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Eastside Elementary on state TSI list as students showing improvement

Students at Eastside Elementary are making improvements in testing, but the school remains on the state’s Targeted Support and Improvement list.

The list — put together based on 2018-19 school year testing data — was announced ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday by the state’s Department of Education with the intention of showing that schools continue to make improvements year after year.

Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools fall into the category for either being part of a subgroup that is consistently under performing or being listed to provide additional targeted support.

Eastside Elementary was listed as closing gaps and making progress, but did not succeed in content mastery, readiness and graduation rate.

Those TSI schools that fall into either consistently under performing on testing or need additional support because of one subgroup that isn’t mastering all the skills on the CCRPI, or the College and Career Ready Performance Index, is the cause for Eastside’s inclusion.

It is the only campus in the Polk School District included in the TSI list, or the state’s Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools list.

The CCRPI score for Eastside Elementary was a 90.90 on the overall school climate.

Eastside is one of 57 schools on the state’s TSI list. School districts are charged with providing supports to TSI schools, while the state provides professional learning and targeted technical assistance.

From 2018 to 2019, the state reported that 47 schools made the necessary improvements to exit CSI-lowest 5 percent status, CSI-low graduation rate status, or TSI status.

Twenty-six schools made the improvements necessary to exit the lowest 5% of schools or CSI-low graduation rate status, and another 21 made the improvements necessary to exit TSI status, for a total of 47 schools.

“It is our responsibility as a state to provide the support all schools need to improve, including intensive and tailored supports for struggling schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a press release announcing the CSI and TSI lists. “Our entire agency, led by our Office of School Improvement, partners with schools identified for additional support to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed – and that’s producing real improvements in schools. We’ll continue this ‘all hands on deck’ approach to school improvement, with the ultimate goal of ensuring every student in our state has access to a high-quality K-12 education.”

Rotary gives back during holiday week

The spirit of giving is alive with one local club who instead of fussing over a Thanksgiving meal during their recent lunch meeting took time out instead of help another organization with a much-needed donation.

Local Rotarians gathered at Floyd Polk Medical Center and brought with them armloads of supplies that are headed to Our House Women’s Shelter as Thanksgiving arrived and the Christmas season gets in full swing.

Rotary Club President Debbie Ross said members were inspired when representatives from the shelter came to speak to the group earlier in the year.

“It turned into one of those things that we came together and decided ‘hey we can do that’,” Ross said.

She said the hygiene bags full of supplies that might be left behind in an emergency but are still needed for daily life are just one way the club felt they could give back to those running away from a bad situation.

Ross said the club plans to turn over the hygiene bags made up for their holiday gathering at the start of next week.

“They gave us a list of what they hand out to someone when they come into the shelter for the first time,” Ross said. “We put together several bags for them to make sure that they have what they need.”

The club also plans to continue their efforts to give back during the holiday season, and are currently gathering supplies to be donated to the Graduate Polk program at both high schools. Those will be heading to students after the close of the holiday break for December and heading into the new year, with ample time to make a donation.

Ross said the club is accepting items to help fill that need from the community at large.

“They’ve given us a list of what they need at this time, so please get in touch with us before making any donations,” Ross said.

Those interested in helping out the Polk County Rotary Club in their efforts to give back during the holiday season can contact Ross by email at ross5860@bellsouth.net for more information.

She added that those interested in becoming a Rotarian can also get in touch. The club meets weekly on Tuesdays at Floyd Polk Medical Center during the lunch hour. They take part in several efforts to raise money throughout the year.

Students get to work in Skills Challenge at PCCCA

More than 75 students from a dozen area high schools came together to show off what they’ve learned and gain a chance to move onto state competition in the in the Northwest Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge held in recent days in Cedartown.

The Polk County College and Career Academy’s Cedartown campus also played host to area contractors who when students are done with their education at area schools need their talent immediately.

Contractors from a variety of fields jumped at the chance to sponsor the event and bring with them recruiting materials for youth from schools near and far. Those included Adairsville High, Carrollton High, Cass High, Chattooga High, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, Gordon Central High, North Paulding High, Pickens High, Polk County College and Career Academy — Cedartown High, Polk County College and Career Academy — Rockmart High, and Rome High.

