Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St., will present a children's live nativity program on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. "The Longest Night" program will be held. On. Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., the church will present "The Singing Saints Cantata." On Dec. 23 at 11 a.m., there will be a "Lessons and Carols Cantata." On Dec. 24 at 5 and 9 p.m., there will be candlelight Christmas Eve services. A nursery will be provided for ages 3 and under. Call 770-786-7305.
Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2375 Ga. Highway 20, will hold half-hour Advent worship services at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19. An informal meal of soup and sandwiches will precede the services at 6:30 p.m. on those dates. Also, Epiphany Lutheran will hold two special Christmas Eve services: Family carol singing will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24. A festive service of Holy Communion with candle lighting will be held at 11 p.m. on Dec. 24. Call 770-483-6222.
Online registration is open for the spring 2008 baseball season with Rockdale Youth Baseball Association. Register at www.ryba.org. Walk-in registration will be held in January.
Computer and Class
Tech-Able will provide a refurbished computer to take home and instruction in basic computer skills in a class on Dec. 15 for senior citizens, those with low-income or families with a disability. This is the last scheduled class. Registration is required. Call 770-922-6768.
Life Line Screening
Zion Baptist Church, 7037 Ga. Highway 212 in Covington, will host Live Line Screenings for potential stroke and osteoporosis identification on Dec. 17. Five screenings for heart disease and bone density take from 60 to 90 minutes. Preregistration is required. Call 1-888-754-1464 for information, fees or appointment. Appointments begin at 9 a.m.
The Early Bird Quilters Guild will meet at 9 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2375 Ga. Highway 20 S., September through June. The next meeting will be Dec. 12. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
A consignment sale for special needs equipment will be held from noon to 8 p.m., Dec. 12 through 14, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1375 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville. Register at www.theconsignmentsale.com or call 866-484-8014 to place special needs equipment for sale or get details on purchasing items.
The Rotary Club of Rockdale meets each Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at Seven Gables Restaurant on Ga. Highway 138. Guests of members and traveling Rotarians are welcome. The next meeting will be Dec. 12.
A support group for anyone recovering from a grief experience, such as a death, divorce or other loss, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Conyers First United Methodist Church on Main Street in the Wine Taster's Classroom. There are no fees. Call 770-483-4236.
Mt. Pleasant UMC in East Newton County and Social Circle will present Vision, an alternative for youth, featuring food and fellowship each Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 770-787-6376 for directions.
Zion Baptist Church will present DivorceCare for adults and for children ages 5 to 12 on Wednesdays. Group classes will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church on Ga. Highway 212. Call 770-786-6767.
Bridges Recovery Overcomers' Outreach will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at City of David Church, 3180 Ga. Highway 20. Call 770-388-7829.
American Legion Post 77 in Conyers will hold Bingo at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays in a smoke-free atmosphere at the post home on Legion Drive. Visit www.americanlegionpost77.org.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Covington #375 will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 1169 Clark St. Weigh-in is from 9 to 10 a.m. Call 770-786-8937.
Al Anon, a group for those affected by another's excessive alcohol use, will meet each Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 1522 Ga. Highway 138 N. Call 770-483-0965.
Al Anon, a group for those affected by another's excessive alcohol use, will meet each Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Conyers Presbyterian Church, 911 Main St. at the Glade Street entrance.
The state-approved, ongoing Alcohol, Chemical Treatment Series (A.C.T.S.) program will be held each Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the gym of the Church of Lord Jesus Christ, 1695 Hill St. Call Terry Chandler at 678-283-3171 or 770-388-0331.
Friends of Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St., will present the Gift Tree in the lobby of the library. The tree is decorated with ornaments that have an amount and type of book or video program. By taking the ornament and making the donation amount, the name of someone to honor will be placed on the item at the library. Call 770-787-3231.
The Prime Timers of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 2533 Stanton Road, will meet at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13. The 4- and 5-year-old children of Ebenezer will perform their music program.
The Rotary Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Dec. 13 at Always Conference Center on Milstead Road. Sue Chappell will be the speaker. Call 770-785-5952.
