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UWG Honor Society Hosts Soup Kitchen Reading

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will host one of its most honored traditions on Thursday, Nov. 18: the annual Soup Kitchen Reading.

The event will be held in the Lower Level of the Z-6 dining hall from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This year's reading will highlight creative nonfiction. English professor Dr. Emily Hipchen and former UWG students Kate Peterson and Kendall Pope are the featured readers.

Attendees may bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations for the Carroll County Soup Kitchen.

Christmas with the CSO

Christmas with the CSO

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Carrollton Symphony Orchestra will host "Christmas with the CSO" on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The event will feature music from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite No. 1," along with the world premiere of S. Baltzer's "Holiday Suite for Orchestra." The conductor will also take holiday requests from the audience.

Tickets will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $8 for children.

The concert will be at the Townsend Center for Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia (1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, 30118).

"Bad" Astronomer Hosts Talk, Book Signing at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- Dr. Phil Plait, host of "Phil Plait's Bad Universe" on the Discovery Channel, will give a lecture and a book signing at the University of West Georgia on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The lecture, entitled "Death from the Skies: These Are the Ways the World Will End" will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Coliseum.

Plait is an astronomer and a self-proclaimed skeptic who loves fighting misuse of science and praising the wonder of real science. After 10 years of working on the Hubble Space Telescope and six more working on astronomy education, Plait began his career as a writer. He has written two books, numerous blog posts, and articles for publications such as Maxim and the Huffington Post.

Plait currently runs the Web site Bad Astronomy, which is devoted to debunking bad science and popular misconceptions.

Not So Scary Fairy Tales at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia invites everyone to take an adventure through a magical maze of fantasy and wonder: the "Not So Scary Fairy Tales."

Enter an enchanting land where fairy tales live once more in 12 interactive and unique rooms. Explore the realm of Beowulf, the forest home of the Star Maiden and the pirates' ship from Treasure Island. Find out what's bugging Chicken Little, Geppetto and those crafty Three Little Pigs. Carefully cross the frozen land of the Snow Queen and enter the mine of the Seven Dwarves. And watch out for the Giant lurking around the beanstalk.

The Not So Scary Fairy Tales will run Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29 with group tours beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running through 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 30, tours will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Costume Contest to Be Held at Final UWG Football Game

CARROLLTON, GA -- Local youth are invited to participate in the second annual "Howl-o-ween" costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, when the University of West Georgia Wolves football team takes on Delta State University at 2:00 p.m. in University Stadium.

For area children, $25 cash prizes will be awarded at halftime for the best costumes in the "ages six and under" and the "ages seven to 12" categories. A $50 cash prize will go to the winner of the "teenagers" category. UWG students in costume will be admitted to the game free of charge.

There will also be categories for UWG students, UWG faculty and staff (including retirees) and Delta State University students.

To participate, check in at the judging table at the stadium site between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on game day.

Separation of Church & State Seminar

WACO, GA -- On Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22, there will be seminars on the separation of church and state, held at the Murphy Campus of West Georgia Technical College (176 Murphy Campus Boulevard, Waco, 30182).

Dr. Dave Miller of Apologetics Press will be speaking on "The Silencing of God: The Dismantling of America's Christian Heritage."

This seminar will address several key questions, including:

* Did the Founding Fathers advocate "separation of church and state?"

* Did the Founding Fathers oppose public expression of religion?

* Was America originally intended to be a Christian nation?

The seminars are free and open to the public. They will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. both nights.

For more information, call Patrick Gray at 678-469-0726.

Economic Forecast Breakfast at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce are hosting an Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the UWG Campus Center Ballroom.

William "Joey" Smith, associate professor of economics at UWG, will give the forecast for the West Georgia region, and Martin A. Regalia, chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce, will give the forecast for the entire country.

Smith was a research associate at the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University, where he specialized in the study of growth patterns of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Regalia, senior vice-president for economic and tax policy, oversees the Chamber's Council on Small Business and the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council.

Business leaders in all fields, educators, government officials and the general public are encouraged to attend.