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Severe Weather Preparedness Week coming up in Polk

Although Polk County has some of the most delightful weather in the nation year-round, it is also vulnerable to a wide variety of natural disasters including severe weather.

During Severe Weather Preparedness Week coming up on February 3 through 7, Polk County’s Emergency Management Agency wants local residents to learn about possible severe weather threats and how to prepare for them.

Each day during this week has a different focus on a severe weather event or natural disaster that could hit the area, and what steps need to be taken to ensure that people are safe during and in the aftermath of events.

On Monday, the focus is family preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Day.

Residents should ask themselves “If a disaster struck, would your family know how to respond? What if your family got separated?”

If residents was unable to answer these questions with a positive response they are encouraged to sit down with their families to determine or even review if a plan is already in place on how they will communicate with each other, where they would go and what they would do in the event in a disaster or emergency situation.

In addition to sitting down with family members to prepare and plan for a disaster or emergency, people are encouraged to purchase a NOAA Weather Radio which are the most reliable way to learn about severe weather when watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.

A low-cost weather radio is always a good investment to keep safe. Weather radios are available for purchase from many local businesses.

People are also encouraged to sign up for the Polk County CodeRED by going to the Polk County government website and click on the CodeRED banner. Signup links can also be found on Facebook, and if any resident has any questions about signing up for CodeRED they can contact Polk County Fire and Emergency Management Agency anytime Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM by calling (770) 748-3439.

Weather alerts are issued as needed by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City

Tuesday’s focus is on thunderstorm safety. Thunderstorms are no stranger to residence in Polk County and they should not be misjudged. These storm can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding.

People need to remember that when a thunderstorm strikes to tie down loose outdoor items before severe thunderstorms. All outdoor activities should be postponed for 30 minutes after each clap of thunder they hear.

The focus Wednesday is on Tornado safety. Tornadoes are some of nature’s most violent storm that can reach over 250 mph.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted on the ground, or strong rotation has been witnessed on Doppler radar.

It’s important for everyone in the family to know the safest place to go during a tornado, you should take shelter immediately on the lowest flood in a sturdy building or a interior room on the lowest floor possible. Do not seek shelter under a highway overpass, in a car, or in a mobile home.

Also, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday (weather permitting) there will be a statewide tornado drill. In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday the statewide tornado drill will be moved to Friday, Feb. 8. So far, the forecast calls for chances of showers that far out but no specific stormy weather that would cause for a delay.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to practice what they would do in the event a Tornado Warning is issued. Schools in Polk County will also be conducting a tornado drill on Feb. 6.

Weather alerts are issued as needed by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The Thursday focus is on Lightning safety, and how to keep safe during less than ideal conditions during a thunderstorm and the need to keep property safe with lighting rods.

On Friday the focus is on Flood Safety. Nearly half of all flood-related deaths occur when people drive into floodwaters and their automobiles are swept away. Flooding deaths are the leading cause of death caused by severe weather.

It only takes 2 feet of water to sweep most vehicles off the roadway.

When you come up on a closed roadway, or a roadway that is impassible due to water over the roadway remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” Protect your important documents from flooding by making copies and placing them in a sealed waterproof container.

During an emergency, every resident’s first priority should be the safety of themselves, their families and their property. Once secure, there is almost always a need for Emergency Volunteers.

After a storm or other severe weather occurrence, volunteer firefighters may be needed to help with disaster recovery, removal of downed trees, and many other tasks.

Polk County Fire & Emergency Management provides annual training for volunteer firefighters — and this team supports the efforts of official personnel before, during and after the emergency.

For more information on volunteering or any other question regarding sever weather or emergency preparedness, any resident may call the Polk County Fire and Emergency Management Headquarters anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 770-748-3439. The Polk County Emergency Management Agency is a department of the Polk County Board of Commissioners, and serves all of Polk County including the City of Cedartown, Rockmart, and Aragon.


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Chamber celebrates local business with annual Member Appreciation Breakfast

A morning meal was enjoyed at the Rockmart Depot for members of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce during the opening event for what promises to be a busy year ahead for the organization.

Chamber board members Chad Cox, Frankie Matthews and Jonathan Blackmon volunteered to take up spatulas and prepare the annual breakfast for members and got donations to help feed the hungry who came out for the early morning event.

“We love holding this event each year in appreciation of our members, who are the lifeblood of our organization and Polk County’s economic well-being,” Chamber Executive Director Blair Elrod said. “We look forward to a fun year ahead and hope that the community will join us in taking part in all of our upcoming events.”