Students took part in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, team work, blueprint reading and welding competitions through the day on Nov. 19.

As students worked, judges as well as interested parties from Brassfield & Gorrie and Duffey Southeast walked around and introduced themselves to potential future employers, and had booths setup within the HON room at the Cedartown campus to give students a chance to learn more about what awaits them in the job market when they finish their work in the college and career academies.

Mike Dunham, the CEO of AGC Georgia was on hand for the event and excited to see the level of talent students already have on the high school level.

“Our industry has a big need for new workers,” he said. “What we’re doing here at in four other regions around the state is to give young men and women a chance to demonstrate the skills they are learning in school, and to come out and sharpen their skills as well. We hope that they see a career path and see a future for themselves in this industry.”

Opportunities abound for students who are able to lay brick, run a clean weld or knows how to wire up a circuit breaker panel. Starting pay in many of these professions as the rate of retirement in skill trades like plumbing, carpentry, masonry, electrical and more begin to increase.

“If you’re a mason, if you’re carpenter, if you’re can hang drywall, you’re needed,” Dunham said. “If you’re a truck driver, you’re needed. I had a gentleman call me from a concrete company recently that had three trucks sitting in the yard needing to be driven and delivered that day, and he didn’t have drivers for them. Our industry has a need in every position right now.”

Brassfield & Gorrie’s Chris Britton agreed. He was hoping that future graduates locally and around the area will consider donning hard hats and getting to work on the ever-growing number of construction projects underway.

“If you drive through downtown Atlanta, and you see the number of tower cranes that are standing up right now, you know that everyone of those jobs needs qualified people,” Britton said. “There’s kids that don’t necessarily want to go to college. They want to learn a skill trade, they want to work with their hands. The construction industry has historically been a challenge because no one wants to go into construction.”

He said students can have a “phenomenal career” working on construction and contracting trades, and work for a company and make just as much as college graduates right out of high school.

“It’s a great recruiting tool,” he said.

Companies involved in the competition raised around $35,000 to help with the costs of students taking part in the Skills Challenge. PCCCA provided setups for the challenges as well to ensure that everything was ready the day of the event.

Rockmart Christmas Parade and holiday weekend ahead

A celebration of the holiday season comes to Rockmart this Thursday and weekend with the annual Christmas Parade and an event in the downtown square featuring Ol’ Saint Nick himself.

Rockmart’s annual Christmas Parade is taking place on Thursday, December 5 starting at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting in front of the Rockmart History Museum to follow.

Those who get accepted into the parade have an opportunity to win big with a first place prize of $500, a runner-up prize of $300, and a third place prize of $150. The award will be given out in two different categories including a church category and a school/club/non-profit category. Commercial businesses are invited to participate, but those who do are not eligible for an award.

“Immediately following the parade, the Rockmart Fire Department will stop with Santa Claus at the Rockmart History Museum to light the Rockmart Christmas Tree and meet with kids of all ages,” RCAC Director Peggy Cline said in previous coverage of the parade. “The Rockmart Community Chorus will be singing carols at the tree lighting, too.”

Should it get stormy, a rain date is still in place for Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m.

Citizens are encouraged to watch the parade from the city’s historic downtown area. Alongside a great view of the action, shops will be open late for citizen’s dining and shopping pleasures, and those camping out downtown will have front row seats to the lighting of the Rockmart Christmas tree.

The parade’s route is the same as last year. Beginning at Hilburn Field parking lot, 815 College St., the parade will continue straight onto College Street before taking a left onto N. Piedmont Avenue.

Afterward, the parade will make a right onto E. Elm Street, and a left turn will take the parade onto S. Marble. Floats and large trucks will reach Maple Street and promptly be directed to turn left onto Slate Street.

Holiday festivities continue through the weekend on Saturday, December 7 as the shops open on the downtown square and Santa Claus takes up a spot on the front steps of the Rockmart History Museum for photos during this year’s Unwrap the Joy of Christmas event.

“We’re excited to share the joy of the holiday season with our friends and family in the Rockmart community, and encourage everyone to come out and celebrate the holidays and find wonderful gift at our local merchants,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Blair Elrod said.

The event — being organized through the Chamber’s Downtown Rockmart Advisory Committee — means to promote local businesses and bringing shopping downtown while also enjoying a family-friendly holiday event.

