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In a stunning move, the Athens-Clarke County Commission accepted Manager Blaine Williams’ resignation at its June 5 voting meeting.

Following a closed session to discuss personnel matters, Mayor Kelly Girtz added an item to the end of the five-hour meeting releasing Williams from his contract. His contract had been renewed unanimously for two years in June 2023. He had served as manager—the top appointed position in the local government who oversees its dayto-day operations—since 2016.

“My decision to resign is driven by a sincere desire to explore new opportunities for personal and professional growth, and to be with my family,” Williams told the commission.

Williams has also been under pressure from conservatives locally and beyond since the murder of Laken Riley made Athens the epicenter of debate over crime and the border.

“Chaos agents” and conspiracy theorists are trying to undermine democratic institutions and lead the country into fascism, Commissioner Melissa Link said. “Unfortunately, those agents have gotten a hold of forces within this community, even within this government, and I’m sorry to see that you’ve become the target of that, and some of the rest of us have become the target of that.”

Four commissioners from the group’s more progressive faction—Link, Jesse Houle, Carol Myers and Patrick Davenport—wished Williams well and said they regret his departure. Other commissioners—including Ovita Thornton, who moved to accept his resignation, and Dexter Fisher, who seconded—had nothing to say. Thornton walked out during Williams’ farewell comments.

“I’m really disappointed that this is where we’ve landed as a community and as a government and as a body. I completely understand Manager Williams’ reasons for being where we are,” Houle said.

“You’ve done a heck of a job. Like, an amazing job,” Houle added, addressing Williams. “I came into this role deeply suspicious of you and staff generally, and really had my mind changed from a consistently fantastic job. And I think there’s a lot of things that this government does, and especially this body does, that puts staff and most especially the manager’s office in a really difficult position. And I’ve seen you navigate that over and over again with grace and humility and integrity. I think it’s a shame that narratives persist in the community that might indicate otherwise.”

Williams will remain as manager until July 12, and will receive a $110,600 severance package, the equivalent of six months’ salary, according to an ACC news release.

Girtz told Flagpole that Williams is widely respected among mayors and other local government officials, and will have no shortage of job opportunities.

The mayor said he would recommend an interim manager for commission approval at a called meeting Friday, June 14. The

likeliest candidate is Niki Jones, whom Williams recently promoted to deputy manager after the departure of Josh Edwards, who served as assistant manager alongside Jones.

After an interim manager is named, Girtz said he would initiate a nationwide search for a new manager, which he expects to wrap up sometime around the end of the year. The interim manager will be expected to fill at least two vacant assistant manager positions—including one new one in the fiscal 2025 budget the commission also approved Wednesday—on an interim basis, Girtz said.

In a brief speech, Williams said he is most proud of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent employee attrition, achieving the highest possible bond rating of AAA, expanding the county’s trail network and acquiring a rock quarry to turn into a reservoir that will ensure the city has an adequate water supply for the next 100 years.

“This all reflects a team that’s genuinely caring about the well being of its residents,” he said. “I’m not sure you [the mayor and commission] get thanked enough for that. I’m not sure our staff does either.”

Commission Approves Budget

Despite tempers flaring on other issues, ACC’s fiscal 2025 budget passed easily at the June 5 meeting. Commissioner John Culpepper, who did not attend many of the budget hearings, was the lone “no” vote.

The budget was a compromise engineered by Houle, Fisher and Mike Hamby. It added $4 million for affordable housing, as well as funding for police equipment, the library, deferred maintenance and a pay study for sheriff’s deputies and additional overtime for public safety employees to Girtz’s proposed budget. The last item is the result of a contract Girtz signed June 7 with county firefighters’ newly formed union.

Republicans urged the commission to lower property taxes, but the commission kept the millage rate the same at 12.45 mills (or 1.245% of a property’s assessed value). But because assessments rose an average of 7% last year, many homeowners will see their bills go up. The commission also dipped into excess reserve funds rolled over from 2024.

A discussion of an Athens Area Chamber of Commerce request for $1.9 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for Athens Achieves, a new workforce development program aiming to link employers and job seekers, led to a sharp exchange between Fisher in favor and Thornton opposed. The commission split 5–5, with Girtz breaking the tie in favor of Athens Achieves. The county government’s own workforce development committee is expected to release a report later this summer, and the chamber funding leaves $2 million available for those initiatives. Chamber President David Bradley has pledged to supplement the initial government funding with private donations.

In other business, the commission delayed votes on an agreement with National EMS and Piedmont Athens Regional to bring more transparency to ambulance service, as well as a community benefits agreement for the Georgia Square Mall redevelopment. Those votes are now scheduled for Friday, June 14.

In zoning items, an affordable housing development for seniors on Atlanta Highway was approved. So was a halfway house on Peach Street, over the objections of neighborhood residents.

And the commission approved a resolution against gang and gun violence, in response to the murder of a 3-year-old in March and 53 other victims over the past decade. Too many young Black men are lost to gun violence in Athens, Commissioner Tiffany Taylor said. “We do care. We do see you,” she said. “I’m with you.”

CCSD May Raise After-School Fees

Some board of education members are pushing back on a Clarke County School District proposal to raise fees for afterschool programs.

The current fees are $6 a day for the first child and $4 a day for additional children. That would rise to $10 and $8, with a daily cap of $20, under CCSD’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget.

“I am not pleased with parents having to almost double the cost of care each week,” board President Mumbi Anderson said at a budget hearing June 4.

“That is something we can look at,” Superintendent Robbie Hooker responded. But the district has not raised the cost for ASP for 15 years, he said.

In addition, Hooker said he is concerned about how a bill the state legislature passed earlier this year providing more funding for private school vouchers will affect CCSD’s budget next year. “We don’t know how this voucher bill is going to impact our school system,” he said. “I don’t want to be in a position where this year we do this [keep ASP the same] and next year we’re furloughing.”

Anderson called for an incremental increase instead. Board member Tim Denson asked the administration for information at a final budget hearing scheduled for June 12 on the budget impact of raising ASP fees by $1 a year instead.

A vote on final approval for the $241 million budget is scheduled for June 13. As with the ACC budget, the millage rate would stay the same, but many homeowners will receive higher tax bills because their property is worth more.

Benham Resigns From Land Trust

Another key player in local politics is also departing, as Heather Benham is resigning her position as executive director of the Athens Land Trust, one of the city’s largest nonprofits and a major supplier of affordable housing.

Benham told Flagpole that an opportunity to join Burlington Associates as an affordable housing consultant was too enticing to pass up. She plans to remain in Athens.

Benham was hired as the land trust’s first full-time employee in 2003. During her time as executive director, the organization grew to 25 employees and a $3 million budget. It has built 75 homes for low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers; protected a number of farms and greenspaces around the county, such as the Williams Farm in East Athens; preserved historic Black homes like the Mack-Burney House on Reese Street; trained young people to become construction and agricultural workers; started community gardens and operated a farmers market.

But the land trust has been controversial at times, with some Black leaders comparing its model to sharecropping and accusing it of gentrifying Black neighborhoods. Land trusts keep housing affordable by keeping the land underneath a home in trust, while the structure itself is owned by the buyer. The model stemmed from civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod’s efforts to help Black tenant farmers in the South collectively acquire property in the late 1960s and ’70s. f


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Bad Growing


Why is it that a garden takes so much work to make things grow—vegetables and flowers, shrubs and trees—while weeds will grow anywhere without being watered, fertilized, mulched, pruned or, well, weeded? The beauty produced by a well-tended garden is a delight to the eye, a respite for the soul and a triumph of purpose over chaos, wrought out of hot, hard work by people who accept the effort because their vision of what can be achieved makes it all worthwhile.

onions mowed. Same with the clover. Pretty enough and the honeybees love it, but the only way to get rid of it is to pull it up strand by strand, and it comes back next year anyway.

And then there are the “garden variety” weeds we always have with us: briars, ivy, honeysuckle, poke salad, kudzu, smilax. Do you know smilax, the pretty evergreen vine popular for decorating at Christmas? I don’t know how it does it, but smilax somehow spreads underground, which is weird because it grows out of a gigantic, tough, sinewy root almost impossible to dig up and its curvy, leafy green vines will climb your trees overnight. And then just for fun, there’s poison oak. As if all that weren’t enough—and it is way more than enough—the gardener is beset by an army and an air force of bugs: mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, wasps, yellow jackets and, yes, fire ants! To produce a garden, you have got to get down amongst all these buzzing, crawling, biting, stinging, creeping creeps which have even fewer redeeming virtues than the weeds: zero, actually.

Always lurking to take over any garden is an army of tough, invasive, persistent species that we call weeds. My father-in-law, a good gardener, called a weed “a plant out of place,” but I don’t think there is any place for potato vines.

Do you know potato vines? I’m not talking about those that eventuate in sweet potatoes. I mean those triangular-leaved invaders that will take over your garden while you’re eating lunch. They’ll twine up the stalks and limbs of your plants, growing from a root that looks like a little elongated potato, and if you let them go long enough, they’ll cover themselves with tiny potatoes, and each one will sprout next year with a new potato vine. This is a good year for potato vines, just like it is for wild garlic.

Do you know wild garlic? The long stem with first the bud and then the pretty little white flower. They’ve had a bumper crop this year. The real horror comes when you start to dig them out of your garden. When you get down to the garlic “bulb,” you find it plastered with tiny seeds ready to explode like a little cluster bomb, so that by digging it up, you do it the favor of distributing its seeds for next year’s invasion. Devilish. And of course wild onions. I can’t possibly dig them all up, and I don’t want to poison the birds, so I just try to keep the

Past Presidential Scandals


“I am not a crook,” said President Richard Nixon—but he was.

“When the president does it, it is not illegal,” he claimed—but it was.

Fifty years ago, in 1974, Nixon was swept out of the White House on the surging tides of Watergate, a scandal that began when burglars working to re-elect the Republican president broke into Democratic headquarters at Washington’s Watergate apartments.

Ron Ziegler, Nixon’s press secretary, downplayed the break-in as “a third-rate burglary attempt,” but the Watergate caper was a firstclass scandal of crime and intrigue. Across America, millions were captivated by the political soap opera starring a lawless president who trumpeted slogans of “law and order.” In his book Watergate: The Corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon, author Fred Emery said of Nixon’s resignation from the presidency, “Despite some alarms, institutions held steady, law was upheld, and a chastened republic survived.”

Since in addition to being a sometime yardman I am also a sometime political observer. I can’t help seeing parallels to local government. After decades of working to create a government that nurtures the growth of all our citizens, we dug out space to help all prosper, in spite of those who would begrudge them the sunshine. Now, like the potato vines, they’re back, scooping up commission seats they opened by ripping out their roots, aided and abetted by commissioners we thought supported the government we worked so hard to grow. Now like the wild garlic with its underground movements they’re even emboldened to uproot our governmental management.

