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Macon Habitat needs YOU!

Macon Habitat needs YOU!

The Macon Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Macon this spring. Having started in a Sunday School class at Northminster Presbyterian Church, the local chapter has built 75 houses in the Macon area since 1986.

The last 22 of them are located in Lynmore Estates, a neighborhood being revitialized by the construction which will grow to 46 homes during the next few years.

Macon Habitat encourages donations of money and in-kind items and services to partner with volunteers to build homes for designated, qualifying families who must work at least 300 hours along with the volunteers toward their new home.

When completed, the home is sold to the family for total cost with Macon Habitat providing an interest-free mortgage which makes home ownership very affordable.

The Douglass LOVES Seniors (65+)!

The Douglass LOVES Seniors (65+)!

FREE Movies for Senior Citizens every 2nd Wednesday at the Douglass Theatre at 2 p.m.

New Year's Interfaith Breakfast

An interfaith prayer breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1.

This year's breakfast theme is "Healing Our City Through Prayer."

The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Macon.

For more information, call 478-745-1890.

Unemployment Rates Announced This Week

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Macon area increased to 10.4 percent in November, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in October.

The jobless rate in the metro Macon area in November 2009 was 9.6 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced earlier this week that the GDOL is processing extended benefit claims for unemployed Georgians who will qualify under legislation enacted Friday, which expands the extended benefits claim filing period for jobless Americans through Dec. 31, 2011. The bill does not, however, provide additional benefits beyond 99 weeks, the news release says.

“These additional resources will help qualified jobseekers provide food, clothing, and shelter while they seek employment,” said Commissioner Thurmond. “I’m pleased that the approval came in time for the holidays.”

Big Screen Movie Night: The Polar Express

Big Screen Movie Night: The Polar Express

At 7 p.m. at Cherry St. Plaza in front of the Terminal Station

Grassroots Organization to Host Men's Symposium Monday

Macon Community Enrichment Organization (MCEO), a grassroots organization, is hosting its First Men’s Symposium – Men Reaching Out to Men on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at 6 p.m.

14th Annual Anita Ponder and Friends Holiday Feast Scheduled for Christmas Day

The 14th Annual Anita Ponder and Friends Holiday Feast will take place at Douglass Theatre on Dec. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The feast is free to the public. Free haircuts and salon services will be offered by local barbers and salon services.

Toys, clothes and shoes for those in need will be available.

AJ the DJ will have live entertainment.

For more information, contact Anita Ponder at 478-978-5067. Call for free rides to the dinner, if you or someone you know is in need, if you want to volunteer or if you want to donate food, toys or clothes.