The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce is participating in an initiative sponsored by the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce requesting all of the Chambers in Georgia for help for the firefighters battling several blazes in the Okefenokee Swamp. Items currently needed include: socks, T-shirts, liquid lip balm, bandanas, individual packages of antacids and pain relievers, sunscreen, bug spray, dryer sheets, hand sanitizer, eye wash and snacks for when they do not have time to rest for a meal (no chocolate as it melts). They also need donations to provide meals for the firefighters. Checks should be made payable to the Georgia Forestry Commission. If you would like to donate to the firefighters battling these blazes, please drop off your donation of any items listed above to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, 130 S Jefferson St. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or questions please call (478) 453-9311.

IMPACT class for prospective foster and adoptive parents in Baldwin, Putnam, Greene and Jones Counties will be held at the Jones County Department of Family and Children Services. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays beginning Aug. 6 through Aug. 27. All classes are mandatory. Missed classes can be made up. Preregistration is required by calling Posey Burns at (478) 445-7020 or Cindi Lundy at (706) 484-2927. Help meet the needs of a child in foster care by choosing to foster and/or adopt.

Oconee Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society hold free Smoking Cessation classes Aug. 24 and 30, and Sept. 7 and 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the hospital’s Education Center. To register, call (478) 454-3705.

Oconee Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Ball, “Welcome to Hollywood,” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Centennial Center on the Georgia College campus. Tickets are $125 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live entertainment, dancing and a silent and live auction.  Black tie is optional. For more information, call (478) 454-3859. Proceeds benefit Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Saturday, July 30

L&L Market is open at L&L Farm Mart on the corner of Hancock Street and Roberson Mill Road. Vendors may reserve a spot by calling or dropping by during the week. The community is invited to drop by and purchase any number of handmade, homemade, or home grown items.

9 to 11 a.m.: Slater’s Funeral Home and New Beginning Child Care have banded together to also provide school supplies to more than 100 local students at the funeral home located on North Wayne Street.

2 to 4 p.m.: Smokey’s $1,000 Back 2 School Raffle will be held at the Milledgeville Mall. Grand Prize is $1,000 cash based on 750 tickets being sold. More prizes to be awarded depending on ticket sales. Smokey Bear will pick the winning ticket at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds go to help the Baldwin County Forestry Queens go to Forestry Nationals in September. Need not be present to win. A valid picture ID is required to pick up prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Tabitha Stevenson at (478) 251-2289.

Monday, Aug. 1

10 a.m.: Oconee Valley Family YMCA meets at People’s Bank at Harmony Road and Highway 44.

3 p.m.: “The Mourning After,” a bereavement group sponsored by Hospice Care Options, is held at First Baptist Church on South Liberty Street in Milledgeville. The event is free and open to the public. (478) 453-8572

Noon to 4 p.m.: Harriet’s Closet, a free supply closet to help fill the needs of cancer patients, is open. The nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients in Central Georgia has relocated next door to Georgia Cancer Specialists building at Oconee Regional Medical Center.

7 p.m.: BINGO is held at the American Legion on Log Cabin Road. No one under the age of 18 is permitted. Refreshments are sold by the Ladies Auxiliary. (478) 452-8538

7:30 p.m.: The Oconee River Buskers Square Dance Club meets at the Walter B. Williams Recreation Center. Round dancing begins at 6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.: The Baldwin County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference meets at American Legion Post 523.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

10:30 a.m.: A Senior Olympic badminton club will be held at the Baldwin County Recreation Department gym. For more information, call David Carver at (478) 456-2735.

12:45 p.m.: The Milledgeville Kiwanis Club meets at the Milledgeville Country Club. Visitors are welcome to the program and to lunch with a club sponsor.

1 p.m.: The Eatonton Duplicate Bridge Club, an official member of the American Contract Bridge League, meets at the Eatonton Performing Arts Center on Madison Avenue in Eatonton. Come with a partner or e-mail Pat Turney at turney@plantationcable.net for a possible partner match.

4 to 7 p.m.: Milledgeville Marketplace Farmers Market features locally grown produce and hand-made products. It is located in the city lot at 222 E. Hancock between the Chevron Golden Pantry and the Huddle House. Free customer parking in the freshly cut grassy field just behind the lot. Enter from Elbert Street.

6 p.m.: The Bicycling Club of Milledgeville meets in the parking lot behind Oconee Outfitters for its weekly road ride. Beginner pace for first hour, moderate pace later.  

6:30 p.m.: American Legion Auxiliary Post 523 meets at 430 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. All members are urged to attend.

7 p.m.: The Sweet Georgia Sound Sweet Adeline Chorus meets at Vineville Christian Towers to practice, socialize and sing. It is for women only. (478) 932-5387

7:30 p.m.: The Knights of Columbus Council 9458 meets in Flannery O’Connor Hall for a regular business meeting at Sacred Heart Church, Hancock and Jefferson streets. Tom O’Neill (478) 456-0901 or (478) 451-0745, or e-mail tom_oneill44@yahoo.com.

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