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Posted: March 16, 2014 - 12:03am  |  Updated: March 16, 2014 - 1:23am

UPCOMING

Alzheimer’s planning

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans; “Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s”; Patrick Smith, elderlaw attorney, speaker; seating is limited; RSVP by noon, Wednesday, March 19; Laren Leonhardt (800) 272-3900

Chocolate fest

6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; fifth annual Family Chocolate Festival; sample chocolate treats as you stroll the luminary-lit boardwalk; chocolate desserts and indoor beverages while reading about where chocolate comes from, the process of the product and the ecology of the plant; $5, ages 4 and younger free; limited space, tickets and registration required; (706) 210-4027, reedcreekpark.com

Yardsale fundraiser

7 a.m., Saturday, March 22. Charity yardsale/bake sale, Georgia State Patrol Post, 2000 William Few Parkway, Grovetown; Large sale featuring an array of items will benefit cancer treatment fund for Loretta Meeks, mother of GSP Senior Radio Operator Michelle Meeks. For more information, or to contribute to the sale, call Michelle at (478) 457-5727

Writers meeting

6:30 p.m. Monday, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez; people interested in improving their creative writing skills; discuss aspects of writing and share work with others; to have something critiqued, bring eight copies of up to five pages, single spaced or 10 pages, double spaced; critiquing not required; (706) 836-7315

Sierra Club meets

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension; Sierra Club meeting; Cathy Black, water quality coordinator with the Georgia Forestry Commission, explaining certified wood and how the forest industry protects soil and water resources; free; open to the public; Judy Gordon gordonjudith@att.net

Informational seminar

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, Columbia County Public Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; learn about opportunities of the new all-inclusive Marshall Square Retirement Resort lifestyle community, benefits, luxurious amenities; free; (706) 854-1234, MarshallSquareInfo@RLCommunities.com

Alzheimer’s planning

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive Suite A, Evans; Patrick Smith, elderlaw attorney, speaking on Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s; free; limited seating, reservations required by noon March 19; Karen Leonhardt (800) 272-3900

Military personnel career fair

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, U.S. Army Reserve Center, Fort Gordon; Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia National Guard, Georgia Department of Defense, Department of Juvenile Justice, State Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gwinnett County Police Department have many jobs available for military personnel returning from duty; Department of Labor providing access to job information and job counseling to applicants; open to active duty and transitioning military personnel, National Guard personnel, reservists and veterans; free; online registration required; www.gdcjobs.com

CPR and first aid training

1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Caring Together, 119 Davis Road Suite 2B, Martinez; adult, child and infant CPR and basic first aid; designed to meet the needs of a diverse audience, training covers a range of topics for children through seniors; $30 advance, $35 at door; (706) 955-0911, tinyurl.com/CPR-CSRA-3

Farmers market

4:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 20-Oct. 30, Evans Towne Center Park, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Evans Towne Farmers Market; family-friendly, pet-friendly; local farmers committed to all-natural growing practices handcraft artisans, music, children’s activities, cooking demos and vegetable gardening education; Augusta Locally Grown, host; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

Oyster Roast/Chili Cook-Off

6-9 p.m. Friday, March 21, NWTF Pavilion Edgefield, S.C.; oysters, chili barbecue, hot dogs; limited alcohol and soft drinks provided; tickets at Edgefield Chamber office, 416 Calhoun St., by phone or email and at Turkey Shoppe On Main in Edgefield, Edgefield Town Hall, First Citizens Bank – Johnston, Edgefield and Ridge Spring branches, SRP Federal Credit Union in Edgefield and Regions Bank in Johnston; benefits Fill-A-Bus school supply campaign and Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce; $30, ages 12 and younger $10; $10 hot dog, chili and barbecue only; (803) 275-0010, info@edgefieldcountychamber.org

The Wedding Singer

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Harlem High School, 1070 Appling Harlem Road; based on the Adam Sandler movie; PG13 for suggestive situations; $10 7 p.m. shows, $7 2 p.m. show; tickets at door and by e-mail berries999@yahoo.com; (706) 533-2185

Fun Run and Walk

Registration 7 a.m., race 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, Savannah Rapids Park, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; Run for Raul Lymphoma Fun Run and Walk; to help Raul Viera and his family pay for his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; $25 through March 21, $30 race day; register at www.active.com; facebook.com/RUNFORRAUL5K

Open house

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Seigler’s Karate Center, 4471 Columbia Road, Martinez; see fitness level in Cardio Kickboxing Calorie Max Class, MMA Ground’n”Pound Class and Kempo Street Self-Defense Tactics; no experience necessary; food, prize giveaways including a Playstation 4; free; (706) 855-5685, teamseigler.com

Children’s carnival

1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Preschool, 3703 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez; inflatables, Pammy the Clown, face painting, games, policemen doing free fingerprinting of children, door prizes, food; free; (706) 860-1655, popwels.org/preschool

Dancing party

2014 Showcase Moon River – Johnny Mercer: The Man, The Music Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; dynamic dancing, period costumes, more; doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.; $25, $22 with military ID, ages 17 and younger $18; (706) 854-8888, augustaballroomdance.com

Mom Prom

3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, Highgrove Clubhouse, 1801 Prince George Ave., Evans; MOMS Club of Evans Mom Prom Dress, Shoe and Accessory Auction; benefits Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Camp Sweet Life; donate dresses, shoes, bags, jewelry and accessories before March 15; momspromevans@yahoo.com, facebook.com/pages/MOMS-Club-of-Evans-GA/152031944816702

