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Santa comes to town: Rockmart holds annual Christmas parade

Downtown Rockmart saw a flurry of snow and a visit from Santa thanks to the annual Rockmart Christmas Parade making its way through town. Citizens lined the streets as both new and classic floats passed by, and while there were dozens gathered around him, Santa made time for any and all.

Locals knew the parade had reached them once Rockmart Mayor Stephen Miller zipped by, and the various other floats followed close behind. Groups such as Boy Scout Troop 17, the bands of Rockmart and Cedartown High School, Chick-Fil-A of Rockmart, Polk County 4-H, the Rotary Club, Bojangle’s, Calvary Baptist Church, Isaac Streetman and the Rocktown Revival, and many others participated with decorations, costumes, and music.

While awards are offered to the floats deemed above and beyond, the official list of winners was not immediately revealed. The prize, typically between $500 and $150 depending on placement, is given out in two different categories including a church category and a school/club/non-profit category. Stay tuned for the results.

The lighting of the Christmas tree also naturally returned this year, and for the first time ever, the city prepared a snow machine that covered the tree, the street, and any nearby citizens. Many children could be seen playing in and around it, and Santa was surrounded on all sides by those young and old.

The parade, and events like it, help to benefit the economy of downtown Rockmart. Many of the businesses there were eager to get into the holiday spirit with later hours and holiday themed decorations, so citizens got to shop even later than usual.

Many businesses such as Now and Then, The Perch on Marble, Sherman Ross State Farm Insurance in Rockmart, Rockmart Florist, and Southern Traditions helped to sponsor the return of Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 for pictures.

Additional parade photos, event information, and city details can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/rcac.ga/ and https://www.rockmart-ga.gov/.

Those who enjoyed the event owe special thanks to the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center, the City of Rockmart, and the other entities who helped to put the parade on.

Standard Journal receives first batch of Letters to Santa

The opening batch of Letters to Santa came into the office this past week at deadline, and because we want to give every child an opportunity to have St. Nick, we’ve extended the timing a bit. Schools have until Tuesday, December 10 to finish up their letters and parents and children who can get them into the office or by email to kmyrick@polkstandardjournal.net by Friday, December 13 will get to see theirs in the upcoming Dec. 18 edition! For now, check out this year’s Letters to Santa in this week’s edition starting on Page A5 of the paper.

Cedartown's Christmas Parade a sweet time for all

It was a sweet time in downtown Cedartown as the annual Christmas parade turned Main Street into Candy Lane for an evening over the weekend.

Former City Clerk Carol Crawford headed up the annual parade this past Saturday evening, and Santa brought up the end for the annual event with the theme of “Candy Lane” this year.

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.

This year’s parade winners included the overall 2019 champion The HON Company. In the church category, first place went to New Hope Church and second went to Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The open division winners included first place for the Bold and Beautiful Red Hatters, Polk County Superior Court in second and the Girl Scouts in third.

New Hope’s float won the church a $500 prize, and a $300 for Ebenezer Baptist’s second place.

The most outstanding float for The HON Company won a $500 prize as well. Open division winners took home a $500 first place, $300 second place and third place $200 prize for the year.

This year’s parade also offered up several new additions, including a live rolling concert of Christmas rock classics from Isaac Streetman and the Rocktown Revival. Parade goers also had the option of keeping up with the SEC Championship game on the wall of the Standard Journal offices on Main Street during the event, courtesy of the City of Cedartown.

Cedartown’s Saturday evening event wrapped up the week of early celebrations of the holiday season, which also included Rockmart’s parade on Thursday evening and their first ever Unwrap the Joy of Christmas event in downtown during the day on Saturday and with select merchants on Sunday.

Polk County announces inaugural Citizen of the Year award winner

Something as simple as stopping to provide roadside aid was reason enough to showcase a local resident in the inaugural Citizen of the Year award ceremony.

The new award — a concept brought to the Polk County Commission by Polk County Police Officer Andy Anderson — was given out during the December work session of the board to local resident Ashly Ray.

Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey explained that Ray was selected for the award for not only helping out in Polk County, but more specifically helping out a county employee. She found an employee with a flat tire on the side of Highway 27 north of Cedartown and decided to stop and help.

“She attacked it and tried everything she could to get the tire off,” Hulsey said.

Hulsey added the employee didn’t want to be named, but also provided their thanks for the efforts to help.

The County provided Ray with a plaque for the inaugural award, and Great Clips of Rockmart also acted as a sponsor and chipped in a $100 Amazon gift card. Ray thanked all for the gift and the honor.

“What you did to help was remarkable,” Commissioner Gary Martin said during the December work session presentation. “The Citizen of the Year is meant to award someone for helping the county or a county employee, and do good deeds. That was a good deed.”

Nominations are opening up in January for the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award, to be due by October. Those who want to forward names for consideration should contact Anderson at the Polk County Police Department at 770-748-7331.

Tower spaces coming together for county radio system upgrade

A new radio communication system for public safety is moving along to the next step in the process and will likely commit the Polk County Commission to a special called session later this month as they firm up sites for new radio towers across the county.

Unanimous votes from commissioners passed six different agreements for the new APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) standard P25 mission critical public safety communications system.

Three tower sites agreements were approved by the board for local use, plus an agreement with Bartow County to setup a repeater tower site that’ll connect with the Cobb County radio system core as part of a larger regional network.

Commissioners also approved the agreement with Cobb County to become part of the core. It comes at no cost to the county for that part of the network.

