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September 2016

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Events in the month of September 2016
Blue Morpho Butterfly Month Callaway Gardens

September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

Enjoy our month-long display of nature at its finest! Marvel at the Blue Morpho as hundreds of these tropical butterflies fill the Day Butterfly Center with their iridescent-blue splendor. If the trend continues, visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of Blue Morpho Butterflies on the planet during September.

The Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular iridescent blue butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America. The undersides of the wings are brown with eyespots, but the contrasting upper sides could be considered the most brilliant, vivid blue that nature has to offer. This iridescent color actually results from microscopic scales on the back of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance. As a Blue Morpho flies, its contrasting wing colors of brilliant blue and dull brown fool the eye and make the Morpho look as if it is appearing and disappearing, paying tribute to its name ‘morpho’ – which actually means “to change or modify.”

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Planting Food Plots for Deer

You are invited to attend a free class, Planting Food Plots for Deer.
At this class you will learn the how, where, why and when for planting deer food plots. 

Dr. Mark McConnell, University of Georgia Wildlife Outreach Specialist, will be speaking.
Feel free to share the attached flyer.

Sponsored by the
UGA Extension Harris County
P.O. Box 346
121 N. Old College Street
Hamilton, GA 31811-0346
Office: 706 628-4824  Fax: 706-628-5671

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Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Soar into September at our 18th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. The weekend kicks off with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long. Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live musicbeach activities, a Kids Zone and much more. There's something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, as well as a 5K Race and Triathlon event. If you're a photography buff, you can sign up for our hands-on "Mastering Night Photography" course. 

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First Saturday Flea Markets at Aldrich

The David H. Aldrich Community Center is now hosting a flea market on the first Saturday of each month.
Fresh goods, crafts and treasures
Farm raised eggs
Local Honey
Handmade Items

Table spaces are $10 for one or $15 for two. 
Vendors can begin setting up at 7 a.m. and the market will be open as long as vendors remain.

For more info please contact the Community Center at 706-663-4447

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5 K and 1 Mile Red Fox Fun Run

Run like a fox on this campground course. Open to all ages. Prizes. Must pre-register and pre-pay at park office or register on park website form and email it in, then call park office with CC information. Sign up and pay by Aug 25 for shirt; Check-in at Boathouse at Lake Delanor in campground.

Admission: $10-$25 $15 early group (6 or more)
Daily Parking Fee $5.00

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Summer Sunset Music Series at Callaway Gardens

May 28 through September 10, 2016
Robin Lake Beach

Enjoy sweet sounds of Summer with live music from a variety of bands*, on Robin Lake Beach. Stop by the Robin Lake Beach Pavilion & Beach Bar for great food and drinks all night long.  Admission for day and overnight guests as well as Annual Passholders, and up to five guests in the same vehicle, is free.  To purchase an Annual Pass, CLICK HERE.  Other than Special Events dates (shown with **), after 5 p.m. admission is only $10 per person. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the show.

For a list of the bands, CLICK HERE.

To download and print the 2016 Summer Sunset Music Series Schedule, CLICK HERE.

June 25  Sons-N-Britches 
July 2  Chris Collins and Daniel Lee**
July 3 Final Answer Band and The Regulars**
July 4  Swingin' Medallions**
July 9 Into the Further
July 16 Money Shot
July 23 Krissy Andrews Band
July 30 Tim Tyler
Aug. 6  Chris Collins
Aug. 13  Brandon Holden
Aug. 20 Wicked Dixie
Aug. 27 Daniel Lee
Sept. 2  Secret Sauce**
Sept. 3 Kyle Wilson**
Sept. 4 The Regulars**
Sept. 10 Barstool Prophets and Neal Lucas**

*Bands are subject to change without notice. It is against state law to bring alcohol into Callaway Gardens.  At any time, larger bands may be added to the schedule and change the pricing.

**Special Event Pricing

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Olympic Triathlon Callaway Gardens

Join us on Labor Day weekend for a day full of fun and adventure.  It will be an action packed weekend at Callaway and we can't wait to share it with you.  So pack your bags and come stay with us!

Individuals $75.00 through 8/20/16; $85.00 thereafter.
Teams $150.00 through 8/20/16; $170.00 thereafter.

The Swim:
1K (horseshoe shaped) around pristine Robin Lake (deep water entire swim but within 20 yards of shoreline first half of swim)

The Bike:
30K - out and back on Scenic Drive, Discovery Pkwy and Mountain Creek Dr.

The Run:
8K - including Robin Lake Circle and the paved bike trail. A VERY FAST course!

