Food Pantry: The Sumter Area Ministerial Association’s (SAMA) Food Pantry will reopen Tuesday inside the former Americus Colored Hospital building at the corner of North Jackson and J.R. Campbell Sr. streets. Help is needed in restocking the pantry’s shelves and SAMA is asking that citizens drop off non-perishable food items at Railway Freight, 209 N. Lee St.; Innovative Senior Solutions, 721 Felder St., or the Americus Times-Recorder, 101 Ga. Highway 27 East. Monetary donations are also being accepted and checks should be made to SAMA Food Bank, 125 S. Jackson St., Americus GA 31709. Call Minnie Clark 938-7438 to deliver donations.
Chamber Concert Series: Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has announced its 2012-2013 Chamber Concert Series — Tuesday – Montana Skies, The Rylander Theatre; Jan. 29 – Manhattan Piano Trio; Feb. 12 – Graffe String Quartet with Michiko Otaki, piano and April 8 – Sima Trio. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in GSW’s Jackson Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted. Tickets available and can be purchased at the door. For information or tickets, call 931-2204.
Pre-Travel Presentation: Want to know more about GSW Continuing Education’s upcoming travel trips to Scandinavia, Alaska, New England, Pacific Northwest & California, and Italy before you register? Join us for this slideshow and information gathering presentation. There will be ample time for questions and answers also. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot at this session, call 229-931-2151 or register online at www.contedu.org. The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the GSW Newman Alumni Center.
Jewelry Sale: The Phoebe Sumter Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies sponsors a $5 jewelry sale from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wellness Center, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, located on the left as you enter the main entrance of the hospital campus.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting: District 4 Neighborhood Watch meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Americus Police Department. Americus Fire and Emergency Services personnel will discuss fire safety and alarms. We will also discuss the FBI part 1 crime statistics for the district.
Airport Authority: The Americus-Sumter County Airport Authority meets at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the terminal building at Jimmy Carter Regional Airport at Souther Field. The meeting is open to the public.
Downtown Open House: The Americus Center for the Arts, downtown Americus, will hold open house from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. This free community event features local artists exhibiting and selling their work, live music by the GSW Jazz Quintet, and art raffle and more. For more information visits sumter-arts.org/ACA
Caregiver Support: Innovative Senior Solutions Caregivers Group meets at 5:40 p.m. Thursday at Americus Day Health Center, 721-A Felder St. Guest speaker is Jackie McLear from Legal Shield presenting information on family legal services and benefits. The purpose of the group is to provide valuable information that is needed when taking care of a senior loved one.
Service Board: The Middle Flint Behavioral HealthCare Community Service Board mets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the administrative offices, 415 N. Jackson St. The meeting is open to the public.
Father-Son Day: A.S. Staley Middle School hosts its annual Man-Up — Father & Son Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Man-Up celebrates the importance of strong relationships between father and son and/or other prominent male figures in the family. A number of seminars on various topics will be presented. There will also be a Father & Son Basketball Tournament. Entry fee is $12.
Guild Meeting: The next meeting is 6 p.m. Monday in Village Hall.
Cane Day: Jimmy Carter National Historic Site hosts the celebration of Cane Syrup Day on Saturday. Demonstrations will be presented between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event will highlight cane syrup making in the “good old days.” Demonstrations will include cane stripping, cane squeezing, syrup making, corn shelling and blacksmithing.
Board of Trustees: The Lake Blackshear Regional Library Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ellaville-Schley County Senior Citizen Center. The meeting is open to the public.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting: District 3 Neighborhood Watch meeting is at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Americus Police Department. Americus Fire and Emergency Services personnel will discuss fire safety and alarms. We will also discuss the FBI part 1 crime statistics for the district.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting: District 2 Neighborhood Watch meeting is at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Americus Police Department. Americus Fire and Emergency Services personnel will discuss fire safety and alarms. We will also discuss the FBI part 1 crime statistics for the district.
Holiday Concert: The Georgia Southwestern State University Music Department hosts its annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in Jackson Performance Hall. The event features the GSW Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Band and Jazz Band. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 931-2204.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting: District 6 Neighborhood Watch meeting is at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Americus Police Department. Americus Fire and Emergency Services personnel will discuss fire safety and alarms. We will also discuss the FBI part 1 crime statistics for the district.
Destruction of Records: This notice contains information for special education students who have attended Sumter County/Americus City Schools. Federal regulations under 34 C.F.R. Part 300 (I.D.E.A.) allows school districts to destroy special education records/files when they are no longer needed for the education of the child. Special education records for students whose birth dates fall between Jan. 1, 1983 and and Dec. 31, 1989, will be destroyed unless Sumter County Schools is notified by Dec. 31, 2012. Special education students have the right to request copies of these records for their files Copies of records will be made available within 45 days of the written request. All written requests should be sent to Sumter County Schools Program for Exceptional Students Office by Dec. 31, 2012.
Manhattan Reunion: An reunion of former Manhattan Shirt Co. employees is being planned. For information call Jim Goodman 924-5797, Leroy Harris 478-472-6467, Johnnie Vaughn 924-5384 or Jurlene Morgan 924-6400.
