Buzz: Book signing this evening for Laura Woford’s ‘Coloring Meditations for a Full Life.’ Nov. 14 is ‘Strike Out Child Abuse.’ Big weekend for Mission

Buzz: Book signing this evening for Laura Woford’s ‘Coloring Meditations for a Full Life.’ Nov. 14 is ‘Strike Out Child Abuse.’ Big weekend for Mission

The Last Stop Gift Shop hosts a book signing featuring Laura Woford’s Coloring Meditations for a Full Life on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 5 until 7 p.m. Woford’s book is designed to promote stress relief through coloring, while combining art and prayer.  Using the book, readers meditate upon the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila while coloring scenes of Avila or scenes evoked by her words. In this quiet, simple activity, readers enter a wise world of peace and joy. This book makes the book of her life accessible and applicable to all kinds of people living now. People using it will pray in a fun, focused and fruitful way of using art even if they are not artists.  Woford is a Rome resident and in mid-2017, founded Art2Pray, a small initiative with the aim to help bring people to peace and a deep connection to Christ through exploration of simple art techniques that anyone can learn. Woford earned her degree in Art from the University of Southern Indiana, and later trained to be a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program. The Last Stop Gift Shop is at 402 Civic Center Drive, Rome, across from Applebee’s and Steak n’ Shake. For more: 706-295-5576.

“STRIKE” Out Child Abuse is an annual event supporting the Exchange Club Family Resource Center.  Set for Nov. 14, teams can come as they are to the fun-filled night or get creative with their names and carry the theme forward by dressing up in costume. The 2017 event is SOLD OUT but donors can still support the center by visiting . “STRIKE Out Child Abuse” will be held at Classic Lanes Bowling Center on Huffaker Road in Rome with doors opening at 6 p.m. Teams of five bowlers receive two games, shoe rental and an event T-shirt. Twenty-four teams signed up this year.

Shining Stars Cheer Team celebrates its 10th year and travels this Saturday to Columbus to be a featured exhibition team at the State Championship Cheer Competition. Shining Stars is sponsored by Mission ISPossible, a local 501C3, who’s goal is to see missions accomplished right here in our community. Mission ISPossible also sponsors a monthly Birthday Club for children with special needs and their siblings. Parents get an afternoon respite and volunteers play with the kids, serve pizza and birthday cake, and give each child who has a birthday that month a gift. The November event is this Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m. at Hotshots Cheer Center on Iron Street. Folks interested in their children attending or folks interested in volunteering should contact Wendy Williams at or 706-506-4544.

Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court Barbara H. Penson asks all veterans to make sure their DD-214 discharge is recorded at the courthouse.  Your DD-214 should have been recorded at the time of the service member’s discharge from the military. Says Penson: “I have discovered that many veterans do not know about this service and did not have their DD-214 recorded.  Although veterans may have recorded their DD-214 in their home town or in a county or another state far away from Floyd County, you are encouraged to record them here as well.  If your DD-214 has been recorded somewhere else and you are now living in Floyd County, simply bring your DD-214 to the Clerk of Superior Court’s Offices located at 3 Government Plaza, Suite 101 and we will record it in our records.  If there comes a time you need a certified copy, then we will be able to provide one for you and it will not be necessary to send to another county or state to obtain your record.  This is a free service to all our veterans that my office is delighted to offer.” DD-214 is issued by the Department of Defense when a person is discharged by the military.

The Friends of the Library is offering our Christmas Gift Auction for 2017.  All three showcases feature books anyone on your gift list would love to have.  The outside foyer showcase features “Gifts for the Season” with a wide variety books for family and friends.  Inside the library near the doorways to the Friends of the Library Used Book Store, one showcase has “Collectible Fiction–Signed by Authors” and the other showcase is filled with “Christmas Books.”  All Silent Auction items are from books donations to the Friends.  For a complete list of the books offered in all three showcases, please check the Library website, Our last Silent Auction for 2017 will close Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4 p,m.

Grant applications sought by Heart of the Community: Over the past two years the Heart of the Community Foundation has awarded over $56,000  to agencies in Rome and Floyd County.  Grant applications are currently being accepted for 2018 donations. Applications can be found at , the Heart of the Community Facebook page or by calling 706 802-3924.  Awards will be presented at the annual Awards of Honor event on February 18, 2017. Applications should be mailed to Heart of the Community, P.O. Box 5064 Rome, GA 30162. Deadline: Jan. 2.

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