Fayette County: Homes needed for kittens & puppies!

Meet Bo, a male kitten looking for his forever home.

Kitten season is still in full swing.  Fayette Humane Society (FHS), a 501(3)(c) nonprofit animal rescue group, is overwhelmed with requests from the community to take unwanted or stray cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies.

Meet Bo, a male kitten looking for his forever home.

FHS does not have a shelter, although a building fund has been started. The rescued pets live with foster families until volunteers can find them permanent, loving homes. When FHS lack foster space, callers are told we can only help them place the animals if they are willing to foster them.

Even if you can’t make the commitment to adopt a pet right now, consider becoming a temporary foster. FHS will provide food, supplies, and medical care for the animals; you provide the love.

For more information about becoming a pet foster parent or to adopt a pet, please visit our website at www.fayettehumane.org. To sign up, call 770-487-1073 or email us at info@fayettehumane.org.

Local Literature – Live!

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Local writers will take their turn at the microphone on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at The Georgia Shrimp Co. and Murph’s Bar in Peachtree City. The reading is a culmination of the first True Story! Writers Workshop held at Peachtree City Library on July 13 led by Kate Sweeney, co-founder and curator of the popular True Story! nonfiction reading series.

Murph's Bar

True Story! readings have been held bi-monthly at Kavarna in Decatur since 2009, where rogue writers and nervy journalists have shared true tales along with actual artifacts (think show & tell for grown-ups).

The line-up for next Thursday includes FW cover girl Tricia Stearns and blogger Kristi Hellenbrand - as well as yours truly!

Don’t worry if you’re not an academic – we’re there to have fun. So come out and support your local writers and enjoy the food, service, and atmosphere at The Georgia Shrimp Co. and Murph’s Bar, located in the Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center at 100 N Peachtree Parkway near Fresh Market. The reading will take place in Murph’s Bar, which features a delicious tapas menu as well as a host of adult beverages.

There is no cover charge for the literary reading.

For more information about True Story! and other library programs, visit www.peachtree-city.org/library

Have a Blast on July 4th — Safely!

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It’s that time of year when our nation celebrates Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

For many, that means picnics, baseball, pool parties and almost always, some type of fireworks. Whether you will be attending a fireworks show, or having a not so private fireworks display at your home, safety should be your number one concern.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB), with information obtained from the National Council on Fireworks Safety http://www.fireworksafety.com/, provides the following tips to ensure your July 4th remains fun and free of any harm or hospital visits:

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Use fireworks outdoors and only as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.  Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
  • Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.

And note these special safety tips, if using sparklers:

  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Twilight Theatre Hosts the Princess Tea Party

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An annual favorite for little princesses and their favorite adult, Twilight Theatre is proud to present another Princess Tea Party  portraying favorite princesses of all time. This short show is packed with music and tips on how to be the best princess ever PLUS after the show, enjoy special desserts (made specially for the little princesses by the big princesses) while princesse of every age chat and take photos. So don your favorite princess attire (crowns are perfectly acceptable) and join your favorite princesses for stories, songs, and desserts.Performances are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at the Historic Train Depot in Fayetteville. Tickets are $10 for students, princesses, military and seniors and $12 for adults. Reserve your tickets today by emailing Lori@thetwilighttheatre.com.

6 Things You Can Do for a Summer of Happiness

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Summer of Happiness: Six Simple Things You Can Do This Summer to Let the Sunshine In
If your life could use a little lift, Todd Patkin says there’s no better time than summer to make small changes that will have a big impact on your outlook.

Summer is a time of warm temperatures, sunny skies, green leaves, neighborhood cookouts, family vacations, ice cream cones, and more. In short, it’s a season that’s full of opportunities for enjoyment—so why do so many of us drift through these warm weeks in the same hum-drum fog we’re lost in during the other three seasons? The fact is, most of us have become numbed by life, feeling that we’re victims of circumstance and simply trying to survive each day. So while a refreshing dip in the swimming pool might put a smile on your face while you’re submerged, your good mood usually doesn’t last long.

Don’t despair, though—you can influence your level of happiness to a much greater extent than you think. And the best news of all is that there’s no better time to start than during the summer.

