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PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (08/22/2016) – Become a part of Callaway Gardens’ 18th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, Sept. 2-4, 2016, by joining a chase crew.  Chase crews follow balloons in flight and recover them once they’ve landed.  It’s a terrific way to get involved with your community and experience ballooning first hand.


Crews assist pilots with inflating, launching, “chasing” and packing the balloons.  A good pair of gloves and a little time are all that are needed.  In return, crew members learn about ballooning and have access to the balloon festival and all the great activities and attractions at Callaway Gardens.


There is a Balloon Glow on Friday and Sunday with set-up beginning around 7 p.m. The launches are Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and again between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Between these hours, some pilots will offer tethered rides, when the winds are calmest, and will need assistance. Crew volunteers should be available at these times.


Balloons fly wherever the wind blows and usually travel five to seven miles before landing.  Chase crews maintain radio contact with a balloon pilot. Once the balloon has landed, the crew assists with retrieving a balloon and its passengers and escorting them back to Callaway Gardens.


Approximately 150 volunteer chase crew members are needed.  Crew members must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and be able to volunteer at the Balloon Glow on Friday night and for both flights on Saturday and Sunday.  Each balloon needs a four- or five-member crew.

If you are interested in becoming a chase crew member and can be there for all three days, or if you have questions about the event, please contact Andy Brown, Callaway Gardens’ recreation director, at abrown@callawaygardens.com.


The Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival will be an exciting time and becoming a chase crew member is a great way help make this event safe for members of our community and successful for the thousands of visitors who will be in town to enjoy Labor Day weekend.


Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, GA, 60 minutes south of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus, GA.  For general information about Callaway Gardens or the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit www.callwaygardens.com or call 1.800.463.6990.


Ian Gindes
Gifted American Pianist

Sunday, August 28 at 3 pm
$5 adults, students & seniors

Ian Gindes has captivated audiences and attracted the attention of well-known classical musicians worldwide with his dramatic and athletic performances. He has just released a new album, American Visions, which is a celebration of American composers from the 20th century until today. Fanfare magazine described him as “…a technical tour de force,” stating, “[He] performs American music with a sensitivity we usually associate with renditions of the European Romantic masters.” Dr. Gindes also serves as a commissioned officer in the United States Army National Guard. In his highly publicized performances to honor and raise funds for families of soldiers and victims of terrorism and war, the American spirit has clearly extended into his repertoire.

Seth Harden, Jesse Reece and Chiquitta Avery

Saturday, August 27th @ 7:30PM (GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM)

This special benefit concert features Seth Harden with his Hollywood-style performance as a “clean rapper.” This once in a lifetime show has a message that speaks to the heart. “Once you have been in a situation that has brought you to a broken moment in your life, you can no longer be broken to that situation because you have been there and done that,” says Seth.

Seth Harden has sold over eight hundred thousand Licensed Downloads on the internet, has been nominated for an AMG music award and is currently filming a documentary about his career that will be released in theaters.

All proceeds go to the non-profit Seth Harden Inc,. which hosts many programs such as the “Feed the People” events where hundreds of children in at-risk urban communities are provided food and counseled about bullying, suicide and violence.

It’s time to make an epic change in the world and you are invited to take part in this change!

*This is not a picnic approved event. No outside food or beverage is allowed, however concessions will be available!

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Community Update 

Relief Supplies for Louisiana
Nissan of Newnan is spearheading an effort to “to fill our commercial demo van full of relief supplies for our neighbors in Louisiana.” These supplies need to be delivered quickly.” They are asking Chamber members and the community to bring in donations (water, food, diapers, pet food, or anything that you can think of that’s essential). Also, they are asking everyone to share this “call to action” through social media. The van will leave on Sunday afternoon. Contact lcrider@nissanofnewnan.com or call 770.254.3800  for more information.

Below are just SOME of the many things going on this month.  If you have an event or fundraiser you would like to include in next month’s
Chamber Connection/Community News, please email the information to
valerie@newnancowetachamber.org at least one week before the end of the month.
Be sure to listen each weekday to our news sponsor 92.5 The Bear to hear these and other Chamber Connection Community News on
The Bear’s Community Bulletin Board.

