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Bibb County Students Can Receive a Free Flu Vaccination

In partnership with the North Central Health District (NCHD) and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, flu vaccinations will be offered to students free of charge beginning Monday, January 10.

Last year, the NCHD had the highest percentage rate for the H1N1 school vaccination program in the state, which included the efforts in Bibb County. Partly because of this, the NCHD received approximately 88,000 doses of the flu vaccine (which includes the H1N1 strain) for students at no cost.

“We have been given a great opportunity to prevent flu in all school-aged children at no cost to parents and no pain to the students,” says Dr. David Harvey, NCHD Health Director.  “If your child’s school offers the vaccine, please get it.”

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.

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

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.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission will host a a Christmas tree recycling event on January 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m in historic Central City Park.

Trees will be converted into mulch and residents can take home the mulch to fill their own green spaces.

By recycling trees, residents will help save landfill space. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with unloading of Christmas trees from cars.

While the official event will take place on January 8, residents can also drop off trees ahead of time at the following locations:

Kroger at 220 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
Kroger at 4321 Hartley Bridge Rd.
Kroger at 5928 Zebulon Rd.
Walmart at 1401 Gray Hwy.
Home Depot at 4635 Presidential Parkway
Wesleyan College at 4760 Wesleyan Dr.
Goodwill at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway
Capital City Bank at 1601 Bass Rd.

Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission will give away red bud, green ash and red maple seedlings as an incentive.

Georgia Children's Museum to Hold All-Day Christmas Program

On Monday, Dec. 20 Tuesday, Dec. 21 The Georgia Children's Museum offers all-day programming for children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Activities include arts and crafts, games, dancing and singing.For more information, call 478-755-9539.

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.