The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraising cookout today for its Explorer Post 63 program.
Food will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. behind the sheriff’s office substation on Ronald Reagan Drive at Evans Town Center Boulevard.
Meals include a hamburger or hotdog, chips and drink for $5. Proceeds will pay for the post’s equipment, uniforms and travel expenses for competitions.
The post has 10 active members who test their skills against other Explorers in regional and national competitions, said sheriff’s Deputy Chris Adkins, who heads the program.
The post, which meets at least twice monthly, is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of law enforcement by observing daily operations of the sheriff’s office.
Through the year-long program, Explorers participate in training and community service projects.
Local talent show
Local performers will take the stage tonight at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans to prove their talent.
The Columbia County Amateur Series resumes from 7-9 p.m. and will continue most Fridays through Sept. 8.
The series, based on America’s Got Talent, features 40 performers between the ages of 7 and 60 whose talents include dancing, hula-hooping and singing.
A winner is named each month and that participant will go on to compete in the September finale for the grand prize.
As Step Up Revolution premieres in theaters nationwide today, Columbia County native Kathryn McCormick is one of the film’s stars.
McCormick plays Emily, an aspiring dancer in Miami who’s joined a dance crew, only to find out her father, a developer, plans to turn the group’s neighborhood into a commercial development.
The movie is the fourth installment in the Step Up franchise, which started in 2006.
The 2008 Evans High School graduate stars in the movie alongside Ryan Guzman, as her romantic interest, Sean, and Misha Gabriel, as Eddy.
When she was younger, McCormick danced for years at Augusta West Dance Studio and competed on the Fox network reality show So You Think You Can Dance in 2009. Then 19, McCormick finished third in the dance competition and was an All-Star on the show.
Columbia County’s theater, GTC Evans 14 Stadium Cinemas, is located near N. Belair and Washington roads.
The city of Grovetown is throwing a bash to celebrate summer today before school starts back in August.
The Dog Days of Summer Carnival will be from 5-11 p.m. at Liberty Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road.
The festival includes arts, crafts and refreshment vendors, and live entertainment from the Jim Fisher Band.
Family-friendly activities will include bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, tethered hot air balloon rides and carnival games.
Admission to the carnival is free, but there might be a charge for some of the activities.
Televised political debate
A political debate airing tonight is sponsored by the CSRA Republican Women’s Club.
The round-table debate, featuring candidates in the 12th Congressional District, starts at 8 p.m. and can be seen on WJBF TV-6
Former Augusta mayor Bob Young will serve as the debate moderator.
Voters can submit their questions by going to WJBF’s Web site, http://www2.wjbf.com/forms/talk-back-6.
Residents can head to Amici’s Italian Restaurant, at 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, to watch the debate with members of the CSRA Republican Women’s Club.
Columbia County’s annual Back-to-School Festival Saturday will help prepare pupils and parents for the new school year.
This year’s festival is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Evans Middle School. The Columbia County school system, University Hospital and The Columbia County News-Times are sponsors.
Parents will be able to learn about extracurricular activities offered in the county, as well as find out what immunizations their child will need.
Information regarding the county’s transportation program will also be available. The ever-popular Buster the Bus also will be on hand to greet children.
Details about before- and after-school programs is readily available. There’s also a wealth of information about dance, sports, karate and other programs offered throughout the county.
A showing of A Bug’s Life is scheduled Saturday night at Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center.
Columbia County’s Outdoor Movie Night is a new series that started in April.
The movie starts at dusk, or about 8:15 p.m., and costs $2 for admission.
The flick is shown on a 20-foot screen. Residents are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs and snacks to the park.
While parking at the nature and wetlands is limited, guests can use the back parking lot of Zaxby’s on Furys Ferry Road.