Operation Hand Warmer, a drive to collect hand warmers for American troops in Afghanistan, is taking collections through March 14 at Century 21 Larry Miller Realty, 235 N. Belair Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 860-0000.
International World Changers will benefit from a breakfast 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe in Evans. Tickets cost $7 and are available by calling Lindsey Hudson at (706) 830-5260.
Entries are being sought for P.R.A. Publishing’s annual Poetry Matters contest for middle school, high school, adult and senior categories, with cash prizes to first- through fourth-place winners. For information, email info@poetry
matterscelebration.com, or call (855) 790-7700.
Applications for Columbia County Chamber of Commerce adult and youth leadership groups will be available starting Thursday at area high school guidance offices and at www.
columbiacountychamber.com. For information, call (706) 651-0018.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold mobile blood drives at the following dates and locations during March:
• Thursday, Columbia County EMA, Evans Government Center Auditorium, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Roads and Bridges, Appling, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• March 16, Maner Builders Supply, 3787 Martinez Blvd., Martinez, 6:30 a.m. to noon.
• March 18, Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, 8:30 a.m. to
• March 18, Journey Community Church, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• March 20, South Columbia Elementary, 325 McCormick Road, Martinez, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
• March 21, Milton Ruben Chevrolet, 3512 Washington Road, Martinez, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
• March 21, Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
• March 21, Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 Milledgeville Road, Harlem, 3-7 p.m.
• March 23, Westmont Elementary School, 4558 Oakley Pirkle Road, Martinez, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• March 23, Bel Air Elementary School, 325 N. Belair Road, Martinez, 5:30-9 p.m.
• March 24, Grovetown Walmart, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• March 25, BAPS Hindu Temple, 837 Furys Ferry Road, Evans,
• March 31, Martinez Masonic 710, 3412 Washington Road, Martinez, 10:30 a.m. to
For information, go to www.shepeardblood.org.
March 26 is the deadline for high school students to enter the 2012 Congressional Art Contest. For information, contact Jessica Hayes in U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s office at (706) 447-3857, or email email@example.com.
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the campus of Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez. Writers needing a support group are invited to attend and bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
Kris Fausenight of Augusta Cave Masters will present a program on caves and caving at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the meeting of the Augusta Sierra Club at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Ext. For information, email
Thrift store sale
Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, is holding a special sale through April 7, with shirts 25 cents and pants 50 cents. The store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. The store is operated by the Columbia County Foundation for Children.
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services will conduct volunteer advocate training March 8-12 at University Hospital. Advocates are needed in all surrounding counties, must be able to respond to their area hospitals within 30 minutes and have a dependable phone. For information, call (706) 774-2746, or email
Columbia County Animal Services, 1940 William Few Parkway, Grovetown, will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on March 21 from 10 a.m. until vaccinations run out. For information, call (706) 541-4077.
First Baptist Church of Evans is offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Call (706) 863-1228, or go to firstbaptist
Enopion Theatre Company is holding auditions by appointment only for The Prince is Giving a Ball, to be performed starting Aug. 9 at the Kroc Center. For information, call (706) 771-7777.
Author Pat Lanza will be the guest speaker for the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs’ 21st annual spring luncheon and awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. March 22 at the Augusta Country Club. Tickets cost $25, $30 after March 16. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Cancer Society will hold a fundraiser breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m. March 17 at Fatz Cafe, 464 N. Belair Road, Evans, with proceeds to fund Relay for Life and Hope Lodge. Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased by calling (706) 731-9900, or emailing email@example.com.
The women of Marvin United Methodist Church, Belair Road at Wheeler Road, will hold a yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24. Spaces are available for $10 by calling (706) 210-0893, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
RV, boat show
Columbia County’s fourth annual RV and Boat Show will be held March 24-25 at Evans Towne Center Park. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761.
Vendors are being sought for the annual Rotary Club of Columbia County yard sale, to be held May 19 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road. For information, call Connie Redmond at (706) 863-5500.
Vendor spaces are available for the Marvin United Methodist Church craft bazaar to be held April 14. Spaces cost $25, plus $5 for tables, and are available by calling (706) 210-0893, or emailing email@example.com.
The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation 9th annual Best Dam Bicycle Ride will begin with registration at 7:15 a.m. April 15 at Strom Thurmond Dam, with multiple road and mountain bike rides. Cost is $35 per rider, with children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. For information, go to Chain Reaction Bicyles in Martinez, or www.active.com and search for “9th Annual Best Dam Ride 2012.”
A musical kayak and canoe event and festival, The Benderdinker, will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. April 28 at the Riverside Park boat launch off Hardy McManus Road in Evans, with water events starting at 10 a.m. and the festival starting at noon, including children’s activities, a farmer’s market, vendors and a pig roast. Registration for participants costs $25 per boat, with proceeds benefiting Augusta Locally Grown, Savannah Riverkeepers, Camp Sweet Life and Columbia County Cares. For information, go to www.benderdinker.com.
The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is sponsoring two series of classes on basic horticulture from through June 9, at $25 per session, and landscape design, through May 5, at $70 per two-day session. Classes are held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road, Augusta. To register, call Ginny Allen at (706) 736-6793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a nonprofit weight-loss support group, meets on the following dates:
• Harlem Baptist Church, 8:45 a.m. Thursdays; (706) 556-3309.
• Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave., 6 p.m. Thursdays; (706) 863-0726.
• Pine View Baptist Church, 119 Pleasant Home Road, 4:45 p.m. each Tuesday; (706) 863-6525.