This year’s donors and sponsors included AM Farms, Carlton Farms, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, The Perch on Marble, the Chamber, Redmond EMS, Polk Floyd Medical Center.

One of the big events coming up with the Chamber will be a newly-announced Community Challenge Day.

The summer event gives opportunity for local businesses and industries will be able to form teams and sign up for the fundraising event that will give adults a chance to have fun with field day events of their own.

Ahead of that, the first of what will likely be a few Candidate Forums is already on the calendar for this spring. Additional information is coming once candidates have qualified, but mark calendars now for April 28 to hear from those running for local and state offices in primaries coming up in May.

More information will be shared about the upcoming Community Challenge Day as plans formalize. Those interested in sponsoring the event can contact Elrod at info@polkgeorgia.com.

Candidates who have already announced and want to participate in the upcoming forum can contact Standard Journal Editor and Chamber board member Kevin Myrick for additional details of how to participate by emailing kmyrick@polkstandardjournal.com.

One new program also being offered by the Chamber is an added-value “Chairman’s Club” package for members to upgrade and have even more opportunities for community relations, marketing and services. The package is being targeted at businesses who also want to act as sponsors for events throughout the year and Elrod asks those who are interested to contact her directly at the above email address for further details.


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Family and friends gather to remember Rockmart shooting victims

Last year at this time, shots rang out on Rome and Williamson Streets in Rockmart. This year at one of the locations where four people died and a fifth was injured, music sang out instead.

Family members and friends of Helen Rose Mitchell, Jaequnn Davis, Arkeyla Perry and Dadrian Cummings gathered on Rome Street in front of the house where Cummings and Perry were shot and killed on the night of January 24, 2019 to remember their lives and stories.

Candles were lit, and balloons and lanterns were released in remembrance of the four, who where shot in a quadruple murder that shook the community last year. A memorial also sat outside in honor of Perry and Cummings with photos in the front yard.

During the vigil, Cummings’ father Eric spoke briefly and thanked the community for their support during their year of healing after his death.

He asked the community to remember his son and pray with him before white balloons were released honoring Cummings, Perry, Mitchell and Davis.

Though no one gathered in front of the Williamson Street location, music was playing from the house where Mitchell, Perry and Brown were shot and the main suspect fled from the scenes.

A year after the deadly shootings and a search for the lone suspect in the case Daylon Delon Gamble, the death penalty case against him continues to work its way through the Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court.

District Attorney Jack Browning notified the court last July he would be seeking the death penalty against Daylon Delon Gamble.

Gamble remains in jail on murder charges in the death of Mitchell and Davis on Williamson Street and Perry and Cummings on Rome Street. He was captured in Indianapolis, Indiana, days after the shootings and brought back to Polk County.

Though not much is known about the full proceedings still due to a gag order issued by Superior Court Judge Meng Lim, pre-trial hearings have shed some light on the events that took place last year. A challenge to the legality of Gamble’s arrest last April was denied by Lim but required testimony during the hearing from GBI Special Agent Amanda Carter.

Carter testified that Gamble was hanging out with Perry and Cummings prior to shooting the pair. A man who left one of the two homes at 7:44 p.m. told Carter they’d all been hanging out.

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 8:01 p.m., Polk County 911 received reports of the shootings at two nearby locations — 503 Williamson St. and 319 Rome St.

Witnesses stated Gamble had been drinking and taking drugs at the time of the crime, Carter testified. No other motive for the shooting has been presented by investigators.


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Northwest Georgia Bottle and Advertising Show coming to Cedartown museum on Feb. 1

Dealers and visitors from across the southeast are coming to Main Street on February 1 for the Northwest Georgia Bottle and Advertising Show at the Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia.

The Saturday event being hosted at the museum at 209 Main St. in Cedartown will showcase a variety of antique collectibles like signage as well as bottles used for a variety of beverages.

Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia co-founder Jamie Morris said this will be the first year that a longtime running event will be moved to Polk County from Floyd.

“This used to be the Rome Bottle Show, and it was in Rome for a long time,” he said.

He said a name change comes with a new venue after his son Daniel Morris, executive director of the museum and college student, got involved in as an organizer of the event.

Those who want to come out and take part will be able to enjoy free admission to the show and the museum itself from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If you have not stopped by to visit the museum, now is a good time to do so,” Morris said. “We have added some great items to the display over the past year, and we are proud to share them with the community.”

