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Senoia Area Blood Drive on January 30th

 With a severe winter blood shortage, this month the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations.


“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Alyson Barraza of the Connecticut Red Cross Blood Services Region. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”


Eligible blood donors are urged to schedule a donation today in conjunction with the January 30 blood drive that will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Senoia United Methodist Church.  Please note, too, that “walk-ins” are always welcome at these drives.  The blood drive is co-sponsored by the local church and the Senoia Optimist Club.


The upcoming blood drive is for the Senoia area and beyond, and it will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Senoia United Methodist Church.  The church is in the historic district of Senoia and is located at 229 Bridge Street.  It is at the intersection of Seavy and Bridge Streets.  For those not familiar with the area, you can turn east at the downtown intersection of Main Street and Seavy Street, and go past the Veranda Bed & Breakfast towards the City Park or State Highway 85.  The church is on the right – only about 2 blocks east of Main Street.


Members of the Senoia Optimist Club will offer blood donors their “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches along with a number of free coupons from local area businesses.


Donors at the Senoia blood drive are again asked to bring one or more non-perishable food items.  The Optimist Club members will collect these items and make them available to a local food bank in order to help those around us who are in need.





UPCOMING  EVENTS /  2017 Season
3rd Annual Newnan Burns Supper  
January 27, 2017
The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, and the Order of the Tartan are joining forces to commemorate Newnan’s special relationship with “Sister City,” Ayr, Scotland.
On Jan. 27 at 7:00 PM, enjoy a traditional Burns Supper and Ceilidh (Scottish folk dance and music), with Scottish fare, bagpipes, storytelling, dancing and more at the Historic Train Depot. Live music provided by the lively Scottish dance band Carolina Ceili. Wear your Scottish plaid tartan or semi-formal attire.


Grand Opening of Backstreet Community Arts on January 22 
I had a great chat yesterday with Kim Ramey at her art studio she is preparing for its Grand Opening. Here is what she has to say about it:
Backstreet Community Arts is the new nonprofit in Newnan, Georgia, that brings free open art studio to anyone who will benefit from the healing powers of art and community whether they can afford it or not.  Backstreet believes that Art saves lives and that Art should be for everyone…
Located at 19-B First Avenue behind Bridging the Gap, Backstreet will be celebrating their Grand Opening with an Open House on Sunday, January 22, from 2:00-4:00, at their location at 19-B First Avenue.  Come see what all the excitement is about, meet some of the artists, learn about the free open studio and sign up for classes & workshops.  Bring something to bang on — word on the street is there may be a drum circle….
Information on Backstreet Community Arts is available on these websites.Backstreet Community Art

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Southside Theatre Guild
20 W. Campbellton Street,
Fairburn, GA  30213
Monday, January 16, 2017 7pm
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7pm
Location: Southside Theatre Guild, 20 W. Campbellton Street, Fairburn GA, 30213
Performance Dates: April 27, 28, 29, 30, May 4, 5, 6, 7
Suds is the delightful story of a young teenage girl and the four guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love. It takes place in a laundromat during the sensational 60’s. SUDS is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts of that decade.

Songs include Locomotion, You Don’t Own Me, It’s My Party, I Feel Good, Secret Agent Man, Chapel of Love, Walk On By and more.

  Cindy should have a strong alto and a sweet sounding mix.
Low F. Belt to B-flat. Easy mix to D.* Marge should have a strong, controlled pop/rock belt, Tough R&B ‘wail’, Plus nice mix for backup.

* Dee Dee should have strong pop alto with a strong belt. Plus nice mix for back up.

* Male actor should be pop tenor with some falsetto and bass notes.

Please prepare a 12-16 bar song that showcases the actor’s range and vocal quality in a style consistent with the show. An accompanist will be provided, and a CD player if you prefer.

There will also be cold readings from the script and a short dance routine to learn.

Contact: sudsatstg@gmail.com

 “Suds” is presented by special arrangement with Brent Peek Productions, booking@sudsthemusical.com. Telephone (212) 598-4454


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There will be a Mardi Gras parade in LaGrange, GA.   You no longer have to travel hundreds of miles for a genuine Mardi Gras Parade.

Mark your calendar: 7 PM, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2017 and copy this route!

Note – the parade route is clockwise.

There will be a Judges stand with music across from LaGrange City Hall. You and your family are invited to see the parade anywhere along the route.  Enjoy it – catch beads and trinkets. Everyone loves the loot acquired during a parade. This is a family friendly event. 

While the primary reason for this event is fun, this philanthropic krewe also works to benefit two local charitable organizations.

If you or your group have an interest in parading in 2017 or 2018, The Krewe of Mask is meeting regularly. 2017 parade slots are closing soon.  Contact information is available at KreweofMask.com or via Kreweofmask@gmail.com. Registration is required to parade.

