4Sarah offers weekly life skill classes, mentoring and a resource program for women in need. Call 770-788-8584 or visit www.4Sarah.net.
The Rockdale County Branch of the NAACP will recognize Jubilee Day in a program at 11 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Rock Temple AME Church, 1021 Bryant St. The public is invited. Jubilee Day commemorates the passage of black Americans from slavery to freedom with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, during a White House New Year's Day reception that began at 11 a.m.
Johnson Park Indoor Pool will be closed to the public from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 for annual maintenance.
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.
A support group for bereaved parents will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the First Baptist Church in Conyers. For more information, call 770-483-3925.
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.
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.
Conyers City Council meeting scheduled for Jan. 2 has been canceled.
Board of Elections
The Rockdale County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 8 a.m. at 1400 Parker Road, Lobby C. The public is invited. Call 770-785-5947.
A support group for anyone recovering from a grief experience, such as a death, divorce or other loss, will be held from 6:30 to 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.
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.
Newton County Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the historic courthouse on the Square in Covington. Anyone interested in joining the local Democratic Party is invited.
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 meetings will be Jan. 3 and 17.
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 Jan. 10. Call 770-922-2273 for directions.
The Rotary Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Jan. 3 at Always Conference Center on Milstead Road. Call 770-785-5952.
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 Jan. 3. 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.
The Rockdale County Chapter of NAACP will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1052 Barton St. Katrina Young, Rockdale County Public Schools board member, will be the speaker.
Rockdale Medical Center will present free smoking cessation classes in a four-week series beginning Jan. 7. Classes will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at RMC fitness center, 1292 Wellbrook Circle, across from the hospital. Call 770-918-3414 to register.
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 Jan. 4 and 25.
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 770-761-8279.
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.
Newborn Opry Gospel will feature the Watkins Family and Porch Light Gospel in a concert at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the historic schoolhouse in Newborn. A $3 to $5 donation is requested.
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.
Brown Family Concert
Conyers First United Methodist Church in Olde Town Conyers will present The Jody Brown Indian Family in a concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5. The concert is sponsored by the church Missions Committee and is free to the public. Call 770-922-3809.
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 Jan. 8.
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.
Bring One for the Chipper
Newton County residents are invited to bring their Christmas trees to The Home Depot, 13171 Industrial Park Blvd. in Covington, or to any Neighborhood Recycling Center on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for recycling. Trees will be chipped into mulch used for public beautification projects or offered to citizens free of charge. Call 770-784-2015 for more information.
Recycle household electronics and paint and dispose of pesticides the first Saturday of each month, beginning Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Newton County Landfill. No televisions or commercial wastes accepted. The service is free to Newton County residents only.
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 Jan. 5.
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.
Rehearsals for the Covington/Conyers Orchestra will begin on Jan. 6 in the band room at Cousins Middle School. Practice will be each week from 3 to 5 p.m. Instrumentalists of all ages are invited. There is no charge.
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.
Abiding Grace Lutheran Church, 5510 Ga. Highway 212, will present a Bible study class in 12 sessions at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings beginning Jan. 6. Call 770-385-7691 to register.
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.
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.
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.
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 winter 2008 session for the Returning Catholics program at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2621 Ga. Highway 20, will begin on Sunday, Jan. 6, for six sessions including Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17 and March 2 and 16. Sessions will be in the parish center, Room 10, from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. on each date. Call 770-483-3660, ext. 64.
The Kiwanis Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Jan. 7 at Always Banquet and Conference Center, 1609 Milstead Road. The group meets each Monday. Claire Cline with United Way will be the speaker on Jan. 7.Call 770-483-9592.
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.
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 Jan. 7 and 21. Call 770-385-2000.
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.
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.
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 Jan. 7. 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 Jan. 7. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Rockdale Medical Center and Rockdale Hospital Authority joint strategic planning committees will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 in the administrative boardroom. Also, RMC/RHA boards will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 in classroom No. 2 of the hospital.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Recreational wheelchair basketball will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, through March 20, at Johnson Park Gym, 1781 Ebenezer Road. Call 770-918-6306.
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 Jan. 8. 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 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.
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 Jan. 9. Visit email@example.com.
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 Jan. 9.
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 Jan. 10.
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.
Young performing artist Chelsie Boyd will be featured at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. All are invited. Come as you are. Call 770-786-7414.
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.
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 Jan. 15. 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 Jan. 15. 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 Jan. 15. Call 770-784-2000.
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 Jan. 22. Call 770-784-2197.
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 will be Jan. 24. Call 770-784-2197.
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 Jan. 24. Call 770-784-2197.
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 Jan. 26. Call 770-784-8189.