News, important dates and Happenings around Bartow County Georgia

Reminders…

We value your feedback! If you are a collaborative member and you did NOT fill out a paper survey at our last meeting, please take a few minutes and complete our Vitality Survey online by clicking HERE.

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PARTNER EVENTS…

Tallatoona CAP Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program has been delayed 1 month. The program will begin December 1 for senior adults 65 and up and homebound residents. The program will open for the general public starting January 1, 2016. If you wish to apply for energy assistance please watch for the book now button to appear on Tallatoona’s website (http://www.tallatoonacap.org/) or call the appointment line at (770) 817-4666 or toll free at (770) 773-7730 for 706 area codes.

HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS – SIGN UP

On October 26, 29 and November 2 Crosspoint City Church will continue to have live sign up for Hope For Christmas – a one day event that will be held on December 12, 2015 for Bartow County Residents. Fun activities are planned for the entire family. Parents select two age appropriate gifts for all of the children in their family and are given a complete Christmas meal with all of the trimmings. There is even a Secret Santa shop where kids can select and have a gift wrapped to give to parents on Christmas morning. Registration is from 10am – 2pm at Crosspoint City Church, 245 S. Tennessee St. in Cartersville. ID and copy of utility bill for proof of residence is required at registration. For questions contact Bailey Beaver at bailey@bashatlanta.com or 678-887-8608.

Toys for Tots & Salvation Army Angel Tree

  • Sign-ups will be held on 10/27 10/28 from 9am-1pm at the Salvation Army (agencies partner together)
  • Families pick-up gifts on 12/19/2015 – each child receives 3 toys and stocking stuffer — Need to know if the child has special needs
  • Qualifications: live in Bartow, and have social security card/birth certificate, or shot records – Organization does not require proof of income

Salvation Army Angel Tree – requires proof of income and social security card or birth certificate, or shot records

  • Families need to know clothing size and 2 wishes (under 40 dollars)

Bartow Christmas Coalition

  • Sign-ups on 11/14/2015 Church at Liberty Square 9am-7pm
  • Provides presents for children and food for senior citizens
  • Requirements: Government issued ID, social security cards for children, proof of income, proof of residency (tax papers or DFCS papers with child’s social security number will suffice)

Kids to Nature – Help create a group program for underserved youth in Bartow County

The Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park are currently seeking partners to help create an outdoor education program for groups of underserved kids in our community. We have a group of volunteers from Americorps that just needs a little of your time to help consult and create this fantastic program. For more information, please email Damon Kirkpatrick atdamon.kirkpatrick@friendsofgastateparks.org.

Project SEARCH (a job training program for students with special needs)

LUNCH AND LEARN: Special Ed. At A Glance
Wednesday, 10/28/15 at Cartersville Medical Center, Classroom 1. Drop in between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to learn more about special education and the IEP process for school-aged students, job training and employment opportunities, and resources available in our area for all ages. Representatives from the Bartow County Schools, Parent 2 Parent, Project SEARCH, and Vocational Rehabilitation will be on hand to answer your questions about the special education process and the paperwork that goes along with it. Also, see the benefits of hiring people with special needs and the skills these people bring to our community. For more information please email kristy.mitchell@bartow.k12.ga.us or call 770-324-9834.

Bartow Recreation Department Fall Festival at Hamilton Crossing Park on October 31st. We invite all churches, businesses, and non-profits that would like to come and set up a booth to hand out candy or set up games for the children. This is all free of charge to the participants as well as no cost to set up a booth. We have had a very large turn-out the last few years. Contact Eddie Chastain for more information at 770-387-5149.

GRASP Groups at the Goodwill Training Center

Thursday, November 5, from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Goodwill Training Center, a GRASP chapter will begin. GRASP stands for grief recovery adult substance passing. The group will meet every Thursday unless there is a holiday conflict. Kindly pre- register by email to: GraspGroup@aol.com or tojwake73013@aol.com by sending your name and phone number. You will receive a call from Jenn and of course your information will be proprietary. Facilitated by Jenn Wake and Don Carson.

