Author Salome G. Rowe will read her book of poetry, "Abstemious Doves," at the Newton County Library on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. The event is free and will be held in the meeting room of the library.
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 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.
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. 15. Visitors are welcome. Call 678-523-0378 or 678-923-8012.
Mothers of Preschoolers of Conyers will hold its monthly meeting Jan. 15, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Rockdale Alliance Church, 2020 Old Salem Road. Child care is provided for children from birth to 6 years old. Please register by calling 770-922-1588.
Monroe Art Guild
The public is invited to the Monroe Art Guild's Winter Show, which will be held Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the Winter Show, the Art Guild's Saturday hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Conyers-Rockdale Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green St. Call 770-388-5041 for more information.
Rockdale Rollin' Wheelers
The Rockdale County Recreation Department is starting a recreational wheelchair basketball team. The team will meet each Tuesday until March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Park Gym, 1781 Ebenezer Road. Sport wheelchairs will be available for persons with mobility limitations. Call Tom McPike at 770-918-6306 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
A support group for bereaved parents will meet the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Feb. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Conyers. For more information, call 770-483-3925.
PIR Square Dance Club
PIR Squares will offer square dance lessons beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church on Salem Road. The first lesson is free. Call Pam at 770-851-4481 or Gail at 770-388-7285.
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.
The Conyers City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Council Chambers, 1194 Scott St. Call 770-483-4411.
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. 16.
The Marriage Ministry Institute will sponsor weekly "Better or Worse" marriage workshops beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16, through Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Crusade Dominion Church located at 1605 Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers The event is open to singles and couples 18 years of age and older. The cost is $99 per couple and $45 for individuals.
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.
Quality Growth Council
The Newton County Council for Quality Growth will meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 204 Washington St. in Covington. Scot Sirotkin, senior planner with Newton County Planning and Zoning will speak about the transfer of development rights. Call 770-788-0484 for more information.
The Rockdale County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 954 N. Main St.
The Rotary Club of Conyers will meet at noon on Jan. 17 at Always Conference Center on Milstead Road. Call 770-785-5952.
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. 17. Call 770-788-3347.
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 Jan. 17.
MLK Jr. Celebration
St. Pius X Catholic Church, located on Ga. Highway 20 S.E. in Conyers, is sponsoring an Ecumenical Dr. Martin Luther King birthday celebration with Epiphany Lutheran Church and St. Simons Episcopal Church on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. For more information, call Yvonne Lee at 770-918-1643 or St. Pius at 770-483-3660.
Heartland Hospice is sponsoring a bereavement support group. It will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on six Thursday evenings - Jan. 24 and 31, and Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 in the East Tower Classrooms at Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave. in Conyers. Attendance is free. For more information or to attend, call Heartland Hospice at 770-922-8767.
Southern Iconography in Printmaking, "Return of the Wanderer," featuring Boyd Saunders will be on display throughout February in the Candler Student Center at Oxford College. The opening event will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the opening are $25 for adults.
The Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Administration and Services Building, 901 N. Main St. Call 770-785-6960.
The Women Council of Realtors meets the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Always Banquet Center in Conyers. For more information, contact La Trina Clark at 678-656-9677 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Feb. 14.
The Prime Timers group (those 50 years of age and older) from Ebenezer United Methodist Church will meet on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. The program this month will be a representative from the Edward Jones investment company. For more information, call 770-922-8447.
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.
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.
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. Call 770-922-2273 for directions.
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 meeting will be Jan. 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 Feb. 1. Children are welcome. Chapter programs include speakers, outings, discussions, park play days, book club and moms' nights out. Call 770-761-8279.
Online registration for the spring season at Rockdale Youth Soccer Association continues through Friday, Jan. 25. All players registering for the first time must submit a copy of their birth certificate to the RYSA Office via U.S. mail to P.O. Box 51, Conyers, GA, 30012, or via fax, 770-922-7815.
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.
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.
The Arts Association of Newton County will hold Cinderella ballet auditions with the Covington Regional Ballet on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Mainstream Dance Studio located in the Lula Building on the Square in Covington. Ages 5 and 6 can audition from 9 to 10 a.m.; ages 7 and 8 from 10 to 11 a.m.; and ages 9 and older from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the Arts Association at 770-786-8188 ext. 11.
Unity Church of Rockdale, will hold a workshop for women entitled, "Living Powerfully: A Step-by-Step Process" Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please e-mail info@OneLightMessenger.com for more information or call 770-922-6489.
Old Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 300 Honey Creek Road in Conyers, will hold a Youth Explosion on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. featuring special guest minister of music, Adrian Sawyer and the Sawyer Family Choir.
The Newton County Radio Club will present a class to prepare those interested in becoming amateur radio operators to take the technician class amateur radio license test. The classes will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Newton County Law Enforcement Center. Call Charles Davis at 770-786-6546 or e-mail at email@example.com.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m., the Newborn Opry will host bluegrass, country music and comedy, featuring Walnut Grove Bluegrass, John Rice & Rice Twins, Pony Express Band, the Opry Singers and Opry comedian and ventriloquist Bob Roberts. Admission is free. Visit newbornopry.com for more information.
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.
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. 19.
The Newton-Rockdale Disabled American Veterans Chapter 55 will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, XXXX, at the Newton County Sheriff's Office, 15151 Alcovy Road. Call 678-222-8780 for more information.
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 Feb. 2. Call 770-784-8189.
Recycle household electronics and paint and dispose of pesticides the first Saturday of each month, 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.
First United Methodist Church in Covington will host Crop Out Diabetes, a national fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The all day scrapbook "crop" will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-877-1385 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vienna Boys Choir
The Vienna Boys Choir will perform on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at Porter Hall in Newton High School. Cost is $27 for adults, $24 for senior citizens and $12 for children.
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 Feb. 9. For further information, call 770 787-6985.
VFW Post 2938
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) John O. McCart Post 2938 and auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the Washington Street Community Center in Covington. The post and auxiliary meet the second Saturday of each month. Call 770-787-9871.
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.
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.
The Walnut Grove United Methodist Church will host an oyster/fish supper on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-787-1166.
BOC Zoning Hearing
The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on zoning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Administration and Services Building, 901 N. Main St. Call 770-785-6960.
The Rockdale Medical Center and Rockdale Hospital Authority boards will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 in classroom No. 2 of the hospital.
Diabetes Health Fair
Rockdale Medical Center's Diabetes Education Services will host a Diabetes Health Fair on Friday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in the East Tower Classrooms at the hospital, 1412 Milstead Ave. The fair will include free health screenings and health professionals available to answer questions. A guest speaker will speak at 10 a.m. Call 770-918-3881.
East Metro Baseball
The East Metro Baseball League is seeking players for an 18 and over league and a 35 and older league for the 2008 season. Call 770-788-8077 or visit www.embl.net.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Feb. 12. E-mail email@example.com 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 p.m. at Thomas' Country Buffet in Covington. The next meeting will be Feb. 12. 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 Feb. 13. Visit firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
The Rockdale County Board of Education will hold its monthly work session on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 954 N. Main St.
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.
Board of Adjustment
The Rockdale County Board of Adjustment will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Administration and Services Building, 901 N. Main St. Call 770-785-6960.
Holy Week Services
Covington First United Methodist Church will host the Community Holy Week Services March 17 to 21 at noon each day. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall immediately after the service. Nursery will be provided for children under the age of 3.