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Celebrate Wellness!

The Samaritan Center for Counseling and Wellness has grown over the years from a couple of good people offering counseling to a full-spectrum emphasis on wellness. On Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown around City Hall they’re going to share with the community a lot of different ways to stay well. No matter your age or physical condition they can show you how to get better and stay there: yoga, Tai Chi, acupuncture, zumba, massage therapy, along with mini-exercise sessions. This is a great opportunity on a spring Saturday to find out more about these ways of staying well. The day is also a fundraiser that helps the Samaritan Center extend its mental health and wellness services to people who are unable to afford them. Come support these efforts and learn more about the Center’s counseling, behavioral therapy, workshops, retreats, yoga and other stress-reduction techniques. For more info go to

Earth Day Among the Blossoms

Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and a graduate of the University of Georgia, will read poems and prose at the fourth annual Georgia Review Earth Day program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. in the Day Chapel of the State Botanical Garden at 2450 South Milledge Avenue. A patio reception follows, featuring music by the Athens duo Hawk Proof Rooster—aka Charlie and Nancy Hartness (“old-time†music featuring fiddle, ukulele, guitar, banjo and vocals).

Trethewey’s latest book is a prose work, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010. She will read from this personal study of the environmental devastation brought to her home state by Hurricane Katrina, and she will read a selection of poems as well. The Georgia Review has earned an increasingly strong reputation for its periodic presentation of environmentally focused writings.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, call The Georgia Review at 706-542-3481 or go to


If there is a topic tailor-made for Athens, it’s “The Heritage Imperative: Old Buildings, Social Justice and the Challenge of Change.†That’s the title of the expert testimony to be delivered here by Natalie Bull, executive director of the Heritage Canada Foundation. She speaks at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (today) April 11, in the UGA Chapel. Her speech is sponsored by the UGA College of Environment and Design. It is free and open to the public, as is the reception that follows in the nearby Founders Memorial Garden. This yearlong lecture series has been outstanding. For more information contact Mark Reinberger, head of the department of historic preservation: or 706-542-4706.

Real Scavengers

Hey, let’s go out to the landfill and count vultures. For real. The ACC Recycling Division is leading a scavenger hunt at the landfill at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 15. If that sounds like an odd way to spend a Sunday morning, the purpose is to learn more about vultures, nature’s scavengers (and recyclers). The outing is jointly sponsored by the Oconee River Audubon Society and is free, though canceled if it rains. The landfill is located at 5700 Lexington Road. For more info: or 706-613-3512.

The Next Homer?

The Iliad Literary-Art Magazine—that perennial winner of awards—is gearing up for another season of fine writing and photography at Clarke Central High School. It takes money to produce such a good magazine, though, and you may have heard that money for education is in short supply. The Iliad can use some help, and they have a track record of accomplishment that demonstrates what a sound investment you’ll be making. Mail a check by May 2 to their capable advisor at Clarke Central: Iliad ℅ David Ragsdale, 350 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605.

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