David Donovan lecture at the UGA Main Library

The UGA Libraries invite you to please join us tomorrow to hear author David Donovan, a triple graduate of UGA, speak about Murphy Station, his new memoir about the American South, at 4 p.m. on April 28 in the Reading Room of the Main Library. Donovan, the pen-name of scientist and professor emeritus Terry Turner, is also the author of Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam.


The audit (a play)

I realize this is not Athens, but nearby... ;-)

This weekend and next week, the Cold Sassy Players of Commerce GA will be featuring "The Audit". This is the next in the series of plays following the comedic misadventures of the Lumpkin Family. The showtimes are

Saturday (May 1st) - 2pm & 7pm
Monday (May 3rd) - 7pm
Tuesday (May 4th) - 7pm
Wednesday (May 5th) - Sorry, no performances on Cinco de Mayo
Thursday (May 6th) - 7pm
Friday (May 7th) - 7pm.

All performances will be held at the Commerce Cultural Center in downtown Commerce. You can purchase your tickets at the door prior to the performance.
btw, for more info: Commerce Cultural Center 706.335.2954

Shinholser suspends Mayoral campaign

"Today, I am announcing that I will be suspending my campaign for Mayor of Athens Clarke County. Though I am stepping aside as a candidate, I will continue my involvement with the citizens of Athens, and will do my best to make sure that the right candidate is selected in November." http://brandon2010.com/04-26-10.html


North campus squirrel with rat tail

After much trying, I was able to get a picture of the often sighted squirrel with the deformed tail. This was taken with my iPhone so I couldn't get a zoom on it. I'll bring my camera and try to get a better close up of it. The squirrel's tail isn't hairless like a rats, it just has a real thin coating of hair with a little tuft at the end. Not at all a bushy tail. I don't know if it's genetic or environmental. Check it out.


UGA's online directory

Does anyone understand what changes have been implemented for the University of Georgia's online directory of faculty, staff, and students? The appearance is obviously different, and the information that appears is different. And, apparently, the data is different. Out of curiosity I searched my last name -- and found myself appearing in a record that had dropped off years ago. Very curious.

Bird feeder sale

Campus Cats will have a booth at the Mustang Market at Colham Ferry Elementary School in Watkinsville this Saturday 4/24 from 8 AM until 2 PM. This will be a great time to shop for Mom's Day! We'll have our tea cup and copper bird feeders, tea cup candles, cat toys, dog biscuits and homemade jewelry for sale to raise money for Campus Cats.
Address is 191 Colham Ferry Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677


Famous Library Staff Assoc Book/DVDs Sale

Hear ye, hear ye!
Twice a year, the UGA Libraries Staff Association (LSA) conducts a one-day sale of books and media donated by UGA Libraries employees. In recent years, these sales have been joined by a LSA-sponsored Bake Sale, a sort of twofer, a Feed Your Mind/Feed Your Body construct. The proceeds are generally split between the LSA (funds to support our various LSA programs) and a local charitable concern. This time, our local partner is Nuci's Space, a worthy cause serving local body and mind.
WHAT: LSA Library Vernal Book Sale
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010, from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM (or so)
WHERE: Main Library Atrium, Beautiful North Campus
WHY: Because We Love to Read.....and Eat.....

The pricing structure for the sale will be as in ages past.
Mass Market Paperbacks are .50,
Trade Paperbacks are .75,
Hardbacks are $1.00,
Audio CDs are $3.00,
and VHS/DVD/Computer Games are $5.00.

There will also be a few ARC/signed copies of mystery novels available at a premium price. Come prepared to wheel and deal (and also to accept the fixed prices graciously if that's how it sorts out).

[btw, in case you were wondering about the "various LSA programs" -- LSA supports the UGA Library staff through social events, charity involvement, and other events (such as health forums). The UGA Libraries staff as a whole have done quite a bit of volunteer work over the years, much of it coordinated and/or sponsored by LSA including roadside trash pickup "adopt a highway", building a habitat house, sponsoring families at Christmas, and fundraising for various local charities, in addition to more social activities as hosting a library staff bowling team...]

Local Arts & Music (a Blog)

Julie Phillips of the ABH is blogging on local arts & music news at tumblr.


ACC Recycling & Classic City Rollergirls

From the county Public Information Office:

The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division will showcase their newest self-serve recycling drop-off location in the George Gibson’s Menswear lot at 1059 Baxter Street on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from Noon until 1:00 p.m. by handing out reusable recycling tote bags, stainless steel water bottles, and eco-friendly can coozies.