The tower sites include one already agreed upon by the Polk County Water Authority in a special called session they had before the Thanksgiving holiday week. They approved the county to use a portion of property they use in the Taylorsville area.

A second tower site will go up near the City of Rockmart’s water tower as well. That antenna will not be attached to the water tower itself, but to a self-supporting monopole that will get the radio antenna to the correct height for better coverage, County Manager Matt Denton explained after Commissioner Scotty Tillery sought more information on this scope of the project.

Previously the county’s radio system did utilize the water tower with an antenna on top.

“There is limited space on top of the mountain, and they don’t have room up there for a self-supporting tower,” Denton said. “This will get them up to the elevation they need.”

A third site was also approved for the Rocky Hollow Road area near the Georgia-Alabama state lines. That agreement was made with Value Concepts, and will provide a completely new tower site for the county’s radio system.

When the county installs the radio system, they won’t have a direct line of sight for microwave communications between Cobb and Polk due to the terrain between the two areas. A tower with a microwave link pointing toward Cobb and Polk setup in Bartow County will allow signals to pass around the hills between the core network in Cobb, and local public safety officials.

Though equipment and installation costs are part of the overall bill for the radio system on this tower, no additional costs are anticipated other than what the county will already have to pay in system maintenance costs. Denton said because they will only be using the site to link from Cobb to Polk, the agreement did not include additional payments required by the county.

Cobb County’s core radio network for the P-25 system was additionally paid for through Federal dollars according to Denton and Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey, who explained that no costs will be incurred upon the county for its use as well.

“We’ve checked into this several times,” Hulsey said.

One final agreement is expected to get the county through any issues they might have during the final months the old system is in place. Though they have not yet approved a contract with Motorola, they’ll continue to use Diversified Electronics to handle maintenance on equipment until the new system is up and running. Diversified through Motorola will remain the maintenance contractor of choice for the county’s new radio system once it is installed.

However, that comes down to the agreement being approved by the County Commission.

As of mid-November, the system is slated to cost a total of $6.8 million if approved by the county, which will include a final price that provides municipalities, the Polk School District’s Police Department, and others who require the use of the new digital radio system handheld radios that can be used countywide.

That doesn’t include another 10-year, $3 million-plus maintenance agreement with Motorola to cover replacement, upgrades and repairs to the system. Slight increases over the 10-year agreement annually are factored into the total maintenance cost price.

Denton explained that the contract would run through the end of the 2020 calendar year, but is being paid on a monthly basis in terms of the county’s expense. He said he was unsure whether they would prorate any billings toward the cost of maintenance on the new system if it is up and running by the end of the 2020.

“Once we go live, there will be no more agreements with Diversified except for maintenance on already existing third-party items,” Denton said.

He explained that would include items like Diversified being responsible for sending out crews to handle tower maintenance and inspections twice a year. Other maintenance items that he said are trying to be negotiated to lower costs are via inspection of specific maintenance items the county can handle itself.

For instance, regular maintenance and repairs of heating and air systems for each radio tower’s equipment buildings can be handled by the county, as well as regular upkeep of the grounds around each tower and building repairs they can do themselves.

Commissioners will likely be coming back for a special called session later this month to decide on a contract with Motorola, along with several items that were tabled due to more information needed during a long December 3 session of the board.

Redmond EMS remains provider for Polk County

A renewed agreement approved by the Polk County Commission will keep Redmond EMS as the sole provider of local ambulance service for the next 10 years.

Commissioners voted unanimously minus an abstention from Chuck Thaxton to approve the new contract between Redmond EMS and the county during their December session and continue the service through 2029.

Redmond EMS Service Director Marty Robinson said the organization was thankful for continuing the service agreement.

“We are ecstatic to continue our service in Polk County,” he said. “Our crews have enjoyed being there for the past 10 years, and they look forward to continue to serving the community.”

Only minor changes were required to the agreement first drafted in 2009 to turn over the county-run service to Redmond EMS. Robinson said that included language that moved personnel from the county to Redmond, and minor changes like the start date of the new agreement moving up to December rather than the fiscal year’s start in July.

Redmond EMS in the past years have upgraded stations, increased the amount of services provided by personnel like their Mobile Integrated Health Program to help those with chronic illnesses avoid trips to the emergency room with regular checkups from staff, and increased technology inside of ambulances that help patients receive immediate treatment during cardiac events.

Polk County has a trio of 24 hour stations in Cedartown, next door to the Polk County Jail and in Rockmart with five ambulance crews providing service to the community by Redmond EMS currently. They additionally have another 12-hour station and crew to help during busy hours of the day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fish Creek Fire Station.

Redmond EMS has also in past years increased their involvement in community relations, making donations of AEDs for Polk County facilities and taking part in mentoring programs in local schools, as well as getting involved in training efforts for public safety as well.

“We’re honored the county chose to trust us with their EMS service for the future,” Robinson said. “We’ll continue to provide good service and continue our relationship with Polk County.”

Commissioners briefly discussed the renewal agreement before they approved it during their December 3 session. County Attorney Brad McFall did note that a confidentiality clause within the contract was unenforceable, since it can be subject to an Open Records request.

Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, December 11, 2019 edition

Come enjoy the story of the birth of Jesus for the Rockmart Presbyterian Church’s annual Live Nativity Christmas Pageant being held on on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. each night outside the church. The church is located at 306 S. Marble St., Rockmart.

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 Dec. 14 before the holiday season.

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!