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

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