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Shoe drive

Posted: June 18, 2014 - 12:12am  |  Updated: June 18, 2014 - 1:11am


Shoe drive

Harlem Baptist Church is joining Buckner Inter­na­tional Shoes for the Orphans Souls shoe drive through June 22; donated items should be for children and teens, must be new; greatest need is for athletic shoes sizes Youth 1 through Adult 8 ; drop off at Harlem Baptist, 105 W. Milledgeville Road; (706) 556-6439

Boat tours

In honor of July as Teachers Appreciation Month, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is offering free rides to teachers on the Petersburg tour boats during July; each teacher may invite one guest along for a free tour; must present a school badge, name tag or ID card at the canal’s Discovery Center ticket desk, 1450 Greene St.; tours depart 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday in July; Civil War tour departs 1:30 p.m.; tours last about one hour and include free admission to the interactive Canal Discovery Center; reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4

AFV Roadshow

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, June 18, Evans Government Center, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans; meet Georgia Public Ser­vice Commissioner Tim Echols; presentation on the economics and practicality of alternative fuel transportation solutions; presentations by experts in the fields of natural gas, propane, biofuels and electric vehicles; refreshments; $29;

Open house

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, Helms College, 3165 Washington Road; Meet instructors, visit with admissions and financial aid staff and tour the culinary campus; refreshments;

Family matinees

Doors open 12:30 p.m., movies begin 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; June 18 Despicable Me 2; June 25 Walking With Dinosaurs; July 9 The Croods; July 16 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2; July 23 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; free admission; limited seating; under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult; (706) 650-5005

Senior training

Tablet Seminar for Seniors and Windows 8 Tips for Seniors 10-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, June 19 and 26, American Family Insurance, 4446 Washington Road, Evans; learn what a tablet is a types, which one is best for you, features of different tablets and avoid frustration with your new Windows 8 laptop; get tips; registration required by calling Savvy Senior Training (800) 964-1236;


Sign up 6 p.m., karaoke 6:30 p.m., Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; Freestyle Karaoke with emcee DJ Kris Fisher Friday, June 20; food and beverage vendors, prizes; free; (706) 650-5005,

Live After 5

Preston & Weston, The Lady In Red 6 p.m. Friday, June 20, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Sunset Homes

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, W.T. Johnson Community Center; Janice Holmes (706) 736-5057


Chonda Pierce 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, New Hope Worship Center, 715 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $24; tickets at 88.3 WAFJ studios, North Augusta, New Hope Worship Center and by phone; (888) 848-9150

Tour of Homes

Showcasing outstanding communities, design trends, building techniques and innovative floor plans; free; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, June 22, Columbia, Richmond and Aiken counties; information, tour map online;

Woodturners meeting

Savannah River Woodturners meeting 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 144 N. Belair Road, Evans; Gary Gardner demonstrating tool sharpening; (706) 627-8373

Catfishing 101

1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Cabela’s, 833 Cabela Drive; basics about what rod, reels and line needed to get started and the best local places to look for that big catch; free;

Youth choir anniversary

4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 809 Mount Pleasant Baptist Road, Grovetown; free; (706) 860-5616

Summer Beach Party

7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road; beach volleyball, paddleboard demonstrations, music, ladder golf, corn hole, frisbee; teams compete for prizes in volleyball tournament; $5 per vehicle, $5 team registration;

Teen Town

Martinez Teen Town reunion 7-11 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, music from ’50s, ’60s and ’70s by a DJ; $25; make check payable to Jean Roberts; mail payment to Susan Agner, P.O. Box 3786, Augusta, GA 30904; benefits Wounded Warrior Project;

Catfishing 102

1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, Cabela’s, 833 Cabela Drive; learn the basics on what rigs, bait, jugs and trotline needed to be successful; free;

SRS CAB meetings

Committee meetings Monday, June 23, DOE Meeting Center, 230 Village Green Blvd. Suite 220, Aiken; Strategic and Legacy Management 4:30-6:20 p.m., Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation 6:30-8:20 p.m. If unable to attend meeting but you’d like to participate, go online, scroll to the meeting date and click the “Join the Live Online Meeting” button; meeting may be watched later by visiting CAB’s YouTube Channel; (803) 952-7884,

Hospitality meeting

Social Media, It’s More Than Just Facebook 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26, Hampton Inn, 4081 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; Lauren Cleland, special guest; reservations required by June 20; (706) 447-7610,

Career fair

Fort Gordon Military Career Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, US Army Reserve Center, Building 14401, 15th Street at Lane Avenue, Fort Gordon; Georgia Department of Corrections and Georgia National Guard, host; on-site job offers; open to active duty and transitioning military personnel, guardsmen, reservists, veterans and civilians; register online for this free event;

Beats on Broad

Outdoor dance party, DJ Kaos, 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, Augusta Common

Augusta Pride

Everyone Loves, theme – parade 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, Broad Street to Augusta Common; festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; free;

Charity walk

Grovetown unite@night walk for Chiari Malformation 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, Liberty Park, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; fundraiser for the Chiari Syringomyelia Foundation; CSRA Chiarians support group, host; register online at; e-mail for information;

Cottage anniversary

11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, Lockkeepers Cottage, Savannah Rapids Regional Visitor Center, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; free hot dogs, games; and tour the cottage, discuss the history of the cottage and the canal

Jazz Concert/Comedy Show

7 p.m. Thursday, July 3, Belair Conference Center, 4081 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; admission includes steak dinner and complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) all night long; $35, advance tickets only by phone or online; (888) 810-2063,

Mistletoe holiday

Patriotic Bicycle, Golf Cart and Pet Parade 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 4, Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling; decorate bicycle or golf cart and dress up pets for a parade through the campground; all ages welcome to participate; ballot boxes at comfort stations for a crowd favorite; prizes awarded; arrive early to register; meet at campground assembly shelter; $5 parking; (706) 541-0321,

Holiday show

The Riverwalk Series: Star Spangled Fourth 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; 100 member Independence Day Chorus and Orchestra; Russel Joel Brown, guest star; Riverwalk fireworks display follows; free; to sing with the chorus, contact Keith Shafer (706) 722-3463,; rehearsals 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 2

The Beach Boys

Hot Southern Night 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $49-99, tickets at James Brown Arena and online at,

Celebrity roast

Augusta Mini Theatre: Sunshine’s Roast & Toast Celebration 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, Judy Simon Drama Studio, 2548 Deans Bridge Road; honoring Clint Bryant, director of athletics at Georgia Regents University; benefits Mariah McKie Butler Memorial College Book Scholarship Fund; $50; tickets at theater, online or by phone at (706) 722-0598; to place an ad in the event journal call (706) 680-6712 or email,

Driving course

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; participants may be eligible for auto insurance discount; AARP membership not required; bring lunch and beverage if desired; $20; registration required; (706) 863-2865

School starts

First day of school for Columbia County public schools is Wednesday, Aug. 6; information online; follow the ‘Our Schools’ link on the right side of the Columbia County School System site to find individual school’s web pages;

Wildwood Games

7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; mountain biking and trail running event; online registration required by 10 a.m. Aug. 22; and



Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; alcohol and smoke free; 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

Farmers market

4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30, Columbia County Amphitheater, 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;,

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,; reservations (706) 339-6836

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450,

Live wrestling

Live action first Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., belltime 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free;


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,


MOMS Club of Augusta meets 10 a.m. first Wednesdays (except December); chapter includes Augusta, Martinez and North Augusta; e-mail for location;,


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

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,


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;

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


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


• 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,

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapter; 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,

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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