The parade is absolutely free.  If you want to attend the Krewe’s Party – that’s possible this year!  The Krewe of Mask Mardi Gras Parade PARTY is a unique concurrent event that allows parade goers to go to the DelAvant event center for music and refreshments and slip out to see the parade.  The Catering is by Jamie Keating.  It’s on the route of the parade at Main and W. Broome.  The PARTY starts at 6 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2017.  Expect the parade to pass around 7:30 PM.  Watch it from the roof or from the street then go back inside for more fun!  The Krewe of Mask should arrive back at the party, after the parade, around 9 PM.  The event ends at 11 PM.  It’s catered by Jamie Keating so you know it’s going to be great!  We do it right.  Tickets for the party are available from Cheryl Twickler at Merle Norman Cosmetics, 111 Vernon Street. LaGrange, GA 30240, 706-884-8630.
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Civil rights hero to present college’s MLK address

Civil rights hero to present college’s MLK addressHailed as a trailblazer of the civil rights movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. address at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Callaway Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1986. Roll Call, a publication covering Capitol Hill since 1955, has called him “a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber.”
President Dan McAlexander said the college is honored to welcome a pioneer like Lewis to campus.

“For more than five decades, John Lewis has stood on the front lines of social change as a champion of civil rights,” he said. “He embodies the integrity and moral courage we strive to encourage in our students.”

Lewis was born the son of sharecroppers in 1940 outside Troy, Alabama.  He grew up on his family’s farm and attended segregated public schools.  As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery bus boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts.

As a student at Fisk University, Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South.

During the height of the movement (1963—1966), Lewis was named chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which he helped form. The group was largely responsible for organizing the movement’s student activism, including sit-ins and other activities.

By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the civil rights movement. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.

In 1964, Lewis coordinated SNCC efforts to organize voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Lewis joined Hosea Williams to lead more than 600 protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965.

Intending to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state, the protestors were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a confrontation that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” News broadcasts and photographs of that day helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

After leaving SNCC in 1966, he continued his commitment as associate director of the Field Foundation and through his participation in the Southern Regional Council’s voter registration programs. Lewis went on to become the director of the Voter Education Project. Under his leadership, the VEP transformed the nation’s political climate by adding nearly four million minorities to the voter rolls.

In 1977, Lewis was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency.

In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. While serving on the council, he was an advocate for ethics in government and neighborhood preservation. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. He is senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, a member of its subcommittee on income security and family support, and ranking member of its subcommittee on oversight.

Lewis holds a degree in religion and philosophy from Fisk University, and is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been awarded more than 50 honorary degrees from colleges and universities throughout the United States, including Harvard University, Brown University, Princeton University, Duke University, Clark-Atlanta University, Columbia University, Fisk University and LaGrange College.

He received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama, the Preservation Hero award given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize, the President’s Medal of Georgetown University, the NAACP Spingarn Medal, the National Education Association Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for lifetime achievement ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Lewis is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir trilogy “March.” The books have earned several awards and are being used in schools across the country to teach the civil rights movement. They also have been selected as a first-year common reading text at colleges and universities such as Michigan State University, Georgia State University and Marquette University.

He is also the author of “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change”written with Brenda Jones and winner of the 2012 NAACP Image Award for best literary work-biography. His biography, “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement,” earned the Anisfield-Wolf book award as well as the Robert F. Kennedy book award. He is also the subject of “Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement” and “John Lewis in the Lead.”

He has been interviewed for documentaries, news broadcasts, and journals, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CNN Headline News, CSPAN’s Washington Journal, Time magazine, Newsweek magazine, The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Boston Globe.

Something is brewing in historic, downtown LaGrange. What was once the Westbrook Service & Tire Co. building will soon become the home of Wild Leap Brew Co., the first brewery to locate in LaGrange. Wild Leap will feature a tasting room, indoor event space and an outdoor patio that will look upon a downtown plaza.

The name Wild Leap speaks to the conviction of the two founders, who left successful career paths to follow their passion of creating a better-tasting craft beer. It’s also a nod to celebrating that important first step that sets a dream in motion. The founders hope it encourages others in the community to take their own “wild leaps.”

“We believe life is about following your passions, embracing change… and sharing it all with family, friends and neighbors,” said Anthony Rodriguez, co-founder and CEO of Wild Leap Brew Co.  “We’re so proud to have found such a unique location and be a part of the exciting improvements going on in downtown LaGrange.”

Revitalizing the historic site marks another “wild leap,” as it becomes one of the signature renovation projects in LaGrange’s south downtown area. “Wild Leap Brew Co. will be a huge draw in our continuing efforts to revitalize and beautify the historic downtown area. As part of the Callaway Foundation project, the brewery will adjoin a downtown plaza and overlook a beautiful green space. We see it becoming the gateway to downtown from the south end,” said Downtown LaGrange Development Authority Executive Director Bobby Carmichael.

