Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce on the Farm and at the Market.

April 1, 2013 5:15 pm – 8:30 pm
A food safety training for farmers on small to medium-sized farms selling produce to farmers markets, CSAs, restaurants, etc. Food Safety is good marketing. Come and learn about best practices to help you keep the produce you grow safe from farm to market. A market manager training is also included to enhance the safety of locally grown produce sold in your market. Participants will receive a packet of take-home references and a certificate of completion.

Cost: FREE!!

Location
Bartow County Cooperative Extension
320 W. Cherokee Ave.
Cartersville, GA 30120
Olin Tatum Agriculture Building, Stiles Auditorium (Located adjacent to the Cartersville Public Library parking lot) Get Directions

Participation Details
For more information and to register please contact the Bartow County Cooperative Extension office at: 770-387-5142 or email: uge1015@uga.edu.
Please pre-register by the deadline of March 29th.
Registration link: http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bartow/documents/FarmersMa…

Contact Information
Bartow County Cooperative Extension
770-387-5142
uge1015@uga.edu

Other upcoming workshops:
Vegetable Gardening Seminar – April 2 @ 6:30pm How to Build a Rain Barrel – April 6 @ 9:30am Top 10 Tree and Landscape Mistakes – April 9 @ 6:00pm Home Food Preservation Tips – April 9 @ 6:45pm Container Gardening – May 7 @ 6:30pm Click here for more information about these and other upcoming workshops:
http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bartow/documents/2013GardeningSeminars.pdf

United Way at the Capital Update – BE THE CHANGE – GET INVOLVED!

United Way Worldwide urges visits with congressional delegation during recess

Both the U.S. House and Senate have recessed through April 5 to return to their districts for the religious holidays now upon us. Before leaving Washington, both chambers adopted a resolution (H.R. 933) continuing federal funding through the end of the federal fiscal year, September 30, thus averting a possible government shutdown. With a few exceptions, the 5.1 % across-the-board cuts remain in effect.
A small restoration was given to Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and WIC was fully restored. Other programs continue to be subject to sequester, but exactly how the cut will be administered remains uncertain. The measure also extends through September 30 the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program which had been separately scheduled for reauthorization.
Each chamber also adopted its version of a budget for the 2014 federal fiscal year beginning October 1. While there are issues to be concerned about or applauded in the respective House and Senate proposals, they are highly partisan plans that are unlikely to achieve bipartisan or bicameral consensus or adoption. For this reason United Way Worldwide has not taken a position on either version.
Instead, United Way Worldwide urges stakeholders to communicate our policy priorities with our congressional delegation; a one-pager can be downloaded here. The fate of the federal charitable tax deduction continues to be a particular focus of concern particularly with respect to the Senate’s budget plan. Take action now by clicking here.

State lawmakers to drink from fire hose of bills by midnight Thursday
The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene Monday for the Day 38 of the 2013 legislative session. Day 39 is to be on Tuesday; lawmakers will then recess on Wednesday ahead of the final Day 40 on Thursday when their work may continue up until midnight. The last days of every session favor those adept at chamber rules and parliamentary procedure as amendments, substitutes and conference committee reports are presented with little time for analysis.
Highlights of last week include unanimous adoption of HB 232 reforming the state’s juvenile justice code in the Senate; it returns to the House for agreement with Senate changes. Similarly, HB 349 restoring discretion to judges in sentencing for certain crimes and restricting certain criminal records passed the Senate and returns to the House for agreement with the Senate substitute. While this year’s session is notable for its brevity and relative lack of controversy, some big issues remain:
HB 106 or the state fiscal year 2014 budget rests in a conference committee where small differences between the House and Senate versions are hammered out. Appropriators have done the best that they could have, given the dearth of state revenues with which to fund services. See GBPI’s Alan Essig’s analysis posted Friday.
Dueling gun bills: SB 101 and HB 512 now more closely resemble one another but key differences remain with respect to where guns may be carried in controversial locations.
Immigration: SB 160 appears to have superseded HB 125 in tempering some of the excesses in Georgia’s immigration statute, but differences could be resolved in conference. Both bills seek to define pubic benefits and limit the number of times a person must prove that s/he is a citizen to be eligible to receive one. Last week, a federal judge ruled against a provision of the law that could have exposed nonprofit and faith-based agencies or their volunteers to criminal liability for unknowingly harboring or transporting undocumented immigrants.
Ethics: The Senate has returned a controversial substitute to Speaker Ralston’s HB 142. It will likely be resolved – or die – in conference.
Fulton County: A spate of bills aimed at the structure, size and revenue of Fulton County have drawn statewide attention and remain in play and could have lasting repercussions in state politics and policy.
This newsletter will not be published next Sunday. Expect two more: one with a wrap-up of adopted legislation of interest to United Way stakeholders sent to Governor Deal’s desk and a final one reflecting the governor’s vetoes. The governor has 40 days in which to veto entire bills or lines within the budget. Happy Spring –

