Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hahira Christmas Events

Movie night, Friday 13 - Despicable Me 2
7 pm - FREE

Saturday 14 - Christmas Festival
Arts & crafts, Kids Zone & Live music from 2 - 6 pm

Parade at 6 pm & snow after

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Programs and Holiday events held in Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

Below is a sample of December programs and holiday events held in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites.  For a more complete calendar, visit   More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at or 1-800-864-7275.   You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December  1 - 29, 2013
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park  - Summerville, GA 
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the holiday season. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

Tour of Lights on Seminole
November 30 – December 29, 2013
Seminole State Park  - Donalsonville, GA 
See pretty light displays throughout the park, presented by local businesses and organizations. It's free to drive through, but donations are appreciated. 229-861-3137.



Christmas on The Lake
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 10 AM to 3 PM  
Florence Marina State Park  - Omaha, GA 
Make Christmas decorations out of natural ornaments such as pine cones, sweetgum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells. We provide all the materials you will need. Then from 1 to 3 p.m., be sure to bring your wish list as pictures will be taken with Santa Claus. $1 - $3 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM  
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site  - Juliette, GA 
Celebrate a country Christmas from around 1900. Greenery and grapevine wreathes make the houses festive, along with a tree adorned in homemade decorations, stockings and simple gifts.  Also enjoy spiced apple cider, cookies and fireside stories. $4-$6.50. 478-986-5172.
Christmas Candlelight Tour
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 6 PM to 9:30 PM  
New Echota Historic Site  - Calhoun, GA 
Luminaries will light the pathways, and decorations will welcome visitors to the historic buildings. Christmas carols, hot apple cider, refreshments and Christmas cheer will kick off the holiday season at the historic Cherokee Capital. Grab your candle lantern and dress for the weather. $5.50-$7.50. 706-624-1321.

Christmas at Red Top’s Cabin
Saturday, December 7, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM       
Red Top Mountain State Park  - Cartersville, GA 
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life at the Vaughan cabin. Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday with music, cooking, toys and games. Bring the family and a camera to get a free picture with Santa. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

Christmas by Candlelight - Cherokee Home Tour
Friday, December 13, 2013 until Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 6 PM to 9 PM  
Chief Vann House Historic Site  - Chatsworth, GA 
Enjoy Christmas in one of the best preserved Cherokee Indian homes. The 1800s house is decorated in the Moravian-style with all natural garland, paper ornaments and more than 300 candles. $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.

A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 5 PM to 8 PM       
Fort Morris Historic Site  - Midway, GA 
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. 912-884-5999.
Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 6 PM to 8:30 PM       
General Coffee State Park  - Nicholls, GA 
Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

Christmas at Reed Bingham
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 7 PM to 9 PM  
Reed Bingham State Park  - Adel, GA 
Meet Santa and enjoy homemade baked goods, hot cocoa, Christmas carols, and ornament making. The beach shelter will be decorated with lights for all to enjoy. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

A Tree of Families
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10 AM to 4 PM  
Robert Toombs House Historic Site  - Washington, GA 
The Christmas tree takes the center stage as living history performers "Robert Toombs Family and Friends" celebrate post-colonial holiday traditions through the early 1900s. 706-678-2226.

Reading of The Polar Express
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10 AM to 2 PM       
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site  - Warm Springs, GA 
Children can ride the Warm Springs Choo-Choo to Mustian Place where a real train conductor will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Refreshments will be served along with a visit from Santa. Children will receive a reindeer bell as a gift. Train will depart from the Memorial Fountain at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.

Victorian Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10 AM to 2 PM  
Travelers Rest Historic Site  - Toccoa, GA 
The inn will have its halls decorated with items reflecting the Victorian Era. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-886-2256.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 4 PM to 7 PM       
Vogel State Park  - Blairsville, GA 
Join us for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. Also caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, hot chocolate and cider. 706-745-2628.

