Friends of the Colum-bia County Libraries is holding a sale on paperback books. The used book store at the Evans library also needs donations of books, CDs and DVDs. Magazines, textbooks and encyclopedias are not accepted.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives at the following locations:
• Saturday, Grovetown Walmart, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Feb. 11, Home Depot, Evans, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Feb. 12, West Town Community Church, 779 N. Belair Road, Evans, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Feb. 25, Walmart, Grovetown, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For information, go to www.shepeardblood.org.
Operation Hand-warmer, a drive to collect hand-warmers for front-line 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.
The German Friendship Club of Augusta will meet at 7 p.m. today at VFW Post 3200, 2901 Gun Club Road, Augusta. Newcomers are welcome. For information, call (706) 279-8493.
The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, a society of women educators, is accepting applications for the $750 Bohannon-Birdsong annual scholarship, offered to high school seniors and current college students. Applications are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is March 5.
The Marshall Family Y will hold a free Parent’s Night Out for children of deployed service members ages 2-12 from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. For reservations, call (706) 364-3269 or go to www.thefamilyy.org.
The Evans chapter of MOMS Club International will hold its fourth annual Preschool and Mom’s Morning Out Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Admission is free. For information, email annualpreschoolfair @gmail.com.
Fatz Cafe in Evans will hold a fundraiser pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. Saturday for the Lakeside High School baseball team.
The 2012 Miss Augusta and related pageants will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday for younger contestants, and 2 p.m. Feb. 5 for older participants at the Greenbrier High School auditorium. For information, go to www.missaugusta.org.
Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobbham Road, in Winfield, will hold its Fifth Sunday Sing at 6 p.m. Sunday with The Kelley Family and Jason Hammond. For information, call (706) 541-1532.
Columbia County’s Third District will hold a forum with School Board member Mike Sleeper at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Government Center Auditorium in Evans. For information, email district3ccgagop.org, or call (706) 925-0513.
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. Call (706) 825-0413, or go to www.classicalconversations.com.
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.
Applications are being accepted through Feb. 10 for the next Columbia County Community Emergency Response Team training session, with classes beginning Feb. 21. For information, call (706) 868-3303, or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 First Step Divorce Recovery Workshop will be held at 4 p.m. Sundays starting Feb. 5 through March 11 at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Free childcare is available through age 5. For information, call (706) 733-2236.
Georgia Health Sciences University will hold a free weight-loss seminar at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call (706) 721-2609.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The first performance of the Augusta Amusements Big Band will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in the Columbia County Library. Tickets cost $20 and $25. For information, go to www.augustaamusements.com, or call (706) 724-0366.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The Helping Hands Thrift Store, operated by Columbia County Foundation for Children at 6347 Columbia Road, is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday each month. For information, call (706) 541-2849.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.