The East Georgia Genealogical Society, which encompasses an area that includes Columbia County, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the L.D.S. Church, 36 Sims Road, Winder, Ga. For information, go to www.eastgagenealogy.com.
MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
Best Western Evans Hotel, 452 Park West Drive, off Dyess Parkway, is a donation site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. For more information, go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Spaces are available at Grace Baptist Preschool, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For information, call Lisa Wamack at (706) 868-9729.
Vince Dooley will be the featured speaker for the CSRA Hydrangea Conference, 8:30 a.m. June 7 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, go to csrahydrangeasociety.org.
Three rooms of meeting space are available to community groups at no charge at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 650-9187.
The organization Vets to Washington is seeking World War II vets for three-day, expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to tour the World War II memorial and others in the area. For information or to donate to help provide the trips, call (706) 832-6483, or go to www.vetstowashington.com.
Columbia County Library in Evans needs donations of used books to sell in the Friends of the Library store. Drop off donations at the library, or call Barbara Williams at (706) 863-8760.
The clothes closet at Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road at South Belair Road, is open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for donations. Clothes are available for those in need. For information, call (706) 863-0510.
Friends Stepping Up, a nonprofit organization for mildly challenged teens and young adults, meets once a month for activities. For information, parents or guardians should call (706) 771-0087.
USA Dance Chapter 6074 holds monthly dances at the Elks Lodge in Martinez. For information, call (803) 270-5470 or go to www.augustadancing.org.
Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 421-0089.
The Leah High School and Community Museum, located at the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station at 3653 Ray Owens Road, in Appling, is now open from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of each month and on Saturdays by appointment. Donations of archival and historical material still are being sought. For information, (706) 541-0043.
The Columbia County Choral Society is open to all singers in the area. Rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church of Evans. For information and a rehearsal schedule, call (706)650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.
The Augusta Elks Club, off Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, holds a dance with a live band each Friday at 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. For information, call (706) 564-1642.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia conducts free child safety child safety seat inspections on the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. For an appointment, call (706) 541-3970 or go to www.mcghealth.org.
Hope Soap, a private, nonprofit agency that collects toiletries and packages and distributes them to area shelters, has collection sites in the community. Donations, particularly of personal-sized items from hotels, may be brought to The Columbia County News-Times, in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road, Evans, and Wild Birds Unlimited, West Town Shopping Center, Martinez.
Mosaic United Methodist Church’s Celebrate Recovery program holds weekly group sessions at 7 p.m. each Friday at the church at 678 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. For information, call (706) 877-6468, or go to www.mosaicumc.org.
The MCG Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor community room at the MCGHealth Cancer Center, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd. For information, call (706) 721-4109 or go to mcghealth.org.
The Columbia County Civic Orchestra holds weekly rehearsals 7:15-9:15 p.m. Mondays in the music suite at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans. Returning and new musicians are welcome. The Youth Orchestra holds rehearsals 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Augusta Christian band room, 313 Baston Road. For information, call Rob Nordan at (706) 860-6573, ext. 114, or go to www.columbiacco.org.
Augusta Christian Singles meets at the Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road, from 7-11 p.m. each Saturday. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for guests. For information, call Barbara Nash at (803) 640-2075.
Warren Baptist Church holds weekday preschool and mother’s day out classes for ages 1 through preK 4. For information, call (706) 860-6878 or go to warrenbaptist.org.
The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132, meets the second Thursday of every month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. For information, contact Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667 or email@example.com.
Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or at myarmyonesource.com.
The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday each month at Room 100 of the Adult Building of First Baptist Church of Augusta. For information, call Debbie Rish at (706) 650-2496, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups meet in Columbia County.
• Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road: 7 p.m., second Tuesday each month. For information, call (706) 541-0085 or (706) 541-0185.
• Morningside of Evans, 353 N. Belair Road: 11 a.m., second Saturday each month. For information, call (706) 228-4709.
• Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 7 p.m., third Tuesday each month. For information, call (706) 854-3519.
Spaces are available at the Grace Baptist Preschool, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 868-9729.
The clothes closet in the family life center at Marvin United Methodist Church, Belair at Wheeler Road, is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothing is free, but donations are welcome.
The Augusta Choral Society (ACS) is seeking new members for its 2010-2011 season. For information, go to www.augustachoralsociety.org or call (706) 826-4713.
The Women’s Veterans Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Dues cost $24 per year. For information, call April Starks at (706) 868-5601.
The Grovetown Lions Club offers financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown individuals in the purchase of eyeglasses. For information, write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.
• The Grovetown Senior Center is seeking volunteer, licensed drivers with their own vehicles to deliver meals to shut-ins in the Grovetown area. For information, call (706) 210-8699.
• Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. For information, call Nancy Browning at (706) 868-4422.
• Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. For information, call (706) 736-1199.
• Safe Kids East Central Georgia is seeking volunteers to help with events, such as car seat and bicycle checks, and to lead ongoing programs that teach safety to children and teens. Training is provided. For information, call (706) 721-7606.
• Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e-mail jthompson@ columbiacountyga.gov.
• The American Cancer Society’s Augusta chapter is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients. For information, call (706) 731-9900.
• Hospice Care of America is seeking volunteers. For information, call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2626.
Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. For information on all classes, call (706) 651-2450, or go to www.doctors-hospital.net.
The Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County Unit, offers advice to all Columbia County residents on whether their home is in line of fire from brush or wild land fires. For information, call (706) 556-3962.