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Library Closed For Renovations for Remainder of Year

The Library is temporarily closed to prepare for the renovation of the library. We will re-open Monday, January 8, 2018, with services provided in the Grady Room, the Brown House behind the library at 321 Bell Alley, the Trustee’s room and the children’s room.  Items checked out before December 8 will be due in January.  Books may be placed on hold from your mobile device or by calling the Thomas County Public Library at 229-225-5252 or the Southwest Georgia Regional Library in Bainbridge at 229-248-2665.  All book drops will be available for returns. If you would like to request books that you would like RML to purchase for the collection, please contact Pam Grigg at [email protected] or Roddenbery Memorial Library, 320 North Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828.  Questions? Please call Pamela Grigg at 229-377-3632. 

 
MLK Collaborative Sponsoring Spoken Word Project 
The MLK Collaborative of Cairo is sponsoring "Voices of Dreams", a spoken or musical composition contest, as part of the upcoming celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.  Participants are encouraged to create an original spoken word piece (speech or poem, or a musical composition (song or rap) in honor of Dr. King or the Civil Rights Movement.  There are 3 age categories, and the winner of each age group wins $100.  All entries must be submitted to the judges by 5p.m. on January 1, 2018.  As part of the submission, contestants must upload a video of themselves performing their finished product onto Facebook and tag Jevar Shango McGhee on the post. In addition, contestants must also email the written version of the work to [email protected]. All winners will be announced on January 6th. All are students ages 7- high school are encouraged to participate.
 
Chamber Seeking Nominations for Annual Awards Banquet  
It''s that time of year again! The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce is right around the corner and the Chamber is now accepting nominations for our Annual Awards! In addition to written submissions to the Chamber, nominations can be made online this year.  For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 377-3663.
 
 
First Baptist Church to Host Annual Christmas Eve Dinner 

It’s that time of year again!  The community-wide free Christmas Eve dinner  – those who are struggling, those who are lonely, those that need a family, those that need fellowship... Come join us on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at First Baptist Church, Cairo.  Please make reservations by calling the church office at 229-377-2233. Limited seating is available, so please call to reserve your spot no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  We will begin seating guests at 4:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall, located at 30 6th Ave. N.W.  Dinner will be served until 5:00. A Christmas Eve worship service will begin in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m.  No reservation is necessary for the worship service – all are welcome to attend!

 

Organizers Planning Special Parade to Mark 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Death 

Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collaborative Group are working to make the 2018 MLK Parade a truly special event because it is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination.  The parade is scheduled for Monday, January 15th beginning at 11a.m. in Downtown Cairo with floats, clubs, church groups, civic organizations and other walking groups participating.  Anyone who wishes to participate and carry banners that display their group's name and the day's theme are also welcome.  The Grand Marshal and program speaker for this year's event will be Gary Grant and the day's theme is "50 Years, Soaring Towards Justice."  If you would like to participate in the parade or any of the special events planned for the day, contact Renee Gee-Theophine at 377-6629 or 221-5914.

 

CHS Band Concert is Thursday Night 

The Cairo High School Band's Annual Christmas Concert will be this Thursday night beginning at 7:00p.m. in the CHS Auditorium.  Both the Concert and Symphony Bands will be performing a selection of holiday songs and admission is free. 

  
Roddenbery Library Has a New Activities for Youngest Patrons  
The Roddenbery Memorial Library has a new  “Mommy (or caretaker) & Me” class. Every week we will experience a new activity or developmentally appropriate craft for children birth to 12 months.  The Book Baby class meets every Monday at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room of the library.
 
History Museum has First Families Exhibit  
The Grady County History Society is currently featuring the "Grady County's First Families" exhibit which features photos and memorabilia from some of the very first families who settled in what is now Grady County in the 1800's and early 1900's.  The exhibit shows the various aspects of farming, family and social life among these earliest families.    The exhibit will be on display for viewing through the first of December at the History Museum on North Broad Street which is open Tuesday through Fridays from 1-4p.m. and the third and fourth Saturdays for each month from 10am-2p.m. 
 

Flu Shots Available at Health Department  

With the flu season expected to start early this year, the Grady County Health Department is already offering the flu vaccination to area citizens.  According to Dr. Charles Ruiz, Southwest Health District Health Director, it is especially important for people who are at high risk to get the flu vaccination, such as health care workers, those who care for young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. The vaccine is now available at the local health department and also at area pharmacies and other healthcare providers.   

 
Have You Tried Zinio at the Roddenbery Library?

Have you tried Zinio? Read a wide selection of magazines on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Go to rmlibrary.org and click on the Zinio icon to get started. Prefer paper magazines? Let us know what you would like to see in your public library so they can order it for you.