Roller derby

Doors open 5:30 p.m., bout 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Parntership Drive, Grovetown; Soul City Sirens roller derby match; $12 advance, $15 at door, ages 12 and younger free

The Sound of Music

7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 27-29, Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road; presented by Augusta Preparatory Day School Theatre Department; $12, $10 students; tickets online and at door; jamie.mcateer@augustaprep.org, augustaprep.org/soundofmusic

Fisher House Golf Tournament

Friday, March 28, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; registration 10:30 a.m., lunch at Pavilion 11 a.m., shotgun start 12:30 p.m.; lunch and light supper served; door prizes, silent auction, more; benefits Fort Gordon Fisher House; $75 per player/$300 per team; (706) 787-7100, tournevents.com/fhgt2014

Fishing tournament

Oakley Big Bass Tournament Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; $100 one day, $150 two days; oakleybigbass.com

Heggie’s Rock tour

10 a.m. Saturday, March 29; held by Savannah River Group Sierra Club; see endangered and rare plants; slow 1½ mile hike; botanist Judy Gordon, leader; limited to 15 people; open to ages 10 and older; free; registration required; gordonjudith@att.net

Dare to Tri

10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, Fort Gordon; triathlon, relay; male, female, active-duty military relay categories; register online daretotrifortgordon.com

Healthcare information

10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, Mount Enon Bapitst Church, 4678 Washington Road, Evans; free information session about new healthcare laws; deadline to enroll and avoid penalty is March 31; find out if you’re eligible for government tax credit; Hock Insurance Services agents present to assist in enrolling in the best plan for you; (706) 860-8565

Photo exhibit and wine tasting

2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Lock Road; artwork by local photographer Jennifer White of Jennifer W Photography, wine tasting; wine tasting $5-$15; facebook.com/events/732061326825542 and onemoreglance.com

Guys and Dolls Jr.

3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Evans High School auditorium, 4550 Cox Road; presented by Greater Augusta Youth Theatre; all performers between sixth and 12th grade; $10 adults, $6 students; gayt.org

Columbia County Easter Egg Scramble

Saturday, April 12, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; up to 4 years old 10 a.m., ages 5 and older 11 a.m.; food, music, crafts, Easter bunny, chance to win a grand prize Easter baskets; $1 per child; evanstownecenterpark.com

2014 Great Easter Egg Drop

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road, Grovetown; for children through fifth grade; 40,000 candy-filled eggs, inflatables, face painting, games, live music, food; drop zone area for special needs children; free; online registration required; myabilene.org/easter-egg-drop-augusta-ga

Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits

10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 19, Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling; for ages 3-10; create an Easter basket, then go on an egg scavenger hunt for clues through the woods; 4H Bunny Club sharing rabbits; $2, plus $5 parking; (706) 541-0321

Open house

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; see the school, meet the teachers, tour the facility; (706) 364-3565

Kicks99 Hooked on Country Concert: Lady Antebellum

Tuesday, April 29, Lady Antebellum Pavilion, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta; time of show to be announced; tickets on sale Friday, March 14; bit.ly/NB0bji

National Disaster Medical Systems Drill 2014

6:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, Augusta Fire Department Administration Building, 3117 Deans Bridge Road; volunteers needed to simulate overwhelming the area hospital system; bused to local hospitals for processing, return 1-2 p.m.; includes make up and simulated injuries; wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy; do not bring valuables; deadline for entry April 11; (706) 821-1155, e-mail pdugar@augustaga.gov

GASC Spring Stamp Bourse

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; spring stamp bourse, including dealers, exhibits, USPS substation; open to the public; Greater Augusta Stamp Club, host; free

ONGOING

Christian singles

7-11 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents to purchase eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club; write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Fire information

Advice to Columbia County residents on whether homes would be in danger from brush or wildfires; Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County Unit; (706) 556-3962

Food pantry

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Hoop dance for beginners

8 p.m. Thursdays, Sho Fusion Dance Arts Studios, 4460 Columbia Road No. 12, Martinez; for ages 12 and older; covers basics of modern hula hooping; $8 with own hoop, $10 to borrow one; Christina Berkshire, instructor; information (253) 266-0162, cj.berkshire@gmail.com; reservations (706) 339-6836

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; experience deeper awareness, clarity and stress reduction through guided meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; registration required; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction.com

Orchestras

Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information online; columbiacco.org

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club; Sharma Pogula (706) 855-1081, 7106.toastmasterclubs.org

Scholarships

Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Columbia County Foundation for Children; must be a Columbia County resident and intend to enroll or are enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30; ccfchildren.com

Senior pageant

2014 Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant Saturday, Sept. 6, Kroc Center; contestant interviews underway; open to women of both Georgia and South Carolina, ages 55 and above; Pat Schlipp (706) 664-3896

Survivors

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

Volunteers

• Grovetown Senior Center; volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins needed; (706) 210-8699

• Regency Hospice; training provided; Nancy Browning (706) 868-4422

• Golden Harvest Food Bank; help sort donations in warehouse; (706) 736-1199

• Safe Kids East Central Georgia; help with events; lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

• Columbia County Library, Evans; (706) 863-1946, jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapte; drivers for Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients, needed; (706) 731-9900

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

Women vets

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks (706) 868-5601

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, open to the public; for a critique, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

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