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Rescue Me BIDEN BUCKS BURN A HOLE IN COMMISSIONERS’ POCKETS AND MORE NEWS By Blake Aued and Jessica Luton news@flagpole.com The money hasn’t arrived yet, but like millions of other Americans with an eye on their banking app, Athens-Clarke County officials are already thinking about how to spend more than $60 million the local government will receive from the Biden administration through the American Rescue Plan signed in March. The windfall will include $57 million ACC can spend on COVID relief, hazard pay for county employees who worked through the pandemic, replacing revenue from the economic downturn and on water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. That money will come in two installments—one this May and another next year—and must be spent before the end of 2024. In addition, $2.5 million is coming for affordable housing construction through the federal HOME program, along with $7.2 million for Athens Transit. Mayor Kelly Girtz said he will propose in his 2022 budget next week spending $3 million to restore Athens Transit routes that were cut during the pandemic and keep the system fare-free for another year. Besides the dollars coming directly to ACC, Athens residents, nonprofits and businesses will have access to a variety of other funds, including emergency assistance for

renters, homeowners, restaurant owners, mental health care providers and child care providers. The act also temporarily expands nutrition programs like SNAP (food stamps/ EBT) and WIC (for women, infants and children). While the money is welcome, it also creates a conundrum for local officials who must decide how to spend the local share without knowing what other funds might become available, as well as how to get the word out to individuals and organizations. “A real challenge for us is, there’s not going to be a day certain when this all comes out,” ACC Manager Blaine Williams told commissioners at an Apr. 15 work session. “It’s probably going to be staggered. You don’t want to spend all your funds on one pot when another one’s coming down the pike.” Formal guidance from the Treasury Department is expected in mid-May, according to Girtz. When that comes, though, local officials want to be ready to hit the ground running. “I think we should come up with immediate plans for immediate needs so when that money lands on our lap we are ready to go,” Commissioner Melissa Link said. One of those needs, commissioners agreed, is ramping up COVID-19 vacci-

nations. Link is among those who have expressed frustration that some Athens residents are having a difficult time scheduling appointments in town. With new variants of the virus spreading, public health experts say the nation is in a race to achieve herd immunity before a new version pops up that current vaccines are ineffective against. Another high priority for several commissioners is rental assistance. The CDC has placed a moratorium on evictions through June, but some people are still being evicted because they can’t navigate the system well enough to fill out the proper paperwork, according to Commissioner Tim Denson. Even those who can take advantage of the moratorium will owe back rent when it expires. Denson wants to put into place something like the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court’s Project RESET, an eviction prevention program funded by the CARES Act, last year’s round of coronavirus relief. After some pushback from Commissioners Allison Wright and Mike Hamby, Commissioner Jesse Houle called for a vote on a Project RESET-style program in May. “People are being evicted every day right now, and we could be doing something about it,” Houle said. “We complain about homelessness all the time. Everyone on this body makes all this noise about homelessness. And people are homeless because they get evicted, and we could be preventing that, and we’re not. We need to stop dragging our feet.” One question about such programs, though, is how they could be sustained once the federal funding runs out. Link and Commissioner Ovita Thornton said they

want to invest in programs that will alleviate poverty and ultimately bring more tax revenue into county coffers. Commissioner Patrick Davenport said his constituents want to address homelessness, but he also pointed to traditional infrastructure projects like sidewalks and sewer lines. Once built they require maintenance, but don’t have the operating costs of social programs. “If we fix what’s broken now… we put less strain on our budget,” Davenport said. [Blake Aued]

Commission Is Hostile to Hostile Architecture At another work session Apr. 13, commissioners discussed how things as simple as benches can make downtown more inviting. “Hostile architecture” or “defensive design” is “designed to exclude or restrict certain groups of people,” mostly the homeless, teenagers, skateboarders and “other undesirable individuals,” according to Randy Sorensen, an urban planner and landscape architect with Jacobs Engineering. For example, benches in downtown Athens have armrests in the middle, which make them impossible to lie down on. Other examples include spikes on window sills and ledges or boulders in public gathering spaces. “All of these are attempts to solve urban design issues without addressing the core problem. They tend to sanitize public spaces such that they deter inclusivity,” Sorensen said. “It’s important that you create an


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COVID Rates Hold Steady While progress isn’t happening as quickly as some would like, Clarke County continues to show weekly growth in COVID-19 vaccinations. At the end of last week, 28,744 (23%) of Athens-Clarke County residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine, and another 22,439 (18%) of residents have been fully vaccinated. In the weeks ahead, Georgia will receive $96 million in funding from the CDC. These funds will help “fund community-oriented vaccination efforts specifically to help underserved communities in the state,” public health expert Amber Schmidtke noted in her newsletter last week. Further, she noted, these funds mean that serving the medically underserved will be a major

priority for the federal government. That bodes well for helping the rest of the community get vaccinated going forward. In terms of positive cases, the seven-day running average was steady from 10.9 on Apr. 8 to 10.7 on Apr. 16. The cumulative total of confirmed positive cases among Clarke County residents stood at 12,593, an increase of 78 cases for the week. There have been an additional 2,199 positive antigen tests for Clarke County, an increase of 18 cases. Hospitalizations remained low this week, with just 27 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Region E, which includes Clarke County. That is just 5% of patients in Region E hospitals, down from nearly half at the height of last winter’s spike. COVID-19 is still killing people, but recent data suggests deaths are slowing down. Two Clarke County residents died of COVID-19 last week, bringing the total to 133. UGA reported only 33 positive tests among students, faculty and staff for the week of Apr. 5. However, surveillance testing rates continue to plummet. There were only 638 surveillance tests administered for the week, compared to 846 the previous week, well below the university’s goal of 1,500 per week. UGA vaccine dashboard data shows that UGA has administered 11,096 vaccinations, and 3,499 people had been fully vaccinated by UGA as of Apr. 11. Data from the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases Wastewater Lab suggest that rates of viral spread are holding steady, for now. “Viral RNA levels were comparable to those reported last week,” the lab website states. “While the total viral load remains relatively low (in the lower third of all concentrations reported) for Athens-Clarke County, a general upward trend has been observed over a period of three weeks. The 7-day running average of reported cases has increased to 12 cases per day as of 4/9 and the rate of positive tests increased to 5% (compared to 4% positivity on 4/2). These trends suggest that there is a continued need for preventative measures as vaccine distribution increases within the county.” [Jessica Luton] f

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In an announcement of a new fund for graduate students, vice, unlike the technology or green fees. While university UGA recently said that it has increased the base doctoral administration is largely opaque regarding how this money assistantship rate from $46,062 to $56,613 since the is used, it does state that the SIF funds graduate teaching 2013–2014 school year. The same press release publicizes assistantships. Did those increases to the SIF mean that a new $250,000 “Degree Accelerator” fund that would bengraduate students helped pay for the 2–5% increase to their efit between 50–100 graduate students, with awards up to own stipends as well? $5,000. This fund is meant to offset the disruption caused Since graduate students must be enrolled with full-time by COVID-19 to graduate student research and degree com- credit hours to receive their stipends, graduate students are pletion time. paying to receive their paychecks. This is even true when This advertisement belies the actual financial situagraduate students are simply seeking to work over the sumtion of graduate students, misrepresents the relationship mer, when they often do not take any classes, or when takbetween graduate students and the university and makes ing filler research course credits for classes that never meet it seem that UGA is fairly compensating graduate student after they have finished their course requirements. work. In actively deceiving the public, UGA fails to live up Moreover, in a letter to the Franklin Faculty Senate, to one of its three pillars: wisdom. Graduate School Dean Ron Walcott noted that this fee UGA unabashedly misleads the public about graduate also provides a 50% health insurance premium subsidy for student income by concealing how base assistant rates do graduate workers. While intending to show the SIF benefits not reflect stipends. Graduate for graduate students, this claim students do not actually receive elides how graduate students are $56,613. That figure is what gradustill subsidizing their own subsidy, ate students would receive if their even while not all graduate stuofficial stipend contract duties dents receive their insurance from were 40 hours a week. However, UGA. graduate students are officially The GSC passed a resolution to contracted to work only around eliminate the SIF on Apr. 2, 2020. 14–20 hours a week, despite often We never received a response from working more than that, and most Walcott about the resolution. A are not permitted to have second year later, Walcott suddenly took jobs. Graduate students are on 3/9 interest in this issue, but not to or 4/9 assistantships, which cuts support graduate student workers. base assistant rates by more than His letter actively attempted to half. Stipends are around $20,000 undermine efforts to pass a similar a year, pre-taxes. resolution in the Franklin Faculty While we appreciate UGA’s Senate—which did pass, in spite recognition of the disruption and of Walcott’s efforts, on Mar. 23. In increased workload caused by this letter, Walcott acknowledged COVID-19, UGA has ultimately that he was aware of the GSC resfailed to address the financial olution. Why, then, did he never precarity of graduate students contact members of the GSC? prior to COVID-19. The creation of The student emergency and UGA’s graduate student emergency accelerator funds and the increased fund and its subsequent increase stipends are misdirected, tempoGraduate School Dean Ron Walcott from $50,000 for 24 students rary and superficial solutions to to $423,000 for 335 students a much deeper problem. Stipends between November 2019 and March 2021 reflects the grow- are still inadequate, and fees are way too expensive. The ing financial precarity of graduate students. Respondents to repeal of the SIF would help graduate students avoid needan April 2020 survey about graduate student finances coning the “Degree Accelerator” fund in the first place. UGA ducted by members of the UGA Graduate Student Council highlights this fund as a way to demonstrate that it cares (GSC) reported difficulties feeding their children, inability for graduate students. Yet, UGA fails to provide serious to pay medical bills and having to give up professional opportunities to listen to graduate student concerns and development opportunities that would cost money. Of the ignores the years-long effort to repeal a fee and ensure all 221 respondents, 94% reported experiencing financial difgraduate students have more financial security. ficulties. Thus, while UGA touts that it “has increased the This failure is not the way to show appreciation for gradgraduate stipend rates by an average of 2–5% per year in six uate students. We are not just students; we are workers of the past seven years,” these efforts are insufficient. who give so much to promote higher education in Georgia. Compounding the financial precarity caused by inadeWe are the ones that UGA purportedly “deeply values” quate stipends are the staggering mandatory fees paid by because “UGA’s research, instructional and service missions graduate students. Over the course of a year, these fees benefit directly from” us. Each semester, the university can total up to $4,426. At $450 per semester, the largest functions because graduate workers grade assignments, fee is the special institutional fee (SIF). Graduate students teach their own classes, run laboratories and do other enrolled during the fall, spring and summer pay $1,350 research and teaching tasks. With each three-hour course annually. The SIF is a heavy financial burden; for those costing $2,447, graduate workers who teach two sections with stipends around $20,000, it amounts to 6.5% of one’s of a course, each with a capacity of 35 students, generate annual income. UGA’s graduate student fees are unusu$171,325 of revenue for UGA every semester. Additionally, ally and appallingly large–the fourth-highest graduate graduate student workers contribute to research, present at student fees in the nation, among a list of 70 comparable international conferences and publish papers. universities. Graduate workers are value creators. It is time that we The SIF is also the most egregious fee. Initially set at are respected as such. Without our labor, administrative $100 per semester, the Board of Regents instituted this fee jobs cannot exist. Bearing this in mind, answering our as a temporary austerity measure in 2009. Not only has emails and meeting requests about fees that devastate our the fee persisted despite last year’s USG budget exceeding livelihood is a simple request. If the UGA administration the 2009 budget, but it has also increased by 350% over really wants to help, though, a substantial first step would the years. Furthermore, the SIF does not pay for a serbe to eliminate the SIF for graduate student workers. f

