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The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia

Francie Pastor of the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia

Financial burdens can place immense stress on cancer patients, potentially hindering their treatment progress. Cancer patients and recent survivors may have financial resources available to them thanks to the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia.

On February 7th, the Winterville Center hosted speaker Francie Pastor, Financial Assistance Program Assistant of the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia.

The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia can provide financial assistance for cancer patients in a number of ways. They may be able to help with rent, mortgage, utility bills, insurance premiums, and pharmacy prescriptions. Other avenues of aid include nutritional assistance, medical equipment, and transportation costs.

There are some qualifications that may determine if you are qualified for assistance from the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia. Applicant must be at least 18 years old, must have a household income less than or equal to 250% of the Federal Poverty Limits, and have a medically certified cancer diagnosis and in active treatment or within six months of treatment or in hospice services. The applicant must also reside in one of 18 northeast Georgia counties. Other stipulations may apply.

If you or someone you know is battling cancer, struggling with financial issues, and lives in northeast Georgia, consider calling the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia to see if financial assistance might be available.

 

Photos from Around Winterville

The Winterville Depot in Winterville Georgia

The Winterville train depot is on the corner of Main Street and Parkview. Winterville's train stop was original called Six Mile Station, before being called Winter's Station, and then finally the town around it was named Winterville in 1866. 

 

Downtown Winterville Georgia

A foggy morning in Winterville Georgia. In the distance, you can barely see the Winterville City Hall. Winterville was built up around the train station. Cotton was an important agricultural export.

 

A tree on N. Church St in Winterville Georgia

A large tree stands guard on N. Church Street, just down from the Winterville Center. The city is currently working on several tree initiatives to care for aging trees and plant new trees. 

You can learn more about the city tree initiatives at the Winterville Tree Commission page.

 

Winterville and Athens GA Event Rentals at the Winterville Center

 


 

Did you know that the Winterville Center offers some of the most affordable event rentals in Winterville, GA? Anyone seeking Athens GA event rentals or rentals in the areas surrounding Athens should consider the Winterville Center for their next event.

 

The Winterville Center has hosted many types of events, from wedding anniversaries to baby showers to birthdays. Our large room and adjacent kitchen can be rented together or separately.

 

Rental Facilities

 

Our large room seats approximately 64 guests at 6’ x 6’ round tables or 6’ x 2 ½’ rectangular tables. Our kitchen is a full commercial kitchen with stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator, ice machine, and two sinks and dishwashers.

 

We also have two smaller classrooms that are available for small groups or meetings. Each room can hold up to 20 people in a classroom setting.

 

Athens GA Event Rentals at the Winterville Center

 

Affordable Rental Prices

 

Our prices are very affordable compared to other Athens GA event rentals. To rent our large room and kitchen together is $200. The rental is for an entire day. You may come as early in the morning as you like and stay until 11 p.m. Individual rooms rent for $100. To rent all four rooms and the kitchen is $400. There is free parking available for your guests.

 

We have a rental packet available for download that contains all of our rental information and guidelines. We do require the rental fee and the security deposit at time of reservation.

Download the Winterville Center rental packet

Interested in Winterville and Athens GA Event Rentals?

If you are looking for Winterville or Athens GA event rentals, please call the Winterville Center at 706-742-0823 for available dates. Be sure to reserve early, as we often are booked several months in advance.

 

Event rentals in Winterville GA

 

Win with Chess in Winterville GA

Monthly Chess Tournaments in Winterville GA

 

Chess is catching fire at the Winterville Center!

Chess Club is one of the fastest growing groups in Winterville GA. The weekly chess club, which meets on Mondays at 6 p.m., has grown exponentially over the past few months since its inception.

Monthly Chess Tournaments

Once a month, on the second Friday, the Chess Club holds a United Chess Federation approved monthly tournament for Winterville GA and surrounding areas. Players can stretch their chess skills while gaining points to attain UCF ranks if they choose.

The monthly chess tournaments do have a cost per game of $3 for a rated game. Unrated games are $2 per game. The proceeds of this cost are split between the United Chess Federation and the Winterville Center. 

Chess Is Great for All Ages

Chess is a great opportunity for parents and kids to take classes together. The game of chess can help develop mental fitness, attention, and good sportsmanship.

Playing chess with your children can encourage them to develop mental skills while building their relationship with you.

Learning to Play Chess

Want a beginner tutorial in playing chess? The United Chess Federation has a simple guide to playing chess on their website.

Or check out this video from Chess Talk:

Interested in Playing Chess in Winterville GA?

The Winterville Center Chess Club meets at the Winterville Center in Winterville GA on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 103.

Rated chess tournaments are held on the second Friday of each month in room 102.

Help us Choose New Classes for the Winterville Community Center

Community Center New Class Poll

 

We are in the process of looking for new instructors and class opportunities at the Winterville Community Center.

You can help us out by voting in our initial poll to find out what kinds of classes interest those in our community.

Many of you have given us suggestions in the past for new classes, and we do try to honor those requests.

We may not be able to find instructors for some classes, but we will continue to look when classes have been highly requested.