The XYZ Organization of the First Baptist Church of Conyers will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 in the church gym. Charlie Berwinkel will present a music program. Call 770-483-8700.
Legion Post 32
The American Legion Post 32 meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the post home in Covington. Visit www.covingtonpost32.org. The next meeting will be Dec. 13.
Rockdale County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the Central Office boardroom, 954 N. Main St. Call 770-860-4280.
The Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Administration and Services Building, 901 N. Main St. Call 770-785-6960.
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship monthly dinner will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Smiley's. Call 770-786-8055.
Miss Carol and Miss Leata will hold a children's Holiday Pajama Story Time at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 around the Christmas Tree at Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St. Children should wear snuggly pajamas and bring a favorite huggie. Refreshments will be provided by the Covington Woman's Club and Ingles. Call 770-385-6444.
The Conyers Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the J. Jack Turner Community Center, 1214 Summer Circle. Call 770-483-9301.
Christian Life School of Theology, 10242 Flat Shoals Road in Covington, will present the 10-hour class over three days titled "Feasts of the Old Testament." There will be sessions from 8:30 a.m. to noon or 7 to 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 14. The lecture will wrap up from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. Call 770-784-8189 for details.
A support group for mothers and babies will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and last Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be Dec. 13 and 27. Call 770-922-2273 for directions.
A Christmas Basketball Classic Tournament will be held Dec. 20 and 21 at the First Baptist Church of Conyers gymnasium. To register, call 770-483-8700. Also, the 2008 basketball season begins on Jan. 5 for a junior co-ed team for students in grades seven to nine, and a senior co-ed team for students in grades 10 to 12. Registration is $35. Call the church at 770-483-8700.
Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale County needs facilitators for its Nurturing Program and Active Parenting classes. Call Diane Howington today at 770-483-7333 to help build stronger families with positive parenting.
The Kiwanis Club of Covington will meet each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Covington YMCA building on Newton Drive. The next meeting will be Dec. 13. Call 770-788-3347.
A Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group meets each Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center. Call Claudia Cian at 770-922-4633.
The Church at Covington sponsors Bike Nite at GG's Pizza & Wings each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Every fourth Thursday will feature door prizes, 50/50 and a live band. Everyone is invited - bike or no bike. Call 770-385-5974 or visit www.thechurchatcovington.org.
Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step, Christ-centered program, will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Eastridge Community Church, 863 Ga. Highway 142 E. in Covington. Call 770-786-2048, ext. 250.
TOPS GA 284
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter GA 284 will meet each Thursday at Conyers Church of God, 1825 Ga. Highway 138. Weigh-in will be from 5:45 to 6:55 p.m., and the meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 770-761-4786 or 770-483-1387.
Girl Scout Troop 544 will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Union United Methodist Church, 4600 Ga. Highway 138.
Rockdale 4-H Creepy Crawly Bug Club will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at 1400 Parker Road, Lobby A. Attendees should bring a favorite snack to share and a $5 insect-related grab bag gift. Preregister by Dec. 14 at 770-785-5952.
Project ReNeWal DVIP, a battered women's shelter serving Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties, is collecting used cell phones. The local drop off location is Conyers Travel, 1540 Ga. Highway 138, Suite 1-A, located in the Bank of America building.
Habitat for Humanity Conyers-Rockdale operates a surplus store, located at 1117 West Ave. in the Rockdale Plaza Shopping Center. Habitat sells used appliances, electrical and electronic devices in working order, furniture, lamps, tools, etc. The store is open on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 770-785-7675 to request information or to schedule a donation or pickup.
Rockdale County's Emergency Relief provides food to low-income families. Call 770-922-0165 for details or to drop off donations.
Repairers of the Breach
Repairers of the Breach, a nonprofit organization in Newton and surrounding counties, sponsors a children's and senior adult Christmas for the needy each year. Donations of food, furniture, new toys, clothing, blankets, items for teenagers and money will all be welcome and may be made Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Old Brown Bridge Road location in Covington. Tax receipts will be available. Call 770-787-7250.
Al Anon, a group for those affected by another's excessive alcohol use, will meet each Friday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2621 Ga. Highway 20, S.E. Call 770-918-8652.