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like Delta and The Coca-Cola Company have even succumbed to the cancel culture…” Just throw those buzzwords against that wall over there on the right and see what sticks. Probably all of it, because God knows the Hollywood elites’ woke cancel culture, whipped up by the liberal press and spurred on by Democrats’ lies, is running roughshod over WEAK corporations. So it’s possible that Hice could knock off office. He is leaving the U.S. Congress Raffensperger in the primary, but what if he to run for Georgia secretary of state. Of does? In the general election, how is Hice’s course he is, because his president, who message going to go over statewide—in didn’t lose, remember, has asked him to Savannah and Columbus and, most imporprimary the present secretary of state, Brad tantly, in the gigantic metropolitan Atlanta Raffensperger, because that region filled with Democratic official lied and said Trump and independent voters: lost Georgia. Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, In other words, Hice’s camCobb, Clayton, even Rockdale paign for secretary of state and Newton? It is one thing is based squarely on Trump’s to run in a gerrymandered Big Lie, which has been Hice’s congressional district Big Lie all along, too. The where you can ignore the thing about the Big Lie is that Democrats, but will Hice’s cuiyou have to keep on telling a sine of canned clichés appeal lot of little lies to justify the to anybody outside Georgia’s big one. sizable red-meat base? Hice’s campaign slogan Of course, that’s not really is, “Let’s Renew Integrity.” the point. Trump is just That is a good one. Let’s punishing Raffensperger and renew integrity by running doesn’t really care who regisJody Hice and Donald Trump may get more than they bargained for if they knock against the man who had the ters Georgia corporations and off or weaken Brad Raffensperger. integrity to stand up against licenses Georgia beauticians Hice’s president and refuse and regulates Georgia bond to endorse the Big Lie. In other words, let’s Hice tells us that because the national salesmen. But if Trump does knock off renew dishonesty but call it integrity. media spins things to fit “the liberal left’s Raffensperger, he may just open the door That’s the tone of Hice’s latest press agenda,” they have distorted Georgia’s for somebody more competent than Hice. release, and it makes you wonder where he new Election Integrity Act, and as a result John Barrow is probably laundering his came up with the PR firm handling his cam- “Hollywood elites” are now pulling projects work shirt and polishing his grandaddy’s paign—apparently some low-bidder from from the state and “WEAK corporations pistol even as we speak. f

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READY TO BATTLE THE LIBERAL LEFT’S ELITE WOKE CANCEL CULTURE By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com Do you know Jody Hice? Have you ever seen him? Neither have I. He is our congressman. By “our,” I mean that he represents Athens in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where he defends the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol (“our 1776 moment”) while he and most of his Republican colleagues were voting to overturn the 2020 presidential election. That Jody Hice. The reason you haven’t seen Jody Hice is that he never makes a public appearance in Athens, the largest city in his district. That’s because his schedule is always filled with appearances in the rural, Republican counties that consistently give him large vote totals. So Jody Hice doesn’t need Athens, where he might encounter constituents who disagree with his politics and oppose his stances on the Affordable Care Act, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the border wall (remember that?), impeachment, immigration, a woman’s right to choose, the NRA, the American Rescue Plan, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, corporate tax cuts, infrastructure and other matters Hice doesn’t care to discuss with us. But anyway, all that is irrelevant now, because Hice has his sights set on lower

the national pool of GOP attack sharks. Maybe the Russians wrote it, because it is filled with all those buzzwords that don’t sound quite right when they’re supposed to be coming from Hice, piped out from behind the walls of his gated community down there on Lake Oconee. It starts off, “Dear Friend, The ‘woke’ mob has gotten out of control.” Ha, ha! I guarantee you Hice doesn’t have any idea what “woke” means in this context, but his campaign gunners know it’s a hot button. They go on to assure us that the “baseless uproar over Georgia’s new election laws” is “spurred on by Democrats’ lies.”


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Herb Your Appetite SOIL, CLIMATE AND HARD WORK PAY OFF LOCALLY By Pete and M. McCommons pete@flagpole.com “There’s no place on Earth like the world. There’s no place that I’d rather be.” — Brendan Behan, The Hostage he advent of Earth Day reminds us that the products of the Earth itself can make the world a better place. For all the local riches of the Athens area—music, art, food, beer, architecture, sports—(legal) herbs might not come to mind. But around here, herbalism is strong, multifaceted and focused on farming practices that regenerate the soil as well as the body. The website of the American Herbalists Guild reminds us: “Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness. It has persisted as the world’s primary form of medicine since the beginning of time, with a written history more than 5,000 years old. While the use of herbs in America has been overshadowed by dependence on modern medications the last 100 years, 75% of the world’s population still rely primarily upon traditional healing practices, most of which is herbal medicine.” People in the South have relied on herbal wisdom and treatments for centuries, dating back to the Cherokees and Creeks as well as enslaved Black people, who accumulated knowledge of herbal healing that preceded a long line of Appalachian folk healers and Black “Granny Women” who knew how to cure with plants. Also, given our inadequate health care system, more and more people are taking matters into their own hands and learning about preventive medicine, nutrition and growing their own food. Here’s a sample of who’s out there around here. Heartsong, a small farm and apothecary (heartsongherbs.com), puts it this way on its website: “We are a part of a growing



movement of farmers who are taking the necessary next step beyond organic and moving into regenerative agriculture. These growing practices, which revolve around optimal soil health, are exponentially beneficial for all life on Earth. Regenerative farming produces herbs with the vigor and potency of plants found in wild places, creating the highest quality herbal medicine.” Heartsong grows herbs and converts them into tinctures intended to palliate a variety of maladies. In addition, Heartsong holds an annual plant sale (just recently concluded) and conducts workshops to show us how to grow herbs and make our own medicine, ”helping to bring health back into the hands Heartsong’s Dana Nivens in the greenhouse. of the people” Dana Nivens, founder and owner of Heartsong, says they’ve been you to your favorite grocery store and clue in business for four years and that every you in about how to buy to meet your needs year “people’s interest in adding herbs to and how to avoid the bad stuff and the their health protocols has grown exponen“sneaky marketing tricks.” Shop online. tially, because there’s so much we can do for ourselves in the daily maintenance of our MEplusTEA (meplustea.com) is “more than health.” a tea company… grounded in herbal wellShop online or at Urban Outfitters, Lotta ness and the pursuit of the perfect cup of Mae’s Supply Co., Indie South, ReBlossom tea.” It buys tea from around the world and Mom & Baby, Collective Harvest, combines it with local herbs​ to create sips Community, Treehouse Kid & Craft and that soothe the ills that flesh is heir to—and Daily Groceries. the spirit, too. You can shop online and also find them at the Athens Farmers Market The Herb Girls, Amy Wright and Eileen and the Marigold Market in Winterville. Schaeffer Brantley (herbgirlsathens.com), in addition to their college degrees in the Georgia Vinegar Company (georgia sciences, are both certified nutritional vinegar.com) is the brew of Cherokee Rose therapy practitioners, and they offer a Botanicals (Almeta Tulloss) and Third Moon

