Events Bring Awareness To Area Family Agencies
By REBECCA HAZEN
Dade First Family Connection Director Martha Baker informed the community about various agency announcements and ongoings during the weekly county update on Thursday, March 3.
The Blue Ribbon Glow Run will be Friday, April 22, at Dade County High School. The gates open at 8 p.m. and the race starts at 9 p.m. Register by March 15 to receive a t-shirt.
“It is not a timed race. It is for fun. We will have agency booths set up, handing out glow supplies. We will also have Kona Ice this year. The benefits will go towards the Children’s Advocacy Center,” Baker said.
There will be a free showing of the documentary, Broken Places, on Saturday, March 12, at 9 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Register online at https://bit.ly/BrokenPlacesMarch. The film explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. The event is sponsored by Resilient Georgia, First Family Connection and Building a Region of Resilience NW Georgia.
There will also be a Fish Fry at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church each Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m. during Lent. The cost is $8 for fish, side, dessert, and drink. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
Four Points holds free parenting classes on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Trenton United Methodist Church. The training can also be requested virtually. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Also, during the county update Dade County Executive Ted Rumley reported that the next Joint Comprehensive Plan meeting will be March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Administrative Building. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Rumley noted that the storm shelter at the Dade County Sports Complex is nearly finished; there is some HVAC work left to do.
“We’ve already got the concrete poured at the site in Rising Fawn. Hopefully in the next two or three weeks we’ll be at the Davis site and get that site prepared,” Rumley said.
Rumley also noted that there will be a land swap with the Dade County School System.
“We own where the football field and the bus barn are, it belongs to Dade County. It is school property, and they’ve got some plans for it. It will be a win-win,” Rumley said.
Rumley also gave an update about the planned animal shelter. Blueprints were received for a larger facility, and Rumley noted that the engineer who drew the original plans will downsize it to a size that better fits Dade County. The planned location will be behind the transfer station.
“We’ll have room for larger animals, and we will have room for it to be fenced in,” Rumley said.
Dade Elementary School is now accepting Pre-K and kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year. For information on required documents for registration, visit dadecountyschools.org, or call (706) 657-8253.
The next 4-H Craft Night will be March 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ag center. The activity will be making a paint hand cloverleaf. Please RSVP by March 10 at noon. Call the Ag Center at (706) 657-4116 to RSVP.
The 4-H Movie Night will be March 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ag Center. Refreshments will be available. Please bring camp chairs, blankets, pillows, etc., to make yourself comfortable.
Junior Camp registration ends on March 10. Junior Camp is for grades 7-8 and costs $375. The camp will be June 27 through July 1. Cloverleaf Camp registration, for grades 4-6, runs through March and ends on the 31. The cost is $75. The camp will be June 6-10.
Dade County has seen 29 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 2,510 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.