Carolers will join Santa on the front steps of the history museum throughout the day as businesses open their doors and take part in holiday fun. Shops will also have extended shopping hours and free gift wrapping throughout the weekend.

That includes Now and Then of Rockmart, who are sponsoring Santa to come and stop by for photo opportunities as well as another that can accommodate more people. They have arranged for a vintage station wagon parked on South Marble to give everyone a chance to get in a Christmas-card worthy shot free of charge as well.

Note that there will be no animals allowed in the vehicle for photos, since it also is in use for other purposes.

Now and Then is also sponsoring a ornament decorating session at their shop, and will be providing materials for the day. They’re working with local art students to help youth paint their ornaments during the Unwrap the Joy of Christmas event.

The Rockmart Farmers Market will also be out with their own children-focused ornament making class.

Additional Santa sponsors include The Perch on Marble, Sherman Ross State Farm Insurance in Rockmart, Rockmart Florist and Southern Traditions. Mr. Claus and the station wagon will only be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who want to get a photo with Santa or in the station wagon will have to bring their own cameras along, but photos are free.

Families will also have the chance to find gifts in an artisans market in the parking lot next door to the Rockmart Theatre on South Marble and Elm, and a Petting Zoo beside the Silver Comet Trailhead during the holiday celebration.

Unwrap the Joy of Christmas will continue into Sunday with select merchants open during the day.

Saturday night and Sunday afternoon also provide opportunities for the holiday spirit to continue. The weekend evening and matinee performances of the Rockmart Community Chorus’ annual holiday concert starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, with tickets still on sale and at the box office both days.

They are $6 each and can also be purchased at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center when the gallery is open.

Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, December 4, 2019 edition

Commander Pinkard of the American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 in Rockmart is getting ready for their 75th annual Empty Stockings Fund drive. Legion members and auxiliary will be at local businesses collecting for the cause in the coming weeks. Additionally, they will be accepting applications from now and through December 3 for needy families in the Rockmart-Aragon area. Children from ages 2 through 10 are expected to be served. Applications can be picked up at Post 12, the Rockmart library or the local elementary schools. Donations of gifts from the public are being collected at the Walmart and Triangle in Rockmart on November 29, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 before the holiday season.

Cedartown’s Christmas parade is coming up on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. on Main Street! This year’s theme is “Candy Lane” and Carol Crawford is the Grand Marshal.

The Rockmart Community Chorus will be holding their Christmas concerts on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Rockmart Theatre. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center.

The holiday season is coming up soon for Rockmart’s annual Christmas parade, kicking off a weekend of events on the evening on Thursday, December 5 through the downtown square on South Marble Street and ending with the annual Christmas tree lighting. The Unwrap the Joy of Christmas event will continue on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 in downtown, including carolers, a Christmas 5K and much more. Check back for more in the weeks to come.

Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church of Rockmart starting with dinner at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Large Group at 7 p.m. and Small Share Group at 8 p.m.

The Polk County Democratic Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month except December at 10 a.m. In the “even” months (February, April, June, August, etc.) the organization meets at the Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart and during the “odd” months (January, March, etc) they meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 600 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125. There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.

The Cedartown Farmer’s Market has a new location and time for the 2019 season. Market-goers are invited to come out to the corner of Ware and South Main Street in Cedartown continuing on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact Five Cedars Farm to participate at 678-246-1216 to learn more about becoming a vendor.

RCAC has classes for toddlers, children and adults at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center in drawing, painting, photography, yoga, chorus, piano, whittling, and pottery. For more information, call 770-684-2707 or email rcac@rockmart-ga.gov

Give a child a safe place to go after school and learn valuable lessons about community, life and academics by getting involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia in Cedartown. Visit their center at 321 E. Queen St., Cedartown from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and bring your children ages 5-18 for afternoon activities. For more information on how to participate or volunteer, call our office at 770-749-0869 or email asams@bgcnwga.org.

The Rockmart History Museum on South Marble Street in downtown Rockmart is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Museum welcomes visitors and group tours. Contact Pat Sampson at 678-764-5201 for information. RHM meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to take part.