“Most people don’t realize that happiness is a choice,” says Todd Patkin, author of the new book Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In (StepWise Press, 2011, www.findinghappinessthebook.com). “It’s true—happiness is learning how to live your best life by figuring out a better way to react to what happens to you. It’s the culmination of all of the little actions, choices, and habits that fill our days, as well as how we think about them.”

If that’s true—if your happiness really is determined not by what your life looks like but by how you look at your life—then why is summer an ideal time to start changing your focus?

“Life doesn’t completely stop in the summer, of course, but it does tend to slow down and give us more time to reflect on how happy we are with our lives, and to think about what changes we may want to make,” explains Patkin. “For many families, the daily pace is less hectic, and you’re more likely to spend time relaxing. Plus, since summer is a time of warmth, light, and growth, it’s naturally uplifting. Put together, that all means that over the next few months, you’ll have more time and (hopefully) energy to devote to making meaningful lifestyle changes.”

Patkin knows what he’s talking about. After realizing that financial success, recognition, accolades, and atta-boys didn’t bring the fulfillment he thought they would, Patkin set off to identify the ingredients of a happy and contented life. And he’s found that surprisingly simple lifestyle changes and habits can make a tremendous difference in your attitude, mood, and outlook.

“If you take the following suggestions to heart, I promise that you’ll be a much happier person by the time the leaves start to turn,” Patkin asserts. “And don’t worry—most of these habits will take only a few minutes out of your day, and some won’t take any extra time at all. Plus, they’re activities the whole family can get involved in and benefit greatly from.”

If you’re ready to put a genuine summer smile on your face, then read on for six simple ways to up your contentment quotient:

Enjoy the weather: Exercise. No one except the most avowed couch potato can resist venturing out into the great outdoors when the sun is shining and the grass is green. Take advantage of the wonderful weather and up your activity level! Exercise will begin to relax you, make you feel stronger, and improve your sleep. It’s also a natural anti-depressant that will boost your attitude and outlook. And as time passes, you’ll gain the added bonus of being happier with your physical appearance as well.

“I think exercise is the single most important thing you can do to improve your life right now,” Patkin asserts. “It’s a fantastic energizer, and it actually opens you up to future change by invigorating your mind and body. And don’t worry—I’m not saying you have to start training for a marathon. Commit to walking just twenty minutes every other day to start out. Or if circumstances allow, take a walk in the woods or swim a few laps in the pool instead. Lastly, take your kids along—you’ll be instilling exercise in them as a great habit that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

Get some new sunglasses: Be easier on yourself. Most people tend to go through life as though they’re wearing glasses with prescriptions that allow them to focus only on the negative things: their failures, mistakes, worries, etc. This summer, put on a new pair of shades with a more positive prescription that enables you to focus on all of the good things in your life, too! The fact is, we’re all human—and thus fallible—so it’s normal to make mistakes. However, it’s not healthy or beneficial to dwell on them.

“Most of us tend to be out and about more in the summer than in the colder months, so really take note of all the positive interactions you have and compliments you receive,” Patkin urges. “For instance, let yourself bask in your family’s compliments when you grill a great meal and savor your neighbor’s praise of your backyard garden. Basically, extend to yourself the same love and kindness that you would to others you care about! Until you give yourself permission to break free of the cycle of self-blame and negativity that causes you to be stuck demanding perfection from yourself in every situation, you’ll never have a chance to be a truly relaxed, content, and happy person.”

Plan some fun activities: Play to your strengths. The days are longer, schedules are more relaxed, there are several holidays to look forward to, and you’ll probably be taking some vacation days. Resolve to spend some of that time developing your special abilities and talents! If you want to be happy, you need to recognize, use, and share your gifts. Each of us has been given special, unique strengths, and when we are using them, we’re happier and feel much better about ourselves—and the world at large is better off, too!

