Things to do-March 11-April 15

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March 11

Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Sixty Plus Services will host a workshop “Caregiving for Loved Ones With Dementia” from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will address the types and stages of dementia, community resources, financial and legal concerns, communication techniques and the role of medications in managing challenging behaviors. The fee for the workshop is $25 and includes lunch and educational materials. Space is limited so advance registration is required by calling 1-877-527-3712.

March 12

The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club dinner meeting is at Green Ginger, 200 Market Place Connector in Peachtree City today. Karen Handel, politician, author, and former GA Secretary of State, will be speaking about Women in Politics. Karen was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014 but lost in the Republican primary. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p,m, and you may order what you would like at menu prices. For more information, contact Alberta Lucas (lu210w@mindspring.com/770-719-0879) or Debby Dickinson (ptcdebby@bellsouth.net/404-376-4132).

March 14

The Metro South Regional Transition Council is hosting a “Transition Conference” today to help students with disabilities and their families navigate the choices available to them after high school. The transition from high school to adult services is often a rocky path with choices ranging from finding employment, and deciding on post-secondary education to choosing an appropriate day program. Added to all those decisions is learning about various government assistance programs and negotiating the paperwork. Those complications and more will be addressed at the conference at Griffin High School, 1617 West Poplar Street, Griffin. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and education sessions start at 9 a.m. The sessions end at 1:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No childcare is available. Several concurrent sessions will be held during the conference. Topics include Social Security, Medicaid waivers, employment, and post-secondary education in college, technical school or bridge programs.
From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Disability Expo will be open. The expo features key agencies and organizations who support youth and young adults with disabilities. For more information about the event, visit www.msrtcconference.weebly.com. The Metro South Regional Transition Council is an eight-county collaborative representing Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. It works to assist students with disabilities in becoming more productive citizens as they transition from school to adulthood.

The South Metro Rose Society is staging its annuall Community Rose Pruning Clinic today at 10 a.m. The rain date is March 15 at  p.m. This event will be held at the rose garden in front of Heritage Bank, 440 N. Jeff Davis Dr. in Fayetteville. Members of the community are invited to attend at no charge. They will gain valuable hands-on experience in rose pruning as well as answers to any rose growing questions from society members. Participants are asked to bring their own sturdy garden gloves and pruners if possible. For more information call 770-631-3885

March 16

The Fayette Master Gardener Association’s monthly meeting is today at 10 a.m.at The Bridge in Peachtree City. The public is invited to join us at 11 a.m. to hear Laura Johnson speak on her constant quest for easier and more integrated methods of sustainability in the garden.  She has been a Master Gardener since 1982 and last year she took a Permaculture Design course from the Permaculture Institute in Australia. She believes that following the basic principles of permaculture design will help us become “hunter gatherers” in our own back yard. Less work, healthier food and a healthier planet.

March 17

“ Living Better with Parkinson’s” is today.from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.The group provides support for individuals, family members and caregivers affected by Parkinson’s disease. Whether you have lived with Parkinson’s for years, were recently diagnosed or know a loved one affected by the disease, you will learn valuable information regarding diagnosis, treatment, medication, exercise, diet, new research and daily life. Piedmont Fayette Hospital extends a cordial invitation to the program at the Bridge Community Center in Peachtree City. For more information, please call 770-487-4444.

A Breast Cancer Support Group meets today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, 1267 Building (West Entrance), Third Floor, 1267 Highway 54 West in Fayetteville.The group is open to women of all ages who are currently fighting or have survived breast cancer. For more information, contact Lesa Merritt (Piedmont Fayette Hospital Women’s Imaging Center) at 770-719-6604.

“Pain is a 4 Letter Word” is today from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fayette Senior Services (FSS) – Peachtree City location at Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail: There is no argument to the discomfort that arthritis can cause, but there are ways to help alleviate some of the pain. Dr. Josh Davis with First Step Physical Therapy will cover the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the causes of them, options for treatment, and ways to help with arthritic pain and inflammation. This program is FREE but pre-registration is required. 770-461-0813 or email register@fayss.org (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome. www.Fayss.org.

March 21

The Friends of the Library will present a workshop for people interested in writing and publishing children’s books. The leader, Danny Schnitzlein has published three children’s picture books. “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” was recently adapted into a play by Arts Power and is touring the United States. His second book, “The Monster Who DId My Math,” was chosen as one of twenty-five books Georgia Students should Read, by the Georgia Center for the Book. His books have been featured in the Georgia Department of Education’s “Read More” program.
The workshop is at the Peachtree City Library. Space is limited, and pre-registration is a must. A fee of $20 will be collected to help offset expenses.
Registration is on the Friends website, www.PeachtreeCityLibraryFriends.org under the “contact us” menu.