Around the Community in August…  

Community Health Fair

August 20, 9am; Cambridge House of Newnan, 2687 Highway 154, Newnan

Providers representing a variety of health care services for adults and children.  Fun, games, food and raffle prizes.
For more information:  Andrea Brown, andreacambridge@gmail.com or 678.423.8700

Coweta Veterans Club Open House

August 20, 10am; Coweta Veterans Club, 130 Veterans Club Drive, Newnan

All veterans are invited to come by and see what opportunities and services are available to veterans, their families, and the community.
For more information:  Bob Ward, 678.860.2620, rmward48@outlook.com

Around the World Wine Tasting

August 20, 5:30pm; Historic Depot, 60 E. Broad Street, Newnan

Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta – Newnan Club, an evening of elegance and fun.  Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to taste a wide selection of fine wines and beer, sample gourmet hors d’ouevres, dance to live jazz, and bid on art crafted by youth artists from the Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club.
For more information:  click here

“Celebrating Caroline Miller”

August 20, 7pm; The Blue Moon Cafe (Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance), 7 Main Street, Moreland

A special evening honoring the first Pulitzer Prize winner in Georgia.  Features music and drama presented by the Caroline Miller Museum.  This program is free to the public, light refreshment available for purchase.
For more information: info@morelandadventure.com or click here

“Golf Fore Kids” Classic
August 29, 9:30; Eagles Landing Country Club, 100 Eagle’s Landing Way, Stockbridge
Annual fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Village at Christian City where victims of child abuse live safely in family-focused homes with loving house parents.  Become a sponsor, enter a foursome or just come out in support.
For more information: christiancity.org or contact Ashley Bonner, 678.466.1093, ashleyb@christian-city.org

Continuing Education Classes through University of West Georgia
Photography, Dance, Sewing, Computer, Enjoying Wine, Sign Language, and much more.
For more information:  click here


Coweta Event Calendar for August

 Explore other Coweta County events and programs through the Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Welcome Center) www.explorecoweta.com


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


Thursday, August 18, 6:00 PM

Troup County Republican Party meeting

Summer is winding down and it’s time to get back to business! Please join us at Hollis Hand Elementary School as John Padgett, Chairman of the Georgia GOP provides an update on the National Convention and outlines a game plan to rally the troops for a victory in November!


Now – August 19

Troup County Parks & Recreation Fall Sports Registration

Registration for fall sports begins at Troup County Parks and Recreation. Football, Cheerleading, Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Golf and Tennis are available this season!

Mike Daniel Recreation Center, 1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, GA 30241

706-883-1670, www.trouprec.org


Saturday, August 20, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Ten Blocks Away Drumming and Dance

Ten Blocks Away, in a special event with Jeen Rooks and Carol Sullivan, bring us an evening of African Drumming and Dance. This evening will be broken into two sections. Dance Session from 6-7:30pm / Ten Blocks Away concert from 8-10pm. Doors 5:30 preregistration Dance Session is from 6PM-7:30PM Ten Blocks Away Begins at 8PM

Contact Information: 706.443.4838 Space is limited – Please RSVP

$30.00 Dance Session and Concert $25.00 Dance Session alone $10.00 Ten Blocks Away Concert, www.purelifelagrange.com


Saturday, August 20, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Bow Wow Meow Luau

Join us for the 15th annual Fur Ball Fundraiser for your local LaGrange Troup County Humane Society. This year’s theme is BOW WOW MEOW LUAU! Wear your best Hawaiian attire! This fun, casual event to benefit animals in need, starts with a sneak peek of Silent Auction items, and Pawtini Hour at 6pm (2 drink tickets for beer, wine or signature Hawaiian drinks) The Hawaiian Luau Buffet Opens and Auction bidding begins at 7pm with Live music by: Lisa and The E-Lusion !

Highland Country Club, 1001 Country Club Drive, LaGrange

For more info call: 706-298-3608 or www.lagrangehumane.org/events, Advance tickets $45.00 (Must be purchased before Aug 10th) At the Door $55.00


Sunday, August 28, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Choral Society of West Georgia Season Kickoff

All singers, significant others and interested singers are invited to attend this Season Kickoff picnic. Food and drink will be provided by the Choral Society. Leave the kids at home and join the choral society colleagues for a fabulous afternoon.

2003 Foxcroft Drive, LaGrange, Contact Information: Bettie Biggs Artistic Director, Choral Society of West Georgia, 706-333-0627 www.cswg.weebly.com


September 1, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Can We Talk?