The Covington Group-Alcoholics Anonymous meets seven days a week at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Serenity House, 10150 Atlanta Road in Covington. Newcomers are welcome. Call 770-289-2820.
'Whispers of Christmas'
Social Circle Theater, 650 Ashley Drive in Social Circle, will present "Whispers of Christmas" with Heavenly Dance Steps and the true meaning of Christmas in a program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. Tickets for adults are $5, are $3 for children ages 4 through 10, and children 3 and under are free. Call 770-853-5076.
A Newborn Opry Christmas will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, featuring three-time champion guitarist, Bob Saxton; Elvis impersonator, Cliff; The Fulmer Sisters; Jimmy Davis; Tim Walden; The Hegwoods; and more. Admission is free. The Christmas Opry will be held at the historic schoolhouse in Newborn.
Abiding Grace Lutheran Church will present "Christmas 4-Kids" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15, so busy parents can make special Christmas preparations. The event, featuring crafts, games, singing, the Christmas story and lunch, will be held at Total Childcare Experience at the corner of Salem Road and Ga. Highway 81. Call 770-385-7691.
Pleasant View Baptist Welcome Ministry will present a Christmas gala beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Under the Stars Banquet Center in Oxford. Attire is formal to semi-formal. Call 404-319-3375.
'Strait Way' Singers
Calvary Baptist Church, 315 Oglesby Bridge Road, will feature the group Strait Way in a gospel singing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15. Call 770-241-0534.
A Swinging Christmas
A Swinging Christmas with the Georgia Big Band will be a holiday program at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 presented by Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts at the Rockdale Auditorium. Favorite hits from the swing era of jazz, as well as holiday tunes, will be included. Tickets are $10. Call 770-922-3143 or visit www.conyersarts.org.
Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League in Covington meets the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Little Red School House next to the Covington YMCA. The next meeting will be on Jan. 12. Call John Fortuna at 770-466-7900.
VFW Post 2938
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) John O. McCart Post 2938 and auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Washington Street Community Center in Covington. The post and auxiliary meet the second Saturday of each month. Call 770-787-9871.
Gay Support Group
Out in the County is a gay and lesbian social and support group, which holds a covered dish supper at 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at a member's home. The next meeting is Jan. 12. For further information, call 770 787-6985.
Conyers VFW Post 5290, 1432 VFW Drive, will host a dance each Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Call 770-822-0820 or 404-363-6042. The next dance will be on Dec. 15.
Anyone interested in teaching an adult to read, please contact The Church at Covington at 770-786-7293, ext. 21. Child care will be provided for children, ages newborn through first grade.
Volunteers are needed to help an adult learn to read or improve their math skills. Training and materials will be provided. Call Newton Reads at 678-342-7943.
God's Vision Ministries, 1475 Klondike Road, Suite D-110, will begin a DivorceCare support group in November to meet twice a month on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church. Call 770-322-1209 for meeting dates and times.
Calvary Baptist Church, 4228 Mill St., located off of U.S. Highway 278 across from Newton Medical Center, will present the Christmas cantata, "Go Tell It" at 11 a.m. on Dec. 16. Call 770-786-3216.
Trinity Baptist Church, 301 Honey Creek Road, will present a Christmas program during Sunday worship on Dec. 16, a Christmas supper and caroling event at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 and a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. Call 770-922-8944 for additional details.
'All Bow Down'
Crosspoint Christian Church, 4550 Ga. Highway 20 S.E., will present "All Bow Down," a Christmas praise and worship program with the Worship Choir, orchestra and Children's Choir, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Dec. 16. Call 770-483-1887.
Conyers Vineyard Church, a new church temporarily meeting at the Holiday Inn, 1351 Dogwood Drive, will meet each Sunday at 10 a.m. Dress is casual. The purpose is seeking lost souls.
The Kiwanis Club of Covington and The Friends of the Newton County Library will raffle off the Polar Express display by Lionel modeler and collector Richard Rawlins on Dec. 20. Raffle tickets are $5 and benefit the Kiwanis Club scholarship fund. Call the library at 770-787-3231.
