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A veteran member of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Canine squad is laid to rest/
Grovetown prepares to celebrate its annual Heritage Festival
The Columbia County Retired Educators Association will hold its monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans.
Vendors are being sought for the annual Rotary Club of Columbia County yard sale, to be held May 19 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road. Call Connie Redmond at (706) 863-5500.
During April, Sparkle Express Car Wash on Belair Road is donating a portion of any car wash costing $9.99 or more to the Grovetown Band of Warriors for customers who use code 4026.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold mobile blood drives at the following dates and locations during April: today, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Hope Worship Center, 715 S. Old Belair Road; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grovetown Walmart; and Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Washington Commons, Evans. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.
The Bridge, a free Christian music concert, will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans. Call (706) 860-7091, or go to www.gospelwater.org.
Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, will hold open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday and May 10. For information, call (706) 364-3565.
Parkinson’s patient Kay Jenkins will be the featured speaker at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, in the St. John Towers dining room at 724 Greene St., Augusta. Call (706)
The African Children’s Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans. Admission is free. For information, call (706) 860-7091, or go to www.gospelwater.org.
Harlem High Drama will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday April 25-28 at the Harlem High School Theater. For information, call (706) 556-5980, ext. 4243, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The German Friendship Club of Augusta will hold its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday 4/25 at VFW Post 3200, 2901 Gun Club Road, Augusta. Newcomers are welcome. For information, call (803) 279-8493.
Christian psychotherapist Angel Davis will be the guest speaker for the seminar, Weathering the Storms of Marriage, from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday April 26 at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. Dinner will be served. Cost is $7 per person, and child care is available with early registration at www.mosaicumc.org, or by calling (706) 650-9187.
The Thomson High School Bulldog Players will present “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday April 26-28 in the Thomson High auditorium. Tickets cost $7 for general admission, $10 for reserved seats. For information, call (706) 986-4200.
VFW Post 6445, 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, will hold a steak dinner fundraiser for veterans projects from 6-9 p.m. Friday April 27. Dinners cost $12, dine-in or takeout. For information, call (706) 556-9194.
Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, will hold its annual spring yard sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday April 28, with all proceeds to missions.
Augusta Prep will hold its annual ArtsFest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 28 on the campus off Flowing Wells Road in Martinez, with proceeds benefitting the school’s fine arts program. For information, go to www.augustaprep.org/artsfest.
A musical kayak and canoe event and festival, The Benderdinker, will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday April 28 at the Riverside Park boat launch off Hardy McManus Road in Evans, with water events starting at 10 a.m. and the festival starting at noon, including children’s activities, a farmer’s market, vendors and a pig roast. Registration for participants costs $25 per boat, with proceeds benefiting Augusta Locally Grown, Savannah Riverkeepers, Camp Sweet Life and Columbia County Cares. For information, go to www.benderdinker.com.
The Easter Seals Disc Golf Classic will be held Saturday April 28 at Wildwood Park in Appling. Cost is $40 per person, or $150 for teams of four. For registration, go to www.pdga.com. For information, contact Jillian Fritz at email@example.com, or call (706) 667-9695.
Applications for Columbia County Chamber of Commerce adult and youth leadership groups are available at area high school guidance offices and at www. columbiacountychamber.com. For information, call (706) 651-0018.
Author and commedian Joey Hancock will be the featured speaker for the wild game supper at Parkway Baptist Church, 2543 William Few Parkway, at 7 p.m. May 4. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Tribute to Mothers benefit for breast cancer will be held May 4 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For tickets or sponsorship information, call (706) 860-8127.
The third annual CSRA Mustang Club Mustang and Ford Show will begin with registration at 8 a.m., and the show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at Evans Towne Center Park. Registration before April 29 costs $20, or $25 after. Proceeds benefit Columbia County Animal Services. For information, call Don Blackstock at (706) 825-1674, or go to www.csramc.org.
The second annual Rides for Strides, benefiting Fort Gordon’s Fisher House, will begin with registration at 10 a.m. May 5 at VFW Post 6445, 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem. For information, call (706) 556-9194.
Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center will present the free Kohl’s Cares Asthma Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at Kohl’s, 4227 Washington Road, Evans. For information, call Jennifer Anderson at (706) 721-3225, or go to www.georgiahelath.org/kohlscares.
The Augusta Chorale Spring Concert will be held at 4 p.m. May 6 at the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel of Paine College. Tickets cost $15, $5 for students, and are available by calling (706) 830-0991.
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 email@example.com.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. May 7, 8 and 9. For information, call (706) 860-7091 or go to www.gospelwater.org.
The Lakeside High School Jazz Dessert Concert and silent auction will be held 6:30 p.m. May 11 in the school auditorium. Tickets cost $5.
Applications for the Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Columbia County Foundation for Children, are available from www.ccfchildren.com, at all Columbia County high schools and at 7009 Evans Town Center Blvd. Deadline is July 3. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grovetown Lions Club will have a summer turkey shoot on the second weekend of each month through September at 1200 Old Louisville Road. For information, email email@example.com.
The city of Harlem is collecting old flags for proper disposal by the Woodmen of the World. Flags may be dropped off through June 14 at City Hall, 320 N. Louisville St.
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.
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. For information, go to www.georgiahealth.org/weightloss, or call (706) 721-2609.
The fourth annual Jeff and Sheri Easter Homecoming at the Lewis Family homeplace, 1935 Lewis Family Road, in Lincolnton, will be held at 7 p.m. May 11, 6 p.m. May 12 and 3 p.m. May 13. Adult admission costs $20 for Friday and Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $50 for all three days. Children under 12 are admitted free. For information, call (706) 359-197, or go to www.jeffandsherieaster.com.
United Way of the CSRA has VISTA associate positions available for youth agest 18-24 to work June 1 through Aug. 5. For information, call Joan Stoddard at (706) 724-5544.
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.
MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. For information, e-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. 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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.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. 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.