LaGrange Memorial Library is excited to present a program as part of an ongoing national discussion about the history of slavery in America. Leading us in this discussion will be renowned author Karen Branan who wrote The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth. LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St., LaGrange. www.thrl.org

Friday, September 2, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange Opening Reception

VAAL: Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange, Featuring Austin Wieland September 2- September 30, 2016 Opening Reception: September 2, 7-9pm This show enables local amateur and emerging artists who are members of VAAL to exhibit their work in a museum setting. LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, Lauren Oliver 706-882-3267 or art@lagrangeartmuseum.org, www.lagrangeartmuseum.org


September 2 – 30

VAAL: Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange, Featuring Austin Wieland

This show enables local amateur and emerging artists who are members of VAAL to exhibit their work in a museum setting. LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange, Lauren Oliver 706-882-3267 or art@lagrangeartmuseum.org, www.lagrangeartmuseum.org


September 2 – September 4

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

Soar into September at our 18th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. The weekend kicks off with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long. Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone and much more. There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration. www.callawaygardens.com


Thursday, September 8, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Golf FORE the Red Cross

Golf Tournament to benefit programs and services provided by the American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia. Highland Country Club, Contact Information: Connie Hensler, Connie.Hensler@redcross.org


Thursday, September 8, 6:30 PM

Sunsets at Sweetland – Downtown LaGrange

Free music and movie at Sweetland Amphitheatre in Downtown LaGrange.

Bring a picnic dinner or carry out from your favorite downtown eatery. Enjoy live music from the Alcotts and a showing of the movie Finding Dory will begin at dusk. Chairs available on a first come, first served basis otherwise chairs and blankets welcome. Free / Public Welcome


Saturday, September 10

Bark at the Park 5K Run/1.5 Mile Dog Walk

A 5k timed race & a 1.5 mile dog walk. You can even request an adoptable dog to walk with in the dog walk! 5K registration will begin at 7:00 AM. 5K Race to begin at 7:30 AM.

Dog Walk registration will begin at 8:30 AM. Walk to begin at 9:00 AM.

Granger Park, 100 Hunnicutt PL, LaGrange

Early Registration: $30.00 (includes t-shirt) through 9/1, Late Registration: $35.00 (does not include t-shirt) 9/2-9/10, for details: http://barkattheparkrundogwalk.itsyourrace.com/


September 9-10

Kiwanis Club Annual Sporting Clays Tournament for Jack Tate Scholarship Fund

This is an annual Kiwanis Club event that raises money for scholarships awarded to students who are sophomores or higher in their college endeavors and are working while going to college. Liberty Hill Sporting Club – 235 Liberty Hill/Glenn Road, LaGrange. Contact Jerry Johnson at 706-350-1000. Fees/Admission: $400 for a team of 4 shooters.


Saturday, September 10, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

L.I.F.E. International Festival

The first L.I.F.E. International Festival hosting 22 countries represented in LaGrange. The festival will take place on Broad Street and is free and open to the public. For details, nolney1415@outlook.com.


Sunday, September 11, 7:00 PM

L.I.F.E. Free Concert

Free concert honoring September 11th including performances by local and international performers. Callaway Auditorium, for details, nolney1415@outlook.com.


Friday, September 16, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Workshop

LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce, 111 Bull Street, LaGrange

Riverwood Associates will help you take the first step toward becoming a certified Lean Six Sigma professional. Learn proven techniques and practical tools to reduce waste, increase profitability, improve quality, and enhance the customer experience. $400 registration fee includes courseware, breakfast / lunch and exam. Learn more here: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Flyer – LaGrange (Sept 16, 2016). For more details, contact Peter Sherman, 678.595.7942, peter@riverwoodassociates.com


Saturday, September 17, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Biblical History Center 10th Anniversary Celebration

Biblical History Center (formerly Explorations in Antiquity Center)

Contact Information: Laura Jennings, laura.jennings@biblicalhistorycenter.com, www.biblicalhistorycenter.com


Monday, September 19, 10:00 AM

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Golf Tournament

Mountain View golf course at Callaway Gardens

Put your money where the miracles are. For registration contact the store manager at Love’s Travel Stop, 1621 Bass Cross Road, Hogansville, 706-637-4311


Tuesday, September 20, 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM

LaGrange Symphony Guild’s My Favorite Things

LaGrange Symphony Guild presents “My Favorite Things”. Doors open at 10:00 for vendor marketplace, silent auction and table viewing. Luncheon begins at 12:00. This is a fundraising event in support of the Youth programs of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. Del’Avant, Contact Information: Raylene Carter, Executive Director, LaGrange Symphony Orchestra 706-882-0662 www.lagrangesymphony.org

