ACC Leisure Services Department
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If I Were King of the Forest...

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host “Forest Fun Day” on Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM – 4 PM  at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Celebrate forests and forest management! This event is the kick off of the managed forest project beginning this fall. Everyone is invited to participate in activities that people enjoy while in a forest and learn how forest management creates a diverse habitat for plants and animals.

Activities include guided hikes, tree identification,storytelling, up close encounters with forestry equipment, meeting a forester and much more..

This program is for all ages and free of charge.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information call 706- 613-3615 

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No School!

The Leisure Services Department will host Day off School programs on Monday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

The programs serve children, ages 6-12, and take place on a day when Clarke County School District schools are not in session.  

“Discovery Day off School” features a fun day of discovery and inventions at Rocksprings Park located at 291 Henderson Ext. Children are encouraged to be creative and plan on making something amazing.  For more information call 706-613-3602

“Columbus Day Explorers” will travel back to 1492 and celebrate Christopher Columbus’ trip from Spain to North America. This program takes place at Lay Park located at 297 Hoyt St.  For more information call 706-613-3596.

“Basketball Camp” at East Athens Community Center, located at 400 McKinley Dr., will get everyone ready for the upcoming basketball season.  Drills, games, and a lot of fun on and off the court.  For more information call 706-613-3593.

Each program fee is $15 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $23 non-residents.  Pre-registration is required. Registration is accepted at the facility where the program is taking place, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 6;00 p.m.  Space is limited.  All participants must bring a sack lunch. 

For more information on this program visit the Day Off School Programs page at 

poster for This May Be the Last Time film

Now Showing!

The Lyndon House Arts Center, in conjunction with the new exhibition, “Return from Exile,"  will host a screening of the film,
“This May Be The Last Time,"  on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 PM.

The film was written and directed by Sterlin Harjo.  Following the screening, will be a Q&A with the film director and Dr. Jace Weaver, co-curator of the exhibition.

“This May Be The Last Time”, (the song title of a Creek hymn), is the story of the film maker’s uncle who mysteriously disappeared in 1962 from the town of Sasakwa in Seminole County.  The story explores the Creek Nation hymns and their relationship to Scottish folk and gospel music.  This film premiered in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 706-613-3623.

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For the Birds!

The Annual Birdseed Sale is underway at Sandy Creek Nature Center and is sponsored by Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., the non-profit support organization.

Help support the Nature Center by ordering bird seed through this annual sale, no order is too large or too small! A variety of bird seed is available in multiple sizes. 

There are two ways to place an order: by mail or email to 

For more information, call 706-613-3615, ext. 235.
Alice Walker

Save the Date!

A Conversation with Alice Walker is planned for Thursday, October 15 from  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Morton Theatre.  This event is free of charge and features general seating, however free tickets are required and are available beginning September 28 at the Morton Theatre.  Tickets are limited to two per patron..

Author Alice Walker is a native of Eatonton and a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Walker is the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her 1982 novel "The Color Purple," which also earned a National Book Award. She has written six other novels, four collections of short stories, four children's books and volumes of essays and poetry.  Throughout her public life, she has been an international activist for civil and human rights and a forceful advocate for women and girls.

Walker visits Athens and the University of Georgia as the Delta Chair for Global Understanding, presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts in partnership with the Institute for African American Studies. She will join Valerie Boyd, Associate Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, for a public conversation in this Delta Chair community event. Dr. Boyd is currently editing "Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: the Journals of Alice Walker."

For more information, call 706-613-3770.

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