“If you’ve never done so before, sit down and make two lists: Write down your strengths as well as what you really enjoy doing,” advises Patkin. “Usually, many of the things on these lists will overlap. Then, make it a goal to spend more time doing these things that you enjoy and are best at. Focusing more on a hobby or personal interest you like is a good start, even if, like exercise, you do it for only twenty minutes every other day. After all, your kids get to go to special-interest activities and camps during the summer…so why shouldn’t you get in on the action, too?”

Smell the roses: Live in the present. There are so many moments to treasure throughout our lives, and they’re often especially vivid in the summer: the sound of your kids playing outside, the scent of the herbs in your garden, the feeling of sand between your toes and sun on your skin. The question is, are you really experiencing and enjoying these moments…or is your mind obsessing over the past or worrying about the future while only your body is physically present? If it’s the latter, you’re only exacerbating your anxiety and unhappiness by choosing to dwell on things you can’t control.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to truly appreciate the present moment,” Patkin shares. “And hopefully, this season will offer plenty of good opportunities to do that. Try to be aware of what your thoughts are ‘doing,’ and please don’t get discouraged when you find yourself going back to your old negative mental habits! In fact, pat yourself on the back because you’re noticing that you’re doing something you don’t want to do anymore. This is a fantastic start. By autumn, you’ll be closer to living the adventurous, wonderful life you were always meant to. Also, keep in mind that your children usually know when your mind is not 100 percent there with them. Don’t unintentionally make them feel less important in your life.”

Break out the barbeque: Strengthen close relationships. Summer is known for cookouts, pool parties, and front-porch sittin’. Don’t be “that family” who always keep to themselves—try to host at least one or two events between June and September and invite the people you love over for some fun. The truth is, it’s worth putting work into improving your relationships with your family and friends all year round, because the quality of your bonds with the people closest to you can make or break the quality of your life.

“Also, I’d like to specifically mention one relationship you need to focus on in particular: your relationship with your spouse or significant other,” Patkin says. “You must put as much time and effort into this relationship as you do your house, your car, or your job. Celebrate your spouse every day. Trust me: This can make such a great difference in your relationship, because when your partner feels as special as he or she did in the early days of your romance, he or she will feel just as loved…and the spark of your relationship will stay alight. Summer is a great time to pick a bouquet of wildflowers, plan a romantic getaway, or purchase tickets to an outdoor concert that you’ll both enjoy, for starters.”

Smile and say hello: Be friendlier. Yes, spend more quality time with the people who are most important to you this summer, but also continue to make new connections. You’re not the only one who ventures outside your front door more often in the summer—so make a conscious effort to be friendlier to others you encounter, too. Introduce yourself to the family next to you at the pool or beach, for example, and say hello to folks you pass while walking in the park. (You’ll also be setting a great example for your kids.)

“Extending simple human kindness to others can make a huge difference in their lives…and in yours,” Patkin promises. “You see, everyone on Earth is carrying some sort of burden. You can’t make their pain, stress, or grief just disappear…but you can be what I call a ‘lamp lighter’—someone who makes others feel just a little bit lighter and happier on their feet, if only for five seconds. When you make friendliness a habit, you’ll attract kindness and smiles in return…and you’ll feel great about yourself for making a positive difference in the world!”

“These suggestions are meant to be a starting point for you,” Patkin concludes. “My hope is that you’ll incorporate these habits into your life and experience a more sunshine-y summer…and that you’ll remember this season as the beginning of your journey toward happiness. It’s true—what may seem like small changes in your actions and attitudes really can make a huge difference in how you experience the rest of your life!”

 

 

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About the Author: Todd Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In, grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. After graduating from Tufts University, he joined the family business and spent the next eighteen years helping to grow it to new heights. After it was purchased by Advance Auto Parts in 2005, he was free to focus on his main passions: philanthropy and giving back to the community, spending time with family and friends, and helping more people learn how to be happy. Todd lives with his wonderful wife, Yadira, their amazing son, Josh, and two great dogs, Tucker and Hunter.

About the Book: Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In (StepWise Press, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9658261-9-8, $19.95) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and at www.findinghappinessthebook.com.