Botanica (Nicole Bluh), two herbalists who combined their passion and their skills to form Cherokee Moon Mixology, the creative power behind Georgia Vinegar Company. From local fruits and herbs, they produce fresh cider and wine vinegars, bitters, sours and tonics which apparently, with or without the addition of your favorite alcohol, do you good and help you, too—besides the benefits you get from them. Shop online. Piedmont Provisions (piedmontprovisions.com) is a local company founded by Heather Russell and dedicated to using locally and regionally sourced herbs and other organic ingredients to make “small batch preserves, herbal vinegar infusions, old-fashioned drinking vinegars (shrubs), bitters, pickles, relishes and all things fermented.” They grow most of the herbs and peppers that they preserve and get the rest from Georgia growers. Shop online and at their store in Winterville and their stand at the Athens Farmers Market. UGArden Herbs (ugarden herbs.com) is an organic farm at UGA with the mission to teach students about medicinal herb production and business practices. “We grow over 40 different medicinal herbs, teaching students and community members how to grow using organic practices and incorporate medicinal herbs into everyday life. We dry, process and use the herbs in our handcrafted herbal product line that we sell throughout the community.” Needless to say, UGArden has been a big stimulus to the burgeoning herbal business around Athens and represents the kind of local UGA impact we need. Shop online and at the Georgia Botanical Garden Gift Shop and at Community. UGArden has a big plant sale coming up, involving some of the above purveyors and more on Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 2510 S. Milledge Ave. f


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been almost two years since the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission approved the 100% Athens resolution committing the local government to 100% clean energy by 2035 and the entire community by 2050. With less than 15 years left to make the first part of the transition, Athens still lacks a comprehensive plan for how to accomplish it.

ROOFTOP SOLAR: The ACC Library already has


one solar array, but it’s about to get more. After the library’s roof is replaced this fall, construction of a new rooftop solar array will begin at a price of $280,000, if approved by the commission. It will supply up to 16% of the energy used by the library and will reduce operating costs by about $16,000 a year. Surprisingly, this project won’t need to dip into the $15.8 million renewable energy package from SPLOST 2020 and will be paid for using SPLOST 2011 dollars, along with money from various solar rebate programs. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION:

Lastly, and perhaps most significantly, the commission’s Legislative Review Committee brought forThe ACC Library will add rooftop solar to its existing array this fall. ward its recommendations for a new sustainable Even so, a number of initiatives are building policy to the full commission. This currently underway that will move the policy governs the “design, construction local government closer to its environmenand alteration” of all ACC-owned buildings. tal goals. For example, the commission Changes to the policy include ensuring discussed four agenda items related to solar readiness of new buildings and, if not reducing climate emissions just last month. actually requiring solar panels, requiring Additionally, the Clean and Renewable various efficiency improvements—such Energy Plan advisory board has finalized its as programmable thermostats, LED light community survey and is planning a series bulbs and dual-flush toilets—and mandatof clean energy town hall meetings, coming ing electric vehicle charging stations and soon. bicycle parking in all parking lots with at least 14 spaces. HYBRID VEHICLES: Where possible, most new The new policy also discourages the use vehicles purchased by the ACC government of natural gas, promoting the use of solar are now hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. and other sources of renewable energy This includes new police interceptors. instead. It also includes a provision requirNine police cars—Chevy Impalas or Ford ing an update to the policy after the local Interceptor sedans—have been destroyed government adopts a plan to achieve 100% in wrecks in the past couple of years. clean energy, and every five years after that, While unfortunate, this does allow their to ensure it stays current as technology replacement by more fuel-efficient hybrid advances. Ford Interceptor SUVs getting 23 miles per PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: The 100% Athens gallon in the city versus 19 for the previous resolution, passed in May of 2019, called vehicles. for a plan to achieve 100% clean energy for Commissioner Jesse Houle questioned the ACC government to be drafted within the purchase of SUVs instead of smaller 18 months. Twenty-two months later, the sedans, but it turns out that this particuplan has yet to be finalized in part due lar model is the only pursuit-rated hybrid to delays from the COVID-19 pandemic. vehicle on the market. Despite being larger, Mayor Kelly Girtz appointed a Clean and the Ford Interceptor hybrid SUV is 21% Renewable Energy Plan advisory board last more fuel-efficient than the previous Chevy June to draft a proposal, which is currently Impalas for city driving. under discussion and should be presented ENERGY AUDIT: Last year, the local government to the mayor and commission towards the completed a set of energy audits, which end of this year. recommended 35 high-priority energy Before then, the advisory board is solicconservation measures to be paid for using iting public input in a number of ways, money from the 2011 SPLOST. These meawhich will help them tailor the plan to suit sures have a total cost of $98,000, but they the needs of Athens residents. In addition are estimated to save $23,000 and 86 tons to direct outreach to business owners, the of carbon dioxide emissions yearly. These board has released a community survey and energy-saving measures include switching is holding a series of virtual town hall meetto LED lightbulbs, upgrading HVAC sysings. Two more remain, one Thursday, Apr. tems and installing smart thermostats. The 22 at 6:30 p.m. and one Tuesday, Apr. 27 at investment is estimated to be returned in 11:30 a.m. Register to participate at accgov. under four years once various rebates are com/100 or watch the archived videos at factored in. youtube.com/accgov. f



You try to recycle in your daily life. Maybe materials he picked would work with local you’ve even considered buying carbon-offwaste processing, composting and recycling. set credits or installing solar panels on Is it more expensive for restaurants to do your house. But how much do you think this? Yes. Foam plastic is incredibly cheap, about green habits in restaurant dining? If and there’s no question that the pandemic the answer is, “not much,” you’ll be glad to has led to a giant upswing in takeout and know that there are restaurants out there its accompanying waste. Dale says he thinks doing it for you. that restaurants are starting to come out of Peter Dale’s Maepole is perhaps the most panic mode and that he hopes there will be visible example of a restaurant built around a return to greener practices soon. green practices, from its compostable A focus on local produce, which all three containers and tableware to its hormonerestaurateurs quoted here share, is also and antibiotic-free meats to its plethora good for the environment. Not only do of vegan options. Dale says there’s plenty local fruits and veggies taste better and put behind the scenes, too, that customers money back into the local economy, helping might not necessarily notice. He says comfriends and neighbors, but they often use posting happens in the kitchen with pretty fewer pesticides, which affect pollinators, much everything, including meat scraps and they cut down on carbon by traveling and bones, which your average home comfewer miles. poster can’t break down, but a commercial composter can. He’s also made an effort to shift Maepole and his other restaurants away from glass containers. Glass is endlessly recyclable, but it doesn’t fetch much money on the recycling market, and it’s also heavy and fragile. Athens-Clarke County has programs that incentivize restaurants and bars to use less of it. Canned beers are a better option than bottled ones, in other words. Chuck Ramsey of Pulaski Heights BBQ says that, rather than reheat meats that were smoked the day before and compromise quality, he reuses leftovers in stews and chilis, plus distributes them to unhoused people who need meals. “We try to make sure every bit of product is being utilized instead of going in the landfill,” he says. “For instance, barbecue creates a lot of rendered fat, so we save that and use it to cook with in dishes that aren’t vegetarian.” Maepole’s containers and utensils are compostable. Having those vegetarian dishes is also important, given the amount of resources meat uses, and Ramsey points out that, although Rashe Malcolm is trying to provide people greener packaging is expensive, many other a healthier, greener option through vegan things restaurants do to promote sustaindishes at her Jamaican restaurant, Rashe’s ability are also good for their bottom line, Cuisine. She says that it’s easy for people to like water-limiting devices on faucets to cut think that kind of lifestyle is too expensive down on excess water usage, making sure or intimidating to pursue, but that it can equipment is in good working order so that be easier for people to embrace it when it’s not using more energy than it should, or they see someone who looks like them and reducing waste. cooks the kind of traditional foods she What can customers do? Ramsey says does. She’s working on adding even more advance orders have helped him cut back on vegan options to her menu. As far as comwaste, but that using less (napkins, sauce, post goes, she laughs and says that when to-go cups in dine-in times) is something her restaurant was inspected, she told the you can do to help. “All that affects our inspector, “Compost? This is a Jamaican bottom line, for sure, but I really just hate restaurant! We cook it all!” putting things in the trash that didn’t need Dale says that, before he opened to go there,” he says. Maepole, he consulted with ACC Solid Dale adds, “Support businesses [that] Waste on what disposable containers would share your values. If a restaurant uses work best with their processes and equipStyrofoam and you don’t think that is OK, ment. He knew he couldn’t avoid containers send them an email. Customer feedback is entirely, due to the restaurant being focused going to create change faster than any other on convenience, but he wanted to make sure method.” f




