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The 567 Offers an Acting Workshop for Youth

Students ages 8 to 18 will have a chance to learn or review the fundamentals of acting, as well as have some fun, with actress Penelope Lowder on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at The 567 Center.

The workshop will last two and a half hours and focus on improvisation skills.

Lowder has acted professionally for 15 years, performing on stages in Los Angeles, New York and London.

In her workshops she tries to both pass on her extensive knowledge of acting and allow students to explore their own creativity.

The cost of the workshop is $10.

The 567 Center is located at 533 Cherry St.

E-mail melissa@the567.org for more information or to sign up for the workshop.

Georgia's First "Pints for Prostates" Event Comes to Macon

Georgia's First "Pints for Prostates" Event Comes to Macon

The Downtown Macon Rotary is hosting the Pints for Prostates event to reach men through the universal language of beer with an important health message.
The event at the Armory Ball Room will feature beer sampling, music from the Grapevine band and a free PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test to screen men for prostate cancer. Early detection is the key to fighting prostate cancer, which one in six American men will face in their lifetimes. America's leading prostate health organizations recommend that men begin regular prostate cancer screenings at age 40. For men in high risk groups, including African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer, testing should begin at 35 years-old.

Tickets for the event are $25 and include a free PSA blood test for men.
The event will be held on March 11, 2011 at 7:00pm.

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.

Zumba Fundraiser to Benefit Jay's HOPE Foundation

Zumba Fundraiser to Benefit Jay's HOPE Foundation

Four Central Georgia licensed Zumba instructors are holding a fundraiser for Jay's HOPE Foundation on Saturday, March 5 at Hephzibah Children's Home at Hephzibah Ministries, Inc. 

Registration for Zumba will be from 9-9:30 a.m. and Zumba will be from 9:30-11 a.m. 

Hephzibah Children's Home is located on Zebulon Rd.

12 Local Children Chosen to Play Munchkins in National Touring Show of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

12 Local Children Chosen to Play Munchkins  in National Touring Show of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz” announced that 12 children from Central Georgia will perform the roles of munchkins in Macon showings of the beloved classic live on stage. “The Wizard of Oz” will be performing at The Grand Opera House March 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Macon.

“This is a spectacular opportunity for our talented local youth to perform side-by-side with seasoned Broadway actors,” said Betsy Fitzgerald, executive director of The Grand Opera House.  “Macon is fortunate to have quality arts education organizations like the Academy of the Performing Arts that give students the skills required for performances of this caliber.”

March: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

A proclamation by Mayor Robert Reichert on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at City Hall will commence observance of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Macon and the central Georgia community.

During this month, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will educate the community, including a keynote lecture from a foremost figure in national surgery, Dr. John L. Cameron.

That's according to a MCCG news release.

Resource Group Meeting for Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Program for Exceptional Children’s Parent Mentors will hold a Family & Community Support Group for parents of students with disabilities on Tuesday, February 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Wesley Glen Ministries.

This will be the second meeting of the group.

The meetings serve as a support group for families of children with different types of disability, ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, and it is designed to provide support and encouragement, share resources, build parent leaders and capacity, thereby increasing family engagement and student achievement.

Future meetings will be held monthly, and they are open to community members interested in supporting families of children with disabilities or volunteering in different capacities.

At its first meeting, 22 adults and 10 children attended.