Week of Dec. 30
The GEM Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., is hosting Calhoun’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Babe’s Bayou on New Year’s Eve at 10 p.m. Ring in the new year at the GEM. For more information call 706-625-3132.
The Coulter Hampton Foundation is hosting its annual Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day at Salacoa Lake. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event are used to help children in Gordon County with serious illnesses. Registration is $25 and includes a long-sleeve shirt. Go to coulterhampton. org for more information or to register. Registration can also be done the day of the event. Questions can be directed to Nikki Hampton at 706-271-6534.
First Thursday Book Club will meet on Jan. 3 at Shoney’s on Red Bud Road at 7 p.m. We will discuss “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce. “Joyce’s beguiling debut is (a) modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”—People (four stars). Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Arrive a little earlier to enjoy dinner. For more information contact Roberta Charbonneau at 678-773-5655.
Week of Jan. 13
The American Red Cross is hosting the I Have a Dream Blood Drive on Jan. 14, from noon to 5 p.m., at its office at 309 Court St. in Calhoun. The Red Cross is partnering with the Calhoun Downtown Development Authority for the event. Those who donate blood will receive a free T-shirt and Chick-fil-A coupons.