New Frontier Feed the Community Dinner

New Frontier of Bartow County is proud to announce that our 15th Annual Feed the Community Dinner will take place onSaturday, November 21st. It will be held at the Cartersville Civic Center located at 435 West Main Street, Cartersville, GA 30120. The dinner will be held from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm featuring a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to a Thanksgiving serving, other services will be available including blood pressure checks, free clothing and toys, and free haircuts. The dinner is open to everyone in the community including our senior citizens, shelter residents, poverty-stricken families, veterans, or those just wishing to fellowship with their neighbor.

Companies and individuals wishing to donate can make a contribution online athttps://secure.processdonation.org/Thenewfrontierinc/Donation.aspx. Donations can also be sent via mail to New Frontier of Bartow County at P.O. Box 1891, Cartersville, GA 30120. Donations of clothing, books, and toys are also greatly appreciated. Drop off times for clothing, books, and toys are Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm) and Saturday, November 14th (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) at the Summer Hill Complex located at 129 Aubrey Street, Cartersville, GA.

If you or your organization would like to volunteer please contact William Solomon at (404) 625-3880. Volunteer opportunities include serving of the food, helping with the clothing closet, parking lot attendants, and clean up. This is a great opportunity for high school students in need of volunteer service hours.

Free transportation is being provided by Bartow Transit to and from the event. To schedule a pickup call (770) 387-5165

before the day of the event.

Toyo Tire Christmas Luncheon

  • Christmas Lunch on 12/12/2015 from 11-2pm at Cartersville Civic Center (by library)
  • Bartow Transit will provide transportation for free – need 24 hour notice
  • Will have a coat room where guests can receive a coat

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES…

JOB OPPORTUNITIES…

Highland Rivers is seeking a Lead Licenced Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) for their Floyd Outpatient program. Minimum training & experience: LCSW or LPC with experience in the outpatient mental health setting.

Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX: 706-270-5129 jobs@highlandrivers.org

Highland Rivers is seeking a C&A Program Manager. Minimum Training & Experience:

Georgia Licensed LPC, LCSW or LMFT AND Three years of experience in the provision of therapeutic services with at least one year in supervisory role. Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with C&A Services, budget management skills, and strong communication skills. Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX: 706-270-5129 jobs@highlandrivers.org

United Way Presents it’s 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run Saturday November 21, 2015

UNITED WAY PRESENTS IT’S 10TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT 5K WALK/RUN

Jogging Strollers are Welcome!
–November 21, 2015 – Certified Course!

Online Registration: Active.com http://www.active.com/cartersville-ga/running/distance-running-races/united-way-of-bartow-turkey-trot-5k-2015

LOCATION AND RACE DETAILS:
Start and Finish: Cartersville Soccer Complex (behind Cartersville Middle School), 152 Milner Road, Cartersville, GA 30120
Directions: From I-75 take exit 288 and go West on Hwy 113. Follow Hwy 113 for 2.9 miles through Cartersville until you
see McDonald’s on your left at Douthit Ferry Road. Turn Left onto Douthit Ferry. Go 1.1 miles and turn right at the
four-way stop onto Walnut Grove. Follow Walnut Grove for 0.4 miles and turn left onto Pine Grove Road and the next
left into the Soccer Complex parking lot. Please be advised that some online map services will not find this location.

Course: This is a fast course around Cartersville Middle School and Etowah River Walk.
Thanks to Cartersville Middle School and Cartersville Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use this location!

Prizes: All 5k participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. The overall male and female winners will receive
trophies. Top finishers in each age group will receive a frozen turkey. Male/Female Age Groups: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-
24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. T-Shirt sizes are only guaranteed to early registrants. Race-Day registrants
may get alternate t-shirts.

Entry Fee: $25 before Nov. 1, $30 after Nov. 1 (rain or shine (even if it is cold), non-refundable).
Race Packet and Shirt Pick Up: Pick up your number and shirt starting at 8 am the morning of the race.
Refreshments: Water will be available on the course. Refreshments will be available at the finish line.

