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Announcements 10/31/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prostate Cancer Awareness

Beginning Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, the Outpatient Lab at the Knox Surgical Center at Newton Medical Center is offering PSA blood testing at a discounted price in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness month. The cost of the test is $15. For further information on prostate cancer visit www.acs.org.

Newton Precinct Changes

Several voting precincts and locations in Newton County have changed, including Cedar Shoals, Stansells, Almon, Brick Store, Fairview and a few in Buck Creek. Check www.sos.state.ga.us, click on Elections/Poll Locator for correct voting location or call Newton County Elections Office, 770-784-2055.

McCain Newton Headquarters

Sen. John McCain's Newton County headquarters is located at 1108 Conyers St. in Covington. Call 770-786-9115 for those interested in volunteering or obtaining campaign materials.

Obama Rockdale Headquarters

Sen. Barack Obama Rockdale County campaign headquarters is located at 1070 Iris Drive, Suite D700, Conyers. Call 678-507-6423 or jgordon@georgiaforchange.com for those interested in volunteering.

Class of 1998 Reunion

The Salem High School Class of 1998 Reunion will be held on Nov. 29, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cherokee Run Golf Club. Tickets are $35 per person at the door. Attire is casual and guests are welcome. Please contact Mark Hayes via e-mail at mark2003cubs@hotmail.com or Cheri (Henly) Isenhour at cherihenly@hotmail.com.

United Way

United Way in Rockdale County seeks volunteers for its 2008 campaign season. Volunteers are needed to assist with operations for a variety of fundraisers, such as a holiday networking in November, as well as working in the local office. Call 770-922-7227 or e-mail ccline@unitedwayatlanta.org to volunteer.

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.

Country & Gospel Music

Little Gum Creek Music Hall located at 1953 Gum Creek Road, features country and gospel music every Saturday in night at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call Pete at 770-780-2429 for more information.

Class of 1979

The Newton County High Class of 1979 is preparing for their 30th class reunion. Visit www.ncchs79.org to register.

Rockdale CASA

Classes starting in September for Rockdale Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). Volunteers needed to speak up for children. No experience is needed. Training will be available. Call 770-761-0202.

Child Abuse

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.

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.

DivorceCare

A DivorceCare group is meeting at Solid Rock Baptist Church, located at 8111 Brown Bridge Road. The group will meet on Wednesdays, from now until Nov. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Info: 770-784-0982.

Computer Recycle

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.

Clothes Closet

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Nancy Guinn Library are accepting book donations at their new location at 1329 Portman Drive. Clean books in good condition are requested. The entrance to the Friends' bookstore is in the rear of building, near the ramp.

Football/Cheerleader Program

The J.A.M. Dolphins Sports & Educational program accepting early registration for its football/cheerleader program, cost: $100, A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys & Girls Club, 1015 O'Kelly St., Conyers Info: 404-966-3128.

4Sarah

4Sarah offers weekly life skill classes, mentoring and a resource program for women in need. Call 770-788-8584 or visit www.4Sarah.net.

E-Cycle

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. Ink cartridges, NiCad and household batteries and televisions also accepted. No commercial wastes accepted. The service is free to Newton County residents only. Info: 770-786-5808.

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.

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.

Meals on Wheels

The Rockdale Senior Services needs Meals on Wheels Volunteers to run a route once a week or once every other week. Routes average about 30 to 45 minutes. Please call Connie Rae at 770-922-4633.

Recycling

Newton County residents only may recycle household electronics, paints and dispose of pesticides on the first Saturday of each month. No TVs or commercial wastes accepted. The Newton County Landfill will accept these items from 8 a.m. until noon. Call 770-786-5808 for more information.

Host Families Needed

Host families are needed for the academic school year for the international exchange student program. Contact Adrian with The Foundation for Academic Cultural Exchange program, at 770-464-2167 if you are interested.

Preschool Registration

Conyers Presbyterian Church has openings in their preschool program. The church is located at 911 North Main St. in Olde Town Conyers. Please call Nancy at 770-929-0700.

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.

Special Olympics

Rockdale County Special Olympics is seeking volunteers. Coaches, coaches assistants and helpers are desperately needed. Call Cecilia Hart at 770-378-1318 or Stephanie Harris at 770-761-9513 to volunteer.

Emergency Relief

Rockdale County's Emergency Relief provides food to low-income families. Call 770-922-0165 for details or to drop off donations.

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.

Hospital Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, especially individuals to work at the information desks. Duties include greeting patients and visitors, answering phones, delivering flowers, assisting with mailings and miscellaneous clerical support Call the Rockdale Medical Center's Auxiliary office at 770-918-3307.

The Olde Jail Museum

The Olde Jail Museum, located on Milstead Avenue, will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Private and group tours are available. Please contact Jean Hambrick at the Rockdale Historical Society, at 770-483-3715 or hambrickhill@aol.com.

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.

Rockdale Special Olympics

Donations of softball equipment, gloves, bats and batting helmets are needed for the Rockdale Special Olympics training and competition. Call 770-918-6306 if you would like to donate any items.

So Easy to Preserve

"So East to Preserve," 375-page book with step-by-step instructions that contains the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation is now available. Order forms are located at the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension office located at 1400 Parker Road, or visit the Web site: www.soeasytopreserve.com.

Attn. Veterans

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.