FOOTBALL TICKETS ON SALE
WHERE: Thomson High main office
DETAILS: Tickets are $6 each for Friday night's game against Washington County for students and adults.
FALL CROWS 2011
WHERE: Downtown Thomson
WHEN: Oct. 1-Nov. 5
DETAILS: Entry fee $15 until Oct. 11; $20 until Oct. 21. All fees and registration forms are to be turned in at the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce. All crows will be judged Oct. 22. All entries must be taken down by Nov. 5. Winner will be announced at the Jack O Lanterns on Journal Festival Oct. 27. First place winner will receive $100 in Chamber bucks. Second and third place winners will receive $25 in Chamber bucks. Contact the Chamber office for further details at (706) 597-1000.
NO EMU FESTIVAL
DETAILS: The Emu Festival has been cancelled until further notice.
NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
DETAILS: All Americans are urged to remember and recognize the special sacrifices of those who were held prisoner of war and those still missing. National Veterans of Foreign Wars and Thomson VFW/LAVFW No. 6672 encourage everyone to take time to pray for the MIA/POWs and to fly our American flag and MIA/POW flag. All readers are encouraged to visit the VFW web page at www.vfw.org.
CANS FOR FRIENDS
WHERE: Dearing Baptist Church
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24
DETAILS: Activities for kids: games, snacks and a movie in the fellowship hall. Donation: canned food. For the adults there will be a gospel sing featuring the Southern Songmasters in the sanctuary. All donations will go to Manna to help with food need in the community.
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McTIER FAMILY REUNION
WHERE: Reedy Creek Baptist Church
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24
DETAILS: Doors open for registration and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Program begins at 11 a.m. followed by a covered dish lunch at noon. Reedy Creek is six miles north of Wrens and two miles south of Purvis Community Center on Highway 17 between Wrens and Thomson.
VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE TRAINING
WHERE: McDuffie County Sheriff's office training room
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8
DETAILS: Volunteer advocates must be at least 18 years of age, have reliable transportation and phone, submit to a criminal background check and attend a training seminar to become an advocate. They must provide advocacy and crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Burke County Medical Center or Jefferson Hospital (whichever is within 30 minutes of their location). Call (706) 774-2746 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AN EVENING WITH ROSANNE CASH
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30
WHERE: Historic Richmond Academy Parade Grounds, 540 Telfair St., Augusta
DETAILS: The Blind Willie McTell Festival in conjunction with and the support of the Westobou Festival will present An Evening with Rosanne Cash with special guest Blue Rodeo. Regular tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the program, and are general admission. Beer and wine will be available on site. No carry-in alcohol will be allowed, just as at the Blind Willie Festival. VIP tables will be down front, $500 each, and only 20 are available. Round-tops for eight include a picnic basket loaded with food from Crums on Central and a bottle of wine. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www. westoboufestival.com. This year's Westobou Festival is Sept. 29 to Oct. 8.
INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS DAY
WHERE: Rotary Park on Washington Road next to the fire station
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
DETAILS: "Stroll for Babies" is sponsored by Enterprise Community Healthy Start. Bring your babies, toddlers, friends and family to this free event. There will be a commemorative walk and Mayor Kenneth Usry will read a proclamation. Call Debra Griffin, (706) 840-5986.
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PATH2COLLEGE 529 COLORING sweepstakes
WHEN: Through September
DETAILS: Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is holding a coloring sweepstakes during September, which has been designated College Savings Month. One child will be awarded $1,529 for his or her college savings plan. To enter the coloring sweepstakes, children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade should color Hootie the Wise Old Owl and answer the question, "When I graduate, I'm going to be a ____." Coloring sheets and official rules can be found at www.Path2College529.com. Entries must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian, postmarked by Sept. 30, and must be received by Oct. 11. One winner will be drawn at random in October to receive the prize. The winner's school will also receive $1,000. Path2College 529 Plan also is offering a newborn sweepstakes open to Georgia residents. The sweepstakes will award one lucky Georgia newborn $5,529 toward his/her college savings. Georgia babies born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year are eligible. Parents and grandparents of 2011 newborns can enter to win this prize. No purchase is necessary. Learn more at www.Path2College529.com.
SALSA FOR SALE
WHERE: HabaÃ±ero's Mexican Grill
DETAILS: $10 per jar. All proceeds go to Thomson First United Methodist Church Drop Zone youth program.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS
WHERE: McDuffie County Partners for Success, across from the high school
DETAILS: Call (706) 595-3112
THS YEARBOOKS SALE
WHERE: Thomson High School
DETAILS: The first price of the year is always the lowest; the sale starts at $50. In September, the price will increase, and the price goes up each month after that. Contact Miranda Murphey for more details or go to www. jostensyearbooks.com. Last year, the supply of yearbooks was used up, so be sure to reserve your copy today.
MICHAEL DINGUS FUND
WHERE: Queensborough National Bank
DETAILS: The family needs help to pay for funeral expenses. Please drop donations off at the bank or mail them to 314 Grier Circle, Thomson, GA 30824.