One could say that the keepers of our garden let down their guard and allowed the weeds to take over, and maybe that’s true to some extent, but the main blow was not neglect, it was a man-made blight in which “our” Republican legislators ripped three of our strongest commissioners out of our government by plowing their seats under and replacing them with seats for which they were ineligible. That’s when our elected government was poisoned by opponents who hate equality as much as they desire to take power over our town. And they’re taking it.

Good gardeners know there are setbacks, sometimes severe, but they’ve got to keep on digging, keep on fighting the negatives. As Voltaire’s Candide concludes: “We must cultivate our garden.” f

fine with gentlemanly good humor. William West was an African-American cop who arrested the president, but Grant told the officer that he would not get into trouble for making the arrest and that “he admired a man who did his duty.” Grant’s lesson of a president not being above the law is one that Donald Trump could learn from today.

We may not be so lucky next time. Fifty years after Watergate, Donald Trump seems poised to return to the White House with an angry agenda of revenge and recrimination. On May 30, Trump was convicted of 34 felony charges by a New York jury after a sensational trial involving sex, fraud and hush money payments to a porn star to keep her tryst with Trump quiet during the 2016 election. Trump remains angry and unremorseful after the verdicts while a roster of Republicans have rushed to his defense. So much for the GOP being the party of law and order.

Trump is the first former president found guilty of felonies, but he is not the only chief executive to run afoul of the law or morals. During America’s “Gilded Age” of the 1870s, the Republican administration of President Ulysses Grant was plagued by the Credit Mobilier scandal, named for a phony corporation set up by executives of the powerful Union Pacific railroad during the Civil War-era construction of the transcontinental railroad. For years the fake company practiced theft, bribery and overbilling until it was exposed by journalists in 1872. Business and political leaders were named in the investigative reporting, including Grant’s own vice president, Schuyler Colfax.

The scandal sullied the Grant administration, but he remained in office, later leading a campaign against the Ku Klux Klan. Grant was also involved in a more light-hearted brush with the law when he was arrested in 1872 while driving his horse-drawn carriage at high speed in Washington. Grant was taken to the police station, where he paid a

During the 1884 election, Democrat Grover Cleveland, a bachelor, was said to have fathered a child “out of wedlock.” Republicans taunted him with the chanted question, “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa?” When Cleveland won the White House, Democrats answered with a chant of their own: “Gone to the White House. Ha, ha, ha!”

Republican Warren Harding was elected to the White House on his birthday in 1920, but the presidency was no gift for Harding. His administration became mired in a scandal called Teapot Dome involving bribery and illegal sales of federal oil reserves by Harding’s secretary of the interior, who went to jail. Harding moaned, “My enemies I can deal with. It’s my friends that keep me walking the floor at night.”

In the 1980s, the Iran-Contra scandal smeared GOP President Ronald Reagan. In the 1990s, Democrat Bill Clinton became fodder for comedians after his dalliances with a young White House intern became public. After the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the Republican regime of George W. Bush pushed the ill-starred and ill-conceived Iraq War. Despite these massive foulups, Reagan, Clinton and Bush all went on to win second terms.

In November’s election, Donald Trump could confirm the sardonic words of crusading attorney Clarence Darrow: “When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become president. I’m beginning to believe it.” f

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Keeping Vines in Check


Native or not, Georgia’s climate and soil grows some gnarly vines. Whether you’re planting, clearing brush or hiking a trail, here’s how to identify some of the most common climbers you’ll meet this summer.

POISON IVY: It’s worth a quick refresher every spring to make sure you can identify poison ivy. Leaf edges can be serrated or smooth, but always come in groups of three. Another giveaway: The stems look hairy. New growth can be red before maturing into a bright or dark green. Poison ivy survives all types of soil conditions, and generally prefers areas with some mix of sunlight and shade. This toxic plant is native to Georgia and grows white berries popular with native wildlife. Reactions to poison ivy vary greatly, but it’s better to be careful than sorry. My Cajun grandfather could pull poison ivy with his

oaks, maples and blueberries without doing much damage to the host. English ivy can also trap moisture and provide a damp environment for mosquitoes to breed legions of fellow bloodsuckers. It will take several years of concentrated removal to get this vine gone. I run it over with the lawnmower throughout the summer and have managed to contain it to three small-ish areas.

VIRGINIA CREEPER: A native poison ivy lookalike, it’s not as bad as many folks think. The Virginia creeper can be a pain, but it’s more manageable than some of the others on this list. New growth on these vines also start out red, like poison ivy, but the stems look hairless. Sometimes, new growth will sprout three leaves, but older, more mature parts of the plant display five-fingered leaves. I’ve heard several folks identify Virginia creeper

bare hands—and did until he got careless and wound up sitting on a few stray leaves ground into the seat of his pick-up truck. The man who bragged for years about his hardiness over poison ivy wound up with a butt full of angry red rashes.

I pull up poison ivy in the spring, after a heavy rain, with long sleeves and disposable gloves. I either feed it to the goats or throw it in the trash. Don’t burn this vine. Fire causes the burning, itching chemicals to float through the air and can cause serious lung and eye issues. Briefly brushing up against poison ivy generally doesn’t cause a rash. If you find a hole in your glove, or otherwise suddenly find yourself exposed to the plant’s sap, wash it off with soap ASAP. I’ve had luck with the cleanser Tecnu, especially after handling goats who’ve munched on a poison ivy buffet all day.

ENGLISH IVY: This non-native plant looks so pretty in photos and easily disguises the pain it is to have in your garden. It’s not worth it. English ivy leaves are glossy, lobbed and generally have lighter coloring along the veins. Like poison ivy, the vine’s main stem looks hairy. This plant is an evergreen that can grow up the tallest pine trees and pull them down. English ivy hides nasties like poison ivy and bacterial leaf scorch—a disease that can injure and kill

Winterville Cultural Center Gallery


The Winterville Cultural Center, previously occupied by Winterville High School until 1956, has served as a community hub through art classes, exhibitions and events since opening its doors in 2016. After extensive renovations to its second floor, the center will debut a new art gallery this weekend.

The Winterville Cultural Center Gallery has been a years-long dream for Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle and his wife, Cameron Bliss Ferrelle, who as a musician and painter, respectively, have a strong interest in supporting the local arts.

The WCCG consists of three main exhibition areas that retain the charm and identity of the original building. Flooded with natural light streaming in from wallto-wall windows, the spacious Gallery One and Gallery Two both feature refurbished wooden floors, professional track lighting and versatile picture rail systems. Moveable, freestanding walls and pedestals will be available to create additional wall space or showcase three-dimensional work.

high school teacher and lifelong artist. Approaching the gallery’s potential with an open mind, Hammond will accept online proposals from artists and guest curators looking to present work, and plans to switch exhibitions out approximately every two months.

“My goal is to give people the opportunity to see a wide variety of art and reach as far out as I can reach,” says Hammond.

as poison oak, and though that’s not true (poison oak sprouts leaves in bunches of three as well), some people can develop a rash after touching Virginia creeper. The vine contains raphides, needle-shaped crystals made of different types of calcium common in plants such as kiwi, pineapple, rhubarb and elephant ears. If you’re new to gardening and unsure whether you’ll develop a rash, wear gloves and go slow.

My best argument for letting some Virginia creeper grow unencumbered in your yard is that the Japanese beetles love it. While the beetles feast on Virginia creeper, you’ll get to keep more precious plants safe from the scavengers. I control most of my yard’s creeper by chopping the plant back to the roots in the winter so it just grows the same span year after year.

A GENERAL WARNING: Vines, whether native or not, can grow gangbusters here. If you’re looking to replace Japanese honeysuckle with the native trumpet honeysuckle, check on the scientific name. While the native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) can grow up to 20 feet in one season, the native trumpet creeper or trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) can manage a whopping 35 feet. The vine is so aggressive outside of gardens some folks know it by the common name “the hell vine.” f

A long hallway will function as a flexible space that can accommodate overflow from larger exhibitions or host its own independent displays. The hallway has a nostalgic warmth with its hand-painted patterned floor by Athens muralist Marisa Mustard, antique tin ceiling tiles pulled from the auditorium and original overhead lights left by the school.

Dodd Ferrell notes that a lot of tender loving care went into planning the upstairs and that the success of its renovations is due to working with a team of “people who had a deep love for the community, deep love for the building and deep love for the arts.” These efforts were recognized with a Preservation Award from Historic Athens last month.

With plans to open in January 2025, an additional space on the second floor will be designated as the Winterville Museum & Heritage Room. Curated by Jonathan Scott, director of the Carter-Coile Country Doctors Museum, the new space will illustrate the city’s history through a variety of artifacts, photographs and memorabilia, as well as an oral history listening room. This past January, the City of Winterville was awarded the statewide 2024 Patron Award from the Georgia Association of Museums in recognition of its commitment to supporting local cultural heritage initiatives through its two museums.

After a few more renovations, two smaller rooms on the second floor are set to become artist studios that can be rented out or potentially provide an artist-in-residence program.

The WCCG will be overseen by Gallery Director Judy Hammond, a retired

In celebration of the WCCG’s grand opening, Gallery One will feature “New Beginnings,” a juried group exhibition with over 60 pieces by over 30 artists thematically exploring fresh starts, new directions and big changes. On view in Gallery Two, a space that will primarily be reserved for invitational exhibitions, “An Intimate Look at Nature” will spotlight Atlanta photographer Mike Ramy, founder of the Wilderness Photography Foundation. Displayed downstairs in the main center’s hallway, “Pen, Pencil, Paper and Ink” is also on view with roughly 50 pieces of art by over 20 artists. Funding the gallery’s extensive renovations was possible through a combination of Winterville SPLOST funds, donations and grants. In 2023, the Georgia Council for the Arts, a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, awarded the City of Winterville a $75,000 “Cultural Facilities” grant intended to support the restoration or renovation of a building to be used for arts programming. This grant was applied towards installing a two-story elevator and HVAC system on the second floor of the center.

As the gallery aims to become more self-sustaining in the future, it’ll support itself through a combination of proposal and entry submission fees, art sales and gallery memberships. For artworks sold during exhibitions, the gallery will retain a standard 30% of sales, with 70% going to artists.

Between the Winterville Cultural Center, new gallery, upcoming heritage museum and neighboring performance venue Marigold Auditorium, this little corner of Winterville has become a true creative campus for both experiencing and developing the arts through classes, exhibitions and performances. The WCCG will be open Tuesdays–Saturdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Visit wintervilleccgallery.com for future announcements and opportunities. f

WHO: Grand Opening WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 3–7 p m WHERE: Winterville Cultural Center Gallery HOW MUCH: FREE!

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Summer Series Opening Reception

Lyndon House Arts Center • 6 p.m. • FREE!

