Members of the American Legion Post 523 Milledgeville are accepting donations for care packages for men and women stationed overseas. Items being collected include socks, underwear, fingerless gloves, undershirts, caps, towels, as well as books and magazines, pens and pencils, and personal items. Non-perishable food items will also be accepted. For more information call Johnnie Gilbert, senior vice commander, Post 523 Milledgeville, 478-456-6528, Michael Davis, 478-456-4480 or email legion12261@yahoo.com.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will showcase some of Georgia's finest examples of antebellum architecture during The Georgia Trust Expedition: Sparta Renaissance in Sparta and Hancock County on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Georgia Trust Hancock County Expedition is $50 for Georgia Trust members and $60 for non-members and includes lunch and the closing reception. Tour-only tickets that do not include lunch and the closing reception are also available for $25. Walk-up tickets may be purchased the morning of the event at Hancock County Courthouse. For more information or to register, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org or call 404-885-7812. Proceeds from the Expedition support the many preservation and educational programs of The Georgia Trust.

Thursdalusia! is held at Andalusia starting at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month through September: Aug. 18, Sept. 15. The open mic evenings will go until sunset and performers get five minutes. Performances will take place on the Nail House deck.

Georgia River Network will hold its Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout Sept. 17-18. For information and to sign up visit loweroconee.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Aug. 18

10 a.m.-sunset: Andalusia welcomes visitors to see the farm as Flannery O'Connor did and guests will be able to watch the sunset on Thursdays through September.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Harriet's Closet is open. It is located next to the Cancer Treatment Center at Oconee Regional Medical Center and provides items free of charge to cancer patients and survivors. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping cancer patients in the Oconee region. For more information or to volunteer, please call 478-457-2124.

Noon: The Milledgeville Rotary Club meets at Hopewell Church, 188 Hopewell Church Road.

Noon: The Eatonton Kiwanis Club meets at Putnam County High School, U.S. Highway 441 close to the entrance to Rock Eagle. The luncheon meeting is held in the school's Main Street Cafe.

12:30 p.m.: Eatonton Duplicate Bridge Club, an official member of the American Contract Bridge League, is now meeting at the Parkside Main 8 Theater, 1050 Parkside Main, Greensboro. For more information contact Betty Roper at 706-467-3079.

2-5 p.m.: Free HIV testing at 900 Barrows Ferry Road. 478-445-5518.

7:30 p.m.: Lake Country Twirlers is a square dance club that meets at the old VFW Club at 799 Monticello Road. Everyone is invited to come by, meet members, enjoy refreshments and see what fun square dancing can be. For more information call 706-468-5090 or visit www.LCTwirlers.groupsite.com.

Friday, Aug. 19

Noon- 4 p.m.: The Heritage Oaks Adult Day Care facility will hold its grand opening at 2932 Heritage Place NE. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information contact Director Shandra Tucker at 478-295-0070.

Saturday, Aug. 20

9 a.m.: Plantation Quilters meet at the visitor center at Jarrell Plantation near Juliette. Dues are $10 a year. Bretta Perkins 478-986-5172.

9 a.m. to noon: The Green Farmer's Market is open at the new Market Park Pavilion downtown. There will be live music, fresh produce and other vendors.

Noon- 4 p.m.: The Heritage Oaks Adult Day Care facility will hold its grand opening at 2932 Heritage Place NE. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information contact Director Shandra Tucker at 478-295-0070.

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