The “dog days of summer” will commence this Saturday. Family pets will be wagging their tails at this month’s First Saturday in downtown Watkinsville from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is organized by the Watkisnville Trade and Tourism Association. 

Boarding and grooming business Mutty Paws will be in front of The Eagle Tavern serving doggy ice cream and hosting a game of “bobbing for tennis balls.” 

For the humans, the youth of Watkinsville United Methodist Church Youth will be selling hotdog plates to raise money for mission projects. Kona Ice will be selling flavored shaved ice on Main Street, and of course, the Oconee Farmers Market will be set up in front of the Oconee County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Throughout the morning, local merchants will have water bowls out to keep animals hydrated, and Bill Yarbrough of pet sitting business Alpha Dawgs-Omega Cats will be handing out dog treats. 

Inside of Elizabeth Ann Florist & Gift Shop, Rev. Whiten of Watkinsville First United Methodist Church will bless the animals, and veterinarian Dr. Meg Green will answer visitor questions. 

Other activities include yoga behind The Eagle Tavern, face painting and a cornhole tournament at Pub on Main around noon. 

Movies screened outside 

Oconee Parks and Recreation is screening “Lego Movie 2” on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 7-10 p.m. at Herman C. Michael Park.

The WTTA is screening “The Sandlot” on Saturday, Aug. 16 around 8 p.m. at Rocket Field in downtown Watkinsville.  “Back to the Future” will be shown on Aug 24.

Civic club seeks members

The Kiwanis Club of Oconee County is holding its charter celebration Thursday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is $10, which includes a meal. The club meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 8 a.m. at Fox's Pizza, 2971 Monroe Hwy.

Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for our communities, and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as disease and poverty. To RSVP, email Club President Caleb Greene at

For more on this story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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