Green Life Expo (free!)

Green Life Expo will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Classic Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Here’s a link to the event’s website where you can learn more about the seminar’s schedules including kids activities.



While visiting Alps Road I just heard a tornado siren for about a minute, but I do not hear any weather warnings. Was there any reason for this? Today would not be a good day for a regular test.
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"The Shape of Things" at the Cellar Theatre

From the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film Studies:

A chance meeting in a museum seems like a romantic way to start a love affair. In The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, such an encounter changes the lives of four people forever, twisting their lives into a knot of selfishness and manipulation.

The University of Georgia's Department of Theatre and Film Studies brings The Shape of Things to life in the Cellar Theatre January 26–31 at 8:00 pm with a matinee performance on January 31 at 2:30 pm. The play focuses on the life of Adam, an overweight, insecure security guard, who stumbles upon Evelyn, an art student trying to deface a statue. They begin a relationship, and Evelyn begins to remake Adam into her image of the perfect man. Her plan includes Adam losing weight, getting a haircut, and having plastic surgery, but his friends doubt that Evelyn is a good influence. Adam's best friend, Phillip, and his fiance, Jenny, both worry about his transformation. However, as Adam becomes more heavily influenced by Evelyn, Jenny begins to be attracted to him. Will Adam and Jenny betray Phillip? And what is Evelyn's ultimate motive in her relationship with Adam? All is revealed when Evelyn presents her masters thesis and her real reason for being with Adam.


The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute will be presented in the Cellar Theatre on the University of Georgia campus on January 26-31 at 8pm with a matinée performance on January 31 at 2:30pm.

Regular admission is $10; admission for students and senior citizens with I.D. is $7. Tickets may be purchased beginning January 12 at the University Theatre box office located in the lobby of the Fine Arts building at the corner of Lumpkin and Baldwin Streets (hours: M-F, 12 – 5 pm) or at the theatre door beginning one hour prior to show time. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the University Theatre Box Office line at (706) 542-2838.


UGA north campus quad

I'm still hoping for some real snow, but here is a photo of the North Campus Quad around 9:30 p.m. tonight. Looks like it will be super icy in the morning!


Seeking survivors of abuse for a study

Hi everyone -
The College of Public Health is conducting a series of focus groups with adult survivors of childhood physical abuse and/or neglect. We will not be asking about personal experiences but rather will be asking survivors what they think the impacts are on health effects of abuse on children as well as the long-term effects into adulthood. If qualified, there will be a $50 incentive for those who participate. I have listed some information below but if you are interested or know someone who might be and want more info or want to see if you are qualified, please contact me via phone (706-542-7385) or by email (knfoster@uga.edu).


We are looking for individuals who are survivors of childhood physical abuse and/or neglect to attend a focus group session. The session will include a discussion on the health effects of abuse on children as well as long-term effects lasting into adulthood. If you are qualified and attend the session, there is a $50.00 incentive provided for your time.

To find out more information, please contact Kelly Foster by phone (706-542-7385) or email (knfoster@uga.edu). You will NOT be asked or required to discuss your personal experience in the group setting.

Where: Athens, Georgia

Times & Date: February 4, 2010 5:30-7:30 pm & February 6, 2010 9:00am - 11:30 am

Other: You must be at least 18 years of age or older and have a history of childhood physical abuse and/or neglect.


Symposium on Decorative Arts

January 29 & 30, 2010
Neighboring Voices: The Decorative Culture of Our Southern Cousins
The Fifth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Conference Center and Hotel, Athens, Georgia

Georgia’s geographic location and its history as one of the original 13 colonies make the study of its material culture essential for understanding the American South. Certainly, the state’s decorative arts in particular exist in the context of other colonies and states, and our scholarship resonates with the work in those areas. To mark the first decade of the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts and its symposia, we have invited representatives from our neighboring states to talk about their own research, collections and decorative-arts history.

The center and symposium are named for Henry Derriel Green (1909–2003). Green’s interest in antiques and the decorative arts began in the 1930s, a hundred years after the end of the period when Georgia’s artisans produced the furniture that became his passion. He helped organize the first exhibition of its kind, Southern Furniture 1640–1820, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1952, at a time when few imagined what the South’s cabinet makers were capable of. Green continued to discover and document examples of Piedmont furniture and disseminated his vast knowledge through exhibitions, forums and publications. His book “Furniture of the Georgia Piedmont Before 1830,” published in 1976 in conjunction with the exhibition at the High Museum of Art, quickly became a standard reference. Green’s example has inspired generations of scholars from diverse disciplines to examine and interpret the decorative arts and material culture of Georgia and the South.
For brochure http://www.uga.edu/gamuseum/calendar/Special%20Event%20Pages/green_brochure.pdf
To register online go to http://www.uga.edu/gamuseum/calendar/green_symp_form.php
To print form to mail in http://www.uga.edu/gamuseum/calendar/Special%20Event%20Pages/green_brochure%209.pdf

Genealogy and history things to do...

