Now through December 20th: Can you help others this Christmas season?
Collecting at the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive - We are collecting canned goods/staple food, toys, and pet food that will be distributed to families in need and to animal shelters. Please consider bringing in just a little - it all adds up - and it makes a difference! Thanks!Toys are also being collected by the Sheriff's Department at the Lithia Springs Walmart, Thornton Road, at the following times:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sunday, Dec. 8, 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13, 4 - 8 p.m. - Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sunday, Dec. 15, 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Pet Food Donations may also be made at:
Sweetwater Creek Animal Hospital, 2785 Lee Road - Janice Thompson State Farm Insurance, 2090 Fairburn Road - Westside Animal Emergency Clinic, 875 Thornton Road
Douglasville Wellness/Chiropractic, 3677 Highway 5 - Woodie Fite Senior Center, 8750 Dorris Road
Highway 5 Animal Hospital, 3340 Highway 5 - The Curiosity Shoppe, 7322 Bankhead Highway
Contact: Wes Tallon
Thursday, December 12: Empty Bowls Holiday Luncheons
Cultural Arts Center, 8652 Campbellton Street - $12 per person ($10 CAC members), reservations required - two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - proceeds support The Pantry
Thursday, December 12 -
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.: Douglas County Art Guild 4th Annual Christmas Shop
Cultural Arts Center Wynn Building, 8652 Campbellton Street - Free Admission, Open to the Public - original artwork and crafts including paintings, ornaments, gourds, pottery, stained glass, notecards, jewelry, textiles, photos, prints, woodturning, pet treats and more!
Thursday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.: Health Fair and Holiday Bazaar
Downtown Douglasville Conference Center - Free Admission, Open to the Public - holiday shopping, gift wrapping, entertainment, free health screening - vendors welcome
Contact: Trudy Holdman, Women's Entrepreneurial Exchange
Thursday, December 12 -
Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.: District 4 Town Hall Meeting
Ephesus Baptist Church
Open to the Public, Free Admission
Contact: District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider
Friday, December 13 -
Saturday, December 14: Boar's Head Madrigal Dinner
Bright Star United Methodist Church, 3715 Bright Star Road - $20 tickets, call the Church office for reservations - presented by the Starfish Players - 7:30 p.m. December 13th - 6:30 p.m. December 14th
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 a.m.: Storytime with Santa at the Dog River Library
6100 Georgia Highway 5 - Free Admission, Open to the Public - stories, crafts, milk and cookies, and photos with Santa
Contact: Lindy Moore, Librarian
Saturday, December 14, 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.: Middle Ages War Practice Open to the Public
Woodrow Wilson Park, Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs - Open to the Public, Free Admission - Watch as members of this educational organization practice the tactics and maneuvers of battle as it was during the Middle Ages.
Contact: Shire of Depedale, Society for Creative Anachronism
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.: 4th Annual Winter Clothing Drive
Douglasville Public Safety Building, 2083 Fairburn Road - Please donate new and gently used clothing for the needy, and enjoy food, music and fun in a safe environment. Open to the Public, Free Admission.
Contact: Bobby Tillman's Family, Inc. & Youth Against Violence
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.: Pet Photos with Santa
Douglas Oaks Animal Hospital, 3939 Ga Hwy 5 - a benefit for the Douglas County Humane Society - Have your pet's photo made with Santa. Refreshments, Microchipping, Donations Requested (monetary or supplies - pet food, towels, blankets, litter, toys, etc.)
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.: Confused about Medicare? Medicare Overview Presentation
Benton House, 4999 Prestley Mill Road - Free Admission, Open to the Public - Learn from Dusty Cantrell about Medicare plans, how it all works, and the various parts and functions of supplements and advantage plans.
Contact: Vanessa Blair
Sunday, December 15, 5:30 p.m.: Find a Home for the Holidays Christmas Concert
Douglasville 1st United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Hospital Drive at Prestley Mill Road - Free Admission, Open to the Public
Sunday, December 15, 6:00 p.m.: "Christmas Favorites with a Bounce" Concert by the West Side Winds Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra
Lithia Springs 1st Baptist Church, 3566 Veterans Memorial Highway, Lithia Springs - Free Admission, Open to the Public
Contact: Asa Walker, Conductor
Monday, December 16: "Voyage of the Titanic" Presentation at the Dog River Library
6100 Georgia Highway 5 - Free Admission, Open to the Public - Relive the ill-fated voyage through the eyes of a crewmember. Presenter Joshua Noble takes you on a dramatic journey of the Titanic including his vast collection of memorabilia, including lithographs from famed artist Ken Marschall. Programs at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Contact: Lindy Moore, Librarian
Monday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.: Golden Bells of Atlanta Christmas Concert
1st Presbyterian Church, I-20/Campbellton Street - Free Admission, Open to the Public - concert includes classical, traditional, sacred, secular, ensemble, solo, and Belvis and the Belvettes! Love offering taken with no obligation.
