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Black history month activities
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Pleasant Hill Holiness Church
Pleasant Hill Holiness Church will celebrate its annual Black History Month program at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at their church at 749 Carter Road. The theme this year is “The Reason Why We Sing,” and the speaker is Dr. Alexzine Goosby of Zion Temple Holiness Church. There will also be an awards ceremony recognizing local government officials of Liberty County. For more information, call Juanita Johnson at 368-7207.

African Methodist Episcopal
The Georgia Conference Minister's Spouses Widow/Widowers and Preacher's Kids of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church invites everyone to the Black Heritage Celebration that will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Thebes AME Church in Midway. The celebration is in honor of all of those who paved the way for those making a difference today. The celebration will consist of a variety of Georgia talent in the way of singers, dancers, poets and a skit written by Donald Lovett of Pleasant Grove AME Church. Join us as we celebrate our rich heritage. Please wear your African attire. After the celebration, join us for dinner. For more information, call (912) 492-2624.

VOICES: Showcasing the arts
Don’t miss VOICES: A Celebration of African-Americans through the Arts. This unforgettable multidisciplinary performance showcases some of the region’s finest artists, as well as up-and-coming youth artists. Presented by The Cider House, Inc., the goal of the program is to celebrate African and African-American culture and to honor Black History Month through music, dance, poetry and song. Highlights include A Nickel Bag of Funk, featuring the incomparable vocals of Leslie Adele, Mahogany Shades of Beauty Dance Company with award-winning choreography by Weslyn Bowers, the Spitfire Poetry Group, and more. Free to the public, this event will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the historical Dorchester Academy in Midway. Major sponsorship for this year’s performance was provided by the Hinesville Area Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Grassroots Arts Program.
About the Cider House
The Cider House, Inc. has been providing art outreach services to regional youth since February 2005. Created by a coalition of artists, educators, and social services professionals, the Cider House develops arts-based prevention and intervention curricula with associated activities for at-risk youth.  The organization offers instruction in spoken word/performance poetry, dance, drama, theatre, and the visual arts.
Through artistic expressions, activities and role-playing, issues relative to social, civic, educational, and public health responsibilities are addressed. For more information, call Clarenda Stanley at 980-9274 or visit
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