We need a music writer

Athens World needs a music writer. Of course, it pays absolutely nothing, but musicians and fans will appreciate your efforts. Please e-mail adrian@athensworld.com if you're interested.


McNutt's Creek Flooded

McNutt's Creek Flooded
Originally uploaded by Adrian P.
As for all this rain -- "we need it," right? No, we don't. If Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell are still low, they are in different watersheds, so rain in Athens doesn't help them.


Earth Hour/ Lights Out Tonight @ 8:30

Okay, so this isn't specifically Athens related, although some may want to participate.
For those who might wish to participate in Earth Hour tonight @ 8:30.


This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.



How We Got Over (Civil Rights Documentary screening)

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries will host Ambassador Andrew Young as he presents the premiere of his new feature-length civil rights documentary, How We Got Over, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

The event, in Room 102 of the Miller Learning Center, is free and open to the general public, as well as UGA students, faculty and staff.

How We Got Over uses unique archival footage from the WSB and WALB Newsfilm Collections to re-frame the story of the civil rights struggle. The immediacy of this footage, mostly unseen since the time of its original broadcast in the 1950s and ‘60s, brings our nation’s struggle for racial equality to life.

An abridged version of the documentary was broadcast nationally as an episode of the series Andrew Young Presents. The feature-length version, to be seen here for the first time, includes never-before shown material, including a 2009 interview with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Georgia and an alumna of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Young will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Young, former congressman, United Nations Ambassador and mayor of Atlanta, was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. According to Robert A. Pratt, professor and head of the UGA department of history, “as one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s closest advisors and confidants during the 1960s, Young brings a unique perspective to the tragedies and triumphs that reflected at once the worst and the best of American society as it struggled to make good on the promises of freedom and equality for all. Those of this current generation who believe that the election of President Barack Obama has ushered in a new ‘post racial’ order will most surely have their eyes opened as they reflect upon the sacrifices made to get us to this point.”

How We Got Over draws on raw news footage from WSB-TV in Atlanta and WALB-TV in Albany. Held by the UGA Libraries’ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the moving images—about 450 clips—cover a broad range of key civil rights events. The clips also provide the foundation for UGA’s Civil Rights Digital Library.

“The video archive covers both national figures and local leaders,” according to Ruta Abolins, director of the Brown archives. “There is more than two hours of film related to Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King’s role in the Albany movement is documented extensively, including clips of speeches at mass meetings, his arrest by local police, press conferences, and his visit to a pool hall to urge local African Americans to adopt non-violence in achieving change in Albany.”

For more information see www.andrewyoung.org or http://crdl.usg.edu.

Various charity events -- giant thrift sale and more

Athens Giant Thrift Sale
Perimeter Square, Across from Georgia Square Mall March 27th and 28th
REMINDER: Bargainza starts TODAY at 6pm!!!!
Tickets sold at the door...

Preview Night Sale: Friday March 27th 6-9 PM Tickets $5, all items double price. Preview Night food available from Bretts Casual American

In addition to regular sales:
Diamond in the Rough Area: Rare and valuable items will be identified by an antique dealer & put on special display for sale. We are Having a Gold Rush: Preview Night Gold Exchange. Bring in your gold jewelry and trade for cash!
Day Of Sale: Saturday March 27th 8AM-1PM Tickets $3. All items tagged price.

Georgia Chip Program:
The Georgia Masons will be there to help generate identifying items of your child for you to take home, including impressions of your childrens teeth and mouth. In the event your child is missing, you can provide the GACHIP PACK to law enforcement as an aid in recovery and identification. GACHIP is a part of MASONICHIP which is recognized by the NCMEC as one of the most comprehensive child ID services available. All identifying items in the pack are provided FOR FREE.

Plus: Boating for Bargainza: Raffle to Win a Royal Caribbean Cruise from Global Escapes.

A portion of proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Athens Nurses Clinic For more information, please visit us at www.juniorleagueofathens.org

Reporter's ego trip hurts school image - Opinions

Reporter's ego trip hurts school image - Opinions


Road race/walk right down my street May 2

A Road race/walk in the evening? Coming up Katie Lane? I will have to bust out the water table to pass out rehydration to those taking part in the St. James United Methodist Church 5k starting and ending at Watkinsville First Baptist Church on Simonton Bridge Road.

