Email calendar items & birthdays to Diane Glidewell at news@mymcr.net by 5 p.m. Friday.

July 28

Back to School supply drive

The annual Back to School supply drive and collection for Monroe County Schools will be Thursday, July 28 from 12 noon-7 p.m. at Forsyth Walmart. This endeavor is a great way for organizations to have a community presence. For more information, e-mail Gwen Byrd at gwen.byrd@mcschools.org.

Dairy Queen

Miracle Treat Day

Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen will be Thursday, July 28. $1 or more from every Blizzard sold will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Business After Hours

Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will present Business After Hours at The Brokery, 10 N. Jackson St., Forsyth on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for local business people to meet one another, discuss ideas and exchange insights. Come for networking, fun and refreshments.

Title 1 planning meeting

Monroe County Schools will hold a Title I planning meeting onThursday, July 28 at the BOE Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. The purpose is to receive input from parents of Title I students for the district’s 2016-17 Title I Plans and budget. These plans will affect all students in the elementary and middle schools in the Monroe County School System. Attendance is important and will be appreciated. For more information, call Sandy Colwell at 478-994-2031 or visit the school system’s website.

July 28-29

Hospital Auxiliary hosts jewelry & accessaries sale

Monroe County Hospital Auxiliary will host its popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale on Thursday and Friday, July 28th & 29th in the Monroe County Hospital Cafeteria. Sale hours are Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds from Auxiliary fundraisers benefit the hospital and community.

July 29-31

‘Footloose’ plays at The Rose

‘Footloose,’ the Musical mega-hit of the 1980’s, will play at The Rose Theatre, 23 West Johnston Street, Forsyth on Friday and Saturday, July 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays July 31 at 2:30 p.m. Audiences of all ages still thrill to the rockin’ rhythm of the music of this Oscar and Tony nominated top 40 score that has sold over 15 million albums. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and active military with I.D. Groups of 10 or more are $10 per ticket. Visit www.thebacklotplayers.org for more information and box office hours.

July 30

Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners

High Falls State Park will have Stand-Up Paddleboarding for Beginners on Saturday, July 30 from 10-11 a.m. The class will help develop fundamental skills in this growing sport, 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.

‘Tie-Dye with the Quilters’

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site -- Juliette will have ‘Tie-Dye with the Quilters’ on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m.-12 noon. Join the Plantation Quilters Guild as they teach about dyeing fabrics and make your own tie dye shirt. Bring a 100% cotton t-shirt and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. All ages are welcome. $2. 478-986-5172.

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will hold Blood Drives at Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 W. Johnston Street, Forsyth on Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Monday, Aug. 15 from 3-7 p.m. There is presently a critical blood shortage across the country.

Aug. 1

Auditions

Auditions for “Frankenstein the Radio Show” are Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. The show needs six men and four women. It will run Sept. 9-11 at The Rose Theater, 23 W. Johnston Street, Forsyth.

Aug. 1-2

Griffin Choral Arts has auditions

Griffin Choral Arts, under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, will hold auditions for its 10th Season on Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 1 & 2, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the choir room of Griffin First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive. There will be auditions for the adult choir (16 and older) and for the newly formed Griffin Choral Arts Children’s Chorus (grades 3-5). Auditions are less than 10 minutes long and include singing a familiar song (e.g., My Country ‘Tis of Thee), tonal memory exercises, sight reading, and vocal exercises to determine vocal range. If unable to audition at the scheduled times, schedule an alternate time. Call 1-888-SING1-88 for more information or visit our website: www.griffinchoralarts.org.

Aug. 6

Kenneth Davis Appraisal to help families with school supplies

Kenneth Davis Appraisal Company of Forsyth will help provide school supplies and book bags for families in need on Saturday, Aug. 6. Families with school age children who need assistance are asked to call Rosalind Scott at 478-394-0653 as soon as possible.

Aug. 11

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 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.

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. 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.

‘96 Class Reunion

The Mary Persons Class of 1996 will celebrate their 20th class reunion on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Friday night classmates will attend the MP Homecoming game and Saturday evening will gather at the Macon City Marriott for dinner, reminiscing and dancing. For more information please contact Cindy Pope Gould by email at cindy.j.gould@gmail.com. Discounted rates are available for early payments in August.