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Here's What's Happening in South Georgia. 

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Planned 

Cairo will again have fireworks for the 4th of July holiday this year thanks to donations from several local businesses, the City of Cairo and Grady County Commission.  The gates will open at Cairo High School's West Thomas Stadium on Wednesday, July 4th at 8:00pm four those who wish to come early and get a seat with the fireworks shot starting at approximately 9:30pm.  Because of the construction at Cairo High School, everyone is asked to enter through the north door of the old gymnasium near the cafeteria.  Admission is free and parking will be available in the CHS Student Parking Lot.  Everyone is reminded that no alcohol is allowed on the campus and no one is allowed to go onto the football field.

Grady County Friends of NRA Banquet Coming August 4th 

The Grady County Friends of NRA and the Grady County 4-H Shooting Sports Program invite everyone to attend their 20th annual fund raising banquet on Saturday, August 4th at the Grady Cultural Center.  The event starts at 6p.m. with a social hour and the viewing of the silent auction items followed by a seafood supper and the live auction. The event will once again feature special drawings for 'one of a kind' firearms as well as prints from well know artist done only for Friends of the NRA.  For more information or tickets to the event, contact Tony Black at 762-1365 or Deron Rehberg at 377-1312.

Revival Starts This Wednesday Night at Walking by Faith Ministries 

There will be a revival June 27th - 29th at 7:30p.n. each evening at the Walking by Faith Ministries.  Sitting at the Feet of Jesus is the theme for the revival and the guest speaker will be Apostle Michael Harris of Dawson, Georgia.  for more information, contact Pastor J. Carter at 327-0301.

VBS This Week at Pine Park Baptist 

Pine Park Baptist Church is having their annual Vacation Bible School through this Thursday, June 28th.  It will be held from 6-8:15pm eating evening with supper served at 6pm each night.  The church is located at 3783 Pine Park Road and everyone in the community is invited to attend. 

Boys and Girls Club Offering Summer of Learning and Fun 

The Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club in Cairo invites area youth to join them for their Summer Experience complete with lots of extracurricular activities, field trips and more. The Summer Experienced costs $60 for current Club members and active participation or $120 for new members or summer only participants.  It is available Monday-Fridays from 9:00am-5:30pm through July 27th.  For more information, call the JRBGC at 378-3099.

Birdsong Nature Center to Host Workshop on June 30th 

The Birdsong Nature Center will be hosting a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Workshop on Saturday, June 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm.  The workshop and certification is free to the public.  If you would like to register, please call Golden Triangle RDC at 229-723-3841.

Youth Author to Visit Roddenbery Library June 28th 

Tallahassee author of middle school novels, Faith Harkey, will be coming to the Roddenbery Memorial Library on June 28that 4p.m. as part of her summer reading tour. She will be reading parts of her new books, 'Sneak Thief' and 'Genuine Sweet' and talking about the rural places she has lived in and travelled to and discuss the inspiration for her writing.  All young people or anyone interested in writing are invited to attend. 

Annual Clifford Hammonds Skillz Camp Coming June 27-29th 

The annual Clifford Hammonds Basketball Skills Camp will be held June 27-29th at the Cairo High School Gym. The camp, taught by All State and collegiate basketball players with many years of playing experience, is open to boys and girls ages 5-16.  The goal of the camp is to create positive self-concept in young people while learning the fundamentals and discipline of basketball, teamwork and life skills.  The camp starts at 9am each day and will finish at 5pm Wednesday-Thursday and until 6pm on Friday.  For more information, call 220-+3239.

Benefit Fund Set Up for Local Cancer Patient at United National Bank 

A Benefit Fund has been set up for Jody Green at United National Bank in Cairo.  Jody has been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer and all donations will be used to help with medical and treatment expenses.  You may make donations in person at the bank on North Broad Street or by calling the bank at 377-7200.

Library Offering Free Guitar Lessons 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering free introductory guitar lessons on Tuesdays at 5p.m.  The lessons are taught by Scott Easom and all ages are welcome. 

Summer Reading Program Being Held Now at Library

Despite the renovations currently in full swing at the Roddenbery Memorial Library, the Summer Reading Program is still being held for children, youth and adults.  The calendar for the summer is packed full of activities for library patrons of all ages.  Children's activities include the Ken Scott Magic Show, Rock Painting, Rock Star Day, Character Parade, Mrs. Kate's Musical Puppet Show a Musical Scavenger Hunt and more.  For teens, the library plans events to Make Your Own Perfume, Slime Time, Make Your Own Jewelry, and a Make a Comic Book Clock.  There are also several events planned for adults this summer including computer classes, book clubs and classes on knitting.  To learn more, visit rmlibrary.org. 

