Things to do — April and May

MONTH OF APRIL

04-11 — Starr’s Mill High School Lacrosse Team will host youth lacrosse night. Free admission to those wearing lacrosse jerseys. There will be free gifts upon entry while supplies last. Cool lacrosse items will be available to win. The Wounded Warrior Project will have a table for donations and giveaways. Doors open at 5 p.m. Girls’ varsity plays at 5:30 p.m.,boys’ varsity at 7:30 p.m. and boys junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. NO lacrosse sticks are allowed.


The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club will meet for lunch. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Tim’s Country Kitchen Buffet, 175 Banks Station, in Fayetteville. Bonnie Willis, local businesswoman and mother of five, will discuss how important it is to find time in our busy lives to volunteer for causes and organizations we are passionate about. Willis, who writes a weekly column for The Citizen, is the newly elected secretary of the Fayette County Republican Party. All Republican women are invited to attend. For more information, please call Debby Dickinson, 404-376-4132, or e-mail Denise Ongio, denise@futurestaffnow.com.


04-12 — Stardust Ballroom Dance Club will host a 1950s Theme Ballroom Dance with FREE one-hour lesson from 8 p.m.– 10:45 p.m. Dance music & lighting by DJ Bill Mitchell. Cost of dance includes one-hour introductory West Coast Swing lesson by instructors Shari Gee & Frank Chafardon. Dress is casual or 1950s attire. Light refreshments provided. All dancers and dance students are welcome! Foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha cha, tango, night club 2-step & more! The dance is at the gym at Christ’s Church at Whitewater, in Fayetteville. The guest fee is $25 per couple/$15 per single at the door. Information: StardustBallroomDanceClub.com or call Diane at 770-461-2369 and leave a message.


The McIntosh Fine Arts Department presents the Tony Award winning musical “Bye Bye Birdie”today at 7 p.m. Taking a satiric look at America of the late 50’s, “Bye Bye Birdie” shows how a quiet town is turned upside down when popstar Conrad Birdie arrives to bestow his last kiss before entering the army upon the president of his fan club. With hilarious performances, great dance numbers, and classic songs such as “Put on a Happy Face” and “Kids,” “Bye ByeBirdie” is fun for the entire family. Tickets are available at the door for $12 for adults and $7 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets, please emailKen Buswell at buswell.ken@mail.fcboe.org.


04-13 — The non-profit 180-degree Farm in Sharpburg will hold a beginners beekeeping class today.. The class will be hosted by Coweta County beekeeper StevePage and will include a wide range of topics related to beekeeping. The cost is $25. For more information visit www.180farm.org or contact Scott Tyson at scott@180farm.org


The Fayette County Democratic Committee will meet at the Fayetteville IHOP, at 9 a.m. Guest speaker for the event is political strategist, Rashad Richey and the local issues dialogue moderator is litigator, Wayne Kendall. For more information, visit the FCDC website at www.fayettedems.org.


The McIntosh Fine Arts Department presents the Tony Award winning musical “Bye Bye Birdie”today at2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Taking a satiric look at America of the late 50’s, “Bye Bye Birdie” shows how a quiet town is turned upside down when popstar Conrad Birdie arrives to bestow his last kiss before entering the army upon the president of his fan club. With hilarious performances, great dance numbers, and classic songs such as “Put on a Happy Face” and “Kids,” “Bye Bye Birdie” is fun for the entire family. Tickets are available at the door for $12 for adults and $7 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets, please emailKen Buswell at buswell.ken@mail.fcboe.org.


PALS Pageant 2013 is at 6:30 p.m. at the Duke Auditorium at Starr’s Mill High School. Come out and support our PALS Club students from our local Fayette County high schools. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. PALS (Peers are Linking Students) is a club that fosters relationships between students with and without disabilitiesthrough group activities within and outside of school. PALS hopes to allow all students the opportunity to experience the benefits of friendship, teamwork, and responsibility through school and non-school related activities.


The Fayette County Humane Society will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Tack Trolley Horse & Pet Supply on Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville. All proceeds to benefit the Fayette County Humane Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer animal rescue organization. For more information, call 770-487-1073.


04-14 — The Griffin Wine Society is co-hosting a Grand Portfolio Tasting of 13 European and South American wines from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today in the Garden Education Pavilion at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road. Admission for this public event is $20 for club members, $25 for non-members. Advance reservations need to be e-mailed to sharwood1022@hotmail.com Light hors d’oeuvres are included. Dress is casual.

