The Winterville Center

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Winter Events Around Winterville

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Winterville Christmas in the Park

Winterville’s annual Christmas in the Park is Friday, December 6th at 6 p.m. Bring the kids to see Santa and enjoy free hot dogs and hot chocolate while enjoying music from the Winterville Elementary students and RespirOpera.


Winterville Auditorium Movie Night


Winterville Auditorium’s first movie night on Friday, December 13th at 7 p.m. will feature a surprise Christmas classic for the whole family! Popcorn and drinks will be available. Donations accepted.


The Good Grief Trio Presents Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown 


Athens jazz trio The Good Grief Trio presents a tribute to the Vince Guaraldi classic album, "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown" at the Winterville Auditorium on Friday, December 20th at 7 p.m.  The members are Greg Hankins on Piano, Luca Lombardi on Bass, and Seth Hendershot on drums. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

Buy tickets ahead of time, because seats are limited. /  


January Potluck Luncheon


The Winterville Center’s monthly potluck luncheon will be on January 16th at noon instead of the first Friday in January. We will be hosting a potato bar! We’ll provide the potatoes, so bring your favorite toppings! James Neves, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, will speak about protecting yourself from fraud and scams. 

Around Winterville


Athens Downtown Parade of Lights

The Athens tradition continues with the Athens Downtown Parade of Lights on Thursday, December 5th at 7 p.m. Get there early to get a good seat! 


Watkinsville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Watkinsville celebrates the holiday season with a Christmas parade and tree lighting on December 14th. The parade starts in downtown Watkinsville at 3 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. The celebration will include OCAF’s annual “Mingle with Cringle,” American Cancer Society’s “Light Up Main Street,” a “Cookie Crawl,” and annual Christmas carolers for the tree lighting ceremony.




Georgia Square Mall presents a free tuba Christmas concert. Any tuba player interested in participating can come and participate for $10. 


Athens on Ice

Bring the whole family ice skating! The Classic Center hosts indoor ice skating from November 24th to January 8th, and the Foundry Pavilion will host outdoor ice skating from January 27th to March 1st. Check the website for details and to reserve your tickets.




Winterville Elementary Art Reception

The Winterville Arts Council and the Winterville Center will be hosting the Winterville Elementary Art Reception at the Winterville Center on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. This show will feature art from students in grades kindergarten to 5th grade. Follow the Winterville Arts Council's Facebook page for updates.



December News at the Winterville Center

December News at the Winterville Center

First Thursday Potluck Luncheon

Our December First Thursday Potluck Luncheon will be held on December 5th. Bring your favorite dish and an unwrapped gift for a girl or boy ages 0 to 5. 

The speaker will be Arden Bakarich from Athens Oconee CASA. All gifts will be donated to the Athens Oconee CASA for children in need. 

Holiday Closures

The Winterville Center will be closed from December 23rd to January 3rd. Aikido will be the only class held during the holiday break.

There will also be no classes on Friday, January 10th due to building maintenance. 

New Classes in January

We will be offering several new classes in January, including Modern Quilting and Introduction to Cartooning.  Wonders of Watercolor will also be returning. We are also planning another Introduction to Aikido Saturday seminar. 

Some of our fitness classes will also be having free introduction classes. Make sure to check for those dates on our calendar in January!

Need a Last Minute Gift?

The Winterville Center offers punch cards in different denominations to take any of the classes at the Winterville Center. $30 and $60 dollar punch cards can be used for our $7.50 classes, which includes most our our fitness classes. $40 and $80 punch cards can be used for $10 classes, such as all the art classes.


Frequently Asked Questions at the Winterville Center

Winterville Center Frequently Asked Questions


Do any clubs meet at the Winterville Center?


We have two free clubs that meet at the Winterville Center. Threadworks Crafting Club is for fiber crafters. They meet on Tuesdays during Coffeehouse from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 


Mah Jongg is a Chinese game using tiles. The game is played much like card games played in pairs. The Mah Jongg club meets Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to join.