To find your state representatives go to – http://votesmart.org/officials/GA/L/georgia-state-legislative
Advocates, remember to use your personal email account rather than your employer’s when contacting lawmakers!

Information and newsworthy announcements

UPCOMING MEETINGS….
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force will meet on Monday, April 8th @ 10 am @ The Teen Center.

The next Family Promise Meeting (Interfaith Network) will be Tue. April 16th @ 6:30 pm @ The Bridge. This is an open meeting. For more information contact Eric Lee @ 770-331-9770 or eric@bridgingpeople.net.
The next Bartow Give a Kid a Chance meeting will be Mon, April 22nd @ 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Conference Room 1st Floor. This is an open meeting…please feel free to join us! If you have any questions, contact Terry Terrell @ tafproperties2@yahoo.com.

NEWSWORTHY…
(new) EASTER EGG HUNTS…..
The Bridge will host an Easter Festival this Sat. March 30 from 11am-2pm @ GA Highlands College (5441 Highway 20 NE. Cartersville, GA 30121). There will be egg hunt for kids up to 5th grade starting @ 11am. Enjoy inflatables, live DJ, and more.

Pine Log United Methodist Church will host their 3rd Annual Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt this Sat, March 30th @ 3497 Pine Log Road in Rydal. The Event will begin at 10:00 am and will include games and art activities for children of all ages. The Hunt will be divided into age brackets; children under 3, ages 4-7, and ages 8-12. Jumpin’ Jack the Bunny will be on hand for pictures and everyone is welcome to visit with Mike’s Balloon Bunnies.

(new) i-KyRos is an initiative where individuals in recovery can create cherished moments of peace and joy. Through snorkeling/diving activities, racing minds are forced to be “quiet” and focus providing peace of mind similar to the effects of deep meditation. i-KyRos will host a motorcycle ride on April 6th to raise funds for their efforts. The ride will begin at Opi’s Roadhouse in Rome. For more information contact Jennifer Stone @678-823-3587
Jenniferstone@ikyros.org. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

(new) WellStar Paulding Physicians Center will host FREE Health Checks and Information on April 13th from 9:00 am – noon. The Center is located @ 148 Bill Carruth Parkway
Hiram, GA 30141. For more information call 770-786-9527 or visit wellstar.org. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

PARTNER EVENTS…..
From the Goodwill Career Center
(new) Goodwill Career Center will host a Job Fair this Thursday, March 28th from 10:00 am – 1:00 am. Employers representing 2 Work Staffing, Advantage Sales & Marketing, AVON – Employment opportunities, Creative Intervention Services, Elwood Staffing- for TI Automotive, Jermel Transport, Kings Detail Shop, Mary Kay, Morgan Corporation, Randstad Staffing, and Valley Crest will be on head. Goodwill Career Center is located @ 929 Joe Frank Parkway in Cartersville. For more information contact Joan or Phyllis @ 770-276-7026 or contact Phyllis @ pbunch@gmail.com. You may also link to the Goodwill’s flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

