Benton House of Covington is sponsoring an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group. It will offer a supportive and educational gathering for families and friends whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Staci Williams who has a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and Kristi Carter from Longleaf Hospice, who has worked in Senior Healthcare for many years will coordinate the group. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month at the Benton House of Covington.
Tuesday, Aug. 22
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT’s) Madison Area Office is hiring for maintenance positions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. New hires will receive on-the-job training in various maintenance and high-level equipment operational duties. Perks include health benefits, retirement, paid Georgia Commercial Driver’s License testing and quick promotional opportunities. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a GED and a have a valid Class C driver’s license. Applicants are encouraged to wear business casual attire and bring several copies of their resumes. Contingent job offers will be presented to the most qualified applicants the same day pending background checks. New hires must obtain a CDL within six months of employment. The office is located at 1570 Bethany Road, in Madison. For more information about the job fair, call 470-532-9630 or email Zwa-Dutumi@dot.ga.gov. Job seekers can also apply online at www. Team.Georgia.gov/careers.
Wednesday, Aug. 23
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days. General Mills West Facility, at 15200 Industrial Park Blvd. NE, in Covington, will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 26
The City of Covington and Trinity United Methodist Church, at 6154 Collins St. NE, in Covington, for a community clean up in the Covington Mill community from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon. Trinity UMC is planning to serve lunch to volunteers. The city will provide water, gloves and trash bags along with a dumpster and a claw truck to lift larger items.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Sen. Tonya Anderson, D-Lithonia, will host a certificate and lapel pin ceremony to publicly recognize Vietnam War veterans from Rockdale, Newton and the surrounding counties for their service and selfless dedication to the United States. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Conyers First United Methodist Church. Vietnam veterans who are interested in participating in the ceremony may submit their application to participate in one of three ways. You may mail your DD Form 214 and NTA to the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (Certificates) at 2 MLK Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334. You also have the option to email your NTA and DD Form 214 to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may fax the NTA and DD Form 214 to 404-656-7006. The deadline to submit is Thursday, Aug. 31.
Sunday, Sept. 3
Meet in downtown Covington at 3 p.m. for the Community Bike Ride the first Sunday of each month. Co-hosted by the Newton Trails, Main Street Covington and the Covington/Newton County Visitors Center, for more information visit http://www.newtontrails.org/community-bike-ride. The ride starts and finishes at the Square. The first loop is a gentle, family-friendly 4.5 mile roll around downtown Covington. Then, if you’re up for a little more fun, take a ride out and back on the scenic Eastside Trail.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
The City of Covington wants your input. A community meeting will take place in support of the development of the city’s comprehensive plan. Attendees will be asked for their input on the city’s future. This is your opportunity to help plan what Covington will look like for future generations to enjoy. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the Covington Municipal Airport conference room, at 1400 Highway 142. If you have questions, call the Department of Planning and Zoning at 770-385-2178.