The wines include two French Bordeaux, a French Gigondas, an Italian sparkling wine, six vintages from the Chilean winery, Consul Chileno, and three Spanish Tempranillos, each from different wine regions in that country. VIN The Griffin Wine Society is metro Atlanta area’s oldest active wine club. The group meets monthly at restaurants and otherlocations to learn about and enjoy wines. Guests can sample each wine without having to individually purchase a full bottle.


04-16 — The Fayette County Extension Office is presenting a container/raised bed gardening class at 5:30 p.m. Learn about container gardens and what plants to use. You must pre-register to attend by calling 770-305-5412.


04-18 — A Taste of Clayton from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tasting Only, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Silent Auction at North Clayton HIgh School. Tickets $10 All money raised will remain at North Clayton HIgh School and will benefit Athletic Department. For more information. visit www.tasteofsoutherncrescent-nchs.com or contact Henry Laws at 678-640-2600.


The Fayette County Extension Office is presenting a container/raised bed gardening class at 10 a.m. Learn about container gardens and what plants to use. You must pre-register to attend by calling 770-305-5412.


04-20 — Liberty Baptist Church’s employment workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The focus will be on updating resumes, improving interview skills and personal presentation. Our desire is to help improve each individual’s chance for employment. The workshop is at Liberty Baptist Church inFayetteville. For more info contact Debbie Feemster at 404-290-0838 or www.LBCFayette.org.
 

The 4th annual ‘Taste of Senoia’ is being held at The Veranda Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn located at 252 Seavy Street in downtown Senoia. There will be 2 separate admissions - 3:30 p.m. -5: p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and ticket prices are $10. Tickets can be purchased through April 13 from Senoia Optimist Club members or through various Senoia businesses. The event features delicious food prepared by many of Senoia’s restaurants as well as local area citizens, noted author and historian Herb Bridges, interesting raffles, and possibly more! Information: Senoia Optimist Club president Tony Bell at 770-599-3981 or 302-981-4794.

Starr’s Mill High School Bands presents “A Night of Starrs” tonight at 6 p.m. at Frederick Brown Jr. “The Fred” Amphitheater in Peachtree City. The evening under the stars showcases the talents of the Starrs Mill’ music department and features the Big Band sounds of the “Swingin’ Starrs” jazz ensemble, along with the “Octave Above” jazz choir and performances by other school musical groups. Tickets are $10 each and food is available for purchase at event. Purchase tickets from any band students, at the door or e-mail NOSTickets@SMHSBand.org.

04-22 — The Coweta-Fayette Auburn Club will hold its annual social and dinner meetingat the Coweta Club at Arbor Springs Country Club in Newnan. Coach Rodney Garner is the scheduled guest speaker. Coach Garner is the assistant head coach and defensive line Coach for auburn football. He has been named by Rivals.com as one of the top 50 recruiters in the country. Coach Garner played football at Auburn from 1984-1988. The social hour will start at 6 pm with the dinner at 7 p.m.A silent auction to benefit the “Whupper Lee Scholarship” fund will feature many desirable items. A football signed by Coach Gus Malzahn and other Auburn collectibles will be raffled. The cost is $30 per person and reservations are required by April 18. For more information call Brett Johnston @ 770 301-9120 or email lbjohnston@numail.orgAll Auburn fans are invited to attend.


04-23 — The Partners in Education breakfast is today at 8 a.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.$15 Advance The caterer is Contemporary Catering. Join us for breakfast to learn how the Leader in Me Program is impacting our public school children. Spring Hill Elementary has been a pilot for this remarkable leadership program for kids. At this year’s Partners in Education Breakfast, we will hear from Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School. Summers and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation using Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits Program as a foundation. The breakfast will also be an opportunity to recognize the outstanding partners that have made significant contributions to our schools.

If you would like to nominate a partner or a school, please fill out the appropriate nomination form and fax or email to the chamber (fax 770.461.9622 or Sarah@FayetteChamber.org).


04-26 — The Fayette Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents its first full orchestra concert April 26th at 7:30 p.m. at Flat Creek Baptist Church, 161 Flat Creek Trail, Fayetteville. This is a free concert and will include music from “Les Miserables” as well as Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and “Jupiter from the Planets.” The FPYO, under the direction of Cindy Wilson, has been in existence for three years and this is their first full orchestra presentation. The orchestra includes members from almost every middle and high school in Fayette County as well as members from Henry and Fulton County. For more information or audition requirements, please contact us at fayettephilharmonic@gmail.com.

Lunch on the Lawn is today. Enjoy free entertainment featuring Nate Bennett outdoors on the old Courthouse lawn in downtown Fayetteville during your lunch hour. Shorter University will be our “Lunch on the Lawn” sponsor, so stop by and learn more about their university. Chick-fil-A will be providing a box lunch for $5. or you can bring your own lunch. For more information, call Main Street 770-719-4173.

