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13WMAZ to Air Middle Georgia Christmas Parade

13WMAZ to Air Middle Georgia Christmas Parade

The Middle Georgia Christmas Parade will be aired on 13WMAZ at Noon Saturday, December 18.

Third Thursday in Mercer Village

Third Thursday in Mercer Village
Join the Mercer Village merchants tonight for a Party in the Village. Part of Montpelier Ave. will be closed to accommodate the growing block party.

Santa to be in the Park

Santa is scheduled to be in Central City Park on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Bikes and toys will be raffled off and Santa will arrive at 11 a.m.

The event is open to the public and will also include a complimentary lunch. The D.A.R.E car, Macon-Bibb County fire truck and Macon Police Department T-3s will also be at the event.

For more information, call Lt. Phyllis Smith at 478-803-2701.

Choral Society to Present "Messiah"

Choral Society to Present "Messiah"

The Choral Society of Middle Georgia and Mercer University present "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30p.m., hosted by St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The work will be conducted by Choral Society director Dr. John Dickson, dean of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University.

For ticket information, please contact Joel Peed at jpeed@bellsouth.net.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is located at 830 Poplar St. in Macon.

Grand Opera House Presents "Scrooge"

"Scrooge" will be presented at the Grand Opera House on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is sponsored by NewTown Macon, Inc.

General admission is $28 and $24 with a student i.d.

Call 478-301-5470 or order online at www.thegrandmacon.com

The Grand Opera House is located at 651 Mulberry St.

Shop with Law Enforcement Event

The Macon Fraternal Order of Police (MFOP) Lodge #3 will host its annual "Shop with Law Enforcement" starting on Dec. 14.

Each year, the MFOP sponsors three Christmas "Shop with Law Enforcement" events where MFOP members take a child shopping for whatever they want for Christmas.

The program is designed for children who would otherwise not receive anything for Christmas.

According to MFOP Lodge #3 Secretary Dennis Pace, the MFOP will sponsor about 100 children in Macon at Walmart on Dec. 14, about 50 children in Perry on Dec. 15 and about 50 children in Milledgeville on Dec. 16.

The children will be allowed to spend $100 on whatever they choose in Walmart.

In previous years, the program was known as "Shop with a Cop," but has since been changed to incorporate other members of the MFOP who are not police officers.

Atlanta Braves Broadcaster to Emcee Hall of Fame Induction

Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson is scheduled to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2011 Induction Ceremony. 

At the ceremony, Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, Dale Ellis, Ray Goff, Bill Ploeger, Lisa Spain Short, and James “J.T.” Thomas will each be enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame.

 The news release says that Joe Simpson has been part of the Braves broadcast team since 1992 and currently calls Atlanta’s games on FSN South, SportSouth, and Peachtree TV. 

Simpson was named Georgia Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1995 and was tapped to cover the MLB Playoffs on TBS in 2007 and 2009.  Prior to joining the Braves, Simpson worked as an analyst on Seattle Mariners telecasts. 

 Simpson was born in Purcell, Oklahoma and was an All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of Oklahoma.  He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973.