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Getting Geared Up ATHENS IN MOTION’S BIKE PROJECTS START TO HIT THE STREETS By Blake Aued news@flagpole.com


to Barber Street. Whereas most of Athens’ existing bike lanes, like those on Lumpkin and Baxter streets, are merely painted stripes, multiuse paths provide a shared space for walkers, joggers, cyclists and people on other non-motorized vehicles that’s safer because it’s separated from cars in the roadway. TOOLE DESIGN GROUP

he local advocacy group BikeAthens published its last map of bike routes in 2010 and hasn’t updated it since. While there are several reasons why— the rise of smartphones, for one—there also simply wasn’t much to update. “We weren’t really worried about the map being out of date, because not much changed,” says Jason Perry, president of BikeAthens’ board of directors. But since 2018, Athens has seen a number of new bike projects take shape, like bike lanes on College Station Road—a major commuter route from the Eastside to campus—and the city’s first separated bike lanes on Hancock Avenue downtown. Work on another phase of the North Oconee River Greenway will start soon near Oconee Hill Cemetery, which will also connect the Eastside to campus, downtown and points north. Athens-Clarke County is also making progress on the Firefly Trail between downtown and Winterville, with a replacement for the crumbling “Murmur” trestle in the works. “We’re seeing this explosion in bike and pedestrian infrastructure, at least in certain corridors,” Perry says. And more is on the way over the next few years. The Athens in Motion plan, overseen by a citizen committee and accepted by the Athens-Clarke County Commission (though not approved, which would tie the commission to the plan’s recommendations) includes dozens of bike and pedestrian projects. The renewed emphasis on alternative transportation also coincides with a global biking boom during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first batch of four projects are now in the early design stages. Those projects will bring multi-use paths to Cherokee Road, Jefferson River Road and Riverbend Road, and a sidewalk and two-way bike path

pedestrian coordinator. “The more we can reduce conflict points, the better.” Of the four projects, the one on Barber Street is the most complex because it’s an urban environment, with limited right-ofway. Currently, the plan calls for converting the four-lane section of Barber south of Newton Bridge Road to three lanes to create space and save money. Around Boulevard, cyclists will have to share the road with cars, but a “speed table” or raised intersection, curb bump-outs and sharrows should slow down traffic. A multi-use path “would really eat up a lot of front yard there,” Sizemore says. Athens in Motion includes about 20 years’ worth of projects on major roads all over the county. Consultant Toole Design

If and when it’s completed, Athens in Motion will create a connected bike network throughout the county.

The approach on Barber is a bit different because it’s expected to be busier, so planners decided to separate the cyclists from people on foot, too. “We wanted to protect the pedestrians as well as the cyclists, so the cyclists will have their own basically two-lane road,” says Daniel Sizemore, the ACC Transportation and Public Works Department’s bike and

Group scored the projects based on factors like equity (historically underserved neighborhoods), connectivity (filling in gaps; access to jobs and services), traffic speed and level of comfort for users. Eventually, it will be easier and safer to walk or bike from any part of the county to another. “It takes a lot to complete a network, and until you complete that network, you’ll

never see that heavy usage,” Sizemore says. “Ultimately, we’re looking at that longrange connectivity.” The painted-lane approach is cheap, but it has its limitations. In a survey conducted for Athens in Motion, 51% of respondents said they were interested in biking but didn’t feel safe doing it. Those cautious or concerned individuals may not ride at all, or they may pedal on the sidewalk, which is generally illegal for adults in Georgia. The plan also emphasizes equity, and for Perry, that is the most important goal. Some projects can serve both needs. For example, a bike route on Barber Street could entice more people in the affluent Boulevard neighborhood to ride, but it will also make biking to work less dangerous for industrial employees in the Chase Street area who are doing it already. “There are lots of different routes people ride regardless of whether you or I would consider it comfortable,” Perry says. “They have no choice, they’ve got to get where they’re going, and the bike is their only option.” All of this comes at a cost, though. ACC’s first forays into bike infrastructure were mostly done on the cheap—restriping roads when they were due to be repaved and repainted anyway. Multi-use paths carry price tags in the millions. A local transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST) voters approved in 2017 includes $11 million for sidewalks and $6 million for bike projects, as well as other pots of money for Prince Avenue, West Broad Street, Atlanta Highway and Lexington Road that could be used for those purposes. Six recently approved tax allocation districts around the county that funnel revenue from new growth into infrastructure are another potential source of funding, Sizemore says. The public comment period for Barber Street starts Apr. 28, and plans are available at accgov.com/barber. “We want to hear from the public, see what they think and let that inform our decision,” Sizemore says. Meanwhile, Perry says BikeAthens is working with UGA to create a new, digital version of its bike-route map. “What that map continues to highlight,” he says, “is the glaring lack of connectivity from certain areas to others. f

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The Intersection of Art and Nature FIVE EARTHY EXHIBITIONS TO EXPLORE By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com LOST IN THE WEEDS: Currently on view at the

Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), “Lost in the Weeds: Climate Change and Human Nature” investigates the effects of humanity on the planet through the lens of artwork derived from natural materials, ecosystems of the world and data from natural phenomenon. Unified by their curiosity and reverence for the natural world, the technology-infused pieces range from installation, interactive sound and video, virtual reality, animation, blown glass, weaving and sculpture. Works came from far and wide, with 11 individual artists and four collaborative teams represented: Crista Cammarato, Naomi Falk, Brian Frus, Tea Mäkipää, Christopher McNulty, Sean Miller and Connie Hwang, Laura Mongiovi, PlantBot Genetics Inc., SIGNALS, Robert Schaller, D.L. Simmons, Meredith Starr, Bethany Taylor, Turbidity Paintings Project and Ryan Wurst. Macon-based curator Craig Coleman states in the gallery’s press release, “Weeds serve as a metaphor for being lost or buried in complications in both a political and personal sense. The works in this exhibition make connections between climate change (weeds will thrive in a warmer climate—edible crops will suffer), our political climate (are we ‘lost in the weeds?’), the ambiguity of how we define a weed (a plant that is in the wrong place), and ecology. Are weeds harbingers of climate change, are they hyper-objects, are they beautiful, are they an eyesore, do they damage or assist the growth of wanted plants?” The gallery will offer several virtual events. Paul Duncan will speak on UGA’s Ethnobotanical Garden on Apr. 21 at 7 p.m., and Coleman will discuss “Using Nature in Alternative Photo Processes” on Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. A curators and artist panel discussion will be held May 6 at 7 p.m.,

and the exhibition will remain on view for in-person visits through May 22. PORCELAIN AND DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM:

ects that broke ground in August 2019. The museum is currently open for timed ticketed tours on Wednesday through Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by visiting t.uga.edu/6Mf. GARDENS OF THE SOUTH: To further reflect on the intersection of botanical gardens and visual art, visit Greyson Smith’s solo show, “Gardens of the South,” currently on view at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation through May 28. Presented as the “Director’s Choice” exhibition—an annual fixture of the gallery’s concurrent “SouthWorks” national juried exhibition—“Gardens of the South” is a series

role in research, conservation, education and enjoyment of plants. EARTH DAY ART CHALLENGE: Organized by the

UGA Office of Sustainability, the “Earth Day Art Challenge” is a virtual exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and poetry. Partnering with Envision Athens, which declared 2021 as “The Year of the Good Neighbor,” the event’s prompt encouraged participants to submit works that inspire community stewardship through four core values: unity, equity, prosperity and compassion. Gift certificates for local, sustainable food and artisan goods from the West Broad Farmers Market were awarded to winning entries in three categories: appreciation, awareness and action. The works will be on view Apr. 22–30, and can be seen by visiting sustainability.uga. edu/community-engagement/ art-challenge.

Located at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the newly unveiled, state-of-theart Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum showcases the massive personal collection of Deen Day Sanders, a longtime supporter of the State Botanical Garden. Gallery spaces will offer permanent and rotating displays that blend conservation, botanicals and craftsmanship GREEN LIFE ART STUDENT SHOW: from around the world. The Geared towards local K-12 painted copper wildflower students attending public, dioramas of contemporary private and home schools, the Mississippi artist Trailer annual Green Life Art Contest McQuilkin are remarkably challenges participants to lifelike, and a wall-spanning think creatively and critically mural installation of plates about their own practices. from the Royal Copenhagen This year’s theme, “Renew, manufacturing company Reinvent, and Rejoice,” inspired by the illustrations prompted kids to artistically of the encyclopedic 18th-cenreflect on ideas about how to tury Flora Danica publication “Land to Sea and The Ecosystem Status: Tannins, Bacteria, and Genes” from “renew our commitment to is equally impressive. The the Turbidity Paintings Project led by Thomas Asmuth is on view in “Lost in the the environment, reinvent works here collectively help Weeds: Climate Change and Human Nature” at ATHICA. ways to live a greener life, and demonstrate how nature rejoice in our environmental has been a constant source of works on paper depicting public garsuccesses.” Over 70 entries were submitted of inspiration for art and design over the dens located in Georgia, Florida and the this year, and the winning entries of catecenturies, and in return, how artworks can gories for 2D, 3D, digital art, photography, be used to educate and promote sustainable Carolinas. Smith, a practicing artist in Columbia, SC who works at the School of poetry and video are currently displayed in stewardship of the natural world. A team is the “Green Life Art Show” at the Lyndon currently working on developing interpreta- Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, visited nearly two dozen House Arts Center through Apr. 30. The tion materials, programming and a docent art competition is presented under the handbook to help deepen visitors’ apprecia- public gardens over the course of five years. Incorporating reference photographs from umbrella of the Athens-Clarke County tion for these works. those visits, his mixed-media works employ Green Life Awards, which will recognize the The Center for Art and Nature, which drawing, painting and mark-making for environmental stewardship of local busiis comprised of the museum alongside an impressionistic scenes full of motion. Sitenesses, individuals and community groups adjacent Discovery and Inspiration Garden, specific architecture and seasonal botanicals during a virtual ceremony on Apr. 22 at joins the State Botanical Garden’s new remind the viewer of public gardens’ special 6:30 p.m. f entranceway as a trio of construction proj-


