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-November 25-

n Blu Braden and Robert Layton at the Ga-Ana

Blu Braden and Robert Layton and the Music Makers will perform at the Ga-Ana Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

Come enjoy country, bluegrass, rock and roll, and gospel. Call 334-376-9019 or 334-382-7959 for more info.

-November 26-

n First Missionary 136th Church Anniversary

First Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. R.F. McCreary, on Perry and South Streets, will celebrate its 136th church anniversary at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. Guest speaker will be Rev. Harold Simpson, pastor of Butler Chapel A.M.E. Zion of Greenville. The public is invited.

n Old Elam Family and Friends Day

Everyone is cordially invited to worship with us at the Old Elam Baptist Church at our Annual Friends and Family Day held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Rev. Jessie Thomas, pastor of Harrison St. Baptist Church will speak. Rev. John McMeans and the church family are looking forward to having you as family and friend on this day.

n Friendship’s Annual Family and Friends Day

Friendship Baptist Church of Georgiana (First Colored Baptist Church) and Pastor O.J. Meeks celebrate their annual Friends and Family Day at 3 p.m. November 26, 2006. Special guests are the members of Second Missionary Baptist Church, also of Georgiana. Historically, the churches were combined until their amicable separation in January 1927; a new church was started on the north end of town, which became Second Missionary Baptist Church. This year an extra-special, old-fashioned reunion has been planned between the two churches. Rev. Donald Colley Jr., assistant pastor of Second Baptist, will deliver the sermon, in the scheduled absence of pastor Rev. C.L. Reed. Call 334-376-2843 for additional questions.

-November 30-

n Baseball and Softball Umpires Meeting

Baseball and softball umpires are needed for high school and Greenville Parks and Rec. No experience needed; we will train you. If interested, call the Butler County Umpire Association (BCUA) at 334-412-7634 (Robert) or 334-376-2896 (Eddie). First scheduled meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at the YMCA.

-December 2-

n Greenville Christmas Parade and Park Festival

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas Parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

Arts and crafts displays, concessions, hands-on kids’ activities, and photos with Santa will be available in Confederate Park from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. that morning. For parade info, contact The C of C at 382-3521; for park event info, contact Nancy Idland at 354-2802.

n Three Arts Club Xmas Bazaar

The Three Arts Club of Georgiana and Chapman is holding its annual bazaar 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Platt House /Rose Memorial Library (white building behind police station) in Georgiana. Christmas decorations, arts and crafts and baked goods will be offered, box lunch tickets also for sale.

n Georgiana Christmas Parade

The Georgiana Christmas Parade is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Georgiana. Come see floats, vintage vehicles, bands and Santa!

n Friendship Baptist-Bolling Celebrates Deacons

Friendship Baptist Church in the Bolling Community, Rev. C.C. Bradley, invites everyone to the First Appreciation for the Deacons at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Saturday night’s musical program includes The Gospel Harmonaires and The Gospel Angels; all groups, choirs and soloists are invited to come and render an A and B selection. On Sunday, guest speaker will be Deacon W.T. January, Centennial Baptist Church of Evergreen, with guest group, Big Top Pine Level #1 Male Chorus.

-December 5-

n Bill J. Brooks Christmas Concert

Bill J. Brooks of Tupelo, Miss. will return to the Camellia City for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Ritz Theatre. Matinee is free to all senior citizens; evening show is just $5 per person, with proceeds going to Greenville Senior Center. Bill will perform country, gospel, golden oldies and Elvis tunes, along with songs of the Christmas and Thanksgiving season. For more info, call Mary at 334-382-5670.

-December 10-

n &uot;Thrill of Hope&uot; Christmas Musical

The combined choirs of Mt. Pleasant Baptist, First Methodist of Georgiana and First Baptist of Georgiana will present &uot;The Thrill of Hope&uot; Christmas Musical. Performances will be at 6 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant, McKenzie Grade Road, Sunday, December 10, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17 at First Baptist of Georgiana. The musical is under direction of Tim Sims.

-December 17-

n Musical at FBC Georgiana

&uot;The Thrill of Hope&uot; will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17 at First Baptist of Georgiana, featuring combined choirs of Mt. Pleasant Baptist, First Methodist of Georgiana and FBC Georgiana.

