By REBECCA HAZEN
There are many ongoing programs at the Dade County Public Library, announced by Spencer Pennington, Youth Education Coordinator for the library, during the weekly county update, broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 24.
The Manga Club, for middle school aged children and up, will start Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. Learn how to draw basic Manga comic book figures, and hang out with an expert Manga artist.
Kids Night: Alien Invasion is Tuesday, March 8, at 4 p.m. Kids will create alien and space related crafts. This program is recommended for elementary and early middle school ages.
The library’s book club will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., to discuss the book “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts.
Teen Thing: Visual Journals will be on Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m. Participants will create multimedia journals for any purpose, such as a hike planner, a road trip journal, or a sketchbook. This program is open to all teens and tweens.
An intermediate/advanced quilting program will be Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Quilting for Beginners program will be Tuesday, March 22, from noon to 3 p.m. Space is limited for these quilting programs, so please call (706) 657-7857 to register.
Juggling for Families will be Thursday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. Join to learn the basics of juggling. This program is for ages eight and up.
Ready to Read Story Time for preschoolers is each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Each week features a different theme and related craft activity.
Also, during the county update Dade County Executive Ted Rumley noted that there were two issues that occurred with people unable to get out of a subdivision behind the high school. First, the area had flooded, and then a train blocked the tracks for a few hours.
“I had talked to Josh Ingle. They were able to get the gate open. There is a way out, but it belongs to the school, and it comes out into the school parking lot. We are going to work a deal that we can put a county lock on that gate. We will be able to open that gate and they can get in and out,” Rumley said.
Rumley also noted that he is meeting with Georgia Department of Transportation to discuss a water issue along Highway 136 on Sand Mountain.
“It is destroying the property all the way down through where the wedding venue is at. That is private property, but they are coming to look at it to see if there is anything they can do to divert that water,” Rumley said.
There are many upcoming events in Dade County. These include the Friends of Cloudland Canyon Star Party on Saturday, April 2, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Rising Fawn Church of God Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m., and the Dade First Family Connection Blue Ribbon Glow Run on Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m.
The 2022 4-H Chick-to-Chicken Project is starting once again. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 4, at 5 p.m. Stop by the 4-H office to register. The chicks will arrive in mid-May, so there is plenty of time to prepare for their arrival. Any 4-H’er may purchase 10 chicks for $50 to take home and raise. All participants bring back their three best hens to be judged in the Dade County 4-H Chicken Show in November.
Dade County has seen 38 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 2,489 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
“Our numbers have been going down, thank goodness. It’s been showing that all over the tri-state area. But still be careful,” Rumley said.
The weekly county update is broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube on Thursdays at 3 p.m. Questions are answered on the Facebook broadcast. Questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.