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Dear Bonita, I got out of a long-term relationship last year. Once I did, I waited awhile to date to heal. Now that I have moved on from my ex, I decided to use a few dating apps. I put in my bio that I am not looking for a relationship and am just meeting new people. I am always open about not wanting anything serious and explain about my past relationship. I’ve been on a couple of dates and even a few hookups. But I have experienced the same situation. Match, chat, go on a date (maybe hook up), and then they confess that they want a relationship with me. I am starting to lose my mind because I am generally not interested in getting serious with anyone. I try and explain that I am fine with a fling or casually dating, but they then come back with the “things could get serious later…” or “I only want to be

are thankfully touching on this issue. Guys, it is not cute or endearing when you “chase” us or refuse to take no for an answer. It’s annoying, and depending on your methods, it can be downright scary sometimes. For instance, I had a neighbor knock on my door at 6:30 a.m. on a weekday once to entreat me to go on a date with him after I’d kicked him off of my property the day before. That’s an extreme example, but seriously? You say that you’re being very clear about your intentions upfront, but you may want to start revisiting that conversation after the intimacy begins. Just a gentle, “I enjoy hanging with you and doing what we do, and I don’t want more than that.” Also adding a little, “Thanks for being my cutty buddy,” may also help by firmly defining the nature of

with you…”. I’m not sure if I am just picking the wrong guys or if, due to me being emotionally detached from relationships, I make men want to be with me. Either way, I feel like I should just have a stamp on my forehead that says, “No relationship, please.” How do I make it more clear? Truly, Hoe Phase

your relationship. Basically, thank them for being your casual sex friend and for not asking for more, because they totally already know that this is how you want things to be. Pouring on gratitude and praise may help them to accept that a casual thing is all you want before they go into “romantic comedy” mode and show up on your fire escape with flowers. How long is your profile? Some people see a long and detailed dating app profile and assume the person is a marrying kind, so maybe making your bio shorter and less sweet will attract the ones who literally just want to cut and run. Tinder really is the best hetero app for casual hookups, but I’d also recommend trying FetLife. It’s a dating site for people with particular fetishes to find like-minded partners, but there’s also plenty of casual hookup culture going on there. Who knows, maybe you’d be better matched with a hetero bottom who likes to be told what to do. Worth a shot! f

Hello HP, I don’t think this issue has anything to do with the person you are. I don’t think you’re choosing these guys poorly or that your emotions are such that you bring out the manipulation in people. Not that I think any of these guys are creeps or anything, but manipulating people in this way is such a huge part of the media presentation of heterosexual relationships. In the general sense, men are taught to pursue their interests fervently and not take no for an answer, whether you’re trying to get a job or make a girlfriend out of a fling. It’s an extension of our own cultural chauvinism that we’ve all internalized over the years, and modern conversations about consent

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TOM THUMB’S BLUES: When an album

announces itself as being created by “some Athens, GA weirdo,” you’re best off just taking that as truth. Such is the case with The Vet’s Sketchings, which is the new six-track record by The Vet’s Fetching. I mean, yeah, your guess is as good as mine. These are all guitar-based ambient soundscapes, and they’re audaciously short for creations that might typically run into the tens of minutes. The longest track here, though, is a mere 2:10. As such, the entire thing runs under 10 minutes, but if you loop it you’d never know. Experientially, this is more an invitation to peek through a window than an invitation to a full presentation. I actually quite enjoyed this little oddball thing and am curious to hear more. If you are as well, then please find the entire thing over at thevetsfetching.bandcamp.com. OPEN THE DOOR: Fourth Mansions teased a new release back in December and has now released their full EP named Standing Weird Era. It’s tempting at first blush to describe these songs, many of which are crafted atop an acoustic guitar base, as understated. Repeat listening, though, reveals them to be sufficiently stated. Fourth Mansions navigates their observant and tender personality through a few different voices. There’s a marching quality to “Many Stuff” that’s difficult to describe otherwise and it contains a pretty inscrutable use Fourth Mansions of the phrase “fight the power.” There’s also the hard-plucked physicality of “Talkin’ Blues,” a quality that comes up again in the multi-layered “Hamarimba.” The previously released “You And I” is the record’s most traditionally rock and roll-oriented song but, like the rest of this collection, arrives on the scene with the delayed immediacy of a sound transmitted into space that returns to Earth several years later. Ultimately, Standing Weird Era is decidedly era-less. While I’m not certain that necessarily imbues timelessness, it certainly seems that way. Hear this and garner other info at fourthmansions.bandcamp.com, facebook. com/TheRealFourthMansions and fourth mansionsmusic.com. LOUDNESS IS AS LOUDNESS DOES: There’s a new single out now from Garett Hatch’s upcoming album The Low. His most recent album was the excellent Place Without A Name which came out last August. The new single is the title track, “The Low,” and it’s a modern goth-tinged pummeler of a rock song. It features a pretty unsettling and unexpected piano section that only appears once and only then for about 15 seconds.

It’s like sonic quicksand strangely appearing on an otherwise solid, but still rocky, road. The first single from the record was “Room” which is another tell-tale rocker—Hatch has riffs and melodies falling out of each sleeve—and it’s double-dipped in heavy organ sequences and Kraut-rockish guitar lines. The full album isn’t out until May 14, but you can test-drive each of these at garetthatch.bandcamp.com. RECENT HISTORY: The fourth solo album by T. Hardy Morris comes out in June, and he’s named it The Digital Age of Rome. Honestly, it feels weird to continue calling him a solo artist as if he just up and left a band recently, so I’m gonna stop. Anyway, the first single from the album is the title track, and it’s a meditative statement on our current times. Importantly, he leaves plenty of room for it to work as both an observation and indictment. It’s kind of mournful but not necessarily resigned. The full album won’t be out until June 25, and pre-orders are being accepted as we speak. You can

find this over at newwst.com/digitalageofromeID (that’s a link tree; choose your own adventure). The record comes courtesy of Normaltown Records. For more information, please see thardymorris.com. RELATEDLY: While I’ve been halfway hesitant

to mention live shows in this column even as they’re beginning to appear, I think we’re at the point now where everyone is going to have to do what they’re most comfortable with and just Vaya con Dios. But, on the other hand, I’m happy to mention that Cicada Rhythm is playing a Farm Show at 473 Old Commerce Extension on Saturday, May 15. Sure, that’s a while off, but it also costs $30 and will likely sell out. Also on the bill is the aforementioned T. Hardy Morris, as well as Riley Downing (The Deslondes). The show is presented by the also aforementioned Normaltown Records. It’s BYOB, and you’ll need to bring your own blankets and chairs and such. So prepare to settle in and get comfortable. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite and you can find more information via facebook. com/NormaltownRecords. f



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Art CALL FOR ARTISTS (Creature Comforts Brewing Co.) Local artists and curators can submit proposals for the CCVC Gallery throughout 2021. www.getcurious.com/get-artistic/ call-for-artists CALL FOR ARTISTS TO DECORATE PUBLIC ART PANELS (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Seeking local artists to design six new art panels that will be displayed throughout the city of Watkinsville, as well as to help restore existing panels. Panels are 4-foot x 6-foot or 4-foot x 8-foot and must be completed by May 8. Artists will receive a $300 stipend. Contact La Ruchala Murphy at 706-769-4565 or director@ocaf.com CURIOSITY CABINET CALL FOR ARTISTS (Creature Comforts Brewing Co.) The brewery is seeking design submissions from Athens-based visual artists to decorate the new Curiosity Cabinet, which will hold books and other resources for visitors to explore. Design due May 2. $350 or $550 stipend. www. getcurious.com/curiosity-cabinetat-creature-comforts POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) Emerging artists 17–25 are invited to design a postcard for an online exhibition and limited edition print collection. Deadline Apr. 30. www.athica.org/updates/postcards QUARTERLY ARTIST GRANTS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council offers quarterly grants of

$500 to local organizations, artists and events that connect the arts to the community in meaningful and sustainable ways. Deadlines are June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15 and Mar. 15. www.athensarts.org/grants