“Our vision is to help our friends and neighbors connect and celebrate their wild leaps over an easy-drinking, handcrafted beverage in a unique and relaxing place… the kind of place where you want to meet up after work or on the way to take in an event downtown,” continued Rodriguez. “We look forward to introducing our craft beers to the community very soon.”

Tastings and tours will be established in the near future. To learn up-to-date details as soon as they become available, please join our email list at our new website, www.wildleap.com.


ABOUT WILD LEAP – Formed by friends and innovators, Wild Leap Brew Co. is dedicated to delighting customers with approachable, easy-drinking and handcrafted beverages in an atmosphere that’s always easy-going and enjoyable. You could say, when it comes to beer, we’re raising the bar.

For more information regarding Wild Leap Brew Co., please visit our website at www.wildleap.com.

LaGrange College museum presents masterworks by world-renowned artists:


An exhibition of modern art from the collection of Wes and Missy Cochran will be celebrated with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at Lamar Dodd Art Center, 310 Panther Way, at LaGrange College.


The exhibition, 20th Century Graphics from the Cochran Collection, will be on display through April 14. It 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.


Almost 60 world-renowned artists are represented, including Alexander Calder, Wayne Thiebaud, Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.


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.  For more information, call gallery manager Lanora Yates at 706-880-8211.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Support your community and have fun doing it.

Contact Becca Eiland to find out more about the exciting sponsorship opportunities available at Sweetland Amphitheatre this year. Only a few spots are available, so don’t delay! Email beccae@downtownlagrange.com or call (706) 298-4523.

Jason Isbell with special guest Hiss Golden Messenger coming to Sweetland on March 31! Find out more about the show by clicking below.
Check out the full performance from Hiss Golden Messenger on KEXP HERE.



LAGRANGE, GA (January 9, 2016) – Hull Property Group announced today the addition of Hobby Lobby and Dunham’s Sports to the LaGrange Mall. The announcement comes a year after Mall owners and local leaders finalized a development agreement to create a Tax Allocation District (TAD) to help further development of the property.


“The addition of Hobby Lobby and Dunham’s Sports would not have happened without the support and visionary leadership of Mayor Jim Thornton, the City Council, and especially Economic Development Director Mike Criddle, who took the lead on this project. Troup County Manager Tod Tentler and Troup County School Superintendent Cole Pugh and their respective boards were also instrumental in getting us here today,” said Jim Hull, Managing Principal of Hull property Group. “We have worked closely together to attract quality tenants to the Mall and surrounding retail node in pursuit of developing a first class shopping corridor here in LaGrange. With the recent addition of Aspen Dental and Firehouse Subs and today’s announcement of the new Hobby Lobby and Dunham’s Sports, will come a virtuous cycle of retailers and restauranteurs wanting to co-locate at the Mall and within this prominent retail area.”


Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest retail sporting good chains, will occupy approximately 52,000 sf in the anchor space formerly occupied by JC Penney. The Dunham’s Sports store features both interior and exterior mall entrances and will offer a full line of traditional sporting goods and athletic equipment as well as a variety of active and casual sports apparel and footwear. Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer, will occupy 55,000 sf and will be constructed adjacent to the new Dunham’s Sports.


“The goal of the TAD was to further retail recruitment, and we have been successful in making LaGrange an attractive market for big name stores. We share a vision with Hull Property Group to create a first class retail corridor with new retail and restaurant options that will excite the community, and I am thrilled to welcome Hobby Lobby and Dunham’s Sports.  These projects will benefit the community by retaining sales tax revenue in our county, and we are also creating a retail critical mass that will attract other retailers and restaurants in the years to come as LaGrange and Troup County continue to grow and prosper,” said Mayor Jim Thornton.


The LaGrange Mall TAD #5 went into effect January, 1 2016 and created a baseline property tax value for the Mall at its current rate. All costs associated with development including the upcoming buildout of Hobby Lobby and Dunham’s, the addition of the dual tenant outparcel for Aspen Dental and the recent clearing of the former Ryan’s parcel are borne by Mall owners who anticipate an initial Phase I investment of over $10 million dollars.


“Both Hobby Lobby and Dunham’s Sports are strong national retailers and we are thrilled for these stores to join the LaGrange Mall. We have been disciplined in our approach to attract only the right tenant to the property in order to continue to develop the Mall as a powerful retail and restaurant center. We have been working closely with local leadership for over a year to bring these popular stores to LaGrange and we are excited for what this partnership can accomplish in the future,” said Ky Widener, Senior Vice President of Leasing.


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