Luminary Night with Santa
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 6 PM to 8 PM  
Skidaway Island State Park  - Savannah, GA 
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. $5 per picture, hayrides $2. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.



Pearl Harbor Remembered
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 10 AM to 3 PM       
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site  - Warm Springs, GA 
World War II Veterans will be in the museum to meet with guesta. Living history with Kellys Zeroes will take place in the museum and a re-enactment of the Declaration of War will be delivered by President Roosevelt. Operation Stars and Stripes will be collecting gift donations for troops serving in Afghanistan. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.

Constellations by Carriage
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 7 PM to 8 PM  
Hard Labor Creek State Park  - Rutledge, GA 
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach. Register in advance. Call park for additional dates. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Toy Trot 5K Trail Run/Walk
Saturday, December 7, 2013  
Fort Yargo State Park  - Winder, GA 
This 5K Run/Walk race is being held by Walton-Barrow Board of Realtors to benefit the "Shop With A Cop" program for needy children.  $5 parking. 706-215-3893

Civil War Heritage Festival
Saturday, December 7, 2013  
Magnolia Springs State Park  - Millen, GA 
Enjoy a living history encampment, live cannon fire, and a skirmish of Confederate and Union soldiers. Georgia Southern will be hosting an archaeology presentation while vendors and other presenters join in the festivities in the picnic area. Remember to stay for the big finale with a cannon firing as soon as it gets dark. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.

Dirty Spokes Race
Saturday, December 7, 2013  
Victoria Bryant State Park  - Royston, GA 
The Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit for more information and to register. Race Fee plus $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Winter Muster Reenactment
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 9 AM to 4 PM  
Fort McAllister Historic Park  - Richmond Hill, GA 
On December 13, 1864, General Sherman ended his March to the Sea by ordering his troops to take Fort McAllister. Come and watch as we reenact this historically significant moment in our country's history. Program and demonstration from 9am - 4pm. Battle at 5:00pm. $6.50-$3.75. 912-727-2339.

Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013 to Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 11 PM to 1 AM  
Hard Labor Creek State Park  - Rutledge, GA 
Join us on the beach to view the last major meteor shower of 2013. Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winter’s best constellations. Preregistration required, meet at the beach parking lot. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 5 PM  
Panola Mountain State Park  - Stockbridge, GA 
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the full moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 7 PM to 9 PM  
Sweetwater Creek State Park  - Lithia Springs, GA 
This mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.

Who gives a Hoot? Owl Show
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 1 PM to 2 PM       
Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 1 PM to 2 PM       
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge  - Dawsonville, GA 
Join Zeus, Owl Capone, Goliath and all your favorite Amicalola Falls Feathered Friends for a fun and educational time in the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-344-1500.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 5 PM to 7 PM  
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM  
Tallulah Gorge State Park  - Tallulah Falls, GA 
Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Arrive early; space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.



Train Ride: School Express
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:15 AM to 2:40 PM  
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA 
All Aboard! Bring the kids and ride in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. You'll board at Georgia Veterans State Park and travel to Americus and Plains. Hobo Lunch Package is $11.99. 229-276-0755.

Rudolph's Favorite Train Ride
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 6:30 PM to 8:40 PM  
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA 
Enjoy a relaxing ride from Georgia Veterans State Park into Cordele.  Vendors will be awaiting your arrival to show you all the exciting things for Christmas.  Games, music and reading of The Polar Express await younger ones. Ticket fee. 229-276-0755.

Bells Over Plains Train Ride
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 10 AM to 2:20 PM  
SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA 
Enjoy a train excursion with a 1 hour layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping, fun for shopping. 229-276-0755.

Christmas Events at Raisin Cane

Back To Bethlehem
Come join us this Christmas for a Live Nativity Hayride through 5 different scenes surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.

