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Envision Athens initiative

In the past, community visioning efforts have primarily involved the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, and they have consistently fallen short, according to an ACC press release. Many important stakeholders were not involved, and often the citizen input focused on a single area or topic,
with few citizens engaged in understanding the broader context and providing corresponding input.

Now the whole community is poised to undertake a visionary, ambitious, and multi-layered strategic planning process intended to be the focal point of community discussions for at least the next decade and spur transformational community change.

Key institutional partners include not only the government but the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Clarke County School District, United Way of Northeast Georgia in Athens, University of Georgia, Athens Housing Authority, the City of Winterville, Georgia Power, Athens Technical College, Athens Regional Health System, and St. Mary’s Hospital. This group is engaging a third-party national expert to facilitate the community and economic development strategy process. The 38-member Steering Group will include diverse citizens from across the county to create a balanced foundation.

The process began in October 2016 and is expected to take approximately 12 months to develop a vision that will include thorough research, recommendations, and implementation guidelines. Learn more and how you can participate at:


Ray Blount Jr.

Ray Blount Jr.

An invitation to UGA alumni, family, friends, and fans!

The 2017 Alumni Seminar is scheduled for Feb. 17 – 18. The theme is “A Sense of Place,” and questions pondered by speakers and participants include: How do we build and experience a sense of place? What are the values and lore associated with “place” and how are they altered by external forces? What is changing in how we live? What role does place play in today’s virtual world? Two days of lectures, tours, and interactive seminars will explore those questions and more.

Highlights include: Keynote speaker, Roy Blount, Jr., lunch with UGA President Jere Morehead, Lucy Lawliss, former  superintendent of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Military Park, a tour of UGA’s new and recently renovated facilities; and other presentations on climate, virtual reality, and the tiny house movement.

Get more details at


100+ Days of Action

A community civic engagement project called 100+ Days of Action to Speak Up and Reach Out will hold a formal launch on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16 and will continue through May 1. Organizers are also launching the Stories of US Community Quilt Project. For more information: or


Are you an artist and need a place to make your art?

Lyndon House Arts Center Open Studio Program offers a place to work on a wide range of artistic disciplines. The seven studios are: Ceramics * Fiber * Painting * Printmaking * Photography * Sculpture

Members have 24 hours of availability per week for $65/month. To join, call 706-613-3623


Parking at UGA?  Be careful not to get a ticket!

On campus for a special event or popping into the bookstore but don’t know where to park? Be careful. You could be fined $40 for unauthorized parking in a student, faculty or staff zone. Seek out one of the six pay lots designated for guests and visitors. They are located on South Campus, North Campus, The Tate Center, East Campus, The Performing Arts Center and Carlton Street.

Bring change or your credit card because there is no free visitor parking.*  Rates are as follows:

  • $1 for the first 30 minutes
  • $3 for 31 minutes to an hour
  • $5 for 61 minutes to 120 minutes
  • $1 for each additional hour; maximum $10 a day

* You can receive up to 30 minutes free parking at the Tate Center lot if you show a receipt for $10 or more from your visit to the Tate Bookstore.


Are You Still a Safe Driver? Is Your Spouse?

While Georgia residents can’t qualify for a driver’s license until age 16, there’s no age at which driving privileges must cease. But vision or hearing loss, declining mental acuity, all can affect the ability to drive safely. Get an assessment by a skilled professional in the Rehabilitation Department at Athens Regional Hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Tracy Young at 706-475-3511.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation needs volunteers with a passion for helping women access higher education! Volunteers are responsible for reviewing scholarship applications and selecting the 2017 Rankin Fund scholars from among the strongest applicants across the United States. Volunteer training and application review takes place completely online, so opportunities are available to those with a desire to help women overcome poverty, wherever you are. If this opportunity sounds like a good fit for you, then sign up at before March 3, 2017!

Know someone who might qualify for a scholarship?

Since 1976, The Rankin Scholarship Fund has helped more than 1,000 low-income women attend post secondary training. In fall 2017, the Fund will award scholarships to 100 or more women across the country. An applicant must be: a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 35  or older; low-income; enrolled in or accepted to a regionally or ACICS accredited school; pursuing a vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree. Eligible students can apply online now through March 17:


Lend a hand to hold or to type

Gentiva Hospice needs volunteers to visit with its patients and to assist in the office. The facility is located at 855 Gaines School Road, Suite G. For more information or to apply  contact Michelle Moulton, volunteer manager at 706-549-5736


Like to read aloud?

Learning Ally is looking for volunteers to train as Readers and Checkers to help create audio textbooks for use by people with print disabilities. Learning Ally is a sixty-year-old national nonprofit with a production studio located on UGA’s North Campus. For more information, please email Stacie Court at or call 706-549-1313

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