Questions?: Contact United Way of Bartow County at (770) 386-1677 or morehouseb@bartowga.org
or http://www.bartowliveunited.org

How can any business, small or large, help meet the community needs?? DO A UNITED WAY WORK PLACE PAYROLL DEDUCTION CAMPAIGN!!

Why Participate in Our Workplace Campaigns

Giving at the workplace brings us together, and makes us feel good about ourselves and the companies we work for.

The United Way of Bartow County’s annual workplace giving campaign creates that good feeling of knowing that you have done the right thing and made someone else’s life better.

UWBC workplace campaigns also bring much needed funds to our community. In the past five years United Way of Bartow County raised 3,855,000 to advance the common good in the Bartow County area.

 

Why Launch a United Way of Bartow County Workplace Campaign?

There are multiple reasons. Here are a few:

 

Community Building at the Workplace

A healthy community attracts new business, leads to a stronger labor pool, and improves the quality of life for everyone. Joining together to help through United Way of Bartow County can:

  • Meet your company’s philanthropic goals through a trusted brand in workplace giving.
  • Build trust and increase goodwill among customers and employees by giving back to the community.
  • Energize your employees by focusing your organization toward a common goal which builds morale and teamwork.
  • Offer a simple, convenient, and efficient way for your employees to support the community and causes they believe in.
  • Connect employees to their community because United Way of Bartow County matches employee volunteer teams with great opportunities to help our community.
  • Provide information about services enabling employees to use them for themselves, friends and families.
  • Raise funds to meet our area’s greatest needs by investing your company’s time in a United Way campaign. Working with us is a worthwhile and a solid investment. We have researched what our community needs and are channeling volunteers and funds to address it.

We Help Every Step of the Way

  • We work closely with you: United Way of Bartow County can help you develop a customized fundraising campaign that aligns with the values and interests of your organization and your employees. We also offer training and support in building your fundraising team and running a great campaign. Check out our workplace campaign section to view some of the great resources and tools available to you to help you run a successful campaign.
  • Easy methods for donation: We offer convenience and affordability in giving options such as payroll contribution and electronic pledging.
  • We promote your involvement: When you give through United Way, you become part of a network with several thousand businesses, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and community groups involved. We help bring year-round, community-wide recognition to you and your employees.
  • Your employees choose who they help: When your employees donate to United Way , their gift will be invested to help those in need in the Bartow County area. They also have a wide-variety of options to choose how they would like their investment directed.
  • We keep you updated: United Way offers resources to help your employees stay informed on pressing issues all year long.

If you would like to introduce a workplace campaign to your company, or need assistance with your campaign, please contact Brenda Morehouse by calling 770-386-1677 or e-mail to:  morehouseb@bartowga.org.

 

Happenings and special dates around Bartow County Ga

Reminders…

Collaborative Meeting 8:30am THIS Friday, September 25 @ First Presbyterian Cartersville – Networking meeting (bring business cards and information) – Light breakfast provided by Crosspoint City Church

 

PARTNER EVENTS…

 

DUCKS AND DOGS

Tuesday, September 22 from 10am – 7pm at Friendship Plaza in Downtown Cartersville.  Come get a Free Hot Dog with Duck purchase tomorrow!  Proceeds help Advocates for Children.

 

2015 ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN DUCK DERBY & DUCK DASH

Saturday, October 3 at Terminus Wake Park part of the Lakepoint Sporting Community.  Enjoy activities including Food Trucks, Bounce Houses, Concert, Beer/Wine Tasting from 11am until 4pm.  Duck pluck is at 2pm.  Whoever adopted the first duck plucked will win $10,000 with a chance to win $1 MILLION.  Adopt your duck(s) today at www.duckderbycartersville.com or Text ‘AdvoChild’ to 243725. Also taking place on the morning of Saturday, October 3 runners will take off at the Cartersville Primary School for the 11th annual Duck Dash 5k and Fun Run.  Onsite registration begins at 7am with the start of the race at 8am.  Runners are encouraged to preregister at AdvoChild.org to ensure receiving a T-shirt.