Downtown parking

Downtown business owners are right about the need for two-hour street parking. (See this article about a petition asking the Mayor and Commission to reconsider a recent vote that increases parking fines and shortens the time on some parking spaces.) Some of my visits downtown are only to eat lunch, and a one-hour limit is insufficient. I often park in the College Avenue deck, but it fills up frequently since it isn't large enough to accommodate diners and people with business downtown. One hour for parking is only sufficient for shoppers, but downtown isn't as much of a shopping district as it is a dining and business district. As for myself, I go downtown for dining and for government business. I either try to park in the College Avenue deck or find a two-hour space on Hancock Avenue. There is certainly a need for two-hour spaces -- why is this so hard to understand?

Yes, the shortage of spaces allowing parking for more than one hour definitely discourages my visits. What about you?


Public hearing announced by police department

Officials of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government will hold a public hearing on the Recovery Act: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant (JAG) Formula Program on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in Commission Chambers, City Hall, 301 College Avenue.

As required by Recovery Act Grant guidelines, the ACCUG will conduct this public hearing to receive citizenry input on a spending plan for the available $222,330 to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal justice system, and other purpose areas.


Southern Exposure performance in Commerce

Ok, I know this is not Athens, but it's nice to see that Commerce is trying to grow their art scene.

The latest play from the Cold Sassy Players will be opening Thurs. March 26 at 7:00 (shows also on Fri. 3/27, 7:00; Sat. 3/28 2:00 and 7:00). We are doing "Southern Exposure," which takes place in Natchez, MS. It is Natchez' own hilarious spoof on the homes, homeowners, and tourists of
the pilgrimage in Natchez.

Tickets are on sale for the recession-special price of $8 each. They are available at City Tire in downtown Commerce. Performance is in the Commerce Cultural Center.


Scanning and restoring family photographs using your computer

Saturday March 21, 2009, 2 – 3:30 p.m.,
Athens-Clarke Co. Library Auditorium

Scanning and restoring family photographs using your computer presented by Jim Morgenthaler

How to restore and preserve your family photographs using your computer, a flatbed scanner,
and Photoshop software. Jim is a retired UGA media producer. He has taught photography for the last 35 years and has worked with digital imaging for the past 20 years. He presently teaches a course at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Meet and Greet in the Small Conference Room after program. Light refreshments will be served.
Place: Athens-Clarke County Library, Auditorium
For more information call 706.613.3650. No registration required

Co-sponsored by Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society (COGS) and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room.

Free and open to the public

Environmental Justice & Ecofeminism Symposium

Environmental Justice & Ecofeminism Symposium March 20-21
Map to Botanical Garden: http://www.uga.edu/botgarden/directions.html

The Callaway bldg. is number 8 on the map. Please note that parking is somewhat limited right at the Callaway bldg. so for those of you can, please consider parking in the main parking lot (number 11 on the map) and walking -- it is not as far as it looks on the map.

Map of UGA campus in case you don't know where Coverdell Center is (near Stegeman Colliseum & Vet School): http://www.camplan.uga.edu/pdf/CurrentMaps/CampusMap2008Color_8x11.pdf

March 20-21

Environmental Justice & Ecofeminism:Ethical Complexity in Action
A two-day symposium in memory of Australian eco-philosopher Val Plumwood, featuring work at the leading edge of environmental justice & ethics

Friday, March 20 175 Coverdell Bldg. UGA Campus
Lori Gruen, Wesleyan U
Attending to Nature

Light Reception

Piers Stephens, UGA, Philosophy
Plumwood, Property, Selfhood & Sustainability
Comments by Vicky Davion, UGA, Philosophy

Saturday, March 21
Callaway Bldg., Botanical Gardens

Light Breakfast Buffet

Chris Cuomo, UGA, Women's Studies & Philosophy Welcome & Celebration of the work of Val Plumwood