From Sam Jones United Methodist Church
Sam Jones UMC will hold “Making Decisions Now for Later”, an End of Life Educational Series, which will include the following workshops: Wed. April 10th -Hospice-what is it? What happens with hospice?; Wed. April 17th- Funeral Planning, writing an obituary, the National Cemetery for Veterans, and organ donation; Wed. April 24th – Legal aspects and financial aspects associated with the end of life; Wed. May 1st – The spiritual aspect of the end of life. All seminars are free and start at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Mary Parker mparker@samjonesumc.org or Laura Herr parishnurse@samjonesumc.org.

From Keep Bartow Beautiful
Keep Bartow Beautiful will be celebrating the Great American Cleanup this spring. Clean-up Projects include April 13: Anheuser-Busch employees will be joined by local citizens to clean Etowah River; April 19: Adairsville High School ROTC and Environmental Science students will participate in the cleanup of Old Highway 41; April 20: Ray Southern Memorial Cleanup/Atco Community Day, City if Emerson Cleanup Saturday, and Taylorsville Community Cleanup (for more information call 770-387-6544); April 27: Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup; May will conclude with Georgia Highlands Community Garden Project. To volunteer, call 770-387-5167 or email henshaws@bartowga.org.

From Cartersville Planning and Development
The ATCO Clean-up & Neighborhood Day will be Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am. This event is a part of national Great American Clean-up and Earth Day and will be the 3rd year ATCO Community is participating. Locally, the City of Cartersville and Keep Bartow Beautiful is sponsoring the first Neighborhood Day, which will include food, festivities and community resources. If your organization or agency is interested in setting up a table to provide educational information or interactive activities or you would like to volunteer, please contact Richard Osborne, Cartersville City Planner @ 770-387-5614 orrosborne@cityofcartersville.org. You may also link to the ATCO flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

From Bartow Resource Center
The 1st Annual 5K for Life and Healthy Relationships will be held Sat. April 27th @ Sam Smith Park. For detailed information, visit the event website at http://www.5kforlife.org.
Kick-off is March 13th so grab a laptop or ipad and register your student group, Sunday School class, small group, or friends and family that day. Each fund raiser will receive their own fundraising page which they can share on Facebook, Twitter, or through email. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

From the Bartow Navigator Team
The Bartow County Navigator Team will meet April 11th at Oakland Heights Baptist Church 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a presentation by Canine Assistants with Susan Hopkins. Rising Hope will host a Two-gether marriage retreat for couples raising children with special needs on Saturday, April 27 -Sunday, April 28. The retreat will be @ the downtown Marriott in Chattanooga, TN. For more information contact Rising Above Ministries 931-526-7473 http://www.risingaboveministries.org. Skyzone in Kennesaw (indoor trampoline facility) will be having a special needs night on March 27, 2013-. 6:30-8pm, $15 per jumper, 1650 Airport Rd, Kennesaw- (404) 483-7067 to register.

From Georgia Department of Vocation Rehabilitation
(new)”A Veterans Jobs and Resources Fair will be held May 16th from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Vendors, Employers, Federal, State & Municipal Agencies, Community Rehabilitation Partners & Private Providers are invited to register and participate. The Fair will be at the Sonoraville Recreation Complex 7494 Fairmount Highway, Calhoun GA 30701.To register as an employer, participant or provider contact: Carl H. McRae @carl.mcrae@gvra.ga.gov or (404) 232-1820 voice or Gene Washington, Project Coordinator gene.washington@gvra.ga.gov or (404) 232-1783. You may also link to the Veteran’s Fair flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

WEBINARS/CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS
(new)”Elder Abuse…What Professionals Should Know” will be held Thursday, April 4th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration begging at 8:30am) @ Georgia Northwestern Technical College Building 600 – Ray Brooks Building Rock Spring, Georgia. P.O.S.T. & CEU credits available Registration $10.00 per person. (Limited number of scholarships available for students) Limited to 100 participants. For more information contact Kerry DeFoe
NWGRC Area Agency on Aging @ 866.552.4464 or kdefoe@nwgrc.org. You may also link to the Conference Agenda and registration form on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