 

Empty Bowls Project to help Backpack Buddies

On Sunday, September 27 from noon until 2:30pm at the Cartersville Civic Center enjoy food from 10 of the area’s best restaurants as well as great entertainment all to benefit a great cause.  $20 (cash or check payable to Bartow Collaborative) gains you entry into the event as well as a handmade ceramic bowl.  Tickets are available at the Rose Lawn Arts Festival, Spring Place Pottery, Cartersville Schools Central Office or your local school counselor’s office.  For more information email: jayme.laney@bartow.k12.ga.us or call Maria Hoffman at 770-387-4723.

 

Starting this Sunday, September 27, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Rome is hosting FAMILY-TO-FAMILY , a free, 11-week course for adults who have a family member who struggles with Mental Illness.  The class meets 2-4:30 PM at 1 Woodbine Ave., Rome 30165.  Interested?  Call Bonnie at 706-506-8314 for more information and registration.

 

Empower & Lead: Family, Schools & Community Engagement Conference will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015  at Georgia Highlands Campus in Cartersville from 9am-3pm. This conference will involve all families from Pre-K up to high school in the county of Bartow. If your organization would like to present, share information, or sponsor please contact Annabel Rodriguez-Romero at 770-387-4732 or email arodriguez@cartersville.k12.ga.us.

 

Tranquility House 19th Annual Golf Tournament

On October 2, 2015 @ Woodland Hills Golf Club.  Registration is at 8am, Tee off at 9am.  Sponsorships are still available.  Call 770-386-8093 for more information.

 

SOUL SISTAS RUNAVERSARY 5K

On October 10 at Sam Smith Park, Soul Sistas Run will host a 5K run/walk.  Registration begins at 7am and the run/walk starts at 8am.  Race fee is $25 and includes a commemorative t-shirt.  Register online at www.soulsistasrun.org

 

DFCS is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings around the state. The next meeting in our region on October 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Floyd County Health Department – 16 East 12th Street Rome Ga 30161. Mark your calendars. More information to come.

 

SMALL BRIDGES Adventure Trek 

October 24, 2015 starting at Louie’s Cafe – 1:30pm to approximately 6:00pm.  Questions please contact Denise Hutchinson, President @ denise@smallbridges.org or Jenn Wake, Secretary/Treasurer @ jwake73013@aol.com.  Website is smallbridges.org – raising adoption awareness and providing financial assistance to Christian families seeking to adopt. 

 

Bartow Recreation Department Fall Festival at Hamilton Crossing Park on October 31st.  We invite all churches, businesses, and non-profits that would like to come and set up a booth to hand out candy or set up games for the children.  This is all free of charge to the participants as well as no cost to set up a booth.  We have had a very large turn-out the last few years.  Contact Eddie Chastain for more information at 770-387-5149.

 

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES…

 

Bartow College and Career Academy

A Welding Class will be offered at the Bartow County College and Career Academy this fall on Tuesday nights. The deadline to apply is October 2nd.  Please contact Leigh Foster 770-529-2331 or leigh.foster@chattahoocheetech.edu for more information.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES…

 

Highland Rivers  is seeking a C&A Program Manager.  Minimum Training & Experience:

Georgia Licensed LPC, LCSW or LMFT AND Three years of experience in the provision of therapeutic services with at least one year in supervisory role.  Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with C&A Services, budget management skills, and strong communication skills.  Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX:  706-270-5129   jobs@highlandrivers.org

 

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is hiring for a Mobile Benefits Screener!  This person will be based out of Northwest Georgia (Polk, Paulding, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, and Cobb Counties) doing direct client outreach.  For more information contact Jolene Glenn jolene.glenn@acfb.org.=  You can apply at http://acfb.org/careers.

