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WHAT A Forest Owner Academy WHEN 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug.10-11 WHERE Rock Eagle MORE INFO This free, two-day academy is for landowners in the Oconee National Forest area and will provide tools to make their land more profitable and sustainable. Presented by the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Lunch is provided. Registration is required by July 30 by contacting Teresa Moore at 470-230-9831 or emailing



WHAT Meeting of the Kinderhook Fire Association WHEN 10 a.m. Aug. 11 WHERE Kinorhook Barbeque, 103 Mockingbird Dr., Eatonton MORE INFO The Kinderhook Fire Association would like to encourage anyone living or renting in the area to attend meetings. The goal of the Association is to establish a functioning fire department that benefits all residents in the Kinderhook area.

WHAT Monthly meeting Piedmont Amateur Radio Emergency Service WHEN 9 a.m. Aug. 11 WHERE Kinorhook Barbeque, 103 Mockingbird Dr., Eatonton MORE INFO All Ham Radio operators and anyone interested in Ham Radio is welcome. Bring your own breakfast, coffee and water will be provided. Web site For additional information, email questions to



WHAT Ecology of a Cracker Childhood WHEN 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 WHERE Georgia Writers Museum, 109 S. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton MORE INFO Janisse Ray is a writer, activist and naturalist who has authored five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of ecopoetry earning her a place in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2015. She writes of her passion to save the longleaf pine ecosystem that once covered the South. Complimentary organic bites and beverages. Tickets $20. Buy at or call 706-991-5119.



WHAT Discussion of Flannery O’Connor’s Book “Greenleaf” WHEN 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 WHERE Georgia Writers Museum, 109 S. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton MORE INFO The Flannery O’Connor Book Club is meeting at the GWM while Andalusia is being renovated. Light refreshments are served. A discussion on “Greenleaf” will be facilitated by Dr. Bruce Gentry of Georgia College, a noted Flannery O’Connor scholar. Meetings are free and open to the public. Call 706-991-5119 or 404-895-7103 for more information.



WHAT Canning and Food Preservation Class WHEN 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; doors open 9 a.m. Aug. 18 WHERE Rock Eagle 4-H Center MORE INFO Morgan/Oconee County Food and Consumer Science Agent Leigh Anne Aaron will share information on safe canning methods and techniques. Class participants will have the opportunity to prepare food, work through the entire canning process and leave with a delicious snack. Age 11 and up. Cost $7. Advanced registration required. For more details, call Audrey Stadler 706-484-2871 or email

WHAT Meet Me At The Plaza WHEN 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE The Plaza Arts Center MORE INFO Kurt Thomas Band will perform country music. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.For more information or tickets visit or call 706-923-1655.



WHAT Eatonton City Council meeting WHEN 7 p.m. Aug. 20 WHERE Putnam County Administration Building, 117 Putnam Drive, Suite A, Eatonton MORE INFO Eatonton City Council will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting. Call 706-485-3311 for more information. WHAT Budget hearings for millage rate WHEN 12 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 WHERE Putnam County Commissioners Meeting room #203, 117 Putnam Dr., Eatonton MORE INFO The budget being considered by the Eatonton City Council requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate to be able to maintain and continue to provide much needed services to the citizens of Eatonton. Before the budget is finalized, Eatonton City Council members must hold three public hearings on the tax increase so concerned citizens may express their opinions.



WHAT Putnam County Board of Commissioners meeting WHEN 6:30 p.m., Aug. 21 WHERE Putnam County Administration Building, 117 Putnam Drive, Suite A, Eatonton MORE INFO Call 706-485-5826 or visit for more information or to see the agenda.



WHAT Mobile spay/ neuter unit coming to Putnam County WHEN Aug. 22-23 WHERE Putnam County Animal Shelter, 107 Ridley Dr., Eatonton MORE INFO Appointments only, call 706-454-1508. Cats $40, dogs $50. Maximum weight for dogs is 60 lbs. ‘In heat’ or lactating animals are not accepted. All dogs must be on a leash. Cats must be in a cat travel carriers. Animals must have a valid rabies vaccination (vet certificate required). An additional $10 fee will be added if proof is not provided. Please don’t feed animals 12 hours prior to surgery.



WHAT Blackberry production for the home gardener and small producer WHEN 7 p.m. Aug. 23 WHERE Putnam County Extension Office, 663 Godfrey Rd., Eatonton MORE INFO Do you love blackberries but the thought of picking them amongst the briars sends you off to the grocery store? Join us as Cooperative Extension Coordinator Keith Fielder discusses several new introductions of blackberries. These berries will change your mind about “home” grown. The event is free and open to the public. Please call Lori at 706-485-4151 to register.



WHAT “From Story to Finished Book: How to Get Your Story Published” WHEN 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 25 WHERE The Georgia Writers Museum, 109 S. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton MORE INFO Author/ instructor Rona Simmons will teach a writing workshop. Gain a better understanding of what is involved in starting to write a book, finishing a it and the options you have to getting it published. $45 registration includes a copy of one of the author’s book. Visit to register.



WHAT Heartsaver CPR/FIRST Aid/ AED course WHEN 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 WHERE CGTC campus in Eatonton MORE INFO Cost $125. To register call 478-757-3445.