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Current events calendar, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's

Posted: March 16, 2013 - 11:08pm

St. Patrick’s

Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, will hold a Celtic service of Eucharist today for St. Patrick’s Day, with the Irish band Avalon playing pre-service music at 10:15 a.m. and during the 10:30 a.m. service. Call (706) 210-1133.

Blood drives

Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, March 17, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Blue Ridge Elementary School; 7 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 22 at Maner Builders Supply, 3717 Washington Road, Martinez; and noon to 4 p.m. March 30 at Walmart in Grovetown. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.

Corned beef

The annual St. Patrick’s Day corned-beef fundraiser at Adas Yeshurun Syna­gogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, is today and Monday, March 17 and 18. Order at (706) 736-8788 or www.
adasyeshurun.net.

Writers meet

CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez. Call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.

Sierra Club

Cathy Tugmon, will present a program on reefs and old forests in Australia at the Sierra Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Walton Way Extension. Email gordonjudith@att.net.

Senior events

Washington Commons, 100 Washington Commons Drive, Evans, will hold a chili cookoff at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Go to www.washingtoncommons.net.

Guys and Dolls

Augusta Prep’s Theatre Department will present Guys and Dolls at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at the school’s Hull Fine Arts Center. Tickets cost $10 for students, $12 for adults. Email jamie.mcateer@augustaprep.org.

Libraries closed

All Columbia County libraries will be closed Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, for an update of circulation software. All three will reopen for regular hours March 25.

GOP breakfast

Republican candidates will speak during the Columbia County Republican Party breakfast at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Fatz Cafe, 464 N. Belair Road, Evans. Cost is $7 per person. Go to www.ccgagop.org.

Spring fling

Parkway Baptist Church, 2543 William Few Parkway, Evans, will hold a free community spring fling from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, with food, games and programs for children and adults. Go to www.pbcevans.com, or call (706)
650-1493.

Trails day

Volunteers are wanted at Mistletoe State Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, to help clean up trails. Cost is $5 for parking. Call (706) 541-0321.

Anniversary

The Women’s Mission of Lampkin Grove Baptist Church, on Louisville Road in Appling, will celebrate its anniversary at 2 p.m. March 24, with the Rev. Larry Sims of Solid Rock Baptist Church of Appling. Email Brently Pollard at pollab@yahoo.com.

Art contest

March 25 is the deadline for entries in the 10th Congressional District art competition, open to students in grades 9-12. To enter, download the form at www.broun.house.gov/kids/art.htm.

Parkinson

Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan will discuss the effects of Parkinson Disease on driving at the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, 6 p.m. March 26, at St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta. The event is free. Call (706) 364-1662.

Senior pageant

Interviews will begin soon for contestants ages 55 and older in the Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant, to be held Sept. 7 at the Kroc Center. Call Pat Schlipp at (706) 664-3896.

Scholarships

Applications are available for the need-based scholarships Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship. The are open to Columbia County residents up to age 22. Applications are available at high school counselors or by clicking “programs” at www.ccfchildren.com. Deadline is
June 17.

• Female high school seniors who attend a Columbia County school and plan to major in teaching starting this fall can apply for a $1,000 scholarship from Gamma Delta. Email debbie.callan0@gmail.com.

Farmers market

The Evans Towne Farmers Market is held 4:30-7 p.m. each Thursday through June at the Columbia County Library. Go to www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com to learn more.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is holding a sale through April 6, with shirts 50 cents and pants $1. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Reunion

Members of the Butler High School class of 1963 are sought for a 50th reunion May 4 at West Lake Country Club. Contact Linda Harrison Puckett at vrpuckett@aol.com or (706) 736-4485, or Caroline Griffin Scarborough at wcs1942@aol.com or (706) 860-1254.

Easter hunt

Mistletoe State Park in Appling will hold “Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits” from 10 a.m. to noon March 30. Children ages 3-10 will create a basket, go on an Easter egg scavenger hunt and learn about rabbits. Cost is $3 per child plus $5 per vehicle for parking. Call (706) 541-0321.

