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The 13th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk and Celebration is coming up on Monday, Jan. 15, 218 starting at 1:30 p.m., with the walk set to start at the corner of Thompson and Rock Street and continue down to Polk County Courthouse No. 2. Guest Speaker Rev. Sam Mosteller, candidate for Superintendent of Schools for the state, and special guest and host St. Luke Baptist Church and Rev, Khryi Rogers, will be on hand. Hot chili will be served at the Turner Street Center following the walk. The annual walk is organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Organization of Cedartown.

This Saturday, Jan. 6, Keep Polk Beautiful invites everyone to bring their Christmas tree to the Polk/Haralson Christian Center at 3900 Antioch Road, Cedartown, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tree seedlings, free flower packets, and a free petting zoo provided by The Cook Farm will be on site for the event.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on Wednesday, Jan. 10 after the start of the new year. Head over to the organization’s office at 608 Adamson Road, Cedartown, on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill out an admission and prepay for the surgery. Those wanting more information can call 678-361-7304 for more information. Vaccines and tests are available for extra cost as well. The next pickup date is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2018.

The next spaghetti dinner at the American Legion Post 12 will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5 all-you-can-eat. Best $5 meal anywhere.

A food pantry is open to those in need at God’s Storehouse at 508 McKibben Road past New Beginnings Church on Tuesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For emergency assistance call 404-859-2096 or 770-318-6991, or get in touch with the food bank at 470-774-7265.

Order T-shirts now through the Polk County Police Department to help raise funds for the trust of Isaac Hearne. Contact 770-748-7331 to find out more details.

Also selling T-shirts is Sherry Anderson, with the next order being finalized today. Call the City of Aragon 770-684-6563, or through Anderson directly at 678-901-2065 for more information.

Mark your calendars now for Feb. 10 for the Cedartown Optimist Club’s Ham and Egg Day at the Goodyear Recreation Center at 108 Prior St. Tickets are $7.50 each. Money raised goes to the development of local youth groups. Tickets can be purchased from a Cedartown Optimist Club member, or at the door.

A Winter Bazaar is coming to the Cherokee Golf and Country Club in Cedartown on Feb. 24 at 150 Club Drive from 8 a.m. to noon. Items for sale will include jewelry, baked and canned goods, wardrobe accessories and home decor. Vendor applications are being accepted, but a limited number of tables are for rent. Reserve a 60-inch round table for $20, or a 36-inch square table for $10. Call Cory Huskins at 770-853-1925 for more information now.

Save the Date now and get involved today in the Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase, the business community expo and resource fair that is back and better than ever. Visit polkgeorgia.com, e-mail info@polkgeorgia.com or call 770-684-8760 for more on how to take part.

The Paris Mountain Bridal Show is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 3 being hosted at Sweet Meadows Farms at 111 Beech Creek Road in Tallapoosa. The event includes a free tour of the farm, food tastings, wedding professionals, swag bags, door prizes and more. The free event goes from 1 to 5 p.m.

Polk County Beekeepers will be hosting a free one day Intro to Beekeeping Class on Saturday, Jan. 13 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cedartown Library. Please call 678-988-0966 or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees/intro-to-beekeeping-class for more info.

In charge of community relations at your local church? The Polk County Chamber of Commerce would like very much to talk to you. They are presently in the process of organizing an updated directory of area houses of worship in the community and are hoping for the help of those organizers who want to get their information to as many people as possible. E-mail Mandy Mallicoat at mmallicoat@polkgeorgia.com or call 770-684-8760 for more information about being included in their updated church directory.

Applications for will be taken starting Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, for assistance with power bills from the Rockmart-Aragon United Fund in the Rockmart Municipal Complex at 214 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart, from opening hours until 2 p.m. Only those Rockmart-area (including Aragon and East Polk) Georgia Power customers seeking help can apply, and are required to bring their most recent power bill and social security cards for all members of a household including children. Applicants must show up in person to request information and fill out forms. Bills must be 10 days past due and have at least two charges on them before being considered. Rules and guidelines will be followed, and there is no guarantee of help for Rockmart area customers, but the organization will consider all applicants from the Rockmart area.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, Georgia, 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/

The Sit ’n Stitch crafters group meet each Wednesday except the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch, a project of your own, or help out with a mission project and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. No special skills are required. For details contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. after the holiday break. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for details about vendors and upcoming classes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are providing 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.

The Ferst Foundation 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 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 includes cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, healthcare and more. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 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.

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 Polk County Beekeepers meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cedartown Library, 245 East Ave. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.

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.

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 please 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.

Join Paul Craighead at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center gallery for weekly pottery classes. They are held Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $15 each, and $12 for a Thursday class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Materials are included in the cost of the classes. Call Paul Craighead at 770-843-5302 with questions. Registration will be open at the beginning of classes.

Celebrate Recovery continues to meet in the First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St., on Monday nights with dinner at 6 p.m. A large group gathers at 7 p.m., and small share group gathers at 8 p.m.

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.

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.

On Nov. 1, 2017, Tallatoona CAP began accepting appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Senior Households 65 and older and Homebound Households. Appointments for the General Public began Dec. 1, 2017. Appointments will be provided on a first-come first-served basis until assistance funds are exhausted. Polk County residents who qualify will receive either $310.00 or $350.00 toward their heating bill (heating source). To schedule an appointment or to request a homebound appointment, visit our website at www.tallatoonacap.org and click BookNow, or call the office at 770-817-4666.

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.

Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States with heroin and other opiates being the largest contributor. Don’t let a love one struggle with addiction. They do not have to be alone. Narconon can help. Visit narcononnewliferetreat.org/drug-rehab/ or call 1-800-431-1754 for help today.