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Chamber Members Appreciation Event

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will host Business & Barbecue, a Member Appreciation Event on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 4:30-7 p.m. at 10 West Chambers Street, Forsyth. Members are invited for refreshments, food, fun, door prizes and gifts. Please RSVP.

 

Aug. 13

2nd Annual Monroe Fest 2016

Forsyth’s Jon Clawd will sponsor the 2nd Annual Monroe Fest at Kynette Park on Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 3 p.m. This community celebration is for all ages and will include music, vendors, a car show, face painting, a petting zoo and inflatables. A highlight will be an adult kickball game.To participate as a vendor, or for more information on the events, call 404-956-9291. There will be special teen and adult parties following the Festival.

Antique Steam Engine Demo at Jarrell

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette will have its Antique Steam Engine Demonstration on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 2-4 p.m. Come “let off some steam” by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation Mill Complex, a signal used to communicate between Jarrells manning different work positions throughout the mill. See our stationary steam engine in action and experience live steam that puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America’s past. $4-6.50 478-986-5172.

Aug. 13, 19, 26

Twilight Paddles at High Falls

High Falls State Park will have Twilight Night Paddles on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 7:30-9 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 26 from 7- 8:30 p.m. Watch wading birds and enjoy the setting sun in this peaceful, ranger-led three-mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. This program is open to adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 includes boat and gear. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

Aug. 15

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will hold Blood Drives at Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 W. Johnston Street, Forsyth on Monday, Aug. 15 from 3-7 p.m. There is presently a critical blood shortage across the country.

Aug. 16

Business in Bolingbroke, After Hours

Business in Bolingbroke, After Hours is Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Herndon’s Auto, 5867 Hwy. 41 South. Come for networking, fun, refreshments and a chance to win a door prize. Meet other local business people, discuss ideas and exchange insights.

Aug. 17

Food Bank distribution will be at Christ UMC

Christ United Methodist Church and other local church members, in conjunction with Circle of Care, will distribute food packages provided by the Macon Food Bank on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Volunteers to help unload the truck and/or assemble and distribute food are needed at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist, 417 North Frontage Road (next to the Farm Bureau). Recipients need advance approval to receive this once a month food distribution. Contact Circle of Care at 478-994-4939 for eligibility. For additional information, call Christ UMC at 478-994-1232 or Circle of Care.

Aug. 20

Pride of Forsyth has Old Fashion Tea

Pride of Forsyth Chapter #144, O.E.S. will present an Old Fashion Tea on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. at William Hubbard Middle School campus, 500 Hwy 83 North, Forsyth. Come for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.  Wear your favorite hat, pearls, gloves or vintage Tea Attire. {Optional} This is a family affair for men, women and children. Free admission!  Entertainment will be a Hat Fashion Show for men, women & children. If you would like to show off your favorite hat/s, contact Past Matron Mary Slaughter (478-394-0211) by Sunday, Aug. 7.

Butterfly Bio Blitz

Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Hwy, Macon will have a Butterfly Bio Blitz on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.This is a free event for all ages. Bring a camera to help identify species of butterflies in the park. Kids activities include painting a butterfly house or sun catcher wind chime and story time at 11 a.m. Make a butterfly feeder or a butterfly lifecycle. Free T-shirts, backpacks and water bottles. 478-752-8257

Aug. 20, 25-28

Ocmulgee National Monument plans photography exhibit

Come celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5-7 p.m. with an exhibit of photography of the National Parks featuring photography of Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Hwy., Macon. This exhibit will highlight the importance that photography had in the development of the National Park Service and in shaping perception and understanding of the landscapes across America. During the event, Ocmulgee will celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday with a birthday cake for the public to enjoy. The temporary photography exhibit will be displayed in the museum through Sunday, Aug. 28. Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, we would like to see photographs you have taken at National Parks across America and at Ocmulgee National Monument. If you would the chance to have your image displayed during the event, submit images by email to Angela_Bates@nps.gov by Aug. 20. Due to limited space, we will be making selections to best fit the exhibit. If your image is selected we will discuss with you the options of displaying your photograph. National Park Service entrance fees will be waived nationwide from Aug. 25-28 for the 100th birthday.

Aug. 25

Business After Hours

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Alfa Insurance-Daniel Stickler Agency, 100 N. Bennett Street Suite 3, Forsyth. Meet other local business people, discuss ideas and exchange insights. Bring your business card to enter the drawing for door prizes.

Aug. 26

Beautify Forsyth to meet

The next meeting of Beautify Forsyth will be at Alderman Hall on Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in fighting litter and blighted properties and finding other ways to encourage pride in Forsyth is asked to beam a part of the group.

Aug. 27

Leon Goodrum Foundation tutoring classes

The Leon Goodrum Foundation continues with its tutoring classes for the 2016-17 school session with open house on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. at the Hardin Library on the Georgia Department of Correction campus, Forsyth. The program offers assistance for children who require additional tutoring in their reading, math or science school subjects. Contact Annie McCray at 478-297-5567 for further information. Refreshments served.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

High Falls State Park will have Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10-11 a.m. Try your hand at this growing sport. The class will help develop fundamental skills such as balance, effective paddling/stroke, steering, and falling/recovery techniques. Open to adults and children 12 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Must be a swimmer. Advance registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

GOP 8th district Fish Fry

Georgia Republican Party 8th Congressional District will host Fish Fry 2016 for Georgia Republicans on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Georgia Grown Building, Ga. National Fairgrounds, Perry. The keynote speaker will be Sen. David Perdue. Sponsorships are available. General admission tickets are $12 at gagop8.ticketleap.com/fish-fry-2016. Co-chairs are Todd Tolbert and Elaine Pritchard.