LaGrange, Troup County and surrounding area events — Oct. 24-25, 2015
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
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. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at www.merrymarketlagrange.com or by calling 706-884-8292.
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
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.
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
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
Meetings: 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 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets at 3 p.m. at Bellevue at 204 Ben Hill St.
LaGrange City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber/courtroom at 208 Ridley Ave.
American Legion Post 75 meets at 6 p.m. at The Active Life center on Ragland Street.
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
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: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A bereavement support group meets 11 a.m. at Hospice LaGrange.
Churches: Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church hosts the class Crosses Throughout History at 6:30 p.m. and participants can a decorative cross. Cost is $30.
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
Line dance lessons are 1–2 p.m. at The Active Life at The Active Life center on Ragland Street.
LaGrange College will host its annual fall festival 5–7 p.m. on the college’s academic quad. Designed for children ages 3–10, the event will feature supervised trick-or-treating in Hawkes Hall, a costume contest, face painting, carnival games and an inflatable bounce house. Admission is any nonperishable food item or monetary donation, with proceeds going to local food banks.
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
Beginner ballroom dance lessons for all ages are given 7–8 p.m. at The Active Life center on Ragland Street. 706-881-2734
Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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.
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: 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
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/