(new) The 9th Georgia Charitable Care Network Annual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2013 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. Thursday’s activities will include the Awards Luncheon, a keynote presentation by Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens, lots of timely workshops, and a reception hosted at Bartow Health Access’ new facility. Registration fee is $179. To register or for more information contact
Donna E. Looper @ 678.553.4939 or visits http://www.gfcn.org

(new) Georgia Power is sponsoring “Mentoring a Girl in Construction” Summer Camps in Bartow County. This is a free, one-week, day camp designed to introduce high school girls to exciting careers in construction. MAGIC Summer Camp offers high school girls the opportunity to learn about the countless avenues of employment available to women in the construction industry and to engage these young women via hands-on training in basic construction skills. This opportunity to gain marketable skills and to experience the exhilaration of successfully performing difficult tasks builds self-confidence and boosts self-image. For more information or to register contact Janet Queen @ JALQueen@southernco.com.

(new) WinShape will host a four-daylong camp for 1st-6th graders June 24-28, 2013 @ Excel Christian Academy. Students will have the opportunity to engage in Bible study, worship, recreation and a skill class. For more information contact Lisa Bandy at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 770-382-1977 or visit http://www.winshapecamps.org/communities

Participate in all three United Way of Bartow County’s Special Events in 2013 and get your business logo on all advertisement!

 

United Way of Bartow County’s mission is to provide funding and guidance to its member nonprofit agencies.  These agencies not only provide food, clothing, shelter, but also health, education and disaster services to families and children that are in need in our community.   We are grateful that these agencies exist, but without the financial support of United Way, the services and the clients they serve will suffer. 

United Way of Bartow County would like to invite you to become a corporate sponsor this year.  Your participation will ensure that event costs will be minimal and that all proceeds will go to the agencies in need.  The cost of the sponsorship is $1500.  For this donation, you will receive free admission for a team of 4 at the golf tournament, free admission for a team of 4 shooters at the sporting clay tournament, and free admission for 4 runners at the turkey trot.  Also your business will be showcased on all advertising for the events.

The agencies that you will be helping include:

BartowCounty Boys and Girls Club                                       Good Shepherd Foundation

BartowCounty 4-H                                                                 Hickory Log

American Red Cross of BartowCounty                                 Aids Alliance

Salvation Army of BartowCounty                                          Bartow County Civil Air Patrol

Habitat for Humanity of BartowCounty                                 Bartow Health Access

Good Neighbor Shelter                                                           North Bartow Community Services

New Beginnings Food Outreach                                           Christian League of Battered Women

Advocates for Children                                                         Girl Scouts of Bartow County

 To become a Super Star Sponsor or if you need further information, please feel free to contact me. Brenda Morehouse Office 770-386-1677 Cell 678-438-2451

  Be the change in your community!!!

Annual Ric Mason Memorial golf tournament May 13,2013

Tee up for United Way on the beautiful greens of Barnsley Gardens. All proceeds benefit United Way and 16 local non-profit organizations such as, Advocates for Children, Hickory Log,
Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and The Good Neighbor Shelter.

Sponsor packages

Gold Sponsor—$750

• 4 players, including gift, goody bag, lunch, dinner and beverages
• Signage and booth setup at hole of your choice

Silver Sponsor—$500

• 2 players, including gift, goody bag, lunch, dinner and beverages
• Signage and booth setup at one of the holes

Bronze Sponsor—$200
• Signage and booth setup at one of the holes

Sign-Only Sponsor—$100

Call United Way at 770-386-1677 or 678-538-2451 for registration and more details!!