Tickets: $55.00


Saturday, September 24, 8:00 AM

Hogansville Hummingbird Tower Trail Run, 5K Run

Race day registration is at Hogansville Elementary School and will begin at 8:00am, race at 9:00am. Shirts are guaranteed to pre-registered participants only. A limited number of shirts will be available for race day registrants. For more information, http://www.hummingbirdfestival.com/hogansville-5k-run-walk-fundraiser.html or 706-957-4973


Saturday, September 24, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Troup County Board of REALTORS® Annual BBQ Benefit

Please join us for the Troup County Board of REALTORS® Annual BBQ Benefit. This year’s beneficiaries will be Circles of Troup County & Operation Building HOPE. Tickets are $8.00 each and can be purchased from a local REALTOR® or the Troup County Board of REALTORS®. Pickup will be September 24, 2016 from 11a until 2p at the Home Depot parking lot on Lafayette Parkway. BBQ furnished by Clay Bryant/Two Butts BBQ and plates will include: pulled pork, slaw, stew and bread. Contact Information: Mandy Brown @ the Troup County Board of REALTORS® 706/884-2600 www.tcbor.com


Saturday, September 24, 7:00 PM


NEEDTOBREATHE is a Grammy-nominated, American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from South Carolina, effortlessly woven from the musical traditions of their upbringing in the Deep South of the United States. Becca Eiland 706-298-4523, www.sweetland.events


Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM

Critter Tales

Storyteller Carol Cain will guide guests around the animal world and West Point Lake with her stories about nature and on. This is a fun outing for the whole family!  Recommended for school-age children and their grown-ups. For more details: https://chattahoochee.wufoo.com/forms/q162my9v03bkcuo/


Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 PM

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents AIR

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert of the 2016-2017 season. Includes music by Walton and Elgar and features the world premiere of “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra”, composed by LSO Music Director and Conductor Richard Prior. Renowned flutist Jonathan Keeble will perform with the LSO. This concert includes an after-concert reception. www.lagrangesymphony.org, Callaway Auditorium on the Campus of LaGrange College, Contact Information: Raylene M. Carter, Executive Director, 706.882.0662 or info@lagrangesymphony.org

Tickets available at $10, $20 and $30. students over 12 are $5. Children 12 and under are free but must have a ticket.


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Colorful costumes, exotic food, ethnic music and dance will all be part of the scene, when the LaGrange International Friendship Exchange (L.I.F.E.) holds a festival on Saturday, September 10, 4-8 p.m. in downtown LaGrange.


Booths, representing 22 countries, will be set up around the town square as well as in the first block of Bull Street, which will be closed to traffic.  The festival was conceived as a fun and educational way to highlight and celebrate the cultural diversity of this small, Southern town.  The booths will be staffed by volunteers who are either natives of LaGrange or have lived in the countries they represent.  Several booths will serve samples of a native food dish.  There will also be games for children and musical performances on the stage on Bull Street. A High School art exhibit will also be open to the public at the Cochran Art Gallery on the square.


The festival will be called Festival of Lights, as colorful lanterns will be suspended from lamp posts and tree branches to illumine the September evening.  On a more symbolic level the lights signify enlightenment.  By learning about other cultures we will be better able to understand and accept each other.  At a time when the world is dominated by fear and suspicion, the L.I.F.E. organization hopes to foster understanding and acceptance.


So, if you have no plans to travel abroad this year (or even if you do), please come join the festivities in LaGrange on September 10 between the hours of 4pm to 8pm.  There will be an additional opportunity to hear culturally diverse music the following evening, when L.I.F.E. holds its annual September 11 Memorial concert at the LaGrange College Auditorium from 7pm to 8pm.


For further information, please contact the festival’s coordinator Kilsup Van Lieu at 206-910-1774 or e-mail her at kvanlieu@lagrange.edu.

September 19
For five weeks every fall, Love’s organizes a fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Last year, with generous
customer support and countless employee volunteer hours, Love’s donated $2.9 million to benefit CMN Hospitals across the country.
Not responsible for any accidents.
Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
Love’s Travel Stop 376
1621 Bass Cross Road
Hogansville, GA 30230
Phone: (706) 637-4311

Taste of Senoia is this Sunday!


