Buzz: Hearts United Gathering to feature Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, Safe Driving Expo plus car show returns April 15, Darlington to present “The Addams Family: A New Musical” next week.

Buzz: Hearts United Gathering to feature Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, Safe Driving Expo plus car show returns April 15, Darlington to present “The Addams Family: A New Musical” next week.

The Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, pastor of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. will be the featured speaker at the third annual Hearts United Gathering Thursday, Feb. 15. The event is free and open to the public. The gathering, sponsored by One Community United, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Wilder Center, First United Methodist Church in downtown Rome. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. . Manning’s keynote speech is entitled, “Racial Healing and Reconciliation.” The speaker has been pastor of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. since June, 2016. On June 17, 2015, Dylan Roof, then 21, an avowed white supremacist, killed nine parishioners in cold blood at a Wednesday night Bible study. Among those killed was the pastor at the time, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Organized in 2015 in response to racial tensions nationwide, One Community United is a local group of black and white citizens who are working to promote greater understanding and dialogue between the white and black communities.In an effort to anticipate the size of the crowd, organizers are asking attendees to obtain a ticket if at all possible. They are offered at no cost at Kroger’s, V3 Publications, Yellow Door Antiques, Heritage First Bank (Broad Street) and Schroeder’s (Broad Street). Tickets are not required for admission to HUG III.


Ninth Annual Rome/Floyd County “Just Drive” Safe Driving Expo and first Teen and Adult Car Show set for April 15. Each year, Alana Ellenburg and Pepperell High’s Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter assemble a program to help teens and their parents learn about safe driving. This year’s event will be on a Sunday at State Mutual Stadium off Braves Boulevard and the Bypass from 2 until 5 p.m. New this year is the car show, complete with prizes. To enter:Teen Division (Age 16-19) Registration: $10. Sdult Division (open) Registration: $20. Prizes Awarded by People’s Choice. All proceeds to benefit the CHAMPS Program. For more



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Darlington’s fine arts department will present “The Addams Family: A New Musical” Feb. 16-18 at the Rome City Auditorium. Doors will open Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with showtime at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 p.m., after doors open at 2 p.m. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan played by seniors Nolan Wilson and Brie Bishop, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, played by junior Maggie Inman, is now an 18-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance online atwww.darlingtonschool.org/musical, or at the door on the day of the show. General admission tickets are $10. Tiger Booster Club members and current Darlington families may request reserved seating for no additional cost. The general public can purchase tickets in the reserved section for $15 each. All reserved tickets are offered online only and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Darlington’s production of “The Addams Family: A New Musical,” contact the box office at 706-368-5256, or by email at boxoffice@darlingtonschool.org.

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