Friday December 13th
Saturday, December 14th
Friday, December 20th
Saturday, December 21st
5:30 PM-9:30PM
Christmas Wonderland
Santa Claus is coming to town!! Santa and his helpers will be visiting guests to our farm under the Big Red Barn on the dates listed above.
Please give us a call if you have any questions, 229-259-2000

Rockin Rolands Rock Climbing


The Rock Climbing Wall is always a crowd favorite. With an absolute thrill and challenge for any child or adult.  Having this wall at your event will definitely make you the most popular party planner in town!

We will make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible. The climbing wall rental includes a trained technician that will stay on site to harness and operate the climbing wall, maintain safety standards at all times and offer a variety of challenges from the 5-year old beginner to the experienced climber!


For additional information, please feel free to contact us by phone at 229-894-8678 or e-mail and get your party ROCKIN!!

   -  2 hour Minimum. $200.00

-       Half Day Rental:  $300.00 ( 4 hours)

-       Full Day Rental:  $550.00  (8 hours is considered an all day rental)

-       Events over 75 miles will have a fuel surcharge depending on distance of travel.

-       $100.00 for each additional hour over the 4 or 8 hour rental

-       All Military, Police Officers, and Emergency Personal with Valid ID receive a 15% discount!/rockin.rolands?fref=ts

St Johns Breakfast with Santa

The annual Breakfast with Santa sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary will be held Saturday, December 7th. Join us in the Parish Center for breakfast, shopping and family fun from 8 – 11 a.m.

Tickets are $5.00 for ages 11 – adult, $3.00 ages 4 – 10 and children under 3 are free. The Knights of Columbus will cook breakfast. Children can purchase gifts for their family and friends, enjoy arts and crafts, and many fun activities.

Tickets will be sold at the Door and are available in the Church Office.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Children's Character Breakfast & Merry Marketplace - this weekend!

We are excited to add a new look and dimension to our annual holiday shopping bazaar. We hope that you will consider joining us for our Annual Merry Marketplace to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22-24, 2013 at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

Along with the excitement of a new look and a new twist to our show, we will be able to offer an exciting Preview Party event on Friday, November 22, to enjoy an evening of music, giveaways, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Preview night attendees will also have an opportunity to be very first to shop with all the participating Marketplace Merchants!

And, don't forget the kids -- to further build excitement and interest for the weekend event, the Valdosta Junior Service League is hosting a Breakfast with Santa event for community kids and their parents prior to Saturday's show opening. Merry Marketplace is poised to become the official kick-off to the holiday season in South Georgia!

Don't forget to purchase a ticket for the Children's Breakfast at Merry Marketplace for that special little one in your life! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy breakfast with Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Abby, Buzz & Woody, Jake from the Neverland Pirates, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Princess Tiana, and Spider Man! Face painting and plenty of photo opportunities will be available during the breakfast. Phillip Walker Photography will be on hand to take pictures with Santa as well!

Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Military families receive free admission on Sunday. All proceeds benefit local charities!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Build a Furry Friend, in City Market

Science Saturday, VSU

What: Science Saturday: “Masters of the Universe”
Join us for a fun filled morning exploring all aspects of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences! Some of the activities planned are:
- Geographical Trivial Pursuit
- Physics Demonstrations
- Phun with Physics and Astronomy
- Stars, Planets, Life…..On My!
- Natural’s Own, Mineral and Rocks
- Urban Planner of the Day
Where: Nevins Hall, Valdosta State University
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon
Target audience: Middle grades students, but all are invited
“Free and Open to the Public”!/pages/Science-Saturday-Chemistry-at-VSU/107528652652688?hc_location=stream

Friday, October 25, 2013

SGRL Fall Festival

The South Georgia Regional Library will be holding its 12th annual Fall Carnival at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Public Library on Saturday, October 26 from 12 to 2pm. Featuring Free: Face Painting, Story Times, Dunking Booth, Bounce House, Games, and Treats for children attending. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Public Library is located at 300 Woodrow Wilson Dr. For more information call us at 229-333-0086.