One of those items is a new piece to the collect that the Morris family will be permanently adding to the museum: a 40-inch tall leaded Coca-Cola bottle made with Tiffany glass.

“This is not your typical Coca-Cola bottle by any means,” Morris added. “It’s a real rare collectible item, and we were thrilled to be able to add it to the museum’s collection.”

There’s other collectibles from their collection that Morris said will be on display as well during the event after updates to the museum since it opened in 2016.

Parking for the event can be found in the museum’s lot off Prior Street in Cedartown.

Visit cedartowncokemuseum.org for more information about the museum, hours and usual pricing for visits.


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Georgia hits record low unemployment again to cap off 2019

ATLANTA — Georgia set another record last month with an unemployment rate of 3.2%, down from 3.7% in December 2018, state Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler reported Thursday.

The state hit record low unemployment for the second month in a row after tying the mark in October.

Those results helped Georgia close out 2019 on a strong note with an all-time high of 4.65 million jobs. The state added just fewer than 70,000 jobs during the last 12 months, including 4,000 in December.

“It’s kind of hard to have any better year than Georgia had,” Butler said. “Georgia’s done a great job bringing in new business and helping our local businesses around the state grow jobs.”

Some job sectors were particularly strong last year. The state added 25,400 jobs in the education and health services sector, 16,600 in leisure and hospitality, and 10,400 in trade, transportation and utilities.

Georgia’s labor force continued to grow but struggled to keep pace with job creation and employment numbers.

“We do need our labor force to expand at a faster pace,” Butler said. “Right now, we are growing jobs three times as fast.”

The labor force grew by just fewer than 18,000 over the past 12 months to reach a record 5.13 million.

With such low unemployment and growth in the labor force trailing job creation, State Economist Jeffrey Dorfman said this week the only way Georgia can continue its healthy economic growth is by attracting more companies from out of state.

Polk County already is seeing record lows in unemployment numbers as well, down to 2.9% in November based on preliminary numbers. Local numbers for December haven’t been released yet for rates, but the number of unemployment claims did rise with the holiday season. Likely those numbers will be adjusted downward from 360 claims last month to something similar to the 150 claims posted in December 2018 since business shutdowns during the holidays do impact the numbers overall.

If numbers hold out, the unemployment rate will remain the lowest it has been since records began being kept nationwide on the number of people without or in between jobs.


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Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, January 29, 2020 edition

The Of This World, and Out solo exhibit from award-winning artist Shane McDonald is underway at the Rockmart Art Gallery through February 28. Check out the work of this area artist Tuesdays from 1 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The reception honoring McDonald and his work is open to the public and coming up on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 770-684-2707 to learn more about arranging a group session in the gallery.

Pastor Mark Brumbelow and his wife, Cherry, serve a church of 51 members at Grace Baptist Church in Wild Peach, Texas. The church packed 11,139 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in 2019. That equals more than 218 children per member who will have a chance to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ over the next months. To hear the Brumblelows share about how God has been using them and Grace Baptist for his glory, please come join congregations locally for one of two special events on February 22. One at Pine Bower Baptist Church in Cedartown at 10 a.m. and one at Taylorsville Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 770-684-8054.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners will continue the Citizen of the Year Award in 2020, and want to honor individuals that have made a positive contribution to the county. Know a volunteer, someone who has committed a selfless act or dedicated their time to special projects locally? Nominate them today for the 2020 Citizen of the Year award at polkga.org/citizen-of-the-year.

Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church of Rockmart starting with dinner at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Large Group at 7 p.m. and Small Share Group at 8 p.m.

The Polk County Democratic Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month except December at 10 a.m. In the “even” months (February, April, June, August, etc.) the organization meets at the Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart and during the “odd” months (January, March, etc) they meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 600 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125. There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.

RCAC has classes for toddlers, children and adults at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center in drawing, painting, photography, yoga, chorus, piano, whittling, and pottery. For more information, call 770-684-2707 or email rcac@rockmart-ga.gov

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.

The Rockmart History Museum on South Marble Street in downtown Rockmart is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Museum welcomes visitors and group tours. Contact Pat Sampson at 678-764-5201 for information. RHM meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to take part.

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 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.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, January 15. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. They hold dinners on the third Wednesday of every month. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children’s programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart.