The first of five new exhibitions opening this summer at the Lyndon House Arts Center is “Pathways,” a series of woven works by South Carolina artist Kristy Bishop. Bishop uses centuries-old methods to create woven strands that she then weaves together again to form amorphous shapes, making something flowing and abstract out of an otherwise rather precise medium. Next is “Traditions Highway,” a photography project by Russian-born, Athens-based artist Irina Rozovsky. The photos reflect on the rural South, taken along Georgia Highway 15 and accompanied by paintings collected from small shops on the way and a text piece made up of words from roadside signs. The last of the solo exhibitions is “Entropy Plan for the Western Fam,” a multi-media exhibit by Atlanta artist Steven L. Anderson. The video, painting and paper works in this exhibition are inspired by artist Joseph Beuys’ 1974 lectures and performances entitled “Energy Plan for the Western Man.” “Cupola: a Collaboration” is an installation that began as a class assignment worked on by over 45 students of professor Martijn Van Wagtendonk at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, inspired by Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Finally, “Celestial Bodies” is a group exhibition that explores the relationship between the heavens and the earth through a variety of mediums, from paintings to interactive installations. [Mary Beth Bryan]


Jeremy Minnick

tiny ATH gallery • 5–8 p.m. • FREE!

show revolves around experimentation, giving performers a space to try offbeat ideas in a variety of formats. This upcoming version of Chop Shop will feature a new cast and a number of unexpected acts, from performance art to human pet tricks, providing a platform for comedians in the area whose ideas might not fit into the standard improv and open mic scene. Mickey says that the goal of the show

is “to inspire people to get up and make weird, funny, risky art. It kind of feels like we need a place to experiment and wave our freak flags more than ever.” [MB]


Juneteenth Celebrations

Various Locations • Various Times

Working from a palette of over 70 wood species, Jeremy Minnick creates food serving boards with intricate, multitone geometric designs. Minnick is a passionate web software developer, as well, but finds creative release in his passion for wood-based art. In his own words, “I am easily distracted and inspired by the complexity that can be found when you look closer at beautiful things, and wood is a prime example of this. The endless depth of complexity found in a tree captivates my interest and fuels my creativity.” His boards are not only functional, but also embodiments of artistry and craftsmanship, blending traditional woodworking with modern design to create conversation-starting pieces that showcase the unique qualities of each type of wood they contain. [MB]


The Hello Girls

Town & Gown • 8 p.m. (Thu–Sat), 2 p.m. (Sun) • $20

The Hello Girls tells the story of World War I from the unique perspective of the U.S. Army’s first female telephone operators unit. The musical, written by Cara Reichel and Peter Mills and directed by Joshua Darnell with musical direction by Jonathan Sparks, takes place in New York and Paris, and includes musical genres appropriate to the period such as ragtime and jazz. It follows the women’s work turning the tides of the war, as well as their subsequent decadeslong battle afterward to afford equality and recognition to their service and pave the way for future generations of women in the military. The New York Times describes the musical by saying, “There is a palpable sense of filling in an important blank: showing an adventurous female presence in the war story we thought we knew.” [MB]


Chop Shop

work.shop • 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show) • $8 (adv.), $10

Chop Shop, an eclectic comedy show created by improviser and artist Jessica Mickey in collaboration with Flying Squid Comedy, is returning for its fourth iteration. The

The holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. has seen much growth since its declaration as a national holiday in 2021, and there are several celebrations in Athens open to the community. The first Athens Juneteenth Celebration, organized by the Athens AntiDiscrimination Movement, will take place downtown at College Square on Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The celebration begins with a Juneteenth Flag raising at City Hall. Guest speakers include Rev. Daryl Bloodsaw, Hattie Thomas Whitehead, Linda Davis and Mikhayla Robinson-Smith. The block party will feature live music and performances, food trucks, local vendors, educational resources, a fashion show and more. There will also be two teen pageants empowering young women with confidence, self-esteem and an appreciation of inner beauty. The inaugural Miss Black Northeast Georgia Teen Pageant will take place at the Oconee County Civic Center from 4–8 p.m. with $25 admission. Then the inaugural Miss Juneteenth Pageant will take place at the Morton Theatre from 5–8 p.m. with $25 admission. The weekend following Juneteenth the West Broad Farmers Market will host a Juneteenth Cookout on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. In addition to the market’s usual vendors, there will be games, music, poetry, an art auction and guest speakers. [Sam Lipkin]


Athens Hip Hop Awards

40 Watt Club • 7 p.m. (doors) • $20

This year’s Athens Hip Hop Awards, hosted by Shawty Lo Junior and Larry Gresham, is a celebration of 10 years of Athens hip-hop culture. Founded by United Group of Artists, the ceremony will honor the business owners and influential figures who have made the scene what it is, with voting taking place not only for artists, but for beauty salons, barbershops, restaurants, recording studios, venues and more. Among some of the accolades to be given out for artists are Best Male and Female Hip Hop Artists, DJ of the Year, Hip Hip Video of the Year and R&B Artist of the Year. Special honors will also be given to local hip-hop legends Ishues and Duddy Ken for their contributions to the community. There will also be live musical performances throughout the awards ceremony. The event is a red carpet affair, so dress to impress. [MB] f

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Maserati Returns to Play AthFest


Two years have passed since Maserati last played a show in Athens. It was also when the annual summer AthFest took over downtown with its threeday celebration of local arts and live music. This year, AthFest returns with a lineup boasting a much-anticipated hometown return for Maserati, landing the retro-futuristic ensemble on stage at the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, June 22—just as the weekend of revelry reaches a fever pitch.

The years between these local appearances have been a time of affirmation for Maserati. In May, the group embarked on a three-week tour of Europe, entrancing audiences with precise, high-energy songs such as “Inventions” from 2007’s Inventions For The New Season, “Monoliths” from 2009’s Passages EP, and the title cut from 2010’s recently reissued Pyramid Of The Sun—all released via the Brooklyn label Temporary Residence Limited. Each number blends the trippier essence of early ’80s sci-fi sonic textures with an empowering cinematic, post-punk and mostly instrumental post-rock charge.

the fun and gratification factor of touring Europe is up by about 300% over touring the U.S. So if we’re going to take the time and do it, we’re gonna do it.”

Since forming in the year 2000, Maserati has endured just about everything that would rip most bands apart at the seams: Marriage, starting new families, cycling through band members, death of family members and the unexpected death of drummer Jerry Fuchs in 2009.

Maserati’s current lineup—rounded out by guitar players Cherry and Dennis playing

three weeks. You have to get along in terms of somebody’s ideas not feeling so out of place that it becomes a personal issue to pull it back into the sphere of what’s acceptable within the constraints of the band’s musical mission statement. I’m always interested and excited about what people come up with. We’re candid with each other. If somebody doesn’t like something, they’ll say they don’t like it,” he adds. “With these guys, that doesn’t get in the way, and we’re getting better at it.”

Brown adds, “We all know how each other works on the road and we’ve learned what pushes each other’s buttons, and how to keep things chill between everybody.”

A quick run of East Coast and Midwest summer shows sharing stages with Seattle’s instrumental post-rock outfit Unwed Sailor kicks off July 26.

In the meantime, the group is piecing together material for an upcoming film soundtrack.

The European trek, by all accounts, was the group’s smoothest overseas trip yet. By guitar player Matt Cherry’s estimation, the tour marked Maserati’s eighth trans-European excursion in the group’s nearly 25 years of playing music together.

“Part of [what made it so great] is Coley [Dennis] being there,” Cherry says, noting that the guitar player and Maserati co-founder Dennis has lived in Lausanne, Switzerland since 2015. “Part of it is also

alongside guitarist and synth player Mason Brown, bass player Chris McNeal and drummer Mike Albanese—is forever leaning into the future, finding new ways to creatively eschew traditional rock structures while commanding swaggering and immersive atmospheres.

The secret to Maserati’s longevity is kinship above all else.

“If you don’t like the people you’re playing music with, it’s done,” Cherry says. “It’s hard to be in the van with somebody for

The idea was born in the summer of 2023 when Los Angeles-based indie filmmaker Robert Cannon approached the group. Cannon had the band in mind while writing the script for a full-length crime thriller, titled Prowler, and asked them to compose the score. There is no dialogue in the script for what the group calls a “chase film.”

“We’ve done probably seven or eight songs so far, and there are maybe five keepers and some scraps,” Albanese says. “We’ve all dug into the script. Part of the cool thing about the movie is that it’s very practical in a 2024 environment. It’s sort of like how you would defeat a Ring camera; using the tools you would get off the internet to break into people’s houses if that was your occupation.”

Albanese describes one scene in which a character is trapped in an apartment and is cutting through drywall to get into the adjacent apartment. “The writing on the page is really intense,” he says. “So Chris came up

with a really intense synth line, and everybody started adding their parts over it.”

The group is also writing for the film without any prompts, conceptualizing themes the members feel are relevant to the film, so they won’t start from zero when they have a synced picture.

“It will be interesting and challenging editing songs in ways that we’ve never had to before,” Albanese says.

Technically, the director is Maserati’s client in the process. “Usually, whatever the weirdest, coolest things we do, we’re like, ‘Oh, that’s cool!’ But this is a hired gig,” Cherry says. “Ultimately, what we’re doing isn’t subservient to the picture, but it isn’t just whatever we want to do. We’re working within the parameters of his script and his tastes. He has informed opinions. He’s been a pleasure to work with, and he came to us to get something that we’re enthusiastic about creating.”

Over the years, Maserati has had countless opportunities where people approached the band to collaborate or contribute to a project that isn’t what they do naturally. This is one of the first scoring projects that Maserati has done where it is directly in the group’s wheelhouse.

After the upcoming U.S. tour dates, the group will focus on the soundtrack. “That feels like a natural launching point to start writing a new Maserati record,” McNeal says. “I’m feeling very energized about writing again with these guys. It’s been a few years, and it’s always effortless writing with them. I’ll send in a bass line, and I’m excited to hear what they do with it. Most of the time it blows my mind.”

Such familiar yet unpredictable moments like these keep Maserati forever moving forward, reimagining the future, even if a few years go by between coming home to play a show. f

WHO: Maserati, Maps & Atlases, Pylon Reenactment Society WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 10 p m WHERE: Georgia Theatre HOW MUCH: $35–40 (AthFest club crawl wristband)

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Jack & Jealous’ Debut Album


THRASH ZONE: Athens’ bridge between the worlds of hardcore and thrash, Weaponized Flesh, is releasing its 2022 EP Hurtful on 10-inch vinyl. A release show was originally scheduled for this week but got canceled. Word is, another one is in the works as we speak. Back when this was originally released, I said “this is a five-song punch in the face,” which is an estimation I stand by. Check local stores for this, and keep your fingers crossed that they’ll make it available over at weaponizedflesh1.bandcamp.com. If you need anything else, just bug these guys via instagram.com/weaponizedflesh.

