The cold winter will eventually come to an end and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service is working with the Master Gardeners of Floyd County and the Rome/Floyd Yards and gardens Development team to conduct a series of special planting workshops.

The first big event will be the Arbor Day program, Friday February 16 along the trail behind State Mutual Stadium. Groups are planning to plant 200 trees along the trail. The local Rotary clubs are major supporters of that event as well. The program will begin at 11 a.m.

During the month of march, a pruning demonstration program is set for Saturday March 3 at the Rome Civic Center from noon until 2 p.m. Extension agent Keith Mickler and Rome arborist Terry Paige will lead that program.

March 24, a program to help design gardens for pollinators will be held at Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home from noon until 2 p.m. led by Ginny Word with the Floyd County Master Gardeners.

For additional information, contact Mickler at the Extension office, 706-295-6210.

AARP Tax-Aides doing their thing

Volunteer tax-aides are once again helping Rome and Floyd County residents file their 2017 tax returns.

This year, the American Association of Retired Persons program has seven trained volunteers who will assist residents at the Rome-Floyd County Library on Mondays and Saturdays, and at the Charles C. Parker Center at Etowah Park on Wednesdays

The volunteers will be at the library on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They will be at the Parker Center on Wednesdays from 1 -4 p.m. The service will continue through the April 16 filing deadline.

Last year, eight volunteers helped 114 taxpayers file 961 federal returns and 959 state returns.

Program coordinator Gordon Leiter said taxpayers need to bring their 2016 return and all of the paperwork for the 2017 return. Photo ID’s for taxpayers and Social Security cards for everyone on the return are also required.

Barnsley Resort offering complimentary activities for women

 The Barnsley Resort between Rome, Kingston and Adairsville will be offering a number of free activities to help celebrate International Women’s Day March 8.

Complimentary golf and clay sporting lessons for women will be available on that date.

Shoot & Swing in the South  will feature opportunities for ladies to learn on  the Jim Fazio-designed championship course at Barnsley beginning at 3:00 p.m. Head professional Chase Rutledge will supervise the golf program.

The sporting clay clinic will begin at 10 a.m. with Skip Smith, a National Sporting Clays certified instructor guiding the women on the proper way to fire and shatter flying clay targets.

Barnsley has supported women’s empowerment year round with its Annie Get Your Fun package, specifically created for women looking to strengthen their shooting skills. Each session is limited to 15 women.

For additional information email 

jody.jones@barnsleyresort.com or call 770.773.2457.