Lots of Genealogy & history things in the area.

(Bearing Witness programs are the first sunday of each month)
Bearing Witness: Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories features Manuela Bornstein from France. She will share unforgettable stories of the Holocaust. Free to Breman members and free with museum admission: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students and educators.
Where: The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, 1440 Spring Street N.W., Atlanta, Georgia
When: 2 p.m.

Three Kings Day - The holiday festivities don't have to end in December! In January, the Atlanta History Center celebrates the Hispanic holiday Dia de Reyes or Three Kings Day. Come learn about this tradition of our southern neighbors through storytelling, music, live performances, complimentary food and other fun activities designed for the entire family. This program is free.
Where: The Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia
When: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: For more information about this program, please contact 404-814-4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

Saturday, January 9
Genealogical Computer Society of Georgia presents a local book fair with Pat Thompson.
Where: Roswell Family History Center, 500 Norcross Street, Roswell, Georgia
When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Contact: For more information email webmaster@gencomputer.org.

Join us for the grand opening of the Crawford W. Long Museum, the birthplace of anesthesia.
Where: Crawford W. Long Museum, 28 College Street, Jefferson Georgia
Contact: For more information call 706-367-5307.

Tuesday, January 12
The subject of the East Georgia Genealogical Society's meeting will be Genealogy & Family Health and how your genes and family history affect you and your descendant's health.
Where: People Financial Center Building, 76 Broad Street, Winder, Georgia (parking is along the street, next door at the drive up, and across the street)
When: 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 17
Athens Historical Society presents Looking Back over 50 Years: Show & Tell. Bring memorabilia or just your favorite memories of past AHS programs, members, field trips, articles, exhibitions, etc. We will have facilities available to digitally scan or photograph items after the meeting - so go through your closet and drawers to find those old AHS newsletters, newspaper articles, or other mementos about AHS and Athens that you've stashed away for posterity.
Where: Auditorium, Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia
When: 3 p.m.

Monday, January 18
The Gwinnett Historical Society sponsors John W. Latty, author of A Fine Body of Athletic Soldiers.
Where: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia
When: 7:30 p.m.

The Oconee County Historical Society Meeting - New members and visitors are welcome.
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: For more information email Peggy Sommer at psommer@bellsouth.net.

Thursday, January 21
Getting Started With Genealogy - Join the Heritage Room staff for this free informal session. They'll walk you through the basics of researching your family history. This is a lecture with handouts and is designed to help you get started and to teach you about the resources in the Athens area that will be useful to you. This is useful even if you are not doing Georgia research! Please bring a pencil to write with and a sweater, as the Heritage Room can be chilly. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Where: The Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia
When: 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: For more information or to register call 706-613-3650, ext. 350.

Friday, January 22
The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society will present Searching After Sunset - An After-Hours Genealogy Event for Beginners. Don't put it off any longer! Join us at the Oconee County Library and we will show you how to get started researching your family history. Spend up to four hours getting acquainted with the basics of genealogy research. There will be classes, research materials, volunteers to help you, and refreshments, too. Registration is required. This is not a drop-in program. The lock-in begins at 6 p.m. when the Library closes, so please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. Please note- You are not required to stay until 10 p.m.
Where: The Oconee County Library, 1080 Experiment Station Rd, Watkinsville, Georgia
When: 5:45 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Contact: To register call 706-769-3950.

Saturday, January 23
The African American Research Interest Group of the Clarke Oconee Genealogical Society (COGS) invites you to take part in exploring African American family history research experiences and methodology. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Where: The Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia
When: 1 p.m.
Contact: For more information contact Mae Castenell at maeeloutome@aol.com.

Monday, January 25
Genealogical Proof Standard: Harnessing the Power of Indirect Evidence, presented by genealogist Susan Sloan, is designed to give students information about how to evaluate and use indirect evidence to solve family relationship problems. The cost of the session is $20 and is paid to Life Enrichment Services.
Where: Life Enrichment Services, 3340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, Georgia
When: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact: To register call or email Marie Cape at 404-321-6960 or mcape@srconn.org.

Sunday, January 31
Friends of Scull Shoals, Inc.'s Annual Membership Meeting -Scull Shoals, located in Greene County, Georgia, was home to Georgia's first paper mill, water-powered sawmill, grist mill, and textile mills. Please put this on your calendar and plan to be there. Everyone is welcome.
Where: Athens-Clarke County Public Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia
When: 2 p.m.