Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lincolnton, Ga., will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day for the Rev. Ray C. Lewis at 2 p.m. today, with the Rev. Seymore Harrison and White Rock Baptist Church.
Girls from Columbia and surrounding counties are invited to enter the Miss Madison/Elbert Forestry Pageant, set for Feb. 23. Deadline is today, Feb. 3. Email Linda Thompson at email@example.com.
The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown. Donations of nonperishable goods for the food bank will be collected.
University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne, author of Why Evolution is True, will present a lecture and book-signing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in the Columbia County Library in Evans. Admission is free. Go to www.whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com.
University of Georgia honey bee specialist Keith Delaplane will be the speaker at the meeting of the Clarks Hill Beekeepers Association at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Walden Pond, 6343 Yelton Road, Appling. Call (706) 541-2152.
Members of the Butler High School class of 1963 are sought for a 50th reunion on May 4 at West Lake Country Club. Contact Linda Harrison Puckett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 736-4485, or Caroline Griffin Scarborough at email@example.com or (706) 860-1254.
Valdosta State University will hold the V-State Experience for prospective students at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway, Augusta. Call (229) 333-5791, or go to www.valdosta.edu.
The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Harlem Baptist Church.
Music for Memories, the annual fundraiser for the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s Care, will be held 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Country Club Dance Hall, featuring Montgomery Gentry, Scotty McCreery and Joe Stevenson. Tickets are available at www.judchickeycenter.org. Call (706)
Martinez Elementary School will hold an open house to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
Amick Junction, a bluegrass band from Leesville, S.C., will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Appling Opry, 5701 Whiteoak Road at Ray Owens Road. Admission is free. Go to www.reverbnation.com/venue/applingopry.
Heart to Home Learning, which provides services to homeschoolers and online students, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3850 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta. Tickets cost $8 at the door, or $7 for adults, $5 for children in advance. Call LeAnne Byrd at (706) 860-3622.
The Augusta chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Walton Way Extensiona. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking crafters and flea-market vendors for its annual flea market March 2. The deadline to reserve spaces is Feb. 22. Call (706) 863-6795, or at www.lewismemorial.com.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives during February from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Grovetown Walmart, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, Martinez. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.
Christopher Moore of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program will be the speaker for the Augusta Archaeological Society, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at TBonz Steakhouse, 2856 Washington Road, Augusta.
Columbia County Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at the Evans Government Center auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, to hold elections for vacancies on the Democratic Committee, Executive Committee and other posts.
Lakeside High School’s DECA club is seeking sponsors for a prom fashion show to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Email email@example.com, or call (706) 863-0027, ext. 4372.
Tickets are on sale for the annual St. Patrick’s Day corned-beef fundraiser at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, on to be held March 17 and 18. Order at (706) 736-8788 or www.adasyeshurun.net.
• Thursday, Dec. 20, is the deadline for applications for the Georgia Rotary Student Program Norway Scholarship. Single students ages 20-24 who have completed their college sophomore year are eligible. The program will provide a scholarship to study at the University of Oslo from June 22-Aug. 2, 2013. Contact Pam Lightsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 840-2087.
• Applications are being accepted through Feb. 15 for the Watson-Brown Foundation college scholarships for area high school seniors and current undergraduates. Go to www.watson-brown.org/scholarship.
• March 5 is the deadline to apply for the Bohannon-Birdsong scholarship of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary society of women educators. Email email@example.com.
• 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. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail debbie.
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.
Mount Olive Baptist Church, 4973 Washington Road, Evans, will celebrate Womens Day at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 with minister Vivvian Hambrick of Live River Baptist Church. Call Ethel D. Garrett at (706) 855-7141.
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.
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.
Homeschool workshops for writing and science are available at Evans Christian Academy. Call (706) 364-3565 or go to www.evans
Farmers, gardeners, artisans, sponsors and performers are being sought for the Evans Towne Farmers Market, to be held 4:30-7 p.m. each Thursday starting March 7 at the Columbia County Library. Go to www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com to learn more.
The Columbia County Orchestra 2012-13 concert season includes performances March 16, April 20 and May 3 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Go to www.columbiacco.org.
The Columbia County Exchange Club meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. Go to www.columbiacountyexchange.com.
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.
Georgia Health Sciences will hold a free weight loss surgery seminar at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Go to www.georgiahealth.org/weightloss, or call (706) 721-2609.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia will offer free child safety seat inspections on Feb. 13 at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. For an appointment, call (706) 541-3970.
The Islamic Society of Augusta, 465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, will hold an open house 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, with international foods, presentations about Islam and Muslim culture, tours of the center and other events. Go to www.openhouse.isaugusta.com.
Mount Olive Baptist Church, 4973 Washington Road, Evans, will hold spring revival with the Rev. Frank Lewis of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Feb. 26; the Rev. William Bass of Tremount Temple Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Feb. 27; and the Rev. Andre Saunders of Laura Grove Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Feb. 28.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Goodwill Industries is seeking volunteers for all areas of the organization. Call Amy Breitmann at (706) 564-4521.
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.
• 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
• 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. Go to www.eastgagenealogy.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or call (706) 650-9187.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Call (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. 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. 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. 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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or at myarmyonesource.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. 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.
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.
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.
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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.
Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. Call (706) 651-2450, or go to www.doctors-hospital.net.
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.