The Recycling Division has enlisted help in increasing awareness of the site from the Classic City Rollergirls, an area amateur roller derby team located in Athens. Eight uniformed team members will be available for pictures and skating around the site handing out eco-friendly items to recyclers.

For additional information, contact the ACC Recycling Division at (706) 613-3512 or online at www.acc-recycle.org or on the ACC Recycling Division Facebook fan page.

Get ready to float (parade)

The Winterville Marigold Festival is seeking participants for its parade to be held at 10 am on May 15. This family-friendly event welcomes floats, horses, antique vehicles and tractors, and walking or marching groups. The parade theme this year is Marigolds, Music & Memories and use of marigolds by parade entrants is encouraged. Entry is free, and winners will be selected in various categories. For an entry form visit www.MarigoldFestival.com


This day in athens, Georgia History Blog

Are you interested in Athens and Clarke County, Georgia history? Then you might want to subscribe to the "This Day in Athens" blog. The posts will come directly to your email box. To subscribe go to the Family and Local History pages http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/hqdepts/heritage/index.html

Then under Genealogy Rooms, click on Heritage Room. One of the first links on the page as you scroll down is the section on This Day in Athens blog. At the end of the section is a link to the most recent entry from the blog. You can sign up to have these delivered to your email box. This is what I have to do with things I am interested in, since I will never remember to go collect them. You can also link to join us on Twitter and Facebook if you wish. In the column on the left under the subscription box are links to the older entries which you are welcome to go through and enjoy. It's all free and lots of fun.
As always we will not make your email address available to others.

Let us know what you think of the blog. You can post a comment about each entry. We would love to have you add additional information with the source as well.

Thanks for your interest in the Heritage Room.



ACC Recycle Bin Design Contest

Hmm... well, this is interesting...
Classic Center and ACC Recycling Division Announce Recycling Bin Design Competition

(Athens, GA) ¡V Local professional and amateur artists are invited to submit design proposals for a combination outdoor recycling bin to be installed at the Classic Center at 300 N. Thomas St. The goals of the project are to provide a pedestrian recycling option, support local artists and the arts, and beautify Downtown Athens. The winning artist will receive a $500 honorarium. The deadline for design submissions is June 11, 2010. The winning design will be announced July 5, and the new bins will be installed no later than September 30.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize a bin design that incorporates the tasteful and creative use of recycled materials, yet is focused on functionality of use, ease of servicing, and ability to replicate. The recycling bin needs to be a free-form standing design that has one bin for aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles and a second bin for small cardboard and paper items.

Designs should incorporate materials that are 80-100 percent post-consumer recycled material(s), be weather-resistant, durable and easy to maintain. The winning artist will be responsible for providing all project designs, images, a written description, list of materials and fabrication instructions. The artist will assist the ACC Recycling Division with fabrication of the winning design to ensure the bins are functional and that more units can be easily re-created in the future.

The Request for Design proposal is open to professional and amateur artists of all backgrounds within the state of Georgia. Athens area artists and University of Georgia students are encouraged to respond. For those artists who have design talents but lack fabrication experience, the ACC Recycling Division or local fabricators can assist with cost estimates and production for the outdoor recycling bin. Submissions should include photos, scale drawings or small-scale models, a one-page artist statement about the design, proposed installation methods and a timeline.
Entries will be critiqued on originality, creativity, artistic merit, functionality, public safety, durability in an outdoor setting and associated project costs. Proposals must be submitted no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2010 to the ACC Recycling Division, Recycling Bin Call for Design, 725 Hancock Industrial Way, Athens, Georgia 30605.

A PDF of the full Request for Design document can be found online through a link at www.athensclarkecounty.com/solidwaste. For more information, contact the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division at 706-613-3512.

Jeff Montgomery
Public Information Media Analyst
Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA
Public Information Office

706-613-3795 | 706-613-3026 [fax]
ACTV Cable Channel 7
Twitter: @accgov


Charlotte's web performance

Some of the shows are sold out, but not all of them...don't allow your child to miss it!

Rose of Athens Theatre's
Charlotte's Web

By E.B. White
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
School Performances: May 11-13 at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
General Public Performance: May 13 at 7pm
Seney-Stovall Chapel

A perfectly enchanting story of friendship, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web explores themes of kindness, creativity and of tolerance toward those who are different. A beloved classic performed on the live stage by Rose of Athens Theatre!