Please contact us at email@wintervillecenter.com if you might be interested in being an instructor. We are always interested if someone has something to teach to the community in Winterville, Athens, and surrounding areas.

You can vote in the poll at this link or click the image above.

How to Crochet for Beginners

Athens crochet classes at the Winterville Center

 

Crocheting can be a relaxing hobby that can produce beautiful handmade items.

Crochet can look intimidating, but it is fairly easy to learn and start making items for yourself or for gifts.

Some crocheters are creating handmade items for charity. Others are "yarn bombing", or crocheting covers for trees, benches, and other outdoor spaces.

If you would like to learn more about crochet, or are looking for a community of fiber crafters, come visit the Threadworks Crafting Club every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m in the kitchen of the Winterville Center. Coffee and snacks available for a $1 donation. Winterville is in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.

If you want to try crochet at home, here's a beginning tutorial on how to single crochet your first item:

 

 

National Novel Writing Month - Nanowrimo

 

November is National Novel Writing Month! 

Nanowrimo is a worldwide endeavor to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Participants write 1,667 words per day on their novels to "win" at the end of November.

Though officially Nanowrimo exists to help individuals write fiction novels, some participants write poetry, nonfiction, memoir, or even complete editing challenges. These participants are known as "Rebels" and even have their own space on the Nanowrimo forums.

There is no single prize for winning Nanowrimo besides your novel, though sponsors of Nanowrimo offer various incentives and discounts on software and other items.

The Winterville Center cooperates with the Athens region of Nanowrimo to host a time to write on Sundays in November, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. 

We will also be available Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 4PM if you just want to come and write in our coffeehouse area. We keep regular coffee and some snacks on hand and ask a donation of $1 for each.

You can find out more about Nanowrimo at their website nanowrimo.org

Become an Advocate for a Foster Child

Did you know that there are over 9,000 children in foster care in the state of Georgia?

At our First Thursday Luncheon on October 4th, Arden Bakarich of the National Association of Court Appointed Advocates spoke to us about how you can be involved as a CASA volunteer.

CASA volunteers are a special group of people who act as advocates for children in the foster system. A volunteer attends court dates and works with parents and social services on behalf of a foster child in need. These volunteers are appointed by the court and go through training to advocate for each child.

Interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer? Contact the Athens-Oconee CASA Program to find out more. You can call them at (706) 613-1922, or fill out an information form at the National CASA website.

You can learn more at the Athens-Oconee CASA website at http://www.athensoconeecasa.org/

Seeking Vendors for the Holiday Hoopla Handicraft Bazaar

The Winterville Center has opened applications to crafters and artists who are seeking a vendor space to sell their wares at our Holiday Hoopla handicraft bazaar. Vendors who apply must sell quality handmade crafts and art. 

The Holiday Hoopla handicraft bazaar will take place on December 8th from 8AM to 4PM. The event will be inside the Winterville Center, rain or shine. 

Vendor spaces are $20 for the full day. Each corner space will have a 6' round table and along each wall space, and the center of the room spaces will have a rectangular 6' x 3' table. Spaces are approximately 8' x 8'. 

If you are interested in participating in the handicraft bazaar, please come to the Winterville Center and fill out an application. The Winterville Center hours are Monday through Thursday, 9AM to 4PM. The cost to participate is required with the application.

 

The Mental Benefits of Chess

 

Ever wanted to boost your brain power? Chess may be a solution to enhance your ability to learn, think, read, and create. But chess can offer more than just brain power to both children and adults.

 

Builds Brain Cells

Some studies indicate that chess can develop the dendrites in your brain. Dendrites are nerve cells that aid in the sharing of information. Other studies have examined how some people have raised their IQ scores by playing chess.

 

Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s

Along with the development of dendrites, studies have suggested that improved brain function can help slow the development of diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Like the muscles in your body, mental fitness and longevity can be built through playing chess.

 

Increases Problem Solving Skills

Chess can help children and adults develop skills in analyzing problems and inventing creative solutions. Chess teaches students to slow down and create a process for determining how the other player might react. Students of chess gain practice in finding multiple solutions to difficult problems.

 

Improves Reading Skill

One surprising correlation in a 1991 research study involved an improvement in reading skill among young chess players. The study, conducted by Dr. Stuart Margulies, tracked the reading scores of elementary students when compared with students who did not play chess. The students who played chess scored above the national average even if they were in a district that normally performed below average.

 

Learn Chess at the Winterville Center in Winterville GA

Interested in learning more about chess? The Winterville Center offers beginning chess classes on Mondays at 6:30pm. The instructor is U.S. Chess Federation member Tomas Ramirez, Ph.D. Children aged 10 or over are welcome when accompanied by a parent.
 

References

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies by Mike Klein https://www.chess.com/article/view/compilation-of-chess-and-education-research-studies

 

The Benefits of Chess for the Intellectual and Social-Emotional Enrichment in Schoolchildren by Ramón Aciego, Lorena García, and Moisés Betancort http://www.redalyc.org/pdf/172/17223158011.pdf

 

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