The Sun News

Annual summer event features laughs, lunch and Lawler

Ladies Lunch and Laughter is an annual summer luncheon that has gone on for decades in Warner Robins for a very good reason — it’s an ideal occasion to share with your best friend, daughter, mother, sister or Red Hat group. Or, if you decide to get only a ticket for yourself, you will be sharing wholesome laughter in a room filled with people of similar lifestyles and interests.

This year’s speaker is Middle Georgia’s own Suzanne Lawler, WMAZ sports anchor and author. Sprinkled with Lawler’s good-friend humor will be words of inspiration based on her adventures in broadcasting dating back to the early days in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. The luncheon is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 20 at the Wellston Center, 155 Maple St. Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased by July 15. Call 478-293-1066 today, as space is limited.

Suzanne has been recognized by The Associated Press, the Cable Ace and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. She has even won an Edward R. Murrow regional award for a story she wrote covering the Little League World Series. The Children’s Miracle Network national organization also acknowledged her contribution to a music video, and she has hosted Georgia Special Olympics Masters Bowling Tournament opening ceremonies.

True to her love of people and sense of adventure, Lawler has written two books about her travels in Middle Georgia and places along the way where she has met some very interesting folks. “Cotton, Cornbread and Conversations” was so popular that she followed it with “More Cotton, Cornbread and Conversations.”

Proceeds from the luncheon support the Senior Activity Center, which is part of the Warner Robins Recreation Department. The center is unique among several activity programs for older Americans in the city in that it offers special events such as themed parties and Ladies Lunch and Laughter. Other recreation department programs for the whole family are available that focus on technology training, health and wellness, arts and culture, leadership development and academic success. Those opportunities are offered through day camps, instructional classes, special events and a youth activity center. For further information, call the programs office at 478-293-1080 or visit the recreation page at

MG Sprouts Summer Camp

A unique opportunity for children who have completed kindergarten, first grade or second grade will be offered June 27-29 by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers in partnership with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Houston County. MG Sprouts Summer Camp is a three-day experience to introduce youth through a series of activities and books to the wonder of gardening and how plants grow.

Hands-on activities and some reading will teach children about “ugly vegetables,” Jack’s Garden and plants gone wild. The camp will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Houston County Extension Office, 801 Main St., Perry. Sessions are held each day from 9 a.m.-noon and are conducted by screened and trained volunteers to specifically extend gardening and horticulture information to the public. Cost of the three-session camp is $20 per child.

Advance registration is required to participate in the MG Sprouts Summer Camp by calling 478-987-2028. Register today, as space is limited.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be reached at 478-922-5100 or