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