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Shiver to Hold Fall Festival on October 28th  
Shiver School will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28th from 4-8pm.  There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including balloon art, archery, a haunted house, laser tag, bingo, games and an auction.  Those attending are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes and enjoy South Georgia's "Finest Fish Fry" to be served during the event.  For more information, call Shiver School at 377-2325.
 
Local Bank Collecting Canned Goods during October 
Ameris Bank in Cairo is holding its 8th Annual Helping Fight Hunger Food Drive during the month of October by collecting non-perishable food items for those in need.  Customers, employees and members of the community are encouraged to make donations of canned and non-perishable food items in the collection box located inside the Ameris Bank on South Broad Street in Cairo.  The bank will also accept monetary donations that will be given to the local food bank.  
 
Morningstar Kiwanis To Hold Extraordinary Citizens Banquet this Week 
The Cairo Kiwanis Morningstar Club will be holding their 8th Annual Extraordinary Citizens Award Banquet this Thursday, October 19th at 7p.m.   The banquet will be held at the New Grady M.B. Association Building which is located at 204 Church Street in Cairo.  A donation of $10 per person is requested for all those who plan to attend and tickets are available form Cairo Morningstar members. 
 
Woman's Club Selling Tickets for Grocery Raffle 
The Cairo Woman's Club in conjunction with Cairo IGA is currently selling raffle tickets for two changes to win $250 worth of groceries.  Members will be selling the tickets through November 16th when two winners will be drawn at the store.  Tickets are on sale for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.  Proceeds from the raffle will be used to support the Woman's Club scholarship fund which provides a scholarship for two young people each year.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 224-6361.
 
Fall Choral Concert to Be Held on October 24th 
The Grady County Fall Choral Concert is scheduled for Tuesday night, October 24th at the Cairo High School Auditorium beginning at 7p.m.  The concert will feature choirs from Eastside, Northside, and Southside Elementary Schools, Washington Middle School and Cairo High School.  The choirs will also unite to perform this year's theme song, "The Power of One.'  Admission for the concert is $3 per adult.  
 
6th Annual Race Against Violence to Be Held on October 28th Saving Grace will be hosting their 6th Annual Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence Walk/Run on Saturday, October 28th.  The event will begin and end at the Grady County Courthouse.  Proceeds from the event will benefit victims of domestic violence.  Awards will be given to the top runners in each age bracket.  To register, call Nicole Lamoute at 224-3915 or None Brown at 977-4726.
 
Syrupmaker Touchdown Club Having Christmas Fundraiser 
The 2017 Syrupmaker Touchdown Club is having a fundraiser to help support the CHS Football team by selling fresh cut Christmas trees from North Carolina.  The Frasier Fir trees will be available in 5'-12' sizes and the club will also be selling holiday wreaths and garland.  The trees will be delivered to Cairo High School on Saturday, November 25th and the deadline to place your order is October 27th.  You may order the trees by seeing any member of the Touchdown Club or by sending an email to:  [email protected] 
 
Monument Honoring Gold Star Mothers to Be Dedicated on October 21st 
A new monument honoring Gold Star Mothers will be dedicated on the Grady Courthouse Veterans Square on Saturday, October 21st at 10a.m. Gold Star Mothers are those who have lost their sons or daughters in service of the U.S. arms forces.  The dedication ceremony will be led by members of the American Legion and VFW with guest speaker Diane Ponder of Thomasville.  There will be a three round rifle volley salute and the sounding of Taps will also be featured as part of the dedication ceremony and everyone in the community is invited to attend.
 
Red Ribbon Week to Be Held October 22-28th 
October is Drug Awareness and Prevention Month and the Grady County Substance Abuse, Awareness and Prevention Council is planning a week of activities to help remind people of the dangers of drug and alcohol use.  There will be special events in Grady County Schools each day of the week and a special prayer service to be held at the Grady County Courthouse on Wednesday, October 25th at noon.  On Friday, everyone in the community is asked to please wear red in support of a drug free environment.  For more information about Red Ribbon Week, visit www.GSAAP.org.
 
