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Join the Polk County Police Department to honor the memory of Det. Kristen Hearne at a blood drive this coming Tuesday. The police department and Dr. Mark Wall are teaming up with Blood Assurance to host a drive in the this coming Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners meeting room at the Polk County Police Department. Those who donate will be eligible for a drawing for two winners of a $100 prize, and potentially more. Want more information? Visit bloodassurance.org or call Andy Anderson at the Polk County PD at 770-748-7331.

The annual State of the Community address is coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a focus on the state of government, industrial development, workforce and education and the state of service at In the Woods in Rockmart. Tickets are $25 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Contact the Polk County Chamber of Commerce for tickets and more information at polkgeorgia.com or by calling 770-684-8760.

Rockmart’s annual Riverwalk Festival on the Euharlee is coming up in Oct. 21. Visit rockmart-ga.gov for more information about how to sign up to become a vendor and to participate in festivities.

Taylorsville Baptist Church, 19 Church St., Taylorsville, will hold their fall revival starting on Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and continues from Oct. 23 through 25 at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest evangelist, Rusty Womack, Pastor of Lost Mountain Baptist Church, will be preaching. Special music will be presented each service.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will be on coming up tonight, Oct. 18. The meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5, all-you-can-eat. Trivia with Tom and Betty starts at 6 p.m. All money raised go to Veteran and children programs.

The first Aragon Chili Cook-off is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Tom Pittman Field, located at 105 Prospect Road. Enter your best chili or to sign up as a vendor call Jess at 770-896-1165 or visit Aragon City Hall to fill out a form and pay a $10 setup fee. A cash prize of $100 goes to the Judge’s Choice chili, with a trophy for People’s Choice and Showmanship. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4.

The Cedartown First United Methodist Church is holding a Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free to the public. The church is located at 201 Wissahickon Ave., Cedartown.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on Wednesday, Oct. 25. 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 available is Nov. 8.

The Bellview Baptist Church Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Games, inflatables, hayrides, candy, popcorn and more. The festival is free. The church is located at 2333 N. Bellview Road, Rockmart.

Homecoming services are being held at First Baptist Church of Cedartown on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m., with guest speaker Jon Anderson. Lunch to follow in the Bob Holcombe Family Life Center. All are invited to participate.

New Harmony Baptist Church presents Judgment House 2017 on Oct. 25 through Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in a journey from life to death and into eternity to show how choices made in life can lead to infinite consequences. The event is free on all three nights. Make a reservation by calling 706-340-2513. The church is located at 951 Prior Station Road, Cedartown.

The first ever Trunk or Treat event is coming up at the Polk County Police Department, located at 73 Clines Ingram Jackson Road in Cedartown on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come join the fun at the department while officers hand out candy from the trunks of their police cruisers.

The First Baptist Church of Cedartown is holding a church Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in the church parking lot. The event is open to the public.

Tickets are on sale now for a barbecue fundraiser to donate to the family of Detective Kristen Hearne of the Polk County Police Department. The barbecue will be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Polk County Police Department, 73 Cline Ingram Jackson Drive in Cedartown. Tickets can be purchased from the Aragon Police Department, through Jada Campbell Edwards at the City of Rockmart, Kattie Trammell with the Polk County Emergency Management Agency and ALLSTAR Motors in Rockmart. Sosebee, Beth White and Richelle Barber Dodd are also selling tickets as well ahead of the barbecue itself. Find the trio on Facebook for more information.

A raffle will be held on Oct. 25 to draw for the winner of a custom made knife and sheath produced by Alex Hazell of Hazel Bladesmithing and Forge. Those interested in participating can purchase tickets for $5 each, or 5 for $20 at facebook.com/hazellforge.

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.

Have a fundraising event for the Hearne family? Email kmyrick@npco.com or call 770-748-1520 to share how people can donate to your efforts.

In charge of community relations at your local church? The Polk County Chamber of Commerce wants to talk to you. They are organizing an updated directory of 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.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is being held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center in Calhoun. Special guest speaker for the meeting is Deputy Director Rusty Haygood of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Coosa Valley Regional Services is holding their monthly board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in their main office in Rome at 3 Riverside Industrial Parkway NE. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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 Cedartown Sole Mates Introductory Line Dance Classes continue this Thursday through the next few weeks. The classes are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Senior Center at 605 Lynton Drive (Northwest Park) in Cedartown. There is no charge for the classes and you do not have to be a senior to participate. After the last class, participants are encouraged to join in our regular classes. If you miss the first class, we can help you catch up. For details call Helen Keefer at 770-749- 1962.

Get out to the Polk County Extension Service’s annual twice-weekly vegetable market before the of the month of October to get fresh produce from local farmers. Market vendors gather 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.

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. from now through Thanksgiving. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for details about vendors and upcoming classes.

Tickets are on sale now for a Veteran’s Day concert in Cedartown. Visit Cedartownshows.com for more information to find out how to purchase tickets now for event being held at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center on Nov. 11. Prices are $12 in advance and $16 at the door. Free admission for all veterans and active duty personnel.

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.

Please join in the festivities coming up for the Cedartown High School Class of 1977’s 40-year reunion coming up on Saturday, Oct. 21. Please visit the reunion’s website www.chs1977reunion.com for registration and details, or contact Patty D. Tillery at 770-748- 9038.

The Eastside Elementary School’s annual Fall Festival is coming up this month, and promises to provide plenty of fun for the whole community. It’ll feature a spooky science night, representatives from the Rockmart Fire and Police Departments and Redmond Regional Medical Center, plus inflatable play areas, a petting zoo, hayrides, carnival games, cake walk and more. Wristbands are on sale with unlimited access to games, inflatables and most activities. Food and drink will be on sale with cash only available with Chick-fil-A, Timbo’s Smokehouse and others participating. Call the school at 770-684-5335.

The Cedartown Optimist Club selling the Turkey Raffle tickets for $1 each and in a giveaway of 15 turkeys this year. Those interested purchase tickets from any Optimist Club member, with all proceeds go to the development of our youth. Ticket sales end with the raffle drawing on Nov. 16.

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, 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.

Cedartown Supper Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Held at 71 Woodall Road. 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 about the supper club call 678-901-9184.

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 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.

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