Support Advocates for Children this thursday at the Duck Derby Kickoff

Duck Derby Sales Kick Off 2013
Shiver me timbers! It is that time again for the 2013 Duck Derby

I am Nicole Hughes the chair of this years duck derby. I would like to invite you to our duck derby kick off party at The Loft downtown Cartersville. It will be this Thursday at 5:30pm. We will have refreshments donated by City Cellar, Johnny Mitchells Smokehouse & Cici’s pizza. Cash bar will be available.

For information regarding this event please contact our sales chair Kaytlin Greenley Coosa Valley Credit Union kgreenley@mycvcu.org.

We Can’t Do it Alone!

Over half of Advocates’ annual budget is raised right here in the community through generous donors, local churches and civic groups and special events like the Duck Derby. The Duck Derby is Advocates’ keystone fundraiser in which participants “Adopt a Duck” (a rubber one that is!) that will float down the Etowah River on May 18 to win their owner some amazing prizes! Prizes for this year include a 2013 Honda Fit, a $1,000 shopping spree at West End Commons, two kayaks, an iPad and many more.

Advocates depends on dozens of devoted volunteers to help sell the 30,000 ducks that proudly float down the river. Your help can insure that this year’s Derby is the most successful to date! You will receive Duck Adoption papers and instructions as to how to fill these out

Local happenings

UPCOMING MEETINGS…
NW Regional System of Care Sub-Region will meet this Fri. March 15th at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. The entire group will meet from 10:00am-11:30am with a break out of sub-regions from 11:30-12:30. For more information contact Carolyn R. Johnson. Bartow County Juvenile Court @ (770)607-6302.

The Interfaith Network will meet on Thurs. March 21st @ 6:30 pm at Cartersville First Presbyterian Church. All churches are welcome! For more information, contact Eric Lee @ eric@bridgingpeople.net.

Bartow Give a Kid a Chance will meet Fri. March 22nd following the Collaborative meeting @ 10:00 am in the upstairs café area at First Presbyterian Church. This is an open meeting…please feel free to join us! If you have any questions, contact Terry Terrell @ tafproperties2@yahoo.com.

NEWSWORTHY…
(new) You are invited to attend a prescreening of “Decisions”- The newest video made by Bartow County EMS and the Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol. The prescreening will be Tuesday, March 12th @ 7:00 pm @ Cartersville High School Auditorium. The video will be presented to high school juniors and seniors the week of prom to raise awareness of driving under the influence. Prescreening is open to all adults; no current high school students please. We want them to get the full effect of the entire presentation during their school assembly! For more information contact Scott Sherwin @ 678-721-592.

(new) The Bartow County Health Department, in partnership with Shorter University School of Nursing is accessing residents in North Georgia regarding the LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center Development. The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) survey will help to understand what impacts healthy living and how to advocate for improving better options in their area. From the information gathered, better decisions can be made that minimize risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve lifestyles, both short and long term. To take the 5 minute survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BartowHIA. For more information, contact Lisa Greeby, Northwest Georgia Public Health District @ Phone (706)295-6641.

The Cartersville-Bartow Chamber is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Leadership Class. Applications are due March 28th. Limited scholarship assistance is available. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Leslie McMillan @ leslie@cartersvillechamber.com

The Bartow County Department of Family and Children Service is looking for a few free standing partitions/walls for their lobby area. If you have surplus or know of any donations, please contact Lynn Green @ 770-387-3936.

PARTNER EVENTS…..
From Highland Rivers
(new) The Respect Institute Graduation Ceremony will be held Thursday, March 14th @10:30 am at the Bartow Civic Center. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The RESPECT Institute is a program designed to provide the skills and coaching necessary for Certified Peer Specialist to be able to construct and customize their personal stories so they can be delivered in diverse venues, like legislative meetings, employee orientations, university classrooms, civic meetings, and continuing education programs. For more information contact Beth Vice @ Highland Rivers Health Rehabilitative Services @ 706-537-8044 or 706-270-5100.

