweetland.events


January Events at the LaGrange Memorial and Hogansville Public Libraries


1/27/2017 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Bookshop Open

Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library Book Sale. Stop by the bookshop and the lobby of the LaGrange Memorial Library for some great deals on used books!

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


1/28/2017 10:30 AM

Last Saturday Crafts

All ages welcome. Bring your crafts and work and socialize with other crafters.

Hogansville Public Library 310 Johnson St., Hogansville


1/30/2017 3:00 PM

Genealogy II

Get to know your ancestors better! Learn how and where to find the records that tell their story – marriage, birth, death, military and others. Prerequisite: Genealogy I

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


1/30/2017 3:00 PM

Maker Monday

Hogansville Public Library 310 Johnson St., Hogansville


1/30/2017 6:00 PM

Microsoft Word Basics

Learn the basics of word processing including formatting and spell check.

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


1/31/2017 12:00 PM

Souper Reads Book Club

If you enjoy reading and have ever considered becoming a part of a book club, the members of the Souper Reads Book Club invite you to join our growing group of readers. We meet on the last Tuesday of each month at noon at the Hogansville Public Library for a soup lunch and lively discussion.  This month we will discuss Untamed by Will Harlan.

Hogansville Public Library 310 Johnson St., Hogansville


1/31/2017 5:30 PM

Family Movie Night

Enjoy the theater experience in our casual library setting!  Bring your own snacks, and settle in to watch the hilarious Penguins of Madagascar with us. This movie is family-friendly and rated PG.  For a review of this film, please go to Common Sense Media.

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange


Ongoing Events


Now – August 2017

Pasaquan Works on Paper by Eddie Owens Martin

Regular Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-5PM and Every Third Saturday from 1-4PM

The LaGrange Art Museum is partnering with Columbus State University and the Kohler Foundation for the fall Opening of Pasaquan, a seven-acre art environment consisting of six major structures, more than 900 feet of painted masonry fence, painted totems, decorative walkways, sculptures, and other art and artifacts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States.  “One of the top 16 places to see in the US in 2016.” – CNN. LaGrange Art Museum, Free for Troup County Residents, Non-Residents $10 donation Call 706-882-3267, email art@lagrangeartmuseum.org, www.lagrangeartmuseum.org


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.


Available Meeting Space – Ashton Court Senior Living Apartments has space to host a meeting or small gathering for up to 20 from your organization. No charge for chamber members or non-profit organizations. Contact Darlene Bailey 706-882-1400.


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.


LaGrange Lions Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Highland Country Club. We would love for anyone to come out and see what we are all about.  We are always looking for new members!


LaGrange Woman’s Club meets every 2nd Thursday at noon at Bellevue.  We would love for anyone to come out and see what we are all about.  We are always looking for new members! We have lots of fun doing fund raisers to help with the preserving and maintaining of our beautiful mansion! All women are welcome!


The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (www.gvra.ga.gov) provides services to help eligible persons with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. To apply for services, please contact them at 706-298-7270.

Do not miss the chance to escape for an evening with the eccentric, yet very lovable, Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael family!
You Can’t Take It With You
January 26-29 and February 2-4
Tickets are available now at www.LSPARTS.org/tickets!
The Lafayette Theatre Company presents You Can’t Take It With You, opening this Thursday.  From the “Golden Age” of Broadway, this classic by Hart and Kaufman won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and was the basis for the 1938, Academy Award winning, Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart.
The colorful world of the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael family is filled with unconditional acceptance and an appreciation for the enjoyment of life.  The family’s patriarch, Martin Vanderhof, provides a home where the unconventional is celebrated, often through apparent chaos.  When his granddaughter falls in love with the son of the wealthy and very conservative Kirby family, fireworks explode, both figuratively and literally.
Under the direction of LTC’s Artistic Director Ryan McWhorter, the cast is filled with many favorite veterans of theatre in LaGrange and our surrounding areas.  Be sure to look through the cast list below to see who you will recognize on stage!
Choose your seats now at www.LSPARTS.org/tickets!

Announcing: Blackberry Smoke – Like An Arrow Tour

Friday, April 28th at Sweetland Amphitheatre

Featuring lead singer Charlie Starr from our very own LaGrange, GA.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 27th at 10 a.m. Visit our website www.sweetland.events for more information!

*Please note this concert is not part of the 2017 Summer Concert Series. Tickets will be sold separately. Stay tuned for our Summer Series announcement coming soon!

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