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• conee Cultural Arts Foundation

Writing the Personal Essay The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) is currently offering a literary arts class, “Writing the Personal Essay” with award winning Georgia writer, Dana Wildsmith. Personal essays allow us to share our life experiences, strengths, struggles, and beliefs with others and are often required as a part of college and scholarship applications. Learn how to write about your insights and reflections, personal growth and goals, decisions and responses to events, even your favorite activities or books in a way that is both engaging and articulates the point you are trying to communicate. Class runs for three Saturdays in July. For more info and online registration, go to our website www.ocaf.com, email us at info@ocaf.com, or call our office at (706) 769-4965

• Madison Al Anon meetings

every Thursday

Al-Anon is a support group for those affected by someone else’s drinking—be it a family member or a friend—who may or may not still be drinking. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday night at the white building next to the Episcopal Church: 338 Academy St. For more info: 706-431-6013.


Faith-based yoga classes offered weekly at The Studio at Icehouse Creative. Sunday 3pm, Tuesday 8:30am, Wednesday 6:30pm, Thursday 12:30pm. See www.facebook.com/yogafaithmadison for monthly specials.  Mats provided or bring your own.

• Join our History Makers and break every chain of addiction!

This support group meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. Harvest Time Church, 2120 Athens Hwy, Madison GA 30650 For more information, call Pastor Stacey Carver (706) 474-1109


Tuesday mornings at 8am at Holding Space Yoga Studio.  180 Hancock St, Madison Ga.  Class taught by Mary Leslie Hartman, all instructors are Yoga Alliance certified! For questions or more information on class, contact Mary at maryleslieart@gmail.com


• Compassion for Cancer Yoga

Fridays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Holding Space Yoga (Behind Thrifty Mac) located at 180 Hancock street Madison. Free class. Offered by certified yoga instructor, Allie Bourgeois. This is for cancer patients and survivors. Also open to those with heart disease, diabetes, auto immune deficiency, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis. Also open to care givers such as family members, nurses, hospice & oncology professionals.

• Community Meditation

First Thursday of every month. Free and open to the public. 6:45 – 7:15 pm at Uptown Athletic Center behind Thrifty Mac. Please bring mat or pillow to sit on. Come learn to still and quiet the mind and find peace.  Please contact Allie at alliecat65@gmail.com for more information.

Board of Commissioners have a meeting the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. and a work session the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. in the board room at the Board of

Commissioners Administrative Building

•The Great Wall Art Of Madison

All artists painting canvases for the Madison Artists Guild GREAT ART WALL OF MADISON who have not yet delivered your finished canvases, please deliver them by May 1 to the Painted Pineapple at Icehouse Creative or to MAGallery, open Thurs – Sat from 11am – 5pm and Sun from 1 – 5pm. 217 W Jefferson St. For more information, call Lori Williams at 770.312.3495.

•Madison Artists Guild is now selling $30 tickets for those wanting to buy a piece of THE GREAT ART WALL OF MADISON.

Tickets also available at Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co and the Painted Pineapple in Icehouse Creative. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold. Come to the party on May 14th where the entire wall will be displayed. Each ticket holder will receive one of the original art squares in a drawing until all squares are matched to the tickets. For more information, call Lori Williams at 770.312.3495.

• Eatonton Duplicate Bridge Club

An official member of the American Contract Bridge League, is now meeting at the Parkside Main 8 Theater,1050 Parkside Main, Greensboro,  at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  For more information contact Betty Roper at 706-467-3079.

•The Painted Pineapple @ Icehouse

271 West Washington Street. Our faith based boards are back! This adorable camper will be painted on 12” wood board. Our instructor will guide you through the process of creating your own piece to proudly display in your home or give as a gift. Scripture reads: The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.” Psalm 32:8. Color options and additional bible verses will be provided to suit your preferences. Deadline to register: Friday April 22nd. $25 each board.   Register online at paintedpineapple.org

•Boating Safety Class Schedule for Lake Oconee 2016  May 11-12, 6 – 10 p.m.  and July 13-14 Crowe Marine; June 15-16, and August 17 and 18, 6 to 10 p.m. Singleton Marine;

Both nights are mandatory, sign up: www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com

•Wednesday, May 4

3:30pm to 6:30pm – May the Fourth Be With You!  Afterschool workshop to celebrate Star Wars Day! Enjoy Star wars crafts, space photo booth (free) and a droid bot tinker station. Crafts start at $5. At the Painted Pineapple.  No registration needed.

•Friday, May 6

6 to 9pm – KIDS Club – We’ll be ‘Horsing Around” – in honor of the Kentucky Derby the following day. Enjoy an evening out while we entertain the kids.  Register online at www.paintedpineapple.org so we can prepare for your little jockeys. Registration required.  Ages 4 and up. $15

•Friday, May 6


MAGallery from 5 – 7pm. Last chance to bring in a painted square for THE GREAT ART WALL OF MADISON. Come celebrate with us the creativity of our community! We’ll have wine and light foods. For more info call 706.342.9360 or stop by MAGallery at 217 W Jefferson St across from Town Park

•Saturday, May 7

10am to 2pm – Mother’s Day Family Workshop Join The Painted Pineapple for a special workshop honoring the mothers in you life. A variety of crafts will be available including a breakfast tray, jewelry and picture frames perfect for Mom or Grandma! Crafts start at just $5 and will be sure to put a smile on her face. Just drop in and create a memory.