From Advocates for Children
The 2013 Duck Derby season kicks off March 21 @ 5 p.m. at the City Loft in downtown Cartersville. New teams are encouraged to join! Terry Reid Kia and Hyundai, is also sponsoring the 3rd Annual Funds for Your Future competition. High school seniors can compete for valuable college scholarships by raising money through duck sales (adoptions) for the 2013 Duck Derby. The twelfth annual Duck Derby is May 18 at the Riverside Day Use Area. For more information contact Advocates @ 770-387-1143.

Sam Jones United Methodist Church
Sam Jones UMC will hold “Making Decisions Now for Later”, an End of Life Educational Series, which will include the following workshops: Wed. April 10th -Hospice-what is it? What happens with hospice?; Wed. April 17th- Funeral Planning, writing an obituary, the National Cemetery for Veterans, and organ donation; Wed. April 24th – Legal aspects and financial aspects associated with the end of life; Wed. May 1st – The spiritual aspect of the end of life. All seminars are free and start at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Mary Parker mparker@samjonesumc.org or Laura Herr parishnurse@samjonesumc.org.

Keep Bartow Beautiful
(several new dates) Keep Bartow Beautiful will be celebrating the Great American Cleanup this spring. Clean-up Projects include April 13: Anheuser-Busch employees will be joined by local citizens to clean Etowah River; April 19: Adairsville High School ROTC and Environmental Science students will participate in the cleanup of Old Highway 41; April 20: Ray Southern Memorial Cleanup/Atco Community Day, City if Emerson Cleanup Saturday, and Taylorsville Community Cleanup (for more information call 770-387-6544); April 27: Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup; May will conclude with Georgia Highlands Community Garden Project. To volunteer, call 770-387-5167 or email henshaws@bartowga.org.

From Cartersville Planning and Development
The ATCO Clean-up & Neighborhood Day will be Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am. This event is a part of national Great American Clean-up and Earth Day and will be the 3rd year ATCO Community is participating. Locally, the City of Cartersville and Keep Bartow Beautiful is sponsoring the first Neighborhood Day, which will include food, festivities and community resources. If your organization or agency is interested in setting up a table to provide educational information or interactive activities or you would like to volunteer, please contact Richard Osborne, Cartersville City Planner @ 770-387-5614 orrosborne@cityofcartersville.org. Richard will be our guest speaker at the March Collaborative Meeting.

From Bartow Resource Center
(new) The 1st Annual 5K for Life and Healthy Relationships will be held Sat. April 27th @ Sam Smith Park. For detailed information, visit the event website at http://www.5kforlife.org. Kick-off is March 13th so grab a laptop or ipad and register your student group, Sunday School class, small group, or friends and family that day. Each fund raiser will receive their own fundraising page which they can share on Facebook, Twitter, or through email.

WEBINARS/CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS
March
Lookout Mtn CME and the Adolescent & Youth Development Program of Northwest GA Public Health have partnered to present a free workshop on engaging and empowering youth voice in our programs. Youth As Partners in Systems of Care will be March 20 from 9-2 in Rome at the Floyd County Health Department and April 19th at Dalton State College. The deadline is this Friday to register. For more information contact Angie Robinson @ arrobinson@dhr.state.ga.us.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia Chapter will host the Annual Caregiver Conference will be held in Calhoun, Tuesday March 26, 2013 from 8:30-4:00. Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Calhoun and RossWoods Adult Day Services in Dalton are offering respite for caregivers who wish to attend the conference. To register for any program, please call 800-272-3900 or e-mail beth.mauldin@alz.org

(new) The Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness will host the 10th Annual Conference and Learning Institutes on Solutions to Ending Homelessness and Hunger in Georgia March 26, 27, and ends on the 28th at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center in Marietta. Early bird full conference registration rate $225 or a one day rate of $100 ends March 28th. For more information or to registration page, visit http://www.gahomeless.org or contact Evelyn Campbell, Jasper Preston or Katheryn Preston at (770) 575-5785. Space is beginning to become limited so we suggest that anyone who is interested in registering, please do so by March 19th to ensure a space.