Male/female - 14 under - 15-19 in 5 year increments up to 70+
Relay, Clydesdale (200 lbs) - Athena (160 lbs) - Military

Top 3 overall Male/Female and top 3 in each age group including teams, clydesdales, athena and military

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HC Library Manager Meet & Greet and Library Update

The Harris County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Friends of the Library Board, are hosting a Meet & Greet with our new Harris County Library Manager Stephanie Greene.  This is a great opportunity for you to drop in and welcome our new Library Manager and offer our communities support.  

We will also be getting a brief update from 2WR on the new Harris County Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring books to donate for the Friends of the Library Book Sale this October.  We are looking for books of all types and genres in good condition. 

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Callaway Gardens Craft Beer Festival

Calling all craft beer lovers …Callaway Gardens’ will host a craft beer ALL YOU CAN TASTE extravaganza with more than 100 craft beers from 25 different craft beer vendors. Your ticket to this one of a kind beer fest includes all the tastings you’d like, and a souvenir mug!
Live Musical Performances by: The Barstool Prophets and Neal Lucas.
Enjoy a weekend getaway with our overnight Craft Beer Fest Package, with shuttle service, starting at $189*.  BONUS:  Join us on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, for a Craft Beer Dinner.

NEW!  A limited number of VIP Festival Tickets are available that provide access to the the sampling 1 hour early and food paired especially for the craft beer selections. 

Craft Beer Festival Schedule
Friday, September 9, 2016
5:30 p.m. Overnight Guest Shuttle to Craft Beer Dinner
6 p.m. Craft Beer Dinner

Saturday, September 10, 2016
12:30 p.m. Shuttle Begins to Transport Overnight VIP Guests to Festival
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. VIP Tasting Opens
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. VIP Food Pairings Tent Opens
1:30 p.m. Shuttle Begins to Transport Overnight Guests to Festival
1:45 p.m. Beach Gate Opens for Festival Admission
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Craft Beer Festival
2 p.m. Entertainment by Neal Lucas
4 p.m. Musical Entertainment by Barstool Prophets
5 p.m.  Robin Lake Beach and Beach Bar remain open for College Football

Advance Purchase
  VIP (Limited Quantity):  $65
  Participant General Admission: $35
  Non-Participant General Admission:  $15

Event Day Purchase
  VIP (Limited Quantity):  Advance Purchase Only
  Participant General Admission: $45
  Non-Participant General Admission:  $15

Visiting for just the day, don't forget to bring a designated driver.  Callaway Gardens will be offering discounted admission for guests not planning to participate in the drinking part of the festival.

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Second Saturday Sale in Hamilton

It is time for our next Second Saturday Sale on the Square in Hamilton, GA  
Use the contact info to reserve your spot and what you are selling .
Spread the word to all your friends to come shopping!
Visit the Facebook Page for More Info

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Wheels of Fire III

Join us for a fire truck escorted dice run through the beautiful back roads of Harris County. This annual ride supports the volunteer firefighters of Harris County. The ride begins at Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson in Columbus and ends at the Cataula VFW. Join us at the Cataula VFW for our after-party event recognizing our public servants in recognition of the anniversary of September 11th. We will have live music, food and drink (for purchase), door prizes and a 50/50 raffle!

Click Here to Download Route

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First Responders Day at King’s Pasture Christian Center

First Responders Day at King’s Pasture Christian Center September 11, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. What Is First Responders Day? First Responders Day is a day developed by King’s Pasture Christian Center located here in Hamilton, Georgia, where Archbishop Ken McNatt is the Senior Pastor, created to honor those who serve as First Responders along with their families. This year marks the 15th year Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. As we remember those who sacrificed we also want to thank those who serve this community every day.
First Responders Day will be recognized on Sunday, September 11th during our 10:30 A.M. worship service with a cook out to follow. We would like to invite all First Responders and their families to enjoy this special service with a meal to follow in their honor. There is no specific dress code for this service, but all First Responders are welcome to wear their uniforms so we can easily recognize and honor you for your service.

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Advance Care Planning Community Workshops

Workshop designed to learn how to talk to your loved ones about final healthcare questions.
Each participant will receive a free planning guide which outlines questions you and your family should discuss along with forms you can use to record your wishes.

Worshops are offered through West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange
and are NO CHARGE to attend. 


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Alternative Financing Workshop

The Alternative Financing Workshop is a no cost financial workshop for small businesses or new start-ups in need of alternative finance options. It is sponsored by Celtic Bank.

Businesses need access to capital to operate and grow their businesses. However, traditional loans are not always available nor are they necessarily the best source of funds for all businesses.

In this session, a panel of experts will discuss alternative means for gaining access to the financing your business needs to thrive and grow.

Online pre-registration is required.