Cole Brothers Circus

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Location : Five Points Shopping Center-3143 North Ashley Road/Route 41-Valdosta-GA


Monday, October 7, 2013

Learning Tree's First Annual Teacher's Swap, Saturday, October 19

We are still looking for Teachers to participate!!

Come join us for Learning Tree's First Annual Teacher's Swap! Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sell your used: Bulletin board kits, CD's, DVD's, Books, Pocket Charts, Word Walls, Posters, Puzzles, Games, Classroom Decorations, etc....

Registration Ends October 15th!!

To register call us at 229-244-8967, email, or message us of Facebook.

Hot 102.7's Trunk or Treat

Join Hot 102.7 this Halloween for a “spooktacular” time during Trunk or Treat.
Don’t miss out on this fun and safe way of Trick or Treating. Instead of going door to door, go trunk to trunk! Vehicles, decorated by local businesses, will hand out toys, snacks and tons of candy to everyone!
It all happens on Thursday, Oct. 31st, in Remerton Square on Baytree Rd. from 5-7pm.

Raisin Cane Valdosta

Heard from a friend what a neat place this was for birthday parties, field trips or just somewhere to take the family for an outing.

Can't wait to check it out for myself!

Upcoming Events:
Grand Opening Celebration
Come join us for our official Grand Opening celebration on October 19th from 9am - 7pm. We have 99.5 and 95.7 joining us with lots of give-aways!

Are you looking for a haunted adventure for Halloween this year? Join us October 24th-31st from 7pm-10pm as we haunt our corn maze.

Check out the website above for more information.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Kindermusik with Neal Music Studio

You can now enroll in my Kindermusik classes online! Go to and enter your zip code. Look for the classes offered by Kindermusik with Neal Music Studio.!/kindermusikwithnealmusicstudio

 Discounts include:
$10 discount per month for sibling enrolled
$15 discount if siblings are enrolled in the same class

There's even a coupon to try a class for free!



A winding maze in a 9 acre cane field located in Nashville Georgia. Open in October and November every Friday 5:00-10:00 and Saturday 3:00-10:00. Tickets are $5 per person.
A South Georgia Farmer who has been growing cane all his life decided to clear a winding maze of paths full of turns and dead ends in his 9 acre field and it has become very popular for all ages. This lush field of cane grows up to 20 feet and stays green until the first hard frost. It creates a nice shady maze that can be relaxing by day as you listen to the wind bristling through the cane. It... also becomes a true adventure especially at night with your flashlight or just by moonlight. Inside the maze is natural "palnetarium" a cleared circular space just for star gazing although the kids loved climbing the stacked round hay bales by day. After you make it through the maze which usually takes 15-20 minutes there is much more to do. Marshmallow roasting, cane chewing, cane juice tasting, farm animals, corn hole games and our very popular kids obstacle course. The newest addition in 2012 was our 2 zip lines. This quickly became a crowd favorite. We also added mini Field called Kids dig it so your little one can dig in the dirt and play with dump tucks and tractors untill their heart is content! Prepare to get dirty!! We also have cold drink, chips and candy at the Sugar Shack! Admission is $5 per person and includes all activities. Special hours and rates available for groups. Call 229-686-3458 to schedule.

We encourage visitors to bring their own flashlights although we provide them they are first come first serve.

We are located 5 miles South of Nashville and 15 miles North of Valdosta. If driving from Valdosta turn off of Bemiss Road onto Cat Creek Road. Cat Creek Road turns into Old valdosta Hwy and we are on the right.
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Wild Adventures Halloween

September 28 - October 27
Bring the entire family to Wild Adventures to experience BOO-tacular Halloween activities during Kid-O-Ween!
EVENT DATES: September 28, 29, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27
EVENT TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: No Kid-O-Ween events or children's rides on Fridays in October. On Saturdays, Kid-O-Ween activities and rides end by 6:00 pm as the Park will begin Terror in the Wild. Terror in the Wild is not recommended for children under 12 years old. Sundays in October, Kid-O-Ween activities and children's rides operate during the entire park day.
See website for more information:
Now is a great time to buy those Wild Adventure Passes too!