Jamie Baker Roskie, UGA Land Use Clinic Newtown: A Search for Environmental Justice in Georgia


Teri Blanton, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: It's Not About Energy, It's About Power

Cecilia Herles, UGA, Women's Studies: Discussion of Women & Environmental Activism

Chaone Mallory, Villanova U: Val Plumwood & Ecofeminist Political Solidarity:
Standing With The Natural Other Chair, Sarah Wright, UGA, Philosophy

**Part of Women’s History Month. Free & open to the public. Email Molly Moreland Myers momolly@uga.edu with questions.**


Art benefit & Wine tasting

An Evening in the Garden, Friday, March 20, 2009 beginning at 6:30 pm at the
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Conservatory, is a wine tasting and art
auction benefiting the Athens Area Humane Society. The event will feature art
donated by Turkey Creek Gallery, as well as donations from local artists and

The silent auction begins at 6:30 and the live auction begins at 8:00. Light
hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25
at the door, and are available at Gosford Wine, the AAHS Adoption Outreach
Center at Pet Supplies Plus, and the Athens Regional Spay & Neuter Center. For
more information, please call 706-353-2287 or visit athenshumanesociety.org.

This includes 3 of my works -- including one specially created for AAHS.


Athens Regional Foundation Classic Hitting Full Speed

Athens, GA (Mar 18, 2009) - Even though Atlanta lost their spot on the PGA Tour with the elimination of the AT&T nee Bellsouth Classic at Sugarloaf, Athens is gearing up for next month's Nationwide Tour event, the Athens Regional Foundation Classic at Jennings Mill Country Club. Contrary to the rumor mill, Jennings Mill is open and running under new management, and the tournament will take place from April 13-19, 2009

However, this is the last year of the four-year contract between the tournament and the Nationwide Tour. The community can do its part to keep the tournament here by volunteering to help with the event and/or by coming out to support these golfers. At $25 for a week long clubhouse badge, or $10 ($5 for students) daily grounds ticket, there is not a better sports entertainment value in Athens, especially at this time of the year.

Unlike the PGA Tour, most of these players are young and hungry, and nationwide Tour events are more fan accessible and friendly. Players routinely stay with local families, and you will see many of the players (and their caddies) enjoying the Athens nightlife.

Yesterday was media day for the event, and the four sponsor's exemptions for the event were announced. Three of these players have local ties.

Kevin Kisner was a member of the 2005 UGA national championship team and a four-time honorable mention All-American during his collegiate career. He was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year in 2003.

He also excelled off the course as a two-time Cleveland Golf Scholar All-American. Kisner had victories on both the Tarheel and Hooters yours last year and finished in the top-20 in the year-long money list on both of those tours.

Blake Adams graduated from Gatewood Schools in Eatonton and played for three seasons at the University of Georgia before transferring to Georgia Southern University to complete his collegiate career.

While at Georgia Southern, Adams earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors and led the team in stroke average as well as top 10 finishes. He has four professional victories, with the most recent coming at the Columbia Open on the Tarheel Tour in 2008.

Keith Guest is a 2003 graduate of Athens Academy. He played collegiately at Augusta State University, where he is now the assistant coach.

He was named a Cleveland Golf Scholar All-American in 2007 and named to the PING All-South Region team in 2008.

Ben Bates is a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, capturing the Wichita Open in 1997 and the Reese's Cup Classic in 2004.

He was a member of the PGA TOUR from 1998–2001 and is the all-time leader in starts and cuts made on the Nationwide Tour.

This tournament is known for the amount of local and regional media coverage the event receives. This year, they are exploring new ways of reaching fans, both serious and casual, through the use of social networking tools and sites like Facebook. In fact, you can visit the event's Facebook page and share it with your Facebook friends. They are also exploring creative ways they can use Twitter for the event.

