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Essential oils for pets: Duo offering Monday informational session

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doTERRA International sales representative Becky Dye and Artistic Expressions Salon owner Tracy Brandenburg will team up for a Monday essential oils for pets session being offered at 7 p.m.  at Brandenburg's Braselton Brothers Store salon.

doTERRA International sales representative Becky Dye and Artistic Expressions Salon owner Tracy Brandenburg will team up for a Monday essential oils for pets session being offered at 7 p.m. at Brandenburg’s Braselton Brothers Store salon.

By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

The uses of essential oils are on the rise, and not just for humans. Believe it or not, essential oils are beneficial for animals as well, and can be used on a regular basis to treat a variety of ailments.

Artistic Expressions Salon owner Tracy Brandenburg and doTERRA International sales representative Becky Dye teamed up on Feb. 23 to share their knowledge about how essential oils benefit “fur babies” as well as sharing information regarding proper dilution of the oils, what not to use and how to actually use them when needed. Several pet owners and animal lovers attended who were new to essential oils, and some attended who regularly use oils on their pets. They shared their own personal experiences to better educate those who were not familiar.

Another essential oils for pets session is being offered at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

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Foliage Fest welcomed spring in fine weather fashion

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Jefferson’s annual Foliage Fest, hosted Saturday by the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council, came and went and proved to be a huge success for all.

Foliage Fest marked its fifth year as a Jefferson Heritage Tree Council event. See more scenes below in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery.

Foliage Fest marked its fifth year as a Jefferson Heritage Tree Council event. See more scenes below in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery.

Jefferson’s annual Foliage Fest, hosted Saturday by the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council, came and went and proved to be a huge success for all.

The event took place at Jefferson City Park which was absolutely stunning—with more than 40 vendor booths set up amongst the trees on McKinney Hill as the sunlight streamed through. Foliage Fest unites an atmosphere of music and celebration with a tree sale as a way to increase local tree canopy and to educate residents about the importance of trees to the health and vitality of the community.

Saturday was the ideal day to celebrate the start of spring due to the abundant sunshine and warm temperatures. The turnout was great as gardeners, residents and families were at the park for youth baseball games all enjoyed the day.

Walter Reeves, garden expert, writer, radio and television host was the special guest who spoke and interacted with other fellow gardeners on Saturday as well.

See the complete story in the March 26 edition of The Paper.

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Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardener, attracted a crowd at Foliage Fest.
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Entertainment was a big part of Foliage Fest 2015. Performers included Red Oak Southern Strings , The Sassy Steppers, Drake School of Irish Dance, Sunroom Gang & Jefferson Fiddlers, Now ‘n Then Band, Broadway Arts Studio, Mark Garrison of BlueBilly Grit, Center Stage and 82 Spur.
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‘Oklahoma’ is the East Jackson Comprehensive High School’s spring production

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East Jackson Comprehensive High School Drama Club will perform the beloved and classic musical Oklahoma! March 26, March 28, March 29 and April 2 and 3 in the EJCHS auditorium. The production is directed by Ashley Ware.  The vocals are directed by EJCHS Choral Director Alan Bunn and the Orchestra is led by EJCHS  Band Director Miguel Guisasola. Based on Lynn Riggs play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” Oklahoma! was the first collaboration of the award-winning team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book & lyrics), earning them the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Though many thought it would be a flop since it lacked big stars and gags, Oklahoma! premiered in 1943 and broke all box-office records, running on Broadway for an unprecedented five years and nine months (2,248 performances) before touring to 71 cities. It was the first musical to have its entire score recorded, thus creating the original cast album. Set against the backdrop of farming and ranching in Oklahoma around 1900, this Rogers & Hammerstein collaboration is full of fun, music and romance and features popular songs that have become American standards such as “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey With The Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re In Love” and, of course, the rousing title song. East Jackson Comprehensive High School will present "Oklahoma" with March 26 as the opening night.

East Jackson Comprehensive High School Drama Club will perform the beloved and classic musical Oklahoma! with opening night on March 26.

East Jackson Comprehensive High School Drama Club will perform the beloved and classic musical Oklahoma! March 26, March 28, March 29 and April 2 and 3 in the EJCHS auditorium. The production is directed by Ashley Ware.  The vocals are directed by EJCHS Choral Director Alan Bunn and the Orchestra is led by EJCHS  Band Director Miguel Guisasola.

Based on Lynn Riggs play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” Oklahoma! was the first collaboration of the award-winning team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book & lyrics), earning them the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Though many thought it would be a flop since it lacked big stars and gags, Oklahoma! premiered in 1943 and broke all box-office records, running on Broadway for an unprecedented five years and nine months (2,248 performances) before touring to 71 cities. It was the first musical to have its entire score recorded, thus creating the original cast album.

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Weather conditions dampen Milling Around Downtown but not spirits

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More than 150 toured the roller mill during Saturday's Milling Around Downtown. Weather conditions likely discouraged some from attending and the Rock the Sidewalk chalk art contest was postponed due to the rainy conditions. See more scenes in below in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery.

More than 150 toured the roller mill during Saturday’s Milling Around Downtown. Weather conditions likely discouraged some from attending and the Rock the Sidewalk chalk art contest was postponed due to the rainy conditions. See more scenes in below in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery.

By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

There was not as much milling around on Saturday as the Braselton DDA would have hoped due to dreary weather, but Downtown Director Amy Pinnell said that she is pleased overall with the turnout, especially due to the weather and it being the first time Milling Around Downtown has been on the calendar.

The day began with a Rockin’ The Green 5K run, which actually was much more successful than last year. Pinnell said that there were more runners this year who braved the rain and fog to race. (See scenes from the 5K in another photo gallery by Debbie Purvis).

“Overall, I was very pleased with the turnout considering the weather issues that day,” said Pinnell. “We met our goal of having more runners at the 5K than last year, so that was very exciting.”

Pinnell also mentioned that more 150 people toured the mill.

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Saturday’s Fur Ball will be a ‘Viva Paws Vegas’ good time

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Fur-Ball-2015--FINAL-poster-&-flyerThe annual Fur Ball, benefiting the Humane Society of Jackson County, is back with another exciting evening of entertainment planned for guests at the Braselton-Stover House this Saturday.

The presenting sponsor is once again Tracy Jordan of West Jackson Medicine Center and this year’s theme is “Viva Paws Vegas” with sights and sounds from the 1960s era of Elvis and Sinatra’s Rat Pack. Guests will enter Club Pair-a-Dice Casino to try their luck at the gaming tables, then enjoy dining and dancing, a cash bar and silent and live auctions.

Guests can even pose for their “glamour shots” in the photo lounge.

 

This year’s raffle prizes will be spectacular, and to top it off, there will be a fabulous Tribute to Elvis show staring Doug Thompson, where The King will get up close and personal with his breathless fans. And, yes, there will even be showgirls for a really swingin’ time.

Tickets are $60 per person and are available online at www.HSJC.com Proceeds from the event directly support the many valuable programs provided by the Humane Society on a daily basis, as well as the shelter building fund.

“Let’s not gamble on the future of all the animals that need our support,” says Laura Collier, who is chairing the event. “They’re counting on us to help them.”

Furr Ball is generally a sell-out event every year, thanks to the efforts of the organizing committee and HJSC supporters.

For more information, contact the Fur Ball committee at Furball2015@windstream.net.

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