Benefit ride, art exhibit highlight weekend

Published 10:20 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

The rainy first official days of summer will give way to a handful of fun events this weekend.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Elk’s Lodge located at 905 South Davis Road will hold a benefit ride for Bruce Zamelsky, a retired firefighter and paramedic that is fighting Cholangiocarcinoma, a very rare and aggressive type of cancer. Registration will start at 9 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. It is $25 per vehicle, which includes one lunch ticket.  There will be door prizes, a bounce house and a silent auction for a 50-inch television. T-shirts are available for pre-order and will be on sale at the event. For more information, contact

At 6 p.m., the Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange will host their 10th anniversary exhibit at The Suffering Artist, located at 311 E Main Street in Hogansville.  VAAL has had a major impact on local artists in terms of allowing artists to learn and grow as artists.

“It is hard to find likeminded people in the art world, and when you have a group that you can go to and get feedback and have exhibits together and get that support, it means a lot,” said Sarah Swanson, local artist and the owner of The Suffering Artist.

VAAL is committed to bringing together area artists to foster activity and amplify visibility and voice within the community. This exhibit is set to feature 16 local artists work in a variety of mediums, that judging by past shows is sure to be spectacular.

If you are more athletically inclined or just want to show some school spirit, the Mitchell Hill Memorial Scholarship Foundation will hold new school/old school fundraiser basketball games at LaGrange High School at 6 p.m. The LHS Grangerettes and the TRU Dazzling Diamonds will perform. The 2017 scholarship will be awarded during the event. There will be two games, with the Wolverines taking on the Roanoke Mustangs and the LHS alumni playing the THS alumni.