Recommended for K-5th grade
Great for all ages

Last year Rose of Athens Theatre served over 3,000 students with our productions of Macbeth, Winnie the Pooh and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - in 2010 we have even more to offer!

Intimate Connection: Seney-Stovall gives your students a more intimate connection to the play; Seating 199.

Bus Parking: Right across the street in the Varsity parking lot; a convenient place to have a picnic under the magnolia trees!

Streamlined Study Guides: Even more useful and dynamic, see the website! www.roseofathens.org

"Talk Back" discussions: We continue to offer this directly following each performance.

Pre-show Workshops: A fantastic complement to productions. During our workshops, students gain insight into the themes and characters of Charlotte's Web and develop a connection to theater educators they will later see onstage.

Email us at danielle@roseofathens.org OR
Call 706-340-9181 to reserve your group today!
We also love to accommodate HOME SCHOOL GROUPS!

Danielle Bailey Miller
Administrative Assistant

Lisa Cesnik Ferguson
Producing Artistic Director

ACC Summer Camp Survey (about the Registration process)

For those who attended the registration session for ACC Summer Camp -- a chance to provide your feedback.



Artist market, experimental art & more

AUX4 Experimental Arts Festival

Saturday, April 10 from 3 PM - 2 AM
Cine and Little Kings, downtown Athens
$5 tickets for the entire day, artists market is free

AUX is an ICE-supported event and publication series devoted to experimental art in all forms. This Saturday AUX will host its fourth annual festival featuring performances, visual art and sound installations, video screenings, and artists' market. The daylong event takes place in two venues in downtown Athens and attracts nearly five hundred spectators.

Long time subscribers to the ICE list will remember the first AUX Collaborative Arts Event, back in
2006, to celebrate the creation of a CD entitled "AUX: experimental sound from Athens, GA".
Building on the success of three festivals and the critically acclaimed CD, this has been a banner year for AUX. Last fall we brought the legendary performance group Faust for a sold-out 40 Watt performance and workshop, hosted a youth workshop for sound and movement, and prepared to launch a second volume of experimental sound.

We are very pleased to bring special guests Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone (New York) and Michael Columbia (Chicago/Cincinnati) for this year's event. AUX is sponsored by Little Kings, Cine, Flagpole, Nuci's Space, and ICE.

Full schedule and information about our guest artists below:


3:00 Jeff Fallis (Little Kings)
3:30 Nutritional Peace (Cine)
4:00 Rah as Tempel (Little Kings)
4:30 The Visitors/Pocket Full of Claptonite (Cine)
5:00 Magic Tape Research (Little Kings)
5:15 John Fernandes (Little Kings)
5:30 Denise Posnak, Laura Hoffman, Amanda Martin (Cine)
6:00 The Visitations (Little Kings)
6:30 Steven Trimmer (Cine)
6:45 Hannah Jones (Cine)
7:00 MANS TRASH (Little Kings)
7:30 Aman Amun (Cine)
8:00 Dream Scene (Little Kings)
8:30 Case Quarter (Cine)
9:00 Geisterkatzen (Little Kings)
9:30 The Untanglers (Cine)
10:00 Flash Card Orchestra! (Little Kings)
10:30 The Odd Trio (Little Kings)
11:00 Video Program (Cine)
11:30 Brave New Citizen (Little Kings)
12:00 Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone (Cine)
1:00 Michael Columbia (Little Kings)


Eye Gate
Dan Hole Pond
Justin Roberts

Video screenings

25 minute program repeating at
3, 4:30, 9:30, and 11 in Cine 2

Elliott Earls
Ashley Ohman
Joleen Toner
Chris Cogan
Eddie Whelan
Ash Sechler
Carlos Casas
Ries Straver
John Crowe
Seth Nicholas Stephens

Artist's Market

Gypsies Tramps & Thieves
Old Cat Died
Cathy Dailey
Christy Wooke
Beca Designs
Bacon Neckwear
Laurel Hill
and more!

Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone are a Brooklyn-based collaborative duo that draw from
classical, jazz and folk traditions while experimenting with new forms. Their music explores
improvisation and composition while utilizing amplification and electronic effects as well as
acoustic presentation.

Halvorson is a veteran of the ensembles of esteemed saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton and
has also performed with groups led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas
Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Tony Malaby, Myra Melford, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran, Marc Ribot,
Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, John Tchicai and Matthew Welch among many others.

