Learn what cops do from those who do it: The Porterdale Police Department is taking applications for its seventh Citizens Police Academy. The class starts Aug. 3 and runs eight weeks. The cost is $20.For more information, contact Cpl. Charles Cook at 770-786-2226.
Sunday July 16 – Monday July 17
The Arts Association in Newton County is hosting community auditions for those 16 and up for “Sister Act” at Porter Performing Arts Center. The show will be performed Sept. 14, 15, 16 and 17. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo musical theatre piece and bring sheet music — an accompanist will be provided. Also dress comfortably for a dance audition and be prepared for a cold reading from the script. Headshots and resume preferred.
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21
Join New Life Baptist Church for a fun-filled week of activities featuring some of your favorite superheroes in VBS – Training Heroes for Him to learn about the No. 1 Superhero, Jesus. It is open to children ages 4 to 12 years old from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every night. VBS will include a blacklight puppet show, water games, a pizza night, crafts, games and more. Superhero costumes are welcome.
Monday, July 17
Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days. “It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.” To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800733 2767). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a Rapid Pass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.
Tuesday, July 18
Join the City of Covington for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new terminal building at the Covington Municipal Airport at 14100 State Highway142 in Covington, at 9:30 a.m. A brief tour of the new facility will follow.
Thursday, July 20
The Newton County School System’s technology department is sponsoring a Parents and Technology conference. The conference is designed for parents and student to explore various technology tools and programs that are utilized in the classroom. There will be courses covering: Microsoft Power Point, Word and Excell, Google for Education programs and the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, among others. The conference will take place at Newton High School, at 1 Ram Way, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be limited childcare provided. If you need childcare, call Sherry Picard at 770-784-4986.
Saturday, July 22
Join the Golden Link Chapter No. 204 OES for a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at Applebee’s on Highway 278 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The price is $7 and includes pancakes, sausage links, coffee, tea, juice or soda. Contact Sister Cassandra Davis at 678-3049681 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 25
For diabetes education and support, Rockdale Medical Center offers monthly diabetes support group meetings free of charge from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The July 25 meeting will take place in Classroom 2, located in the East Tower at Rockdale Medical Center. Special guest speakers will be Lisa and Roger Campbell, participants in the new Discovery Life reality show. For more information or to speak with a Certified Diabetes Educator, call 770-918-3410.