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Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band to Kick-Off Cherry Blossom Festival

Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band to Kick-Off Cherry Blossom Festival

Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band will kick off the Cherry Blossom with a hot show March 19, at 5pm on the Coca-Cola stage in the park. Come on out and get your music on!

Application Deadline for Magnolia St. Soapbox Derby

Application Deadline for Magnolia St. Soapbox Derby

The Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby takes place on Sunday, April 10, immediately following the Second Sunday brunch concert with Saint Francis.

Today is the deadline for entries.

Racers must be pre-registered and checked in by noon.

The derby begins at 3 p.m. down Magnolia Street, adjacent to Washington Park. Prizes will be given for the fastest car and most creative (People's Choice).

Click here to see the official application and regulations.

Miller Middle Hosts Math & Science Family Fun Night

Miller Middle School will hold a Math & Science Family Night on Tuesday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences will have a live animal program beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the Central High School Science Club will facilitate activities for parents and students, including a working hover craft, a nail balance, a trash bag mummy, silly putty demonstrations, boom whackers, magnet demonstrations, a computer simulation of a missile launch, fossil and rock displays, and fungus observations.

Sports Film Series Tips Off with 'Hoosiers'

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s (GSHOF) Spring Sports Film Series begins on Saturday, March 19 with a screening of the classic basketball movie Hoosiers at 2 p.m.  

A GSHOF news release says the film stars Gene Hackman as a coach on the rebound that trains a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. 

The film screening, popcorn and a soft drink are included with regular museum admission. 

The film series is made possible in part by a grant from the Macon Arts Alliance and the City of Macon. 

The series will continue in April and May with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings and Remember the Titans.  Each film will be shown in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s 205 seat, state-of-the-art theater.

Please include this event on all e-blasts and calendars. 

Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Hosting Birthday Event

Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Hosting Birthday Event

On Saturday, March 19th, volunteer and benefactor Onie Sanders will host her annual benefit party for Macon Area Habitat for Humanity.  The Habitat anticipates 500 guests will come and go between 7:00 and 12 midnight.  The event will be held at the downtown Macon Terminal Station.  Not only will this event mark her milestone 50th birthday, but it will also be the kickoff of a series of events celebrating Macon Area Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Anniversary serving the greater Macon area.

Each year 500 of her friends attends this anticipated party to both celebrate her birthday but also to join in with her typically donating after event expenses over $5,000 or more toward a new Habitat house in Lynmore Estates.  Her event also contributes to our current 2011 Priceless Gifts Campaign to raise $300,000 to build six new houses in Lynmore Estates in 2011.

Teacher Funds Classroom Material Through DonorsChoose.org

Recently, Vineville Academy Strings Teacher Patricia Baser had her fifth project funded through the website DonorsChoose.org: 47 single strings and 25 sets of violin, viola, and cello strings in various sizes. The $1,091 project was completely funded on February 25, 2011.

“The success of these string projects is a direct reflection of the value people across the country place on access to music education such as that available at Vineville Academy,” says Mrs. Baser.

Macon YDC Students to Unveil Mural

Macon YDC Students to Unveil Mural

Students at the Macon Youth Development Campus (YDC) along with renowned artist Emanuel Martinez will unveil entitled “Visualize Your Potential,” at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in the Macon YDC gymnasium.

 The project has been sponsored by the Art for Kids Emanuel Project, a program that provides creative learning materials to incarcerated youth. 

The mural, which measures approximately 90 ft. by 20 ft., is the second of its kind for the project. The first was completed at the Muscogee YDC in January.

Sixteen youths worked with Martinez on the Macon mural, which took about three weeks to complete.   

 Dr. John Rickicki, project coordinator in the DJJ Office of Education, said the project is a great opportunity for the kids.

 “It’s wonderful to have an artist of this caliber take an interest in our kids and leave something behind that will last,” he said.