Lawson Peaches in Morven, GA

229-775-2581 or 229-560-7028 NEW!! FLASHLITE MAZE 2013
Extend to You a hospitable visit to our Farm that leaves a lasting impression for you and your family members as they enjoy Fun on The Farm and experience the freshness of locally grown veggies,fruit,melons,berries,tomatoes,onions. FALL IS AWESOME AT LAWSON's as well. HAYRIDES, PUMPKIN PATCH, PICNICS, SMORE PIT, FACE PAINTING, GIANT SLING SHOT, KIDS CORN JUMP, HOMEMADE PUMPKIN AND PEACH ICE CREAM...
KIDS AGES 2-9 take a ride thru the old "Corn Patch "
Fall Fun IN MORVEN GEORGIA 229-775-2581.
Groups Welcome call first! Cell# 229-560-7028 or 229-561-3634 CALL AHEAD

Kingdom Kids Fall Festival

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

VSU Homecoming Information - Parade on Saturday at 11

VSU Homecoming Information

Thursday, October 3
6:00 - 7:00 PMPresident's Cookout · Reames Field (Next to PE Complex) · Open to Students and Alumni
Students and Alumni are invited to join the President and First Lady for a cookout.
This event is free of charge; however, registration is required.
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7:00 - 8:00 PM
“Blacklight with the Blazers” Pep Rally · PE Complex · Open to the Public
Wear your white clothing and help cheer the Blazers on to victory! Special appearances will be made by football players, cheerleaders, Red Hots, and the Blazin’ Brigade. Admission to this event is free of charge, open to the public, and requires no registration.
8:00 PM
Battle of the Bands · PE Complex · Open to the Public
Witness some of VSU’s finest students, faculty, staff, and alumni fight to win the title of the best band on campus and amazing prizes! To register your band for this competition, contact the Office of Student Life at 229.333.5674. Admission to this event is free of charge, open to the public, and requires no registration.
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Friday, October 4

All DayRed & Black Day
Show your Blazer Pride by wearing Red and Black!
6:30 PMFirst Friday / Blazin' Downtown CommUNITY Throwdown · Downtown Valdosta · Open to the Public
To further incorporate the CommUNITY into VSU Homecoming, downtown merchants will be decorating their storefronts to help cheer on the Blazers. Restaurants and businesses will be offering discounts to VSU students, faculty, and staff during First Friday.
Don't miss your opportunity to see the Red Hots, Blaze and the 2013 National Cheer Association's Small College Co-Ed National Champion VSU Cheerleaders perform at 6:30 on the Courthouse Lawn!
The Community is invited to attend.

Saturday, October 5

11:00 AMHomecoming Parade · Around Main Campus · Open to the Public
Witness the creative ways VSU and community organizations interpret the Homecoming Theme of commUNITY in their floats. The route begins on Oak St., turns right onto Georgia Ave., turns right onto Patterson St., turns right onto Brookwood Dr., and ends at the Oak St. Parking Deck. Bring your folding chairs and set up your chairs along the route to get a front row view!
If you are interested in registering to participate in the parade, contact the Office of Student Life at 229.333.5674.
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12:00 PMTailgating · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium · Open to the Public
Before the game begins, bring your own snacks to meet new friends and prepare to celebrate with other fans!

