Eastside Baptist Church of Cairo will be hosting the Trinity Baptist Church ministry team Lifesong in concert on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Lifesong sings a variety of styles, including gospel, acapella and comptemporary praise and worship music and has performed in worship at many college chapels and student rallies throughout the country.
Classes on workplace Spanish will be taught at the Cairo Campus of Southwest Georgia Technical College beginning Oct. 1. The 16-hour introduction to Spanish course will teach students the main communication words and phrases used in Spanish, which will allow basic communication skills. The classes will be taught on Tuesday and Thursdays through Oct. 24 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at SWGTC of Grady County. The instructor for this course is William Lee, who grew up on a farm in Mitchell County where he discovered his love for Spanish. For more information, call Ruby Barron at 227-2579.
Hospice of Southwest Georgia will be sponsoring a bereavement program called Camp Heal in Thomasville and Bainbridge this fall. The camp is designed to help young people with healing and encouragement after the loss of a loved one and includes art, music, crafts, recreation, horseback riding and more. The Thomasville camp will be held at Camp Piney Woods on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the Bainbridge event will be at the Kirbo Center at Bainbridge College on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about being a volunteer or to sign up for the camp, call 229-584-5500.
The annual Sadler/Saddler Family Reunion will be held Saturday at the Wayside Community Center on Open Pond Road. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with a brief meeting at noon and lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Bring your favorite dishes, desserts and drinks. Paper products and utensils will be provided. For more information, call 294-8203 or 872-3901.
Southwest Georgia Technical College of Grady County will be sponsoring its 6th Annual Golf Tournament to help raise money for scholarships for Grady County students on Oct. 1. The four-person scramble will begin with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be prizes for the top four teams plus prizes for “Closest to the Pin,” “Longest Drive,” etc. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit local students from Grady County who attend SWGTC. For more information, call 227-2415.
Cairo First Baptist Church invites everyone to come celebrate the new covered entrance at the church and help pump start the new Sunday School year with a covered dish luncheon after the morning worship service. The event will be held on Sunday.
The Archway Partnership Program in Grady County in cooperation with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia are currently forming a group to participate in Leadership Grady, a customized local leadership program for people interested in developing community leadership skill and help create a positive and sustainable change in Grady County. The program will begin in Septemand last through May 2014. Applications are available at the Roddenbery Memorial Library, The Cairo Messenger, The Chamber of Commerce and the Archway Partnership office in City Hall.
All area veterans are reminded that the American Legion Post 122 meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Cairo Masonic Lodge located behind the courthouse. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to all veteran
The Grady County NAACP will be having their annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Grady Senior Center. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call LaFaye Copeland at 377-6595.
Thomas University invites everyone to the Wild Wild West Saloon & Gambling Room, a scholarship fundraising event to be held at the Grady Cultural Center on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The night will feature live entertainment, food and drink, and gaming tables with all proceeds benefiting scholarships for Grady County students. For more information about tickets or to be a sponsor of the event, call 226-6903.
The Cairo High School Class of 1963 is currently making plans for its 50th class teunion to be held later this year. If you are class member and would like to help plan the event or get information, call Alice Dodson at 872-3506.
If you are a business owner who might be interested in hiring a student, the Work-Based Learning program at Cairo High School has more than 35 juniors and seniors who are looking for work opportunities. Each student accepted into the program must receive excellent teacher recommendations, meet high academic and behavior criteria and have an identifiable career goal. If you would like to be a part of the WBL program, call Kevin Collins at 221-9416 for more information.
As part of the Summer Reading Program, the Roddenbery Memorial Library will be offering Square Dancing Lessons in the library auditorium on Fridays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The classes are taught by an experienced square dance instructor and is free. To see a calendar of summer events, visit www.rmlibrary.org.
Local residents considering homeschooling or who are veterans of homeschooling are invited to join a new support group being formed in Grady County. Those interested in joining and beginning classes for grades pre-K through 12th grade are encouraged to call 229-378-2209 or to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross is in 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, call Wanda Purdy at 924-2026 or go to www.valdostaredcross.org and click the volunteer tab.
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