Calhoun resident Gray "LG" Bridges was inspired to write her debut novel, "The Keepers," by her grandchildren.
"I originally wanted to write a book for my children," explained Bridges, noting she never got around to it. "So this one is for my grandchildren, something for them to read and enjoy."
Geared toward middle school readers, "The Keepers," is described as a modern day fairy tale, a fantasy and mythical novel along the lines of the Harry Potter books.
"The Keepers is the first book in a trilogy," said Bridges. "It's about a girl, Shaylee, and her dog, Maddy, who find a portal into a magical, mythical and dangerous universe. What she finds could save or destroy her own world forever. There's a lot of neat creatures in that universe, including a talking fish that has all the answers."
Bridges describes the book as having plenty of action to attract boys and a strong female protagonist that girls will enjoy. Bridges said that grown-ups will enjoy this book, too, as well as younger children who love read-aloud chapter books.
The book, which was self-published through Create Space Publishing, is illustrated by Bridges. She raised funds for the novel by selling advertising to local merchants; their ads are in the back of the book. Several Calhoun localities are mentioned throughout the book, which includes a glossary listing of the places, people and other terminology featured.
On Sunday, March 11, Bridges will hold a book release party at the Harris Arts Center's 2nd floor Community Room from 3 5 p.m. Bridges will speak at the event, and participate in a Q&A session. Books will be available for sale that day and refreshments will be served. Bridges encourages anyone attending to come in mythical costume.
There will also be a group author event and book signing at the Calhoun-Gordon County Library beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, where several local authors will be featured, including Bridges, reading from their books and answering questions.
The book is now available now through Amazon and Kindle, or you can purchase it on Bridges website, lgbridges.com.
Gordon Hospital's Robot Day be held on Friday, March 2, 2018. Robot Day will be held in the East Entrance of the hospital where people are invited to get a closer look at the da Vinci surgical system from 12 to 3 p.m.
The da Vinci surgical system is the latest in robotic surgical technologies. Surgeons use the system by operating through small incisions with a 3D high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that act much more efficiently than hands. On Robot Day, those who attend will be able to test drive the da Vinci robot with the guidance of an Intuitive representative. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about robotic surgery and how it has changed the healthcare field.
For more information on Robot Day, please contact Sharon Bass at 706.629.2895 ext. 4052.
About Gordon Hospital Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,300 licensed beds in nine states, Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's more than 80,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient. Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.
Friday, February 23
-Chris August Concert - 7:30 p.m. at GEM Theatre. Chris is a Contemporary Christian Artist. Tickets are $20 & 25. More Info: www.calhoungemtheatre.org or (706) 625-3132
Saturday, February 24
-"Gone With The Wind" - 7 p.m. at GEM Theatre. See this classic movie on the GEM's big screen. Tickets are $5. More Info: www.calhoungemtheatre.org or (706) 625-3132
Sunday, February 25
-"War Room - Prayer is A Powerful Weapon" - 3 p.m. at GEM Theatre. See this movie on the GEM's big screen. Tickets are $5. More Info: www.calhoungemtheatre.org or (706) 625-3132
Tuesday, February 27
-Family Resource Center Open House - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Family Resource Center (320 N. River Street). Hosted by the UW Young Leaders, the community is invited to drop-in and tour the new facilities and enjoy light refreshments.
March 2-4, 9-10
-Calhoun Little Theatre presents "Driving Miss Daisy" at Harris Arts Center
Saturday, March 3
-Coulter Hampton Family Fun Day at Sonoraville Recreation Department
March 5 - 27
-Harris Arts Center Spring Fling Basket Fundraiser
March 6 27
-Children's Theater Mini Camp at Harris Arts Center
Thursday, March 15
-Praise & Prayer event featuring Point of Grace at GEM Theatre
Saturday, March 17
-Second Annual United Way Young Leaders Society Color Run at Calhoun Recreation Department.
-Casino Night at Harris Arts Center