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UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allows. Mail items for the Community Calendar to Diane Glidewell at news@mymcr.net by 8 a.m. on Monday. August Kingdom Builders seeks applicants, volunteers & dona- tions Monroe County King- dom Builders is taking applications from elderly and needy homeown- ers for local building projects to be done Oct. 18-19 (Fall Break). Appli- cations are available at Forsyth United Methodist Church, Circle of Care, Monroe County Report- er and various partici- pating churches during August. Projects such as repairing roofs, doing plumbing, electrical and painting work, rebuilding bathrooms and porches and adding wheelchair ramps are appropriate. The group welcomes volunteers and donations for purchase of building materials. For more information, contact Forsyth UMC at 478- 994-5706. Aug. 9-31 Enter your favodte dog in Save A Pet's Photo Contest Save A Pet, Inc. will offer its very first photo contest to raise funds for rescue pups. The Top 12 photos with the most votes will be included in Save A Pet's 2020 calendar. Photos will be accepted Aug. 9-31. Voting will continue through Sept. 6. Enter today, vote for your favorites, and share the contest link with friends and family: https://www. gogophotocontest.com/ saveapetincorg Habitatfor Humanity Homeowner orientations Homeowner Orienta- tions will begin promptly at 11 a.m. on these Sat- urdays: Aug. 24 at Rus- sellville Baptist Church, 111 Russetlville Rd Forsyth; Aug. 31 at High Falls Legion Hall, 8 Tow- aliga South Rd Jackson; Sept. 7 at Sanctuary Baptist Church, 12643 Highway 87, Juheffe; Sept. 14 at Christ UMC, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth; Sept. 21 at New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 Highway 41 South, Forsyth. Aug. 19-22 Qualifying for Culloden Coundl Three alderman positions in'the City of Culloden will be up for election this year. Election is for two-year terms; the qualifying fee is $10. The election will be Nov. 5. ualifyJng is at Culloden City Hall Monday-Thursday, Aug. t9-22 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more informa- tion, call 478-885-2249. Around ~~~~~~~~~~~1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1~~1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1~~~~~~ il orter Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke 1B August 21, 2019 Cullo en Smarr tl Over 100 clowns, many from far away from Monroe County, contributed to The Big Top Show at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center last Thursday. Above, clowns greet and play with children in pre-show activities before they even enter the Fine Arts Center auditorium. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) By Diane Glidewell news@mymccnet The American Clown Academy, which moved to Monroe County last year, gave the community a priceless gift on Aug. 15 in the form of "The Big Top Show" at Monroe County Schools Fine Arts Center. Over a hundred downs in full make-up, costume and character welcomed everyone who accepted their invitation to a couple of hours of carefree silliness, non sequiturs and child-like wonder. The American Clown Academy is owned and operated by Monroe County natives Lee and Rebecca Andrews. They moved the long- time entertainment institution from its site in Ohio to Georgia last year when they found a site for its annual week of intensive Clown College at Camp Kaleo. As part of the Academy's finale, Andrews has parmered with the Fine Arts Center to bring the Big Top Show to town. It is a chance for the student and instructor-clowns to try out some of the routines, skills and moves they have polished over the preced- ing week in front of a live audience, Lee Andrews was the Master of Ceremonies for the 20i9 Big Top Show. He is in demand as Lew-E the Clown throughout the U.S. and beyond, and he brought that professionalism and experience to the local stage. Many of the Ameri- can Clown Academy instructors are legacies in the industr The show combines that experience with the energy and innovation found in a Left below, all kinds Show. Above, at the were encouraged to and lobby. hundred clowns. Each clown has developed his or her own persona that is reflected in costumes, make- up, little giveaways and actions. The Big Top Show is an experi- ence beyond what happens on stage. It begins as clowns greet those arriving in the parking lot and continues as they enter the festively decorated lobby of the Fine Arts Center. There are huge balloon sculptures at every turn, stations for of clowns brought smiles to people of all ages at the American Clown Academy's Big Top end of the show hundreds of balloons rained down to the delight of the audience. People take all of the balloons, even the huge balloon sculptures that decorated the FAC auditorium face painting and downs waiting to hug you, challenge you to a balloon sword fight, tell you a joke, take a picture with you or give you a fist 'bump. Moving from the lobby to the Fine Arts Center auditorium, there are more clowns welcoming those arriving and more incredible bal- loon decorations. Looking to the balcony, one can catch a glimpse of not only the Monroe County Schools sound and lighting crew but also a group of"Santa's help- ers" who are a special segment of students at the American Clown Academy. They are important but don't perform in The Big Top Show. No one is told to sit still or be quiet at this show. It begins with children being invited to come on stage for hula hoop activities, from twirling them to nmning through tunnels made from them. Mon- roe County children weren't shy about accepting the invitation. For a brief time it seemed no one over 12 would be left in the audience. The Big Top Show went into full gear with almost all the downs on stage for a musically choreographed number. "I live right here, and I have the pleasure of wrangling all these cats" said Andrews in introducing himself. He introduced some of the individual acts that came from Maryland to England to Alabama. Several young members of the au- dience volunteered to help onstage. There was a ventriloquist, slapstick antics, a ukulele concert, a mime, a balloon-wearing skit and more. Even a live chicken named 'Bob' contributed to demonstrating how one magic trick worked. After a final number that brought the full wave of downs back to the stage, a net from the ceiling released hundreds more balloons on the audience. "Take the balloons with you!" said Andrews. "We don't want them!" Children and their adults scooped up the parting gift from the Ameri- can Clown Academy and headed out the doors loaded with balloons, smiles and memories. Aug. 24 Fashion Fundraiser for AJ. Jefferson & Donna R. Wilson There will be a Fashion Fundraiser for A.J. Jeffer- son, who has received a new kidney, and Donna R. Wilson, who do- nated her kidney, at the Monroe County Board of Education Audito- rium, 25 Brooklyn Ave. at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets at $10. Text Dr. Margie Bryant at 478-951-1671 or email campbellmargie@ hotmail.com for tickets or more information. Tickets will also be available at the door. Southem Rivers Energy has Annual Meeting SouthernRivers En- ergy will hold its Annual Meeting of members See CALENDAR Page 2B Hubbard first grader Marques Mays received the rare honor of being sworn in as an honorary Monroe County deputy Tuesday afternoon. Mays, 7, who has terminal bone cancer, was sworn in by Sheriff Brad Freeman in front of family, friends and his favorite teacher, Betsy Ford. Mays also received some gifts, including a police toy set, a Monroe County Sheriff's Office t-shirt and a Scoops ice cream gift certificate. He also got to ride in some of his favor- ite model vehicles, including a ride with Sgt. Edgar Johnson in a blue Ford Mustang GT.