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Annual rock lighting event at The Garden set for Sunday, Oct. 1

For the past nine years, the candle lighting at The Garden, a popular attraction located at 1411 Rome Road behind the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Calhoun, has fascinated hundreds of people looking to experience the "peaceful, healing place to meet with God and other people." Visitors call the annual lighting "quite magical" and "peaceful."

It's that time again of year again, and it's only once a year that the annual lighting takes place. Surrounded by hand built stone castles, beautiful foliage and a stream, The Garden will be lit during the annual event this Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 7:10 p.m.

According to organizers, at least 300 visitors each year visit the annual lighting. Hundreds of candles will be provided at the ceremony to place along the pathways and in the miniature stone buildings in The Garden.

The Garden, which is owned by the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, began after organizer "Old Dog" Boyd first moved to Calhoun and began attending the church; he talked to a groundskeeper and asked to make the garden, which he has worked on since. Boyd, an artist by trade, said he gave himself the name Old Dog because an old dog is as devoted to his master as he is to God.

The folk art rock village covers an acre, including 50 miniature rock buildings, flowers and greenery. The structures are all hand crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells, odd pieces of broken glass and china, rocks, ceramic tile and cement. There are miniature-sized churches, houses, castles, a monastery and a building modeled after the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, with stained-glass windows.

The family-friendly event is free to the public. For more information, call 706-263-1937.

Gordon County LEPC to host 3rd annual Health & Safety Fair Oct. 7

The Gordon County Local Emergency Planning Committee will be hosting the third annual Health & Safety Fair at the Home Depot, located at 1280 Curtis Parkway in Calhoun, on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

A Kids Workshop will be presented by Home Depot. Resources will be giving out concerning how to keep children safe, including fire, stranger danger and drugs. Attendees can meet local first responders and tour emergency vehicles, and there will be information and giveaways on how to prepare for an emergency.

The various emergency service agencies that will provide health and safety tips to children visiting include the Calhoun Fire Department, Calhoun Police Department, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia National Guard, Gordon County EMA, Gordon County Fire & Rescue, Gordon County Sheriff 's Office, Gordon Hospital, the U.S. Forest Service, Owen Security Solutions, Calhoun-Gordon County Library, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Public Health.

What's Going on in Gordon County

Thursday, Sept. 28

Farewell Reception for Toni Molleson: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Copper Creek Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest Opens: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Get in the fall spirit with corn mazes, hayrides, bon fires and more! On Saturdays, the farm opens at 10 a.m. and features family friendly activities. After 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, guests can choose to venture out into the giant flashlight maze or for the braver folks, the haunted maze. New this year, there will be fireworks every Saturday night! More Info:

Saturday, Sept. 30

Community Meet & Greet: A Free day of fun for all ages! 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Church of God of the Union Assembly.

Oct. 1 - 31

Pumpkin Patch: 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Calhoun First Presbyterian Church. Pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and prices, plus corn stalk bundles, gourds and mums, boiled peanuts, fried apple pies, baked goods and an area for photographing your kids!

Sunday, Oct. 1

Lighting of The ROCK Garden: 7 p.m. at The ROCK Garden (located behind the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church). This wee whimsical place becomes even more magical when illuminated with hundreds of candles. The event is free and also includes live music and refreshments. Bring your lawn chair. More Info:

Friday, Oct. 6

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: 11 a.m. Registration/12 p.m. Walk at BB&T City Park

Saturday, Oct. 7

Relay for Life of Gordon County Kick-Off: 7 p.m. at Payne Farm. A fun-filled night of hayrides, a petting zoo, outdoor movie, Relay information, and more - all free!

Local American Legion post donates to American Red Cross

American Legion Paul Gwin Post #47 in Calhoun recently made a donation to the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia.

The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia has recently sent volunteers and aid to hurricane ravaged areas of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and South Georgia.

Pictured, left to right, Jeffrey Putnam, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia; Wade Russell, Joe Rayburn and Jerry Thayer of American Legion Paul Gwin Post #41.

The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission of providing shelter and aid in times of need.

The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization aimed at advocating patriotism across the U.S.