If you have an idea for a club, please call us at 706-742-0823.


How do I know if I have SilverSneakers through my insurance?


The Winterville Center offers three classes endorsed by SilverSneakers that SilverSneakers members can take for free: Gentle Nia, SilverSneakers Stretch, and SilverSneakers Yoga. The SilverSneakers website allows you to look up if you have SilverSneakers through your Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You can also call your supplemental insurance company for more information. 


We have written a blog post that describes SilverSneakers and goes into more detail about checking your SilverSneakers status. 


How do I rent the Winterville Center?


The Winterville Center allows rentals on most Saturdays of the year. We may also be able to do small room rentals during the week. Rentals are $100 per room, plus a $100 cash security deposit which we return as long as the building is in the same condition. The large room seats up to 64 people. 


Read more about rentals and download a rental application on our website


Do you have any activities for parents and kids to do together?


Our chess club and tournaments are for ages 10 and above. Many parents play with their children and teens. 


Chess Club meets Monday evenings at 6 p.m. Chess tournaments are on the second Friday of the month from 6 p.m until 11 p.m. There are minimal fees for participating. 


When do the military veterans meet?


The members of American Legion Athens Post 20 and other military veterans meet for casual coffee time on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 


What memberships or punch cards do you offer?


We do not require memberships at the Winterville Center. We do offer punch cards. For our $7.50 classes, which include most fitness classes, a four-punch card is $30 and an eight-punch card is $60. For our $10 classes, which include art classes and Belly Dancing, a four-punch card is $40 and an eight-punch card is $80.

Holiday Closures at the Winterville Center

The Winterville Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays this year. 


For Thanksgiving, the Winterville Center will be closed Thursday, November 28th. No classes will be held that day. There will be Aikido on Friday, November 29th at 12 p.m., but the office will be closed.


The Winterville Center office will be closed Monday December 23rd through Friday, January 2nd for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. All classes will be canceled except Aikido.


Currently, the Center is rented for every weekend through December 28th.



Holiday Raffle

Winterville Center Holiday Raffle Items


The Threadworks Crafting Club is hosting a holiday raffle of handmade items. The proceeds benefit the Winterville Center. 

The items being raffled include two afghans. The large afghan is Christmas-themed with hand-sewn buttons. Each member of the Threadworks Crafting Club contributed squares to the large afghan and helped sew buttons on the squares. 

The smaller afghan is black with red flowers. There are also two holiday-themed scarf and hat sets. Both the afghan and the scarf/hat sets were made and donated by Threadworks members.

The cost for the raffle is $5 for one ticket and $10 for three tickets. You can purchase tickets in the Winterville Center office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The winner will be announced at our holiday luncheon on December 5th.

The Threadworks Crafting Club is free and meets on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the kitchen of the Winterville Center. Members crochet, knit, and do other types of needlework crafts.


November News at the Winterville Center

November News at the Winterville Center

Daylight Savings Ends Sunday

Don’t forget to fall back this Sunday! On Sunday, November 3rd, Daylight Savings will end and clocks go back one hour.

SilverSneakers Class Time Change

Our SilverSneakers Stretch and Yoga classes are also changing times starting in November. SilverSneakers Stretch will start at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and SilverSneakers Yoga will start at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. 

First Thursday “Thanksgiving” Luncheon

We will be having our First Thursday Luncheon on November 7th at 12:00 p.m. We will be celebrating an early Thanksgiving at this luncheon. The Winterville Center will provide turkey, so bring your favorite Thanksgiving sides! Our speakers will be Michael Ash and Emory S. Griffith from the Athens Clarke County Council on Aging.

Zumba on Break for November

Zumba will be on hiatus for the month of November but will return in December. 

Holiday Closures

We will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving. There will be no classes that day. 

Looking forward into December, we will be closed starting Monday, December 23rd and will reopen on Monday, January 6th. The Winterville Center will be available for rentals during those two weeks, but you should call to make reservations as soon as possible, as those dates may fill up fast.