Thanksgiving Dinner: New Beginnings of Ellaville presents free Thanksgiving Dinner. Register to win a free complete dinner by entering your name in the drop box at any of the three following locations in Ellaville: Chevron, Piggly Wiggly or Shop & Go. A drawing will be held on Thursday and the winners will receive a free Thanksgiving Box including a turkey with all the trimmings. Anyone wanting to make donation to support this event, call 229-937-5793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Benefits: The Georgia Department of Veterans Service and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with 35 to 40 other local, state and federal agencies host "Supermarket of Veterans Benefits" from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Albany Civic Center, 100 W. Oglethorpe St. For more information contact Assistant Commissioner Mike Roby at email@example.com or Ava Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-656-2305.
4-H Learning & Prevention Center: After School program for k-8th grade students is 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Registration fee is $25 or $60 for pickup from school. You might be eligible for free or reduced child care. Contact DFCS. To register, call 928-5605 or email email@example.com or apply online at www.compass.ga.gov
Flu Vaccine: The Sumter County Health Department, 1601 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is offering the flu vaccine from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays. The regular Fluzone and intranasal flu mist if $23, and the Fluzone high dose, formulated for ages 65 and over is $40. Medicaid, Medicare, cash and debit cards accepted.
City of Americus Water and Gas Customers: This is a reminder that damaging gas and water meters, whether intentional or not, is considering tampering. Citizens will be required to replace the meter and/or components at their own cost and may be subject to fines. The current cost of a standard residential meter and its components is approximately $250 plus $50 installation. Care should be taken with lawn mowers and other equipment used around meters. Additionally, it is unlawful to turn your meters on once the City has disconnected services. This is considered theft of services and there are established fines up to $1,200. If you have any questions, call Customer Service Department 924-4411.
Smoke Detector Blitz: Americus Fire & Emergency Services will conduct door-to-door smoke detector blitzes on the second Saturday of each month. You can also call 924-3213 to set up an appointment for firefighters to come install smoke detectors and give you information on fire safety.
Youth Mentoring: Love & Mercy Outreach Programs Inc. presents the S.O.L.A.C.E. Youth Mentoring Program from 7-8 p.m. every Saturday at 1243 Faith St. Annex Building; LMOP Inc. Activities Center. All teens ages 12-18 are welcome. For more information or for a ride, contact Tanya Reese 229-591-2565 or Qaijuan Willis 229-942-7220. Also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Americus Volunteers Needed: The Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross needs local volunteers. If you are interested in working as a volunteer in our office or helping with local disasters such as single-family fires, call 924-2026 and speak with Wanda, volunteer coordinator.
Anonymous Crime Tipline: The Americus Police Department has an anonymous crime tip line 924-4102. Citizens can leave information for police about crime in their neighborhood or other areas. The calls are completely anonymous.
Revised Hours: The Americus Police Department has revised its hours of operation for the front lobby in an effort to accommodate late afternoon commuters and workers. Hours of operation are now 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. This will allow citizens who work during the day an opportunity to take care of any pending business they have at the police department such as obtaining incident reports or picking up and dropping off criminal histories.
Faith Clinic: Sumter Faith Clinic is a non-profit organization directed at meeting the spiritual and health care needs of residents of Sumter County who do not have health insurance or an affordable means to health care. Services include basic, non-emergent medical care of acute conditions as well as treatment of some chronic conditions. Services are delivered by volunteers. The clinic is located at 127 S. Jackson St. next to First Presbyterian Church. Hours of operation are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.
CPR Classes: Americus Fire and Emergency Services will offer American Heart Association CPR certification classes. Call Harriett Williams at 924-3213 for more information.
Water Restrictions: The City of Americus has implemented the following water restrictions, established by the state Environmental Protection Division as Level II drought restrictions. Outdoor watering is allowed on the following days: North of Lamar Street on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; and South of Lamar Street on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. No watering is allowed on Fridays. Outdoor water use is allowed only between midnight and 10 a.m. on scheduled days. Restrictions affect all residential, commercial, government and institutional outdoor irrigation and other nonessential water uses. These include watering lawns and landscapes, gardens, washing cars at residential sites and hosing streets and sidewalks. These restrictions will be strictly enforced. For information call Charlotte Cotton, Chief Administrative Officer at 924-4411.
No Burning: The City of Americus has an ordinance that forbids outside burning within the City limits. The Fire Marshal and police will be issuing tickets, which result in fines, to anyone who violates this ordinance. There will be no warnings issued.
Drug Problems: Narcotics Anonymous meets 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for a members only. A meeting open to the public is held on Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All meetings are held at Williams Road Church of Christ. Call George C. 942-3752 or Charlie S. 938-0218 for more information.
Volunteers Needed: Phoebe Sumter Hospice is looking for volunteers to help with the needs of the terminally ill and their loved ones. This includes house-sitting, doing light chores or just providing spiritual or emotional support during this difficult time. Call Wendy Peacock 928-4000 if interested in becoming a volunteer.
