Archive for July, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program in partnership with ACC Leisure Services’ Lyndon House Arts Center is hosting the 37th Annual Harvest Festival. For the past three decades, the Harvest Festival has provided demonstrations of domestic skills and crafts of the 19th century as an intergenerational sharing of knowledge. School age children have enjoyed educational demonstrations weaving, broom-making, butter churning, knitting, crocheting, felt-making, quilting, storytelling, wood carving, and the making corn husk dolls, soap and pottery. There will be interactive arts and crafts, and students can observe farm animals and learn about their use and care. Tours of the historic Ware-Lyndon House (c. 1850) will also be available. Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your students’ knowledge of history right in your own backyard!

There is no fee for the festival and all exhibits are free. Classes are encouraged to bring a lunch and have a picnic on the lawn under one of the many shade trees. If children wish to bring spending money, there will be light concessions as well as small souvenirs of the festival available for sale. We continue to provide this festival free of charge because we believe it is important for the youth of today to have a hands-on opportunity to learn about how things were done “way back when.”

The Harvest Festival will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at both of our locations on Hoyt Street. We hope to see you there!


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Pictured from left to right, John Stinchcomb, Speaker; Jennie Deese, 2011 Coca-Cola Helping Hands Award Recipient; Joe Cunningham, Athens Coca-Cola; and Mark Richt, head football coach at the University of Georgia

 ATHENS, Ga.— The University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. held the 26thAnnual Awards Presentation at the Athens Country Club on April 18, 2011.  Jennie Deese received the Coca-Cola Helping Hand Award for her service to the Athens community through the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA). The Coca-Cola Award is presented to those “in the spirit of giving back to our community for selfless service, altruism and extending a helping hand to others.”

Jennie has worked in aging programs for more than 30 years.  She started her career as the Director of Social Services for Humana Hospital/Augusta and then moved to Atlanta to serve as an Ombudsman for Atlanta Legal Aid for 16 years. In 2002, she was the Director of the State Georgia Cares program and is currently the President and CEO of the ACCA.

The mission of the Athens Community Council on Aging is to promote a lifetime of wellness through engagement, advocacy, education and support.  Founded in 1967 by local citizens, ACCA is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and aims to maintain and enrich the lives of older persons with 14 programs in 12 Northeast Georgia counties. ACCA’s programs enable older persons to live independently at home and offer opportunities for employment, volunteerism, and other activities. ACCA is a resource for education, information, referral, counseling, and general assistance.

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