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Calendar 10/20 to 10/30

Thursday

'Decade of Dedication'

Covington Campus of DeKalb Technical College will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in a program at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 on the campus, 16200 Alcovy Road in Covington. A fall fest will immediately follow the program. The public is invited.

So Kids Can Eat

Salem High School's Thespian Troupe 5120 will be collecting non-perishable food items throughout the Salem High School District during the month of October. Items will be delivered to Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund as part of the "Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat" program. The troupe will be located at the Kroger store on Ga. Highway 138 on Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.

54 and More

The 54 and More Club of Conyers First United Methodist Church on Main Street will meet at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25. Jazz singer, Jacquelin Knox, will entertain. Anyone 54 and older is invited.

'Crimes of the Heart'

Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play "Crimes of the Heart" at 8 p.m., Oct. 25 to 27, at Center Street Arts Theater in Olde Town Conyers. Tickets are $20. Call 770-922-3143.

Pumpkin Chase

Register for the third annual Pumpkin Chase 5K Run to be begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27. Sponsored by Habitat Interfaith Consortium to benefit Habitat for Humanity in Rockdale County, the entry fee is $20 the day of the event. The fun run will begin at Conyers First United methodist Church, 921 N. Main St., and progress through Olde Town Conyers and surrounding neighborhoods. Visit www.rungeorgia.com for entry form. Call 770-760-9981.

Six Flags Coupons

The Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Service, 1400 Parker Road, Lobby A, will have discount Six Flags coupons for $26.74 until Oct. 28. Proceeds will benefit the Rockdale County 4-H Club. Call 770-785-5952.

New Location

Conyers State Probation Office has moved to a new location, 365 Salem Gate Drive. An open house for the community will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25. A ceremony honoring the 2007 Cognitive Behavioral Program graduates will be held at 11 a.m.

Healing Services

Christian Life Center, 10242 Flat Shoals Road in Covington, will present "How to Heal the Sick" classes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26. Call 770-784-8189 to register. The classes are free. Also, a special healing service for the sick will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the church.

One Mission Workers

The youth of Smyrna Presbyterian Church will participate with other local youth programs in One Mission work at the Light House Village beginning at 8 a.m. on Oct. 27 until noon on Oct. 28. To register as an individual or group, call Adam Allen at 770-483-8962.

Newton Zoning

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 Oct. 25. Call 770-784-2197.

Candidates' Forum

A candidates' forum for all contested municipal elections in Newton County will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Turner Lake Recreation Center. Call 770-786-7510.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Oct. 25 at Always Conference Center on Milstead Road. The speaker will be District Governor Nathan Carmack. Call 770-785-5952.

Public Meeting

A public meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Newton County Courthouse to review and discuss a draft of the county's Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Public input is encouraged, as well as local and regional agencies, authorities to regulate development, businesses and academia.

Breastfed Babies

A support group for mothers and breastfed babies will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and last Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be Oct. 25. Call 770-922-2273 for directions.

Bereavement Support

Heartland Hospice will sponsor a bereavement support group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the East Tower classrooms of Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave. Call 770-922-8767.

Covington Kiwanis

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 Oct. 25. Call 770-788-3347.

Raising Grandchildren

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.

Bike Nite

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

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.

Friday

Haunted House

Pace Masonic Lodge in Covington will hold the Lost County Haunted House from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October as well as on Oct. 29, 30 and 31, at the old Ginnis Contracting building, 552 Ga. Highway 212. Tickets are $10 each. Some group rates available. Visit www.myspace.com/lostcounty_haunted house.

Blood Drives

Newton High School, 140 Ram Drive will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the school auditorium. Conyers First United Methodist Church, 921 N. Main St., will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Water Oak Yard Sale

Water Oak Baptist Church, 1990 Carr Road, will hold a benefit yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27 to assist a family in need. Call 770-922-2962.