Needs Volunteers: The Mattie Marshall Center is looking for volunteers to help do activities. Do you play an instrument, sing, dance or have a club or group that would like to come visit? We need volunteers of all ages and types for parties, Bingo, exercise, church services, snacks, etc. For information call Nikki Jones 924-9352, ext. 3089.
Ambassadors Needed: The Ambassadors of the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce are looking for new members. Chamber member businesses are invited to nominate someone to join this elite group of business minded individuals who perform volunteer work on behalf of the Chamber. Call 924-2646 for information.
Free Classes: Free GED classes are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays in Sumter, Schley, Marion, Macon, Webster and Crisp counties. For information call 931-7323.
Share Group: The Grief Share Group meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at First Baptist Church, South Lee Street. Meetings are open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. For information, call the church office at 924-9035 or Ann Creel Beaver at 924-7652.
Support Group: The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group meets from noon-1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Magnolia Room at Magnolia Manor Retirement Center. A light lunch will be served.
AA Meeting: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 332 S. Lee St. Friends of Bill W. Club meets at 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 702 Adderton St. (Ga. Highway 30 West). For more meetings, visit www.aageorgia.org
Substance Abuse: Love and Mercy Outreach programs presents Alpha and Omega Substance Abuse and Awareness Program from 6-7 p.m. every Saturday at 511-D W. Forsyth St. All people with alcohol and drug addiction issues and their friends and family are welcome. For more information or for a ride, call James Ross 229-331-4746 or William Wallace 229-331-8160.
American Legion: American Legion Post 2 meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.
Lodge Meeting: M.B. Council Lodge No. 13, F&AM meets at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesday of very month at the Masonic Temple, 1209 Crawford St.
Pilot Club: The Americus Pilot Club meets (focuses on brain-related injuries and disorders) meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Magnolia Room, Magnolia Manor Retirement Center, South Lee Street.
Soup Kitchen: The Soup Kitchen, at 437 S. Hampton St., is open at 6 p.m. every Wednesday to all in need.
Volunteers Needed: SOWEGA Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), office serving a six-county area, needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children who are involved in the court system. A CASA volunteer advocates for the child’s best interest before the court. Training classes are available soon. For more information, call 931-4488.
Family Workshop: Who would make your final health care decisions if you couldn’t make them for yourself? The Critical Conditions Family Workshop can help you and your loved ones talk about these issues before decisions might have to be made. The CRITICAL Conditions Family Workshop is free! If you are aware of a group who would be interested in participating in a workshop presented by United Hospice of Cordele, call contact Jana Dew at 1-800-288-8466.
Adult Reading Skills: Adult Literacy Action Inc. has several openings for adult individuals interested in improving their reading skills. The organization is affiliated with the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. Volunteer tutors are available to work with individuals on a one-on-one basis. Generally sessions are held one or two times a week for about an hour. Training materials are furnished at no charge. If interested, call 924-9010.
Recovery Program: Doing things the same never brings change. Got problems? Drugs, divorce, alcohol, porn; it doesn’t matter. Join us at 7 p.m. every Monday at 245 Southland Road for Celebrate Recovery. Contact us at 924-7409 or 937-2966 for more information or visit www.cornerstoneamericus.com and click on Celebrate Recovery.
Al-Anon: You do not have to be an alcoholic to suffer from the affects of alcoholism. We offer a safe place to recover from the effects of another person's drinking. Meetings are 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Carswell House, Calvary Episcopal Church, 133 Brannen Ave.. All meetings are confidential and open to interested persons.
Girls Rock: 4-E Learning & Prevention Center Inc., 802 Ashby St., sponsors Girls R.O.C.K. (Respecting Ourselves with Charisma & Klass) from 4-6 p.m. every Friday for girls ages 8-16. Learn etiquette skills, music and dance, participate in community projects and enjoy field trips. Membership is $40 per month. E-mail email@example.com or call 928-8001 for information.
Make A Difference: Become a volunteer at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center where there are several opportunities for you to make a difference in someone’s life. Contact Activity Director Sherry Beck, 924-9352, ext. 3079.
After School Classes: The 4-E Learning and Prevention Center Inc. offers after school and tutoring services in math/reading/language arts/science/social studies/CRCT/EOCT test preparation, and a new program, Girls ROCK (Respecting Ourselves with Charisma and Klass), etiquette skills/music/dance/community projects and field trips. Call 928-5605.
Free Tutoring: Free tutoring sessions are offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Leslie Civic Center. Volunteers are needed. Call Loretta Raines 938-1166 for more information.
Lions Club: The Plains Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Call President Doug McKinney at 924-1433 or information.
Free Classes: GED prep classes are offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Boys & Girls Club. Classes and books are free. Participants can study independently. Practice GED tests are given. Call 824-5388 or South Georgia Technical College Adult Literacy for more information.
Tea Party: Albany Area Tea Party Patriots meet from 7-8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Century Fire Station, U.S. 19 (just north of Publix). For information call Mike Sabot at 229-869-6802.
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