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Fourth annual Double Barrell Band New Year's event set.

The Double Barrell Band will have their fourth annual New Year's Eve countdown gathering Wednesday night at 8 pm.  As in past years, it'll be held at the Cochran-Bleckley Arts Alliance.  A post on the band's Facebook page announcing the event states that due to scheduling conflicts with a couple of band members, Wedneday's show will be a combined effort with another band, Turner Down founded by Bleckley County High School Alumni Paul Turner.

Bleckley's Got Talent Christmas music camp December 13

"Bleckley's Got Talent" Chritmas music camp will be December 11 and 12 at the Cochran city auditorium.  Campers will learn three songs, motions and choreography.  Campers can just sing with the choir or perform a Christmas solo of their own that they'll receive help with including choreography.  A holiday concert with the songs learned will be held December 13 at 7 pm.  Cost is $30.  Forms, due by December 9, should be sent to Mi Waters, 206 Village Circle, Cochran, GA 31014.  Call her with any questions, 478-230-8809.  Download a form by clicking here.

Bleckley school bands Christmas concert December 11.

A Christmas concert by the Bleckley school bands will be held December 11 at 7 pm.  It will start with the beginer band, then go to the seventh and eighth grade bands.  The BCHS Wind Ensemble will close things out.  Admission is free.

BCHS One Act Play Christmas variety show December 8.

Bleckley County High School's One Act Play class will have their Christmas variety show December 8 at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

BCHS Ninth Grade One Act Christmas Variety Show December 4.

The Bleckley County High School ninth grade one act play class will have their Christmas variety show December 4 at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

Bleckley Elementary art teacher featured in new children's book.

Bleckley Elementary art teacher featured in new children's book.

Bleckley Elementary School art teacher Donna Cooper Smith is one of 30 art teachers from across the globe featured in the new children's book If Picasso had a Christmas tree  Authored by Eric Gibbons, the collaberative effort with teachers such as Smith came via Facebook.

According to a release, each teacher emulated an artist of their choosing and included a Christmas tree that honored that artist.  Smith selected Vincent Van Gough.  The poem that accompnies her work reads:

If Vincent Van Gogh had a Christmas tree,

Are these the colors and shapes you’d see?

Swirls in the sky of stars up in space,

Making this painting a beautiful place.

The stars wrap the tree in holiday light,

Making it colorful all through the night.

Though Vincent was troubled all through his life,

His work helped him handle the strife.

So if you feel sad, lonely, or blue,

New collection to be on display inside MGSC's Peacock Gallery.

Cuban Prints: From the Collections of Helen Meadors and Craig Burkhalter will be on display inside Peacock Gallery inside Russell hall on Middle Georgia State College's Cochran campus November 10-January 16, 2015.  A gallery talk and opening reception is set for November 10 at 6 pm.  It's free and open to the public.  Peacock Gallery hours are 8 am-5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am-noon on Fridays.