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Andersonville events highlights Sumter Co. activities

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

From the Chamber of Commerce-

Andersonville National Historic Site is pleased to announce the opening of its latest temporary exhibit, Return With Honor.

This exhibit commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the release of American POWs held during the Vietnam War. The repatriation process was known as Operation Homecoming and the exhibit chronicles the POW's return to freedom. The exhibit also celebrates the ingenuity and endurance of these extraordinary American heroes.

At the time of their release, some POWs had spent nearly eight years in captivity and had suffered various forms of torture as well as solitary confinement. During their captivity, the POWs forged a powerful brotherhood and their love of country helped to sustain them. Their ultimate goal was to ""Return With Honor."

The exhibit will be on display until August 2013 and visitors have an opportunity to see photographs and a wide assortment of artifacts that illustrate the price of freedom. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free.

For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS

 

Monday, 5/13/13

  • City Council will hold its Administrative Briefing at 4:30 PM in third floor meeting room of the City of Americus Municipal Building.

Tuesday, 5/14/13

  • Americus Rotary Club will have a special meeting at the Rylander Theatre at 1 p.m. Members are asked to enjoy lunch at Monroe's at any time after 12:00 p.m. but to be in the theater and seated by 1 p.m. for a special meeting and presentation.
  • The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will hold its monthly work session at 3 p.m. in the Board Room of the Sumter County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.
  • The Americus Sumter High School Band Spring Concert will be at the Rylander Theatre at 7:00 p.m.  The Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble will be performing.  Admission is Free.

Thursday, 5/16/13

  • Americus City Council/Staff Agenda Setting Session held at 4:30 PM, in the third floor meeting room of the City of Americus Municipal Building.
    • Caregiver Support Group Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Americus Day Health Center, 721-A Felder street, Americus, GA 31709. The guest speaker will be Jennifer Cooper of MRS Homecare, presenting on their services and equipment available to residents in the home.
    • BUSINESS AFTER HOURS – Your No Work Network – hosted by  Americus Glass Company, located at 135 South Jackson Street in Americus, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Friday, 5/17/13

  • 2013 US Hang Gliding Championship at Souther Field Airport. 60 Competitors from around the world will be competing. The public is invited to come out and watch take-offs from Noon-2 p.m. and landings around 4-6 p.m. Tandem opportunities will also be available. More details to come!
  • Kiwanis Club will meet in the Faculty Dining Room on the campus of GSW at 1 p.m.
  • Show Your Panther Pride! Wear Blue and Gold and join the ASHS Panthers for the spring football game at 7:00 p.m. in Alton Shell Stadium! Public is invited. Admission is $5.

Saturday 5/18/13

  • Phoebe Sumter's 4th Annual Women's Health Conference at the Student Success Center on the campus of GSW in Americus beginning at 8 am.  There will be free health screenings, vendors and educational seminars, and not to mention at least two Zumba sessions!  Keynote speaker will be Americus native and Boston marathon runner Charlene Pennymon. 
  • 2013 US Hang Gliding Championship at Souther Field Airport. 60 Competitors from around the world will be competing. The public is invited to come out and watch take-offs from Noon-2 p.m. and landings around 4-6 p.m. Tandem opportunities will also be available. More details to come!

Sunday 5/19/13

  • 2013 US Hang Gliding Championship at Souther Field Airport. 60 Competitors from around the world will be competing. The public is invited to come out and watch take-offs from Noon-2 p.m. and landings around 4-6 p.m. Tandem opportunities will also be available. More details to come!
  • Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains at 10 am. Sanctuary opens at 8:30. Come early because class can fill up fast. No reservations.
  • St. John's Anglican Church will be holding a God and Country event at Lenny's Market at 4 p.m. There will be a simple service of song, led by "The Joyful Noise" gospel group, and prayer for the community, state, nation and churches. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 924-3380.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

May 20-25 –

  • Dealer Days at Amtrak! There will be 10% discount for all Kubota blades and filters during promotional period and the first 5 customers to purchase a piece of Kubota Equipment will receive a custom Amtrak Yeti.

