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Relax by the Tracks: Art and Photography Show

Kema's Hobby will host a photography and art show on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Kema at 478-986-5362.

The show is located at 109 Atlanta Rd. near the railroad tracks.

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Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 18, according to the American Cancer Society website.

This year marks American Cancer Society's 35th Great American Smokeout and the organization uses the specified date as a day to make a plan to quit or plan in advance to plan on quitting on the Great American Smokeout day itself.

According to The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout website, the event grew out of a 1971 event in Randolph, MA, when "Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund."

The first national Great American Smokeout was held in 1977.

Annual Fly-In to Benefit Toys for Tots Fundraiser

Dixie Aeromaster will hold its annual fly-in to benefit Middle Georgia area Toys for Tots campaign On Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.

The event will be held at Commissioners Field at Overland Way in Gray. The air show will begin at noon. Registration for pilots will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to all AMA member pilots. Registration is $10 with registration and concession proceeds going toward Toys for Tots.

The event is free to the public.

4th Annual Photography Contest

Allied Arts is accepting entries for the 4th Annual Big Click Photography Contest from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Marlor House.

Eligibility: The Big Click is open to all adult artists (age 18 and over) living in Central Georgia who practice photography. Film, digital and digitally-enhanced entries will be accepted. All works must be original; no copies are allowed. Works will be on display Dec. 5-Dec. 31, 2010 at the Marlor Art Center.

Awards: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50

The Marlor House is located at 201 N. Wayne St.

Call Allied Arts at 478-452-3950 for more information.


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Griswoldville Battlefield Commemoration

Living history demonstrations by volunteer Union and Confederate re-enactors in their encampments begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 20. 

Local historian Wayne Dobson will explain details of the battle using a diorama.  The program concludes with a memorial service at 11:30 ending about 1:00 pm with a rifle salute.

Griswoldville Battlefield Memorial commemorates the clash between Georgia state militia and defenders of the right flank of the Gen. Sherman’s Union army as it moved toward a rendezvous at Gordon.

The battle was brief but intense as the old men and boys of the Georgia militia charged repeatedly uphill towards a better armed, better trained foe, resulting in a Confederate defeat. 

 The battle took place twenty miles east of Macon near the Jones-Twiggs County line.  The factory town of Griswoldville was just to the northwest and is still found on Georgia highway maps. 

12th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day

The Oconee Suicide Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a Healing After Suicide program on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as a discussion, questions and resources session.

Information on how to get involved in a Survivors of Suicide group will also be available.

This event will be held at the Museum Education Room at George College and State University on the corner of Montgomery and Clarke Streets in Milledgeville, Ga.

For more information, or to pre-register, contact Judith Keim at 478-456-2713. While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registering is preferred.


Macon Group Raffling Dream Home to Make College Dreams Reality

A Macon organization is raffling off a dream home to make some students' dreams of college come true.

The Motivating Youth Foundation says for $100, you could win the $1 million home, a 2011 Chevy Cruze, or other cash prizes.

The nearly 9,000 square-foot home sits on six acres off Lite-N-Tie Road in Gray.  Motivating Youth founder and former NFL player Roger Jackson says it comes with five bedrooms, seven baths, a game room complete with games, a pool, six flat screen TVs, and an ATV trail.

The Jones County Tax Assessors Office estimates the property at nearly $800,000.

But that's not the reason Jackson calls it a "dream home."

He says it will help fund college scholarships for Motivating Youth students and eventually Bibb County students.