Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Buy One Get One Free Regular General Admission Tickets - Wild Adventures

Saturday September 3, 2011 - Monday September 5, 2011
Canned Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest of South Georgia
September 3-5, 2011
Bring a canned food item to the park during Labor Day weekend and receive one (1) free general admission with purchase of a regular general admission.
One free admission when you purchase a full-price general admission and donate at least one canned food item. Season passholders can receive 50% off one (1) general admission with the donation of at least one canned food item. Tickets must be purchased at the park and used on the same day of purchase. Valid for second day free. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Taxes and parking additional. Free ticket must be of equal or lesser value. Valid September 3, 4, and 5, 2011.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Strictly for Kids Sale - Wednesday, August 31 - Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wild Adventures - Bring a Friend Day - Sunday, September 18th!

Bring a friend to the park for FREE with your 2011 Season Pass Sunday, September 18 or use the ticket for another valid day this season!
2011 Season Passholders can use their Bring A Friend Free ticket to bring a friend to the park Sunday, September 18 and enjoy a full fun day in the park OR use their BAF ticket another valid day. Valid operating days for passholders to use their Bring A Friend Free ticket are: any operating day in September, Fridays and Sundays in October (excluding October 14); or any operating day November through January 1, 2012. The valid days are also printed on your ticket.
Bring A Friend Free admission will be distributed in the park courtyard Sunday, September 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m. You can choose to use your special admission that day or during one of the valid days, listed above. Offer only availabe at the park September 18 with valid 2011 Season Pass.


Thursday, August 25, 2011


Classes begin September 12.  Shouldn’t you belong?

The South Georgia String Project offers an after-school music program where children can easily access low-cost stringed instrument instruction while providing mentored teaching experience for music students at Valdosta State University.  The South Georgia String Project, led by Director and Master Teacher Lauren Burns, is a joint venture of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Music at Valdosta State University. 

·         Beginners – Explorer Strings

o    Group class for students with no previous string-playing experience

o    Ages 8 and up, MW 4:30-5:30 pm

·         Intermediate Strings

o    String orchestras for returning and/or experienced string students

o    Meet at 5:30 or 6:30 pm on Mondays, according to audition placement

o    Additional class at no extra charge, Sectional Technique W 5:30-6:30 pm

o    Private Lessons are available and strongly encouraged

·         Valdosta Symphony Youth Orchestra (VSYO)

o    Full orchestra for advanced string, wind, brass and percussion students, placement by audition.

o    Also open to VSU students and community adults

o    Participating students must also play in their public school ensembles, if available.

o    Meets M 7:30-8:30 pm with Matthew Mainella, conductor


·         Parent meeting for new students at 4:30 on September 12

Parent meeting for returning students at 5:30 on September 12

·         String placement auditions will be held on September 12 beginning at 6:30. 

Wind, brass, and percussion students audition on September 12 beginning at 7:30.

* For audition information please see our website at http://www.valdosta.edu/sgsp/auditions.php/

·         Registration forms are available online at http://www.valdosta.edu/sgsp/registrationForm.pdf

Ms. Lauren Burns
E-mail  eburns@valdosta.edu
Phone  229.219.1269
Web  www.valdosta.edu/sgsp/

South Georgia String Project
Department of Music
Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upward Flag Football & Cheerleading



must attend one flag football evaluation or

cheerleading orientation.

They will take place at

North Valdosta Church of God,

3492 Mt. Zion Church Road (the corner of Mt. Zion

Church Road and Forest Street).

K4 through 9th Grade Boys/Girls
Saturday, September 10,

between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Practices Begin -
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

First Game -
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Awards Celebration -
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mail registration form and payment to
Hype 4 Purpose,

P.O. Box 4423, Valdosta, GA 31604, or submit registration

form at

The registration cost per child for
flag football is $85.

The registration cost per child for
cheerleading is $85.

Deadline for registration is
September 10.

Makes checks payable to
Hype 4 Purpose.

