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SPORTS ONLINE REGISTRATION

WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department Web site: www.thomson-mcduffie.com/city-joint-rec.shtml

MORE INFO: Register for football, soccer and cheerleading. In-office registration will start Aug. 1. All interested youth sign up at the recreation department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (706) 595-2152.

YOUTH BOOT CAMP

WHERE: Thomson Family Y

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. through July 14

MORE INFO: Mondays and Thursdays; fee: members $20, nonmembers $30

SWIMMING LESSONS

WHERE: Thomson Family Y

MORE INFO: Members $40, nonmembers $60; ages 3-5, 6-6:45 p.m.; ages 6-8, 6:45- 7:30 p.m. July 18-28

THOMSON HIGH FFA CANNING PLANT OPEN

WHERE: Next to Voter Registration building, Whiteoak Road

WHEN: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today and July 14, 19-21, 26-28

MORE INFO: Produce will be canned at 40 cents per can and peas shelled at 10 cents per pound. If peas are to be shelled they should be picked the day before and set out to dry for 24 hours for best shelling results. Call (706) 986-4200 or e-mail duboser@mcduffie.k12.ga.us.

mcDUFFIE COUNTY TAX OFFICE CLOSINGS

WHERE: McDuffie County Tax Office

WHEN: Friday, Monday and Tuesday

MORE INFO: The tax office will be closed so employees can pack up and move to the new office in the government complex. People who have birthdays during these times will need to purchase motor vehicle decals before Friday. To check the status of taxes for property or mobile homes, research or make payments, go to www.thomson-mcduffie.com. The new office will be located on the first floor of the Administration Complex.

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MANNA DISTRIBUTION

WHERE: Thomson Depot, Railroad Street

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

MORE INFO: Distributing over 5,000 pounds of food for those in need. Please bring a container -- bags, baskets or boxes for carrying food. Sponsored by Golden Harvest Food Bank Manna Truck Program and Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co.

COACH BRUCE BLASINGAME MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

WHERE: Belle Meade Country Club

WHEN: Shotgun start 9 a.m. Saturday

MORE INFO: Format: three-person Lauderdale, $300 per team, 60 senior tees. Includes mulligans, lunch, low country boil. Call Belle Meade Pro Shop for information and sign up (706) 595-4511.

FOOTBALL RESERVE

SEATs GO ON SALE

WHERE: Thomson High front office

MORE INFO: From Monday to Aug. 19, the reserve-seat tickets at $62.50 will go on sale for all current seat holders. Any seat not sold after these dates will be open to the general public.

ECO-ADVENTURES

WHERE: Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson

WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through July 15 and July 25-29

MORE INFO: This is a weeklong look at ecology, farming, recycling and more. Campers will learn to test water for pollution, visit with Georgia native reptiles and amphibians, harvest foods from the organic gardens, and make art from recyclable materials. This is a day camp only. Camping and lodging facilities available in nearby Thomson. Cost is $60 per child per week and includes materials and two snacks each day. Open to ages 10-16. Call (706) 595-7777 or e-mail Sydney Peden at sfpeden@hickory-hill.org for registration and information.

SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS MEETING

WHERE: McDuffie County Library conference room

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

MORE INFO: This meeting is free and open to the public. Neil Dickey will be presenting a program on Abraham Lincoln and Fort Sumter.

SHEPEARD BLOOD DRIVES

WHERE: Fort Creek Baptist Church, 1497 Fort Creek Rd., Dearing

WHEN: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 17

GYMNASTICS CAMP

WHERE: Y130 Program Center

MORE INFO: July 18-21 Monday-Thursday; beginner, 4-5 p.m., advanced 5-6 p.m., intermediate 6-7 p.m.; $40 members, $60 nonmembers

4-H SUMMER CLASSES -- watch them grow

WHERE: Extension Office, 116 Main Street

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon July 21

MORE INFO: Learn the basics of growing plants from seeds. Open to kids fifth grade and up. Call the Extension Office, (706) 595-1815 to register for classes.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS

WHERE: Patriot Park, 6445 Columbia Road, Grovetown

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9

MORE INFO: Instructor Tom Venderhoof will present an AARP driver safety class geared toward drivers age 50 or older. The course is not limited to seniors or to AARP members. Successful completion for the course can qualify a driver for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance premiums. To qualify, a driver must have a clean driving record for three years. Drivers should confirm the discount with their insurance agents. To register or for more information, call Vanderhoof at (706) 863-2865. Enrollment is limited. The fee is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. The fee is payable the day of the class. Anyone interested in scheduling a class also may contact Vanderhoof.

CERTIFY IN CPR AND FIRST AID

WHERE: McDuffie County Fire and Rescue Headquarters, 1061 Salem Rd., Thomson

WHEN: 9 a.m. until class completion; first and third Saturdays

MORE INFO: Classes specialize in health care provider, heart saver first aid, fire extinguisher training and child care professional fire safety training. Fees: health care provider and heart saver first aid is $20 per person; child care professional fire safety training is $10 per person; general fire extinguisher training is free. Fees are expected at time of registration and classes must have five or more participants. Contact Lt. Ed Lewis, fire and life safety instructor Terence Favors or Capt. Ron May, (706) 595-2044 or (706) 595-2045.

KENNY HILL FUND

WHERE: Farmers State Bank

MORE INFO: Kenny Hill recently was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. Doctors have removed two tumors on his brain and are trying to treat the ones that are left. Keep up with his progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/kennyhill. If you would like to donate, mail a check made out to Benefit for Kenny Hill to Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 99, Lincolnton, GA 30817.

MUSIC IN THE PARK

WHERE: Mitchell Depot

WHEN: First Saturdays through October

MORE INFO: Bluegrass, country and gospel music, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Donations accepted. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. There is a playground for the kids. Free parking available.

KARATE AT FAMILY Y

WHERE: Thomson Family Y

WHEN: Twice a week

MORE INFO: Offered to all skill levels ages 6 and up. Fee: $40 per month for members; $60 per month for nonmembers. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs.

ART CLASSES AT FAMILY Y

WHERE: Thomson Family Y

WHEN: Twice a week

MORE INFO: Offered to all skill levels ages pre-K through eighth grade. $40 per month for members; $60 per month for nonmembers. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs.

DANCE LESSONS

WHERE: Thomson Family Y

WHEN: Twice a week

MORE INFO: Offered to all skill levels ages 2 years through 12th grade. $40 per month for members; $60 per month for nonmembers. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs.

BALLROOM DANCING

WHERE: Thomson Family Y

WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday

MORE INFO: Each month features a dfferent dance. Free for Family Y members; $10 per class for nonmembers. Register at any Family Y location or online at www.thefamilyy.org.

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

WHEN: now

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.

GET A BURN PERMIT

WHERE: Call (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. Call (877) OK2-burn or log ontoGaTrees.org.



Web posted on Thursday, July 07, 2011













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