Sunrise service

Mosaic United Methodist Church will hold a community Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 30 at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the library in Evans. Those visiting should bring blankets or chairs. The event will be canceled if it rains. Call (706) 650-9187, or go to www.mosaicumc.org.

Railroad days

The 13th annual Camak Railroad Days Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 in Camak, Ga. Go to www.camaksrailroaddays.com, or call (706) 465-1904.

Birthdays

Mistletoe State Park in Appling will hold a birthday party kickoff to present its facilities for birthday celebrations from 2-4 p.m. April 6. Cost is $5 per vehicle for parking. Call (706) 541-0321.

Tax center

The Tax Center at Fort Gordon, at the Courtyard at Brainard Ave., will be open through April 15 to assist with tax returns for service members, families and retirees. Call (706) 787-1040.

Concerts

The Columbia County Orchestra 2012-13 concert season includes performances April 20 and May 3 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Go to www.columbiacco.org.

Choral Society

The Columbia County Choral Society rehearses at 7 p.m. each Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Evans. Newcomers are invited. The current production is Arthur Honegger’s King David, to be performed in June. Call (706) 650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.

Tax help

AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. AARP membership is not required. Sessions are available through April 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbia County Library in Evans, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Euchee Creek Library in Grovetown. Call Jim Roberts at (706) 860-6430.

School help

Homeschool workshops for writing and science are available at Evans Christian Academy. Call (706) 364-3565 or go to www.evanschristianacademy.org.

Exchange Club

The Columbia County Exchange Club meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. Go to www.columbiacountyexchange.com.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is holding a Women’s Appreciation Sale through March 28, with discounts on women’s clothing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sales benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Garden lunch

Garden designer Carmen Johnston will be the featured speaker at the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs 22nd annual Spring Awards Luncheon, to be held at 9:30 a.m. March 19 at the Augusta Country Club. Registration costs $25 by March 12, $30 after. Call Judy Kirkland at (706) 556-3417, or email jukirkland@knology.net.

Kindergarten

Stevens Creek Elementary School will hold a kindergarten preview from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 25 for parents of students entering the school for the 2013-14 school year. For information, call (706) 868-3705.

Dam bike ride

The 10th Annual Best Dam Ride to benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation will start with 7 a.m. registration April 21 at the Strom Thurmond Dam at Clarks Hill Lake, with road and mountain bike rides available up to 100 miles. Cost is $35, with children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. To register, visit Chain Reaction Bicycles on Evans-to-Locks Road in Evans, or go to www.active.com and search for the ride.

Library

Donations are being sought for the nonprofit Friends of the Grovetown Library/Media Center. Send checks to P.O. Box 864, Grovetown, Ga., 30813. Call (706) 863-1867.

Volunteers

Goodwill Industries is seeking volunteers for all areas of the organization. Call Amy Breitmann at (706) 564-4521.

Elks dance

The Fraternal Order of Elks, off Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, holds a dance each Friday from 7-11 p.m. Cost is $8, with the third Friday Elks dance $35 per couple. Call (706) 860-3232.

Hospice

• CareSouth Hospice, 231 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 212, Martinez, is seeking hospice volunteers. Training is provided. Call (706) 550-9966 to register.

• Alliance Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. Call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2461, or email roboland@alliancehospice.com.

Cardiac classes

The Healthy Heart Club, a series of cardiac health classes presented by Medical Center West Pharmacy and Warren Baptist Church, are offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in room D103 at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road. The classes are free. For more information, call Kyle Pulliam at (706) 854-2424.

Hearing loss

The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in Dining Rooms 1-6 at University Hospital. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail Gayle Tison at empty93@knology.net.

Zumba

Evans Christian Academy, 213 South Old Belair Road, holds Zumba classes from 6:15-7:16 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Call (706) 354-3565.