READY FOR THE WORLD: New band/project KIT was formed when new-to-Athens folks Catt Malonius and Mitchell Cassaday started playing with Jeff Webber (Nicholas Mallis & the Borealis) and Cameron Kelly (Hunger Anthem). So far, the group has produced one very polished, very slick single named “It’s Over.” The whole song is very reminiscent of the kind of early 1980s light funk that crossed both pop and R&B radio at the time, like a blend of Spandau Ballet, Haircut 100 and KC and the Sunshine Band, none of which would ever be tagged with the “funk” moniker, but who each borrowed enough to speak the language a little bit. Find this on Spotify, where the band has a couple of other songs for you to check out, too. For more information, please see instagram.com/kit.rocks.

ATHENS CALLING: Reliable and sturdy punk-rock machine Beat Up has a new single out now named “Never Again?” and the band is hoping you’ll throw a few bucks down for it. While you can certainly stream it for free all the livelong day, the release is specifically meant as a benefit to provide eSim cards to families in Gaza. The tune itself is catchy enough and reminds me a little bit, oddly enough, of The Clash’s “Clampdown,” but that’s likely just in terms of rhythm. Either way, head to beatup.bandcamp.com to check this out, and for more information, please see facebook.com/beatupband.

of the album. I have a particular appreciation for the bass rhythm on “Chain Link,” as I do for the bass in “Brain Sucks.” Honestly, this whole record was a nice surprise—with an utterly fantastic title—as I was a little apprehensive when reading that description from the band itself. This has a foot in good ol’ classic indie rock, too, albeit a little heavier. Probably could done without the Zeppelin-rap of “Yard Fulla Cops” but, you know, “into each life…” Find this at wieuca. bandcamp.com, and follow along at facebook.com/wieucaband.

Brothers Ian and Isaac White are the basis for band Jack & Jealous. The pair have played together for many years, but coalesced as Jack & Jealous in 2021. Anyway, they just released a 10-song, self-titled debut album. While at first it appears to be largely acoustic-based, honestly, it’s hard to tell; sometimes that base is nearly imperceptible as this whole thing is a big pop project. And it largely succeeds, too. After starting off with the huge, arena anthem of “Heads Up,” the record begins delivering earnestly on the

CHOPPIN’ ONIONS: Man, the boys in Wieuca weren’t kidding when they told me that the band’s new album has “a new heavier/ emo-influenced sound.” Well, it’s named Truth Management, it comes out on Tuesday, June 18, and it does indeed. That said, the band has been part of what I’ve been calling the “new guitar underground,” and there’s definitely a few songs in its past that show at least faint lines illustrating this trajectory. Even so, I guarantee you no one is expecting the heavy and anthemic “Are You There God? It’s Me, Wieuca,” but that song does a fine job setting up the rest

third song, “Dust.” Musically, it’s a riffrocker right out of the late 1980s, but it’s catchy, lyrically poignant and somewhat moving, too. Other specific highlights here are the Replacements-ish “I Can See It,” the earnest but meandering “Having A Friend” and a very sweet version of “Danny Boy.” Find this on Spotify and keep up with these dudes via instagram.com/jackandjealous and facebook.com/JackandJealous.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: The Clarke County School District has something to celebrate, as it has now received, for the 12th year in a row, the designation one of the Best Communities for Music Education. This was awarded by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation. For more information, please see nammfoundation.org and nammfoundation.org/articles/bcme-2024districts. f

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live music calendar

Tuesday 11

40 Watt Club

7 p.m. (doors). $15. www.40watt.com

THE WOGGLES Legendary garage rock band from Atlanta.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

Attaboy Tapes Presents. 8 p.m. $12. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

MARISA ANDERSON Composer and multi-instrumentalist from Portland, OR whose improvisational style mixes American primitive guitar with other genres.

DHANA JEERA North African and Ethiopian inspired group led by Immaterial Possession member and visual artist Jeremy Kiran Fernandes.

SHANE PARISH Master guitarist and fearless explorer of rhythm and timbre.


No Phone Party. 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com

KENOSHA KID Instrumental adventure-jazz group centered around the rollicking compositions of Dan Nettles and featuring Josh Allen, Seth Hendershot and various guests.

Normal Bar

8–11 p.m. FREE! booking@rudymontayremusic.com

OPEN MIC Held Every Tuesday evening.

Wednesday 12

Creature Comforts


Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.


RIFFNOTES An eclectic mix of instrumental jazz originals and standards. (6 p.m.)

El Paso Tacos & Tequila

6–10 p.m. www.instagram.com/ elpasoathenss

KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday evening.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com

DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

The Foundry

Aubrey Entertainment Presents. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $30 (adv.), $35. www.facebook.com/Aubrey EntertainmentAthensGA

PAUL THORN BAND A bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American brand of roots music.

TOMMY TOWNSEND Trailblazing country artist who collaborated with Waylon Jennings on his newest album, Southern Man. Hendershot’s

7 p.m. (sign-ups). FREE! www.hendershotsathens.com


OPEN MIC Emcees, poets, rappers and freestylers of all styles are invited to perform with the backing band playing the tempo of their choice.

Thursday 13

Flicker Theatre & Bar

8 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com

DJ FERAL HOUSEWIFE Local DJ who hosts the live-mixed electronic

music show Organic Compound on WUOG.

DJ SNOOTLES DJ who hosts 100 Wreks on Georgia Tech’s college radio station.

GORELIZARD Uptempo noise DJ from Atlanta.

Georgia Theatre

6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $36 (adv.), $39. www.georgia theatre.com

THE MENZINGERS Punk rock band from Scranton, PA.

LUCERO Country-punk band based in Memphis, TN.

THE DIRTY NIL A finely-tuned rock machine from Ontario.

Hendershot’s 7:30–11 p.m. $10. www.hendershots athens.com


L.A. Darius leads a Latin dance party with salsa, bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. An hour-long lesson is followed by open dancing.

are invited to explore the unknown through sound.

Athentic Brewing Co.

7–9 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com

THE HOBOHEMIANS Six-piece acoustic band performing American and European roots music of the 1910s–30s.

Bolo Bolo Athens

7 p.m. FREE! www.instagram.com/ bolo.bolo.ath

JOHN KIRAN FERNANDES & DAVID McCOY Ambient duo performance featuring Fernandes’ clarinet drenched in reverb and McCoy’s guitar filtered through a variety of effects pedals for an otherworldly sound.

LYBERARCHELULO Tennessee percussionist Andrew Gibbens presents a visual album.

AZALIA SNAIL Presenting a full visual film that accompanies the audio to her Cloud Recordings release, Powerlover


8 p.m. $12. www.hendershotsathens. com

SUN CHILD Dreamy folk-pop project from Jacksonville Beach, FL that started as the solo project of singer-songwriter Brooke Garwood.

LANE MARIE Indie pop artist raised in Athens whose work explores the ups and downs of the human experience.

JOSEPH BONES Memoir folk pop music for the moody and hopeful.

Saturday 15

40 Watt Club

7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $15 (adv.), $20. www.40watt.com

ATHENS HIP HOP AWARDS The 10th annual awards show presents live music and award presentations recognizing performers, beauty salons, restaurants and more.


Aubrey Entertainment Presents. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m (show). $10–48. www.hendershotsathens.com

WORKHORSES OF THE ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATIONAL INDUSTRY Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz joins Rob Keller, Ben Reynolds and William Tonks for a set of traditional folk, country tunes, lonesome bluegrass and unplugged rock and roll. Holy Cross Lutheran Church

4 p.m. FREE! www.holycrossathens. com

AURELIA STRING QUARTET The spring concert features works by Hayd, Sibelius and Glazunov. Nowhere Bar

8 p.m. www.facebook.com/Nowhere BarAthens

THE FOURFATHERS Funky soul organ quartet comprised of Dwayne Holloway, Jason Ogg, Chris Queen and Justin Willis.


LIVE In The Studio. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.jokerjokertv.com/watch

TREASURE COVE JOKERJOKERtv presents a virtual performance of the Albany, NY-based act. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com

KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.

Friday 14

40 Watt Club

7 p.m. (doors). $10 (adv.), $15. www.40watt.com

ALMOST A.M. Indie-rock and altpop band from Montana made up of two brothers and their cousin.

SECOND NATURE Athens-based three-piece alternative rock band whose sound is self-described as “psychedelic beach rock.”

BASEMENT RECESS College indie rock from Atlanta.


June 14, sunset–June 15, sunset. Donations accepted. www.athica.


SONIC DIVINATION DURATIONAL EVENT The gallery’s Artist-in-ATHICA series presents a durational participatory sound installation. Listeners and sound makers of all ages and skill levels

Primordial Void Presents. 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12. www.athenscine.com

ITCHY KISSES Lo-fi weirdo pop hailing from New Orleans; for fans of Hype Williams and Voice Actor.

CAL FISH Brooklyn musician producing atmospheric (yet danceable!) techno pop.

MARCEL SLETTEN California-born and Athens-based electronic music producer, composer and artist whose sound varies from peaceful to intense.

MIRRORS FOR PRINCES Atlanta experimental duo.

El Paso Tacos & Tequila 6–10 p.m. www.instagram.com/ elpasoathenss

KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday evening.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker theatreandbar.com

EVELIA Soft-rock and indiealternative singer-songwriter from Athens.

KIMI CARTER Nashville, TN-based indie singer-songwriter.

BILLY! No info available. The Foundry Dog Days of Summer. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/baddogathens

STEPHAN EUTSLER Solo performance by member of Larry’s Homework.

Athentic Brewing Co.

6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com

WADE NEWBURY Laid back tunes and classics on guitar. Bishop Park

Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers market.net

TY WICKER Local singersongwriter. (8 a.m.)

JIM COOK High-energy solo blues, classic rock and roots music. (10 a.m.)

College Square Plaza

11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! 678-740-3884

ATHENS JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL In addition to food trucks, vendors and guest speakers, enjoy performances by The Splitz Band, Krusadrs, Emmanuel Thompson, Brando, Girl Power, The Prodigy Elite Dolls, Narlie Wilson and more. Flicker Theatre & Bar

9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com

DJ MAHOGANY Local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a lotta unexpected faves.

DJ JAGGAR Local DJ who digs dirty records.

Front Porch Bookstore

6 p.m. FREE! Find Front Porch Bookstore on Facebook THE HUMDINGERS Acoustic interpretations of pop and soul.

Allen, Seth Hendershot and various guests.

Normal Bar 8–11 p.m. FREE! booking@rudymontayremusic.com

OPEN MIC Held Every Tuesday evening.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia Sunflower Concert Series. 7 p.m. $12 (ages 5–16), $20 (Friends of the Garden), $25 botgarden.uga.edu THE ORIGINAL SPLITZ BAND A mixed drink of the classic Motown sound, part 1970s funk and disco flavor, a dash of the old-school and contemporary R&B, and a guaranteed good time. Blankets, chairs and picnics are welcome at this concert in the garden.

