Classic City Rollergirls Bout the Soul City Sirens June 5th

Athens, GA (May 24, 2010) - Classic City Rollergirls gear up for their second bout of the season Saturday, June 5th against Augusta’s Soul City Sirens at 7pm at Skate Around USA in Athens. This bout, themed “Soul City Smash,” will feature powerhouse skaters returning from their thrilling season opener ready for another win. Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10, and children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 through any rollergirl or online. Doors open at 6pm and the action begins at 7pm at Skate Around USA, 3030 Cherokee Road, in Athens.

Classic City Rollergirls or CCRG is Athens’ all female flat track roller derby team. The team is comprised of local stars and college athletes who want more action than a simple gym can provide. For those unfamiliar with roller derby, a recent movie “Whip-it” with Drew Barrymore showcased this newly revived hard-hitting sport.

Although roller derby has countless rules much like baseball or football, the general objectives are simple. Two teams of skaters race around a track to get their point scoring skater, or jammer, past the opposing team. As jammers compete for points, skaters use strategic blocking, power moves and speed to outscore opponents creating a fast-paced, competitive, all-female contact sport on wheels.

To watch the Classic City Roller Girls live please come to Skate Around USA on June 5th at 7pm. For more information or to purchase advance tickets you can visit the website at www.classiccityrollergirls.com.

About CCRG
Classic City Rollergirls is comprised of a committed group of amateur female athletes from a diverse background. From firefighters to librarians, CCRG is for women dedicated to fun, fitness, and a smashing good time. In addition, the league includes a variety of local referees, team managers, and volunteers which make CCRG possible.

CONTACT: Amy Woodell, Media
(cell) 919-619-7591


Oconee Rivers Audubon Society picnic

Come join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society on June 3rd for the annual spring picnic held at Memorial Park! Bring a dish of your favorite recipe and come to enjoy the outdoors with us! For those of you who missed last month's meeting, you can take an easy walk down to the area where the Weed Warriors removed over 3 acres of nonnative, invasive plants and see what native plants have sprung up.

We will also be holding officer elections for the upcoming year. Please show your support of past and present officers and vote. We would also like to welcome Robin Woodroof as our new conservation chair! She will be assisting with ORAS's new Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program. Following is the list of officer nominees:
Vanessa Lane, President
Edwige Damron, Vice President
Mary Case, Secretary
Eugenia Thompson, Treasurer

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Picnic Shelter #1 at Memorial Park. For additional information, contact Vanessa Lane at president@oconeeriversaudubon.org


Interior Design Showcase

The Interior Design students at Athens Technical College have teamed up with Brad Stephens Homes to create the second annual Interior Design Student Designer Showhouse. Located just off South Lumpkin St. at 110 Old Princeton Road in Athens, the designer showhouse couples traditional styling with modern conveniences.

The showhouse will be open for free public tours on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The showhouse will also be open on Sunday May 23, from noon until 5 p.m.

Call (706) 202-2702 for more information.


Athens Humane Society volunteer needs -- landscaping, pickups, recycling bins more

  • Volunteers to monthly pick up newspaper at Athens Banner Herald on Wednesday mornings at 8am for AAHS to use in our cages
  • Volunteers to monthly take cans to the recycling center to turn in for cash for AAHS
  • We still need a new aluminum recycling bin for the AAHS Center
  • A volunteer who is talented at landscaping to plan and design outdoor landscaping for the AAHS Center
Please email Denise if you or someone you know is able to help with any of these needs.

Host a college baseball player

I had no clue there was even such a thing as the Athens Pirates..
Host a College Baseball Player This Summer!

The Athens Pirates College Summer Baseball Club is actively seeking Volunteer Host Families for the 2010 Summer Season. There are approximately 20 out-of-state players seeking a family to live with for the summer (June, July 2010). These players are current college baseball players and major league prospects.

Special thanks go out to our prior Host Families for their support of our program. We’ll be glad to put you in touch with any of our host families who’ll attest to this wonderful opportunity to get to know a pre-professional baseball player.

Each player has his own transportation and a summer job.

Let your Little Leaguer, Junior Leaguer, Senior Leaguer or High School player spend the summer mentored by an All-Star College Baseball player. Each player comes to the Pirates highly recommended by his college
coach, high school coach, summer baseball coaches, and an area Major League Baseball Scout.

Take advantage of this unusual sports opportunity to help a player with professional potential improve his game, and at the same time help your child build on his baseball and people skills.

If you are interested in helping, please call Beth Giddens (706)
372-0015 or Shane Daniel (706) 255-7871 or email

The players will be arriving in Athens the week of May 24th.


