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This week is Rockmart and Polk County's annual celebration of all things local and summer, the Homespun Festival. Check out more information about the 40th anniversary of this year's event at polkgeorgia.com, learn about this year's sponsor Redmond Regional Medical Center, or find out how to take part in the July 21 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and July 22 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The festival organized by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce includes the Homespun 5K Race, the Kiwanis Car Show, and find out more about weather alerts and pet policy at the festival. Questions? Call Mandy Mallicoat at 770-684-8760.

An Adult Field Day is coming up this weekend on Saturday at the old Rockmart High School football field behind city hall. Food, fun games music and more in team and individual events. $5 for adults, $3 for children. Call Tandra McClure at 706-844-7867 or Demarcus James at 972-623-7691for more information.

Mount Tabor Baptist Church located at 3068 Old Alabama Road; Taylorsville wraps up Vacation Bible School which ends this week on July 21, with nightly classes continuing from 7 to 9 p.m.. Classes are provided for all ages. Supper will be served each night at 6 p.m. Commencement Service will be conducted Sunday, July 23 beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend as we learn about “GOD’S FAMILY." For more information contact Pastor Brent Edwards at 770-715-6167.

The 4 the Kids Consignment Sale to benefit Victory Baptist Church's Stockings of Love Ministry will be held on Friday, August 4 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall and winter clothing, shoes, toys, accessories, bedding, infant equipment, most anything for children and teens will be available at reasonable prices. A half-price sale begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. from now through Thanksgiving. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for more information about vendors and upcoming classes.

Polk County Police Office Andy Anderson is hoping the local community will help raise money for the Helping Hands Food Pantry by purchasing raffle tickets for a Rivergrille Rustler 40-inch vertical smoker. The drawing for the raffle has been extended to Aug. 1 to allow more people to purchase tickets. Single tickets are $2, or 3 for $5. Contact Anderson at the Polk County PD at 770-748-7331, or stop by the office at 73 Cline Ingram Jackson Road in Cedartown, or at the Polk County Sheriff's Office today. Sales are now closing at the end of the month.

The Little Mission House offers free adult and kid size clothing, diapers, and baby supplies to families in need. It is located at 2330 N. Bellview Road, Rockmart, across from Bellview Baptist Church. They will be open again on July 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information you can call 770-684-3941 or check out www.bellviewchurch.org.

Help out the Polk County State Special Olympics team with their efforts to raise money by stopping by their produce stand in downtown Cedartown today. The stand - located at One Door Polk at 424 N. Main St., Cedartown - provides a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale with the proceeds going to support their practice costs, jerseys, and competition fees to compete at the State Special Olympics Masters Bowling competition in Warner Robbins in August. The stand is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and run by local volunteers. Call 706-302-0462 for more information.

The Cedartown Band Boosters are getting their football program guides ready for the coming season, and remind the general public that those wishing to buy advertising space in the 2017 Bulldog Football program need to submit money and the ad no later than July 28. Contact Carolyn Peek at Cadertown@gmail.com, Alinda Dawson at adwson.evergreen@gmail.com or Misty Puckett at misty@mtetravel.com.

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 of provide free civil legal services to persons with low incomes. This includes cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, and more. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next date will be in July. Check back for more updates.

AARP is organizing a Driver's Safety Class in Cedartown starting on July 20 at the First Baptist Church. This class-room-only course will cover a variety of driving areas. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. All ages are welcome. Those interested should contact Gloria Brown 404-558-5255 for more information, or email gbrownga99@aol.com.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on Wednesday, July 26. 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.

A night of song is coming up at the Outreach Tabernacle at 1351 County Road 31, Muscadine, Ala. on Saturday, July 29 at 5 p.m. central. The evening's performers include Sacrifice of Rossville, Ga. and the Yarbroughs of Bremen. Free refreshments and $50 will go to whoever brings the most in attendance. Contact Pastor Rouzelle Sanders at 770-712-1032 for more information.

Dylan's Chance will soon be hosting the second annual THRIVE conference being held at One Door Polk in Cedartown on Saturday, July 29. THRIVE is a one day event where Autism caregivers can connect with others and learn how to help their children whether new to this journey or are needing encouragement. A variety of topics will be covered, and Dr. Chris Meiners, a chiropractor of Canton Wellness Center will be the main speaker. Visit Dlyanschance.org for more information.

Signups are underway now for the Celebrity Dance Challenge 5K Walk/Run being held on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The 7 p.m. race is being held to raise money for Team Tuck for the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge, which benefits the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. Visit Studio Fit for registration forms or Cedartown Insurance Agency, or call Gwen Tuck at 770-630-1270 or e-mail gtuck62@aol.com.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will coming up tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad for $5, all you can eat. This is open to the public. Trivia with Tom and Betty starts at 6 p.m. Participate for a chance to win free a dinner. Bring friends and enjoy the fun.

The Polk County Alzheimer's 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 following in the hospital 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 during their Family day on Sunday, Aug. 13. 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 12 p.m. at the Cedartown Library 245 East Ave. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For more information email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.

Cedartown First Baptist Church will hold their Fall Kickoff celebration during a two-day event starting on Saturday, Aug. 19 with a Tailgating party starting at 4 p.m., and worship with Dr. Daniel Heeringa, pastor of First Baptist Church of Houston, Texas. Following on Sunday, Aug. 20, there will be a 9 a.m. breakfast in the fellowship hall, worship services headed by Dr. Heeringa at 11 a.m. and a 6 p.m. concert with The LeFevre Quartet. Admission is free, all are invited to attend. A love offering will be taken up. Visit fbccedartown.org for more information or call 770-748-3120.

The Polk County Extension Service’s annual twice-weekly vegetable market has begun. Find fresh veggies and fruits on hand from vendors on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Peek's Park in Cedartown. Call the extension office at 770-749-2142 for more information or to learn how to participate.

Cedartown Supper Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Held at 71 Woodall Rd. Seventh-day Adventist Church. Enjoy a vegetarian supper and participate in a lecture on healthy, happy living. Free and for all ages. Each evening provides a different menu and lecture topic. For more information call 678-901-9184.

Victory Baptist Church’s Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open to help those in need. 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 2 IDs per address. Regular hours of operation for the pantry 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 Co. Department of Family and Children Services office, located at 100 County Loop Rd. in Cedartown. Information Sessions are held to explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in the state of Georgia. For more information please call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or e-mail 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 open at the beginning of classes.

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

Victory Baptist Church will be hosting their annual Stockings of Love Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Visit their website at www.vbcrockmart.com for more information.

The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group in Polk meets the first Monday of each month at First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St. The facilitator is April Williams. For more information call 770-546-5188.

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 3rd 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 information, contact aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

The Sit N’ Stitch craft group at Rockmart First United Methodist Church is taking a summer break and won't be meeting again until after the Labor Day holiday. Contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032 for more information.

Soup and “Savior”, a local non-profit organization, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to provide needed items to deserving people. Find more info in the calendar online at Polkstandardjournal.com

Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia’s foster care system. Sessions are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia office in Rome, located at 336 Broad Street. For more information, contact aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. Call 800-431-1754 or visit the Narconon website at DrugAbuseSolution.com.