Classes BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Comer) In “Basic Blacksmithing, First Time at the Forge,” students will forge and assemble a wall mount rack with three hooks. Skills taught will be tapering/drawing out, twisting, scrolling and bending, riveting, cutting and basic forging fire management when working in the coal forge. Tools and materials included. May 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. “Building a Throwing Tomahawk” covers tools, design elements, target practice and more. Apr. 24, May 1 or May 29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $175. “Forging a Firepoker” is held May 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. www. greenhowhandmade.com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8 a.m. Email for details. jaseyjones@gmail.com DIVINATION BY THROWING BONES WORKSHOP (Margo Metaphysical) Learn the ancient form of divination of bone casting in this two-hour workshop. Comes with a mini bone kit. Apr. 25, 1 p.m. $25. www.atalantamoonfire.com MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and

art around town THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) The Lamar Dodd School of Art presents its annual MFA Thesis Exhibition titled “Whistling in the Dark” with works by Mac Balentine, Matthew J. Bown, Caitlin Adair Daglis, Alex McClay, Katharine Miele, Ciel Rodriguez and Kelsey Wishik. The new gallery will be open Thursdays–Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibition on view through May 15. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) Curated by Craig Coleman, “Lost in the Weeds: Climate Change and Human Nature” presents artwork by Crista Cammarato, Naomi Falk, Brian Frus, Meredith Starr, Bethany Taylor and several others. Virtual talk on “UGA’s Ethnobotanical Garden Conserving Plant Biodiversity and Traditional Plant Knowledge” on Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. Virtual talk on “Using Nature in Alternative Photo Processes” by Craig Coleman on Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. Streaming orators and artist panel discussion on May 6 at 7 p.m. On view through May 22. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Jacob Wenzka’s solo show “Ecumenopolis” features paintings and drawings inspired by the idea of a “world city” where giant cities have fused together to cover an entire planet. Through April. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) Gunnar Tarsa’s “Mind Matter: Tales from the Scribble Warlock” features 15 works of art from 2017 to 2021 that document the artist’s development of “Mind Matter,” a living universe populated with recurring characters and myths through the artist’s spontaneous creation drawing sessions.Through May 9. GALLERY AT HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Athens Facades” presents Mike Landers’ photographs of buildings downtown and in Five Points at dark between 2000–2002. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey” is a retrospective exhibition that includes over 60 works ranging from painting, printmaking and textile-based mixed-media works. Through Apr. 25. • “In Dialogue: Look, Paint, Repeat: Variations in the Art of Pierre Daura.” Through May 23. • “Extra Ordinary: Magic, Mystery and Imagination in American Realism.” Through June 13. • “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics


practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net YOGA CLASSES (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) “Outdoor Yoga with Meg Brownstone,” every Sunday at 10 a.m. $5–10 suggested donation. “Trauma Conscious Yoga with Crystal,” every Thursday at 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation. “Yoga for Well-being with Nicole Bechill,” every Saturday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. “Outdoor Yoga with Miles Bunch” every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. www. revolutiontherapyandyoga.com ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” (chair and standing) on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class or $18/month. 706-612-8077, ommmever@yahoo.com

Events 5TH ANNUAL ATHENS ROCK, GEM, MINERAL, FOSSIL AND JEWELRY SHOW (The Classic Center) Two dozen independent dealers of all things geologic will display their wares. Apr. 30–May 1, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and May 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $6. darklighter@ bellsouth.net ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) Angela Miller speaks on “Friends and Relations: The Queer Symbolic Realists of the Lincoln

Kirstein Circle” on Apr. 22 at 1 p.m. “Homeschool Day To-Go: Mid-Century America” on Apr. 22 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. “Coffee with the Curators: Nelda Damiano and Julia Kilgore” on Apr. 27 at 1 p.m. “Morning Mindfulness via Zoom,” Apr. 30 at 9:30 a.m. www.georgia museum.org ATHENS CARS & COFFEE (Beechwood Shopping Center) Check out classic cars and bikes while enjoying a good cup of coffee. May 1, 9–11 a.m. www.facebook.com/ athenscarsandcoffee ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The 2021 season will run Saturdays through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.com/vendors ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) The troupe performs an in-person show. Apr. 23, 7 p.m. showgirlcabaret@gmail. com, www.athensshowgirlcabaret. com BALSAM RANGE (Madison Municipal Airport) An outdoor evening of live bluegrass music, brews and BBQ. Part of the 2021 Madison Chamber Music Festival. May 1, 6–10 p.m. $45. www.mmcc-arts. org BRASS TRANSIT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CONCERT (The Farm at Oconee, Greensboro) Brass Transit performs the music of Chicago during an outdoor concert. Table and lawn seating available. May 30, 4:30 p.m. $25–75. www.opas.org BREWERY EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment Sundays at 5 p.m. Live music by Michael Pezent Apr. 21 at 6 p.m. Earth Day Sustainability Celebration with live music by Shameless James and Divine Mind Apr. 22 from 5–11 p.m. Live music by Jim and Jack Miller on

from the Horvitz Collection” represents three generations of artists dating from the 1940s. Through Sept. 26. • “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt.” Through Sept. 26. • “Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art.” Through Nov. 28. JITTERY JOE’S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Harper Calhoun presents a collection of charcoal portraits. Through April. JITTERY JOE’S EPPS BRIDGE (1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy.) Artwork by Kevin Kardon. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) Undergraduate students of all disciplines will exhibit their final thesis projects in the “BFA Exit 2 Exhibition.” Apr. 23–30. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) The 46th annual Juried Exhibition features 161 works by 116 local artists selected by juror Hallie Ringle of the Birmingham Museum of Art. On view through June 26. • As part of the Green Life Awards, “The Green Life Art Contest” is an annual art contest in which K-12 students explored environmental education and sustainability by creating works inspired by this year’s theme, “Renew, Reinvent and Rejoice,” through visual art. Through April. • On view in the lobby case, Jourdon Joly presents a collection of cast resin ice cream cones. Through June 19. • Collections from our Community presents Arthur Johnson’s shark collection. Through June 19. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “The 125th Anniversary Exhibition: Celebrating the Home of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center” explores the Romanesque Revival building that was built as a graded schoolhouse in 1895 and became a regional cultural center in 1976. Through June. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Watercolors by Janet Rodekohr. Through April. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) The 26th annual “SouthWorks” exhibition is a nationally juried art show featuring works from across the country. In conjunction with “Southworks 2021,” the annual Director’s Choice exhibition features “Gardens of the South” by Greyson Smith. These mixed-media works on paper depict public gardens in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. Through May 28. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The new Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum at the Center for Art and Nature holds the collections of Deen Day Sanders, a charter board member of the


The Lyndon House Arts Center presents the “Green Life Student Art Show,” a display of works submitted by K-12 students to the annual Green Life Art Contest, through April. Pictured above is “Mother Nature” by Poppy Odom, a third grader at Barrow Elementary. Apr. 23 at 8 p.m. Live music by Hotel Fiction, Three Star Revival and Light Hearted on Apr. 24 at 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION CARAVAN (ACC Library to City Hall) The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement hosts a caravan-style graduation celebration for all Athens-Clarke County School District graduates. The caravan will be followed by a graduate recognition driveby ceremony at City Hall with guest speakers. May 16, 2 p.m. (meet), 3:15 p.m. (drive). bit. ly/GradCaravan DAVID ARCHULETA (Hodgson Concert Hall) The former “American Idol” contestant and Nashville-based singer-songwriter has

nine studio albums under his belt. Apr. 23, 7:30 p.m. $15 (online), $50 (in-person). pac.uga.edu DINNER AND A SHOW (Hendershot’s Coffee) Live music and dinner with The Plate Sale every Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes Four Fathers on Apr. 23–24, Daniel Harden on Apr. 30–May 1, Call Me Spinster May 9–10 and The Granfalloons on May 14–15. Visit website to reserve your seat. www. hendershotsathens.com FOXFIRE FARM DAY (Foxfire Woods and Farm) Celebrate Earth Day with a tour, learning stations, tractor-pulled trailer ride, animals and more. Apr. 22. $10. www. foxfirewoodsandfarm.com/familyfarm-days

garden. The eight galleries blend conservation, botanicals, art, beauty and curiosity. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Celebrating Creative Genius: The Art, Life and Legacy of Eatonton, Georgia native David Driskell” features original artworks and prints, plus photographs and artifacts from the artist’s early life. Student artwork inspired by the exhibition is also on view. Through Apr. 22. TIF SIGFRIDS (83 E. North Ave., Comer) The gallery presents “Nora Riggs: Fortress of Solitaire.” Through Apr. 23. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) “Silver Lining” features wallbound mosaic works by Krysia Ara. Available to see by appointment through April by emailing tinyathgallery@gmail.com. UGA OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY (Online) The annual Earth Day Art Challenge is a virtual exhibition of artwork, performance, video and writing that demonstrates an appreciation, awareness or action. Goes on view Apr. 22. Visit sustainability.uga.edu. UGA SCHOOL OF LAW (225 Herty Dr.) Williams Elliot Stiles Jr., an accomplished artist, Atlanta attorney and UGA School of Law alumnus, recently unveiled a new commission, “1961,” to commemorate the 60th anniversary of desegregation at UGA. UGA MAIN LIBRARY (320 S. Jackson St.) “Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA” chronicles the historic events of 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter became the first African American students admitted to the university. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Pylon: Tourists in Rock ’n Roll” celebrates the local band through photos, outfits, memorabilia and more. Through May 31. • “Making Space: Fighting for Inclusion, Building Community at UGA” chronicles the journey of students advocating for racial and social justice on campus. Through July 2. • “The Hargrett Hours: Exploring Medieval Manuscripts” presents original items from the collections, dating back centuries, as well as findings from students’ indepth studies. Through Aug. 26. WILLSON CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS (Online) As part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, the Willson Center presents “Shelter Projects,” a virtual exhibition of over 30 projects created by graduate students or community practitioners who reflect pandemic experiences through the arts. willson.uga.edu.

