Buzz:  Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc returns Saturday morning. Weekend for the Etowah includes ‘clean sweep,’ post party and water rodeo Saturday, Sunday. St. Mary’s School fall bazaar is Saturday.

Buzz: Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc returns Saturday morning. Weekend for the Etowah includes ‘clean sweep,’ post party and water rodeo Saturday, Sunday. St. Mary’s School fall bazaar is Saturday.

The Etowah River Clean Sweep is one of several events set for Weekend for the Etowah, including a post-cleanup part at River Dog Outpost and then a water trail rodeo on Sunday. Details below.


Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc program returns Saturday at 9 a.m. in Downtown Rome. The walk leaves from Bridgepoint Plaza, follows the Kingfisher Trail and is approximately two miles. People of all fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncologist Dr. JC Abdou is set to lead the group. Abdou remains very active, competes in local road races and has also participated in previous Walks With a Doc.

“I tell all of my patients that getting some form of exercise is extremely beneficial to their health and well being,” Dr. Abdou says. “Walking is a great way to get outside and earn some great health benefits.”

The American Heart Association says one of the best ways to get started walking is to walk with a group.  Walking is a low-cost, easy way to get some great exercise. It doesn’t require special clothes, equipment or membership to a gym or club.

Walking and other forms of regular exercise can help lower the risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, strengthen bones and muscles, help burn extra calories and help improve mood.

“I enjoyed being a part of a couple of previous Walks With a Doc and I’m happy to be helping lead this one,” Dr. Abdou says. “I hope a lot of people come out and enjoy walking Rome’s trails with us on September 16.”

More than 250 people have participated in the previous events and learned great health and fitness tips while enjoying the great outdoors.

Weather in September can be unpredictable. Please check Harbin Clinic’s website, Facebook and Twitter for updates about the events in case of inclement weather.

Weekend for the Etowah begins Saturday with the Etowah River Clean Sweep, a river cleanup sponsored by the Coosa River Basin Initiative focusing on the river between Allatoona Dam and Rome. CRBI seeks individual volunteers and community, church, civic and school groups to participate in this river cleanup. For more information call 706-232-2724 or e-mail Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman at All volunteers receive Rivers Alive t-shirts. Following the cleanup, Saturday evening at River Dog Outpost, CRBI will hold a drawing to win a SweetWater Brewing Co. kayak, cooler and corn hole set as part of SweetWater’s Save Our Water events. Last chance raffle tickets will be available at the downtown Rome beer garden overlooking the river at 1 Broad Street beginning at 6 p.m. The fun continues Sunday, Sept. 17, with the Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo which features a 7-mile paddle on the Etowah in Dawson and Forsyth counties. Tickets for the event are $75 per person or $130 per couple and include boat rentals, shuttle service, a barbecue dinner, a raffle ticket to win a new kayak from The Outside World and a copy of the Etowah River User’s Guide, a comprehensive guide to the entire river.The event begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. at Eagle’s Beak Park. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

The Saint Mary’s Catholic School Fall Bazaar is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the school at 401 E. Seventh Ave. in Rome. Planned are food, inflatables, games, a cupcake walk, book sale, bake sale, bingo, snow cones, choo-choo train, water balls, vendors and more. The Knights of Columbus will be there with their famous barbecue as well. Vendor sign-ups are going on now and we are looking for those who have something to sell or advertise. The booths are $50 and you keep all the profits. You will be displayed prominently at the front of the school with access to all visitors. We invite vendors of personal products, apparel, crafts, and everything in between. Details:



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