HOLIDAY CLOSINGS WHERE: City of Thomson WHEN: Dec. 31
FOR MORE INFO: Pickup schedule for New Year's Day is Friday garbage collection will be made on Thursday, Dec. 30. Residents are reminded not to place their garbage or recycle containers at curbside on Thursday or Friday. If an emergency arises on Friday, Dec. 31, residents should call (706) -585-2145 or (706) 595-6133 to arrange repairs of utility (water, sewer, natural gas) services. The police and fire departments will be on the job as usual.
HALI FULLER MEMORIAL FUND WHERE: Queensborough National Bank FOR MORE INFO: If someone wishes to donate to her family, they may do so at their local Queensborough branch.
THOMSON HIGH YEARBOOKS WHERE: Thomson High WHEN: Monday through Friday, front office
FOR MORE INFO: Yearbooks are on sale now for $65. Order forms are available in the front office. This edition is special as it is dedicated to legendary THS football Coach Luther Welsh. Contact Miranda Murphey at THS for more details.
MEMORIES FROM CASCOGNE WHERE: Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Augusta WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Jan. 6
FOR MORE INFO: Jim Gensheer, a well-known Augusta watercolor artist/teacher, has taken a group of adult students to a small village near Mezin, in the southwest of France, for the past seven years to study pleine air watercolor painting. The group traveled and stayed in a century-old renovated grist mill where Jim's hosts and instructor counterparts were Ray and Lynne Johnstone. Featured artists in the exhibition include John Brice, Jim Gensheer, Mo Gensheer, Jamie Hardy, Mack Nickles, Virginia Nickles, Suzanne Thipgen. Reception and Exhibit open to the public. Please enter at the Ellis and 13th Street gate.
VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE TRAINING WHERE: University Hospital, Augusta WHEN: Jan. 6-10
FOR MORE INFO: Volunteer advocates are needed in McDuffie and surrounding counties to advocate for victims of sexual assault. An advocate must be at least 18, submit to a criminal background check and be able to reach McDuffie Regional medical Center within 30 minutes.
CLASS OF 1981 REUNION MEETING WHERE: McDuffie County Library WHEN: Jan. 8
FOR MORE INFO: All members of the Class of 1981 are invited to attend.
COMMUNITYWIDE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT RALLY WHERE: Thomson High School WHEN: Jan.15-16
FOR MORE INFO: "It Takes a Village" is designed to encourage and expose youth to positive life skills. This is a collaborative of community members and will have live performances, fun activities for children and workshops aimed at providing youth the skills to succeed in. Contact Kimberly Usry at (706) 595-8672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate or sponsor this needed event.
MOTHER'S MORNING OUT WHERE: Thomson Family YMCA WHEN: Monday through Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
FOR MORE INFO: Take the morning to go shopping, hang out with friends or just relax alone. Open to ages 6 months -- 12 years. Cost is $15 per child. Discount for additional siblings. To register, visit any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs.
ONE STOP MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU WHERE: East Central Georgia Consortium One Stop WHEN: Now
FOR MORE INFO: Did you know that more than 25,000 jobs will be opening for the heavy construction industry throughout the state? Did you know an experienced construction laborer can earn $20 per hour? Did you know that you might qualify to be trained for this great career? If you are unemployed, willing to travel and Georgia Work Ready-certified, contact the local One Stop for more information at (706) 595-8941.The One Stop has placed more than 45 people in jobs related to this industry after training. Come get your training today.
AFTERSCHOOL TUTORING FOR THS STUDENTS WHERE: Thomson High WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: For math, students may see Mrs. Costello in Room 209; for English, Mrs. Flanders in Room 111; for social studies, Mrs. Hubert in Room 405; and for science, Mrs. Pereda in Room 304. There is no charge to the student for this supplemental educational service. Call THS guidance department at (706) 986-4222.
McDUFFIE COUNTY EVENING SCHOOL CREDIT RECOVERY WHERE: Thomson High WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: This option is for Thomson High School students who have previously failed a required course for graduation. All courses are computer-based, self-paced, and aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards. The cost for each course is $50 per half-unit attempted, and students may register in the guidance office. A student is not permitted to leave early unless a parent or guardian comes to sign him/her out. Contact the guidance department at (706) 986-4222.
VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES FOR MORE INFO: Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteer advocates. Volunteers are needed in Richmond, Burke, Jefferson and McDuffie counties. Advocates must be able to respond to hospitals in their area within 30 minutes. Please contact Dinah at (706) 774-2746 or e-mail email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a volunteer advocate.
GET A BURN PERMIT WHERE: By calling (877) 652-2876 WHEN: Always get a burn permit, it's the law
FOR MORE INFO: To prevent the spread of wildfires, the Georgia Forestry Commission is urging residents to take extra precautions when burning yard debris, using an outdoor grill or enjoying campfires. If you're not sure when to get a permit, call (877) OK2-burn or log on to GaTrees.org.