 

 

 

The Whirlwind of Extracurricular Activities

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by Rachel Jones

 

New moms, it happens faster than you think: all of a sudden your child is old enough for music classes and swimming lessons. Then in another year, he’ll be old enough for gymnastics, tee-ball, and karate. Not to leave out Boy Scouts, basketball and church youth group. I am caught in the spiral that is extracurricular activities, and my child is only 16 months old.

At this point, it is pretty simple. I have one kid. He is happy participating in just about anything. We have been enjoying a music class together, but we have to rush out of Bible study to get there. Totally doable because…I have one kid. As I plan for summer, I would love for my child to be comfortable in the pool. So, swimming lessons it is. But will that interfere with Bible study or music class? I hope not. Our plate is getting pretty full! At some point baby #2 (that is still just a twinkle in my eye) will enter the picture. I am all for baby wearing, but can I wear baby #2 while still participating in music class with #1? Probably. …but this is getting complicated!

Eventually, the child is going to have an opinion of his own. Forget that Dad thinks soccer is silly. Maybe kiddo thinks kicking a ball is awesome. What if the extracurricular activities our children prefer are not the ones we would choose for them? Of course we want our son to play basketball like daddy, but what if he just isn’t gifted in that area? My husband took piano lessons as a kid but stopped when it wasn’t ‘cool’ anymore. Now, whenever he sees a piano, he talks about how he wishes he could sit down and play something. Therefore, he insists that our children WILL take piano lessons….until he says they can stop. We’ll see how that goes.

In true ‘type A’ fashion, I’ve already thought about a plan to implement for when my children are old enough for multiple extracurricular activities. First, they will be allowed to participate in one sport and one other extracurricular at a time (or two non-sport activities, if sports aren’t their thing). Second, they have to continue each activity for the whole season or session. In other words, no quitting because they are no longer interested, or because their new best friend isn’t on the same team, etc. Third, they can participate in whatever activities they want, even if I am totally freaked out about (my) children playing football. Last (and this one is important), we will always eat dinner as a family, even if it has to happen at 8:30.

This plan isn’t going to keep me from feeling like I spend all day as a chauffeur. That’s part of the deal. And to be honest, I am looking forward to it. I enjoy wearing the many hats that motherhood has given me. I hope that by being supportive of my children’s interests and involved in their activities, they will let me be an active part of their lives.

I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, I am going to enjoy music class with my son and seek out a good place for him to take swimming lessons. Karate, Boy Scouts, and piano lessons can wait until next year.

 

 

My Chef Nancy’s Johnston Mac and Cheese

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This is one of my Mom’s “rotation of five” recipes.  She learned it from their Irish maid as a little girl.  She called the cheese “rat trap cheese”.  It’s a different mac and cheese, but simple and comforting.

  • 8 oz package of elbow macaroni, cooked to al dente per package directions
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese (Mom used Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp, cut into cubes; don’t use processed cheese.)
  • 1 stick butter
  • Milk
  • Salt and pepper

Butter a 1 ½ qt. casserole dish.  Layer pasta, cheese and butter dots in pan, ending with cheese.  Salt and Pepper each layer.  Fill pan ½ way with milk.  Bake t 350 until it bubbles.

 

 

Fayette County Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program

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Area teens are encouraged to participate in “Beneath the Surface,” the Fayette County Public Library’s teen summer reading program, from June 1 to July 31. Teens are invited to come to the library and read for prizes as well as taking part in workshops that are offered throughout the summer.

Workshops this summer include: Teen social media etiquette, Zumba and Arts and Crafts as well as Monday at the Movies and a Gaming session every Wednesday.  Beginning June 1, teens age 11-17 can register to attend these free events at the main circulation desk at the Fayette County Public Library. Teens can also pick up a trivia sheet and book review form for June. Those who successfully complete both sheets will receive prizes and their name will be entered into the monthly drawing for a grand prize.

The “Beneath the Surface” teen summer reading program is sponsored by Fayette County Public Library and the Friends of the Fayette County Library.

For more Info contact:

Christy Dyson, Public Services Librarian

770-305-5345

Learning to Cook: A Tribute to Our Mothers

FW's publisher Joyce Beverly cooks with her grandmother.