Interested in becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent? Open your heart to a child in need and find out how you can help. Join others who seek the love of a child every second Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m. at Polk County Division of Family and Children Services office, 100 County Loop Road in Cedartown. Information sessions explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in Georgia. For more information call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or email robin.forston@dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, November 20. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. They hold dinners on the third Wednesday of every month. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children’s programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart.

USAPA Pickelball Ambassador Daneen England is holding a free pickleball clinic every Monday (weather permitting) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockmart Tennis courts, located at 436 Hogue Avenue, Rockmart. Loaner paddles and all necessary equipment will be on hand to learn t he sport. This is a free event for anyone and they just need to wear comfortable gym clothes and tennis shoes. Contact England at 770-356-1282, or by email at howardd999@yahoo.com for more information.

The office of Exceptional Students of Polk School District is available to assist with the identification of children with disabilities and provision a free appropriate public education beginning at the age of three through the age of 21. If you suspect your child is experiencing any developmental delay or you suspect your child might have a disability and would like assistance or for more information about services available through Polk School District, contact the PSD Exceptional Student Services office at 770-684-8718.

Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia’s foster care system. Information Sessions are held on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Rome Office, located at 336 Broad St., Suite 200. Individual sessions may be scheduled to accommodate families as needed. For more email aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

Did you know that nationwide the American Red Cross assists 53 people every 60 seconds during personal and local disasters? Our Northwest Georgia Red Cross Chapter serves Polk County. If you’d like to do some meaningful volunteering, please contact Arthene Bressler at 762-231-9896 and visit our website at www.redcross.org/local/georgia.

Get assistance

Do you think you might be pregnant? You can know for sure. Contact Life Matters Outreach today to schedule a free pregnancy test. You have a right to know all the options available to you. We offer free evidence-based education and resources so that you can make a well-informed decision. The services provided at LMO Pregnancy Care Center are free of charge. Clients are treated with respect and unconditional acceptance. We are here to help YOU. Call 770-748-8911 for more information.

Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a clothing bank for children ages infant to 5 years old on the first Thursday of each month beginning in September from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the conference room of One Door Polk in Cedartown. Contact 770-748-6811 for more information on how to donate or participate in the giveaway.

Victory Baptist Church’s Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open. One bag of non-perishable food, five items to pick from produce, eggs and milk and two items from frozen meats, breads and others will be available. ID is required. Limit of two IDs per address. Regular hours are Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m.

Community Share Ministries is hosting “Hope for the Hungry” on the first Tuesday of every month to provide food assistance to the community. They’ll be in town again on Tuesday, June 4. Food is provided free of charge, and no identification is required to get help. Those interested can visit Community Share Ministries Cedartown thrift store at 1116 N. Main St., Cedartown.

The Georgia Legal Services Program’s Claire Sherburne will be on hand at One Door Polk in Cedartown every fourth Monday to help those in need with free civil legal services to low-income persons. This will include all cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, healthcare and other issues involved in the legal complications of everyday life. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday at 11 a.m. at Polk Medical Center. Those interested can join for fellowship and lunch in the cafeteria. For more information call John Giglio at 678-246-8188.

Aragon First United Methodist Church offers a food pantry for the community to use if they need assistance. They are open Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A picture ID is required to participate. Call 770-684-4855 for more information.

Soup and Savior, a local nonprofit organization, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to provide needed items to deserving people. This includes a free meal (soup), clothing and gives other assistance. Meetings are held at Glad Tidings, located at 703 Robert L Parks Blvd. in Cedartown. Donations are accepted.

Just Us Ministries Inc. Food Bank has distribution every Tuesday and Thursday at 904 Young Farms Road in Cedartown. On Tuesday the distribution is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A picture ID is required. For more information call 770-687-1009 or 678-901-3354, email justusmin.org@gmail.com, or visit Justusministries.com.

A caregivers support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at Rockmart Presbyterian Church. Call 770-684-6289 for more information.

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The Rev. Gilbert Richardson and the Ware’s Grove Church family of 200 Potash Road, invite everyone to join the Impact Service held each Sunday at 9:45 a.m., followed by regular worship services at 11:15 a.m. Bible class is held Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Anna Kresge United Methodist Church invites children, kindergarten age through middle school, to come to Kresge Kids each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Supper is provided. There is also a high school youth program as well. For more information, call 706-346-3100.

