Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pop Warner Football is coming to Valdosta!

Pop Warner Football is coming to Valdosta.
The nationally known organization that puts an emphasis on education and developing American youth has been established in the Valdosta area and will begin playing football this August.

James Gatlin, a former Valdosta High football player, started the Valdosta Pop Warner chapter, largely because of its focus on school and athletics.

“The academic requirements — not all our youth leagues in the area require kids to be academically eligible, while Pop Warner requires it,” Gatlin said. “So that is the biggest thing. The second reason, you get to play the best teams in the nation.”

Gatlin’s Valdosta chapter of Pop Warner will feature five teams this season, competing in five different age and weight classes. The teams will be called the Titletown Titans and will compete in the South Georgia Pop Warner League, featuring teams from Moultrie, Albany and Leesburg.

The TitleTown Titans will play their home games at Valwood’s home stadium.

Pop Warner was established in 1929 and contines to grow and serve youth through football, cheerleading and dance, while requiring the participants to maintain academic standards — at least a 2.0 grade point average — in order to compete.

Currently, there are over 425,000 youth, ranging from ages 5 to 16, that compete in Pop Warner organizations throughout the world.

The Pop Warner Football championships are held each year in December and air nationally on ESPN.

Teams qualify for the national championships after winning their league and advancing through the regional tournaments each year.

While participants must maintain academic progress to remain eligible, they must also maintain weight. Not only are Pop Warner’s football divisions determined by age, but also weight.

In the Tiny Mites division, participants may be 5 to 7 years old but must weigh less than 75 pounds. In the Mighty Mites, participants range from 7 to 9 years old and may weigh anywhere from 45 to 90 pounds. In the Junior Pee Wee division, participants are ages 8 to 10 years old and may weigh 60 to 105 pounds. Eleven-year-olds may also play in the division, but must weigh under 85 pounds.

In the Pee Wee division, participant ages range from 9 to 11 years old and must weigh anywhere from 75 to 120 pounds. Twelve-year-olds may play in the division, but must weigh less than 100 pounds.

In the Junior Midgets division, the oldest division for a Titletown Titan team, participants range from 10 to 12 years old and must weigh anywhere from 90 to 145 pounds.

Participants from each age group will be weighed prior to every game.

The Titletown Titans teams will officially begin their seasons Aug. 24, and will play the South Georgia Hawks (Moultrie), Lee County Warriors (Leesburgh), South Georgia Bulldogs (Albany) and the Georgia Sting (Albany) this season.

Currently, all five teams have head coaches in position, but Gatlin said assistant coaches are still needed. Gatlin also said approximately 18 kids are registered for the junior pee wee team, but spots are still available for all five teams.

Gatlin will serve as a head coach, along with former Valdosta Wildcats Dr. Ben Hogan, Randell Reddish, Kendric Berry and David Brinson.

The Titans will have several mini camps and will participant in 7-on-7 passing tournaments this summer.

Interested persons may contact Gatlin, for registration information, dates and all other information, via e-mail at
To learn more about Pop Warner Football, visit

Originally seen in Valdosta Daily Times & copied from website:

Summer Movie Series

June 4 & 6, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone & Hotel Transylvania
June 11 & 13, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets & Madagascar 3
June 18 & 20, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban & How to Train Your Dragon
June 25 & 27, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire & Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
July 2 & 4, Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix & Despicable Me
July 9 & 11, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince & The Lorax
July 16 & 18, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & the Pirates
July 23 & 25, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 & Rise of The Guardians

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Little Bridgemen Color Guard and Dance Camp!

Little Bridgemen Color Guard and Dance Camp!

 This camp is a chance for rising Pre-K through 8th graders in the area to learn exciting dance and prop routines from the Georgia Bridgemen Color Guard and Dance Line.

All skill levels are welcome!

Campers will learn 2 routines and will perform these routines during halftime at the pre-season game on August 16th.

All campers will receive lunch and a t-shirt.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where: Lowndes High School Cafeteria

Cost: $60.00 (includes lunch, t-shirt and nurse)

Farm Days are back, downtown Valdosta

Art Camps, Cooking and Etiquette Camps

Summer Art Camps


Ceramics & Pottery

Recommended Ages: 8-12

DATES: June 17, 19, 20, 21, 27, 2013

TIME:  10 am - Noon


Cooking & Etiquette

Recommended Ages: 8-12

DATES: July 8 - 12, 2013

TIME:  10 am - Noon (Cooking)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Etiquette)


 Reserve your child's spot today as classes fill up quickly!  Limited needs-based scholarships available. Let us know what other children's summer programs you would like us to offer!

For enrollment and information, contact us at 229-247-ARTS (2787).

New MOPS group forming

New MOPS group forming!

Are you a mother of a preschooler?  Do you need to know that you are not alone on this crazy train ride called parenting? Are you looking for some friends who are in the same boat?  Try MOPS (mothers of preschoolers).  It is a great ministry to mothers with young children.

There is a new MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group on Sunday evenings at First United Methodist Church. Child care available. Registration is now open.

The email address is
Registration is $40 for the year.
Childcare will be available at $25 per semester.
We will be meeting 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5-7pm.
We'll be planning Mom's night outs, playdates, etc.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Need some free music in your life? Brown Bag Concerts this week and Concert in Hahira Friday!

It's BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES WEEK!!! Join us everyday this week from 11:30-1:00 around the court house square in downtown Valdosta for live entertainment from great local bands! Several downtown restaurants will be selling lunches!

Tuesday-41 South
Wednesday- Trailer of Tears
Thursday- Jack Rabbit Slim
Friday- Too North

Thursday, May 2, 2013

VSU Camp Discovery link

Valdosta State University Camp Discovery

Spring Movie Series at the Valdosta Mall!

Spring Movie Series! Enjoy a FREE movie with the family! It will be located in the empty space next to Bath & Body Works on the Sear’s wing. We will start at 7:00 pm sharp, We are thinking of playing, an oldie but goodie, The Princess Bride.!/ValdostaMall