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Spooktacular festivities this weekend
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Community Calendar, Oct. 28 - 31


Chilli Cook Off
The eighth annual National EMS Chili Cookoff will be held Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 the National EMS office at 1060 Culpepper Drive, Conyers. For $5, attendees will get unlimited chili, drinks, deserts, and raffle tickets. Proceeds go to the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation for fighting breast cancer. Chili or desert contest entries must be at the office by 10:45 a.m. and judging will begin at 11 a.m. Chili must be named and labled mild, medium, hot or extra hot. Desert ingredients must be listed. For more information, call 770-922-9578.

Johnson Park Halloween-Fest
Activities will include trunk or treating, pumpkin painting and haunted trail with hay ride beginning at 7 p.m. for toddlers through 12 years old. $2 per person for participants who want to decorate pumpkins. Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road.

Besides Still Waters
Old Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, at 300 Honey Creek Road, will host the “Besides Still Waters” breast cancer awareness event and performances on Oct. 28, 8 p.m., featuring Elder Rod Lumpkin and Treasures of Worship. (770) 483-8392.

Singles Dance
American Legion, 674 American Legion Road, Conyers, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; married couples welcome; Halloween costumes welcome; cash bar. Admission $10.


Chickens on Parade
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. the Conyers/Eastside Poultry Meetup Group is holding a Chickens on Parade event at The Stock Market Feed Store on Hiway 20S.  There will be a Poultry Breeds Display including the smallest breed and the largest breed, a small petting zoo, prizes (including feed), poultry equipment, show cages, demonstrations, a Southern States feed rep to answer your questions, a nationally known poultry show judge, BBQ, and much more.  This is a free event and the public in invited to join us for some fun and fellowship.

College Prep Day
Students and parents are invited to the Rockdale College Prep Day college fair noon – 5 p.m. at Club 908, 908 Commercial Street, Conyers. Representatives from more than 14 colleges and schools will be attending, including Tennessee State University, Clark Atlanta University, Columbus State University, Kennesaw State University, Voorhees College, Georgia Perimeter College. Representatives from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will also be giving information on the FAFSA and grants such as the Pell grant. Free and open to the public. (678) 458-0968

Pink Exercise Party
Hosted by Chi Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the American Cancer Society and featuring a Zumba fitness class, the event will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Edwards Middle School gymnasium, 2633 Stanton Road. Cost is $5 with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.

Boo-Rama All Novice and Open Horse Show
At the Charles Walker Arena in the Georgia International Horse Park, admission is free. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Westminister/Lovett IEA 2-day Horse Show
Lovel and Westminister schools host the competition for local middle and high schools at the Georgia International Horse Park, arenas 8 and 9, barn 5. Free Admission. (770) 602-2606.

Fall Festival
Community Worship, at 1695 Hill Street, will host its annual Fall Festival at 4 p.m., with trunk or treat, barbecue, food, games, and more. For more information, call (770)483-0966 or visit

Trunk or Treat
Highland Park Baptist Church, at 1381 Irwin Bridge Road, will host a festival 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., with trunk or treat, games, food and more. For more information, call (770) 483-5172.

Olde Town Gallery Public Auctions
A no-reserve auction open to everyone at the Olde Town Gallery, 909 Commercial St., at 7 p.m. Bring your treasures and junk to raise money for the non-profit community art gallery. Gallery gets 30 percent of auction price.


Cycleyouth Benefit CX Race No. 6 Georgia Cyclecross Series.
It will be held at the Georgia International Horse Park Steeplechase Special Events Field. Free admission.

Worship in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Program
The event will be at 10 a.m. at Antioch A.M.E. Church and is sponsored by the church’s Health Ministry and Chi Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Speakers will be Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips and Rev. Constance Wicker. Guests are encouraged to wear pink. For more information, contact Dorothy Moore at (770)388-9661.

Bald Rock Baptist Church
Bald Rock Baptist Church, 2284 Old Covington Road, will celebrate Pastor Christopher Shipp’s  25 Years In Ministry at 3 p.m. Sis. Gloria Green  (404) 291-6883.


Bowling 4 Scares
The fund raiser for the K. L. Hagood Help Center will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the AMF Bowling Lanes. The non-profit is asking for a donation of a brand new toy from everyone who stops by. Monetary donations are also excepted. (404) 934-5115.

Early Learning Substitute
The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Education Department is offering the Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program in Conyers Nov. 14-18, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The online application deadline is Oct. 31. Graduates receive 18 hours of state approved credit and CPR and First Aid certification and are ready to seek out employment opportunities. For more information, visit or email

Preschool Story Time
Held at the Rockdale Library, 864 Green St., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages three to five. (770) 388-5054, Ext. 113.

Miniature ghouls, zombies, princesses and fairies will be taking over the streets of Conyers and Rockdale County this weekend as family-friendly festivities abound with Halloween just around the corner.

On Friday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. the Main Street Conyers program and more than 20 Olde Town Conyers businesses will host trick-or-treaters from local schools and daycares, including Eastminster, Pine Street Elementary and Conyers First United Methodist.

Later on Friday, starting at 7 p.m., Rockdale County will host a spooktacular Halloween-fest at Johnson Park, 1781 Ebenezer Road. The evening will feature activities such as trunk-or-treating, pumpkin painting, and a haunted trail with a hay ride as well as vendors and booths from organizations. The festival is free but pumpkin painting is $2 per person.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the K.L. Haygood Help Center will hold a Business Brunch fundraiser with keynote speaker Rodney Harris, weather producer for CBS Atlanta News. The brunch will be held 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 1400 Parker Road. Tickets are $5 each and available at Evans Pharmacy. Proceeds go to benefit the K.L. Haygood Help Center, which sponsors the annual Bowling-4-Scares event on Halloween night for foster children.

Many churches in the area are holding a trunk-or-treat event or fall festival.

Community Worship, at 1695 Hill Street, will host its annual Fall Festival Oct. 29, 4 p.m., with trunk or treat, barbecue, food, games, and more. For more information, call (770)483-0966 or visit

Highland Park Baptist Church, at 1381 Irwin Bridge Road, will host a festival Oct. 29, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., with trunk or treat, games, food and more. For more information, call (770) 483-5172.

On Monday, Halloween evening, streets in Olde Town will be closed for trick-or-treaters and a coinciding fall festival at Conyers First United Methodist.

Main Street will be closed from Peek Street to North Street and College Avenue will be closed from from Main Street to Lakeview Drive, from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Also on Monday, the Bowling 4 Scares event will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the AMF Bowling Lanes in Conyers. As a separate fundraiser, the non-profit is asking for a donation of a brand new toy from visitors, besides the foster children, who stop by. Monetary donations are also accepted. (404) 934-5115.

A more sophisticated, costumed event of sorts for adults is the second annual Masquerade Ball at the Olde Town Gallery and Studios on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 7 p.m. This black tie fundraiser will feature elaborate masks created by local artists, violin and piano music, wine, champagne, and hors d'oeurveres. Tickets are $65 per person. To make reservations, email