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Cherry Blossom Gift Shop Opens, Pre-Festival Events Begin

The Cherry Blossom Festival gift shop is now open at a new location on 567 Cherry St.

That was announced at a press conference Monday.

The gift shop plans to sell mugs, 2011 festival pins, art prints, and more.

Public hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will open daily during the festival.

The shop is open until April 1.

At the press conference, Cherry Blossom Festival President and CEO Karen Lambert announced a pre-festival event, "Drink Pink."

The event will debut Cherry Blossom Festival signature cocktails created by local restaurants and bars, Lambert says.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Macon Arts Alliance on Friday, March 4 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The Arts Alliance will host a textile show and display paintings by J. Alan Gibson in the gallery during the event.

March's First Friday Line Up

March's First Friday Line Up

The bands that will perform on the First Fridays this month:

March 4, 7-9 p.m.: The Joey Stuckey Band

March 11, 7-9 p.m.: Finesse Band

March 18: Friends and Family

Nobody's Darlings

The First Stone

March 25: Louise Warren

For more information, contact NewTown Macon at 478-550-2185.

New Outdoor Exhibits at Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument has seven new waysides throughout the park.

The waysides include different aspects of the park's history, including the two Civil War battles that took place on the grounds.

The waysides expand on the outdoor interpretation of the park, including the history of the railroad cuts, the Ocmulgee River and the Dunlap House.

Two of the new waysides replace the older Earth Lodge and Cornfield Mound waysides.

Park hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and admission is free.

Downtown Opens Three New Businesses

Three new businesses will open in Downtown Macon on Friday, March 4.

At 10 a.m., Saturna & Company, PC, CPA will open at 505 Second St. Suite 101.

At 4 p.m., Three Brothers Cheesecake and Sweets will open at 592 Cherry St.

At 7:30 p.m. Element Night Club will open at 425 Cherry St.

For more information, contact NewTown Macon at 478-550-2185.

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Macon State College

Macon State College has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced.

This is the third year Macon State has been named a Tree Campus USA.

That's according to an Arbor Day Foundation news release.

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota.

Cannonball House Offers Program for Homeschool Students

The Cannonball House is offering an new program called “History Trunk” to homeschooled students in grades 4th – 6th.

The dates for this class will be April 1, April 8, April 15 and April 22. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each week students will learn about a family member who lived at the Cannonball House.

They will experience what it took to live in the 19th century and discover items in the History Trunk.

Space is limited. Reservations required. Price: $30 for entire class.

Cutoff date for reservations: March 28, 2011.

For more information or to make reservations, please call The Cannonball House (478)-745-5982 POC: Brenda Dobson or e-mail info@cannonballhouse.org


Family Literacy Night at Ingram-Pye Elementary

Ingram-Pye Elementary will hold a Family Literacy Night on February 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. that will feature author and Bibb County School District graduate Marcia Waller-Searcy.

She will be reading to the children and sharing with them how she became an author. Parents will participate in an information session that will include a CRCT Overview (What to expect on the CRCT test), test taking strategies and tips, and brain foods for standardized test.

“We want the students and parents to be ready for the CRCT, as well as to let parents know how important it is to read to their children and have their children read to them,” says Ingram-Pye Family Engagement Facilitator Loraine Adams. “It is our goal that they will leave with useful information that will help them prepare their children on the upcoming CRCT.”