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   2017 Field Trips
   Cooking Matters Cooking Class
   2017 & 2018 Plant Sale Dates
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The Friendship Center goes bowling and to the High Museum of Art.
At several of 2016 Friendship Center community meetings, during which this community makes decisions as a group, we decided that we would all like more opportunities to go to new places, learn new things, and to have some fun with our friends.  Often times, those of us outside this community take for granted a trip to a museum, coffee with a friend, or an outdoor adventure. Because of this, over the past year we have made it one of our goals to take field trips together, to learn new things, and thanks to your financial support we have been able to make those trips a reality. Below is a short-write up of 3 of the trips we have taken. We have more planned for the rest of the year, such as a hike at Red Top Mountain, a trip to the movies, and more, so stay tuned. You can always see pictures of the places we go and the things we do on our Facebook page. Contact us to see how your congregation or group can get involved. 

February 17, 2017 – Valentine’s Day Dance
The Friendship Center was invited to the annual Valentine’s Day Dance at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church by Lee Miller.  We were welcomed by a wonderful welcoming committee and a beautifully decorated fellowship hall.  After dinner, the wonderful band entertained us for the rest of the evening.  Many of our participants enjoyed dancing the night away.  The music and love was flowing as we shared in a common meal and dancing together.
April 11, 2017 – High Museum of Art
A group of artists and interested participants ventured out on a Tuesday afternoon to explore the Hometown Artists exhibit at the High Museum.  We explored various pieces of art that highlighted the hometown of the artists.  There were artists represented from each region of the United States.  We ended the afternoon with lunch at the legendary Varsity restaurant downtown.  We extend a special thank you to Linda Greer and Gil Rapley for their support and enthusiasm for The Friendship Center and the Art Program.
May 25, 2017 – Midtown Bowl
Our spring adventure was a trip with our friends from St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church to Midtown Bowl for bowling and lunch.  We had a wonderful time bowling as a community.  Some of the participants were first time bowlers and a little apprehensive at the beginning.  After a few tries, the group opened up and became lively with expression and competition.  Many people rolled strikes.  It was a wonderful day of friendly competition followed by a delicious lunch at the bowling alley.
Cooking Class at The Friendship Center
Over the past several weeks The Friendship Center has hosted a cooking class taught by Open Hand Atlanta and Cooking Matters. Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so that all people get healthy meals at home. 
Cooking Matters serves families across the country through hands-on, six-week cooking courses; interactive grocery store tours; and mobile, online and educational tools. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. 
Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by Walmart. To learn more, visit Cooking
2017-2018 Plant Sale Dates
Mark your calendars for the final plant sales of 2017 and for the plants sales in 2018.

2017 Dates
September 16
October 14

2018 Dates
March 17
April 14
May 12
June 9
September 15
October 13
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