Veggie plants to support animal rescue

Below is a list of available plants from the Colbert Animal Hospital ; proceeds go to the Colbert Vet Rescue. Directions, etc. located here.

Arkansas Traveler
Better Boy
Burgess Stuffing
Costoluto Genovese
Giant Belgium
Pink Ponderosa
Polish Linguisa
Solar Fire
Sun Sugar (very good cherry)

Sweet Peppers:
Blushing Beauty
Giant Aconcagua
Key West
King Arthur
Orange Bell
Super Red Pimento

Hot Peppers:
Bishop's Crown
Bulgarian Carrot
Garden Salsa
Pasillo Bajo
Thai Bangkok
Tunisian Baklouti
Bellingrath Gardens

Shop at Georgia Museum of Art

Show your support for the museum and take home some cool stuff! GMOA is having a shop sale this Thursday and Friday, May 20 & 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building on Jackson Street. Browse a wide range of unique items, including jewelry, scarves, bags, books, children's gifts & toys, pottery, stationery, home decor and more from the Museum Shop's inventory. Everything will be discounted, with some items as much as 75% off. Email millera@uga.edu for more info.

Posted By Georgia Museum of Art to Curator's Corner at 5/18/2010 03:00:00 PM

Winterville Assisted Living Fundraiser -- Cakes, Pies, and a gallon of stew

Winterville Assisted Living is having a series of fundraisers to enhance recreation for its residents. So far, they've purchased a grill and a gazebo and now are aiming for more outdoor furniture and a vegetable garden. The upcoming third fundraiser includes:
- Smoked Boston butt ($25)
- Gallon of stew ($30)
- Cakes ($25)
- Pies ($12)
If you're interested, please drop your payment by to Winterville Assisted Living director Sheryee Huff (across from the Post Office on Avery Street off of Main St.) between now and this coming Friday, May 21st. Purchased items can be picked up on May 28th or May 29th.
If you have questions, please contact Sheryee Huff at 706-742-5106, shuff@ALCCO.COM This is a busy, nearly full assisted living facility, so it occasionally may take a second try at making contact.


Athens Homeless Shelter, Volunteers needed

As you all know, many students leave Athens in May, and as a result of student organizations being much less active, we have a greater need for dinner volunteers over the summer. This month we still need someone to serve dinner on May 19 and May 27.

For those who have not served before, here's how it works. We ask our dinner volunteers to serve the meal at 5:30. Many groups come about an hour early to start preparing the food. Some choose to prepare the food off-site and bring it here. Either way is fine, but we do have a full commercial kitchen if you would like to use our facilities. You'll be serving 20-25 people, so it's best to have at least 2-3 people serving. Bringing dinner is also a great way to interact with our residents and see how AAHS is helping change lives. To book a date or call and talk to McKenzy. 706-354-0423.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jaron Kunkel
Faces of Homelessness
Athens Area Homeless Shelter

Campus cats needs help for 1 day

I realize Campus Cats always could use some help, but this Thursday 5/20 @ 12:30, they have the opportunity to pick up possibly 120 16-pound bags of Friskies Signature Blend dry cat food at the Purina plant in Fairburn, GA. This will feed a lot of local cats! It's a two hour trip each way and bags will need to loaded by hand. They have 1 mini-van and 1 small covered pick-up truck going, but really need another large van or truck (and driver!) to make everything fit.

This food can only be used for foster/rescue cats or to feed ferals (as some of you may have noticed, Purina has poured alot of money into advertising their foster/rescue/shelter efforts).

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kelly, at


Chef Angela McKeller at The Rolling Pin

When: May 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Rolling Pin, 196 Alps Road
Admission: Free

From Bethany Bangston of Atlanta's Finest Dining Magazine:

Chef Angela McKeller has been on The Food Network with Paula Deen, asked to be on several reality cooking shows and now, has published her cook book, Passion on a Plate: Affordable and EASY Gourmet. Join Chef McKeller for a book signing and demonstration with free snacks and drinks (prepared by the chef). And all you DAWGS fans - get your red, black and white Kick Back and Kook Couture apron before football season!

One lucky attendee with receive a package to include a $5 gift certificate to The Rolling Pin, a FREE "kookbook" and a FREE apron!

10% of all sales benefit The Hope and Light Foundation, funding a cure for the #1 genetic cause of death in children under the age of 2.

Invite your friends, plan on having a GREAT time with "The Kook" and get answers to all of your cooking dilemmas so you can start "kooking!

