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. 

Allied Arts will host the 120/80 Vocal Band at Allen’s Market, 101 W. McIntosh St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. For more information, call 478-452-3950.

Shawn Davis will host the class ‘Let’s Talk Drip Irrigation’ from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Putnam Co. Extension Office, 663 Godfrey Road, Eatonton. The class will cover how to identify types of fittings, building a system with total automation and expanding an existing system to incorporate drip irrigation. It will be an afternoon packed with information. Registration is requested. Please contact Lori at 706-485-4151 or email at uge3237@uga.edu to be added to the class.

Thursdalusia! is held at Andalusia starting at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month through September: 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.

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.

Thursday, Aug. 25

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.

12:30 p.m.: The Civitan Club of Baldwin County meets the second and fourth Thursdays each month at The Cottages. Call Priscilla Randall, president, 478-453-8369, for information.

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.

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