Community briefs

October 31, 2012 

Master Gardener volunteer training available

Applications are being accepted for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training Program, which will train participants to assist University of Georgia Extension agents in answering horticulture questions.

In addition to filling out a form, applicants will be interviewed at the USDA Research Station in Byron, where the classes will be taught. Classes will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 24-April 11.

The program includes more than 40 hours of classroom instruction on a range of topics, including basic botany, plant physiology, plant pathology, turfgrass maintenance, entomology, planting and maintaining ornamentals, annuals and perennials, according to a news release. Following classroom training, participants must complete 50 volunteer hours within the first year after the training.

Those who successfully complete the program will receive Master Gardener Extension Volunteer badges. After the first year, volunteers are required to put in 25 hours a year to remain on active status, the release states.

To receive an application, contact the Houston County Extension Office at 987-2028 or

Volunteers wanted to help with tax preparation

AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers in the Warner Robins area to help assist taxpayers in filing their 2012 returns.

Volunteers do not need to belong to AARP but should have some computer experience, such as e-mail and Internet browsing. Volunteers with management experience are also needed, according to a news release. Tax-Aide volunteers will receive free IRS-certified training and may qualify for some expense reimbursement. For information about how to volunteer, visit or call (888) 687-2277. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

GACHIP event planned

The Masons of Georgia will host a GACHIP event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. The Masons of Georgia hold and fund the entire cost of identification workshops for families across the state. The parent will receive an oral swab, a CD with photographs and video that can be used in the Amber Alert Program, digital fingerprints and information about distinguishing features. For more information, call 714-9193.

-- Staff reports

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