LaGrange, Troup County and surrounding area events — Oct. 17-18, 2015

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday, Sunday

The 18th annual Hummingbird Festival is in downtown Hogansville 10 a.m.–5 p.m. with over 200 vendors offering a variety of arts and crafts; food court; grassy area with children’s rides and activities; and three separate entertainment stages.


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

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain hosts “Archaeology in the Gardens” 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center. Participants can hike with local archaeologists as guides and discover the collapsed ruins and abandoned artifacts of old farm houses. One mile hike; suitable for ages 12 and older. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring drinking water and insect repellent. Fee is $35 per guest; $30 per annual passholder.

The Active Life wellness center, 140 Ragland St., hosts dancing 7–10 p.m. with Jimmy Smith and New River Band. Cost is $5 per person. Adults of all ages welcome.

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

Churches: 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

Mount Herman Family Life Center in Lanett, Ala., hosts a birthday celebration for Johnny Hill of WPLV AM 1310 at 6 p.m. featuring special guests.

Louise United Methodist Church, 1189 Hines Road, hosts its First Youth Ministry noon–1 p.m. All youths and adults are welcome. Refreshments will be served.


Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based recovery program, meets at 3 p.m. at Hogansville First Baptist Church.

Churches: True Word Praise and Worship Center, 10 Wares Cross Road, suite 90, hosts its 19th Annual Pastoral and First Lady Anniversary for pastor Ruben M. Simpson and first lady Lille M. Simpson at 11 a.m. with guest speaker minister Connie Neal and 2 p.m. with guest speaker pastor T.W. Neal with Leverette Hill Baptist Church in Warm Springs.

Mount Gilead Baptist Church on Cedar Street hosts its annual Women Day at 2 p.m. Guest Speaker is the Rev. James Woods, pastor of Leete Hill Baptist Church in LaGrange.

Heavenly Heights International Ministries, 104 Youngs Mill Road in LaGrange, hosts its church anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is pastor Mary Edwards of Bringing Back the Gospel in Hogansville. Dinner served.

Eastside Baptist Church, 1016 Mason St., hosts Homecoming at 3 p.m. with the Rev. R.B. Kelley of Goodsell United Methodist Church in Lanett, Ala.

Mount Beulah Baptist Church hosts its annual Men’s Day at 3 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Michael Jackson of Confidence Missionary Baptist Church. Dinner 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.


Events: 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 genealogy class, “Genealogy II,” 3–5 p.m. for those wanting to learn how and where to find the records that tell their ancestors’ stories — marriage, birth, death, military and others. Prerequisite: “Genealogy I.��� Registration is required. 706-882-7784 or

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 first of a two-part class. Registration is required. 706-882-7784 or

Meetings: The West Georgia Health Board of Trustees meets 5:15 p.m. in the Board Room of West Georgia Medical Center.

The Troup County Democratic Party committee meets 3 p.m. at the Williams J. Griggs Center, 716 Glenn Robertson Drive in LaGrange.

Troup County Association of Beekeepers meets 7 p.m. at the Ag Building on Hamilton Road. Meetings are open to anyone interested in beekeeping. UGA Cooperative Extension, 706-883-1675 or Terry, 706-882-2493


Events: Advanced Tai Chi for Health class is 11:45 a.m. at The Active Life, 140 Ragland St. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art improving balance, coordination and relaxation. Call The Active Life at 706-883-1681 to register.

The Active Life senior center at 140 Ragland St. offers oil painting classes at noon for all adults 55 and older. 706-883-1681

Western line dance lessons are 1 p.m. at The Active Life on Ragland Street. Cost is $5. Betty Cook, 706-882-1955

The Interfaith Food Closet at 416 Pierce St. in LaGrange is open from 1 to 2:45 p.m. to help people in need of food. 706-882-9291

The LaGrange Sierra Club will host Connor Timpone, a recent graduate of University of Georgia, who will share her experiences on the Appalachian Trail at LaGrange College, 601 Broad St., at 11:15 a.m., and 7 p.m. at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 207 N. Greenwood St. in LaGrange. Refreshments at Saint Mark’s precede the speech at 6:30 p.m. Ellen Parkhurst,

Meetings: The Troup County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the first-floor commission meeting room in the Government Center at 100 Ridley Ave.

Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Salvation Army Home League meets at noon at 806 Murphy Ave.

The LaGrange Shufflers meet at the Active Life center at 140 Ragland St. for regular square, round and line dances from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Cost to dance is $6. 706-812-4974


Eastside Baptist Church, 1016 Mason St., hosts Revival services at 7 p.m. The Rev. Carlton Phillips of Friendship Baptist Church of Anniston, Ala., is messenger.


Events: Story time for pre-schoolers at is 10:30 a.m. at Hogansville Public Library, 600 E. Main St. 706-637-6230

Preschool story time at LaGrange Memorial Library is at 10:30 a.m. and includes stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft time. 706-882-7784

Meetings: A bereavement support group meets 11 a.m. at Hospice LaGrange.

Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Round Table meets 4 p.m. at LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St., with Claire Flint as hostess. Tracy Riggs will review “Deep Down Dark” by Hector Tobar. Julia Dyar, 706-884-3563

Churches: Callaway Baptist Church hosts service and classes at 7 p.m.


Events: God’s Breadbasket, a food pantry serving Hogansville residents, is open from 9 a.m.–noon.

The Interfaith Food Closet at 416 Pierce St. in LaGrange is open from 1–2:45 p.m. to help people in need of food. 706-882-9291

Bridge games are open to the public at 2:15 and 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue. Cost is $10 per person per month. 706-882-9655

New Community Church hosts Career Connect, a free job search assistance and networking event, at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from local staffing agencies, colleges, businesses and industries. Admission is free. Career coaches from the Department of Labor Career Center, Troup County Works, LaGrange College and West Georgia Technical College will be available.

Beginner ballroom dance lessons for all ages are given 7–8 p.m. at The Active Life center on Ragland Street. 706-881-2734

Line dance lessons are 1–2 p.m. at The Active Life at The Active Life center on Ragland Street.

Meetings: Troup County Retired Educators meet at noon at Highland Country Club, 1001 Country Club Drive in LaGrange, with a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about about crime and safety from Sheriff James Woodruff. Attendees should RSVP for lunch by calling 706-884-9925.

Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Troup County Center for Strategic Planning meets at noon at the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce upstairs in the Lafayette Room.

Grief Share, a support group for people grieving the loss of someone close, meets at 6 p.m. at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home, 506 Hill St. in LaGrange. Sessions through Nov. 19 focus on grief through the holidays. Attendees should RSVP to 706-884-5626. Refreshments served.

Elm City Lodge #544 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. at the lodge hall on Wilburn Avenue with supper at 6:30 p.m. All master Masons welcome.

Churches: Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based recovery program, meets at 6 p.m. with a fellowship meal and worship at the welcome center of First Baptist Church on Church Street. 706-884-5631, 706-884-5631

Matthew 28 Community Fellowship in Pine Mountain hosts Life Group at 7 p.m. 706-663-4747


Events: United Way of West Georgia hosts the fifth annual Merry Market Weekend Shopping Extravaganza from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, with a preview party and silent auction 5–8 p.m. Thursday, at the Callaway Conference Center on Fort Drive. 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.


Events: The Active Life senior center at 140 Ragland St. offers oil painting classes at noon for all adults 55 and older. 706-883-1681

Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon and 6 p.m.



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


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

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 Oct. 23. 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,

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, 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.