1:30 PM Blazer Walk · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium · Open to the Public
Cheer the Blazers on at the Blazer Walk as they enter the locker rooms at the stadium.
3:00 PM
Football Game: VSU Blazers vs. Florida Tech Panthers · Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
Support our National Champions as they defend their title!
Students receive free admission to the game and will need to swipe their VSU ID at the Student Entrance (SW Gate, nearest the UC breezeway).
Ticket prices for faculty and staff are as follows:
Reserved (all ages; these are chairback assigned seats): $18
General Admission Adult: $10
General Admission Youth (Age 5 – Any College w/ID): $5
General Admission Senior Citizens (65+): $5
Group Rate (20+ people) – General Admission Adult: $7/person
Group Rate (20+ People) – General Admission Senior Citizen/Youth: $4/person
Tickets need not be purchased in advance. One may choose to purchase tickets in advance by visiting the Athletic Department Ticketing office, Room #105 in the PE Complex. There is heavy construction in this building; follow the orange cones on the tennis court side of the building to gain entrance.

6:00 PM2013 Homecoming Step Show
The step show will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 as a part of Valdosta State University’s Homecoming activities. It is the biggest step show in all of South Georgia and North Florida with over 4,000 in attendance every year. Presented by the Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

First Baptist Church Fall Festival

Fall Festival Coming Up Soon

Mark your calendars for this year's Fall Festival! We will have lots of games, giant inflatables, moonbounce, pony rides, face painting, a magic show, a costume contest, and tons of music. We will also have loads of popcorn, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, chili, and more candy than you shake a stick at. A free goodie bag will be given to each child at the entrance. They will use the bags to collect candy and prizes as they travel from game to game.

Sunday, October 27th
5 - 7pm
First Baptist Valdosta


Free Youth Art Contest, Grades 3 - 5

FREE Youth Art Contest

The Lowndes County Solicitor General's Office is hosting a youth art contest in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The competition is open to all artists' grades 3-5 enrolled in city and county public schools in Lowndes County, Valdosta, Ga. This competition is FREE OF CHARGE. All prizes have been donated by agencies and businesses throughout the community.

Submission deadline is Monday, October 7th by 5:00pm.

Award Reception on October 17th at the Turner Center.

Hahira Honey Bee Festival

32nd Annual Hahira
Honey Bee Festival
Sept. 30 Thru Oct. 5 , 2013
Schedule of Events
MONDAY (Sept. 30): Kick-Off Breakfast 7-9 a.m. Community Center- Randall St. Everyone Welcome
TUESDAY ( Oct. 1) . : Senior Walk 8 – 10 a.m. Community Center
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 2): Reception –11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –Community Center Everyone Welcome
FRIDAY ( Oct. 4). : Arts, Crafts & Food Concessions 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 5): Arts, Crafts& Food Concessions 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Entertainment All Day (stage behind caboose)
5K Run – 8 a.m. Community Center Dog Show – 10 a.m. Grassy area Marshall St. Bike Ride-for information about the bike ride call 229-259-3507 or email
Kids Zone – Fun inflatables - Train Ride - Carousel - Pony Rides - Mechanical Bull Ride - Human HampsterWater Experience - New this year: a free tennis instruction class for children
Parade Start Time – 12:00 Noon
One of the largest parades in S. GA. Kicks off with Moody AFB Honor Guard and the Grand Marshall Fred Wetherington; of Wetherington Farms, and Honored Citizens Elaine & David Dillard leading the procession of Lowndes High GA. Bridgmen Band, Local Queens, City Officials, County& State Officials, Floats, and lots of Shriners.
For more information: Call – 229-794-3097 - 794-3274 – 794-3970

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Walk for Apraxia, Saturday, September 28 at 9:30                                                                       


Valdosta Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech
VALDOSTA, GA– (AUGUST 28, 2013) – Amber Seigler of Lakeland is coordinating the “Aaron’s Voice” Southern Georgia Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, September 28 at Valdosta Middle School.  Ms. Seigler has planned the walk to honor her son Aaron, who has apraxia. To date, over $2,000 has been raised.  All proceeds will benefit important apraxia programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

 Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children.  This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.  The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® is held as a means to heighten awareness and funding.
“After many late nights spent researching online, our son’s speech therapist first mentioned the word 'Apraxia' and how our son could possibly have it. While researching “Apraxia,” Grandma found CASANA’s web page which helped us learn so much about it.  While our goal to raise funds for apraxia programs and research and raise apraxia awareness, most of all, we just hope we can have lots of fun and make some new friends,” says Ms. Seigler.