Whigham UMC to Have Gospel Sing on October 22nd Featuring the Plath Family 
The Whigham United Methodist Church will be hosting the Plath Family in concert on Sunday, October 22nd at 5p.m.  Barry and Kim Plath married in 1997 and together have 9 children, all who play instruments and sing together.  The eleven members of the family will be ministering in concert at the Whigham UMC during the evening services and everyone is invited to attend. 
 
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.
 
  
Whigham School To Have Fall Festival on October 21st  
The Whigham School invites everyone to attend their Annual Fall Festival, which will be held on October 21st from 4-7p.m. on the baseball field behind the school buildings.  The event will feature lots of fun for the whole family such as a rock wall, bouncy houses, face painting, hay ride, carnival games, a silent auction, haunted hallway and a cake walk.  There will be a variety of food available as well as entertainment throughout the afternoon from the Off Broadstreet Center for the Dance Arts and the FIRM, Cairo Acrobatics and Lucretia's School of Dance.  Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.
 

GEORGIA PARK PASSES WITH STUFFED BACKPACKS FOR CHECKOUT AT LIBRARY

Beginning the weekend of Sept. 30, Grady County residents will be able to check out a stuffed backpack kit at the Roddenbery Library and, in combination with an already available state ParkPass, take it with them on a free visit to any of Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites.  Each co-branded kit includes a sturdy, five-pocket backpack containing a pair of 5x30 binoculars, a guide to Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites and foldout Pocket Naturalist Guides to Georgia Wildlife, Georgia Birds and Georgia Trees & Wildflowers. The loan period for the backpack kit is one week, matching that of the ParkPass, which must be checked out separately.  This is a wonderful backyard exploration kit

 
 Applications Being Accepted at Chamber for Annual Christmas Parade 
This year's Annual Cairo Christmas Parade will take place on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00! This year's theme is "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" and we know this year's parade will be the best one yet! Parade applications can be picked up at the Chamber for anyone interested! If you'd like for an application to be mailed to you, please contact the Chamber with your information. 
 

Full Steam Ahead Programs Offered at Roddenbery Library 

Every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30 in the teen room at the library, come have fun with the new Full Steam Ahead program for ages 10 and up.  Come explore all of our cool tech items such as:  Snap Circuits, MakeyMakey, LittleBits, Phonotonic Music Maker, Sphero Ball, Ozobots, Raspberry Pi and much more! For more information, call the Roddenbery Memorial Library at 377-3632.

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.  
 
Former Majorettes Invited to Participate in 70th Anniversary 
Alumni majorettes from Cairo High School are organizing a 70th Anniversary celebration for the month of October and all former twirlers are invited to participate.  All former majorettes are asked to contribute memorabilia such as old photos, information or uniforms for display at Cairo High School and to participate in the performance by all former Syrupmakers majorettes during the halftime of the October 20th football game against Westover High School.  For more information about the celebration, contact Nola Daughtry at 378-7272.
 

Local Kids Against Hunger Chapter to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief  

Kids Against Hunger in Cairo is preparing to send much needed food donations to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the next few weeks.  According to Anne Horne, the local representative for the international non-profit organization, donors can pack one meal for just 25 cents and a pallet of pre-packaged meals, enough to feed over 7,000 people costs only $1,782.  Volunteers are needed to package the nutritious meals, which takes only about two hours for an entire pallet, and donations are needed to help purchase the ingredients used to produce the packages of highly nutritious, high protein meals that will be sent to the the victims of the natural disaster.  If you, your church or civic group wishes to volunteer or you would like to donate money, please contact Kids Against Hunger at 224-1794..

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.

 
Chamber to Hold Annual Golf Tournament in October 
The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce will have their annual Golf Classic on October 26th.  The Three Man Scramble Tournament will be held at the Tired Creek Golf Course with registration at 11:30am and tee-off at 1:00p.m.  There are several sponsorship opportunities available from the Chamber, which will include the opportunity to include promotional items in the golfer's bags.  For more information about the tournament or how to become one of the sponsors, call the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commercial at 377-3663.
 
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.

 
 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.
 
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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