Did you grow up cooking at the knee of your mother, aunt, or grandmother?  Did you learn the tricks of perfect biscuits, cookies and cakes?   For many of us, this is exactly how the love of cooking is sparked.  For me, not so much.   My mother, Ann, was a brilliant and creative woman.  She could look at a designer dress, create her own pattern and sew it all for much less money—and all she was missing was the tag.  She would spend evenings hand-smocking dresses for her little girls.  Mom was an amazing beloved middle school teacher whose students flocked to her funeral years later.   As a cook, however, Mom had her revolving five entrees.  They were all accompanied by an iceberg lettuce salad and a stack of white Wonderbread.  Catalina dressing for Dad and Wishbone Italian Dressing for Mom and the girls.  She did teach us all the love of good food, though, and I think my sisters and I learned to cook because Mom (and Dad) loved and appreciated it when we did cook.

FW's publisher Joyce Beverly cooks with her grandmother.

I think about the pierogies my Granny made for us a couple of times a year.  They were delivered with a stick of “real” butter to brown them in.  The kids loved the cheese pierogies, Dad loved the sauerkraut and Mom loved both.  Now, I would love to enjoy any of them, but most of all I would love to know how to make them.  That really thin dough my Granny would roll out by hand; no fancy pasta makers in those days.  I have tried, but mine are just not the same.  The recipe, the experience, is gone.  Not long ago I asked my father’s sister if she would teach me and she, too, doesn’t have the method or recipe.  I now know what an absolute act of love those pierogies really are.

Do you have recipes of your mom, grandmother, or aunt?  Are they in that little box with the rooster on it or red gingham?  If so, what are you doing with them?   Life has gotten busier for all of us.  Our day normally does not include a big open time frame to plan and cook the meals of yesteryear.  You are now the owner of this information, and it will cease to exist if you don’t pass it on to your kids and their kids.  We have the convenience of fast and sometimes healthy food created for us quickly and easily.

Get your kids involved with cooking.  If they are blessed to have a grandmother with them; share, share, share.  Share the gift of cooking and the love of your family’s heritage.  Studies have shown that introducing kids to cooking early allows them to taste new things sooner and they are more likely to have a more diverse palate if they are involved in the shopping and cooking.  My 2 ½ year old nephew, Louie, visited us during Easter.  I propped him up in a chair on the other side of my island and we went to town.  Louie’s job was making the salad, all the while popping spinach leaves and mushrooms in his mouth.  Not sure he really liked the mushrooms, but I did notice the next night when we had make your own pizza night, mushrooms were a part of his creation.

If you are the steward of the family recipes, here are some ideas of how to save  and pass them along.  When a child marries or goes off to their first home, create a recipe book of the family recipes along with their own favorites.  If you are the mother of a son, do the exact same for him; it is not just girls who need to know this!  In this day and time men are often responsible for the meals.  Make a plan to digitize your family recipes.  Some of my favorite recipes are those handwritten by my mother and father.  Dad’s sourdough starter remains on my pegboard of recipes to this day, but is now protected by a plastic sleeve.

As a tribute to our mothers, this month we are honoring them with recipes they have taught us.  Thanks to all of our contributors this month who have put their heart and soul into these recipes and memories.

 

 

 

Bev’s Cheese Strata and Hot Curried Fruit

Bev Turnbull and Virginia Gibbs

by Virginia Gibbs

My mom, Beverly Turnbull, was a Southern lady and a wonderful cook.   At special holidays like Easter and Christmas, our family would gather to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of cheese strata and hot curried fruit.   The strata was prepped the day before, making it easy to pop in the oven and make the holiday special!

My mom, Beverly Turnbull, was a Southern lady and a wonderful cook. At special holidays like Easter and Christmas, our family would gather to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of cheese strata and hot curried fruit. The strata was prepped the day before, making it easy to pop in the oven and make the holiday special!

 

 

Bev’s Cheese Strata

  • 10 slices of white bread with crust cut off
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Finely chopped parsley and paprika

Spread bread slices with butter. Cut each slice into 4 strips. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Alternate layers of bread and cheese, ending with cheese layer. Beat eggs and add salt, dry mustard, cayenne pepper and milk. Pour egg mixture over the bread. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Take out of refrigerator and let it sit 1 hour. Bake at 350º for 40-50 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Enjoy!

