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Need to Know

2021 legislative update
CO-AGE, the advocacy arm of the Georgia Council on Aging, describes the most recent state legislative session as a “mixed bag” for older Georgians. There was no new funding for Home and Community Based Services Funding, which helps transition eligible nursing home residents from a facility to independent living. However, the budget for HealthCare Facility Regulation got a needed increase of $4.86 million for more nursing home surveyors, and $7.4 million for staffing improvements. The budget also added $973,765 for 13 adult protective services caseworkers to investigate reports of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities. In addition, $231,226 was added for three public guardianship caseworkers to coordinate and monitor all services needed for the health and welfare of guardianship clients. House Bill 605, which would have protected nursing home owners from being sued even when abuse was evident on video gathered from a hidden camera, failed to pass.

Good to Know

Wheels of Hope fundraiser
The nonprofit, volunteer-staffed, ride share program, Wheels of Hope (WOH), is back on the road again. Providing low-cost transportation for those who can’t drive, WOH drivers stay with their passenger the whole trip with “door through door” service. They stay with clients during appointments or help them with errands. To help with expenses, the group is holding a fundraiser on July 31 at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville, from 11-2 p.m. Enjoy live music by Carly King and a hearty low country boil for just $15; $8 for children. For more information:

Eat and Be Satisfied Cookbook
A new cookbook celebrating Northeast Georgia’s Jewish and Southern culinary heritage is now for sale at Avid Bookshop. Published by the Congregation Children of Israel’s Sisterhood, “Eat & Be Satisfied: Jewish Cooking from the Classic City,” is 350 pages of 175 time-tested recipes from over 90 contributors. Some recipes go back three generations and include not only Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish classics, but also Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Russian and South African. Poems, anecdotes, reminiscences, quotes, and illustrations are interspersed. Also included are supplements on Kosher cooking and blessings. Twenty-five percent of the profits from the cookbook will be donated to nonprofit agencies that combat food insecurity in northeast Georgia.

Fun to Do!

Rabbit Box is coming back soon!
Rabbit Box, the local, non-profit organization devoted to story telling for and by adults will return this fall to a new location: the VFW at 840 Sunset Dr. and at a new time, the third Tuesday of each month. Devoted to building community one story at a time, Rabbit Box is seeking individuals who want to tell a true story in an eight-minute timespan. Here are upcoming dates and themes for the new season:

  • Sept. 21 – Lost and Found
  • Oct. 19 – Stamped: Stories about race and racism
  • Nov. 16 – Women on the Front Line
  • Jan. 18 – Stuck
  • Feb. 15 – Places of the Heart

Pitch your story at

Performing Arts Center reopens
UGA recently announced the return of live, in-person performances this fall. UGA Presents, the professional concert series, has planned an ambitious program of professional music and dance. The launch of the new season also marks the 25th anniversary of the venue with a free performance by the U.K.-based Doric String Quartet and American pianist Jonathan Biss on Oct. 5. Some of the big-name artists on the calendar include Audra McDonald, Ricky Skaggs, Ira Glass, and Branford Marsalis. Read more about the season at

Bridge is back, too
The Athens Bridge Center, home of the Fred Tompkins Memorial Duplicate Bridge Club, re-opened on May 5 at its new location in Georgia Square Mall. Games Monday-Friday: 99ers, 299ers, 750ers, and open games. Partners available by pre-arrangement. For more details and calendar, go to

OLLI takes steps for in-person activities
As of mid-June, OLLI members may participate freely in indoor or outdoor Shared Interest Group meetings and OLLI social gatherings while summer classes will continue via Zoom from July 6-Aug. 5 (registration opens July 1). Additional offerings include the Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series on current topics and a Summer Film Festival Discussion each Friday through July 16. For details, go to By late fall, in-person classes will start up along with indoor and outdoor tours. Travel activities will resume in early 2022.

Athens Art Association exhibit
The oldest artists’ membership and exhibiting group in Georgia is holding an exhibition of new art by its members at the State Botanical Garden, Aug. 10-Oct. 16. Watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, and fused glass will be on exhibit and for sale in the Gardenside Room at the Visitors Center. A “Meet the Artists” opening reception will be held on Aug. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Rocking Chair Tour
Funny lady Jeanne Robertson and her Rocking Chair Tour at the Classic Center August 13 as she charms the audience with her humorous observations about life around her. Information and tickets »

Night at the Station Fundraiser
The Athens Area Council on Aging presents a Night at the Station Fundraiser on July 30. Go back in time to recreate the legendary 1970’s nightspot formerly know as TK Harty’s, which has been featured on the Classic City Crime Podcast. Information and tickets »

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