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February

Alice WalkerFebruary 9: Alice Walker Day Proclamation . Celebrate this new holiday with the Georgia Writers Museum and Mayor Rocker! Join us at the Georgia Writers Museum at 12PM. For more information call (706) 991-5119.

Georgia Writers MuseumFebruary 13th: Intro to Creative Writing. The focus of this 6-week course will be the writing of literary prose, both creative nonfiction and fiction. Students will explore both genres through a variety of fun and playful in-class exercises as well as homework assignments designed to unleash the creative flow and sharpen specific skills of the craft. Emphasis will be placed on capturing sensory elements of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste to bring the writer's work alive for the reader. Structure, point of view, character, dialogue and setting will be explored through examples from quality literature as well as follow-up assignments. Students will also learn the skills of the trade: how to create a disciplined writing routine at home along with other tips on keeping the writing muscle alive. Although this is predominantly an introductory writing class, students with in-progress work may have a chance to receive specific critique if requested. Course fee is $175. Register at the Georgia Writers Museum, 706.991.5119 or email georgiawritersmuseum@gmail.com Come to class equipped with the book, a pen, a notebook and an open mind.

Georgia Writers MuseumFebruary 27th: He Reads/She Reads Luncheon and book talk Join The Georgia Writers Museum from 12-2 for lunch and a fun discussion about books with Atlanta Authors Valerie Joan Connors, Susan Jimison, Connie McKee, and Rona Simmons.The four authors have banded together to promote reading among both man and women after finding themselves "husband-less" at book talks, book clubs and book signings. They dubbed themselves "The Book Widows". Rona Simmons said "John Gray's Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus couldn't be more apropos to reading." The group will talk about how the sexes read and how to find the right book to bring the two together. Copies of their books will also be available for sale and signing. This is a Reservations ONLY Event. $12 per person. call 706.991.5119

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March

Seuss on the LooseMarch 4: Seuss On the Loose Festival and Fun Run. If you are looking for games, crafts, prizes, food and lots of FUN, look no further than the Suess on the Loose Festival being held at the Putman Primary School from 9AM-12PM. Dr. Suess costumes are encouraged. Don't forget to bring you racing shoes to take part in the fun run at 9 AM. This fundraiser benefits the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

reynolds March 4: The Reynolds Chorus presents a "Southern Tapestry" Reynolds Chorus will be delighting the community with an Evening of Sensational Songs Celebrating the South. The performance begins at 7:30 pm at The Plaza Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and are available at The Plaza Arts Center, Bank South Lake Oconee, and from all Chorus Members.

Tiny House FestivalMarch 4-6: Tiny House Festival First Annual Georgia Tiny House Festival will be held March 4-6, 2016 at beautiful Crooked Pines Farm. Be sure to reserve your spot for attending the Georgia Tiny House Festival before capacity is met and registration is closed. There will be a FREE Meet-and-Greet, Movie, and access to vendors. Concession sales will be available. Join us on Saturday for Festival events, lectures, presentations, entertainment, giveaways, Tool Seminar, and children activities for registered attendees. Join us Saturday night for an outdoor concert and entertainment for registered attendees. Click Here for more information

Willis ClanMarch 16: OPAS Presents: The Willis Clan As see on America's Got Talent and TLC, come see why the world has embraced this dazzling dozen of Irish American brothers and sisters in a fun, high energy, Celtic concert. Visit http://www.opas.org for more information

Lets Get SocialMarch 17: Lets Get Social This St. Patrick's Day, the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Writer's Museum will be presenting a free social media class to help local business owners and volunteers better manage social media pages. This one hour session is the first class of a series that will delve deeper into how to engage your followers. The introductory course will cover: logging into Facebook, managing multiple pages, scheduling posts, and using links. Class begins at 9AM at the Georgia Writers Museum. Laptops and tablets are encouraged. contact kaitlyn@eatonton.com for more information or to RSVP.