 

Highland Rivers is seeking a  Supported Employment & Community Integration Manager

Self-motivated, energetic person to manage pre-vocational, supported employment, and community access services for individuals who have an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD). Person must be creative, able to network, and able to create curriculum to teach daily and employment skills. Will be responsible for developing and overseeing job coaching duties. Must be willing to look for the best in individuals and figure out what their employment abilities are. Will be responsible for integrating individuals with IDD into the community through work opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and personal engagements.  Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX:  706-270-5129   jobs@highlandrivers.org

United Way of Bartow County has 1st annual Covered Bridge Zombie Run October 17th!! Discount for students and faculty through October 5th

The United Way of Bartow County is having its first annual Covered Bridge ZOMBIE RUN on Saturday October 17th.  In hopes to get lots of students and faculty involved, and to increase participation while raising money for a great cause, we are offering a registration fee of $25 to all students and faculty!!! That means anyone of any age that is enrolled in any school or works for any school can get the discounted price if registered by October 5th!!!

 

Please make announcements and share this notice to let students and faculty know that they can print the form out from our website at www.bartowliveunited.org .  All the students or school staff has to do is write the school they work or attend at under the registration area on the left hand side of the form and along with the $25 payment mail it in to P.O. Box 1264, Cartersville Ga, 30120.

 

The race is the same day as the “Covered Bridge Fall Festival” ( details of festival below) The first heat of the race starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Woodland Middle School in Historic Ehuarlee Georgia. This is a 5K so they will start at the Woodland Middle school football field and run a course around the churches cemeteries, baseball field,  across the historic bridge, through the woods and end up back at the football field all while being chased by blood thirsty Zombies.

Here are the details of the Covered Bridge Fall Festival and we hope you come out for both events!!!

Saturday, October 17th

Festival and Live Entertainment

10am-5pm

 

The City of Euharlee hosts the annual Covered Bridge Fall Festival at Frankie Harris Park. This festival is a well-known, well attended event in Bartow County.

 

The festival weekend includes a Friday night concert, 60+ arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, free kids’ activities, live entertainment throughout the day, and prizes.

 

Sixes Tavern will be sponsoring the beer garden for this year’s festival and Taylor Farm Supply will be providing hayrides.

 

Sponsorships for the festival go towards supporting the three tenets of the city; historic preservation, recreation and conservation.  The fall festival encourages all three of the tenets.

 

  1. Historic Preservation: Encourages people to visit the city’s historic properies.  

 

  1. Recreation: The Covered Bridge Fall Festival provides good, old-fashioned family fun while showcasing some of Euharlee’s tourist attractions, natural resources (such as Euharlee Creek and the Etowah River), and beautiful parks.

 

  1. Conservation:  Coincides with A.  Most of the settlements that have happened here over the last few hundred years have been because of the access to the natural water resources that surround the city.  The Covered Bridge Fall Festival helps regional tourists experience and appreciate the natural and historic setting of the city. 

 

COVERED BRIDGE ZOMBIE RUN , OCTOBER 17th discounted price for students and staff of any school who wants to participate!! $25 if registered by October 1st!!

The United Way of Bartow County is having its first annual Covered Bridge ZOMBIE RUN on Saturday October 17th.  In hopes to get lots of students and faculty involved, and to increase participation while raising money for a great cause, we are offering a registration fee of $25 to all students and faculty!!! That means anyone of any age that is enrolled in any school or works for any school can get the discounted price if registered by October 1st!!!

 

Please make announcements and share this notice to let students and faculty know that they can print the form out from our website at www.bartowliveunited.org .  All the students or school staff has to do is write the school they work or attend at under the registration area on the left hand side of the form and along with the $25 payment mail it in to P.O. Box 1264, Cartersville Ga, 30120.

 

The race is the same day as the “Covered Bridge Fall Festival” ( details of festival below) The first heat of the race starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Woodland Middle School in Historic Ehuarlee Georgia. This is a 5K so they will start at the Woodland Middle school football field and run a course around the churches cemeteries, baseball field,  across the historic bridge, through the woods and end up back at the football field all while being chased by blood thirsty Zombies.

Here are the details of the Covered Bridge Fall Festival and we hope you come out for both events!!!

Saturday, October 17th

Festival and Live Entertainment

10am-5pm

 

The City of Euharlee hosts the annual Covered Bridge Fall Festival at Frankie Harris Park. This festival is a well-known, well attended event in Bartow County.

