TRASH AMNESTY DAY
WHERE: McDuffie County Solid Waste
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to noon March 26
MORE INFO: Everything but tires, hazardous wastes, mobile homes and automobiles will be accepted. Management reserves the right to reject any loads. Call (706) 595-2374. Commercial loads will be charged the regular Saturday rate. All loads must be covered and secured. No scavenging allowed; what is dropped off stays. Violators will be cited.
BASEBALL, T-BALL, SOFTBALL
WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department
WHEN: Registration ongoing
MORE INFO: Participants can also register online at www. thomsonmcduffierecreation.com. Applications are also being accepted for umpires and volunteer coaches for baseball and softball.
POWDER PUFF GAMES
WHERE: The Brickyard
WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12
MORE INFO: Playoff game-$1 admission. 12th vs ninth and 11th vs 10th. The winning two teams will play for the championship on April 15 -- admission $3. Tickets can be purchased early for both games for only $3. Tickets will be available after spring break at Thomson High.
WHERE: Doodle Hill Hunting Club
WHEN: April 15-17
MORE INFO: Approximate five-hour ride through wooded areas. Friday night: bring steak and cook on our grill. Evening meal and dance Saturday night with DJ Dewayne Holliman. Hamburger and hot dog lunch Saturday. Free primitive camping available -- no electric or water hookups. Water is available for horses.
COST: $30 includes ride, lunch, evening meal and dance; $20 ride and lunch; $10 evening meal and dance; $5 dance only; kids (6-12) $5 off all prices -- under 6 free. MORE INFO: Jerry Brinkley, (706) 595-7345 or (706) 825-8465. Doodle Hill is at 2924 Sterling Gibson Road S.W., Thomson.
WHAT: Fostering Employee Retention: The "FISH" Philosophy, for employers, business owners and resource staff. Seminar focuses on how to operate a business effectively, increase production and minimize downtime and turnover in the workplace. Sponsored by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Department of Labor/Thomson Career Center and ECGC/WIA.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon April 12, The Depot, 111 Railroad St., Thomson
MORE INFO: Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, (706) 597-1000.
Team Sweet Blessings:
A cake and candy auction will be held each Wednesday through Saturday through May 13 to benefit Relay for Life, This week's auction, March 16 through noon March 19, is for two items - a Mississippi Mud Cake and a medium box of Homemade Pecan Divinity. Go to www.sweetblessingsconfections.com to enter your bids. There is a $10 minimum bid for each item; and every cent above that goes straight to Relay for Life. Winners are contacted by e-mail and phone and the product is delivered on Saturday.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW
WHERE: Downtown Thomson
WHEN: April 30
MORE INFO: Looking for participants, vendors and crafters. Call Teleen at the Chamber office (706) 597-1000.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
WHERE: Mitchell Depot
WHEN: Every first Saturday April through October
MORE INFO: Bluegrass, country and gospel music, hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks. Donations accepted. Bring your lawn chairs n blankets. There is a playground for the kids. Free parking available.
DEARING MAYFEST FESTIVAL
WHERE: Dearing CSRA RESA office, Augusta Highway
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7
MORE INFO: There will be a parade, crafts, prize give aways, a burger battle and rides for the kids. Go to dearingmayfest.org for more information.
DROP AND SHOP
WHERE: Thomson Family Y
WHEN: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
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
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 may qualify to be trained for this great career? If you are unemployed, willing to travel and Georgia Work Ready Certified then contact the local One Stop for more information at (706) 595-8941. The One Stop has placed over 45 people in jobs related to this industry after training. Come get your training today.
AFTERSCHOOL TUTORING FOR THS STUDENTS
WHERE: Thomson High
WHEN: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
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: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
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.
GET A BURN PERMIT
WHERE: By Calling 1-877-652-2876
WHEN: Always get a burn permit, it's the law
MORE INFO: 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 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 just call 1-877-OK2-burn or log ontoGaTrees.org.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
MORE INFO: The Sons of Confederate Veterans, a heritage, history and honor society and the nation's largest Southern heritage organization, is seeking to organize a chapter in Thomson/McDuffie County. Those interested in such an endeavor should contact Georgia Division 5th Brigade Commander Michael Mull at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (912) 618-3613.
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
MORE INFO: Open to ages 5-14. Discount of $50 if you sign up before March 11. Cost $65, discount for the second child half price in the same household. Group rates for 10 or more kids. Lunch provided. Special guest on Friday. Contact Kathy @ (706) 359-2236 or camp hotline @ (706) 220-3020 or go to www.leaguelineup.com/yesnoles.