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Posted: June 28, 2014 - 11:09pm  |  Updated: June 29, 2014 - 12:43am

UPCOMING

Boat tours

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is offering free rides to teachers on the Petersburg tour boats during July; each teacher can invite one guest; must present a school badge, name tag or ID card at the 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 include free admission to the interactive Canal Discovery Center; reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4

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

Fort celebration

Fort Gordon’s Independence Day Celebration 3-11 p.m. Thursday, July 3, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; carnival; food and craft vendors; Team 15 Talent Show 5-6:30 p.m., The Swingin’ Medallions 7-8:30 p.m., U.S. Army Signal Corps Band 8:30-9:35 p.m.; fireworks extravaganza begins at dark; free, open to the public; (706) 791-6779, bit.ly/1ioUEKX

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, eventbrite.com/rss/user_list_events/103430964867

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, gastateparks.org/Mistletoe

Fourth celebration

Begins 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; 20th annual celebration; water slides, carnival rides, hot air balloon rides, food, fun and fireworks at dark

Independence Day

The City of Augusta Independence Day Celebration 4-10 p.m. Friday, July 4, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; live entertainment; children’s fun zone; food, crafts, merchandise vendors; fireworks show 9:30 p.m. at Fifth Street Bridge; free; (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov

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, info@riverwalkseries.com; rehearsals 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 2

Family matinees

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

Amateur Series

Amateur Series 2014 7 p.m. July 10-12, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; soloist/musicians July 10, variety/bands July 11, finale with top eight going head to head July 12; get seated by 6:30 p.m. for live taping for finale; ccamateurseries.com

Astronomy

Long Ago, in Galaxies Far, Far Away, topic of Astronomy Club of Augusta meeting Friday, July 11, GRU New Science Building, W1008, 2500 Walton Way; Dr. Varsha Kulkarni, professor of physics and astronomy at University of South Carolina, speaking about distant galaxies, quasars, their evolution, intergalactic matter and more; annual awards, refreshments; stargazing afterward; angelfire.com/ga/astronomyclubaugusta

Opening reception

Artists Guild of Columbia County exhibit and reception 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, Infiniti of Augusta, 3069 Washington Road; meet area artists; light refreshments; free; artistguildcc.org

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 www.georgialinatix.com, bit.ly/SQRgwP

Stamp club meeting

Greater Augusta Stamp Club 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, First Baptist Church of Augusta Activities Building, 3500 Walton Way; Displaying and Exhibiting Postage Stamps, slide show presented by Fred Danes

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 AugustaMiniTheatre@gmail.com, augustaminitheatre.com

Boat races

28th annual Augusta Southern Nationals July 18-20; gates open 8 a.m., races start 9 a.m.; no coolers, food, drink, pets; bring chairs, blankets, cameras; umbrellas allowed on top of grassy area; debit/credit cards (Visa/Master Card) accepted at gates and souvenir stands and at concession stands with a minimum $5 charge; $22 advance, $30 at gate; good all three days; benefits Georgia Special Olympics; augustasouthernnationals.org

Live After 5

Tony Williams & The Blues Express 6 p.m. Friday, July 18, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Philippine outreach

Philippine Embassy Consular Outreach Mission 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Henry H. Brigham Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road; processing applications for issuance or renewal of Philippine passport, processing of authentication/acknowledgement of legal documents, processing application for reports of births and marriages, administration of oaths to former Filipinos under the Dual Citizenship; LawVicky Umayam (706) 294-1841, philippineembassy-usa.org

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

Movies on the Common

7:30 p.m. Fridays, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Despicable Me July 25, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Aug. 22; free; presented by Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities; fun for the entire family; pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk (8:30 p.m.); get a seat early; vendors and concessions available; (706) 821-1754

Bike safety

Bike Safety Day 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26, Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; volunteers needed to help with event; volunteer training 6 p.m. July 17; volunteer stations include safety checkpoint, Drug Awareness, bathroom and inside monitors, more; Peggy Peterson scarlett079@yahoo.com or Mary Desormeaux at
mldes@knology.net

Girl prep

Back-to-School Girl Prep! 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; tips to prep girls for a great new school year and give a self-esteem boost; attitudes, basic etiquette, confidence; for girls ages 7-10 and 11-13; $25; registration required; csragirls.org

Paddlefest

Savannah Riverkeeper eighth annual Paddlefest 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Savannah Riverkeeper, 103 Riverfront Drive; canoe, kayak, SUP, homemade raft extravaganza; live music, vendors, food trucks, beverages; e-mail Marisa Harris with questions; marisah@savannahriverkeeper.org, facebook.com/events/716103895114181

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; ccboe.net

New West Guitar Group

Presented by Augusta Amusements 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; featuring Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith performing popular covers and original music; acoustic and electric guitar create their signature sound; doors open 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of elegant jazz and walk the red carpet; $25, $30; augustaamusements.com

Live After 5

Hazy Ray (New Orleans) 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Augusta Beerfest

Augusta Beerfest noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; two sessions: Noon to 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; ticket includes a souvenir cup and beer samples; food vendors; rain or shine; $30 advance, $35 at door, no refunds; bit.ly/1ngT0Hv

Archaeological meeting

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Aug. 21, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; archaeological author Lloyd E. Schroder presenting a symposium on Southeastern Indian pottery; dinner 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; dinner on own, free program; (706) 829-1615

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; bikereg.com/wildwood-games and facebook.com/wildwoodgames

Genealogy seminar

Augusta Genealogical Society 2014 AGS Homecoming 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Researching the Past – Moving Toward the Future, theme; Robert Scott Davis, Michele Simmons Lewis, speakers; $40 members, $45 others; (706) 722-4073, augustagensociety.org

The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Traditional country musicians; Chris and Taylor Malpass, opening for Merle Haggard since 2008; with Thom Bresh; doors 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of retro country era; $27.50, $32.50; (706) 726-0366, augustaamusements.com

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; country music legend; doors open 7 p.m.; $37.50, $47.50, $57.50; tickets at Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena, online at www.georgialinatix.com and by phone at (877) 428-4849, bit.ly/1kMxUUs

Community expo

Leadership of Fort Gordon-CSRA Community Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Gordon Conference & Catering Center, Building 39102, Fort Gordon; 120 local attractions, businesses, community organizations; door prizes; free Papa John’s pizza and Coca-Cola beverages; held by Fort Gordon Spouses’ & Civilians Club; free; fgscc.com

 

ONGOING

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, christiandances.org

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; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

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

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; flatlineprowrestling.com

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

MOMS Club

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

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 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, 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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