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Urban Barrel Gardening Coming to Wonderland Assisted Living

Urban Barrel Gardening Coming to Wonderland Assisted Living

A "mobile garden" is coming to Wonderland Assisted Living, 3780 Napier Avenue, Macon, Georgia on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2pm. 

The Urban Barrel Gardening is an efficient way for the elderly to grow their own food.  It is especially good for the elderly because they will be able to harvest their crops while sitting or standing. 

Our residents will be able to grow fruits and vegetables and herbs in and around the exterior wall of the barrel, while participating in an awesome therapeutic activity.

It is vertical farming instead of the traditional farming in a row.  It reduces the necessary yard space to 1/10 of the land needed for traditional gardening and conserves water.

The garden will be donated by Retired Senator Bobby Rowan of Enigma, Georgia.

For more information, contact Patricia Duncan at wonderland3780@yahoo.com, 478-254-7171 or Mr. Bobby Rowan at 404-915-7611.

Macon State College Hosts Art Festival

Macon State College Hosts Art Festival

“The Arts at Work” is the theme of the 2011 Macon State College Arts Festival scheduled for March 14-16.

All events are in the Macon Campus theater or the rehearsal hall, both located in the Arts Complex, and are free and open to the public.

 For more information, contact Dr. Laura E. Thomason at 478-471-2015.

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.

Sen. Brown and Rep. Epps Hold Public Hearings

Sen. Robert Brown (D-Macon) and Rep. Bubber Epps (D-Dry Branch) together will hold two public hearings on Saturday, March 6.

At the first, to be held at the Twiggs County Courthouse, Sen. Brown and Rep. Epps will seek input on House Bill 274 and Senate Bill 110 that could affect a Twiggs County landfill, and will also seek input on proposed salary increases for the Twiggs County Board of Education.

The second public hearing will be held at the Bibb Substation on Jeffersonville Road, also to discuss House Bill 274 and Senate Bill 110. House Bill 274, if passed, would re-introduce yard trimmings and vegetative matter to landfills in Georgia.

Who: State Sen. Robert Brown (D-Macon) and Rep. Bubber Epps (D-Dry Branch)

What: Public Hearing # 1 to discuss proposed changes affecting the Twiggs County landfill and to discuss proposed salary increases for Twiggs County Board of Education

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.

Urban Redevelopment Plan Public Hearing

The Mayor and City Council of Macon, GA will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 24th at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chamber of City Hall.

The Purpose of this meeting is to receive input and hear public comments on the proposed Urban Redevelopment Area and Urban Redevelopment Plan for the City of Macon, a news release says.

The Urban Redevelopment Plan seeks to use all available federal, state, and local resources to foster economic redevelopment of blighted commercial and industrial areas within the city, as well as to promote community development efforts in distressed neighborhoods.

The redevelopment area covers more than 7,000 acres of the City, including the downtown area, the Eisenhower corridor, and the Bellevue, East Macon, Houston Rd. and Village Green neighborhoods.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Local Children Selected for Touring 'Wizard of Oz' Show

Local Children Selected for Touring 'Wizard of Oz' Show

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.

That is according to a Grand Opera House news release

Macon dance studio Academy of the Performing Arts auditioned, selected and will prepare all 12 munchkins for their choreographed songs and dances in the production. The children will have the opportunity to dance alongside a nationally touring Broadway company and learn valuable, real-world skills while having fun. Owners Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss, both with 30 years’ experience, are excited to be a part of this production.