Day of Service:
Reminder: The last day to sign up for Day of Service 2015 is Thursday, Sept. 10.
Join a growing Georgia Regents University tradition by lending a helping hand to our CSRA community.
Kristin Gordon, volunteer coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, Inc., said GRU volunteer help last year was an invaluable service.
“Last year, GRU helped us do our spring cleaning inside and outside of the house including the yard and all the leaves that came with it,” she said. “Maintaining the house is very important but hard to do when we are trying to take care of the families staying with us at the same time.”
Now, with an even larger facility, the RMHC (and many other local groups) need our help more than ever.
“GRU group giving their time and helping hands lifted a huge weight off our shoulders and brought ease to our minds,” said Gordon. “This year we are very excited to have your help again, especially because the new Ronald McDonald House is much larger and there is a lot more ground to cover!”
But if the chance to lend a hand wasn’t incentive enough, those who participate in Day of Service activities and present their Day of Service volunteer wristbands will be admitted free to the GRU musical event of the season:
Jazz at the G:
GPB Augusta, in cooperation with Georgia Regents University Department of Music, Garden City Jazz, The Greater Augusta Arts Council, NBC26TV and The Maxwell Theatre, is launching the second year of Jazz At The G, a series of jazz concerts held on GRU’s Summerville Campus.
The first concert of the season is and outdoor event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Amphitheatre. Wycliffe Gordon, The Mike Frost Band featuring Lauren Meccia, and The Travis Shaw Trio are scheduled to perform. Additionally, a contingent from the GRU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rob Foster, is scheduled to perform.
Jazz trombonist Gordon rarely performs with the group of versatile musicians that will join him on stage for this performance. With more players and instruments on stage, this ensemble allows him to ‘stretch out’ and bring a new energy and improvisation to the presentation,” said GPB-Augusta Station Manager Drew Dawson. “It is Wycliffe Gordon cutting loose and having fun with some incredibly talented musicians, while bringing the audience along for the ride.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for the grass-covered terraces of the Barnard Amphitheatre. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the ballroom in the Jaguar Student Activity Center.
Additional Jazz At The G concerts are scheduled through Spring 2016 at both the Barnard Amphitheatre and Maxwell Theatre.
Admission to is $10 for the general public; $5 for active military, students with a school ID, children under 13, and GRU faculty and staff with a JAG Card; and free for GRU students with a valid JAG Card. A portion of the proceeds fund scholarships for GRU music students. Tickets are available at the Maxwell Theatre box office and online at gru.edu/maxwelltheatre.
“We are excited to bring a second season of Jazz At The G to fans of this truly American art form,” Dawson said. “Our goal is to make the campus a welcoming destination for local jazz aficionados while providing expanded opportunities for GRU music students to showcase their talents and share the stage with local, regional and nationally known jazz greats. And there’s really no better venue than the Barnard Amphitheater. It’s an emerald jewel in the heart of Summerville. Our hope is that by continuing this series of concerts, our neighbors in Summerville and our friends across the CSRA will discover another opportunity to enjoy the creative output of artists in this area.”
There is no charge to park on GRU’s Summerville campus for this event. The campus is designated as a tobacco-free and alcohol-free zone. For more information, see gru.edu/maxwelltheatre or #JazzAtTheG on Twitter.
Eager to help?
Ready to jam?
Then don’t delay! Sign up for Day of Service 2015 today.