After almost 10 years of market research chef McKeller has put together a cookbook that simplifies cooking. As a young girl, chef McKeller was taught by her grandmother, who survived the great depression, how to save money, save time and save waste in the kitchen. Chef McKeller's secret is to stock your pantry full of the must-haves, only buy items at the grocery store you can reuse during the week and a little bit of forethought. It's cooking on a budget.

Discovering Monroe art exhibit

Discovering Monroe
hand-painted silk by textile artist René D. Shoemaker

Exhibition at the Monroe Art Guild, : May 4- May 27, 2010
Reception: Saturday, May 8, 2010 4-6pm

Come explore Monroe from an "outsider's" view. After walking through downtown Monroe, discovering the beauty, texture, and architectural history of the town, René then drew what she saw, and "painted" the designs on the silk - so that she could share it back with the citizens of Monroe.

By day, René is the librarian and gallery director at the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia. Her work with landscape architects, historic preservationists, and planners, informs her artistic view of the world. Her work represents experience, movement through space and an appreciation for historic architecture and architectural details. She holds a degree in fabric design from UGA, and an MLIS for University of South Carolina. Monroe Art Guild
205 South Broad St
Monroe Ga 30655


"Athens Burning" Trailer

Free IT / recycle old computers, monitors, printers, etc.

Do you have a personal computer that is gathering dust? Put it to good use for the community and donate it to Free IT Athens, a 501 (c)(3) (Under Common Ground Athens) non-profit computer support organization. Your tax-deductible computer donation will be refurbished and sold or donated to local individuals or organizations. If your computer cannot be refurbished it will be sold to a regional recycling firm that responsibly recycles e-waste.

We also accept printers and single monitors, mice, keyboards, ethenet cords and other computer parts whether they are working or not.

If you have a personal computer that you would like to donate you may drop it off at our workspace (Action, Inc. Building, 594 Oconee St., 2nd Floor) on Wednesdays from 6-8PM or on Sundays from 1-5PM. If you are an organization with a lot of hardware to donate, please contact us to arrange a pick-up or drop off. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.freeitathens.org/donate

Rachel Rotz


Compost Bin sale

Are you interested in taking waste reduction to the next level?

If so, come and purchase a compost bin and recycle - Mother Nature Style.

When: Wednesday, May 5th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Old ACC Solid Waste Department, 1005 College Avenue
Open to: All
Cost: $45.00 each (cash or check), includes a kitchen pail

All proceeds benefit Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

Feel free to contact KACCB with any questions.

Susan L. Reese, Program Assistant
Solid Waste Dept.
706-613-3501 x 309 (office)
706-613-3504 (fax)


Mule Day

Celebrate over 200 years of farm history in Northeast Georgia on May 15, 2010 at the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm.

You can:
  • Tour a farm complex that's been cared for by the same family for over 200 years
  • Eat BBQ cooked on site and top it off with homemade ice cream
  • Listen to bluegrass and gospel.
  • Watch demonstrations by craftspeople including blacksmithing, quilting, basket making, and soap making
  • Visit the Georgia Old Time Plow Club mules and wagons
  • See plowing demonstrations with oxen
  • See cornmeal ground at the 1909 grist mill
Mule Day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. The farm is located near Arcade at 2355 Ethridge Road, Jefferson, Georgia. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I'm not sure about gospel music, but I'd do almost anything for barbecue. This could be a cultural experience for me if I go since I'm a couple generations removed from the agrarian experience. It will probably look like more fun than my grandfather actually had working on a Jackson County farm, though.


Free plant swap & park weeding opportunity

Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for the following event on Thursday at the Sandy Creek Nature Center:

The Memorial Park Weed Warriors, an all-volunteer project, are tackling the severe exotic pest plant invasion at Memorial Park, Athens' only forested urban park. Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, in cooperation with Sue Wilde and Dorothy O'Niell, leaders of the Memorial Park forest
restoration project, will talk about the success of the project, including recruiting hundreds of volunteers from throughout Northeast Georgia, eradicating English ivy, Chinese privet, and bush honeysuckle from 3.5 acres, and planting more than 40 native plants purchased with the ORAS conservation grant.

Come before the meeting to enjoy our annual FREE PLANT SWAP! Bring your favorite native garden plants and exchange them with plants other people bring. Don't have anything to bring yourself? That's alright, come and see what we have!

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on
Thursday May 6 in
the ENSAT Building at Sandy Creek Nature Center. For additional information, contact President Vanessa Lane at president@oconeeriversaudubon.org or visit us at