7 p.m. March 31, Medical School Auditorium, Mercer University. Jasmine Rand, attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, will speak about her experiences with the Martin case as well as her career as a professor, national legal analyst, international legal consultant, lecturer, columnist and civil rights leader. Free. www.mercer.edu.
JOHN CHARLES GRIFFIN
6-8 p.m. April 4, Gallery West, 447 Third St., Macon. John Charles Griffin will read selections from his upcoming book, “After the Meltdown,” which will be available for pre-sale purchase. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Free. 478-972-1598.
SHURDEN LECTURES ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
April 7-8, Mercer University. This year’s lecturer is Alan Brownstein, professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. The following are lecture dates and times: “Engaging in Respectful Discourse about Religion and Equality,” 4 p.m. April 7, Atlanta Administration and Conference Center on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, hosted by the McAfee School of Theology; “The Multi-Dimensional Nature of Church-State Controversies,” 10 a.m. April 8, Medical School Auditorium in Macon, hosted by the Roberts Department of Christianity; and “Liberty and Equality Values in the Hobby Lobby and Town of Greece Decisions,” 3:30 p.m. April 8, first-floor courtroom of the Mercer Law School in Macon, hosted by Mercer Law School. www.mercer.edu. Free.
“CIRCLES WITH SHEL”
11 a.m. April 11 and May 9, the Platforms at Coleman Hill, 285 Spring St. Celebrate the poetry of Shel Silverstein that inspired the “Circles” sculptures of Coleman Hill. Free coffee and doughnuts. All ages are welcome. Hosted by the College Hill Alliance and Mount de Sales Key Club. 478-621-4420. Free.
2 p.m. April 11, Pinegate Assisted Living Community, 300 Charter Blvd. R.M. Johnson, the author of 20 novels, will discuss and sign copies of his book, “My Wife’s Baby.” 478-461-3638.
6:30 p.m. refreshments and networking, 7 p.m. program, April 14, Trinity United Methodist Church, 129 S. Houston Road, Warner Robins. The Houston-Peach AAUW meeting will feature the author discussing her book “Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907.” Visitors welcome. 478-953-0201. www.houstonpeach-ga.aauw.net.
HOUSTON COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OLD BOOK SALE
10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 30, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2, Georgia Grown Building, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. Proceeds benefit Houston County libraries. $5 April 30 (free for Houston Friends members); free admission May 1-2. All books half price May 2. 478-923-0128.
PRIME TIME PRESCHOOL
Peach public libraries are seeking families with children ages 3-5 to participate in a series of programs focusing on literacy acquisition and early literacy skills. Parents of preschoolers will learn how to book-share with their children, how to ask questions that encourage critical thinking, how to make reading enjoyable and relevant, and how to encourage children to internalize a love of learning. A second series of six programs will be offered each Monday evening at Thomas Public Library beginning in late April. During each program, each family will receive a free books. To register to participate in the program, contact Maira Hernandez at 478-825-1640.
MACON WRITERS GROUP
2-4 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Membership in the group is open and free, and writing of every sort is accepted. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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