The Taste of Senoia is back, and better than ever!  On Sunday, August 21st, from 1pm to 4pm the Senoia Optimist Club will sponsor a delicious sampling of the best Senoia has in food and more!  Tickets are $1 each and will be sold on Sunday at three locations on Main Street: right outside of City Hall, inside the Masonic Lodge and beside Table Talk. Food selections will be priced by the offering restaurants, with samples starting at just one ticket per sample. Restaurants participating on Main Street include Katie Lou’s, The Tomato House, The Dawg House, The Waking Dead Café, Senoia Coffee & Cafe, and Coffee by David. This year you will be able to visit these restaurants at their locations to purchase your taste. Numerous Senoia restaurants that are not physically located on Main Street will also participate and will have tables set up inside the Masonic Lodge for your tasting pleasure.  In addition, new Main Street restaurant Nic & Norman’s will be participating but will be set up in the Masonic Lodge.


Another continuing tradition is a local merchant raffle with items from almost every Senoia business!  Many of the shops on Main Street have collection jars with their item displayed, and you can already purchase raffle tickets at these shops for $1 each. The more tickets you buy, the better your chance of taking home a wonderful item such as an amazing gift basket, gift certificate, etc. There will also be tables in the Masonic Lodge with raffle items ready for your bidding on Sunday, August 21st, during the Taste of Senoia. You do not have to be present to win, but be sure to put your name and phone number on the back of the tickets you place in the various jars.  In between buying “tastes” and raffle tickets, the Senoia Buggy Museum on Main Street is also planning to be open for this special day!


In addition to regular downtown parking, you can also park in the lot across from Sam’s Eclectic Collection and at the Senoia United Methodist Church, where golf cart shuttles will deliver you to a ticket table. This year, in addition to cash the Optimists will accept credit or debit cards at two of the available ticket tables.


Besides great food and a chance to win a fabulous item in a raffle, what is the Taste of Senoia all about? The Optimist Club of Senoia plans, organizes, and runs the event, to help it be an even better ‘Friend of Youth’.  During the year, this active club serves the City of Senoia and surrounding areas as a civic organization that focuses on serving youth as well as the area communities.  The Senoia Optimists provide scholarships and student recognition, offer essay and oratorical contests to local youth, and partner with other local charities in various ways including providing food, clothes and Christmas gifts for those less fortunate. This year, the local Optimist Club is providing inclusive swings for the newly redesigned city playground on Seavy Street, as well as updating the swings and chains to make them all safe for our children.


If you truly want to help make a positive difference in the life of a young person and in your community, consider joining the Optimist Club of Senoia!  Please visit our Facebook page (Senoia Optimist Club), contact our President, Phil Downey, at (770) 833-9242, or visit us at one of our bi-monthly meetings, scheduled the first and third Thursdays at 6pm at Katie Lou’s on Main Street. Club members are optimistic that you will love being a part of their organization!





Not sure if you have heard!  But the Fairburn Community Yard Sale is bigger and better.  If you would vend at any of our yard sales, please come to City Hall for an application.
Yard sale dates: Saturdays, Aug 20, Sept 3 & 17.
The Community Yard Sale is located in the Fairburn Educational Campus (GMC & Brenau University) Parking lot. All vendors are asked to be set up by 7:00am.
JAZZY JACKIE is in Town!
Friday, August 26 at 8pm.  Live at the Fairburn Stage & Courtyard (15 SW Broad St.).  Come enjoy an evening of Jazz under the stars…with Jazzy Jackie Lee.  Free Admission!!!
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and sit back, relax and unwind with the smooth silky sounds of Jazzy Jackie Lee.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 
NuLink Early Bird Forum
Featuring Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager and Newnan Police Chief     Douglas L. “Buster” Meadows
The Newnan Centre
1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan 

Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, at left, and Newnan Police Chief Douglas L. “Buster” Meadows 

Images of law enforcement have been front and center this summer, and we are honored that two of our most respected local law enforcement leaders, Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager and Newnan Police Chief Douglas L. “Buster” Meadows, will be joining us at our August 30, 2016 NuLink Early Bird Forum!
Sheriff Yeager and Chief Meadows will give us an update on the local law enforcement scene as well as a briefing on what’s happening with law enforcement nationally. As a Chamber member, you are invited to share a message of appreciation for law enforcement on one of the special pop-up banners that we will be signing and then gifting to them following the meeting.
We hope you’ll join us and show your support for “the blue” at this special meeting. RSVP now!
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