Wednesday 19

40 Watt Club AHH FEST. 6:30 p.m. (doors). $10. www.40watt.com

LOS CANTARES Stoned desert rock and roll band from Athens.

JAMES AURELIO Roots-rock project led by Jim Wilson (Los Cantares, TaxiCab Verses). Creature Comforts


Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net

MARY & THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Hot jazz and swing band offering music from the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s. (6 p.m.)

El Paso Tacos & Tequila 6–10 p.m. www.instagram.com/ elpasoathenss KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday evening.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com

DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

Nowhere Bar

Nuçi’s Space 5 p.m. (doors), 6 p.m. (show). FREE! www.nuci.org


Young musicians in Nuçi’s Space Camp Amped program show off what they’ve learned.

Sunday 16

Athentic Brewing Co. 5–7 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com THE VASSAR BLONDES Local indie-pop four-piece. Oak House Distillery 3:30–6 p.m. www.oakhousedistillery. com

THE HUMDINGERS Acoustic interpretations of pop and soul.

Tuesday 18


8 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com

KARAOKE WITH THE KING Show off your pipes to the world. Every first, third and fifth Tuesday. Hendershot’s No Phone Party. 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com

KENOSHA KID Instrumental adventure-jazz group centered around the rollicking compositions of Dan Nettles and featuring Josh

Attaboy Tapes Presents. 8 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/NowhereBar Athens

ROWAN NEWBY Poetic and humorous Americana music inspired by ’60s and ’70s songwriting.

LIZ FARRELL Jeff Buckleyinspired vocals accompanied by intricate ukulele.

DADGUM Jazz-pop for enlarged hearts.

Porterhouse Grill 6–8:30 p.m. www.porterhousegrill athens.com

JAZZ NIGHT Longest running jazz gig in Athens captained by drummer Mason Davis and featuring a rotating cast of familiar faces performing American songbook, bossa nova classics and crossover hits.

Down the Line

6/21 Organically Programmed, Cardynal + the Flock, Nicholas Mallis and the Borealis, The Asymptomatics, Heffner (AthFest Wicked Weed Stage)

6/21 Neat Freak, Goodhost, Forrest Isn’t Dead, Triplicate, Silent Disco with Booty Boyz (AthFest Hull Street Stage)

6/21 Tommy Townsend, Woody Garrison, William Tonks, Clay Leverett with John Neff, Mannequin Party (The Globe) f

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Ciné DAN WEST Azalia Snail will present a film to accompany her new album at Bolo Bolo on Friday, June 14.

event calendar

Tuesday 11

CLASSES: ESOL (Bogart Library) Learn or polish your English skills using Mango languages online and in-person basic conversation and vocabulary. 12:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart

CLASSES: DIY Bee Watering Station (Oconee County Library) Learn how to make a bee watering station for your garden. Supplies provided. Registration required. 1 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

CLASSES: Reiki Circle (Serenity Attunement) Connect in meditation and learn more about Reiki. Second Tuesdays, 6 p.m. $22. www.serenity attunement.com

EVENTS: Tiki Taco Tuesday (Live Wire) Enjoy live music, craft cocktails and a taco pop-up from Don Carne. Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. www. livewireathens.com

EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market and Garden (Athentic Brewing Co.) Vendors will be on site with fresh produce, local fare, rare plants, artisan goods and more. Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com

FILM: The Power to Heal (Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library) Screening of the public television documentary about the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare. 3 p.m. FREE! libs.uga.edu

FILM: This or That: Adventure Movie (Bogart Library) Screening of an adventure movie voted on by attendees. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart

GAMES: Mahjong Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Learn to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. $1. www.wintervillecenter.com

GAMES: Tuesday Night Shenanigans (Southern Brewing Co.) Play board games and arcade games on site, bring your own games or even your D&D group. Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com

GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (White Tiger Deluxe) Test your trivia knowledge. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. www. facebook.com/DirtySouthTrivia

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Amici Athens) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Akademia Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

GAMES: Singo! (Beef O’Brady’s) Win gift certificates and prizes at this music bingo night. Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m. www.beefobradys.com/athens

KIDSTUFF: Crafternoon (Oconee County Library) Drop in for a craft or two. Supplies Provided. All ages. Tuesdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

LECTURES & LIT: Book Swap (Athentic Brewing Co.) Browse free books to take home or settle in to read in the front lounge. Donating books is encouraged but not required. 5–10 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

LECTURES & LIT: Author Talk & Book Signing (Avid Bookshop) Local poet Bob Ambrose Jr. will discuss his new book Between

Birdsong and Boulder: Poems on the Life of Gaia. 7 p.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com

MEETINGS: Knot Just For Knitters (Oconee County Library) Bring your own crafting project to work on while chatting with fellow crafters. Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

MEETINGS: Memoir Writing Group (Bogart Library) During this monthly group, hear memoirs from others and learn tips on how to write your own. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. info@petanque.org, www. athenspetanque.org

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ART: Tour At Two (Georgia Museum of Art) These drop-in public tours feature highlights of the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org

CLASSES: Salsa Dancing (El Carretonero) Join SALSAthens for Cuban salsa lessons meeting a variety of dance abilities. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. (advanced), 7:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate). $10. SALS AthensDancing@gmail.com

COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Townie improv that invites you to bring suggestions to help create improv magic. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.flying squidcomedy.com

EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods, art and crafts. Live music at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent. Wednesdays, 5–8 p.m. www.athens farmersmarket.net

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

KIDSTUFF: Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for rhymes, songs, puppets and a story. 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Science Adventures (Bogart Library) Explore chemistry through fun activities with Dr. Maurice Snook. Best for ages 3–10. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library) Drop in to use LEGOs and other building materials. All ages. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Teen Anime Club (Oconee County Library) Join other fans of manga and anime to discover books, play games, snack and watch anime. Grades 6–12. 7 –8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee

LECTURES & LIT: Author Talk (ACC Library) Athens author Randy Cox will discuss his new book 715 at 50: The Night Henry Aaron Changed Baseball and the World Forever. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

MEETINGS: Casual Crafting (Oconee County Library) During this casual art jam, hang out with other creatives while you work on your

in-progress projects. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

OUTDOORS: ‘Normal’ Run (Athentic Brewing Co.) Join the Athens Road Runners for a 1–3 mile run that starts and ends at Athentic Brewing. Every other Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com

Thursday 13

ART: Pop-Up Gallery (tiny ATH gallery) Artist Jeremy Minnick’s exhibition of wood board designs will be on view. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.tinyathgallery.com

ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) Five exhibitions will be on view as part of the summer series: “Pathways,” “Traditions Highway,” “Entropy Plan for the Western Fam,” “Cupola: a Collaboration” and “Celestial Bodies.” 6 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ LyndonHouseArts

CLASSES: Improv Comedy 101 (Georgia Museum of Art) Hosted by Flying Squid Comedy, learn the ins and outs of improv for beginners or seasoned improvisers. 6 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org

EVENTS: Supper Club (Farmview Market) Celebrate the month of June with a barbecue supper and a variety of live music. 4:30–7 p.m. $14.99 & up. www.farmviewmarket.com

FILM: Throwback Thursday (Bogart Library) Screening of a family movie voted on by attendees with lemonade and popcorn. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

FILM: Tokusatsu Thursdays (ACC Library) Screening of the 1995 Japanese sci-fi action film Mechanical Violator Hakaider. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

FILM: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Georgia Museum of Art) Screening of the 1963 American comedy film. 7 p.m. FREE! www. georgiamuseum.org

GAMES: Mahjong Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Learn to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. $1. www.wintervillecenter.com

GAMES: Adult Dungeons & Dragons (Bogart Library) All skill levels are invited to join the popular role playing game. Ages 18 & up. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ bogart

GAMES: Thursday Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Test your trivia knowledge with host Jon Head. 6:30 p.m. www.johnnyspizza. com

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (The Foundry) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Thursdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddog athens

GAMES: Video Game Themed Trivia (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your video game trivia knowledge based on history, consoles, music and more. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

KIDSTUFF: Outer Space Glow Dance (ACC Library) Come dance and glow in an outer space-themed party with DJ Mahogany. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

KIDSTUFF: Open Play (Oconee County Library) Drop in for bubbles, playtime, children’s music and companionship. Ages 5 & under. Thursdays, 11 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: LEGO Club (Oconee County Library) Drop in to free build and create, or do one of the fun LEGO challenges. Ages 5–12. Thursdays, 3:30–5:30. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

MEETINGS: Coffee Hour (Oconee County Library) Drop in to drink some coffee, while supplies last. Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

MEETINGS: KnitLits Knitting Group (Bogart Library) Knitters of all levels are invited to have fun, share craft ideas and knit to their hearts’ content. Thursdays, 6 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart

OUTDOORS: Athentic Cycling Group (Athentic Brewing Co.)

Cyclists of all skill levels are invited for a no-drop group ride that starts and ends at Athentic Brewing. Every other Thursday, 6 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. www.athenspetanque.org

THEATER: The Hello Girls (Town & Gown Players) Set during World War I, this musical tells the story of the U.S. Army’s first female telephone operators unit. June 7–8 & 13–15, 8 p.m. June 9 & 16, 2 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers.org

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COMEDY: Chop Shop (work.shop)

Expect the unexpected, from sketch to characters, performance art, storytelling, human pet tricks and everything in between. 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. www. flyingsquidcomedy.com

EVENTS: Caravan for Disability Freedom and Justice (ACC Library) The transcontinental movement will be visiting Athens with local resources available like voter registration, information from the UGA Georgia Disability History Archive and more. 1–5 p.m. FREE! www.thedisabilitycaravan.com

EVENTS: Ivy Room Open House (Oconee County Library) Drop in to learn more about the genealogy and local history collection house at the library. 4 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee

EVENTS: Old Gods of Appalachia (Georgia Theatre) Live show of the eldritch horror fiction podcast featuring a staged storytelling performance similar to an old time radio play with live music. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $40–50. www.georgiatheatre.com

FILM: Ambient Evening (Bolo Bolo Athens) Live music by John Kiran Fernandes and David McCoy will be accompanied by screenings of visual albums by Lyberarchelulo and Azalia Snail. 7 p.m. FREE! www.cloudrecordings.com

GAMES: Chess Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Join others for a weekly chess competition. Fridays, 6–10 p.m. FREE! www.winterville center.com

KIDSTUFF: Meet & Play (Bogart Library) Drop in for facilitated open play with age-appropriate toys. Best for ages 6 & under. Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Drive-In Movie (ACC Library) Build a cardboard car and

then watch a movie. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

KIDSTUFF: Flag Day Readaloud (Oconee County Library) As a group read the book F is for Flag and learn about proper flag etiquette from the Watkinsville Junior American Citizens. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee

THEATER: The Hello Girls (Town & Gown Players) Set during World War I, this musical tells the story of the U.S. Army’s first female telephone operators unit. June 7–8 & 13–15, 8 p.m. June 9 & 16, 2 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers.org

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ART: Grand Opening (Winterville Cultural Center Gallery) Celebrate the gallery’s opening with exhibitions on view, live music, food and wine. 3–7 p.m. FREE! www.wintervilleccgallery.com

EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Markets offer locally grown groceries and handmade goods with live music and children’s activities. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent. Saturdays, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.net

EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market (Rocksprings Park Pavilion) Vendors will be on site with fresh produce, local fare, rare plants, artisan goods and more. Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! www.athens landtrust.org/wbfm

EVENTS: Crawfish Fest (Saucehouse) Fresh crawfish from Louisiana will be available with live music, carnival games, kids activities and more. $10 (entry), $35 (all-youcan-eat crawfish). 11 a.m.–8 p.m. www.saucehouse.com/crawfishfest

EVENTS: Juneteenth Celebration (College Square Plaza) Celebrate and honor the holiday with community speakers, a flag raising and march to the block party where there will be vendors, live music, a fashion show and more. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ AADMovementjusticecenter

EVENTS: Open Mic & Poetry

Reading (ACC Library) The event will begin with a poetry reading by Athens Poet Laureate Mikhayla Smith, then the floor will open for attendees to share their work. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org

EVENTS: Chili Cook Off Contest (Oconee County Library) Enter your chili to win prizes or donate to taste and vote for your favorite. Registration required. 12 p.m. Free to enter, $1 to vote. www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

EVENTS: Historic Athens Heritage Walk (Historic Athens) Hattie Thomas Whitehead will guide an exploration of the history of Linnentown. Registration required. 2 p.m. $25. www.historicathens.com

EVENTS: Miss Black Northeast Georgia Teen Pageant (Oconee County Civic Center) In this inaugural competition contestants will showcase their skills and compete in variety of presentations. 4–8 p.m. $25. www.missblacknortheastga. com

EVENTS: Miss Juneteenth Pageant 2024 (Morton Theatre) An inaugural pageant with the goal to empower young girls with confi-

dence, positive self-esteem and inner beauty. 5 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25. www.mortontheatre.com

EVENTS: A Walk in the Garden (Cheeky Peach) A fashion show in benefit of the Sheats Social Services Mentor Program. 5 p.m. $25 & up. www.sheatssocialservices.org

EVENTS: Athens Hip Hop Awards (40 Watt Club) This event celebrates Athens‘ hip–hop culture, including music artists, business owners and supporters contributing to the hip–hop music scene. 7–11:30 p.m. $20. www.athens hiphopawards.com

EVENTS: Athens Spectacular (work.shop) This experimental cabaret will feature burlesque, drag performances and vendors. Ages 18 & up. 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10 (adv.), $15. www.instagram.com/coquettedejour FILM: The Matrix (Southern Brewing Co.) Cine hosts a drive-in movie screening with concessions available. 8 p.m. (gates), 9 p.m. (screening). $30–50 per vehicle. www.athenscine.com/drive-in

GAMES: Chess Club (Oconee County Library) Drop in for open chess play for all skill levels. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

KIDSTUFF: Family Day: Summer Scapes (Georgia Museum of Art) Learn about the traditions of landscape and plein-air painting, then create art. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org

KIDSTUFF: Percy Jackson Camp Half-Blood (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Complete Olympian challenges, games, crafts and more while celebrating all things Percy Jackson. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oglethorpe

KIDSTUFF: Donuts with Dad (Oconee County Library) Celebrate the father figure in your life with donuts, snacks, drinks, crafts and games. Registration required. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

KIDSTUFF: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party (ACC Library) Sip tea like a MadHatter while making hats, eating curiouser and curiouser snacks, and more. Ages 5–11. 2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

KIDSTUFF: Celebrate Mud Day (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Play in the mud and make mud pies and mud art, with a wash station before going home. All ages. 2–4 p.m. FREE! www.accgov.com/sandycreek naturecenter

LECTURES & LIT: Big Family Read (Bogart Library) Discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic children’s novel The Hobbit and enjoy videos, trivia, prizes and activities. All ages. 2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ bogart

MEETINGS: Atheist Society of Athens Meet & Greet (ACC Library) Non-prophet discussions with friends and neighbors. Third Saturdays, 4 p.m. FREE! www.atheistsocietyathens.org

OUTDOORS: Open Garden Days (ACC Cooperative Extension) Learn about pollinators, native plants, ornamental plants, raised beds, garden design and vegetables with an interactive garden tour. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! lney@uga.edu

THEATER: The Hello Girls (Town & Gown Players) Set during World War I, this musical tells the story

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of the U.S. Army’s first female telephone operators unit. June 7–8 & 13–15, 8 p.m. June 9 & 16, 2 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers.org

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COMEDY: Tournament of Topics

(The Globe) Competition with a variety of comedians riffing on random topics hosted by Levi Crumely. 9 p.m. $5. www.athenscomedy.com

EVENTS: Pups & Pints (Athentic Brewing Co.) The patio will be full of adoptable dogs with a free pour for every adoption. Third Sundays, 3–6 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Southern Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Sundays, 4 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddog athens

MEETINGS: Athens Skatepark Project Community Meeting

(Nuçi’s Space) Learn more about the Athens Skatepark Project’s mission to increase access to safe, high-quality skateparks around Athens. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www. athensskateparkproject.org

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. info@petanque.org, www. athenspetanque.org

THEATER: The Hello Girls (Town & Gown Players) Set during World War I, this musical tells the story of the U.S. Army’s first female telephone operators unit. June 7–8 & 13–15, 8 p.m. June 9 & 16, 2 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers.org

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COMEDY: Sake Bomb Open Mic Comedy (Cozy Bar) Watch a variety of comedians perform new material or join in with your own standup routine. Mondays, 9 p.m. FREE! www.athenscomedy.com

FILM: Bad Movie Night (Ciné) Two ex-cops clash against a baby sacrificing, Hollywood devil cult in Road to Revenge. 8 p.m. FREE! www. instagram.com/BadMovieNight

GAMES: Open Chess Play (ACC Library) Drop in for a game open to all skill levels with light refreshments served. Mondays, 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

GAMES: General Trivia with Erin (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Erin. Mondays, 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Dooley’s Bar and Grill) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (LumberJaxe) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Mondays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens

GAMES: Trivia with Marissa (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Test your trivia knowledge with host Marissa. 8 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com

KIDSTUFF: Monday Funday (Bogart Library) Join the pollinator party and learn about pollinators through crafts, games and dressing up. Ages 3–7 years. Registration suggested. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Woodland Fairy Party (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a craft, cupcakes, punch and themed decorations. Ages 8–12. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

KIDSTUFF: Nailed It! Fairy Tales (Bogart Library) Show off your culinary skills in this friendly cupcake

competition for tweens. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Teen D&D Club (Oconee County Library) Join a one-shot game open to all skill levels, including Dungeon Masters, with a prize drawing at the end of the evening. Grades 6–12. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

LECTURES & LIT: Third Monday Book Club (Oconee County Library) Discuss books chosen by the group. New members welcome. Third Mondays, 7 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

MEETINGS: Classic City Rotary (Athentic Brewing Co.) The local chapter meets weekly. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com

SPORTS: Tae Kwondo Demonstration (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Watch demonstrations of a variety of martial arts including Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, self defense and more. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oglethorpe

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CLASSES: ESOL (Bogart Library) Learn or polish your English skills using Mango languages online and in-person basic conversation and vocabulary. 12:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart

COMEDY: Open Toad Comedy Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Comedy performed by a mix of newcomers and local favorites from Athens and Atlanta. 9 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

EVENTS: Tiki Taco Tuesday (Live Wire) Enjoy live music, craft cocktails and a taco pop-up from Don Carne. Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. www. livewireathens.com

GAMES: Mahjong Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Learn to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. $1. www.wintervillecenter.com

GAMES: Tuesday Night Shenanigans (Southern Brewing Co.) Play board games and arcade games on site, bring your own games or even your D&D group. Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com

GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (White Tiger Deluxe) Test your trivia knowledge. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. www. facebook.com/DirtySouthTrivia

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Amici Athens) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Akademia Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

GAMES: Singo! (Beef O’Brady’s) Win gift certificates and prizes at this music bingo night. Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m. www.beefobradys.com/athens

KIDSTUFF: Parrots of the World (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Parrot expert Brenda Bean will bring over a dozen different species of performing parrots from around the world. All ages. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oglethorpe

KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Drop in and join Ms. Jera for rhymes, songs, movement, a story and a craft. Ages 5 & under. 11 a.m. & 12 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: LEGO Robots Workshop (ACC Library) Learn how to build real, working robots while practicing teamwork skills. Ages 7 & up. Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

KIDSTUFF: Juneteenth Readaloud (Oconee County Library) As a group read the book Juneteenth by Van G. Garrett and do a craft in celebration.

2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: Crafternoon (Oconee County Library) Drop in for a craft or two. Supplies Provided. All ages. Tuesdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: Weave Your Own Keychain (Bogart Library) Learn how to make a keychain using plastic string. 4 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart

LECTURES & LIT: Athens Music Scene BEFORE It Was Famous (Bogart Library) This presentation will include rare newspaper advertisements, posters and stories about Athens’ early bands in the ’50s and ’60s that traveled the Southeast. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart

MEETINGS: Lex Write Now (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Writers of all genres and experience levels are invited to learn tips, meet other writers and share their work. 12:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oglethorpe

MEETINGS: Knot Just For Knitters (Oconee County Library) Bring your own crafting project to work on while chatting with fellow crafters. Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. info@petanque.org, www. athenspetanque.org

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CLASSES: Salsa Dancing (El Carretonero) Join SALSAthens for Cuban salsa lessons meeting a variety of dance abilities. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. (advanced), 7:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate). $10. SALS AthensDancing@gmail.com

COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Townie improv that invites you to bring suggestions to help create improv magic. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.flying squidcomedy.com

COMEDY: Hendershot’s Comedy (Hendershot’s) Enjoy a lineup featuring comics from Athens and Atlanta as well as newcomers.

