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Energy Assistance Program to Open

Georgia’s regular Energy Assistance Program will open on Dec. 1, 2010 for all eligible households. 

The program provides financial assistance to low-income, elderly and handicapped households to help pay their home heating costs.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes.  To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines - $21,940 for a one-person household, $28,691 for two people, $35,442 for three people, $42,193 for four people, $48,944 for five people, $55,695 for six people, $59,961 for seven people, or  $58,226 for eight people.

Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene used in heating a home.

The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.

Bandfest to Benefit Crisis Line and Safe House

Grand Opera House Upcoming Events

Come check out the events at the Grand Opera House at 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, Ga. Events such as:

The Diary of Anne Frank Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, 7:30 p.m. and with the Educational performance Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, 10 a.m.

Christmas at the Grand Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 8-11, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 11-12, 2:30 p.m., 

Scrooge Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

John Tesh featuring Friday, December 17, 2010, 8 p.m.

John Berry – The Christmas Concert featuring Sunday, December 19, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information visit http://www.thegrandmacon.com/events/home.php or call (478) 301-5460.

10th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

On Saturday, Nov. 6, veterans will be celebrated at the W. E. Knox Civic Center at 161 West Clinton Street in downtown Gray.

The event, themed, "Blue Star Veterans Celebration" will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food vendors, children's activities and military displays will be available until 1 p.m.

The event will include family activities such as a choral and band performance by Jones County High School students and Wesley chorus, military displays, food vendors, as well as activities and giveaways for children.

At 12:45 p.m., a Veterans' walk into the W. E. Knox Civic Center will honor local veterans.

For more information, contact the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce at 478-986-1123.

2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit

Community Health Works (CHW) will be holding the 2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit on Nov. 9 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds (Miller-Murphy-Howard Building) in Perry, GA. Register at www.cgrhs.org. This is an all-day event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

In October of 2009, CHW convened more than 100 community leaders representing the top minds in health care and health policy, local government, local school districts, faith-based and civic organizations from across 7 counties in central Georgia (Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs). 

The purpose of the summit is to discuss the impact that unhealthy behaviors have on our community with a primary focus on the prevalence of obesity and related chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.