The Southern Georgia Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children.  On-site registration and check-in on September 28th begins at 9:30 AM, with children’s activities at 10:00 AM and the Walk starting at 11:00 AM.  Anyone interested in registering, making a donation, or learning more about the event can contact or visit the event website at


The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech.  CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research.  For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at   


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Scholastic Book Fair, VSU's Dewar College of Education Building

Scholastic Book Fair from 10 am -  5 pm, Thursday, September 26
Located in the lobby of the James L & Dorothy H Dewar College of Education & Human Services
Books for ages birth - high school

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Update to Soccer Clinic tonight

UPDATE to location of Soccer Clinic being held tonight in Valdosta! Due to impending rain, the Soccer Clinic is being moved from Vallotton Park to The Valdosta Lowndes County Parks and Recreation gym located at 1901 N. Forrest Street in Valdosta. Have your children wear tennis/running shoes instead of cleats if possible. It will still be a great event so plan to come!

Thomas the Tank Engine, October 19-20, 25-27, Cordele, GA

Thomas at Sam Shortline

Thomas the Tank Engine™ Coming to South Georgia
Kids climb aboard at SAM Shortline Excursion Train in Cordele
October 19-20 and 25-27, 2013

 September 17, 2013, CORDELE, GA  --  Tiny fans of Thomas the Tank Engine™ can ride a real train this fall when the storybook character pulls into southwest Georgia.  The 2013 Day Out With Thomas offers little engineers and their families an opportunity to ride a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. Children will ride along with their favorite hero on his latest adventure as he pulls SAM Shortline Excursion Train down the track. The Day Out With Thomas  is presented by HIT Entertainment.

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine

25-minute (approximate) ride aboard Thomas the Tank Engine

Opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of The Railway

Family activities such as arts and crafts, storytelling, videos, live music, face painting and more. 

Train-themed gift shop


October 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, 2013


$15.12 - $22.68 

Under 2 - free.


SAM Shortline Excursion Train at Georgia Veterans State Park

2459 Hwy. 280, Cordele, GA 31015

Located 9 miles west of I-75 (exit #101).  


Toll-Free 1-866-468-7630

Friday, September 20, 2013

Valdosta Hype Blazers, Flag Football and Cheer League

VSU Red Hots Dance Team Dance Camp, September 28

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, Northside Baptist

Hey Upward parents,

Our new season starts soon. We have an great season planned.

This season has some exciting changes.

1.  We now have online registration available along with the traditional way. You can register/pay online, register online and pay in person or do both in person. Keep in mind that your child MUST go through evaluation at the Northside gym. You can begin online registration October 1. You can access the site at

2.  We are offering multi-player discounts. More details to come.

3.  We are expanding to include Kindergarten to 8th grade in basketball and cheerleading. If we have enough interest, we will offer 7th and 8th grades.

Until October 25th- Fee is $85
After October 25th- Fee is $95

October 22, 24 and 25- Registration/evaluation each night from 6-8. If these dates do not work for you, you can register and pay by October 25th and can have evaluation on November 14. Your child must have evaluation at the Northside gym.

November 14- Late registration/evaluation. This is the last night for registration and evaluation.

January 6- Practices begin. Some coaches may request to begin before this time.

January 11- First Game

February 16- Winter Break- No games

March 8- Last Game and Celebration Night


Registration nights:

October 22- Kindergarten- 2nd grade

October 24- 3rd- 4th grade

October 25- 5th- 8th grade

See you soon,

Robert Compton

The Upward Team

Friday, September 6, 2013

Grand Opening Celebration Sales Events, Lifeway Christian Stores

BSF, Bible Study Fellowship

Looking for an in-depth Bible Study?  Look no further than BSF.

