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Food for fines: The Bryan County libraries at Pembroke and Richmond Hill present one of their most popular events, “Food for Fines,” through Feb. 17. During that time, library patrons may bring in one canned good in excnage for $1 in regular overdue  fines on library material. Up to $5 in fines will be forgiven. The North Bryan Food Bank and The Way Station of Richmond Hill will receive all donations brought to the libraries.
The program provides library patrons with a way to reduce or eliminate overdue fines and provides much-needed donations to food banks in Bryan County. Donated goods apply only to fines and not to lost or damaged materials or collections accounts. Canned items such as soups, fruits and vegetables, meats and all non-perishible items are needed. Especially needed are meats, juices and cereals.
Libraries throughout the U.S. offer these special amnesty events as a way to boost staff morale, allow patrons to relieve their debt to the library and to benefit the community.  

Pembroke council
Pembroke City Council’s regular February meeting is tonight, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the J. Dixie Harn Center in City Hall, 160 N. Main St. The public is encouraged to attend. Person with disabilities need to call 653-4413 if assistance is required.

Dog Obedience
Bryan Animal Caregivers will resume dog obedience training classes at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill in February. Class size is limited. Call 727-2694 and press 3.

Insurance help
Georgia residents with insurance problems or questions can receive assistance directly from the Commissioner’s Office by contacting his Insurance Investigator working in your area.
On Feb. 9, An investigator from the Georgia Commissioner of Insurance’s office is scheduled to be in Richmond Hill from 9-10 a.m. at the County Commissioner’s Office.  The investigator is scheduled to be in Pembroke from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the County Commissioners’ office. Call 653-3837 in Pembroke or 756-3177 in Richmond Hill to confirm the investigator’s schedule.

Carver Elementary
Carver Elementary is holding its eighth annual career fair on Friday, Feb. 9. The event lasts all day and will include participation from parents and local busineses and agencies.

Bunco night at St. Anne’s
The Council of Catholic Women at St. Anne’s Catholic Church will hold a co-ed Bunco night on Friday, Feb. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. in  the church social hall. The cost is $10 per person. There will be cash and door prizes. No experience is needed. For more information, call Mary Harris at 756-8072.

Lanier festival
Lanier Primary School will hold a winter festival on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m..-2 p.m. Food will be available and activites for children will include the moon walk, barrel train, horse rides, putt putt and more. All activites require either one or two tickets. Five tickets for $1 can be purchased in advance at the school office or four tickets for $1 will be available at the ticket booth on the day of the festival. In addition, there will be a silent auction and door prizes, including gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, an autographed picture of UGA VI, a season family pass to Splash in the Boro, passes to Zoo Atlanta and a season family pass to Summer Waves. A drawing also will be held for a 27-inch TV, a DVD recorder and a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.

RH Garden Club
Richmond Hill Garden Club will hold it’s February meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Wetland Center in Gregory Park. This month’s speaker will be Guthrie Pratt who raises and tags Monarch Butterflies.  The public is invited to attend the meeting.  For more information call 727-3219.

Food distributed
The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority will be distributing USDA surplus commodity foods to eligible area residents on Feb. 14-16.
Any household whose total gross income is less than the State established poverty guidelines for the appropriate household size is eligible.
Persons picking up foods are requested to bring a bag or box container.
Anyone picking up food for someone else must present a completed and signed authorization form for each household; hand written notes will not be accepted. The forms must be current. Food may be picked up for a maximum of two households, including the household of the person making the pickup. New authorization forms (dated 5/03) may be picked up from Dr. Register’s office in Pembroke, Department of Family and Children Services in Pembroke, St. Joseph’s Center in Pembroke, Department of Family and Children Services in Richmond Hill and Plantation Apartments in Richmond Hill. The forms will not be available at the distribution sites and old authorization forms will not be accepted.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Coastal GA Area CAA, Inc. is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, handicap or disability.
Food will be distributed from the following sites: Thursday, Feb. 15 only – 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Richmond Hill Courthouse, Richmond Hill; Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 16 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 185 Poplar St., Pembroke.
For additional information call Carolyn Frasier at 653-4993.

Museum opening
The Richmond Hill Museum and Welcome Center, located at the corner of Hwy. 144 and Harris Trail, will open Feb. 12. The museum will be open Monday-Saturday, 10-a.m.-4 p.m. There is no cost for admission.

Asberger support
The Asberger Support Group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Hill library.

ADHD support
The ADHD and Behavoir Support Group will meet Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mindspring Center. The group will discuss neurological therapies that can stimulate brain function and cognitive abilities. The goal is to create better behavior, focus and learning skills. Any parent or teacher who wnts to understand the reasons behind the deficits and behavior is encouraged to attend. Guest speaker will be Dr. Steve Ranicki. Call 748-6463 for more information.

Arts on the Coast
Arts on the Coast Singers are looking for new members. The group is directed by Donna Dasher and you do not have to read music to be a part of this group. The group practices on the first and third Tuesdsays of each month at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. and on the second and fourth Mondays at Magnolia Manner at 7 p.m. Call Dasher at 727-4490 for more information.
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