Memorial plaque in 5 Points

I first saw this plaque on the sidewalk years ago as a child. Its across the street from Jittery Joes coffee, which used to be the only gas station in that area that sold 'white gas'. My father insisted on running only white gas in his lawn mower so I had plenty of occasions to walk up there with a gas can. But back to the plaque. I told my mother about the plaque and she almost immediately got all teary eyed. This puzzled me until she told me that she had a brother who was hit and killed by a car in Asheville many many years ago. I never knew about that until then.
I wonder about who this kid was in Athens back in 1922....


Colt Ford autograph session, fundraising

On Tuesday, December 22nd, Country Music Star, Colt Ford will be at The Town Center Salon and Spa in Watkinsville to sign autographs. You may receive an autograph by simply donating to ESP (Extra Special People, Inc.). For every $10 donated, a raffle ticket will be submitted for prizes from Colt and the salon. Also on Tuesday, Barberitos and Mirko Pasta also in Watkinsville will be donating all proceeds from food purchased to ESP. This will be an awesome time to support an outstanding program.

For those who are not familiar with ESP, it is a year around program for kids and young adults with different needs. It serves many counties including Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison, Walton and Barrow. ESP helps kids be kids no matter what their strengths or weaknesses are. It helps them do and enjoy the things that most kids, and adults alike, take for granted.


GMOA Christmas shop

Thursday & Friday, December 10–11, 2009
GMOA Holiday Shop and Book Sale
9:00 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lobby, Visual Arts Building, 285 S. Jackson St.


More holiday fun

The city of Commerce will have a holiday event "Commerce by Candlelight" on Dec. 4, 5:00-9:00 in the historic downtown area. There will be games, horse-drawn carriage rides, 4-H Llama club, living nativity, caroling, food, etc. The Cold Sassy Players will be out caroling and doing small skits. Most of the events are free, but the carriage rides cost a dollar
per person.

Code Red at Billy Henderson Stadium Tonight!

A CODE RED has been issued for tonight's Georgia State Football Championship semifinal game between Rockdale County (10-3) and Clarke Central High School (11-2) at Billy Henderson Stadium.

All Gladiator fans are asked to wear red to support the Gladiators as take on Rockdale. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM, and admission is $10. So let's get out as a community to support these young men, and let's have the Rockdale Bulldogs seeing red by the end of the night!


Parade tonight

Streets to close at 5:30 p.m.
The temperature should slide down into the low 50s by the time the parade starts out from Pulaski and West Dougherty streets at 7 p.m., with a light breeze and a rising moon playing tag with scattered clouds.
Motorists should avoid downtown tonight; Athens-Clarke police will begin closing streets at 5:30 p.m., and some streets may not reopen until 9.


Open house at the Botanical Gardens (Free music!)

Holiday Open House
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Sunday, December 6 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory
Free and Open to the Public

The Holiday Open House at the State Botanical Garden offers free, family entertainment. This year’s decorations celebrate birds in the garden with An Audubon Christmas. If you didn’t know, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia has been designated an Important Bird Area by The Audubon Society.

Musical entertainment includes the following performances:
The Georgia Children’s Chorus (2:15pm-3:00pm)
The Solstice Sisters (3:15pm-3:50pm)
The Classic City Band (4:00pm-5:00pm)
Puppet Shows in the Children’s Classroom (2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm)

Mark Parsons Photography (phone: 706-769-5959; website: www.markparsonsphotography.com) will be on hand to take photos of children (and adults) with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The cost of photos are $10 each payable to the photographer. The Garden Gift Shop will be open for your shopping pleasure. Holiday treats will be available for purchase in the newly renovated Gardenside Café (706-542-6359).

For more information, please call 706-542-1244 or visit our website at www.uga.edu/botgarden.


Harvest for the Homeless fundraiser/auction

Just passing along....

Every day in Athens, nearly 500 individuals, including nearly 100 children, are homeless – living in shelters, in cars, and
in tents. As our poverty rate continues to climb, government funding to support our work continues to decline. More than
ever, we will rely on the residents, businesses, and churches of this community to support our work. Your sponsorship of
the 6th Annual Harvest for the Homeless will help us provide these essential services – to provide the opportunity for self-
sufficiency – to the many homeless families in the Athens area.

In order to raise awareness of National Hunger and Homelessness the Athens Area Homeless Shelter will be hosting the 6th Annual Harvest for the Homeless Reception on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the Rialto Room of the Hotel Indigo beginning at 7:00pm. Community leaders and shelter supporters are invited to this reception to celebrate the success of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter in its efforts to help homeless families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency. Now in its sixth year, Harvest for the Homeless serves to heighten awareness in the community
about homelessness, while raising funds for the operation of our transitional shelter program for homeless families with
children. Harvest for the Homeless raffle tickets will be sold until December 3rd, with the chance of winning 52 gift
certificates to local restaurants--the opportunity to eat out once a week for a year for free! This reception will
feature live performances by the Modern Skirts and Thieves Company, and a silent auction, and will be catered.