The American Cancer Society in Henry County needs volunteers for its Road to Recovery Program, to drive cancer patients to, and from, their treatments. Participants must have a good driving record, a valid driver's license, auto insurance, and a vehicle that is in good working condition. Persons interested in learning more about The Road to Recovery program must attend one of the training sessions in Clayton, Spalding or Henry counties. Each session is about four hours. Call Lisa Cockerham at (770) 632-6936.
"Huffin for Stuffin" will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, at JCPenney, located at 1380 Highway 20 West, in McDonough. Registration begins at 7a.m. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K race at 8:30 a.m. The one-mile walk will start at 8:45 a.m., and the Tot Trot at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $20, and $25 on the day of the race. The Tot Trot for children, 6 and under, is free. Registration forms may be picked up at the JCPenney store, or obtained online at www.huffinforstuffin.org.
The Grove Players present Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" Dec. 2, and 3, at 7 p.m. Pre-show entertainment will be presented by the Union Grove High School Chorus at 6:30 p.m., at the Henry County Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The lobby will also feature a Christmas marketplace with handmade gifts for sale. Contact: email@example.com
A celebration is scheduled for Griffin, Ga., resident and fromer, long-time Stockbridge High head basketball coach, Mark Andrews. He is fighting a battle against cancer. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m., when his current basketball team at Pike County High School plays at Northgate High School. There will be a ceremony after the game to present a check to the American Cancer Society in Mark's name. Any donations on Mark's behalf are welcome. After the game, a reception will be held so everyone can come by and visit with Mark. If you would like to donate, send your check, payable to the American Cancer Society, and mail it to Northgate High School @ 3220 Fisher Road. Newnan, Ga., 30265, attn: Mack Cain. All donations are tax deductible. Proceeds from the gate and concessions will be donated from Northgate High School. For more information, call Coach Mack Cain, at (404) 516-5905, or Bubba Smith at (678) 467-2172.
The Hampton Gingerbread house contest is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 4. Trophies and awards will be presented at noon, in each category: up to age 10; ages 11-15; ages 16-20; Adult-21 and over. Set-up is on Thursday, Dec. 2. Kits are OK for up to age 20. Adult division must make their own gingerbread. Contact cfranklin@ cityofhampton-ga.gov, or (770) 946-4306.
The Henry County Parks and Recreation Special Olympics Program has announced its Annual Share the Joy Day on Dec. 4, and is seeking volunteers to help in collecting donations for the program. This is a project for community organizations, youth groups or Sunday School classes. The Special Olympics program supports more than 200 special-needs athletes and partners who compete in state and national events throughout the year. If you would like to volunteer, call Terry Nash, at (770) 288-7290, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Christmas Classics" will be presented by the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mount Zion Parkway in Jonesboro. The SCSO will be joined by the Atlanta Festival Ballet Company for selected works from the Nutcracker Ballet. Other works to be performed include: Amundson's "Angel's Dance," Bizet's "Farandole," and several beloved Christmas melodies. Tickets are $12 for adults, or $10 for seniors and students. Visit www.scsymphony.net, or call (404) 981-7276.
The City of McDonough is accepting donations for the Dec. 7 delivery to Central State Hospital in Milledgeville. The Georgia Municipal Association's 2010 Mayors' Motorcade wants these patients to know they will not be forgotten this Christmas. There are more than 3,000 patients in Georgia's seven mental-health hospitals. The staff says, if it were not for the motorcade, many of these individuals would not receive Christmas gifts. Needed: donations of personal care items, board games, stationary, cards, caps, etc. Financial support is also accepted and used to purchase items. Call Julie, at (770) 957-3915.
Dec. 11 and 18
Atlanta Festival Ballet's opening performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, in the auditorium of Community Bible Church, at 2001 W. Jodeco Road, in Stockbridge. The first performance, at 10 a.m., will be a children's show with narration, and there will be an opportunity for kids to have a photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy. There will be a second performance, for adults, at 2:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 18, the company will perform at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, at 2:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. The center is located at 37 Lemon St., in McDonough. Tickets are $15 regular admission; $12 for seniors and students; and $6 for youths, 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, and at all Moye's Pharmacy locations in Henry County.
Girl Scout Troop 20 at Shiloh Baptist Church of McDonough will be holding a Holiday Coat and Food Drive at Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 262 Macon St., in McDonough, Ga. All non-perishable food items are welcomed, along with new or gently used coats for all ages and sizes. All donations will go to a local shelter in Henry County. Please contact Troop Leader Rita at (404) 822-9998 or Assistant Troop Leader Shana at (678) 492-9964, with any questions or concerns.
Al-Anon Family Group meets Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 7 p.m., at Henry Medical Center's Education Center, at 1133 Eagle's Landing Parkway, Stockbridge. Call (404) 825-5291.
Haven House offers a support group for victims of domestic violence. A licensed counselor is available to assist attendees in dealing with any overwhelming feelings and issues. The support group is free of charge, and offered every Tuesday, from 6 p.m., to 7 p.m. Call Leanne Jamison, at (770) 954-1008.
Henry County Chapter 2411 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) meets in McDonough monthly, from September through June. UDC membership is open to women, ages 16 and older, who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served in the army, navy or civil service of the Confederate States of America. E-mail chapter 2411, at email@example.com.
Henry County Toastmasters Club No. 2367 meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 6:30 p.m., to 8 p.m., on the second floor of Henry Medical Center's Education Building, located at 1133 Eagle's Landing Parkway, Stockbridge. Call (678) 758-6732, or visit the club's web site, http://henrycounty.freetoasthost.net/index.html.
Overeater's Anonymous meetings are held twice a week in Henry County on Tuesdays, at 12 p.m., at Person to Person Counseling, located at 35 Atlanta St., in McDonough; and Thursdays, 7 p.m., at the Henry Medical Center Education Building, 1133 Eagles Landing Parkway in Stockbrige. Both are open to the public. Call Debby at (678) 313-0644, or Anne at (678) 251-5338.
Premier South Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at 12 p.m., at Metro Brokers at 1215 Eagle's Landing Parkway in Stockbridge. Call Brad Post, at (770) 366-5492, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Business Women's Association, Southern Crescent Chapter, meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are from 7 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at the Peach Cafe, at 1533 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge.
Tunnel Rats meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m., at the International Buffet in the Kroger shopping center, at 138/I-75, in Stockbridge. All Vietnam veterans are welcome. Call Hal Dayhuff, at (404) 234-9724.
The American Cancer Society is inviting beauty professionals to join in helping women undergoing cancer treatment to "look good ... feel better." The program's goal is to assist women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, in coping with appearance-related issues. Licensed cosmetologists interested in more information about the upcoming training class should contact Lisa Cockerham, at (770) 631-0625.
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