Food & Wine March 18-19: The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival Join us for the 7th annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival, March 18-19, 2016. Don't miss this delicious weekend filled with a delectable array of culinary samplings and fine wine, all enjoyed from the casual elegance of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. This year's festival has a fantastic lineup - a sponsor appreciation Vintner Dinner, the Ultimate Grand Tasting, and two all-new events for 2016: the Launch Party and a Brew & Que Cook-Off. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.http://oconeefoodandwine.com

Easter Egg HuntMarch 26: Easter Egg Hunt Come join us for Eatonton's third annual Community Easter Egg Hunt! 10:00 AM at the Putnam County Recreation Center. There will be four age divided egg hunts, music, crafts, games, balloon animals, a bounce house, prizes, concessions and A VISIT FROM THE EASTER BUNNY! Bring your camera for photos! This event is being planned by Eatonton Main Street, The Putnam County Recreation Department, Pilot Club and Lions Club. We are seeking other organizational planning assistance and sponsorships. If you would like to help host, provide an activity or donate to the event, please contact us at 706-749-9150 or eatontonmainstreet@outlook.com.

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April

Photography ShowApril 2-8: 7th Annual Photography Show and Contest. Photography entries will be accepted February 29-March 7. The show will be at The Plaza Arts Center and will be open to the public April 2- 8. Please go to www.theplazaartscenter.com for all details and entry information.

Run For Your WifeApril 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23: Putnam Alliance for Performing Arts presents Run for Your Wife. The Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton, Georgia will host this year's spring production of Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney. This play is a superb example of British farce that has had successful and positively reviewed runs in London, New York, and in international community theaters. The plot centers around a big city taxi driver who gets away with having two wives because of his irregular working schedule, or so he thinks! A heroic action on his part brings him unwanted attention, and things get complicated for him as he tries to keep his double life from exploding. Contact 706.923.1655 or moreinfo@theplazaartscenter.com for more information.

Run For Your WifeApril 17: Uncle Remus Museum's 53rd Anniversary The Uncle Remus Museum is celebrating its 53rd Anniversary with an open house. Bring everyone to this family affair from 2-5pm on Sunday afternoon, the more the merrier. Every day is a Zip A Dee Doo Dah Day at Uncle Remus.

Butterflies and Blooms April 23: Earth day Family Fun Fest Come join us at Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch. This event runs from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the butterfly habitat in the 400 block of Oak Street on the Aluminum Hill. Enjoy live entertainment, games, crafts, and door prizes for all ages. Local honey, produce, butterfly garden plants, artwork, and food served up by Butler-Baker Alumni Project for sale. Admission is $5 per family, which covers all games and activities. For more information, visit us on Facebook at Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch or Email Susan Larson.

Sweet Tee OffApril 25: Second Annual Sweet Tee Off The Second Annual Sweet Tee Off is set for April 25, 2016! Just like last year, this will be a tournament that you will not want to miss. We have gone above and beyond to bring players and sponsors alike anew experience that will never be forgotten. Make sure to sign up your team before January 2016 and you will have the ability to pay in monthly installments leading up to the event. Last year's Tee Gift were Maui Jim Sunglasses, and this year's will top that! For more information on sponsoring or to sign up a team, contact Maddie Atkinson at (706) 485-7701 or email her here

Jeffery WellsApril 28: OPAS Presents: An Intimate Concert Featuring Jeffrey Wells and the Putnam County High School Chorus A BENEFIT FOR OPAS EDUCATION PROGRAMS! Join us for a special evening with Opera Star Jeffrey Wells singing selections from his pop album "First Love.”Visit http://www.opas.org for more information .

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May

Country CarnivalMay 7: Country carnival Join Crooked Pines Farm for this one day event that will kick off the summer with family activities, artisan demonstrations, rock climbing wall, laser tag, crafts, hay mountain with slides, hay rides and petting farm, mining station, inflatables and much more! Wristbands will be sold that will give you access to most activities with unlimited use. Some activities may require additional fee. .

Community breakfastMay 13: Community Breakfast Join the Leadership Class Alumni and Banksouth for breakfast at The Plaza Arts Center from 8-9AM. The $15 donation asked at the door will go towards the effort to repaint all 5 of Eatonton's watertowers starting with the one overlooking downtown. The class has taken on this project to create a more beautiful, friendly downtown area for tourists and residents alike. breakfast will include a multitude of casseroles, pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. To RSVP and show your support, contact speacock@banksouth.com.