Classes begin on Thursday, September 12 at 9:15 - 11:15
(9/12 & 9/19 are official Welcome Classes as well as the first Thursdays of the month)

Park Avenue United Methodist Church Sanctuary

Childcare is free and available

All you need is a pen and a Bible, the rest is provided for you!

For more information:

Local information:!/pages/BSF-Valdosta-Georgia-Day-Women/142364955807081

*This is a non-denominational & multi-generational Bible Study.  Bring your young children, your mom and even your grandmother!

Planetarium Shows





On Friday, September 13th, the VSU Planetarium will present a "IBEX: Pushing the Boundary." There will be three showings that evening, at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.
For additional information please contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752

Date Title
September 13th IBEX: Pushing the Boundary
October 18th Fifty Years of Quasars
November 15th The Comet is Coming!
February 7th The Origins of Life
March 7th The Future of the Planets
April 4th The Celestial Zoo

Kindermusik Classes, Karen Van Nus - teacher

Classes start Sept. 17 and end Dec. 11. All classes are held at Crosspointte Church. We meet one day a week for a 45 minute class. Anyone interested in joining a class, should contact me at 794-1673 or email at

Tuesday:        Village (Newborn through 18 months)  9:30
                        Our Time (18 months through 3 years)  10:30

Wednesday:   Our Time (18 months through 3 years)  9:15

Karen Van Nus
Kindermusik Educator
Licensed by Kindermusik

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Spa-tastic Shindig, Birthday Party Ideas

Would your little girl or tween like to be pampered for her birthday?? How about entertaining several girls at a slumber party?? With Spa-tastic Shindigs, we handle it all!! Mini-mani's, mini-pedi's, facials and MORE!!

New MOPS group coming to Valdosta, Trinity Presbyterian.

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!)

I wish this new MOPS group the best!

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 this Friday, September 6.

6th Annual Kids Dig It!

Saturday September 21, 2013
10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Lowndes County Civic Center
2102 E. Hill Ave.
$5 per person admission
$1 a ride (heavy equipment)

Front End Loaders, Bulldozers, Backhoes, Games, Activities, Displays, Animated Characters, Rides on Heavy Equipment*, Fire & Rescue Equipment, Concessions, and more.

All proceeds benefit the Lowndes 4-H Club.

Contact the Lowndes County 4-H office for more details at 229-333-5185

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The South Georgia String Project at VSU

The South Georgia String Project at Valdosta State University
Lauren Burns, Lecturer in Viola 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. The South Georgia String Project serves a dual purpose: first to provide an after-school music program where children can easily access low-cost stringed instrument instruction, and second to provide valuable, mentored teaching experience for music students at Valdosta State University.
We offer carefully structured techniques classes, private lessons, and four levels of group classes. Exemplary music students from the university, supervised by experienced teachers, assist in instruction at all levels. Our beginning students use a modified Suzuki approach incorporating the Essential Elements for Strings method book. The Concert Strings and Allegro Strings group classes offer opportunities for intermediate levels. Our most advanced level is the Valdosta Symphony Youth Orchestra, a full orchestra that includes musicians from the community as well as Valdosta State University music students.
The South Georgia String Project encourages the enjoyment of music and self-expression through the study of a musical instrument, and actively seeks to provide opportunities for student leadership, parental participation, and involvement with the greater community. We give several performances each year, including two end-of-semester concerts, outreach performances at local schools and libraries, and the annual Tunes for Tots event with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.
Our Mission
  • Providing public school-age children opportunities to learn to play stringed instruments
  • Supporting music-making opportunities for string students and teachers in order to facilitate the growth of area public school string and orchestra programs
  • Offering undergraduate and graduate music students vital teaching, administrative, and leadership positions in a supervised environment as they continue with their professional training

SGSP is a low-cost after-school string music program for children ages (8 to adult) that incorporates both group and private lessons taught by VSU music faculty and students, as well as mentoring by VSU music students

See website for more information including registration and financial aid forms.