•Saturday, May 7

The 2nd Annual Miss MCHS Pageant will be Saturday May 7th,  at 7pm in the MCHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All proceeds benefit Morgan County Wrestling.

•Tuesday, May 10

11am to Noon – Mommy and Me Storytime and Craft.  All caregivers are invited to join us at The Painted Pineapple as we read a story about a mother’s love. A simple craft will be provided afterwards for you and your child to create together. Enjoy time with your child and other parents in our casual atmosphere. No registration needed. Free Event.

•Friday, May 13

6:30 to 9:30pm – Wooden Arrow Wall Decor – Get in touch with your inner BoHo and join us in creating a painted wood wall hanging. Three arrows laced together to create one fabulous piece. Choose your colors and your arrow style. Fabric tassel included. Register on line at www.paintedpineapple.org by May 6th to reserve your seat. $35

•Saturday, May 14

Come celebrate THE GREAT ART WALL OF MADISON in its entirety with the MADISON ARTISTS GUILD and the community-wide participating artists at ICEHOUSE CREATIVE. From 5 – 8pm, we’ll have wine and hors d’oeuvres. Those who have bought tickets will find out which piece of the wall they will take home. It will be a blast! Icehouse Creative is next to Ricardo’s Kouzzina Restaurant. For more information call Lori Williams at 770.312.3495

•Saturday, May 14

5 to 8pm – Madison’s Artist Guild’s Great Art Wall Unveiling – Special Event at the Icehouse Creative. The Painted Pineapple and the Icehouse Creative are so  proud to be part of this event and will be open during the MAG Great Art Wall unveiling. Join the MAG and us for this fun event. Entry is free, tickets are only $30 for your chance to take home some amazing art! Visit www.madisonartistguild.org for more info.

•Tuesday, May 17

The commissioners work session will be held at The Antioch Baptist Church in Godfrey.

•Sunday, May 22

Beacon Heights Baptist Church in Madison will Host a Vacation Bible School Kick-off and Registration Event May 22 from 6-8pm. We will have 2 bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, and popcorn. This event is free. Come register your children for Vacation Bible School and enjoy the fun. Vacation Bible School will be June 5-10 from 6-8:30pm each night. There will be snacks, games, music, and Bible Stories for ages 3 years thru 6th grade. June 10th will be our family night program with refreshments.

•Monday, May 23- 26

9am to Noon – Creative Kids Camp – Zoo – This class filled up fast and is FULL.  But be sure to check www.paintedpineapple.org for a number of other summer ‘camps’ and classes for the kids.

•Thursday, May 26

Hypertufa Planters w/Jim Rowland from 7-9:30pm $35 includes all supplies. Learn the basics of creating your own planter. Canavan Home & Arts 125 W Jefferson Str Call to register 706-343-0025

•Saturday, May 28

The 33rd Annual Rutledge Fair in Downtown Rutledge will be held on Saturday, May 28,  from 9 AM to 4 PM.  There will be an old fashioned parade of vintage cars and tractors honoring our military, and a beach-themed golf cart competition on Fairplay Street. Mr. Rutledge and Little Miss Rutledge (presented by Rutledge Wings) will also be in the parade, and will be crowned following the parade at the gazebo. There will be arts and crafts, antiques, and other vendors throughout City Park, a bounce house and other inflatables for kids, kids games and activities, live music by MaCayla Cook, Horace Reeves, The Madisonaires, Tim Saye, and Coley (Nicole Jones), dancers, and Rutledge Idol competition (presented by Yesterday’s Cafe at the gazebo in City Park).  There will also be book signings by Poet John Charles Griffin, and Authors Molly Lesnikowski and Dave Belton. The Caboose turns 20 this year and will have a 20th birthday party with free ice cream at 3:00 p.m.  Don’t miss the biggest and best Country Fair to date in beautiful downtown Rutledge, Georgia, Small But Special.  For information, contact Terry Reeves (Fair Director) – treeves@musicmattersentertainment.net , (404) 734-6168, for parade information or to participate in the parade, contact Dr. Mike Hughes  at (706) 557-0211, and to nominate some (65 and over) for Mr. Rutledge or to participate in Little Miss Rutledge, contact Greg Sherrill (Mr. Rutledge & Little Miss Rutledge) – (706) 557-7369

•Saturday, May 28

6:30pm to 9:30pm – Cotton Boll on Wood – Create your very own Cotton Boll.  Each wood plank measure approximately 10x11in. Background color options are available. Register by Friday May 27th to reserve your seat at www.paintedpineapple.org. $25

•Tuesday, May 31- June 2

9am to Noon – STEAM based Camp – Mad Scientist –  Prek to 5th grade. Creating and mixing potions and concoctions. $65.  www.paintedpineapple.org

•Tuesday, May 31- June 2

3pm to 5pm – Tween Camp – Stitches –  Ages 8 to 14yr old.  Creating with textiles for the room and fun. $55  www.paintedpineapple.org

•Saturday, July 30

2016 Back to School Rally and Community Health Fair- This year’s event will take place on July 30,2016  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM on the Morgan Memorial Hospital Lawn.  Last year we were close to capacity with almost 60 exhibitors and we expect this year to just as large.  Therefore, while the deadline to register is July 16th, we encourage you to register early to ensure your spot at this year’s event.

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