Robert J. Burch Elementary will be having its 5th annual Burch Bear Tracks  today at 8 am and includes Tot Trot, Mile Fun Run, and a 5K race. The primary goal for this event is to promote health and wellness through fitness as well as raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in their effort to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The secondary goal is to fund Burch’s running club in which hundreds of students participate. Entry Fee is $15 per participant; registration forms can be picked up at Burch Elementary or accessed online at www.burchbears.org

Join Piedmont Heart, Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Newnan Hospital for our Healthy Heart Fair today. The fair is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piedmont Heart, 20 Francis Way in  Sharpsburg. The event will include blood pressure readings, Body Mass Index (BMI) checks, free healthy heart educational materials, and consults with clinicians and hospital staff about disease prevention, fitness maintenance and tips to improve your well-being. Registration for the free health screenings is required; call 877-527-3717.

March 24

Pyke & Associates, P.C., Attorneys at Law will be conducting free seminars on the basics of estate planning.  The seminars are at the Hilton Garden Inn in Peachtree City today and March 26th from noon to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. both days. A catered meal will be served 30 minutes before the seminars. Contact:  770-507-2500 ext.2 orwww.cpyke.com.

March 26

Ladies on Spokes cycling club Spring Spin Off for new members
is today at 7 p.m. Joseph Sams School, 280 Brandywine Blvd., Fayetteville
All levels of riders welcome to meet members, officers and hear about upcoming events. For more information, call Lana Carr at 404-822-3308 or lscottcarr@comcast.net.

March 28

The Southern Crescent Storytellers, in celebration of Women’s History Month, will tell stories for all ages in honor of great women at the Peachtree City Library’s Floy Farr Room today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Peachtree City Library and other community friends of storytelling, admission is free and refreshments will be served. Every woman has a story! The troupe of tellers will entertain and educate the audience with their tales about outstanding women. For further information about Southern Crescent Storytellers and events at the Peachtree City Library, please visit www.southernorderofstorytellers.org and www.peachtree-city.org.

Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS) is bringing a new festival to Fayette County. Today is Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FSS Life Enrichment Center in Fayetteville.This will be a great chance to bring the community together for a family-friendly afternoon. Enjoy vendors of all sorts from arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, homemade baked goods, baby items, food, and more.  Local radio station 92.5 The Bear will be broadcasting live. This event is hosted by Fayette Senior Services and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Senior Helpers, Richelle Mathis of Edward Jones, and Health South.  For more information about the event, please contact Fayette Senior Services at 770-461-0813.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Optimist Club of Peachtree City and the Peachtree City Fire Department is today.
Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. by age groups. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and for children ages 2 through 11. Visit with the Easter Bunny, enjoy face painting and a fishing game. The Bounce House is also sponsoring a moonwalk.The Peachtree City Fire Department will have some fun “safety” activities along with its Education Bus and fire trucks. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Shakerag Knoll Park on McIntosh Trail/Kelly Drive near the Amphitheater. Bring your own Easter basket or decorate your own
Easter bag. Please, no pets. For additional information, call Nancy at 770-301-7588 or e-mail her at smile2day216@bellsouth.net. In case of bad weather, visit the Peachtree City website at http://peachtree-city.org/calendar.aspx for event status.

April 4

Noted Atlanta poet and novelist, Collin Kelley, will lead the “Peach Jam” poetry workshop at the Peachtree City Library today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop is offered to poets – and aspiring poets – age 18 and older, at the nominal cost of $20, with lunch included.  Registration forms and further information are available on-line at www.PeachtreeCityLibraryFriends.org   Space is limited, and pre-registration is a must.

April 14

The Fayette Master Gardener Association  is hosting a free and open to the public presentation by renowned garden expert Walter Reeves.  He’ll talk about “how to be a Sherlock Holmes in your garden.”  It will start at 10 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers, County Administrative Complex, 140 Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville.  Due to fire code regulations the number of attendees is limited and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.  Please contact the Fayette County Extension office at 770-305-5412 ext. 7 or email uge2113@uga.edu with the name and contact information of each person attending.  We will confirm your attendance and have sign in sheets on the day of the event.  If a conflict arises, please remember to cancel so we don’t leave anyone out.

April 15

The Line Creek Civitan Club and the Camp Big Heart Civitan Club are hosting the 10th annual Civitan “Leave No One Behind” Golf Tournament today at 9 a.m. at the Braelinn Golf Club in Peachtree City. Cost is $100 per player with four player teams. Sponsorships are available as well. Net proceeds will benefit developmentally challenged youths and adults at Civitan’s Camp Big Heart Summer Camp. Camp Big Heart has been in existence since 1984 and it offers a unique one-week residential camping experience with a broad range of recreational activities to children and adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Its wide range of programs enables campers to transcend disabilities and develop new skills, while making new friends and maintaining old friendships. The event will feature, a golf cart donated by Bulldog Golf Cart and a two-year use of a Lexus SUV for anyone that makes a hole in one on the designated par 3 hole. While we are looking for groups of golfers, either foursomes or individuals, we are also looking for sponsors that will help us in raising funds for Camp Big Heart to be able continue this excellent camping experience for the children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
For more information regarding this worthwhile event, please contact Wayne Howell at the contact information above or Chris Anderson, 678.294.1916, campbigheart@bellsouth.net.