Fall Events in Winterville

Fall Events in Winterville, GA


There’s nowhere like Winterville in the fall! Winterville is home to many events during the fall season that are open to the community. Meet your neighbors and enjoy fall fun at these fall events. 


Pickled Holler opening for Cosmo Jr.

Saturday, October 19th at 6 pm

The Front Porch Bookstore hosts a concert series in the spring and fall in front of the bookstore at 6 pm on Saturdays. See more events in the Front Porch Bookstore concert series:


Winterville: Clarke County’s Other Town

Sunday, October 20th from 3 pm to 5 pm

The Athens Historical Society explores historic Winterville in this event open to the public at the Winterville Auditorium and Winterville Center. The presentation will include a historic map of Winterville, lecture by historian and museum curator Jonathan Scott of the Winterville Historic Preservation Commission, and a tour of local historic sites. A reception at the Winterville Center will follow.


Winterville Town Hall

Monday, October 21st at 7 pm

The next Winterville Town Hall meeting will cover the Firefly Trail, SPLOST 2020 and 2011, TSPLOST, Historic Preservation, CCSD, Infrastructure and more.

Puccini's "Il Tabarro" and Martin's "True Story of Cinderella"

October 24th, 25th, and 27th

RespirOpera Company presents an operatic double feature for three days at the Winterville Auditorium. Evening shows are Thursday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday matinee on October 27th is at 3:00 p.m. and includes a "Cinderella Only" option for families with small children who want to avoid the more "adult" themes in the Puccini Opera. Purchase tickets for this event.


Off the Vine Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 26th from 9 am to 2 pm

Off the Vine’s Harvest Festival will feature multiple arts and crafts vendors, along with food and other unique items. Come get seasonal items or early Christmas gifts!


Winterville UMC Fall Festival

Saturday, October 26th from 9 am to 5 pm

Winterville United Methodist is hosting a free fall festival with food, games, bouncy houses, kid crafts, a photo booth, and artist vendors. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a musical hootenanny with singing and dancing for all ages.


Winterville Baptist Trunk or Treat

Sunday, Oct 27th at 5 pm

The Winterville First Baptist Church is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 27th from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. Activities will include inflatables, cupcake walk, games, and trunk or treating.

Ghosts of Athens at the Winterville Library

Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 pm

The Winterville Library hosts author Tracy Adkins for a book signing, Q & A, and reading of “Ghosts of Athens: History and Haunting of Athens, Georgia” on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m.


Winterville Civitan Election Forum

Tuesday, October 29th at 7 pm

Meet the candidates for Winterville mayor and city council in a moderated forum at the Winterville Auditorium on Tuesday, October 29th at 7 p.m. All Winterville residents are encouraged to attend.


Grove Chapel Trunk or Treat

Wednesday, October 30th at 6 pm

Grove Chapel Baptist Church is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. This event will include games, cakewalks, hot dogs, and more. There will also be a contest for the best decorated trunk.


Heritage Walk: Winterville

Saturday, November 2 at 10 am

Historic Athens is sponsoring a historic tour of Winterville on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m., which will be given by Winterville City Council member and historian Mary Quinn. The tour will explore Winterville’s major landmarks, along with the proposed Firefly Trail and the site of the Center Baptist Church cemetery, named one of Historic Athens Places in Peril for 2019. Tickets required--purchase tickets for this event.


Stay Tuned for Winterville Christmas in the Park


The City of Winterville Christmas in the Park

Friday, December 6th

Bring the kids to meet Santa in this annual event for all ages on the first Friday of December in Pittard Park.


Enrichment Classes and Clubs at the Winterville Center

Enrichment Clubs and Classes at the Winterville Center


The Winterville Center hosts a number of enrichment activities outside of art and fitness, including chess, crafting, veterans coffeehouse, and mah jongg.