Haunted Hayride

The sixth annual Haunted Halloween Hay Ride will be held Oct. 26, 27 and 28 at Elks Aidmore Children's Center. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Call 770-483-3535 for hours of operation.

Spiritualist/Author

John Leary, spiritualist and author, will speak at Our Loving Mother's Spirituality Center, "The Farm" on White Road off of Ga. Highway 138, on Oct. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Call 770-922-4218 for directions.

Cell Phones

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 Store

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.

Clothes Closet

Rockdale Community Clothes Closet, 1050 Oakland Ave., has an immediate need for children's summer clothes. Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Emergency Relief

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

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.

Covington AA

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.

Omega Trail

The Omega Trail, a 45-minute walking tour through the woods - not recommended for children under 12 - will be held at Summit Baptist Church, 3080 Ga. Highway 81 S., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 27 and 28. Tickets are $5. Call 678-372-3406 to reserve a time slot.

Pumpkin Patch

Crosspoint Christian Church, 4550 Ga. Highway 20 S.E., will hold its first pumpkin patch event. Over 800 pumpkins will be for sale now until gone. Crosspoint will also hold a trunk or treat event for the community from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 27. Call 770-483-1887 for sale hours.

Pumpkin Patch

Salem United Methodist Church, 3962 Salem Road, will present the Pumpkin Patch, with pumpkins of all sizes, squash, Indian corn and gourds today through Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to dark. Proceeds will be used to support a mission trip. Call 404-245-4777.

Great Pumpkin Patch

Covington First Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St., will present The Great Pumpkin Patch today to Oct. 31. Hours Monday through Saturday are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Groups may reserve times to come for story telling and games. Call 770-786-7305.

Saturday

Rockdale Democrats

Rockdale County Democratic Party will hold a general meeting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27 at Johnson Park Recreation Center. Call 404-274-9281.

Mini-Health Fair

Pleasant Hill CME Church, 1201 Pleasant Circle, will hold a mini-health fair and forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 27 to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lisa McWilliams of Newton Medical Center will be the facilitator. The community is invited. Call 770-922-7949.

*Gospel Singing

Honey Creek Baptist Church will hold a gospel singing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27, featuring The Paffords. The community is invited. Call 770-957-1874.

Computer Class

Tech-Able, 1114 Brett Drive, Suite 100, will hold Fresh Start, a basic computer training class and a take-home refurbished computer for $165 on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. No. walk-ins. Apply for class at 770-922-6768.

Relay for Life

A yard sale to benefit Relay for Life will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 27, at the corner of Hightower Trail and Irwin Bridge Road, 3980 Irwin Bridge Road. The benefit is sponsored by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Call 770-483-8916.

Tallulah Open House

Tallulah Falls School, located in the north Georgia mountains, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 27. The Covington Woman's Club, Covington Service Guild, Covington Junior Woman's Club and Heartland Woman's Club support the school. Call 1-700-754-0400 or visit www.tallulahfalls.org for details on this nonprofit private school.

NAACP

Newton County NAACP Youth will hold a community appreciation gala at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Henderson's Banquet Hall, 11874 Ga. Highway 36 in Covington. Admission to the gala, "Youth of the Millennium," is $5 for youth tickets or $10 for adult tickets. Call 770-786-4214 or 770-378-1001.

Tribulation Trail

Christian Ministries will present the adventure of Tribulation Trail at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 with live scenes depicting God's Word. Tickets are $5. The tour is recommended for those ages 13 and older. All youth must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Transportation for a caravan is required. The caravan will leave the parking lot of Publix at the intersection of Ga. Highways 212 and 138 at 7 p.m. for the Stockbridge Tribulation Trail site. Call 404-545-7408.

Anniversary Program

Double Spring Baptist Church, 2705 N. Hightower Trail, will hold an appreciation banquet its pastor's honor at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Nancy Guinn Library, lower level. The banquet is $15 per person. Call 770-922-5791.