USAPA Pickelball Ambassador Daneen England is holding a free pickleball clinic every Monday (weather permitting) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockmart Tennis courts, located at 436 Hogue Avenue, Rockmart. Loaner paddles and all necessary equipment will be on hand to learn t he sport. This is a free event for anyone and they just need to wear comfortable gym clothes and tennis shoes. Contact England at 770-356-1282, or by email at howardd999@yahoo.com for more information.

The office of Exceptional Students of Polk School District is available to assist with the identification of children with disabilities and provision a free appropriate public education beginning at the age of three through the age of 21. If you suspect your child is experiencing any developmental delay or you suspect your child might have a disability and would like assistance or for more information about services available through Polk School District, contact the PSD Exceptional Student Services office at 770-684-8718.

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.

Did you know that nationwide the American Red Cross assists 53 people every 60 seconds during personal and local disasters? Our Northwest Georgia Red Cross Chapter serves Polk County. If you’d like to do some meaningful volunteering, please contact Arthene Bressler at 762-231-9896 and visit our website at www.redcross.org/local/georgia.

Get assistance

Do you think you might be pregnant? You can know for sure. Contact Life Matters Outreach today to schedule a free pregnancy test. You have a right to know all the options available to you. We offer free evidence-based education and resources so that you can make a well-informed decision. The services provided at LMO Pregnancy Care Center are free of charge. Clients are treated with respect and unconditional acceptance. We are here to help YOU. Call 770-748-8911 for more information.

Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a clothing bank for children ages infant to 5 years old on the first Thursday of each month beginning in September from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the conference room of One Door Polk in Cedartown. Contact 770-748-6811 for more information on how to donate or participate in the giveaway.

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.

Community Share Ministries is hosting “Hope for the Hungry” on the first Tuesday of every month to provide food assistance to the community. They’ll be in town again on Tuesday, June 4. Food is provided free of charge, and no identification is required to get help. Those interested can visit Community Share Ministries Cedartown thrift store at 1116 N. Main St., Cedartown.

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 will include all cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, healthcare and other issues involved in the legal complications of everyday life. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday at 11 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.

Aragon First United Methodist Church offers a food pantry for the community to use if they need assistance. They are open Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A picture ID is required to participate. Call 770-684-4855 for more information.

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.

Just Us Ministries Inc. Food Bank has distribution every Tuesday and Thursday at 904 Young Farms Road in Cedartown. On Tuesday the distribution is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A picture ID is required. For more information call 770-687-1009 or 678-901-3354, email justusmin.org@gmail.com, or visit Justusministries.com.

A caregivers support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at Rockmart Presbyterian Church. Call 770-684-6289 for more information.

Take back your life and get help. Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free for screenings or referrals at 1-800-431-1754.

Churches

The Rev. Gilbert Richardson and the Ware’s Grove Church family of 200 Potash Road, invite everyone to join the Impact Service held each Sunday at 9:45 a.m., followed by regular worship services at 11:15 a.m. Bible class is held Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Anna Kresge United Methodist Church invites children, kindergarten age through middle school, to come to Kresge Kids each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Supper is provided. There is also a high school youth program as well. For more information, call 706-346-3100.

Rockmart First United Methodist Church invites the community to come out and join in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church located at 135 W. Church St. Sunday morning worship begins with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages, and an 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday night includes at 5 p.m. community meal on the last Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. Bible study and choir practice at 7 p.m. Weekly children’s events at the church include a 5:45 p.m. children and youth meal, 6:15 Children’s music and MYF, followed by L.I.F.E. at 6:54 p.m. All are invited to join in. Call Rev. Thomas Hall at 706-836-7378 or email tg.hall@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

Harmony Baptist Church, 882 Little Harmony Rd, Cedartown (Esom Hill area) invites everyone to attend their weekly Sunday morning Services. First Sunday morning service begins at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11 a.m.. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist church, Cedartown.

Shiloh Baptist Church would like to invite the community to come participate in worship services weekly at their sanctuary at 433 Shiloh Road. Join the church for Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. service or Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Jamie Newsome for more information at 404-425-8510.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is a non-denominational community who invites anyone looking to find the Holy Spirit within them to come join in worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Neil Hopper, along with Hispanic services as well to the community. Those interested in participating can join in at Cedar Lake Christian Center, located at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. For more information call 770-608-0651.

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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides 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.

Do you have interest in studying the Bible and prophecies within? Contact Dr. Idel Suarez about a new study group being formed locally for serious scholars of the text. Contact him at 813-310-9350 for more information about how to participate and future meetings.