Car ShowMay 14: First Annual Founders Day Car & Cycle Show Whether you are looking to show off your ride, are a classic car enthusiast, or are just curious about the Memory Lane Classic Car Museum, you will find something to entertain at this event. Come by the museum on Scott Rd. from 10-3. There will be Door Prizes, Cash Prizes, And A 50/50 Cash Drawing !! Food & Drinks Available! Visit http://business.eatonton.com/list/member/memory-lane-classic-cars-9069 for more information .

Salute SalonMay 17: OPAS Presents: Salute Salon This talented quartet wins audiences the world over not just with their undeniable virtuosity but also with their fun sense of humor and charming instrumental acrobatics. Salut Salon brings a fresh take on classical music and will leave you wanting more! Visit http://www.opas.org for more information .

Salute SalonMay 18: Put Eatonton on the Map with Google We are partnering with Google to help put every business in Eatonton and the surrounding cities on the map-- Including YOURS! Businesses that have complete business information online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers. When people can find your business our community becomes even stronger. Join us on May 18 from 8:30-10:30 at The Plaza Arts Center for this free workshop. .

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June

Dairy FestivalJune 4: Putnam County Dairy Festival This year's dairy festival will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 on the streets surrounding the Putnam County Courthouse. Hosted by the Pilot Club of Eatonton, GA, the annual Putnam County Dairy Festival is an exciting day for the whole family. As a tribute to the dairy industry and local dairy families, the festival acknowledges the success of Putnam County as a leading dairy county in Georgia. The festival engenders a feeling of good will and civic pride. Along with the festival, many other activities are planned which bring visitors and families back to the community such as class reunions, family gatherings, etc. Visit www.putnamcountydairyfestival.com for more information and a timeline of events.

FootballJune 9: 2nd Annual Hagen Brothers Football Camp Your child has the oportunity to join Mike and Steve from 9am-1pm at Putnam County H.S. to learn a little more about football. T-Shirt, lunch, & FUN provided! There 3 ways to sign up: Visit: http:bit.ly/1PcIvsT E-Mail: recreation@putnamcountyga.us Call: 706.485.8565

Dairy FestivalJune 11: Rubber Ducky Roundup Rubber Ducky Round-Up, is scheduled for June 11th from 12-3 at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville. Ducks are ready to be "adopted" for $5 per duck and are represented by a numbered entry ticket until the day of the race. At the race, numbered ducks will be released into Harris Shoals, and the first ducks to cross the finish line will be our prizewinners. All proceedes benefit the building of Circle Ranch for the children in the local community who are in desperate need of alternative housing. Please contact circleranch@windstream.net for more information.

grapevineJune 18: Meet The Author- Kathy Bradley 12-2PM at the Georgia Writers Museum. Kathy is the author of Breathing and Walking around: Meditations on a life, which received the Will D. Cambell Award for creative nonfiction in 2010 and for which she was named 2012 Georgia Author of the year. Tickets are $15 and seatins is limited, so please call ahead at (706)-991-5119 or visit www.georgiawritersmuseum.com

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grapevineJune 18: The Grapevine @7:30 PM Meet Me at The Plaza outdoor summer concert series is proud to present The Grapevine, your Georgia Party Band! The Grapevine has a very diverse repertoire, with styles that include Motown, R&B, Beach, Pop, 60s-70s-80s rock, and much more! Check back, as tickets on sale soon at the Plaza Arts Center!

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July

Independence DayJuly 3: Ritz Carlton of Lake Oconee Fireworks Display The Ritz will host a band starting at 7:45 p.m. Space is limited and will be first come first served. Fireworks will follow the band's performance at this Independence Day celebration.

Independence DayJuly 5: Rock Eagle Fireworks Pull up a chair around Rock Eagle 4-H Center's Lake to enjoy this annual fireworks display celebrating America's independence! Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Independence DayJuly 11: GCTC Master's Electrical License Prep Class $299.00; Class meets Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (3 days a week) from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dates: July 11 - Aug 30 at the CGTC Macon Campus.

Independence DayJuly 13: Boating safety class A boating safety class taught by DNR covers Georgia boating safety, laws and regulations. Classes take place 6-10 p.m. on July 13 and 14 at Crowe Marine, 1010 Greensboro Road, Greensboro. Both nights are mandatory. Sign up at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.

