Demand is very high this year for toys at local Toys for Tots distribution sites. Organizers in Haralson and Carroll Counties are asking for 30,000 toys this year as demand has increased by 35 percent. Unfortunately, only 2,500 have been collected so far. To donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in-need simply drop by one of the designated drop off sites in Haralson County. They include the Haralson Gateway-Beacon office, Tallapoosa City Hall, Buchanan City Hall, Waco City Hall, Bremen City Hall, Buchanan Elementary, Buchanan 1st UMC, Haralson Middle, Dollar General and Family Dollar in Tallapoosa, West Haralson Elementary, AllState Insurance in Bremen, Dollar General in Bremen, Alliance Insurance in Bremen, Fortress Storage in Bremen, and many others. Also, volunteers are needed to sort and distribute toys for parent pick-up the week of Dec. 14-18. Help is also needed to pick up toys from collection sites around the county. Toys will be distributed at the Haralson County School System District Office on 299 Robertson St. in Tallapoosa. We will need help each day from 6 - 8:30 p.m. the week of Dec. 14-18 sorting and distributing toys. If you or anyone you work or volunteer with would like to help, please contact Kersha Cartwright at 770-574-2500, ext. 260 or at 678-378-8601.
The West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa is still accepting pictures of native birds from the public to place on display in the museum. Bring your 8x10 photos of your native winter birds and the museum will frame it and label it for you. For more information, call 770-574-3125.
The city of Tallapoosa is taking donations to offset the costs of hosting the Possum Drop this year. All funds raised will help pay for the fireworks and the band. To help out the city, call City Hall, 770-574-2345.
A holiday memorial service will be Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home in Tallapoosa. Remember your loved one during this service.
The Haralson County Board of Tax Assessors will meet Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. at 4266 Ga. Hwy. 120, Buchanan. For information call 770-646-2022.
Festival of Trees
The Buchanan-Haralson Library will host the Haralson Historical Society’s Festival of Trees once again this year. This year the society asks that everyone pick a food-related theme to honor the upcoming Smithsonian exhibit, “Key Ingredients: America by Food.” Voting for People’s Choice will run through noon Dec. 5 ($50 prize!). For more information, call Karen Higgins at 678-644-0743.
The Hightower Funeral Home in Bremen will have its annual Remembrance Service, “Light a Tree of Love,” on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in the chapel. If you have lost a loved one or friend, who you want to be remembered in this special service, call them by Dec. 4 at 770-537-2375.
West Ga Museum of Tallapoosa
The West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa is currently accepting decorated Christmas trees to be featured in the museum’s annual tree display. The display will be held at the museum from Thanksgiving afternoon until Jan. 31. A wide-range of ornaments can be used on trees, including pine cones, candy canes, fancy cloths, etc. For more info, call Mildred McElroy at 7-574-3125 at the museum or Catherine MacLeroy 7-574-7121.
There will be a senior dance with a live country band, Ken Rosenberg and Sweetwater Creek, at Punkin’s Place in Tallapoosa every Saturday night, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $4 admission. Bring snacks. For information call 770-258-7002.
Bremen Tour of Homes
Bremen Tour of Homes sponsored by Bremen Junior Woman’s Club will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. There will be a $10 ticket donation to benefit Caring Christmas Program Tour begins at Sewell Mill. Call 770-214-0836 for ticket and additional info.
Pecans For Sale
The Buchanan-Haralson Public Library has (2009 crop) pecans for sale! One pound of cracked pecans for only $5. One pound of shelled pecans for only $7. Stock up so you have plenty for your holiday baking. All profits from pecan sales benefit the library. Call 770-646-3369.
Senior Trip to Branson, Mo.
The Bremen Senior Center is taking reservations for their May senior trip to Niagra Falls. Contact Rayl at the Senior Center to reserve your spot today!
Haralson County Angel Tree
We are now accepting applications for Christmas assistance for children under the age of 16 who are residents of Haralson County. Applications must be filled out in person by the parent or legal guardian at the Commissioners Office, 155 Van Wert St., Buchanan. Anyone who wishes to assist with the angel tree or make a donation may come in or contact Alison at 770-646-2002.
The committee chairs of Tallapoosa’s 150-Year Celebration will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Tallapoosa City Hall. This will be the final meeting of this year in preparation for the gala celebration in 2010. For more information, contact Kate Gardner: email@example.com or 770-574-2345.
HC Rec. Dept.
The Haralson County Recreation Department is holding a Christmas shop Thursday, Dec. 3, at their facility in Buchanan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fifteen vendors will be onsite, with a “sweet shop,” wrapping station and door prizes available for guests. For more information, call 770-646-2029.
Buchanan Tour of Homes
Buchanan Tour of Homes sponsored by Buchanan Woman’s Club will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. A donation of $10 per ticket will benefit the clubs two annual College Scholarship Funds. The tour begins at the Woman’s Club Building located on Park Height Dr. For tickets/programs, call 770-646-5292 or 770-646-3294.
Supper With Santa
Join us this Christmas Season in Downtown Buchanan at the Historical Haralson County Courthouse for Supper With Santa at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. We will have a Spaghetti Supper plus you will receive a 5x7 professional photo of your child with Santa. Advance tickets for $5 can be picked up at Sherry’s Tax Service. You can also purchase them at the door. Sponsored by Downtown Buchanan Revitalization Inc. More info: 770-646-8978.
Tallapoosa Masonic Lodge No. 126 will host a turkey shoot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Bring some of your own shells for Wild Card shooting.
Tallatoona Haralson has funds available to assist with rent, mortgage or utility bills for households who have a separation notice due to lack of work and meets the income requirements. For more information, call 770-646-3845.
Hands of Creation, Inc.
Hands Of Creation will be taking applications for Holiday Wishes Christmas Baskets and Toys from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. You can pick up a application at Family & Children Service in Buchanan ask for Mr. Reid, Tallatoona of Buchanan, City Hall of Tallapoosa, Haralson Gateway-Beacon, and the Tallapoosa Library.
One hundred Christmas hams with four side items will be given away by Mount Holly Church through the HOPE program. Come by Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Wednesday, Dec. 16, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. or 5 and 7 p.m. and pick up your food voucher. Mount Holly is located at 4685 Hwy. 27 N in Carrollton.