Photo Credits

  • Kevin Kisner photograph courtesty of the University of Georgia Athletic Department
  • Keith Guest photograph courtesy of the Augusta State University Athletic Department
  • Blake Adams photograph Copyright 2008 by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR/Getty Images. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
  • BenBates photograph Copyright 2008 by Dave Martin/Getty Images. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
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facebook group for my artwork (robinart)

Not so Athens related, but me related. ;-D

I gave up (for now) my flickr pro account, but I keeping the free version for latest photos only. I'm trying to get back to posting new photos & artwork on my own domain (robinart.com, robinfay.net)

I am also trying to take advantage of other free social media stuff, like facebook. So I now have a facebook group JUST for my artwork (1-2 updates per week at the most) . Any facebook user can join (no "friending" involved) I'll be posting a new Photo Friday (sometimes Athens, more likely not), info about upcoming exhibits and reception invitations (I really am trying to get back to my artwork), as well as new artwork and inprocess pieces.

Feel free to drop by. http://groups.to/robinart/

Georgia Museum of Art blog & upcoming events

Note> GMOAn GMOA North is the "old art school" aka Lamar Dodd adjacent to the UGA Main Library on Jackson St. Parking is available in the North Campus parking deck (some exceptions on UGA Football game days and other UGA events).
[Updated note: For an explanation of what GMOAn means, please read Hillary's comment.]

Please visit our blog for updated daily doings on every GMOA event and the latest news at http://gmoa.blogspot.com, as well as links on art and culture.

This week with the Georgia Museum of Art, GMOA on the Move is in full swing! Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day the GMOAn way as The Art of series kicks off this Tuesday, March 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Art of: Brew will be held at the world-famous Terrapin Beer Company where attendees will take the tour and learn the art of brewing beer!

Also this week, join us for the final Pierre Daura Curator candidate lecture held at the Visual Arts Building (GMOA North) in Room 116 this Thursday, March 19, at 4:00 p.m. Alexandra Karl will present the lecture "Cercle et Carré: Reconstructing the Events."

Tuesday, March 17
The Art of: Brew
6:00 p.m.
Terrapin Beer Company, 265 Newton Bridge Rd., Athens, GA 30607
Come tour the world-famous Terrapin Beer Company and learn the art behind brewing award-winning beer. Tours will be followed by a reception and music. $20 Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, $25 non-members or with a new Friends' membership, admission is $10 per person. RSVP 706.542.0830.

Thursday, March 19
Pierre Daura Curator Candidate Lecture
4:00 p.m.
Visual Arts Building (GMOA North) Room 116
Alexandra Karl, who currently teaches art history at the University of Utah, will present "Cercle et Carré: Reconstructing the Events."

The above programs are a part of GMOA on the Move. For more information "The Art of" series and GMOA on the Move, please visit us at www.uga.edu/gamuseum.
MAKE SURE TO BOOKMARK OUR BLOG: http://gmoa.blogspot.com

Leaf and limb pickup after snowstorm

Athens-Clarke County is resuming normal leaf and limb pickup service today, though the rounds are expected to take 15 weeks rather than the usual 8. Regular service was suspended on March 2 so the crews could assist with cleanups related to clearing roadways and public safety issues. The normal size limits will be waived, and the regular crews from the Solid Waste department will have additional assistance from Public Works and Landscape Management to deal with the extra debris. Residents can take their materials to the landfill as usual, though there has been no waiver of fees there ($9 per truckload).


Golden for Dinner

A week or two ago, a Harvard economist, writing in the Times, urged those of us who could afford it to redo our kitchens to help get the economy moving again. Pat and I had to chuckle. We’d already started, or she had, spurred not at all by economic patriotism, but by a mature conviction that thirty years was more than enough time to gain full appreciation of the muted beauty of cornflower blue. And she’s still at it, sanding and painting and sealing and moving things there and back again. It’s how she spent the day yesterday. I manned my post in front of the iMac, preparing home-school lesson plans for seventh-grade life science. Anyway, we’d both put in a good day’s work, and it was chilly and rainy, so we decided to have Chinese delivered. We called Golden Sun, just down the road next to the east side Wal-Mart. I can’t remember the last time we had Chinese! Pat picked — mu shu pork and shrimp fried rice. And I had to have my egg rolls. When Golden Sun is on its game, there’s nothing better in Athens. And last night, Golden Sun was on its game. The aroma of those mu shu pancakes when Pat unwrapped them was out of this world. The shrimp in the shrimp fried rice was plump and pink and juicy. Everything was fresh. I put on two pounds! So now it's back to the South Beach Protein Bars as penance.