Celebrations

Richards Chapel United Methodist Church, 426 Richards Chapel Road in Covington, will hold a Harvest Fest celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. Call 770-787-1834.

CASA Volunteers

Rockdale CASA is in need of volunteer visitation supervisors to assist foster children who are visiting with their biological family for one hour each week. The volunteer supervisor position requires a three-hour training class and a background check. Call 770-761-0202.

Fresh Vegetables

A farmers' market featuring local growers will be open from 8 a.m. on Saturdays until items are sold. The market will be located in the Maxell building parking lot on Parker Road. Call 770-483-6539.

VFW Dance

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 Oct. 27.

Literacy Action

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.

Newton Reads

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.

Local Artist

Conyers resident Jackie Stephens will display her watercolor and acrylic paintings in the gallery on the lower level of Nancy Guinn Memorial Library throughout the month of October. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please call 770-388-5041 for more information.

DivorceCare

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. The next meetings will be on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10. Call 770-322-1209 to register.

Sunday

J.H. House Anniversary

J.H. House Elementary School will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in October. A "grand celebration" will take place Sunday, Oct. 28 in the school's cafeteria from 2 to 5 p.m. The school is inviting any and all who have a past and/or present affiliation with J.H. House. For more information, contact Buffalo Shuford at 770-483-9504.

*Children and Nature

Make plans to attend the Children & Nature Network program at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the meeting room of the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St. The Friends of Newton County Library and The Friends of Newton Parks, along with 18 other local civic organizations, will sponsor Dr. Cheryl Charles, co-founder of Children & Nature Network, in a free program to emphasize the importance for children to learn about and enjoy nature. Call 770-787-3231.

Ushers' Anniversary

Pleasant Hill CME Church will celebrate an ushers' anniversary in a program at 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the church. Bishop Rodney B. Harris will speak about "Guarding the Doors on the Path to Righteousness." Call 770-922-5588.

Fall Festival

County Line Baptist Church, 3325 Ga. Highway 162 S. in Covington, will hold a fall festival from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 28. Call 770-786-2637.

Trunk and Treat

A trunk and treat family, friendly, safe Halloween party will be held in the field across from Newborn United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28. The event will include candy, free food, games, hayrides and live music by Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Blue Grass. Call 770-786-3574.

Trunk-or-Treat

After church on the afternoon of Oct. 28, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church, temporarily worshiping at total Childcare Experience near the corner of Salem Road and Ga. Highway 81, invites children to change into their costumes and go trunk-to-trunk in the parking lot for treats. Worship is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., trunk or treat will begin shortly thereafter. Call 770-385-7691.

Cowboy Church

The Cowboy Church has moved from Mansfield school gym to Pony Express Horse Auction Barn and will hold services at 3 p.m. on Oct. 28. Ministry, country gospel music and Western or comfortable clothes define the service. Call 770-385-3380.

Monday

Oxford Council

Oxford City Council traditionally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Oxford Community Room. The next meeting will be Nov. 12 due to city elections. The work session will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29., also in the Oxford Community Room. Call 770-786-7004.

Early Voting

The early voting period for the Nov. 6, 2007, city of Conyers' election will be Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1400 Parker Road. Call 770-483-4411.

Conyers Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Oct. 29 at Always Banquet and Conference Center, 1609 Milstead Road. The group meets each Monday. Call 770-483-9592.

Elks' Bingo

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.

Green Getaway

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful will present "The Green Getaway" on Nov. 2 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center's banquet hall. The fund-raiser will support beautification projects in Newton County. Andy Irwin, professional comedian, will entertain. Tickets of $50 per person include dinner, drinks and entertainment. Call 770-784-2015 today to reserve a space.

Thrift Store

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 Oct. 29. 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.

Toastmasters #2579

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 Oct. 29. 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 Group

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.

Critical Need

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.

Breakfast Volunteer

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 alcovycasa@aol.com.

Abbey Hospice

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

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 Volunteers

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.