Weekender: See & Do

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Ray Johnston of The Ray Johnston Band    

• Southern Ground Social Club presents Leonard Washington, a local rock band making their SGSC debut on Friday, Aug. 30. On Saturday, Aug. 31, former pro basketball player, Ray Johnston comes to SGSC. Johnston was diagnosed with leukemia, forcing him out of basketball but towards forming The Ray Johnston band, who just released an EP, “Against the Grain.” Both shows are $5 cover charge, 21-and-up. Shows start at 9 p.m. All the Rest will open for The Ray Johnston Band at 8, which will not require a cover. For more information about shows at the Zac Brown-owned venue in Senoia, call 770-727-9072.

• The Alamo will present Karaoke Madness on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. The Alamo is located at 19 S Court Square. For more information call 770-683-2526.

• 15th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens gets under way this Labor Day weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, at both sunrise and sunset, the hot air balloons are released into the skies, weather permitting. In between, there are plenty of activities from a car show on Saturday, to entertainment, to laser tag, and much more. Festival admission is $25 per adult, $20 for seniors and $12.50 for kids 6-12 and free for 5 and younger. For more information contact Andy Brown at 706-663-5043 or abrown@callawaygardens.com .

• Nineteen selected artisans from the FAACE organization will be participating in a juried show at the Dogwood Gallery and Framers, Tyrone. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. the show continues through Sept. 28. A variety of fine art and crafts will be represented including fine art paintings, ceramics and stoneware, glass art, textiles and sculpture. A tent show will be held on the lawn outside Dogwood Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring additional FAACE members. A donation from the proceeds of the show will benefit The Southern Conversation Trust. For additional information: www.faacega.blogspot.com, www.faace.org and Facebook.

• The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation will be bringing scholars to town to share their insights on civilizations from Babylon to 17th century France. Each scholar will give a 6:30 p.m. lecture at the second floor meeting room of the Carnegie at Newnan’s Court Square. Afterward, there will be a time for conversation at a downtown cafe. The overall theme for the talks will be “Lasting Legacies of the Past.” The speakers are all faculty members at Auburn University. The first speaker will be Donna Bohanan, who will be at the Carnegie on Sept. 16 speaking on French influence on colonial America. Bohanon holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a PhD from Emory University. For more information on this series, call 770-683-1347. The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange St. in downtown Newnan.

• The Coweta Public Library System welcomes “jlmcgee” for a musical performance at the Central Library on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. “jlmcgee” features local musicians John and Lalla McGee, who sing traditional and contemporary folk music as well as songs of their own composition. This summer they performed at the Alma Festival in the Clouds in Alma, Colorado. The program is one of many “out of the classroom” learning opportunities offered by the library system. For more information, please contact the Coweta Public Library System at 770-683-2052 or visit our website: www.cowetapubliclibrary.org.

• Mystery Story Contest — The Friends of the Powell Library group is holding a mystery writing contest for youth and teens in conjunction with its fall 2013 Annual Author Party, which will feature Patricia Sprinkle, “a thoroughly Southern mystery writer.” Each short story should be between 1,000-2,500 words and should feature a corresponding book cover. Writers and illustrators must be 10 to 18 years old. Two youths may collaborate on the entry and split a prize. There will be a grand prize winner from these three levels: Elementary School, Middle School and High School. These winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Winning entries will be displayed at the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Public Library on Hospital Road in Newnan as well as published on the library’s website. Deadline for entries is Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Information sheets can be found at any Coweta Library System branch. For further questions, contact Friends Board Member Jane Westberry at friendsofpowelllibrary@gmail.com.

• Pickin’ on the Square — Newnan's Historic Courthouse hosts Pickin' on the Square the first and third Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. All musicians are invited to come down to Newnan’s Court Square and play. All music genres and skill levels are welcome as long as it’s acoustic.

• Rebel Reelers Square Dance Club — Dances 8-10 p.m. first and third Fridays at Coweta Recreation Department, Hospital Road, Newnan. Meets in Johnny Brown Building, air-conditioned multi-purpose building. Square dancing and round dancing, along with finger foods. Club offers lessons. Details: Darline Barge, Pres., 770-617-1211; barged@bellsouth.net.



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