Hosted by Noell Appling. Third Wednesdays, 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com

EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods, art and crafts. Live music at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent. Wednesdays, 5–8 p.m. www.athens farmersmarket.net

FILM: Pachinko Pop (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 2019 Japanese musical comedy film Dance With Me. 7 p.m. FREE! www. flickertheatreandbar.com

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

KIDSTUFF: Wellbeing Walk (reBlossom Mama & Baby Shop) Join other members of the community for a walk. Third Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. FREE! www.athensparent wellbeing.org

KIDSTUFF: Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for rhymes, songs, puppets and a story. 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library) Drop in to use LEGOs and other building materials. All ages. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart f


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AAAC QUARTERLY GRANT (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council offers $500 grants to visual and performing artists in any medium to support specific projects that enrich the culture of Athens. Rolling deadlines are June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15 and Mar. 15. Apply online. www. athensarts.org/support


(Athens, GA) The ACD is a platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. athenscreatives@gmail.com, www. athenscreatives.directory

BIPOC ARTIST/CURATOR PROJECT OPEN CALL (Lyndon House Arts Center) Seeking BIPOC individuals residing in Georgia to develop an art exhibition to be on display for 6–8 weeks at the LHAC. A stipend of $1500 is provided. www.accgov. com/9799/ArtistCurator

CALL FOR ART (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Seeking submissions for OCAF’s annual “Southworks” national juried art exhibition. This year’s juror is Bill Eiland. Cash prizes awarded. Submissions due July 19. Exhibition runs Sept. 27–Nov. 1. $30–40/submission fee. art@ocaf.com, www.ocaf.com/ exhibitions/callforart

CALL FOR ART (Winterville Cultural Center Gallery) The WCCG is seeking submissions for its first annual juried art exhibition. Online

submissions will be accepted June 13–July 12. Exhibition runs Aug. 31–Oct. 30. $30/submission fee for up to three entries. wintervilleccgallery@gmail.com, www.winterville ccgallery.com

CALL FOR COLLECTORS (Lyndon House Arts Center) The LHAC’s “Collections from our Community” series features unique collections of objects found in the closets, cabinets and shelves of Athenians. Email if interested in displaying your collection. shelby.little@ accgov.com

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Artists, artist groups and curators can submit original exhibition proposals for consideration in the arts center’s gallery schedule. Arts can also submit images of their work for consideration in larger group or themed shows. Deadline Sept. 20, 11:59 p.m. www.accgov.com/6657/ Exhibition-Proposal-Form

EMERGING BLACK ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council will award a $500 scholarship annually to one Black artist from a Clarke County high school who is attending, or has been accepted to, a college or university to study the arts. Deadline June 30. www.athensarts.org/ support

JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR ARTISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is actively accepting proposals for collaboration from visual, musical and video artists and curators living in Athens. Artists worldwide can

art around town

ACE/FRANCISCO GALLERY (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1500) Jason Thrasher’s exhibition of photographs, “Kashi Washi,” documents his return to a specific street corner in Benares, India 25 years after his first visit in 1998.

ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) “Artist-in-ATHICA: Sonic Divination” includes interactive installations, workshops, performances and more led by visual and sound artists Jon Vogt, Shannon Perry, Michael Scott Pierce, Claire Paul, Carley Rickles and Erin Palovick. Sonic Divination Durational Event held June 14–15, sunset to sunset. AthFest workshops and performances held June 23, 5-7 p.m. and June 29 (time TBA). Open studio hours with drop-in participation will be held June 12, 19–21, 26–28 from 5–8 p.m. Through June 30.

ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Jason Matherly presents “What Will He Do with It?,” an exhibition of early ink drawings and new paintings emphasizing the relationships between shape and color. Through June 25.

BOGUE GALLERY AT ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) The Athens Photography Guild presents 34 prints by 19 APG members. Through June 23. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) In Classic Gallery I, “Spotlight” features works by painters William Ballard, Jaci Davis and Ella Hopkins. • In Classic Gallery II, Kristin Roberts’ “The Fables” illustrates Aesop’s Fables with detailed works that are both whimsical and dangerous.

CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) Paintings and wood cutouts of flowers and animals by Marisa Mustard. Through June. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Annelie Klein. Through June.

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Richard Prince: Tell Me Everything” includes a suite of works based on the joke archives of comedian Milton Berle. Through June 16. • “Decade of Tradition: Highlights from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” Through July 3. • “Kei Ito: Staring at the Face of the Sun” uses photography to examine the intergenerational trauma of nuclear disaster and the possibilities of healing and reconciliation. Through July 14. • “A Perfect Model: Prints after Anthony van Dyck’s Portraits” presents prints that attest to Van Dyck’s lasting impact as a printmaker and portraitist. Through Dec. 1.

also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas to share with a weekly livestream audience. www. jokerjokertv.com/submit MUSIC AND ARTS EDUCATION GRANTS (Athens, GA) AthFest Educates will award a total of $65,000 to music and arts education programs for local students. Applicants may request up to $5,000. Check website for requirements. Applications accepted through Aug. 24. www.athfesteducates.org

OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. www. accgov.com/7350/Open-StudioMembership


(Athens GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is seeking community members to participate in upcoming public art selection panels. Panels review, evaluate and select from submitted proposals for ACC-funded public art commissions. www.accgov.com/9656/ Public-Art-Selection-Panels



(Elberton Arts Center) Seeking six adult men and two adult women for a comedic production. Be prepared to read excerpts from the script. Auditions held June 17–18, 6–8

p.m. Performances held Sept. 27–29 & Oct. 4–6. tking@cityof elberton.net


A COURSE OF LOVE (Unity Athens Church) Learn a positive path for spiritual living based on A Course in Miracles. Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! www.unity athens.com


(Ancient Suns Intuitive Arts at work. shop) In “Introduction to Animal Communication,” find out what your animal hopes to share as you learn how to send and receive messages telepathically. June 15, 12–3 p.m. $65. During “Pet Loss Grief Healing,” support your grieving process in a sacred, comforting way using meditation, intuitive skills and energy healing. June 29, 12–3 p.m. $65. hello@ancientsunsacademy. com, www.ancientsunsacademy. com

ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop) The shop offers a range of fine art classes and workshops for adults, private classes and parties, summer camps, and art clubs for youth. Topics include acrylic, aqua oil, bookmaking, calligraphy, gouache, printmaking, and watercolor. Register online. www.kaartist.com

BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Washington) A variety of classes include “Forge a Firepoker with Decorative Handle” (June 14), “Christmas Ornaments in July” (July 13), “Forge a Tomahawk” (July 25), “Forge a Railroad Spike Knife” (July 26) and “Forge a Spear” (July 27). Classes run 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the aurora borealis using 3D geometric figures and lights.

HENDERSHOT’S (237 Prince Ave.) Nirvinyl Album Art presents “Room by Room: The Kitchen Set.” Through mid-July.

JITTERY JOE’S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Photography of Athens scenes by Frances Hughes. Through June.

JITTERY JOE’S EASTSIDE (1860 S. Barnett Shoals Rd.) Susan Pelham’s collages are inspired by Magic Realism, Surrealism, nursery rhymes, fables and more. Through June.

LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Guest curated by Lizzie Zucker Saltz, “RESCUE: Waste and Redemption” presents 22 artists who transform industrial byproducts into artworks or craft objects. Through June 15. • “Inflections: Works by Kaitlin Thurlow, Maria Canzano & Morgan Auten Smith” brings together three painters who create intimate worlds to enter and reflect upon. Through June 15. • Collections from our Community presents Nate Mitchell’s 45 record box collection. Through June 22. • The Window Works series presents a site-specific artwork by Atlanta artist Michael Reese that questions the perception of the Black Body against cyanotype photography popular with architectural blueprints. Through spring 2025. • “Pathways” is a solo exhibition featuring Kristy Bishop’s body of work, “Metaweaves.” June 13–Aug. 31. • “Traditions Highway” is a presentation of photographs by Irina Rozovsky taken between 2017–2021 along Georgia State Route 15. June 13–Aug. 31. • Steven L. Anderson’s “Entropy Plan for the Western Fam” was inspired by Joseph Beuys’ 1974 tour of lectures and performances meant to address ecological and spiritual problems of the time. June 13–Aug. 31. • Led by Martihn van Wagtendonk, the kinetic sculpture “Cupola: A Collaboration” was inspired by Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. June 13–Aug. 31. • “Celestial Bodies” is a group exhibition exploring the relationship between the heavens and the earth. June 13–Aug. 31. Opening Reception for all new shows held June 13, 6 p.m.


“Madison Collects: Eugene Swain” spotlights the self-taught Madison artist who specialized in capturing rural life in Morgan County through his artwork. Through July 13.

OGLETHORPE GARAGE (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) Bart King’s exhibition consists of images produced with a flatbed scanner and natural objects. Through mid-June.

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CANOPY CLASSES & SCHOLARSHIPS (Canopy Studio) Canopy offers a variety of trapeze and aerial arts classes for children and adults. Scholarships and financial aid are available. outreach@canopystudio. org, www.canopystudio.org/ outreach/scholarships


“Knife Skills and Sharpening” will be held June 12, 5–7:15 p.m. $75. “Sake to Me Sushi” will be held June 13, 6–8 p.m. $103. “Time to Make the Doughnuts” will be held June 15, 9–11 a.m. $75. “Date Night Culinary Affair” will be held June 19, 6–8 p.m. $103. “Spanish Tapas and Wine Flights” will be held June 21, 6–8 p.m. $103. “BBQ Shrimp and Grits: Essential South” will be held June 22, 6–8 p.m. $103. Register online. www. athenscooks.com

PÉTANQUE CLUB OF ATHENS (5 Alumni Dr.) Learn to play Pétanque. RSVP for a free Wednesday introduction. athenspetanqueclub@ gmail.com, www.athenspetanque club.wixsite.com/play


TRAINING (Nuçi’s Space) Nuçi’s hosts free monthly QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention sessions for anyone interested, not just mental health professionals. Nuçi’s also offers free training for businesses and organizations. qpr@nuci.org, www.nuci.org/qpr


CLASSES (Live Oak Martial Arts) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, self-defense, grappling and weapons classes are offered for all ages. Classes in Jodo, the art of the Japanese staff and sword, are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Visit the website for a full schedule. liveoak martialarts@gmail.com, www.live oakmartialarts.com

YOGA AND MORE (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Revolution is a multipurpose mind-body wellness studio offering yoga and therapy with an emphasis on trauma-

informed practices. Check website for upcoming classes and programs. www.revolutiontherapyand yoga.com

YOGA CLASSES (Let It Be Yoga Studio, Watkinsville) Classes are offered in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, beginner, gentle and other styles. Check online calendar for weekly offerings. www.letitbeyoga.org

Help Out

FOSTER OVER THE 4TH (Athens, GA) Volunteers are needed to foster pets from the adoption center during the weekend of June 29–30 when the Star Spangled Classic fireworks event takes place. Volunteers will be supplied with crates/ carriers, food, bowls, leashes and collars. www.accgov.com/fosterapet

SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., is seeking new members for its board of directors. Brochures and applications are available online. scncinc@gmail. com, www.sandycreeknaturecenter inc.org/board-members

SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS (Morton Theatre Corporation) The Morton Theatre Corporation is seeking new members for its board of directors and volunteers. The application is available online. board@morton theatre.com, www.mortontheatre. com/join-the-board


ATHENS FOREST KINDERGARTEN (Sandy Creek Park) Now enrolling children ages 3–6. AFK is a cooperative preschool that aims to develop initiative, persistence, interdependence, and empathy. www.athensforestkindergarten.org

BLACKSMITH SUMMER CAMP (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks) Ages 13 and up can learn basic blacksmithing skills through different hands-on projects like making fire pokers, tomahawks, scrolls, hooks and more. Materials, fuel and


Two new collections celebrating the connection between art and nature include a complete Jasperware tea set from Wedgewood in England and a series of hand-carved coconut vessels.