Do something meaningful for the New Year by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and help abused and neglected children in Rockdale County find safe, permanent homes. Training begins in January. Call 770-761-0202.
The American Association of Retired People (AARP) Chapter 2354 usually meets on the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, 1240 Dogwood Drive. The next meeting will be Dec. 17. Call 770-922-4633.
Covington City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at Covington City Hall. The next meeting will be Dec. 17. Call 770-385-2000.
Rockdale Medical Center Finance and Audit committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 in the hospital boardroom. Also, Rockdale Medical Center Executive committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 17 in the boardroom.
Rockdale Community Clothes Closet, 1050 Oakland Ave., has an immediate need for all types of winter clothes, warm bedding and space heaters. Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The Kiwanis Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Dec. 17 at Always Banquet and Conference Center, 1609 Milstead Road. The group meets each Monday. Call 770-483-9592.
Elks Lodge 1806, 135 Crowell Road in Covington, will hold Bingo games on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in a smoke-free atmosphere. The public is invited. Call 770-787-9499.
Georgia Community Support Solutions has opened a new thrift store at Our Place, 875 Davis Drive, with hours from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Proceeds support programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Call 678-413-2361.
TOPS Chapter 451
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, TOPS Ga. 451, meets each Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Milstead Baptist Church, 1613 Main St. in Milstead, in the church fellowship building. The next meeting will be Dec. 17. Call 770-760-0449 and 770-918-0920.
TOPS Chapter 29
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, TOPS Chapter 29, meets each Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Stanton Road. Call 770-760-1909 or 770-787-7346.
Conyers-Rockdale Toastmasters Club #2579, will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Annex Building of St. Simons Episcopal Church, 1522 Ga. Highway 138 N. The next meeting will be Dec. 17. Visitors are welcome. Call 678-525-3288 or 678-923-8012 for location.
AA New Beginnings
Conyers New Beginnings group of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) will meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the education building of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2621 Ga. Highway 20. Newcomers are welcome. Call 404-281-3869.
Nar-Anon, a 12-step support group for the families and loved ones of drug abusers meets each Monday at the GRN Building, 977-A Taylor St., and Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church, 301 Honey Creek Road, at 8 p.m. in Conyers. There are no dues or fees for Nar-Anon. Call 404-372-1500 for more information.
Volunteers are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound senior citizens once a week. Routes take about one hour. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. Meal pickup time is 10:30 a.m. Several routes are open. There is a critical need for drivers. Call Connie Rae at 770-922-4633.
Become a Parent
Foster parents are special people, who provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. Rockdale and Newton counties need foster care for abused, neglected or abandoned children. Call 1-877-210-KIDS.
Olivia Haydel Senior Center is seeking a volunteer to assist with the breakfast program at the center. The hours are 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call Connie Rae at 770-922-4633.
Advocate for Children
Alcovy Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) is seeking volunteers to speak up for children. No experience is needed. Training will be available. Call 770-385-7450 or e-mail email@example.com.
Abbey Hospice, 215 Azalea Court in Social Circle, is seeking volunteers to help by reading and talking to patients, doing office work and running errands. Call 770-464-5858.
Heartland Hospice, formerly Portsbridge Hospice, is seeking volunteers to spend time with terminally ill patients. Training will be provided. Activities include listening, reading and praying or, if preferred, office or maintenance duties. Especially needed are donations of twin bedding and volunteers who can assist with office duties, mail-outs, filing and receptionist duties. Call 770-922-8767.
Creative Ministries Thrift Store, 1279 Green St. in Conyers, is seeking donations of working appliances and furniture in good condition. Call 770-929-1000 for pickup of large items. Donations of clothing and small items may be dropped off at the store. The ministry assists troubled youth. Also, volunteers are needed to help receive, sort and price clothing two days a week. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
S. Rockdale Civic
South Rockdale Civic Association meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Union United Methodist Church, 4600 Ga. Highway 138 S.W. The next meeting will be Dec. 18. Call 770-483-5055.
Covington Elks Lodge 1806 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the lodge, 135 Crowell Road. The next meeting will be Dec. 18. Call 770-787-9499 or visit www.elkslodge1806.org.
Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the historic courthouse on the Square. The next meeting will be Dec. 18. Call 770-784-2000.
VFW Post 5290
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5290, in Conyers will host Bingo at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday. Call 770-483-7443.
Conyers Duplicate Bridge Club will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the C.E. Steele Community Center. Call 770-922-3171 for details.
The Toast of Rockdale #8352, a Toastmaster Club providing the opportunity to work on speaking, listening and leadership skills, will meet at noon on Tuesdays in the Annex Building of St. Simons Episcopal Church, 1522 Ga. Highway 138 N., near Pine Log Park. The next meeting will be Dec. 18. Visitors are welcome. Call 678-523-0378 or 678-923-8012.
A domestic violence support group, facilitated by Project ReNeWal, will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Bethlehem Room of St. Pius X Catholic Church on Ga. Highway 20 South.
Celebrate Recovery, a Bible-based 12-step program to help with habits, hurts and hang-ups, will meet at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Harvest Baptist Church, 2075 Ga. Highway 212 in Covington. Call 770-787-7275.
The Church In The Now, 1873 Iris Drive, will hold a "Big Book Study Open Meeting" and AA meeting at 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Call 770-851-3524.
An AA group for those affected by alcohol will meet at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Crosspoint Christian Church, 4556 S. Ga. 20. Call 770-922-1458.
Overeaters Anonymous, a nonprofit help group for compulsive overeaters, will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at St. Simon's Episcopal Church in the portable classroom, 1522 Ga. Highway 138. Meetings do not ask for fees or weigh-ins. See www.oa.org.
TOPS - 514
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter 514 will meet each Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Passion Community Church, 1150 Monticello St. in Covington. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Call 770-788-1743.
The Kinship/Grandparents Caregiver Support Group will meet each Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Washington Street Community Center, 4138 School St. in Covington. Call 770-786-4002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 55, serving Newton and Rockdale counties, is in need of drivers to drive the organization's van from Covington to the VA Medical Center in Decatur on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The van carries disabled veterans for treatment. Call 770-787-7698.
Pet Food Drive
Rockdale County Animal Care and Control is collecting donations of canned dog and cat food, as well as used bath towels. The shelter is located at 1506 Rockbridge Road. Call 770-785-5927 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To schedule a free van ride to the VA Hospital on Tuesdays or Thursdays when drivers are available, call Bobby Huggins at 770-787-7698 at least two days prior to any appointment.
The Bulletin Board is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties. To submit information, call 770-483-7108, ext. 401, fax the information c/o Linda Reynolds at 770-483-5797 or e-mail event information to email@example.com. Please include an event description, sponsoring organization, date, time, place, phone number and contact person. Announcements are printed as space is available in date order.
10 Great Dates
Registration for "10 Great Dates" is open until Jan. 22. Couples who wish to participate in the marriage enrichment program focusing on communication, conflict, encouragement, a creative love life and balancing roles of parent and partner will meet each Tuesday at 6 p.m., beginning Jan. 22 for 10 weeks to discuss each date's segment. There is no fee. Call 770-860-1775 to reserve a space. Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, The Nurturing program and Georgia Healthy Marriage Initiative.
The Kiwanis Club of Rockdale County will meet at 6:15 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Holiday Inn Conyers I-20 East, 1351 Dogwood Drive. The next meeting will be Dec. 20.
Board of Assessors
The Dec. 20 work session for Rockdale County Board of Assessors has been canceled. Call 770-929-4024.
Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave., will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 20. An American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Wal-Mart, 9218 U.S. 278 in Covington, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. The Monroe community will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Broad St. in Monroe. Call 770-852-4041. An American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Kroger, 3139 U.S. 278 in Covington, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 5:30 and 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, 2920 Ga. Highway 212 in Conyers. Call 770-483-8962.
Johnson Park Indoor Pool will be closed to the public from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 for annual maintenance.
The Sewing Exchange, a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, will meet at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Northminster Baptist Church, 300 Hightower Trail. The next meeting will be Jan 1(?). Call 678-465-9145.