04-27— Our Lady of Victory’s Home and School Association is sponsoring a “Run for Victory,”at the school located at 211 Kirkley Road, Tyrone. The Run for Victory 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run is part of the Peachtree City Rotary Club Elementary Grand Prix Race Series. Starting times for the Fun Run and 5K are 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. A family fun-filled morning is expected with face painters, games, food, and music. Register online at www.olvcatholicsch.org. For more information, please contact Betsy Slattery at 678-364-9813.

The sixth annual Fayette County Earth Day Festival is today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Shakerag Knoll in Peachtree City. The festival features fun and educational activities for the family and an opportunity for Fayette County citizens to come together for the common good of the environment. This year’s festival includes educational presentations and exhibits to help you learn about building a sustainable society. There is also live entertainment, food, and games and crafts for children of all ages. There will also be a scavenger hunt with prizes. Admission is free.

WWII Heritage Days, at the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility in Peachtree City is today from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The program features vintage aircraft, period vehicles, guest speakers, education displays and demonstrations for school age kids. Local actors and singers from Twilight Theatre will impersonate 1940’s celebrities and a 1940’s-theme hangar dance fundraiser will be held Saturday evening. Suggested donation for WWII Heritage Days is $5, children 5 and under free. WWII Heritage Days will be held rain or shine. Please no pets. Tickets for the “Keep ‘em Flying” dance are $50 before April 22, $60 at the door. Reserved tables and group discounts available. For tickets, call 678-654-2464. All ticket sales final. For more info about WWII Heritage Days, visit www.wwiidays.org.

Liberty Baptist Church’s community job fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info contact Debbie Feemster at 404-290-0838 or www.LBCFayette.org.


04-28 — WWII Heritage Days at the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility in Peachtree Cityis today from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The program features vintage aircraft, period vehicles, guest speakers, education displays and demonstrations for school age kids. Local actors and singers from Twilight Theatre will impersonate 1940’s celebrities and a 1940’s- theme hangar dance fundraiser will be held Saturday evening. Suggested donation for WWII Heritage Days is $5, children 5 and under free. WWII Heritage Days will be held rain or shine. Please no pets. Tickets for the “Keep ‘em Flying” dance are $50 before April 22, $60 at the door. Reserved tables and group discounts available. For tickets, call 678-654-2464. All ticket sales final. For more info about WWII Heritage Days, visit www.wwiidays.org.


04-30 — The Fayette County Extension Office is presenting aComposting 101 class at 6 p.m. Learn the basics including traditional composting and vermicomposting. You must pre-register to attend by calling 770-305-5412.



MONTH OF MAY


May 4 — Hood Avenue Primary School Reunion is today at noon for everyone who has ever worked at Hood Avenue from 1970 through 2013. Bring your favorite lunch to Hood Avenue Primary School. Come as you are or wear a Hood Avenue shirt. Bring your photos, mementos for an informal get together. Dessert will be provided. For more information call 770-487-7731 or emailhiestandmm@comcast.net

May 7 — The Peachtree City Garden Club will host its last monthly meeting before summer break today at 10 a.m. at The Bridge Community Center at 225 Willowbend Road. Jim Harris, owner of Yard Time in Peachtree City, will speak on “Soils and Mulch” - soil and mulch options to make your garden thrive. After the presentation, the club will enjoy a plant swap. Members and guests are asked to bring at least one plant to share and a bag or box to take home any plants you select. For more information, call 770-519-8651.

May 16 — The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is teaching a “Starting a Business” workshop from 9 a.m. –noon. The workshop will be at the Clayton State University-Fayette sitelocated at 100 World Drive, Suite 100 in Peachtree City. For more information, please contact Heather Chaneyat 678-466-5100.

May 18 — 45th Annual Fayette Fine Art Show, Saturday, is today from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Don’t miss Fayetteville’s largest tourism event. Various artists from around the country will exhibit their work on the Old Courthouse Square. This juried fine art show is an Atlanta favorite. Come to buy or simply admire. Come participate in the free community monster mural located in the kids art tent. Call Patsy Gullett at 770-461-4978 for more information.

The Living History Exhibit is today at the Holliday-Dorsey Fife Museum in Fayetteville from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Step back in time to see demonstrations of life in the 1800’s. Call 770-716-5332 for more information.

“Rumble for Kids,” motorcycle ride is today. The ride will start at 9250 Hutcheson Ferry Road in Palmetto. The one-hour ride will wind through the picturesque back roads of South Fulton, Coweta, Carroll and Douglas counties. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 11 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for a single rider and $35 for a rider with a passenger. Lunch will be served and is included in registration fee. For more information or to preregister you can call 770-463-3800.

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