THE ROOK & PAWN (294 W. Washington St.) “Serenade” features works by over 20 artists including Keith P. Rein, Sierra Kirsche, Kendall Rogers, Jesse Raven and Delaney Dusch. Through June.

STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave) Kathy Rogan’s oil paintings raise funds for Parkinson’s research. Through June 23. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead)

“Peace in Our Time: Steffen Thomas Meisterwerke from the Lowrance Collection” shares works collected by Marjorie and Richard Lowrance over the span of 60 years. Through July 23. • The “Student Art Exhibition” features works by students from five different schools. Through July 27.

TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Jeremy Minnick presents an exhibition of handcrafted wood serving boards. Pop-up Reception June 13, 5–8 p.m.

UGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LOBBY GALLERY (230 River Rd.) The new gallery debuts with large-scale paintings from Margaret Morrison’s “Paradigm Shift,” a series created after Morrison began questioning historical aspects of her closely held Mormon faith. Through July 26.

UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) Developed by James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology emeritus at UGA, “Sunken Treasure: The Art and Science of Coral Reefs” explores the marine lives of coral through specimens and photographs. Through July 3.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS CLEMENTS GALLERY (780 Timothy Rd.) “The Three Graces” is a collaborative art exhibit by Elizabeth Bishop-Martin, Starr Ramsey Helms and Kim Kendall. Through June 23.

WAYFARER HOTEL (114 N. Broad St., Monroe) Susan Pelham’s collages are inspired by Magic Realism, Surrealism, nursery rhymes, fables and more. Through July.

WINTERVILLE CULTURAL CENTER (371 N. Church St., Winterville) “Pen, Pencil, Paper and Ink” is a group exhibition highlighting different artistic approaches. Through Aug. 8. • “New Beginnings” is a group exhibition held in celebration of the center’s grand opening. June 15–Aug. 16. • Nature photographer Mike Ramy presents “An Intimate Look at Nature.” June 15–Aug. 16. Grand Opening June 15, 3–7 p.m.

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tools are included. July 8–12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $525. www.greenhow handmade.com/blacksmith-classes

BRELLA ACTIVITIES (‘BRELLA STUDIO) After-school art lessons for ages 6–11 include drawing and mixed media activities and are held Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Family Playgroups are for ages 0–5 and their caregivers. Check website for descriptions and meeting times. www.brellastudio.com/events

COOKING CAMPS (Athens Cooks)

“Kids Can Cook, Too!” is a summer camp held June 17–20 (ages 6–9) or 24–27 (ages 10–13). $309. www.athenscooks.com

CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Treehouse offers a variety of art-centric activities for children, such as “Crafty Maker Mondays,” “Storytime with Mr. Doodles,” “Digital Art Designer,” “Baby Artists,” “Toddler Process Art,” “Creative Playtime,” “Saturday Craft” and more. Check website for current schedule. www.treehouse kidandcraft.com

FARM CAMP (Sweet Olive Farm)

This all-outdoor camp for ages 6–12 includes caring for and interacting with the animals, creek time in the woods, outdoor crafts, games, music, art-making, writing and exploring the farm. Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. during the summer. Register online. www. sweetolivefarm.org

GROUPS AT REBLOSSOM (ReBlossom) A variety of classes, playgroups and support groups are offered for parents and young children. Topics include birth and breastfeeding, prenatal and parent-baby yoga, instrument play, maternal mental health and more. Check website for a schedule. www. reblossomathens.com

LEARN TO SWIM (Multiple Locations) The ACC Leisure Services Department offers swim lessons for children ages 3 and up at Heard Park, Lay Park, Memorial Park and Rocksprings Park including “Swim School” and “Parent/Tot Swim School.” $33 (residents), $50

(non-residents). The department’s Kinderswim program is offered to five-year-olds at no cost. www.acc gov.com/myrec

LIBRARY STORYTIMES (ACC Library) Storytime for preschool aged children and their caregivers is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. www.athens library.org

LUTHEROAD DAYCAMP (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Camp for rising 1st–6th graders runs June 24–27, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and June 28, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www.holycrossathens.com/ lutheroad

MUSIC SUMMER CAMPS (Merit Music Academy) The academy offers small-group summer camps in a cappella, songwriting, ukulele and puppetry. Register online. $120/week. www.meritmusic academy.com/summercamps

NATURE AND FARM SUMMER CAMPS (Foxfire Woods and Farm) Offering three weeks of outdoor summer camp, including a half-day camp for preschoolers ages 3.5–6. Themes include survival skills, kinetics and simple machines, and outdoor exploration. www.foxfire woodsandfarm.com

OCAF SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Ages 6–13 can get crafty with different art projects every day. June 17–20, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $225–250/ week. www.ocaf.com


PROGRAM (Multiple Locations) Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade can receive a free pool pass by bringing a report card will all A’s or E’s. A report card with all A’s and B’s or all E’s and M’s can earn 10 free swims. www.accgov. com/pools

SUMMER ART CAMPS (K.A. Artist Shop) Art Camps for Promising Young Artists are offered for half or full days Mondays–Fridays during the summer. Activities range from drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, illustration, calligraphy and character design. www.kaartist.com

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services Department offers camps highlighting art, nature education, sports and theater. Now registering. www. accgov.com/myrec

TREEHOUSE SUMMER CAMPS (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Camps are offered in a variety of themes

including “Mini Museum,” “Wonderful Wizards,” “Craft Inc. Business,” “Mouse Palace Camp,” “Camp Swiftie” and more. Visit the website for details, dates and to register. www.treehousekidandcraft. com

UGA SUMMER ART CAMP (Lamar Dodd School of Art) High school students with a passion for the arts are invited to participate in a four-day camp featuring drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. June 24–27. summerart camp@uga.edu, art.uga.edu/ programs/community-programs/ uga-summer-art-camp

WILD EARTH CAMP (Piedmont Preserve) Wild Earth Camp offers summer camps and homeschool programs for ages 4–13. Participants explore the natural environment through games, storytelling, free play and teaching earth skills. Register online. www.wildearth camp.org

WORKSHOPS (On Stage Playhouse) “Improv-ability Two!” is an improv workshop for rising fourth through eighth graders. Workshop June 17–22, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Performance held June 22, 11:30 a.m. $95. www.onstagewalton.org

Support Groups

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP (St. Mary’s Hospital, 5th Floor Therapy Room) This support group for survivors of traumatic head injury, their families, friends and caregivers offers friendship, information about resources and opportunities for advocacy. Every third Monday, 4:30–6 p.m. Contact Floretta Johnson, 706-353-1892, floretta. johnson@stmarysathens.org

NEW PARENTS AND INFANT FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP (BYL Family Resource Center) Come as you are for community, snacks and feeding advice from professionals. Babies and children of all ages are welcome. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.byyourleave.org

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP (First Baptist Church) This group is to encourage, support and share information with fellow sojourners who manage the challenges of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Second Friday

of the month, 1 p.m. gpnoblet@ bellsouth.net


(Revolution Therapy and Yoga) This open support group for adults practicing or considering polyamory or nonmonogamy discusses navigating jealousy, polysaturation, relationships with metamours and polyamorous parenting. Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $10 donation. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com

PROJECT SAFE (Family Protection Center) Project Safe hosts a support group for survivors of domestic violence. Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m. www. project-safe.org

RECREATE JOY (Sunny Days Therapeutics) Nuçi’s Space hosts a recreational therapy support group. Improve coping skills and self esteem while reducing depression and anxiety through adaptive yoga, games and leisure education. Sixweek sessions. Wednesdays, 5–6 p.m. tinyurl.com/rnvuhesa

RECOVERY DHARMA (Athens Addiction Recovery Center) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for details. Thursdays, 7 p.m. www.athensrecoverydharma.org

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE (Nuçi’s Space) SOS is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5:30–7:30 p.m. www.nuci.org

Word on the Street


SESSION (First Presbyterian Church) The AFC is hosting an open reading session to greet old flute friends and meet new ones. The music will be a mix of levels and styles. Bring a C flute and music stand if possible. Masks are requested when not playing. June 20, 7 p.m. RSVP: lhbflute@gmail. com, www.athensflutechoir.org

BIKE REPAIR STATIONS (Multiple Locations) Over 15 free bike repair stations are located across Athens with tools, an air pump and a QR code for quick guides on basic bike repairs. Visit the website for participating locations. www.accgov. com/10584/Bike-Repair-Stations

DIAMOND HILL FARM CSA (Athentic Brewing Co.) The Community Sup-

ported Agriculture program offers a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits and/or flowers directly to consumers each week. Check website for weekly pickup locations, home delivery details and to register. $15 (flower share), $25–35 (farm box). www. diamondhillfarmathens.com

LEISURE SERVICES MASTER PLAN (Athens, GA) The ACC Leisure Services Department is in the process of developing a new comprehensive master plan. Share your thoughts online or in person. Check website for pop-up events. www. accgov.com/activateathens POOL AND SPLASH PAD SEASON (Multiple Locations) ACC Leisure Services pools and splash pads are now open through July 28. Check website for hours. www.accgov. com/splashpad

RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Weekly events include Open Mic (Tuesdays, 7–11 p.m.), Acoustic Song Circle (Thursdays, 7–11 p.m.) and Drumming and Song Circle (Sundays, 3–5 p.m.). Wednesday Yoga (5 p.m.) is followed by Meditation and Integration (6 p.m.). Events are free or donation based. www.rabbitholestudios.org

SEEKING MUSIC (Athens, GA) Seeking music submissions for the third season of “View Finders,” a locally produced TV series that will air on national PBS. Music can vary from electronic, ambient, hip hop, folk, Americana, rock, country, blues, classical and beyond. Contact for submission form. www.viewfinders ontv.com

SEVENTH GENERATION (Healing Path Farm) Seventh Generation Native American Church hosts gatherings on Sundays at 11 a.m., Men’s Group on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Women’s Circle every second and fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. www.seventhgeneration nativeamericanchurch.org

VHS DIGITIZATION (Athens, GA) Brad Staples (of the Athens GA Live Music crew) is seeking previously recorded concerts and events on VHS, VHSC or DVDs to digitize and archive on his YouTube channel, vhsordie (@vhsordie3030). Original recordings will be returned, and credits and dates will be included in the online video description. Digitization services are free. Contact for details and to coordinate shipping. bradley.staples88@gmail.com f

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