Local happenings

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.

(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.

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.

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.