Pavone leads Army of Strangers and The Pavones, and has also performed in ensembles led by
Anthony Braxton, Matthew Welch, Matana Roberts, Elliot Sharp, and Jeremiah Cymerman. As a
composer, she has earned grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the
American Music Center, The Kitchen, MATA and the group, Till By Turning, which recently
presented the European premiere of "Quotidian" at Faust's Klangbad Festival 2009 in Germany.

Michael Columbia is not a person, but three people who make progressive and experimental pop
music. They reside at the Shape Shoppe in Chicago and are active with groups such as Icy Demons,
Chandeliers, Herculaneum, Need New Body, Bablicon, and Olivia Tremor Control. Michael
Columbia create a blend of new and old by using psychedelic synths, layered vocals, and
innovative drumming that combines electronics, rhythm, and melody into mind-melting, yet
accessible tunes.


Botanical Garden plant sale

passing along...
availability list is online at:
Proceeds from the sale go towards the Horticulture dept operating expenses to make the Garden even better :)
The sale is Saturday from 8 - 2, but if you join the Friends of the Garden you may come Friday evening after work (5 - 7) to our Preview Sale. A lot of the goodies are snatched up Friday night, and a Garden membership only costs $45 for a family and $35 for an individual. You get gift shop discounts, cafe discounts, invitations to members-only events and reciprocate benefits at other public Gardens including the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Help us keep our Garden open!!
The main switchboard is 706.542.1244.
Thanks for looking and hope to see some of you Friday night or Saturday!

Need volunteers for dog transport

This is the week of April 12...

Below is a note from Dr. Andrews regarding their transport next week of 120 dogs to Norwalk, CT for a big adopt-a-thon (many of whom are being saved from the Washington Wilkes shelter when the state told them they had to reduce their number of dogs in the shelter by more than 100 or else put them down).

Time never stands still around here! We are getting prepared for the day of transport and again are asking if there are any that can help. If you are with another rescue and are interested in transport, there is no better way to "get a handle" on what it takes like being here and helping get things ready. We would like to get groups in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (the day of transport) to finalize preparations. Some examples of jobs that need to be done - Tuesday - final preparations for the trailer and road testing and beginning to load and arrange all supplies. Finishing
all paperwork.

Wednesday - start bathing some of the dogs that really need it and checking everyone to see if stitches, staples need to be removed. We are also deworming every dog beginning on Sunday and will need to do so daily until Thursday, - so we could always use help with that anytime. On Thursday the crates will need to be finalized- get bedding
put in each crate as well as water buckets and then loading will need to start around 2PM. In spite of all of our pleas, we still do not have any volunteers going with us! We would like to bring at least 4 other people with us, including another vehicle - if it sounds like I am desperate - I am!! If you know anyone who may be able to
help us, please have them call us! 706-548-2233


Veggie & herb sale

FYI... for you gardeners...
Herb and Veggie fans,
If interested in a pre-order form for the herbs please contact herbsale@plantbio.uga.edu for the form. It's time for Plant Biology Graduate Student Association's (PBGSA) annual Herb Sale! We have a great variety this year, so come check it out! The sale is 8am-5pm April 22nd, on the lawn in front of Miller Plant Sciences. You can place pre-orders using the attached form. Payment can be made with cash or check upon pickup of pre orders, or on the day of the sale. The pre-order deadline for herbs is Monday April 19th. Agronomy Student Association (AGSA) will be selling veggies again as well, for their pre-order form please go to: http://www.agsa.uga.edu/SpringSale.html
On the day of the sale PBGSA will also be selling a variety of house plants and succulents in order to raise money for graduate research aid. These plants cannot be pre-odered, but we encourage you to stop by and take a look on April 22nd!
Please spread the word! We look forward to providing you with delicious herbs and veggies again this year!
Thank you,
Plant Biology Graduate Student Association (PBGSA)


talent show / benefit for Haiti (tonight)

Interact Talent Show - The Haiti Benefit Concert/Talent Show is this Friday, April 2nd, at 6:30pm. in the Cedar Auditorium @ Cedar Shoals High School. There is no admission fee. Donations will be taken. Eight (8) acts will be performing. The audience will donate money to their favorite act. The act with the most money raised wins the talent show. All proceeds go to the Haiti mission by the Interact Club.