 

The festival weekend includes a Friday night concert, 60+ arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, free kids’ activities, live entertainment throughout the day, and prizes.

 

Sixes Tavern will be sponsoring the beer garden for this year’s festival and Taylor Farm Supply will be providing hayrides.

 

Sponsorships for the festival go towards supporting the three tenets of the city; historic preservation, recreation and conservation.  The fall festival encourages all three of the tenets.

 

  1. Historic Preservation: Encourages people to visit the city’s historic properies.  

 

  1. Recreation: The Covered Bridge Fall Festival provides good, old-fashioned family fun while showcasing some of Euharlee’s tourist attractions, natural resources (such as Euharlee Creek and the Etowah River), and beautiful parks.

 

  1. Conservation:  Coincides with A.  Most of the settlements that have happened here over the last few hundred years have been because of the access to the natural water resources that surround the city.  The Covered Bridge Fall Festival helps regional tourists experience and appreciate the natural and historic setting of the city. 

 

 

 

2013 TURKEY TROT PHOTO SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

For a full photo show of Saturday’s 8th annual Turkey Trot visit http://www.photoshow.com/watch/iX6nY9nD?language=enu?source=em_ps_show_recipient

Thank you DON and SCOTT McCLELLAN for taking pictures!!!

Newsworthy…..

The Behavioral and Emotional Health Resources will hold a Strategy Plan Evaluation Meeting on Wed. March 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location to be announced. For more information contact Molly Schultz @ molly.schultz@yahoo.com.

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force will meet March 11th @ 10:00 am @ The Teen Center. For more information contact Angie Robinson @ 706.802.5828 or arribubsib@dhr.state.ga.us
Adairsville Recovery Benefit Auction Saturday, March 2, 2013. Ken’s Antique and Auction is organizing an auction to help raise funds for those affected by the recent storm. Donations such as furniture, motorcycle, automobiles, appliances, clean working appliances, and anything of value is now being collected. The Auction will be @ 10:00 am @ 5536 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy in Adairsville (formerly Parkway Ford). All money raised and additional donations will be given to Bartow Recovery.www.BartowRecovery.org. For more information contact Ken McLeod @ 770.364.6281, email kenneth@kensauction.com or visit the auction website @ http://www.auctionzip.com/GA-Auctioneers/445.html.
Morehouse College is offering scholarships in the area of STEM related subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For more information, contact Jackie Dugger @ Morehouse College @ jdugger@morehouse.edu or 404-525-6391

PARTNER EVENTS…..

Keep Bartow Beautiful
Keep Bartow Beautiful will be celebrating the Great American Cleanup this spring. Recycling Projects will launch Friday March 1st .Students will be participating in the 2012-2013 School Recycling Contest to end on Earth Day, April 22. 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. April 27: Gene Thacker Memorial Cleanup, and May will conclude with Georgia Highlands Community Garden Project. To volunteer, call 770-387-5167 or email henshaws@bartowga.org.

Sam Jones United Methodist Church
Sam Jones UMC will hold an Infant/child/adult CPR and basic First Aid class on Saturday March 2nd from 9am-1pm. Cost: $10. For more information contact Mary Parker at mparker@samjonesumc.org. “Making Decisions Now for Later” (an End of Life Educational Series) includes 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 Advocates for Children
The 2013 Spring Benefit, presented by Simonton Financial Associates, will be March 23rd at the Booth Western Art Museum. A gourmet dinner will be served by Ray Thacker of Grand Oaks with musical accompaniment by Sam Holladay. Silent and live auction items will be open for bid with enviable items procured from local artists, autographed books and memorabilia and one of a kind experiences. Tickets to this year’s Auction Gala are $125. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to this event, please contact Karen White at 770-387-1143 or Karen@AdvoChild.org.

Advocates for Children, together with Terry Reid Kia and Hyundai, is also sponsoring the 3rd Annual Funds for Your Future competition. This is a unique opportunity for local high school seniors to compete for valuable college scholarships by raising money through duck sales (adoptions) for the 2013 Duck Derby. Participating students and their families may begin selling ducks immediately, and the contest ends on May 10. The twelfth annual Duck Derby is May 18 at the Riverside Day Use Area. For more information or to register for the scholarship competition, contact Claudia Laughridge, General Manager of Terry Reid Automotive Group at 678-605-9500 (office) or 770-815-8103 (cell).