 

Hot Curried Fruit

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • ¾ cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 16-ounce can of pineapple chunks (save syrup)
  • 16-ounce can pear halves (drained)
  • 16-ounce can peach halves (drained)
  • 10 maraschino cherries
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

Melt butter in skillet. Add sugar & curry. Add pineapple and ¼ cup of saved pineapple syrup to skillet and simmer until sugar is melted. Arrange remaining fruit in buttered, shallow 1 ½ quart baking dish. Pour sauce with pineapple over fruit. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Bake 1 hour at 325 deg.

Southern Crescent Chorale Holds Auditions

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The Southern Crescent has a reputation for excellence and achievement in the south metro area arts community.  An auditioned community chorus, the Chorale’s mission is to enrich its communities and provide talented and interested singers an opportunity to perform a variety of challenging choral literature with high performance standards.  Chorale members hail from seven different metro Atlanta counties.  Next season’s highlights will include performances at Spivey Hall, Southern Ground Amphitheater, and their popular Christmas Concert. For more information about the SCC, go to www.southerncrescentchorale.org.
Auditions for next season will be held at the chorus room of Fayette County High School (#1 Tiger Trail  Fayetteville, GA 30214) on the following dates:
Thurs., May 16    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Mon., May 20     6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tues., May 28     6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Mon., June 3      6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
To schedule an audition time, call 770-716-1231.  Auditions will last approximately 15 minutes and include singing “America”, scales, sight reading, and tonal memory.  For more information check out our website at www.southerncrescentchorale.org.

Cruise for a Cure! Relay for Life – Fri May 17th

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Want to go on a cruise that you don’t have to worry about getting seasick or being stuck at sea?Then join us on Friday, May 17th as we go “Cruisin’ For A Cure” with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Fayette County.This year’s Relay For Life event is being held at Fayette County High School’s Football Stadium from 4:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.Our Cruise Director, Zach Stutts, has lined up a fun entertainment schedule with the Torch of Hope starting at 6:15 p.m., leading into our Opening Ceremonies at 6:45.Other events that you won’t want to miss include the Dollar Dude and Divas as they try to buy themselves a title by gathering the most donations from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and the lighting of our torches and luminaria starting at 9:15.Our Survivor Activity Director, Emily Stastny, has been busy coordinating with Piedmont Hospital’s Cancer Wellness Center to have fun activities for all of our survivors from 4:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. with a break for the Opening Ceremonies.We are thankful to all of our sponsors that help us put on this wonderful event, but want to especially thank Pain Care of Georgia and Piedmont Hospital for being our major sponsors.

Be dazzled as you get to meet our local Relay Celebrities:Lisa Hedenstrom, our 2013 Honorary Chair, and Ken Williams and Ryann Hayes, our 2013 Relay Ambassadors.Be starstruck as you spot our amazing “Dollar Dudes and Divas” strut their stuff to try to get your dollars/votes to win the crown.Have fun as you participate in games, have a chance to “Dunk a friend” in the dunk booth, jump in the jumpy Castle, and do as many other activities you can fit in.Let out your belt as you sample the culinary delights that are sure to be there:chocolate covered strawberries, popcorn, hotdogs, sodas, chips, bbq, baked goods, and much, much more.Visit exciting ports of calls and purchase souvenirs.Be a part of the touching Luminaria Ceremony as we honor all our cancer survivors and remember all of those we have lost to cancer.All of this fun can be yours for a few dollars, if you join us as we go “Cruisin’ For A Cure!”

It’s not too late to register a team, register as a survivor, or to make a donation.Go to www.relayforlife.org/fayettecountyga to find out more information.You can also call Jennifer, our Senior Community Manager, at the local American Cancer Society office at 301 Kelly Drive, Suite 3, Peachtree City, GA 30269, at 770-632-6932.If you have any questions about the American Cancer Society, please go to their website at www.cancer.org or call the 24 hour telephone line at 1-800-227-2345.