The Garden City Chorus will offer singing Valentines on Tuesday as a fundraiser for the organization. Call (803) 279-4198, or go to gardencitychorus.org.
The Dixie Echoes quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bible Fellowship Church, 3701 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez. Admission is free, with an offering accepted. Call (706) 922-5314, or go to www.biblefellowshipministry.org.
The Columbia County Republican Party will hold precinct mass meetings starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Evans government complex auditorium to elect delegates to the county’s March 10 party convention.Contact Brian Slowinski at (706) 631-8529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Daniels will demonstrate turning a lidded vessel with a finial at the meeting of the Savannah River Woodturners from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 144 N. Belair Road, Evans. For information, go to www.savannahriverwoodturners.org, or call (706) 627-8373.
Training for members of the Democratic party who would like to serve as delegates from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District will be held Feb. 23, 25 and 26, with elections April 21. For information, call Floyd Everett at (706) 825-8314, or email email@example.com.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Y Day out
The Marshall Family Y will hold a “school day out” program 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 for children out of school for President’s Day. Cost is $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers, with a discount for siblings. Register at www.thefamilyy.org.
The Alzheimer’s Association and the GHSU Memory Disorder Clinic will hold a free lunch program, Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease, at noon Feb. 21 at the GHSU Alumni Center, 919 15th St., Augusta. Reservations are required by Feb. 20 by calling (706) 731-9060.
Greg Sutherland and Judy Gordon will present a DVD program on global warming and the loss of Florida coral reefs at the February meeting of the Sierra Club, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way. For information, email email@example.com.
First Baptist Church of Evans will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Call (706) 863-1228, or go to firstbaptistevans.org.
Classical Conversations, a K-12 program that emphasizes the classical model of learning, will hold an information meeting at Grace Baptist Church, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. For more information, call (706) 825-0413, or go to www.classicalconversations.com.
The Marshall Family Y will hold parent’s night out 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 25 for children ages 2-12. Cost is $12 for Family Y members, $20 for nonmembers, with children of deployed soldiers free. Register at www.thefamilyy.org.
Carolyn Moore, pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church, will be the speaker for Augusta Aglow at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, call (706) 925-7164.
Operation Hand Warmer, a drive to collect hand warmers for American troops in Afghanistan, is taking collections through March 1 at Century 21 Larry Miller Realty, 235 N. Belair Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 860-0000.
Evans Christian Academy will hold an SAT workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3. Cost is $40. For information, call (706) 364-3565.
The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, a society of women educators, is accepting applications for the $750 Bohannon-Birdsong scholarship for high school seniors and college students. For applications, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is March 5.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold its free 10-week Citizens Law Enforcement Academy each at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday starting March 8. For information, call (706) 541-2856, or go to www.columbiacountyso.org.
Zumbafest, a fundraiser for the Ryan Clark Scholarship and Community Service Award, will be held 2-4 p.m. March 10 in the Blue Ridge Elementary School cafeteria, 550 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For information, call (706) 993-8253.
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.
Paintings, drawings and photographs by Sylvia Messick will be on display during February in the foyer of the Columbia County Library in Evans.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The Safe Kids East Central Georgia Safe Sitters class for 11- to 13-year-olds will be held 8:30-4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans. Cost is $35, with lunch included. For information, call (706) 721-7606.
The third annual Free Band Art Show and Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Freedom Bible Church in Martinez.
MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Amateur performers are invited to sign up for a new Columbia County series.