Rockmart First United Methodist Church invites the community to come out and join in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church located at 135 W. Church St. Sunday morning worship begins with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages, and an 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday night includes at 5 p.m. community meal on the last Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. Bible study and choir practice at 7 p.m. Weekly children’s events at the church include a 5:45 p.m. children and youth meal, 6:15 Children’s music and MYF, followed by L.I.F.E. at 6:54 p.m. All are invited to join in. Call Rev. Thomas Hall at 706-836-7378 or email tg.hall@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

Harmony Baptist Church, 882 Little Harmony Rd, Cedartown (Esom Hill area) invites everyone to attend their weekly Sunday morning Services. First Sunday morning service begins at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11 a.m.. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist church, Cedartown.

Shiloh Baptist Church would like to invite the community to come participate in worship services weekly at their sanctuary at 433 Shiloh Road. Join the church for Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. service or Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Jamie Newsome for more information at 404-425-8510.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is a non-denominational community who invites anyone looking to find the Holy Spirit within them to come join in worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Neil Hopper, along with Hispanic services as well to the community. Those interested in participating can join in at Cedar Lake Christian Center, located at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. For more information call 770-608-0651.

Join the Church of God of the Union Assembly, 32 Prospect Road, Rockmart, for praise and worship weekly. The church welcomes anyone to come and worship regularly on Sundays and Wednesdays as well. Praise and youth services are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, and services start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday following Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Call Pastor Jesse Starnes at 678-757-4572 for more information.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides opportunities to local residents interested in hearing the message of Jesus Christ. For more information about how you can speak to local Elders, contact 687-852-7497, or visit their meeting house at 10005 N. Main St., Cedartown for worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Do you have interest in studying the Bible and prophecies within? Contact Dr. Idel Suarez about a new study group being formed locally for serious scholars of the text. Contact him at 813-310-9350 for more information about how to participate and future meetings.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, hosts a genealogy group that meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights, except holidays. There are no fees for these sessions and they are open to anyone. Please bring all of your basic family history (if you have it) such as names, birth-dates/death dates of parents, grandparents, children, etc. Bring your laptop or tablet, if you have one. If not, we can still help. Questions? Contact us at 678-477-2861 and leave a message or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FamilyQuest42/

Clubs and Organizations

The Ferst Readers Community Action Team meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m., alternately in Cedartown and Rockmart. Call 404-862-1273 for the meeting location. Find out more about how to help improve childhood literacy in Polk County at ferstfoundation.org.

The Cedartown Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. for their weekly breakfast meeting and encourages members to join in and take part at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street in Cedartown. Those interested in joining the Optimist Club and help local youth organizations can contact Ronnie Dingler by email at nmvideo@bellsouth.net.

The Polk County Beekeepers are now meeting the second Thursday of each month at the Polk County College and Career Academy’s Cedartown High campus in the community room at 7 p.m. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit polkbees.com for more information.

Members are invited to join the Cedartown Exchange Club weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club for meetings and dinner. New members from across Polk County are encouraged to get involved by contacting club president-elect Edward Guzman at 770-546-2482 to take part in the organization that is involved in a wide range of community projects. Visit their website at cedartownexchangeclub.com to learn more. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Rotary Club of Polk County now meets weekly at Polk Medical Center’s conference room on Highway 278 for lunch at noon every Tuesday unless otherwise noted and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Kiwanis Club of Cedartown encourages members to take part in weekly meetings on Fridays at noon at the Cherokee County Club. Potential new members are asked to get in touch with Rhonda Heuer, Club Secretary at 770-748-1016 to learn more about how you can take part in making the community a better place. Annual dues are required for membership. Visit kiwanis.org to learn about the club.


The Sit and Stitch is back to sewing at Rockmart First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The group will meet the first and third Monday’s of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring any craft they choose or help with a ministry project this year. The group is making crochet or knitted caps for donation to Helping Hands. A pattern will be provided and the group has crafters who can help those in need of instruction. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee or tea provided. Any questions please call Madeline Brown 678-435-5032.

Have a hidden singing talent, or want to get back into a chorus? Lend your voice and take part in the Rockmart Community Chorus on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The choir is preparing for it’s Spring and Christmas concerts. Contact Debbie Miller, director, about taking part by calling 404-219-9572 or debbiebmiller@aol.com.