GLOBAL GEORGIA INITIATIVE EVENTS (Online) “Land, Water, Sky: Photographers Address the Environment on Earth Day 2021” conversation with Tomiko Jones, Jeff Rich and Marni Shindelman. on Apr. 22 at 4 p.m. willson.uga.edu HISTORY OF SLAVERY AT UGA SYMPOSIUM (Online) History of Slavery at the University of Georgia: Symposium on Recognition, Reconciliation and Redress will feature presentations and performances. Apr. 30–May 1. www.slaveryatuga. org/registration INDIE SOUTH EVENTS (Indie South) Tarot & Tea Apr. 22. Mystic Mondays Candle Magic Apr. 26. Springtacular May 1–2. Heartsong Herbs Plant Sale May 6. Abnormal Bazzar with Varnish Vine Cactus Pop-up May 15. www.theindiesouth.com INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK (Multiple Locations) The ACC Recycling Division celebrate with tours, videos, a compost sale, Stories for Soils and other activities. May 2–8. www. accgov.com/ICAW INTO THE WILDWOOD SUMMER SERIES (Cloverleaf Farm) Wildwood Revival presents a concert series. Old Crow Medicine Show performs May 28. $65–85. www. wildwoodrevival.com JAKE SHIMABUKURO (Classic Center Theatre) Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro performs with bassist Jackson Waldhoff and guitarist Dave Preston. June 13. $35–45. www. classiccenter.com JIM COOK (Multiple Locations) Jim Cook performs solo acoustic shows at International Grill and Bar on Apr. 30 and Southern Brewing Company on May 20. oldyellar72@gmail. com LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/ welcoming-congregation LIVE JAZZ (Porterhouse Grill) Enjoy dinner and some smooth jazz. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. www.porter houseathens.com LIVE MUSIC AT FRONT PORCH BOOKSTORE (Front Porch Bookstore, Winterville) Enjoy free concerts on the lawn. The lineup includes Borderhop Trio (Apr. 24), Church of the Wayward Note (May

1), Original Screwtops (May 15) and Janet and the Blue Dogs (June 19) Shows held at 6 p.m. jmazzucc@uga.edu LOVE.CRAFT ATHENS BENEFIT (Southern Brewing Company) A benefit show and artist market will raise funds for Love.Craft Athens. May 2. $15. www.sobrewco.com MAY DAY (West Broad Farmers Market) Celebrate with a maypole dedication ceremony, kids activities, local vendors, baked treats, artisans goods, music and more. May 1, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. wbfm.locallygrown.net NOT YOUR AVERAGE MOTHER’S DAY (Athentic Brewing Co.) Highlights include matching henna tattoos, Condor Chocolate boxes, self-defense class with AKF Athens, food by Uncle Ernies and a charity raffle benefiting The Cottage. May 9, 1–9 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com ONE BOOK ATHENS (Online) The ACC Library presents a series of virtual events to read and discuss Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibra X. Kendi. Part I begins Apr. 29, 6 p.m. www.acclibrary.org/one-book PLANT SALE (Daily Groceries Co-op) Heartsong Herbs hosts a sale of seedlings, medicinal and culinary herbs, veggies, flowers and dye plants. Apr. 24, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.heartsongherbs.org POP-UP ARTIST MARKET (Stan Mullins Art Studio) The Georgia Museum of Art’s Student Association hosts its annual gallery artist market event featuring a variety of art and handmade goods by students and community artists. Apr. 24, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. www.georgia museum.org/event/5th-annual-popup-artist-market POP-UP SHOP (Buvez) Browse handmade items like ceramics, jewelry, clothing and artwork. Apr. 24, 12–8 p.m. lisa.romanovski@ gmail.com SK BATTERY AMERICA JOB FAIR (Multiple Locations) Bring your resume to this drive-thru job fair. Full-time opportunities available in production, maintenance, HR, finance and more. Apr. 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Lanier Tech College Jackson Campus in Commerce, GA. Apr. 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Georgia Quick Start Athens Training Facility. THE BIG READ: SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT (Online ) Athens’ National Endowment for

the Arts (NEA) Big Read presents a series of events inspired by Roz Chast’s book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Events include “Aging and Dying with a Sense of Humor: An Improvisation in Diaspora with Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor” on Apr. 23; “Seat in the (Pleasant) ShadE: Poetry Reading Featuring Athens Inaugural Poet Laureate” on Apr. 27; “Webinar: Healthy Living for Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research” on May 7 and more. www.coe.uga.edu/ events/big-read SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) SSS is a working collective ceramics studio established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work. No more than two people or a single group inside at a time. Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The annual Spring Pottery Sale on Apr. 30 (5–9 p.m.) and May 1 (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) will celebrate the studio’s five year anniversary. southernstarstudioathens@gmail. com SPRING ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) A variety of activities in the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events are planned for adults and children. Now enrolling. www.accgov.com/ leisure SPRING HARVEST FESTIVAL AND OPENING DAY (Farmers Market at Farmview, Madison) Meet local farmers and artisan craft makers selling an assortment of locally grown produce and handcrafted items. May 1, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. www. farmviewmarket.com SPRINGTACULAR (660 N. Chase St.) As one of the largest artist markets in the Southeast, the annual Springtacular features over 75 artists, makers and curators, plus food trucks, music and more. May 1, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. May 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. www.theindiesouth.com SUNS OUT, BUNS OUT (Athentic Brewing) Garrett of Local No. 86 and The World Famous will be on site cooking hot dogs as Trisha Adams plays tunes. Apr. 24, 4 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com THRIFT SALE (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Shop for art, antiques, books, small appliances, electronics, housewares, tools, yards of fabric, jewelry, furniture and more. Preview sale May 21, 5–7 p.m.

Sale runs May 22, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and (half-price) May 23, 1–4 p.m. www.ocaf.com TRIVIA AT ATHENTIC (Athentic Brewing Co.) Win beer tabs and other prizes. Every second Monday of the month, 7 p.m. www.athentic brewing.com TORRANCE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS (Online) This three-day online cultural event will showcase 21 speakers presenting on a variety of topics relevant to creativity, imagination, art, music, humor, empathy, consciousness, identity and more. Apr. 23–25, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The festival is also seeking community contributions (visual, musical, literary) for a creative challenge exploring the theme “Reflections on 2020.” Entries will be broadcasted live during the festival. tinyurl.com/ y5opb8em UGARDEN PLANT SALE (2510 S. Milledge Ave.) Shop outdoors for medicinal, edible, native and dye plants from UGArden Herbs, Cherokee Moon Mixology, Gently Herbal Skincare, Mama Bath and Body, MEplusTEA, Roseman’s Remedies and Heartsong Herbs. May 1, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. www.ugardenherbs. com UGA THEATRE (Online) The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines explores the lived experiences of two of Shakespeare’s famous female characters. Apr. 19–21, 8 p.m. www. ugatheatre.com VIC CHESTNUT SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Creature Comforts Brewing Co.) Finalists include Bo Bedingfield, Cassie Chantel, Jim White, Kxng Blanco, Charlie Hartness, WesdaRuler featuring Louie Larceny. Featuring performances by Carolina Aiken, Jim White, Sylvie Simmons, Anthony Thompson and Jim Willingham. May 6. $25 (outdoor show). Live­ stream at vicchesnuttaward.com WEST BROAD FARMERS MARKET (300 S. Rocksprings St.) The market is open for shopping each week from Sunday at 5 p.m. to Thursday at 1 p.m., with a drive-through (or walk/bike-through) pick-up on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. wbfm.locallygrown.net WINTERVILLE MARIGOLD FESTIVAL (Online) A virtual concert with The Pink Stones will stream live from the Winterville Auditorium. This year’s featured artist is Marisa

Leilani Mustard. May 8, 7 p.m. Find the festival on social media @ MarigoldFestival

Kidstuff ART CAMPS FOR PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS (KA Artist Shop) One week, in-person camps are offered for ages 12–15. Camps run late May through July. www. kaartist.com CAMP FOXFIRE (Foxfire Woods and Farm) Ages 5–12 can enjoy outdoor play, learn about arm life and discover local plants. $125/week. Ages 13–17 participate in activities focusing on leadership, service, agriculture and animal husbandry. $25/week. Weekly sessions run Mondays–Fridays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. from June 7–July 16. foxfire woodsandfarm@gmail.com, www. foxfirewoodsandfarm.com SUMMER CAMP SEASON (Multiple Locations) The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department hosts summer camps for children and teens in art, nature education, sports and theater. Scholarships available. www.accgov.com/camps, www.accgov.com/myrec SWIM PROGRAMS (Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center & Lay Park) ACC Leisure Services offers swim lessons for children. $33–50. The kinderswim program for 5-year-old children meets three times a week for three weeks for free. www.accgov.com/myrec TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. athenslibrary.org VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Camp themes include woodland fairy and gnomes, textile and fiber arts, circus, pen pals, mini museum, rebel girls, flower gardens and more. Register online. $200/camp. www. treehousekidandcraft.com