From Action Ministries
Action Ministries Veterans Assistance will take applications on March 25, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm @ Goodwill Career Center in Cartersville for possible financial assistance and case management. Veterans must meet all three of the following requirements and provide documentation: 1) Veteran who has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and you DID NOT receive a dishonorably discharged. Must have a copy of your DD214, Statement of Service, or Veteran ID Card. 2) Have low income (household income must not exceed 50% of area median income in your county.) Must have recent proof of income or 3rd party letter indicating the amount of month household income, 3) Homeless (with no permanent residence, staying in a shelter, hotel paid for with a voucher, tent, or other place outdoors). Must have a letter from the shelter, receipt of hotel stay, or a statement from a 3rd party to verify housing situation. For more information contact 1-888-206-7372 or http://www.actionministries.net.

From Kerry DeFoe, NW Georgia Regional Council on Aging
Plans are underway for the 2013 Caregiver Conference Tuesday, March 26, 2013. If your organization is interested in being a sponsor and/or exhibitor, please complete the attached form. Please note that the deadline for sponsors is Monday, February 11, 2013 and the deadline for exhibitors is Monday, February 18, 2013. For more information contact Kerry DeFoe @ 866.552.4464 or kdefoe@nwgrc.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 or rosborne@cityofcartersville.org. Richard will be our guest speaker at the March Collaborative Meeting.

Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is accepting applications for 2013 Youth Summit on Poverty and Hunger. The Summit is for rising 9th – 12th graders who have an interest in hunger and poverty issues. The two sessions are June 4 – 7th and July 16th – 19th. It is a competitive application process and all applicants must complete the Youth Summit application. Application deadline is April 12th and space is limited. For more information or to find a link to the application, visit http://www.acfb.org/youth-summit or call 404-892-3333 ext. 1308.

WEBINARS/CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS
February
The Georgia Food Bank Association will host a Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, also referred to as “Food Stamps”) Outreach Partner Information Session will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph Lowery Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30318. This session will provide information on the 50% reimbursement grant funding that is available to GA State SNAP Outreach Partners if approved to participate under the grant through GA DHS. To register of for more information contact Lila Hawks @ 404-601-2462.

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. 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. This conference is free for family caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, but registration is required. All other attendees pay $15 (includes lunch). Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Calhoun and RossWoods Adult Day Services in Dalton are offering respite for caregiv who wish to attend the conference.

An additional Family Caregiver Workshop will be held in Cartersville @ Cartersville Medical Center (Classroom #3) on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10:00-2:00. Lunch will be provided. The workshop will include 10 signs of Alzheimer’s, the Basics and Elderly Law. For more information on either workshop, contact Rebekah Davis, Programs Director @ 1.800.272.3900 or email rdavis@alz.org.

April-May
UGA Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor The Healthy Relationships and Marriage Education Training (HRMET) project. Funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau this training seeks to meet the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of vulnerable children in the child welfare system by increasing child welfare workers’ access to and implementation of relationship and marriage education. The HRMET will prepare Child Welfare providers and other professionals serving youth and adults to understand and support healthy co-parenting, couple and marital relationships for populations This 1-day pilot training is designed to serve as a research model leading to an evidence-based national training resource. Participants will be asked to provide feedback on pre and post training surveys in order to inform and enhance the quality of future trainings. There is no-cost, but a $35 registration deposit is required to hold a spot. Participants will receive their check back upon the conclusion of the training. The Training will be held April 25, 2013 @ The UGA Hotel & Conference Center in Athens and on July 11, 2013 @ Forsyth County Public Safety Complex in Cumming. The training is scheduled from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. A light breakfast, lunch, and training materials are provided the day of the training. To register visit http://www.gamarriages.org. For more information contact Michele Melton @ msmelton@uga.edu or 770-887-2418.