Alternative Fuel coffee blend for BikeAthens

Jittery Joe's is offering a coffee blend called Alternative Fuel. A percentage of the sales go to support BikeAthens, an organization that supports alternative modes of transportation, including cycling, pedestrian, and public transit options. This coffee is roasted locally and can be ordered online or enjoyed by the cup at Jittery Joe's cafés.

Heroes nomination

Just passing along in case anyone is interested. I don't know anything more about this and I'm not affiliated with the Red Cross ;-)

Not all heroes wear capes, but they all have one thing in common; they make a big difference to someone. Heroes are mothers, fathers, siblings, teachers, nurses, emergency responders, servicemen, neighbors, strangers, friends and youth. The American Red Cross East Georgia Chapter is looking for community heroes to honor at their 2009 Heroes Breakfast. The Hometown
Heroes Breakfast will be held on May 13th, 2009 at the Athens Country Clubfrom 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Heroes Breakfast is generously presented by Athens Regional Medical Center.

To nominate your hero, please fill out a nomination form at http://eastgeorgia.redcross.org/HometownHeroes.htm or call (706) 353-1645. Nominations are due no later than April 13, 2009.

The Heroes Breakfast honors local people for acts of great bravery, dedication and service to the community. American Red Cross East Georgia Chapter hero categories are listed below. Where does your hero fit in?

Adult Good Samaritan
An individual(s) who courageously and selflessly responded to an unusual, significant or unexpected crisis.

Animal Rescue Hero
Presented to an ordinary citizen who has used lifesaving training to save the life of an animal.

An individual(s) who displayed leadership and commitment to his/her community by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact in society.

Community Impact
An individual(s) who showed concern and worked to improve the safety and well-being of his/her community.

Disaster Relief
An individual(s) who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a natural disaster or emergency situation, providing relief to victims.

Emergency Medical Assistance
During a time of crisis, provided medical assistance including CPR and/or first aid to a person or people in need.

A professional or volunteer firefighter(s) who acted above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

Law Enforcement
A professional police officer(s) or related law enforcement official(s) who acted above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

An active, reserve, or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC who acted above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

A licensed and practicing nurse, nursing student, or retired nurse who exhibited heroism either in their response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

Water Rescue
Presented to an ordinary citizen or professional rescuer involved in rescuing a person in a water environment.

Youth Good Samaritan
An individual(s), under the age of 21, who courageously and selflessly responded to an unusual, significant or unexpected crisis

Nominees must reside or work in one of the thirteen counties served by the East Georgia chapter. The chapter serves Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert,Greene, Franklin, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oglethorpe, Oconee and Walton counties.

A selection committee comprised of community leaders from all thirteen counties will choose the award recipients.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Hometown Heroes breakfast to be held May 13th, 2009.

Jennifer Pennington
Executive Director
706-353-1645 phone
706-353-4701 fax
American Red Cross - East Georgia Chapter
490 Pulaski Street
Athens, GA 30601

Serving the counties of: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Franklin,
Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton


Art reception / art exhibit of fabric works

Join us for the opening reception of fiber artist Rene Shoemaker's new exhibit "ORR2: Interpreting the Legacy," an artistic interpretation of Fred J. Orr's architecture.

Exhibit will be open April 1 - 30, 2009, in the Circle Gallery (G14 Caldwell Hall) at the University of Georgia.

Reception: Friday, April 3, 2009 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Phone: 7064244739
Email: rds@coffeecuppress.com

For directions, please email.



The View from Our Window

The view from our window. 1:35 PM.

Canopy Studio open house from 2 to 4 p.m. today

Join us for a fun family event at the studio on March 1st from 2-4pm. Refreshments will be served and student performances provided as entertainment. Come and join us and even try the trapeze yourself!

Link: http://www.canopystudio.com/