The Newton County Board of Zoning appeals will meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Newton County executive offices on Usher Street. The next meeting is Dec. 27. Call 770-784-2197.
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship will meet at 8:30 a.m. on the first and last Friday of each month at Cracker Barrel restaurant off of Interstate 20 in Conyers. The next breakfast meetings will be Dec. 28.
Laugh into 2008
Spring of LIfe Ministries will present Christian Comedy at Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main St. in Olde Town, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 28 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 29. The show titled "Laugh Your Way Into 2008" features comedians Joey Wells, Willie Brown and sidekick Woody. Tickets are $20 and available in advance at LifeWay Christian Store in Conyers. Call 678-413-2921.
Sign a Card
A local group is collecting cards for veterans in local hospitals and senior citizens in local nursing homes. Signed Christmas cards can be sent to David Jarrard at 3751 Ebenezer Road, Conyers, GA 30094. The collection of cards will go on for all of 2008 and will be hand-delivered. Call 404-394-8801.
A women's ministry meeting will be held the last Saturday of each month at Christian Life Center Church, 10242 Flat Shoals Road in Covington. The next meeting will be Dec. 29. Call 770-784-8189.
Watch Night Service
Pages of Life Ministries, 1879 Smyrna Road, will hold a Watch Night service beginning at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the church. Call 678-413-1855 or visit www.Pagesoflifeministries.org for directions.
Newton County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the historic old courthouse in Covington. The public is always invited, and new members sought. The next meeting will be on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve?). Call 404-867-2082.
Newton County Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the historic courthouse on the Square. The next meeting will be Dec. 25 (Christmas Day?). Call 770-784-2197.
The board of directors for Rockdale Medical Center and Rockdale Hospital Authority will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 in Classroom 2 of the hospital.
The Watkins Family will be featured in a gospel singing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3861 Ebenezer Church Road. Call 770-267-4025 or 770-267-6482.
The Newton County Landfill will hold a household electronics, paint and pesticide disposal and recycle day on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon at the landfill. The event is free to Newton County residents only. No TVs or commercial wastes will be accepted. Jan. 5 is the next recycle day. Call 770-786-5808.
A men's ministry meeting will be held the first Saturday of each month at Christian Life Center Church, 10242 Flat Shoals Road in Covington. The next meeting will be Jan. 5. Call 770-784-8189.
Newborn City Council will meet the first Monday of each month at Newborn City Hall at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Call 770-787-1660.
Mansfield City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Mansfield Community Room. Call 770-786-7235.
A support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 1 (?) at the First Baptist Church of Conyers on Ga. Highway 138 North. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Call 770-483-3925.
Conyers MOMS Club, for stay-at-home moms, meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month at Epiphany Lutheran Church on Ga. Highway 20. The next meeting will be Jan. 4. Children are welcome. Chapter programs include speakers, outings, discussions, park play days, book club and moms' nights out. Call 770-76 1-8279.
Right to Life
Rockdale/Newton Right to Life group meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Call 678-923-1558 for place and directions.
Conyers American Legion Post 77 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the post, 674 Legion Road, N.E. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Visit www.americanlegionpost77.org.
Oxford City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Oxford Community Room. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Call 770-786-7004.
Porterdale City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Porterdale City Hall. The next meeting will be Jan. 7. Call 770-786-2217.
The Sharp Shooters Photography Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month at various locations around Conyers. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details and membership.
Singles Over 50
Singles Over 50, for men and women, single, widowed or divorced, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Thomas' Country Buffet in Covington. The next meeting will be Jan. 8. Call 678-342-0538.
Mansfield City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Mansfield Community Room. The council meets the second Monday of each month. Call 770-786-7235.
The American Association of Retired People (AARP) Chapter 2354 board meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. The next meeting will be Jan. 14 at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, 1240 Dogwood Drive. Call 770-922-4633.
Tech-Able in Conyers is an authorized Microsoft refurbisher and adheres to strict reformatting of systems to remove all data from the systems to protecting personal information. To make a donation of a used computer, all 770-922-6768 for eligible components, drop off information and next collection date.