 
Free Help for your Computer at the Library

If you need assistance in learning how to use or solve a problem with your laptop, phone or tablet or "Book-a-Tech" is a new program from the Roddenbery Memorial Library that can assist you.  You can contact the library and schedule an individual computer session  with someone who is skilled at solving technical issues and training.   Each session will last approximately 30 minutes for anyone who needs help with their laptop, phone, or tablet. Call the library at 229-377-3632 to set up an appointment.

Health Department to Offer Free Services to Women 

The Southwest Health District is offering a program to women ages 40-64 who reside in Georgia that is aimed at reducing cases of breast and cervical cancer. The Grady County Health Department is participating in this program which will provide free great and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic testing and referral for treatment as medically indicated to uninsured or under-insured women with limited income in Georgia.  There is no charge for the services for women enrolled in the BCCP program.  For more information, contact the Grady County Health Department.

 Free Health Screenings Are Available in Our Community 

The Angels of Grace Community Wellness Center of Cairo is offering free health screenings to residents of Grady County and the surrounding areas.  If you would don't know your cholesterol level or want to have your blood pressure checked, you can have these and several other screening performed for free.  For more information, call Dr. Mary Weaver at 397-9355.

Grief Recovery Support Group Meets at Local Church 

Grief Share, a grief recovery support group, meets at Faith Christian Center located on Hwy 188, on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30p.m.  Anyone who is struggling with grief from the loss of a family member or friend is invited to be a part of the group.  For more information, call Don Carter at 397-0281.

Learn to Sew at Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library will be offering FREE beginner sewing classes on Tuesdays at 4p.m. and 7p.m. and on Saturdays at 10a.m. and 2p.m. by appointment only.  The Sewing with Sarah classes are for all ages including children who are at least 9 years old with parental permission. Call the library at 377-3632 or send an email to [email protected] to make reservations or for more information.

Storytime at the Library

The Roddenbery Memorial Library reminds parents that they now have two Preschool Storytimes in the children's room of the library on Tuesday mornings at 11:00am and on Thursday mornings at 11:00am.   Everyone is invited to bring their preschoolers and enjoy a wonderful story with Miss Ann at the library.  

Cairo Landfill Now Open the First and Third Saturdays of Each Month

The City of Cairo has announced that the landfill will be opening on Saturdays once again for the convenience of local residents. Beginning in May, the landfill will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  The Saturday hours are from 8am to noon.  The landfill not be open if it rains on the Fridays preceding each Saturday openings.  For more information, call the Cairo Public Works Department at 377-1722, extension 166.

Al-Anon Meets on Thursday Mornings

Cairo Al-Anon is moving it meeting time to Thursday mornings at 9a.m. to 10a.m.  Prospective group members are encouraged to attend this free meeting for the family and friends of those with alcohol and drug dependencies.  The meetings are held at 3351 Hwy 84 East in Cai

 Seniors May Now Audit Classes at Thomas University

Thomas University has announced that anyone who is 65 or older can further their learning by auditing any class at TU for free.  Auditing a class allows a person to take the class without receiving credit for that course. There is no charge to audit the class but there will be a $75 technology fee which provide access to the TU library computer labs and online learning resources. Some of the classes available for audit include Studio Art, Digital Photography, Spanish 101, Overview of American Politics, Shakespeare and more.  For more information, contact the Thomas University Admission Office.

Curriculum Available for Homeschoolers

The Grady County Virtual Education Program has the perfect curriculum for homeschooled students in all grades, K-12.  The program offers the assistance of Georgia Certified Curriculum and Teachers and has Blended Programs as well.  For more information, call the GCVEP Director, Michael Best, at 377-2243.

Friends of the Library Collecting Aluminum Cans

The Friends of the Roddenbery Library are encouraging everyone to save their aluminum cans and place them in the Friends of the Library recycle wagon located in the parking lot behind the library.  All proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the Roddenbery Memorial Library. Please save your cans and donate them to an excellent cause.

Red Cross Seeks Volunteers

The South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross is i need of local volunteers. If you would be interested in working in the local office or helping with local disasters like single family house fires, please call Wanda Purdy at 924-2026 or go to www.valdostaredcross.org and click the volunteer tab


Veterans Express Bus Going to Clinic on Wednesdays

The Veterans Express Bus will be going to the Tallahassee Outpatient Clinic every Wednesday, leaving the Cairo Wal-Mart Parking Lot at 6:55a.m. There is no charge for veterans, but you are urged to please make your appointment at the clinic for the morning hours. For more information, call Evelyn Bishop at 377-4652.

DEFACS Seeking Foster Parents

The stability, guidance and warmth of a committed family provides a reliable bridge between adolescence and adulthood. Foster parenting is a commitment to helping children through the pain of not being able to live in their birth families due to neglect or abuse. There is a tremendous need for foster and adoptive parents on a local and state level. If you would like more information about helping a child, please call 877-210-5497 or the Grady County Department of Family and Children Services at 377-3154.


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