ACC Summer photo contest

Picture This... During the month of July, email your digital photo in the Summer Photo Contest. The chosen photograph will win a prize and have the photo displayed on www.accleisureservices.com.

Photos should be emailed to mylaneal@co.clarke.ga.us. The submission deadline is July 30. The winner will be announced July 31.

For more information, please call (706) 613-3580 or visit www.accleisureservices.com/july.shtml.



Athens Music Walking Tour

also a reminder, athfest is coming up!

Athens Music History Tours
Departing from City Hall / Welcome Center KIOSK
at the corner of Washington Street and College Avenue

    • Friday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 26, 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.

$10 with AthFest Wristband; $15 without Wristband

Once again the Athens Music History Driving Tour will be led by local ‘scenester’ and former Side Effect, Paul Butchart on the Athens Welcome Center’s Classic City Tours bus. The tour will explore the sights and sounds that cultivated Athens’ rich musical heritage. Paul knows the scene well and has many great stories to prove it. Stops include the Murmur trestle, the “Sidewalk of the Stars,” and Ricky Wilson’s grave. Approximate running time is two hours. The tour will depart from the KIOSK on Washington Street in front of City Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of AthFest. Tickets are on sale at the Athens Welcome Center or at the KIOSK.

Space is limited. Call 706-208-8687 for your reservation.


The owl that owns itself

There is an owl on Dearing Street. I heard it last Friday night, and a colleague of mine saw it tonight. I don't know anything about owl species, so I can't tell you what it is. But if you know anything about this owl, make some comments for us.


Dock Diving Dogs Coming to Oconee County

Dixie Dock Dogs to host regional dock diving competition at Oconee Veterans Park.

Some of the top ranked dogs in the sport of dock diving will compete July 2-4 at The Great American Dawg Jump in Watkinsville, Georgia. Dixie Dock Dogs, a non-profit organization benefitting various canine charities, is producing this thrilling event which features dogs jumping great lengths to splash down into a pool of water. Covering the entire state of Georgia, Dixie Dock Dogs is affiliated with the national organization DockDogs. The competition will be held at Oconee Veterans Park on Hog Mountain Road.

Bill Akin of Watkinsville, and president of Dixie Dock Dogs, is very excited about the club hosting the upcoming competition. "This is our first dock diving event here in Oconee County, said Akin. "We're sure it will be a fun time for everyone, people and dogs alike…something for the entire family."

According to Akin, a regulation 40' dock and 40' x 12' pool of water will be brought onto the park property. Dogs from all over the country will come to compete in the three sporting disciplines of DockDogs: Big Air, which measures the length of their jump, Extreme Vertical, which measures the height, and Speed Retrieve, which measures how fast they run, jump and swim.

"It's an awesome sport," said Nancy Akin, also of Dixie Dock Dogs. "Our own team of Labrador Retrievers, known as Team 4 Dawg Flite, has been to DockDogs competitions from Florida to Missouri to Ohio to Maryland, and all stops in-between. We are so excited now to share this sport with the Oconee County community."

The Akins report they are expecting over 100 dogs to compete in the 3-day event. Dock diving is a sport for any breed or any size dog, and everyone in this area is encouraged to bring your dog out to give it a try. Dixie Dock Dogs will have Practice Coaches available to show interested attendees dock diving strategies and give tips for getting started in the sport. If you would like to have your dog participate, you can register online at DockDogs.com. If you just want to attend the festivities without having your dog participate, registration is not necessary.

For more information about The Great American Dawg Jump, please visit DixieDockDogs.com. You can also contact Nancy Akin at 706-540-9395.


Athens Homeless Shelter news & volunteer info

Dear Friend,
The Athens Area Homeless Shelter is in full swing this summer! From enrolling our kids in camps to welcoming new participants to our JobTREC program, we are busy providing vital services to homeless individuals and families in Athens. http://tinyurl.com/382do3f Click here to read our latest newsletter. Inside, you'll find stories about how the Athens community is providing hope to the homeless through their service and support.

One of our favorite stories featured in the newsletter features a local homeless artist that received a gift of hope from a AAHS board member and a local business after he became a victim of a tragic theft. You can also read about our new staff members, including the new AAHS Volunteer Manager. If you are interested in volunteering, please email
volunteer@helpathenshomeless.org any time you are interested in serving.

Our latest newsletter also features a list of community partners and supporters that have made our work possible during the spring months. Check out our supporters! If you know someone that would like to hear about the work of AAHS, let us know! Forward this email to them and tell them why you care about the homeless in Athens and why you support AAHS.


Genealogy event

The East Georgia Genealogical Society is having a BOOK FAIR, featuring local authors
and historical societies, on Tuesday, June 8th, 7 - 9 PM, at their regular meeting place:

Peoples Financial Center
Betty Jo Maddox Room
76 Broad Street
Winder, Georgia

Come and see what good bargains you can find!!! Hope to see you there!

For more information contact Sharon Smith-Taylor at 770-867-9083, or
email: sharonsmithtaylor@yahoo.com


John Oxendine: Birther

Anonymous blessing

I thought I was alone as I was walking down steps and about to cross a parking lot. I sneezed twice, and from behind a line of trees and shrubbery I heard a woman's voice say, "Bless you!" Surprised, my only reaction was, "Ha, thanks!" I don't know where she was or what she was doing there, but it is certainly wacky to respond to a stranger's sneeze at such a distance through a vegetative buffer.

Anecdotes like these are why I started Athens World, right?


Athens Pirates Baseball opener

The Athens Pirates Baseball team will open their season on Sunday, June 6th at 4:00 at Cedar Shoals High School baseball field.

This is a double header against the Ty Cobb Reds. Admission is $5 and 12 & under are free. Come out and support the Pirates!


Library survey -- your opinion matters!

Athens-Clarke County Library is conducting an online library user survey and would really appreciate everyone's feedback. The survey web site is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M2JD393 or it can be reached from the A-CC Library main web page: http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/

Thanks very much!


Summer music series

The Front Porch Bookstore will be hosting a summer music series throughout the summer. Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks, and your enthusiasm for good music. Relax on the front lawn of the Front Porch Book Store as popular local musicians perform for your listening pleasure. The artists are performing for free - tips or donations are encouraged. Artists may also have items for sale. Performances are every Saturday June 5th thru Aug. 28th at 6pm. No performances on June 26th or July 3rd.
Schedule for June:
June 5 - North Georgia Bluegrass Band - featuring Chris White on lead guitar and lead vocals; Larry 'Mule' Saye on rhythm guitar; Antoon Speters on mandolin, baritone and lead vocals; Rich Born on banjo and vocals; and Phyllis Walls on bass. Have a listen over here:


June 12 - Poncho Magic - featuring April McDowell, Dave Martin, Marla Getford, and AJ Griffin. They have wowed audiences with incorrigibly twangy, yet eclectic sets and big, Carter-esque vocal harmonies. With all members hailing from the South, Poncho Magic excels at rockabilly, honky tonk, pop country, and cow punk; however forays into pop, funk, dance, and good ol' hard rock are business as usual in this band's repertoire.www.myspace.com/ponchomagic

June 19 - Dodd Ferrelle - "Athens musician and songsmith Dodd Ferrelle charges up his dark Americana with a generous influx of rock and power-pop electricity on his new platter, Lonely Parades, the album stands as Ferrelle's strongest batch of songs to date." - Jeff Clark, Stomp & Stammer, April 2009


The Front Porch Bookstore is located at 102 Marigold Lane in Winterville.