The Rockmart Cultural Arts Center’s Children’s Classes hosted by Margaret Bearden include monthly classes for children 3 to 6 years old on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. ($15 per child per class.) Bearden hosts Drawing and Painting classes for students seven to 12 years old on Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ($60 for 6 classes paid at first class, or $15 per.) Classes are also available on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for students 7 to 12 for Home School Mixed Media ($60 for 6 classes on first class, or $15 per) and Paint Parties are available as well. Contact Bearden at 770-500-4207 or by email at margaretbearden@gmail.com.

Pottery by Paul Craighead continues through the winter season at the RCAC, which includes Beginning Hand building on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Prices are $145 for 8 weeks. He also hosts an Open Studio for more advanced potters Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15 per class. 16 and up for all classes, but Age 8 and up if accompanied with a parent or approved by Craighead. Contact him at 770-843-5302 or by e-mail at rivoletti@netzero.net.

Learn Drawing and Painting at the RCAC with James Hill on Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. or other days if available. Ages 12 to adult, $90 for a six week class. Contact Hill at 770-355-1535 or by email at jhill2411@gmail.com

Take part in a bi-monthly class for adults influenced in arts and self-empowerment, HeARTS and SOUL at the RCAC. $20 per person, includes all supplies. Dates and times to be announced. Contact Donna Duff at 770-855-7767 or by email at ctwarts@gmail.com.

The RCAC is hosting Now and Then of Rockmart to provide students with help gaining an eye for seasonal and home decor. Classes are being planned for Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, but dates are to be determined based on interest. Contact Tina Lanier at 678-883-9300 or by email at thenandnowofrockmart@gmail.com.

Piano lessons are available from Madelyn Stringer through the RCAC on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 6 to adult, all skill levels. $15 per weekly half hour private session, or $25 for an hour. Contact Stringer at 678-988-4133 or by email at madelynaudrey2000@gmail.com.

Carla Redding is providing a variety of photography classes this winter at the RCAC, ranging from getting to know a camera and how to take good photos, to using professional level software like Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Additional outings are available as well. Contact Redding for prices and schedules at — 770-546-3943 or ctr7510@aol.com.

Beginning Yoga can help people gain greater flexibility and stregth while maintaining graceful movements. Learn from Ramona Camp for $12 for an hour long class on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. or Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m. Age 12 to adult, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Bring a mat, pillow, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing and get ready to stretch out at the RCAC! Contact Camp at 706-621-2306 or ramonacamp7@gmail.com to sign up!

Cedartown gets in holiday spirit for Candy Lane Christmas Parade

The Holiday season has arrived in Polk County, and Cedartown is transforming Main Street into Candy Lane for the 2019 Christmas Parade.

Come join the fun downtown at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 as thousands make their way downtown to celebrate with bands, fire trucks, floats and more going down Main Street.

The parade route will remain the same — starting at Marietta Street on South Main and coming to an end in the parking lot behind Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen on North Main Street.

Cedartown’s Christmas parade theme this year is “Candy Lane.”

This year, the parade moved from a Thursday night to a Saturday night. Parade organizers previously reported they moved the date back to allow for more people to take part and not feel rushed coming home from work. Expect traffic to close shortly before the parade on Main Street and re-open in the hours following.

Former City Clerk Carol Crawford will be this year’s grand marshal and Santa Claus will be the last one coming through downtown Cedartown during the annual event.

Crawford dedicated decades of service to the City of Cedartown as chief records keeper and secretary to the City’s many boards and committees. Crawford retired in September of 2019 with 27 years of employment at the City.

For those who stick to the “Candy Lane” theme for the 2019 parade, there’s a chance at prize money.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories and all entries will be judged based on the theme. Category one will be a church division with a $500 first place prize, a $300 second place prize and a $200 third place prize.

Category two will be an open division with a $500 first place prize, a $300 second place prize and a $200 third place prize.

Category three is “Most Outstanding” with only a first-place award of $500.

Note as well that a rain date of Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. has been selected. As of press time, the weather forecast called for cloudy skies but no great chance for wet weather ahead of Santa’s arrival in Cedartown.

Check online for additional weather updates and more at Polkstandardjournal.com leading up to the evening kickoff.