Word on the Street ACRONYM (Athens, GA) ACRONYM is a new website compiling COVID-19 aid for Athens-based live music venues and artists. Check the website for updated listings on

funding and financial opportunities, mental health guides, organizational support, community resources and more. Visit acroynym.rocks ART FOR ATHENS (Online) The Red & Black hosts Art for Athens to support Nuçi’s Space. Donated work by artists is sold and shipped through the publication’s online store. Participating artists include R. Wood, Maria Dondero, Jamie Calkin, James Burns and Chris Robinson. www.redandblack.com/store AT-HOME RADIO TRANSCRIPTATHON PROJECT (Online) UGA Libraries is seeking volunteers to help correct computer-generated transcripts of historic broadcasts so they can be used by researchers for future generations. Apr. 28, 3 p.m. mlmiller@uga.edu, CLASSIC CITY TOASTMASTERS (Zoom) This is an encouraging group for individuals who want to develop their communication and public speaking skills. Meetings are held 2–3 times a month on Thursday evenings. 706-202-7566 CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN (Online) The ACC government seeks community input. Virtual town halls will be held Apr. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Apr. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Fill out a community survey and learn more at accgov.com/100 ESP SILENT AUCTION (Online and In-Person) Extra Special People hosts a silent auction to support its summer camp program. In-person viewing events held May 4, 8–10 a.m. (featuring Java Joy coffee and biscuits), May 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (with a taco truck) and May 6, 6:30–9 p.m. (with a wine tasting and beach luau). Online bidding is also available Apr. 29–May 6 at espsilentauction.org FAMILY PROMISE OF ATHENS DAY (Multiple Locations) Mayor Kelly Girtz will proclaim Apr. 21 as Family Promise Day in Athens-Clarke County to raise awareness about family homelessness. Events include a Family Promise Get Comfortable Community Wednesday (Apr. 21, 4–7 p.m.) and FPA Percentage Night at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream (Apr. 22, 7–10 p.m.) www.familypromiseathens.org VIRTUAL LEISURE SERVICES (Online) A variety of activities are offered in arts, athletics, nature and recreation. www.accgov.com/ leisure f

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REAL ESTATE APARTMENTS FOR RENT Live at Normal Heights! Beautifully renovated Normaltown apartments for rent! 2BR/1BA, leasing for $1350/month located on Georgia Avenue. Please call Joiner & Associates for more information. 706-549-7371

FOR SALE YARD SALES Neighborhood Yard Sale: Visit Carrington Plantation and Timber Creek off Whit Davis Rd. on April 24 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. for their annual neighborhood yard sale. Over 30 homes participating with lots of good stuff.

MUSIC MUSIC SERVICES Sell your musical gear right here in Flagpole Classifieds!

Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records, at corner of Clayton & College Dwntn. 706369-9428.


Plumber Pro Service & Drain. Upfront Pricing. Free Esti m ates. $ 3 0 Fl agpo l e Discount. Call 706-769-7761. Same Day Service Available. www.plumberproservice.com.

Dooley & Baldwin are auditioning experienced musicians to expand their duo. Keyboards and drums are a priority. Guitar and horns are welcomed, as are all races, genders and sexual orientations. Duo plays original rock, pop and a little country. Music at: www.soundcloud. com/dooley-baldwin. Contact: nbaldwin@ua.edu or 706-3956878

Wildflower Sale! (Near Athens) Fragrant native azaleas: six species, five colors. Woodland wildflowers, butterfly weeds, etc. 242 Wildflower Dr. Arnoldsville, GA. Off Hwy. 78 East. Turn at horizontal gas tank and follow signs for 1.3 miles. 706-2020574.



CLEANING Peachy Green Clean Cooperative: Your local friendly green cleaners. Free estimates and COVID precautions. Call us today! 706-2484601 Flagpole ♥s our little town!

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JOBS Big City Bread Cafe/ Little City Diner seeking experienced line cook to work in a fast-paced kitchen. Weekend availability a must. Apply in person at either location between 2–3 p.m. or email resume to bigcitycafe@yahoo.com. No phone calls, please. Classic City Installation Starting at $15/hr. Summer seasonal performing furniture installation. Great benefits, travel as a team w/ food stipend and lodging 100% covered. Email: astack@classic cityinstallation.com

Find jobs here in the Flagpole! Full and part-time cook, prep, dishwasher and porter positions available at The Place on Broad St. Hourly pay on high end of the market. Starting bonuses and paid vacation as well for qualified candidates. Email resume to info@the placeathens.com or come see us anytime we’re open. WUGA-FM seeking local Underwriting Sales R e p . Commission-based position includes prospecting, presentation to clients and maintaining accounts. Broadcast sales experience a plus. Email resume to wuga@ uga.edu

Get paid to type! Hiring for both remote and in-office work. Create your own schedule for rolling two-week periods. Openings for both career track and part-time track. We are proud to be a safe space employer. E-mail athrecruiting@copytalk.com for full job posting or visit www.ctscribes.com to learn more. Pay based on productivity $9–14 hourly.

PART-TIME Experienced kitchen help needed. Bring resume or fill out an application at George’s Lowcountry Table. No phone calls please. 420 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606 Habitat ReStore West seeks cashier & floor worker. Ability to lift 75 lbs. and work with customers required. Three shifts/week, including Saturdays. Download application at athenshabitat.com/ employment and bring to 4125 Atlanta Hwy. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat. Habitat ReStore East seeks floor worker. Ability to lift 75 lbs. and working with customers required. Three shifts/ week including Saturdays. Download application at athenshabitat.com/employment and bring to 532 Barber St. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat. Find employees by advertising in the Flagpole Classifieds!


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Alternative Energy Southeast is currently seeking careerminded, experienced electricians and general labor. As one of GA’s oldest solar power companies, AES provides solar PV and battery backup systems to homes and businesses throughout the state. AES provides its employees with a full health benefits package including medical/ dental/vision/life. We also provide employees with education and training, PTO, and a clear roadmap to follow for future advancement within the company. If you’re interested in learning more about our team, have questions, or wish to apply, please send your resume to info@altenergyse. com.

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PLACE AN AD • Call our Classifieds Dept. (706) 549-0301 • Email us at class@flagpole.com

Falcon (55183)

Falcon loves to play! Stuffed toys, games of fetch and a nice cuddle session are the keys to winning this guy’s heart. Make an appointment so you can meet him today!

Max (55257)

Max is amazing! He has manners, plays nicely and takes some darn cute pictures too! He’s also smart and can climb a fence, so keeping an eye out for him is key.

Midnight (55260)

Midnight is a sweet, gentle boy that’s a little shy, but warms up once he’s comfy. He loves anything that means he’ll be loved on, so come prepared with plenty of pets and cuddles!

These pets and many others are available for adoption at: • Deadline to place ads is 11:00 a.m. every Monday for the following Wednesday issue • All ads must be prepaid



Athens-Clarke County Animal Services 125 Buddy Christian Way · 706-613-3540 Call for appointment

Mike Wheeler Landscape. Landscaping/gardening positions available. Good pay w/ experience. Part-time. Flexible hours. Call Mike Wheeler: 706202-0585, mwwheeler1963@ gmail.com Viva Argentine Cuisine is now hiring for Front of House and dishwashers. Drop off applications/resumes Wed, Thurs (4:30–8:30 p.m. ) Fri, or Sat (12–8:30 p.m.) 247 Prince Ave. Wanted: Female Counselors YWCO Summer Girls Club Counselors. Must be over 18 and have experience working with children. Temporary position July 1–23. Apply at YWCO, 562 Research Dr. Athens, GA. 30605 For information: www.ywco.org/jobopportunities

NOTICES MESSAGES All Georgians over the age of 16 are eligible to be vaccinated! Call 888457-0186 or go to www.public healthathens.com for more information. COVID testing in Athens available at 3500 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. (Old Fire Station in the corner of Atlanta Hwy. & Mitchell Bridge Rd. near Aldi and Publix.) Mon–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. To register, call 844-625-6522 or go to www.publichealthathens.com Mobile Food Pantry @ General Time Athens! Athens Terrapin Beer Co. alongside Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and various local sponsors will host a drive-thru food pantry on the 3rd Monday of each month thru 2021. All ACC residents that meet income requirements may attend. First come, first served. This event will take place outside rain or shine. 100 Newton Bridge Rd. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. www. terrapinbeer.com Flagpole subscriptions delivered straight to the mailbox! Convenient for you or the perfect present for a buddy who moved out of town. $50 for six months or $90 for one year. Call 706-5490301. Flagpole ♥s our readers and advertisers!


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