May 20-25 –

  • 2013 US Hang Gliding Championship at Souther Field Airport. 60 Competitors from around the world will be competing. The public is invited to come out and watch take-offs from Noon-2 p.m. and landings around 4-6 p.m. Tandem opportunities will also be available. More details to come!

May 17 –

  • Bike to Work Day!
  • Americus/Sumter County Tourism Council meets at 1:00 PM in the City Municipal Building, Third Floor Meeting Room. 

May 18 –

  • Café CamPOOCHino Event for the Sumter Humane Society from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come to Café Campesino with your pet for this unique event, which will include dog bathing and nail clipping. $5 off if your dog was adopted from SHS.
    • Armed Forces Day - the solemn tune Taps will be sounded at every National Cemetery and U.S. Veterans cemetery worldwide at 11:00 a.m.  This tribute to veterans is called EchoTaps and is sponsored by the organization Bugles Across America.  Since 1949, the third Saturday in May has been designated as Armed Forces Day.  This day will honor all those who have served and continue to serve in uniform. The EchoTaps event at Andersonville National Cemetery begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday May 18.

May 19 –

  • Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains at 10 am. Sanctuary opens at 8:30. Come early because class can fill up fast. No reservations.

May 21 –

  • The regular monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will be at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Sumter County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.
  • Planning & Zoning Commission at 4:00 p.m. in the City of Americus Municipal Building, second floor meeting room.
  • Americus Theater & Cultural Authority at 4:00 p.m. in the Pace Conference Room, Rylander Theater.

May 22 –

  • Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Luncheon at Noon in the GSW Faculty Dining Room. This 2013 Georgia General Assembly Wrap-up will feature State Representatives Mike Cheokas and Ed Rynders, and State Senators John Crosby and Freddie Powell Sims. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. Call Ivy at 229-924-7007 to make reservation.

May 23 –

  • Open Mic Night at Cafe Campesino! Make like a Mad Poet and show off your talents at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular Monthly Meeting of the Mayor and City Council held at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Russell Thomas, Jr. Public Safety Building.

May 25 –

  • Customer Open House at Amtrak from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be 10% discount for all Kubota blades and filters during promotional period and the first 5 customers to purchase a piece of Kubota Equipment will receive a custom Amtrak Yeti.
  • "King of Queens" Womanless Beauty Pageant - a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County – will be held at the Sumter Middle School Cafeteria at 6 p.m.  The entry fee for contestants is $50 and can be paid by the contestant or they can be sponsored by a business or person.  Admission to come out and watch the event is $5 per person. 

May 26 –

  • Vietnam Veteran Clarence "Tiger" Davis will be the featured speaker at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the annual Memorial Day Service in Andersonville National Cemetery.

May 28 –

  • Middle Flint Regional E911 meets at 4:00 p.m. in the E911 Center (222 Hayes Avenue, Ellaville, GA).

May 30 –

  • Open House @ Harvest of Hope = Sumter County's new food pantry (606 McGarrah Street) from 5:30-7 p.m.

June 1 –

  • Cram The Van Event to benefit the Sumter Humane Society will be held at Farmers Feed & Seed from 11am – 1pm. Adoptable pets will be showcased and donations of pet food, litter, etc. will be gratefully accepted.
  • ·        Americus Dance Experience will present "Robin Hood" at the Rylander Theatre with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, call (229) 928-4246 or (229) 931-0001.
  • The Homebrewers will be giving a demonstration on home beer brewing starting at noon, and at 4pm there will be home brew tastings, live music, and BBQ in the garden. Bring your own grilling options and side dishes and we'll provide the rest. This will be an afternoon to remember!

June 2 –

  • Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains at 10 am. Sanctuary opens at 8:30. Come early because class can fill up fast. No reservations.

June 9 –

  • Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains at 10 am. Sanctuary opens at 8:30. Come early because class can fill up fast. No reservations.

June 16 –

  • Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains at 10 am. Sanctuary opens at 8:30. Come early because class can fill up fast. No reservations.

June 23 –

  • Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains at 10 am. Sanctuary opens at 8:30. Come early because class can fill up fast. No reservations.