Contact: Gail Drinkard
Tuesday, December 17, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.: Festival of Trees and Fun at Benton House
4999 Prestley Mill Road - Open to the Public, Free Admission - Festival of Trees, Games, Raffles, Hot Chocolate & Cookies, Tacky Sweater Contest
Thursday, December 19, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.: Yeager Middle School Winter Festival
in the school gym, 4000 Kings Highway -Open to the Public - $10 wristbands allow participation in all activities, including carnival style games, inflatables, concessions and more - proceeds go to classroom supplies and student incentives
Thursday, December 19, 6:30 p.m.: Advanced Placement Informational Meeting for 8th grade Students Rising to Alexander High School
at the school, 6500 Alexander Parkway - Open to the Public, Free Admission - for 8th grade parents and students districted to attend AHS who are interested in earning college credit while enrolled at AHS
Contact: Stephen Beatty, Assistant Principal
Saturday, December 21, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.: 2nd Annual Polar Express at the Lithia Springs Library!
78100 Turner Drive (across from Turner Middle School) - Free Admission, Open to the Public - Wear your favorite pajamas and come for a family story time with hot cocoa, a craft and an extra-special visitor you don't want to miss! Moms and Dads - bring your camera! Come aboard the Polar Express!
Sunday, December 22, 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.: Kwanzaa Experience at the Cultural Arts Center
8652 Campbellton Street - Free Admission, Open to the Public - program will provide a comprehensive overview of the Kwanzaa experience and principles, providing concepts that individuals and families can translate into having a meaningful celebration during Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1)
Contact: Darlene Kimes, President, Douglas County Connection
Wednesday, December 25, 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.: Christmas Day Feeding of the Homeless and Less Fortunate
CALC, 8510 Newman Street (behind Dairy Queen) - Christmas Day Meal, Free Admission, Open to the Public
Contact: Gayle Young
Thursday, December 26, 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: Community Blood Drive for the American Red Cross
Citizen's Hall, Douglas County Courthouse - Please call 1-800-RED CROSS and donate a pint of life this Christmas season!
Douglas County Board of Commissioners
Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville ~ 770.949.2000
Now: Availability of the Proposed 2014 Draft Budget and Notice of a Public Hearing regarding Proposed 2014 Budget
The County Administrator and Finance Staff have presented the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County with a proposed 2014 Draft Budget for review. Copies of the proposed draft budget may be obtained or reviewed at the office of the Finance Department, 3rd floor, Douglas County Courthouse, or on the Finance Department page of the Douglas County web site, www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com. A budget hearing will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 10th, in Citizen's Hall of the Douglas County Courthouse to consider the proposed budget. Any persons wishing to be heard on the budget may appear at this time. The 2014 budget is scheduled for adoption during the Commissioners' regularly scheduled 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 17th, meeting.
Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.: Work Session
Commissioners' Board Room, 3rd floor, Douglas County Courthouse - Open to the Public - agenda available the Friday prior to the Work Session at www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com
Tuesday, December 17, 10:00 a.m.: Notice of Public Hearing: Community Development Block Grant Program Project Completion
Citizen's Hall, Douglas County Courthouse - concerning the expansion of the Woodie Fite Senior Center
Tuesday, December 17, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.: Legislative Meeting
Citizen's Hall, Douglas County Courthouse - Open to the Public - Broadcast live on dctv23 (Channel 23 on Comcast) and simulcast on www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com
Tuesday, December 24 -
Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: The Douglas County Courthouse will be closed.
Televised live on dctv23 and simulcast live on www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com
Douglas County Board of Education/Public School System
9030 Georgia Highway 5 at Gurley Road (next to Hunter Park)
P. O. Box 1077, Douglasville 30133 ~ 770.651.2000
SCHOOL SYSTEM CALENDAR
Friday, December 20: Semester Ends
Monday, December 23 - Sunday, January 6: Christmas Holidays Classes resume Tuesday, January 7th.
Douglas County Chamber of Commerce:
6658 Church Street, Douglasville ~ 770.942.5022
Thursday, December 12, 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.: Coffee/Business Card Exchange
Fast-Fix Jewelry, 2nd level next to Belk, Arbor Place Mall
Thursday, December 19, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.: Business After Hours
Atlanta West Jewelry, Douglas Boulevard across from The Olive Garden
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