Independence DayJuly 14: Let's Get Social, Part 2 Part two of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce's social media class series located at the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton. This class, entitled "LinkedIn 101," will delve deep into the functions of LinkedIn. Get a chance to tour the Georgia Writers Museum and network with new people at this interactive event. Classes start at 9 a.m. Please call 706-485-7701 or email info@eatonton.com for more information.

city soulJuly 16: Classic City Soul @ 7:30 PM Meet Me at The Plaza outdoor summer concert series brings you Classic City Soul this July. They have a perfect sweet summer groove! Check back, as tickets on sale soon at the Plaza Arts Center!

ice creamJuly 16: 2016 Crooked Pines Farm Ice Cream Festival Join Crooked Pines farm for the 2nd annual Ice Cream Festival. Entry includes free tasting of many different kinds of ice cream from competitors, who are battling it out to become 2016's tasters' choice.

Independence DayJuly 20: Free Alzheimer's Disease Caregive Support A free Alzheimer's Disease caregiver support group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Eatonton First Baptist Church, 115 N. Madison Avenue, with facilitator Janice Turner. Call Turner at 706-485-3331 to confirm date and time; the group is scheduled to meet on the third Wednesday of each month.

Independence DayJuly 23: Eatonton Cotton Warehouse Open House The grand opening and open house of Eatonton's newest venue: The Eatonton Cotton Warehouse. From noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 23, enjoy a look inside the newly renovated building, which will be alive with a mock wedding, a reception setting complete with food and cake, a business meeting setting, live music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and more. The venue is located at 118 N. Jefferson Avenue, Eatonton (next to Smith's Coastal Grill).

August

Inside outAugust 5: Movies on the Courthouse Lawn "Inside Out" will be shown on the big screen on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 3. Sponsored by Eatonton Main Street, Movies in the Briar Patch is free and open to all. Bring your own chair or blanket, and movie refreshments are available for purchase. For information, call 706-749-9150 or visit eatontonmainstreet.com.

Independence DayAugust 11: Let's Get Social, Part 3 Part three of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce's social media class series located at the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton. This class, entitled "The social media you aren't using," will cover the basics of Instagram, Snapchat, Google+ and more. Get a chance to tour the Georgia Writers Museum and network with new people at this interactive event. Classes start at 9 a.m. Please call 706-485-7701 or email info@eatonton.com for more information.

boatsAugust 17: Boating safety classes Classes by DNR covering boating laws and regulations take place Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18 from 6-10 p.m. at Singleton Marine, 5820 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro. Both nights are mandatory. For information or to register, visit www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.

Independence DayAugust 27: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Fall Expedition Explore impressive historic homes this fall in Sparta and Hancock County, Georgia, an area that boasts some of the finest antebellum architecture in the state. The itinerary is filled with a variety of historic sites, including stately private residences and picturesque rural sites. Guests will also enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and drinks and light hors d'oeurves at a special closing reception. Call 404-885-7812 or visit www.georgiatrust.org for more information.

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October

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November

MerchantsNovember 20-21: Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House Friday from 5 pm - 7 pm. Kick off your holiday shopping in Downtown Eatonton! Stroll our candlelit streets and enjoy caroling, refreshments and specials in our shops. Specials continue through regular business hours on Saturday.

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December

Christmas in the Briar PatchDecember 3: Christmas in the Briar Patch 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. This annual event is the perfect occasion to do some holiday shopping! Arts and crafts vendors line the court house lawn with everything from handmade pottery and painted ornaments to live floral arrangements and holiday party treats. In addition to the bazaar, our downtown shops will have holiday specials through 8:00 pm. Our lighted Christmas parade begins at 6:00 pm. FREE photos with Santa and Briar Patch Friends will take place after the parade (bring your camera)! For more information visit www.eatontonmainstreet.com or call 706-749-9150.

Christmas ParadeDecember 3: Light Up the Night Christmas Parade 6:00 p.m.- Join us for our third annual lighted Christmas Parade! Lighted floats will travel down the main streets of Eatonton's historic district and make downtown come alive with holiday cheer! We are encouraging all local organizations, businesses, schools and churches to get involved. It's free to enter the parade! For more information visit www.eatontonmainstreet.com or call 706-749-9150.

Christmas AvenueDecember 4: Christmas on the Avenue Come enjoy this annual holiday performance by the church choirs of Eatontons's North Madison Avenue. It's free but you must make a reservation. Call The Plaza at 706-923-1655 or visit www.theplazaartscenter.com to purchase tickets.

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