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Free Sack Lunches Available at the Library
Free sack lunches will be served from 12 -1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 12 to June 30 for children 18 and under. Lunch must be eaten in the Grady room. Meals are provided by the Department of Education Summer Food program. Questions? Call 229-377-3632.­
 
First Baptist Church Having VBS This Week 
The Cairo First Baptist Church is having their annual Vacation Bible School June 25-29th from 6-9pm each night.  Classes will be available for PreK through 5th Grade.  The theme for this year's VBS is Galactic Surveyors and is going to be an exciting week for all who attend. 
 
Revival this Week at Solid Rock M.B. Church 
The Solid Rock M.B. Church will be holding it annual Revival Services Monday, June 26th- Wednesday, June 28th at 7:30p.m. each night.  The Rev. Sylvester Williams will be the guest evangelist.  Rev. Curnell Henry, the church pastor, and the entire congregation, invite everyone to attend
 
4th of July Fireworks Returning to Cairo 
The sky above West Thomas Stadium will be lighting up again this year to celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show.  The show will start right after sundown, which should be around 9p.m. on July 4th.  There is no admission to enjoy the fireworks show in the stadium which promises to be even bigger than last year. 
 
Women's Day Program to Be Held July 9th at St. Stephens 
The Annual Women's Day program at the St. Stephens M.B. Church will be held on July 9th at 3p.m.  The guest speaker for the program will be Commissioner Doris Grant Hobson of Quincy, FL.  Rev. Harry Mitchell, Jr, the church pastor, and the congregation invite everyone in the community to attend.  
 
Benefit to Be Held for Medical Expenses 
There will be benefit dinner to help with the extreme medical expenses of David Pumphrey and Ricky Cooper on July 13th at the Cairo State Farmer's Market.  The plates will include pork chops, green beens, potatoes, rolls and dessert and are $8 each.  Plate may be picked up between 4:00-6:30p.m. and donations will also be accepted. 
 
 
The Perry's to Be In Concert at Vineyard Ministries 
Vineyard Ministries  2189 Highway 84 East Cairo will be welcoming "The Perrys" in Concert on Sunday July 2nd.  The concert starts at 6:00 pm until.  There will be a $10:00 donation at the door, and a Love Offering will taken as well. Everyone is invited to come hear this incredible group in concert.
 
Free Summer Meals Served Through June 30th 
The Free Meals Program for children in our community will be available at Washington Middle School, Monday-Fridays from May 30-June 30th.  The free meals are served for children through the age of 18 in the school's cafeteria with breakfast served from 7:30-8:30am and lunch served from 11am-1pm.  All meals are free, regardless of school enrollment.
 
 
Class of 1997 Planning September Reunion 
The Cairo High School Class of 1997 will be having their 20th Class Reunion the weekend of September 8th.  There is a Facebook Page for the reunions with updates about the weekend events and activities.  If you don't have a Facebook Page or need more information, send an email to:  [email protected] or [email protected]
 
 Kids Against Hunger Launching Fundraising Campaign 
Kids Against Hunger is launching a campaign to raise $27,000 to help make Grady County known for feeding the hungry around the world and in our own community.  The Cairo chapter of the non-profit organization must have the money raised by August 10th in order to purchase supplies for World Hunger Awareness Month in October.  During this month, Kids Against Hunger plans to pack enough meals to feed 18,000 families.  If you would like to sign up to help package the meals, please call 377-0968 and to make a donation for this effort, visit www.kah-cairo.org.
 
Drivers Reminded that Road Closure has Relocated Dumpster Site
The City of Cairo reminds everyone that because of the temporary closure of 20th Street, NE for repairs, the dumps site which is located at the corner of 20th and Joyner Road has been closed.  The dumpsters have been temporarily relocated to the Grady County Livestock Pavilion.  The reclamation and repairs of the busy city street is expected to take several weeks and everyone is reminded to please be on notice for detour signs.

Guitar Classes Offered at Library

If you are interested in learning how to play the guitar, the library is providing a weekly class in beginning guitar.  Students will learn the basics of how to play the guitar in a supportive group setting.  Classes will be every Tuesday from 5 – 5:45 p.m. in the library’s auditorium.  Please bring your own guitar if possible.  All ages are welcome.

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.

Health Department Offering Free Car Seats 

The Grady County Health Department is offering free child passenger safety seats to financially eligible families courtesy of a minigrant from the Georgia Department of Public Health's Injury Prevention Program.  The Health Department is collaborating with the Cairo Fire Department to offer a program to show parents how to correctly install, use and remove child safety seats, with funding provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and will be offering the child seats to those who meet the financial requirements and sign up for the program.  For more information, contact the Grady County Health Department at 377-2992.

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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