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LaGrange, Troup County and surrounding area events — Oct. 23, 2015

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Today, Saturday

Events: United Way of West Georgia hosts the fifth annual Merry Market Weekend Shopping Extravaganza from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. today and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Cost for a one-day ticket is $5 for Friday or Saturday, and $30 for the preview party and full weekend. The market features area vendors selling wares with proceeds to benefit the School Readiness Program. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at www.merrymarketlagrange.com or by calling 706-884-8292.

Saturday

Events: Confidence Missionary Baptist Church hosts the inaugural 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Calumet Park on Union Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration is $10 for the walk and includes a water bottle, and $20 adds a T-shirt. For more information, contact Erma Gates, 706-302-2146; Debra Estes, 706-594-5580; or Lorena Wise, Peachstate, 404-293-0256

Jefferson Street Market featuring local wares and produce is 9:30 a.m. to noon at 625 Jefferson St.

The 25th annual Chili Cook Off is 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Lafayette Square. Prizes will be given for People’s Choice Best Chili, Judges’ Choice Best Chili and Best Decorated Booth. The Halloween festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a children’s costume contest at noon. Downtown trick or treating around the square is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings 10:30 a.m. for women, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Churches: Second Baptist Church, 304 Fair St. in LaGrange, hosts a yard sale 9 a.m.–1 p.m. All proceeds go to mission projects.

Trinity SDA Church Prayer and Bible Study Center at 710 Jenkins St. holds a free Bible study from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pastor Walter Gordon, 706-812-0760

R.F. Productions presents Gospel Explosion: An Evening of Music and Inspiration 6–9 p.m. at 412 Daniel St. featuring One Accord, Men on a Mission, Luthersville Song Bird. Admission is $8. 706-333-3592

Sunday

Churches: Thankful Baptist Church, 1195 Cannonville Road, will celebrate its Annual Harvest Rally at 11 a.m. Guest speaker Deacon David Smith of Savannah. Dinner will be served.

Callaway Baptist Church hosts discipleship training, youth and children’s classes at 5 p.m.

Uplifting Your Faith Ministries, 104 Youngs Mill Road, hosts spiritual counseling/healing at 5 p.m. with Bishop R.L. Darden.

Monday

Events: The fall lecture in LaGrange College’s 3D Journeys learn-and-travel series is 10 a.m. in Turner Hall. Assistant professor of English Dr. Patti Marchesi will talk about Shakespeare and his most popular comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Admission is free. Parking is in the Vernon Street lot with shuttle service to the door. For more information, email 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu or call the Office of Alumni and Community Relations at 706-880-8244

A beginner scrapbook class is offered at the Active Life Center on Ragland Street at 1 p.m. There is no cost for the class. A registration form and supply list can be picked up at the center.

LaGrange Memorial Library hosts a free computer class, “Intro to Excel,” 6–7:30 p.m. for those wanting to learn Excel’s basic operations and tools, and develop and format a simple worksheet. Attendees should bring their own laptop with Excel installed. This is the second of a two-part class. Registration is required. 706-882-7784 or www.thrl.org

Ongoing

Events

LaGrange Personal Aid, 416 Pierce St., is taking applications for the 2015 Empty Stocking Fund for families who cannot afford to buy toys for their children, up to 10 years old, at Christmas. Applications are open to residents of Troup County excluding Hogansville. Income must be lower than the current federal poverty guidelines and applicants should bring proof of income and ID. Application hours are 9–11 a.m. and 1–4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9–11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church is participating in Operation Christmas Child, an initiative to provide children in third-world countries with items like toys, school supplies, nonliquid hygiene items, clothing and accessories, and crafts. Boxes are available at the church. Boxes will be Blessed on Nov. 8. 706-663-2538

Exhibits

Legacy Museum on Main presents Freedom: A History of US; the exhibit is on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is on display locally through Friday. It traces the evolution of American freedom from early documents — a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence through the Civil Rights movement in 1968; Lincoln’s handwritten notes, letters by activists like Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr., plus articles that bring the national fight for freedom closer to Troup County. Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main St., is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. 706-884-1828, www.legacymuseumonmain.org

LaGrange Art Museum presents the exhibition Mirror Mirror through Jan. 16. in partnership with Hills & Dales for a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Callaway family home. Featuring portraiture mirroring portraiture, the exhibit takes a look at portraiture across centuries and cultures, and will include some Troup County residents. LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 706-882-3267

809 Gallery of Art, 809 Hill St. in LaGrange, hosts an International Exhibition, a show featuring works in a variety of media by artists from around the world, starting Saturday and running through Nov. 21. An opening reception is Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. with musical guest Angela Hutchins. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, and Monday by appointment. 706-845-8500, http://809gallery.webs.com/

Listings for ‘In our community’ are presented for events happening in the next three-day period, space permitting. To submit an item, email it to mstrother@lagrangenews.com, fax it to 706-243-6354 or drop it by our office at 105 Ashton St. Deadline for submissions is noon on the business day prior to the item’s earliest run date. For more information, call 706-884-7311, Ext. 2153. A weeklong listing appears in the weekend edition.