Hype 4 Purpose (Helping Young People Excel)

Creation Divine (229) 300-2557


Friday, August 19, 2011

Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS - Hahira, GA

Hahira also has a Mops group!

We are having an pancake breakfast/open house Aug 30th from 9-11 at Bethany Baptist Church 5064 Bethany Rd, Hahira. Our meetings will start in September and will be the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers

Dear young mothers of children 5 and under,

If you are a stay at home mother I highly recommend getting involved in a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. Luckily it appears that our area has several to choose from. 10 years ago when my first child was an infant, I was a stay at home mom, struggling in more ways than one. I joined a MOPS group and it changed my life. I actually have several friends that have remained dear friends to me from those early days of infancy, toddler & preschool years! 

Another life saver in those early days for me was MMO (Mothers Morning Out, and luckily several churches in our area offer those as well - just check the left hand tab!)
Mothers of Preschoolers, a place where you can come just as you are to be encouraged, equipped and develop as a woman, mother and leader.

MOPS at FUMC is a local group in Valdosta, GA open to all mothers of young children, infant to 5 years. Childcare is available but you must contact us to ensure space, they are getting maxed out.

Our MOPS group seeks to help moms build relationship with each other while enjoying the adventure of motherhood. We meet at First United Methodist in downtown Valdosta from September through May on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. In addition to regular meetings we have playdates, mom's nite outs, family picnics and much more.

Registration fee is $40. You can register at any meeting. Feel free email us at
valdostamops@gmail.com for more info, if you have any questions or if you would like to attend a meeting.

Hahira, GA MOPS Group
Hahira also has a Mops group!
Bethany Baptist Church 5064 Bethany Rd, Hahira. Our meetings will start in September and will be the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Any questions about the Hahira mops group can be sent to: HahiraMops@gmail.com

Messiah Lutheran Church in Valdosta is starting a MOPS group too! 
For information on meeting time and location or other questions please email us at: mops.mlc@gmail.com

Trinity Presbyterian. We meet the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 9am-11am. For more information they can contact the church. The number is (229) 242-3468 and the address is 3501 Bemiss Rd, Valdosta, GA 31605. Our first meeting is September 6, 2013.

New Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) group with Christian focus in Hahira. Meets at Bethany Baptist Church, 5064 Bethany Road on the first Tuesday of every month for moms and the third Thursday as a playdate for the children. For more information, call Christy Smith, 910-728-2277.

Sunday evening Valdosta MOPS at FUMC
We are going strong and growing! Interested persons can call the church 229-242-4050 or email valdostaeveningmops@mail.com for more information.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

VSU Fieldhouse Fan Fest, Sunday, August 14th!

Valdosta State football and soccer fans are invited out to the Fieldhouse FanFest on Sunday, August 14 to get an up-close look at the Blazers' newest Athletic facility.

Due to a rules seminar with officials from the Gulf South Conference, the Valdosta State scrimmage on Sunday, August 14 has been pushed back to 3:00 p.m. As such, the Fieldhouse FanFest, which was originally slated to begin at 2:00 p.m., has also been pushed back to a 3:00 p.m. start. Drinks will be available throughout the event and hot dogs will be served at no cost beginning at 4:00 p.m. The football team will scrimmage from 3:00 p.m. till approximately 5:00 p.m. while the soccer team will scrimmage from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

In addition to the scrimmages, fans are welcome to walk through the fieldhouse as everything except the coaches' offices and team lockerrooms will be open to the public.

Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the event and activities for children are also planned. Drinks will also be available througout the event while free hot dogs will also be handed out beginning at 4:00 p.m. Those wishing to buy Valdosta State season tickets for football, soccer or volleyball will have a chance to do so as the VSU Ticket Office will also be on-site for the event.

The Fieldhouse parking lot will be reserved for handicapped parking only. The VSU Athletic Department will run shuttle vans from the Sustella Parking Deck, located behind the Campus Rec building on Sustella Avenue, and from the Oak Street parking lot and deck.

Admission is free to the event so plan on coming out to catch the first glimpse of the year of the Valdosta State football and soccer teams as they prepare for the upcoming season.