Community Events

Around UGA and Athens

We aim to keep our members up-to-date with all of the events of interest in the Athens area.

Ongoing: UGA Master Calendar
Ongoing: Athens-Clarke County Library Calendar // ACC Library: Computer Classes
Ongoing: Oconee County Library
Ongoing: Special Collections Library
Ongoing: Community Calendar (provided by Boom Athens magazine)
Ongoing: Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation


October 28: the Athens-Clarke County Library is proud to present a new one-act play, Attacking Within: A Case of Emotional Abuse by Oconee County playwright Carol Nimmons.  The play developed as a result of a mother witnessing the effects emotional abuse had upon her daughter, the victim; her grandchildren and herself through a period of 10 years. The husband, whom the daughter later divorced, was the instigator. Many parties, including governmental agencies, were involved, some very willing to help, some quite indifferent. The play will be followed by a panel discussion/question-and-answer session with Pat Peterson of Project Safe; Yvonne Davenport, author & former DFACS worker; and psychologist Carolyn Barnes. The program begins at 2:30 PM, is free and open to the public.

October 29Listening in the Dark on Haunted Hill: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups will take place on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Appleton Auditorium. Join us… if you dare! A quartet of librarians will chill your blood with original and traditional horror stories: Bogart Librarian Donna Butler will be on hand, Athens-Clarke County Library volunteer Coordinator Eddie Whitlock will read an original short story, ACCL Operations Manager Joy Ovington returns, and retired librarian Jackie Elsner will have you on the edge of your seat. Library friend Kelly McGlaun Fields regales us this year, and others may join the throng.

November 4-5: The 2018 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame event series. Sunday at 3 PM, join contributors Terry Kay, Cynthia Graubart, and Cliff Graubart for a discussion of the new book, Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. At 5pm, join 2018 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inductees Michael Bishop and Cynthia Shearer for a moderated discussion about their work and writing processes. A light reception will follow the program. The Awards Ceremony will take place Monday, November 5, 10 AM. All events are free and open to the public and take place at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. For more information contact Jean Cleveland at or 706-542-8079.

November 6Caribbean Dance Party  Come dance to the Reggae and Dub music provided by vinyl expert DJ Osmose. The live show will be taped as part of a project being developed by Dr. Leara Rhodes. Targeted for a radio audience, the program intends to introduce Caribbean culture to the folks right here in Athens, Georgia. The Caribbean Dance Party is free with donations requested to purchase musical instruments for the Holy Trinity Music School, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The school offers programs that provide musical training at the highest level to more than 1500 students in all instrumental and vocal areas. Though free, reservations are necessary, go to for a ticket.  Arrival time 6:45 pm Live taping time 7:00-7:45 pm. Food provided by local sponsors, drinks available at the Cinébar. Sponsored by LACSI, Ciné, DJ Osmose, The Grady College and WUGA

November 12Lee Karen Stow, a UK documentary photographer, will speak on her “Poppies” project Nov. 12 at 6 pm at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
“Poppies: Women, War, Peace” remembers women in times of war, from the First World War to the present day.

Poppies: Women, War, Peace” is now open at the Hargrett Gallery of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Part of the observance to mark the centennial end of the First World War, the exhibit also pays homage to Moïna Belle Michael, originally from Monroe, who was instrumental in ensuring the red poppy flower became a symbol to remember the victims and veterans of war. Michael was inspired in her quest by the war poem ‘In Flanders Field’ written by Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae in 1915.

WUGA and UGA’s School for Public and International Affairs are producing a live recording event about this year’s midterm elections featuring Dr. Charles Bullock.  WUGA is broadcasting two hour-long specials with Dr. Bullock, who is now in his 50th year at the University. Dean Matthew Auer of SPIA and WUGA’s Martin Matheny have developed the concept of these programs, one of which will be recorded in our studios and the other in front of live audience.  OLLI members are invited to be part of the live audience for the show to be recorded on Tuesday, October 23. It will be produced at Baldwin Hall in the Pinnacle Room (Room 480) The program will roll “tape” at 2:00pm and should conclude about an hour later. Audience members may pose questions to Dr. Bullock during the program, which will be broadcast on Friday, October 26 at 1pm.

Fall 2018 Signature Lectures UGA Signature Lectures feature speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. Many of the lectures are supported by endowments, while others honor notable figures and milestones in the university’s history.



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  • Work with UGA Law Students: ACC Courts Self Help Center needs volunteer active or inactive attorneys and paralegals to help pro se litigants complete legal forms. Work with UGA Law students. Mondays only 10-2, flexible commitments. Email Anne O’Niell, for more information.
  • UGA’s Special Collections Library is looking for a few good visitors to help test out new content and techniques for tours of exhibit galleries October 2, or November 6. Be one of the first to test drive the latest tour stops, icebreakers, insider gossip, and gallery games at UGA’s Special Collections Building. They promise to give you a high energy tour in one hour or less. At the end, they’ll ask you to fill out a short survey letting them know what you loved and loathed about the tour, and what the guides can do to keep improving. Click now to participate in the program.
  • Standardized Patients – The purpose of the Standardized Patient program at the UGA College of Pharmacy is to provide pharmacy students an opportunity to practice their clinical decision making and patient interaction skills in a “true-to-practice” environment. The College of Pharmacy is seeking individuals to portray a patient in pharmacy encounters (We will provide a script and information about the patient scenario to act out). Examples of encounters include: receiving counseling on a new prescription, asking about ways to treat heartburn, or confusion about how a medication is used. Students have a specified amount a time to develop rapport and interact with you to meet your needs. You then provide feedback on how the student listened and responded to your concerns.
  • ProjectCHAMPS: Couples Healthfully Aging as Movement Partners Study The Department of Kinesiology at UGA seeks couples aged 60 – 80 years with internet access to participate in a group exercise program to improve physical function. Participants will be enrolled for 3.5 months and all testing will be performed by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. Upon successful completion of the project, participants can be provided with a Fitbit and a free 2-month membership to the Center for Physical Activity and Health (CPAH), which is valued at $70.00. For more information please contact the Body Composition and Metabolism Laboratory at 706-542-4395 or email at
  • UGA Silver Dawgs – The “UGA Silver Dawgs” is a game day ambassadors program sponsored by the UGA Athletic Association that will begin in Fall 2018.  This program will be made up of mature individuals that are dedicated to making the Georgia Football experience exceptional for everyone in attendance. To submit an application, please complete the online application.
  • UGA’s Institute of Gerontology: OLLI@UGA is very proud of its relationship with  For more information on their work or to volunteer for a study, please visit their website.
    • Usability Testing of Telepresence Technology The purpose of project is to provide user testing experience and gain insight into the attitudes and acceptance of telepresence technology by older adults. No technology experience is required! We are looking for • Adults 60+ to 85 years of age • Able to write and fill out questionnaires. Payment incentive is $15.00 an hour. Study should take no more than 2 hours. We are flexible and can conduct interviews at a location convenient for you. To sign up contact Jen (Xian) Wu at 803.999.6878 or by email,
    • Diet Quality, Stress, and Caregiver Burden Relationship in Long-Term Caregivers Graduate student Taylor Kennedy is seeking to understand how people who care for family members, neighbors and loved ones get support and take care of their own health while caregiving. Seeking specificially those who have been providing care for family members, neighbors and loved ones with a chronic illness or condition for at least one month to volunteer to take a brief survey online. The survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous,and kept confidential unless required by law.