 Washington Alumni Weekend is Planned for August 

The Washington Alumni Day has been planned for August 10-12th and all former students, faculty members and friends of Washington Consolidated High School are invited to attend. If you would like more information about the reunion, please contact Evelyn Corker Spradley at 850-559-3779.

Art Classes Offered for All Ages at Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering Art Classes for All Ages every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm.  Because of the renovations at the library, the classes are being held in the brown building located behind the library temporarily.  For more information, call the Roddenbery Memorial library at 377-3632.

Support for Those Who Are Grieving Held on Tuesdays 

Grief Share, a support group that offers support and encouragement for those who have lost someone close to them, is now held every Tuesday evening from 6-8p.m. at Faith Christian Church on Hwy 188 North in Cairo.  For more information about the support group, call group leader Cindy Allday at 221-5992.

 Digital Materials Program Gets New Name at the Library

The Roddenbery Memorial Library has replaced the Overdrive with a new way to access materials called RbDigital.. Look for the new icon on the library’s homepage at rmlibrary.org.  This new option provides more direct access with fewer clicks. Register just as you did with Overdrive and you’ll be all set to enjoy audiobooks, eBooks, and eMagazines. If you need help getting started, just stop by your public library and they will be happy to help.

Canine Foster Care Homes Being Sought 

The Best Friends Dog Rescue in Grady County is currently seeking foster homes to help reduce the number of dogs who are euthanized on a weekly basis in our community.  Laurie Deese, the owner of the rescue service is working with the Grady County Animal Control department to put stray dogs and puppies in foster care instead of being euthanized.  When animal control officers pick up a stray dog, the owners have three days to claim the animal before the decision will be made to dispose of the animals. After this period, the Best Friends Dog Rescue hopes to place these strays in foster homes around Grady County.  if you are interested in offering a temporary home for one of these animals, please contact Deese at 377-1538.

History Museum Now Open on Saturdays 

The Grady County Museum and History Center has announced that they have increased their operating hours so that more people can enjoy the displays and materials available at the museum.  The new hours are now 1-4p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. There are several displays currently being featured at the museum including a new art exhibit from local artist Amy Pearce in the front windows of the museum and a display inside that features history photos and materials that highlight Cairo High Schools music and sports programs.  The museum is free to visit but donations for the upkeep are appreciated. 

Library Will Now Hold or Request Books from Other Libraries 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library now offers a service to place a hold on or request books located in other PINES libraries in Georgia. The books will be delivered to RML and we’ll give you a call when they’re ready to be checked out. You may choose the location of the library where you would like to pick up your items. Your library card and pin number are all it takes to access over 9 million books in libraries throughout the state. All Georgians are eligible for a public library card. Proof of residency and ID are all it takes to obtain your own Georgia public library card. (This is especially valuable during the current renovation project when access to the RML print collection is limited). All items checked out from RML may be returned to any PINES library in the state.  Couriers transport requests and returns to libraries on a daily basis.  Visit rmlibrary.org today! 

Women to Women Retreat Prayer Line is open on Tuesdays 

The Woman to Woman Retreat Prayer Line is held each Tuesday mornings at 5a.m. First Lady Dorothy Oliva Williams, president of the Woman to Woman Retreat of Cairo, encourages anyone in need of prayer to call the prayerline by dialing 515-604-9000 and use the code 927246#.  For more information, call Mrs. Williams at 377-8035.

Tax Assistance Available at the Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library will once again be offering Free Tax Assistance to anyone in the community.  Library volunteers, Roy and Marie Murphy, will be providing free tax assistance for senior and low income citizens every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon beginning on February 1.  Please make your reservation now by calling the circulation desk at 229-377-3632.

 Local Church Seeking to Hire Nursery Worker 

Eastside Baptist Church of Cairo is looking to hire a nursery worker to provide child care during their weekly services on Sunday mornings, Sunday night and Wednesday nights.  Anyone who is interested in the position may pick up an application at the church office, located at 404 5th Street, NE in Cairo, Monday-Thursday from 9am-noon or 1-4pm or call 377-4154.

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.

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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