-December 26-

n Kwanzaa Celebration at Dunbar

A Kwanzaa celebration is slated for 6 p.m., Dec. 26 at the Dunbar Rec Center in Greenville. Contact Hattie Brown at 382-2892 for more info.

-January 6-

n Ms. Glorious Gospel Lady Pageant

The New Hope Christian Church’s CWF is sponsoring its first annual Ms. Glorious lady Gospel Pageant Competition slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Fort Deposit Municipal Complex. All Lowndes and Butler County Church families are invited to join us. Five contestants from each church family, age 17 to 30 years old, encouraged to participate.

For more information, call 334-548-5436, 334-207-3860 or 334-382-2699.

-Ongoing Announcements-

n MOPS at Southside

Moms who need a break are invited to join MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at Southside Baptist Church. Meetings begin January 2007. Teaching, discussion, creative projects, and community are offered for all mothers with children from birth through kindergarten. Child care is provided. We will meet twice a month on Mondays from 9-1(optional evening meetings TBA). Registration forms may be picked up at Southside Baptist Church. Contact Erica at 382-0465 for more info.

n Disabled American Veterans seek new members

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 67 is seeking new members. The unit meets every fourth Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Building at the Butler County Fairgrounds.

The unit also has a junior program for ages newborn to age 17.

The unit won first place for community service in the 10 to 50-member category at state competition.

Unit 67 Commander is Alberta Johnson.

n Certified teachers needed

&uot;Every Child Deserves a Chance&uot; is looking for certified teachers to assist with our tutorial program. If interested, please call Dorothy Berry at 382-9434.

n Free Tutoring Classes

&uot;Every Child Deserves A Chance&uot; is now offering free tutoring classes in the areas of reading, English and math on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Greenville Housing Authority Recreation Room to students enrolled in Butler County Schools in grades K-12. For more information, please contact Dorothy Berry at 382-9434.

n Adult Education Classes

The ADPE through the LBWCC Adult Education Consortium is offering classes for adults who did not complete their high school education or need to strengthen educational and job skills.

Classes meet on Monday and Tuesday at the following locations:

LBW CC – Greenville Campus – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Old Greenville High Campus (BCECC) – 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For more info, contact Ronald Shanks at 382-6009 or LBWCC at 382-2133, Ext. 3101.

n Family Day Care Classes

Anyone interested in becoming a Family Day Care Provider should contact the Family Guidance Center to enroll in Introduction to Family Day Care Class. Contact FGC of Alabama at 1-800-499-6597, ext. 237 or Healthy Kids 334-382-2104 for more information.

n Community Prayer Breakfast

A community prayer breakfast is held the first Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. inn the Priester’s Pecans dining area. Special guests share a variety of Christian topics each month. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a friend. Call 713-816-7619 for more information.

n Butler County Chess Club

The Greenville Chess Club meets on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Butler Baptist Associational Office, 309 South Pine Street.

Local chess players or those who would like to learn how to play are welcome.

Call Jim Griffin at 382-2513 or 382-0635 for more information.

n County Commission

The meeting time for the Butler County Commission’s regularly scheduled second-Monday meetings has been changed from 10 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Workshops for each regularly scheduled meeting will still be held on the prior Thursday at 6 p.m.

n Athletic Club Meeting

The public is invited to participate at scheduled Greenville High Athletic Club meetings at 6 p.m. every other Monday in the high school cafeteria. The public is encouraged to attend and share ideas toward building a championship-level athletic department.

n 21st Century After School Program

The Butler County School System will offer after school programs for K-8th grade students beginning August 14. Programs are available Mondays – Fridays through 5 p.m. for $25 per month at each of the following schools: W.O. Parmer, Greenville Elementary, Greenville Middle, R.L. Austin, and Georgiana High (7th & 8th grades). Registration is available at the school offices, at the Education & Community Center, and at www.butlerco.k12.al.us

(community education section). Registrations must be in by Aug. 10th and after school programs begin on August 14. For more information, call Amy Bryan or Kathy Atchison at 382-5199 or Fay Stokes at 382-2665.

n GHS Child Care

Greenville High School Child Care is accepting applications for the 3- to 4-year-old daycare program for 2006-2007 school year.

For more information, call Pat Gibson or Glinda Parmer at 382-2608 ext. 5 or 382-2665.

n Greenville Lions Club

The Greenville Lions Club meets every Monday at the Boys & Girls Club at noon.

Those interested should call 382-8000.

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