FOR MORE INFO: McDuffie Partners Advocating Community Togetherness (M-PACT) has obtained grant funding for gang and drug-prevention initiatives in McDuffie County. PROJECT M-PACT seeks to empower everyone to reach full potential by engaging dedicated, competent and caring partners and community citizens with the resources needed to educate and encourage the community. For additional information, or to play a part in this endeavor, contact Leon Fields or Carrie Edwards at East Central Georgia Consortium-ONE STOP at (706) 595-8941.
BASEBALL, T-BALL, SOFTBALL REGISTRATION
WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department
FOR MORE INFO: Participants can also register online at www.thomsonmcduffierecreation.com. They are also accepting applications for umpires and volunteer coaches for baseball and softball.
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
WHERE: Family Y of Thomson
WHEN: 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday
FOR MORE INFO: Open to children ages 2-12. Kids enjoy fitness activities, crafts, snacks and fun while parents enjoy a night out. Cost is $10 per child for Family Y members; $15 per child for nonmembers. Space is limited and advance registration is suggested. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org. Call (706) 595-5615.
GRAND OPENING RECEPTION
WHERE: MAC on Main Art Gallery
WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Saturday
FOR MORE INFO: To be held at the new gallery on Main Street renovated by the Camellia Partners and Bracton and Sheryl Ivey. Original artwork by local artists will be shown, and refreshments will be served.
WHERE: Thomson Walmart
FOR MORE INFO: Sponsored by Shepeard Community Blood Center
THOMSON IRIS AND DAYLILY SOCIETY MEETING
WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie County Library
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday
FOR MORE INFO: Guest speaker will be Luther Beck, president of the North Georgia Daylily Society. Mr. Beck operates a large day lily business. He plans to show slides of beautiful day lilies.
WHERE: Augusta Technical College, Thomson-McDuffie Campus
WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 17
FOR MORE INFO: This is for those interested in the Nuclear Engineering Technology Program. The next class will begin in August. Call (706) 595-0166 for more information.
LET US "SOUPrise" YOU
WHERE: Masonic Lodge No. 205, M.L. King
WHEN: Noon Feb. 19
FOR MORE INFO: Group will sponsor a lunch for the less fortunate. It is free, and everyone is welcome. Call Yetonia Hutchinson at (706) 901-0054 or email@example.com.
NOMINATIONS FOR SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
WHERE: Senior Center, 304 Greenway St., Thomson
WHEN: Applications accepted through Feb. 21
FOR MORE INFO: The public is being asked to help choose the Thomson-McDuffie Senior Citizen of the Year for 2011. Each candidate must be a resident of McDuffie County who is 70 or older, has performed (or is performing) worthwhile deeds and has made (or is making) a positive difference in McDuffie County. Forms may be picked up from the Senior Center. Call (706) 595-7502.
WHERE: Dearing Elementary School lunchroom
WHEN: Feb. 26
FOR MORE INFO: Cost is $5. Entries must be at least 4 quarts and delivered to the school between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold to the public at 5 p.m. for the tasting, dessert and drinks included. There will also be a cake auction.
WHERE: McDuffie Regional Medical Center
WHEN: 2-6:30 p.m. Feb. 28
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sponsored by Shepeard Community Blood Center.
SECOND ANNUAL SPRING BREAK FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, SOCCER, CHEER CAMP
WHERE: 1962 Rowland York Drive, Lincolnton (recreation complex)
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4-8
FOR MORE INFO: Open to ages 5-14. Discount of $50 for sign-ups before March 11. Cost $65, half price for second child in the same household. Group rates for 10 or more kids. Lunch provided. Special guest on Friday. Contact Kathy at (706) 359-2236 or camp hot line at (706) 220-3020 or go to www.leaguelineup.com/yesnoles.
DROP AND SHOP
WHERE: Thomson Family Y
WHEN: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
FOR MORE INFO: Open to ages 6 months to 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.
WHERE: East Central Georgia Consortium One Stop
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 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 the construction industry after training.
AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING FOR THS STUDENTS
WHERE: Thomson High
WHEN: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 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: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 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.
GET A BURN PERMIT
WHERE: Call (877) 652-2876
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Breezy, warm, spring days are perfect for enjoying the outdoors, but they're perfect, too, for wildfires. To prevent the spread of wildfires, the Georgia Forestry Commission urges 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 just call (877) OK2-BURN or log on to GaTrees.org. Always get a burn permit; it's the law.