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

Clubs and Organizations

The Ferst Readers 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 Cedartown Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. for their weekly breakfast meeting and encourages members to join in and take part at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street in Cedartown. Those interested in joining the Optimist Club and help local youth organizations can contact Ronnie Dingler by email at nmvideo@bellsouth.net.

The Polk County Beekeepers are now meeting the second Thursday of each month at the Polk County College and Career Academy’s Cedartown High campus in the community room at 7 p.m. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit polkbees.com for more information.

Members are invited to join the Cedartown Exchange Club weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club for meetings and dinner. New members from across Polk County are encouraged to get involved by contacting club president-elect Edward Guzman at 770-546-2482 to take part in the organization that is involved in a wide range of community projects. Visit their website at cedartownexchangeclub.com to learn more. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Rotary Club of Polk County now meets weekly at Polk Medical Center’s conference room on Highway 278 for lunch at noon every Tuesday unless otherwise noted and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Kiwanis Club of Cedartown encourages members to take part in weekly meetings on Fridays at noon at the Cherokee County Club. Potential new members are asked to get in touch with Rhonda Heuer, Club Secretary at 770-748-1016 to learn more about how you can take part in making the community a better place. Annual dues are required for membership. Visit kiwanis.org to learn about the club.

Arts

The Sit and Stitch is back to sewing at Rockmart First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The group will meet the first and third Monday’s of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring any craft they choose or help with a ministry project this year. The group is making crochet or knitted caps for donation to Helping Hands. A pattern will be provided and the group has crafters who can help those in need of instruction. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee or tea provided. Any questions please call Madeline Brown 678-435-5032.

Have a hidden singing talent, or want to get back into a chorus? Lend your voice and take part in the Rockmart Community Chorus on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The choir is preparing for it’s Spring and Christmas concerts. Contact Debbie Miller, director, about taking part by calling 404-219-9572 or debbiebmiller@aol.com.

The Rockmart Cultural Arts Center’s Children’s Classes hosted by Margaret Bearden include monthly classes for children 3 to 6 years old on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. ($15 per child per class.) Bearden hosts Drawing and Painting classes for students seven to 12 years old on Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ($60 for 6 classes paid at first class, or $15 per.) Classes are also available on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for students 7 to 12 for Home School Mixed Media ($60 for 6 classes on first class, or $15 per) and Paint Parties are available as well. Contact Bearden at 770-500-4207 or by email at margaretbearden@gmail.com.

Pottery by Paul Craighead continues through the winter season at the RCAC, which includes Beginning Hand building on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Prices are $145 for 8 weeks. He also hosts an Open Studio for more advanced potters Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15 per class. 16 and up for all classes, but Age 8 and up if accompanied with a parent or approved by Craighead. Contact him at 770-843-5302 or by e-mail at rivoletti@netzero.net.

Learn Drawing and Painting at the RCAC with James Hill on Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. or other days if available. Ages 12 to adult, $90 for a six week class. Contact Hill at 770-355-1535 or by email at jhill2411@gmail.com

Take part in a bi-monthly class for adults influenced in arts and self-empowerment, HeARTS and SOUL at the RCAC. $20 per person, includes all supplies. Dates and times to be announced. Contact Donna Duff at 770-855-7767 or by email at ctwarts@gmail.com.

The RCAC is hosting Now and Then of Rockmart to provide students with help gaining an eye for seasonal and home decor. Classes are being planned for Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, but dates are to be determined based on interest. Contact Tina Lanier at 678-883-9300 or by email at thenandnowofrockmart@gmail.com.

Piano lessons are available from Madelyn Stringer through the RCAC on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 6 to adult, all skill levels. $15 per weekly half hour private session, or $25 for an hour. Contact Stringer at 678-988-4133 or by email at madelynaudrey2000@gmail.com.

Carla Redding is providing a variety of photography classes this winter at the RCAC, ranging from getting to know a camera and how to take good photos, to using professional level software like Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Additional outings are available as well. Contact Redding for prices and schedules at — 770-546-3943 or ctr7510@aol.com.

Beginning Yoga can help people gain greater flexibility and stregth while maintaining graceful movements. Learn from Ramona Camp for $12 for an hour long class on Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m. Age 12 to adult, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Bring a mat, pillow, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing and get ready to stretch out at the RCAC! Contact Camp at 706-621-2306 or ramonacamp7@gmail.com to sign up!