Third Saturday

Mosaic United Methodist Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, on Industrial Park Drive at Evans-to-Locks Road, offer free services including food, medical screening, free haircuts, GED sign-ups and job resources to community residents in need on third Saturdays each month. Call (706) 650-9187.

Burn survivors

The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Burn Survivors Support Group meets at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the foundation office, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C., Augusta. Call 1 (800) 650-BURN, or go to www.sfbf.net.

Preschools

• Marvin Methodist Preschool, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez offers preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Call Ginger Gruba at (706) 868-8877.

• Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, offers preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.

• Spaces are available at Grace Baptist Preschool, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call Lisa Wamack at (706) 868-9729.

• Warren Baptist Church holds weekday preschool and mother’s day out classes for ages 1 through pre-K 4. Call (706) 860-6878 or go to www.warrenbaptist.org.

Overeaters

Overeaters Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road, Augusta, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta. Call (706) 541-0580, or e NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail info@oa.org.

Weight seminar

Georgia Health Sciences holds a free weight loss surgery seminar at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Go to www.georgiahealth.org/weightloss, or call (706) 721-2609.

TOPS groups

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.

Genealogy

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. Go to www.eastgagenealogy.com.

Charity cookbook

MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail annualpreschoolfair@gmail.com.

Cell phones

Best Western Evans Hotel, 452 Park West Drive, off Dyess Parkway, is a donation site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, operated by the Columbia County Foundation for Children at 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on first Saturdays.

Meeting space

Three rooms of meeting space are available to community groups at no charge at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail gerilyn@mosaicumc.org, or call (706) 650-9187.

Veterans sought

The organization Vets to Washington is seeking World War II vets for three-day, expenses-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.

Books wanted

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.

Clothes closet

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. Call (706) 863-0510.

Friends group

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.

Dance club

USA Dance Chapter 6074 holds monthly dances at the Elks Lodge in Martinez. Call (803) 270-5470 or go to www.augustadancing.org.

Help group

Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. Call (706) 421-0089.

Leah museum

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. Call (706) 541-0043.

Choral Society

The Columbia County Choral Society is open to all singers in the area. Rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church of Evans. Call (706)650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.

Elks dance

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. Call (706) 564-1642.

Seat inspection

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. Call (706) 541-3970 or go to www.mcghealth.org.

Hope Soap

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-size d 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.

Addiction help

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. Call (706) 877-6468, or go to www.mosaicumc.org.

Cancer group

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. Call (706) 721-4109 or go to www.mcghealth.org.

Orchestras

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. Call Rob Nordan at (706) 860-6573, ext. 114, or go to www.columbiacco.org.

Christian singles

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. Call Barbara Nash at (803) 640-2075.

Marine League

The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132, meets the second Thursday of each month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Contact Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667 or usmc1008@bellsouth.net.

Ostomy group

An ostomy support group will meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Barney’s Pharmacy on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Call (706) 798-5645.

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or at myarmyonesource.com.

Alzheimer’s groups

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. Call (706) 541-0085 or (706) 541-0185.

• Morningside of Evans, 353 N. Belair Road: 11 a.m., second Saturday each month. Call (706) 228-4709.

• Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 7 p.m., third Tuesday each month. Call (706) 854-3519.

Women vets

The Women’s Veterans Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Dues cost $24 per year. Call April Starks at (706) 868-5601.

Eyeglass help

The Grovetown Lions Club offers financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown individuals in the purchase of eyeglasses. Write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.

Volunteers sought

• The Grovetown Senior Center is seeking volunteer, licensed drivers with their own vehicles to deliver meals to shut-ins in the Grovetown area. Call (706) 210-8699.

• Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. Call Nancy Browning at (706) 868-4422.

• Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. 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. Call (706) 721-7606.

• Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN 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. Call (706) 731-9900.

Hospital classes

Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. Call (706) 651-2450, or go to www.doctors-hospital.net.

Fire information

The Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County Unit, offers advice to Columbia County residents on whether their homes would be in danger from brush or wildfires. Call (706) 556-3962.

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