  • SBA 504
  • 7(a) Loans
  • Micro Lending
  • NOW Account
  • Crowd Funding
  • And more…
  • Fred Crispen, Celtic Bank
  • Thomas Credle, Kinetic Credit Union                          
  •  Rick Sigman, The University of West Georgia
  •  Other panelists to be announced
DATE: September 15, 2016
TIME: 9 AM to 11 AM
LOCATION: The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 1200 6th Avenue, Columbus, GA  31902

For more information, please call UGA SBDC at 706-569-2651 or send email to:

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The 28th year of Pro-Rodeo will be September 16-17,2016

The Stock Contractor for all those years and again this year will be  4L Rodeo When it comes to rodeo events, PCA is the powerhouse in the Southeast and the HCCA is proud to host its annual rodeo in the Agri-Center on the third weekend this September.

Our ProRodeo is a family event and it’s all about fun. We have a two-day event with a midway, plenty of Southern eats and ice cold RC Colas. With fast action paced riding, there are Broncs, Bull, Barrels and more.

Gates open @ 6 pm
Rodeo Action: 8:00 pm

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FREE Home Gardening, Food Production & Nutrition Seminar

Harris County Extension and Chipley Co-op invite you to a FREE Home Gardening, Food Production & Nutrition Seminar 
Feel free to share the flyer.
Lunch will be provided.
In order to accurately prepare for the meal, you must pre-register by Sept. 14
UGA Extension Harris County
P.O. Box 346
121 N. Old College Street
Hamilton, GA 31811-0346
Office: 706 628-4824  Fax: 706-628-5671

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2016 Employment Law Series

Session 7:  Friday, September 23
  • Don't Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish:  Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations, Penalties and Lawsuits
  • Sex, Gender, Same-Sex Marriage & Transgender Employees:  What It All Means

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Harris County High School Football

It's Football Season in Harris County!
Click Here for the schedule and support our Tigers!
Let's fill the stadium with black and gold pride!

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Really Big Yard Sale

Chipley Woman's Club
Really Big Yard Sale
When: Saturday, September 24
            8AM til 2PM
Where: Chipley Woman's Club 
(located at 132 S. McDougald Ave
Next to Super Valu in Pine Mountain)

Contact Nan with any Questions!

Mark your calendars now to shop for Great Bargains!
Or Rent a Booth Space
10X10 Booth $20 or 20X20 Booth $30


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Fly Fishing School at Callaway Gardens

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kingfisher Outfitters

Learn the graceful art of fly fishing from our Professional Cast­ing Instructors which have years of experience. Our weekend fly-fishing schools are lim­ited to 10 participants to ensure an effective instructor-student ratio and consists of classroom instruction, casting practice and lake fishing.

Children 12 and older are welcome to enroll in the school (with adult supervision). Boy Scouts of America are invited to enroll and upon completion will fulfill the requirements for the fly fishing badge.

$350 per person, includes use of pre­mium equipment from Kingfisher Outfitters, off-site transportation on Day Two and catered lunch on both days.

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Ole Chipley Days Festival

Ole Chipley Days Festival in downtown Pine Mountain
Parts of Commerce Ave and Broad Street are closed for the festival.
Arts, crafts, handmade and homegrown items, retail merchandise, food and live music.  There is also a petting zoo and games designed especially for children.

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Kids Fishing Rodeo at the Liberty Bell Pool

Sign up for catfish fishing and fun activities. Event includes hotdog lunch, special gift, door prizes, bait. No outside bait is allowed. Bring one pole per child. There is a 3-fish limit. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Limited space. Open to ages 4-12.
Meets at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354.
Admission: Children $10
One adult free per child.
Click Here to Find out what going on at the Park this weekend 
Daily parking fee: $5

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Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Blood Bank is the local depository for blood.  Most everyone knows that and takes it for granted.  If you, a family member, friend, or neighbor need blood for any reason, the Red Cross will provide it…right?  Yes…but.  That blood is only available for you or your family if people are willing to donate.  Summer always depletes the blood supply, so as we get into fall refilling the blood bank is an absolute necessity.  
It’s imperative that we do our part, so to help fill that shortage of supply a Harris County Blood Drive is being planned.  On September 29, the Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at  in Cataula.  We need to begin signing up volunteers now.   If all goes well, this county-wide drive will be scheduled on a regular basis.  Please consider volunteering and tell others about the opportunity.
The blood drive will be held at Reformation Lutheran Church, 1045 US Highway 27 in Cataula Center.  If you would be interested in volunteering to donate blood, please contact Chuck or the Church for more information.
Click Here for Info on Donating Blood

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Harris County High School Football

It's Football Season in Harris County!
Click Here for the schedule and support our Tigers!
Let's fill the stadium with black and gold pride!

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