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The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on Wednesday, Oct. 11. 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 Oct. 25.

Pine Bower Baptist Church is holding their annual Homecoming Service this Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Special guests CrossTies is joining in the celebration, and lunched will be served at noon with a special Baptismal service in the creek following the day’s regular service. Pastor Roger Kiser invites all to attend at 100 Pine Bower Road.

The annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia will be making a stop once again in Polk County at Skydive Spaceland off Grady Road during their annual U.S. Bicycle Route 21 event. The ride is begins in Chattanooga on Friday and continues until Sunday where it will end in Atlanta. Riders will be at Skydive Spaceland on Saturday after making a journey from Summerville, and evening entertainment is scheduled as well. Check out brag.org for more information.

The fifth Sunday gospel singing at the Outreach Tabernacle in Muscadine, Ala., is coming up this Sunday, Sept. 30, featuring Mercy’s Grace from Carrollton, Christian Heritage from Douglasville and the Yarbroughs from Bremen. The event starts at 5 p.m. central at 1351 County Road 31, Muscadine, Ala. Free refreshments following, a love offering will be received for the singers. Call Pastor Rouzelle at 770-574-2585 or Howard at 678-925-0903 for details.

Brandy Harris and Lee Lundy are holding an acting technique class. The focus of the class will be to ground actors into a firm foundation and give them a solid technique to use for every role in which they play. We will be focusing specifically on the Meisner Technique which is rooted in the idea that each actor should “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” Both instructors have trained extensively in this technique. We will also have at least one surprise guest who will attend and do a workshop with the class. This class is for everyone who is looking to begin acting, or who is an actor looking for more serious training. The class will conclude in a scene showcase that will be performed at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center. Cost is $100/month. Classes run through Oct. 2-Dec. 18 and will continue after the new year at a date/time that works for members who join the class. Contact 770-608-8147 for details.

The Cedartown Sole Mates Introductory Line Dance Classes continue this Thursday, Sept. 28, and continue on the following Thursdays 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.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church invites the community to come celebrate a big anniversary for one of their own. Bro. Earl Partain Sr. is being honored for his first sermon in October 1967, and will be gathering on this Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, located at 840 Doyle Road in Cedartown. Dinner will be provided. For details contact 770-841-3494.

Next weekend come out and celebrate with Downtown Cedartown for the 40th annual Fall Festival. The day starts at 9 a.m. on Main Street with the Shriner’s Parade to start at 10 a.m., and the dog contest at 11 a.m. Live entertainment will be here throughout the day. Call 770-748-2090 for more information, or see this week’s story in the full edition of the Standard Journal.

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. Planning meetings are coming up on Sept. 12 and Oct. 3 for those interested in participating at 6:30 p.m. each night at The Avenue restaurant on East Avenue in Cedartown.

The Polk County Foster Parent Association are inviting local golfers to take part in an upcoming tournament to help raise money for local foster children and youth in DFCS custody via the FPA. Signup costs are $400 for a team of 4, $100 for an individual and $100 for a hole sponsor being held at the Cedar Valley Golf Course on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Door prizes and food are included in the tournament. Contact Danyel Fontenot at 678-988-5819.

The Eastside Elementary School’s annual Fall Festival is coming up in the month of October, 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 Polk County Police Department and Dr. Mark Wall are teaming up with Blood Assurance to host a drive in the coming weeks on 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. Blood donations will go to help provide a supply to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas due to the loss of many of their facilities. Visit bloodassurance.org or call Andy Anderson at the Polk County PD at 770-748-7331.

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

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.

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.

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. 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 following in the hospital cafeteria. For details 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 details 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 two 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 County Division of Family and Children Services office, located at 100 County Loop Road in Cedartown. Information sessions are held to explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in the state of Georgia. For details 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 non-profit 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.

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 for more information or visit the Narconon website at DrugAbuseSolution.com.