Worth It! – July 2016

Caregiver Support Group. Need some emotional or practical support with caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia issues? The Athens Community Council on Aging hosts a free regular Caregiver Support Group and lunch on the third Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bentley Center, adjacent to ACCA at 135 Hoyt St., Athens. Call Cheryl Dean at 706-549-4850 or e-mail her at cdean@accaging.org to RSVP.


Reflecting, Sharing, Learning. You can access past and current programs for and by Athens area residents at http://www.RSLathens.org. Local history, interviews with Vietnam veterans, genealogical tips, and much more are part of a continuing effort to reach the age 50+ audience through the Athens Regional Library’s online archive. To suggest a program idea, contact Van Burns at vburns@athenslibrary.org. The latest video available for viewing is “Aging and Intimacy: Benefits and Challenges of Sexuality with Aging,” a presentation by licensed clinical social worker Kate Morrissey Stahl.


My Voter Page – MVP. You can check your voter registration status, absentee ballot status, locate your polling location and more at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.


John Abbott drew the one Zebra Butterfly and James Porter caught the other one in Athens.
John Abbott drew the one Zebra Butterfly and James Porter caught the other one in Athens.

Birds, butterflies, spiders, and moths. Before there was nature photography, there were artists who collected specimens, and then drew them. John Abbott, an Englishman who lived in Georgia from 1776 to 1840, produced more than 7,000 watercolor drawings. An exhibit of some of his original watercolors and engravings is now on display in the galleries in the UGA Special Collections Libraries at 300 Hull St., Athens. (Free parking in Hull Street Deck) The exhibit runs through Aug. 31; for times, check www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call 706-542-7123.

ALSO on display, butterfly specimens from the collection of James Porter, Ph.D., UGA professor of ecology.

Swallowtail Butterflies
(Left) The Tiger Swallowtail is the State Butterfly of Georgia; this is a female). (Right) This female Swallowtail is a dark morph, which means she gets eaten less by birds than the yellow ones because she resembles the poisonous Blue Swallowtail.


Going Downtown? The new Athens Downtown Development Authority webpage has a great map and explanatory details regarding parking regulations. Go to: www.DowntownAthensGa.com.


Georgia Museum of Art. GMOA has temporarily closed part of its permanent collection wing this summer to add new works of art, new interpretive text, and paint some walls. More works by African-American artists, particularly those donated by Brenda and Larry Thompson in 2012, will become part of a richer narrative of art history. The permanent gallery is expected to reopen in August; other galleries in the museum will remain open. To check out the current and upcoming exhibitions, go to www.georgiamuseum.org/. Admission is always free.


Professional Services Seminars

The Elder Care Planning Council presents monthly seminars this summer at the Tucker United Methodist Church, 4175 Lexington Rd, Athens. July 9 10 a.m.: Government Resources for Aging; Aug. 13, 10 a.m., Diabetes: Treatment and Issues; Sept. 10, 10 a.m.: Medicare Q&A.

This article was written by the BoomAthens Staff.

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