Dance lessons to begin Tuesday

WINDER - Winder's Cultural Arts Department is offering a third session of Ballroom Dance Classes in the Winder Cultural Arts Center at 105 East Athens St.

These classes, taught by Natalie Grier Cox, will begin Tuesday and will run for six consecutive Tuesday nights. Two separate class sessions will be held each night.

Cox received her A.B. and J.D. from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, she served as a principal dancer of the UGA Ballroom Performance Group from 2002-2006 and as the group's president during her last year. Since graduation, she has continued to perform and teach with Contact Dance at Dancespace and various studios around Northeast Georgia. Notable performances include DanceAthens at the Morton Theatre and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

This six-week session will introduce students to the basics of ballroom dance and will include Ballroom Basics with waltz and foxtrot from 6 to 7 p.m. and Latin basics with instruction in swing and salsa from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

To enroll in one class, the cost per couple is $90 and $60 for an individual, paid directly to the instructor (by cash or check). For enrollment, or for more information on the classes, contact Cox at ballroomlessons@gmail.com, or Don Wildsmith, Cultural Arts Director, at don.wildsmith@cityofwinder.com.

Rock outcrop art due this week

ATLANTA - All third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Georgia students are invited to help show why protecting Georgia's rock outcrops is important by submitting artwork to the Georgia Conservancy's eighth Annual Home Sweet Home Habitat Art Contest.

Applicants should create bright, colorful designs to illustrate the value of Georgia's rock outcrops and the habitats they provide for various species of plants and animals, including fairy shrimp, salamanders and skinks. More background information on rock outcrops and an entry form are available on the Georgia Conservancy Web site at www.georgiaconservancy.org. Entries must be postmarked by Monday. The winners will be announced in honor of Earth Day on April 21.

The first-place entry will be converted into handheld fans and appear in upcoming issues of Teaching Conservation, the Georgia Conservancy's educator newsletter, and Panorama, the organization's quarterly membership magazine, as well as on the Georgia Conservancy Web site. The winning artist also will receive a goodie bag filled with fun and educational nature items.

For more details about the contest and to obtain an entry form, please visit www.georgiaconservancy.org or call Georgia Conservancy environmental education manager Karen Garland at 404-876-2900 extension 113 or e-mail her at kgarland@gaconservancy.org.

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