The Winterville Center is home to weekly Chess Club and monthly Chess tournaments for ages 10 and up. Instructor Tomas Ramirez, Ph.D. is a master chess player and experienced teacher. Chess club members will study chess theory and strategy while playing rated and unrated games.  

The weekly Chess Club meets Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Chess tournaments are on the second Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Non-rated games cost $2.00 and rated games cost 3.00. There is no overall charge for the club or the tournaments. It’s a great activity to do with your kids!

Threadworks Crafting Club

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet or knit? The Threadworks Crafting Club meets Tuesday mornings during Coffeehouse from 9:00 a.m. to about 11:00 a.m. While there are no official instructors in this group, there are usually a few people who can help teach basic skills. 

Threadworks is free to attend. Basic crochet kits are available for $5. Coffee and snacks are available for $1.00.

Coffee with a Veteran

Military veterans from American Legion, Post 20 and other military organizations also meet on Tuesday mornings during coffeehouse from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is a casual time of conversation and stories. Members from all branches of the military are represented. 

Mah Jongg Club

Mah Jongg is a Chinese table game using small tiles like dominoes. There are many similarities between mah jongg and modern partner-based card games. The Mah Jongg Club uses the ruleset of the National Mah Jongg League of US and Canada 

Mah Jongg meets on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Follow our Facebook page for any updates and changes. You can find all our classes and activities on our website calendar.

If you have questions about any of our enrichment activities, feel free to call our office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday


October News at the Winterville Center

October News at the Winterville Center


Happy autumn!

Be sure to check our class schedule for all our new classes!

First Thursday Potluck Luncheon

Join us on Thursday, October 3rd at 12:00 p.m. noon for our First Thursday potluck Luncheon. This month’s theme is fall, so bring your favorite fall dishes to share and enjoy. 

Our speaker this month is Natalie Wooten of Home Instead Senior Care, who will be speaking to us about the resources available for home care and caregiver support. 

Water Media Painting

A new class we will be adding to our list of art classes is Experiments in Water Media. Water media is a mixed media art that uses both watercolor and acrylic paint to create vivid paintings full of color and dimension. 

Experiments in Water Media will start on October 28th and take place on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. 

Kids’ Classes

There are still spots open in our kids’ classes, such as Chess, Art Across America, and Kids Can Sew! 

  • Chess is on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. for all ages. 

  • Art Across America is for ages 7 to 12 and is on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. 

  • Kids Can Sew is at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

  • Aikido 14 and Up on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and is open to high-school age students and adults. 

Fall and Holiday Rentals Going Fast

We only have a few Saturday facility rentals left from now until December! 

The Winterville Center is still available on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and from December 23rd until January 3rd! Reservations are first-come, first-served, so make your reservation as soon as possible!

If you are interested in renting the Winterville Center, call us today at 706-742-0823 or come by Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a tour of the building.


Pre-Register and Pay for Classes Online

We now have a process where you can register and pay for classes on our website. 


Pre-registration for classes is highly recommended in case the class is too full to accept walk-ins. In this registration process, you can also pay for your classes online through Paypal.

To register for a new class or a class you have not attended before, check the information on our class schedules page, including the cost of the class. Some classes require the full fee in advance, and some you may pay from week to week. This will be specified in the class description on our online Google calendar. 

Fill out the class registration form, which is linked on the top left of our class schedules page. This form only takes a few minutes to complete. 

After you submit the form, you will be taken to a page with a link to our Paypal payment page. Since this registration system is used for all classes, you will need to specify the class name and payment amount to submit your Paypal payment. 

Many of our art classes require pre-registration and payment up front. Our evening class instructor can accept a check or cash, but not credit card. If you pay ahead of time online, you will not have to worry about having your payment ready before your class.

You can also use our link to pay for your ongoing classes.

Visit our class schedules page and sign up for a new class today!

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Bring the kids to see Santa at the Winterville Christmas in the Park will be held on Friday, December 6th at Pittard Park at 6 p.m.