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A local civic club is gearing up for its annual giant yard sale.
During May, Sparkle Express Car Wash on Belair Road is donating a portion of any car wash of $9.99 or more to Boy Scout Troop 122 for customers who use code 4041. The Scouts also will hold a bake sale at the car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Columbia County Board of Elections will hold voter registration drives 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at K-Mart, 3830 Washington Road, Martinez; May 19 at the IGA at 575 W. Milledgeville Road, Harlem; and May 26 at the Circle K, 1825 Appling Harlem Road, Appling.
The Augusta Chorale Spring Concert will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel of Paine College. Tickets cost $15, $5 for students, and are available by calling (706) 830-0991.
Marvin United Methodist Church, on Wheeler Road at South Belair Road, is holding a prayer class for elementary-age children from 10-10:50 a.m. each Sunday during May in Room 213, with parents meeting in Room 209. For information, call Mary Edith Kirkland at (706) 830-7950.
The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is sponsoring classes on basic horticulture through June 9, at $25 per 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.
The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Columbia County Government Center Auditorium in
Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable donation for Columbia County Cares food pantry.
For information, call (706) 825-8314.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. For information, call (706) 860-7091 or go to www.gospelwater.org.
Columbia County Citizens for Good Government will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia County Government Center Auditorium in Evans, with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. and District 4 County Commissioner Bill Morris speaking at 7 p.m. For reservations, call Stefanee Berry at (706) 533-2185.
The Gamecock Club Fan Fest, featuring head University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, will be held at Evans Towne Center Park Thursday, with food, children’s activities, Gamecock cheerleaders and mascot Cocky, and a performance by Columbia, S.C., band Tokyo Joe. Admission costs $5 at the gate. For information, email email@example.com.
The Lakeside High School Jazz Dessert Concert and silent auction will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday in the school auditorium. Tickets cost $5.
The St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church music ministry will hold a spring choir concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the sanctuary, 4921 Columbia Road, with a reception to follow.
Jhoom Baraber Zhoom “Mehfil,” a musical journey of Ghazals and Qawwalis cq, with vocalist Mastro Zahid and his group orchestra, will perform 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Grovetown High School theater on William Few Parkway. Tickets cost $30, or $50 for VIP. The program benefits the Lydia Project and TACLE, Team Up Against Child Labor and Exploitation. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave., will hold a yard sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Rabon Creek, from Laurens, S.C., will perform at the Appling Opry, 5701 Whiteoak Road at Ray Owens Road, in Appling, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and a jam session follows the performance. For information, go to www.reverbnation.com/venue/applingopry.
Symphony Orchestra Augusta’s annual Pops! Under the Stars concert will be held Saturday at Evans Towne Center Park. Admission is free; gates open at 4 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Food and drink vendors will be available, and VIP tables are available for $250. For information, call (706) 826-4705, or go to www.soaugusta.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The fifth annual Shoot Down Cancer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 14 and 15 at Shooters indoor range in Augusta. A tax-deductible donation of $25 provides free range time, targets, eye and ear protection and shooting tips from a certified NRA instructor. Prior registration is required by calling (706) 496-4553.
The AARP Driver Safety class, a refresher for drivers 50-older, will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road. Cost is $14, and AARP membership is not required. To register, call (706) 863-2865.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 3606 Old Ferry Road, Martinez, will hold a youth revival at 7:30 p.m. May 15-17. For information, call (706) 863-3405.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold blood donation drives during May at the following dates and locations:
May 16, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez; May 19, 7 a.m. to noon, Columbia County Rotary West yard sale, Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds; May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, Martinez; May 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stevens Creek Community Church Grovetown campus, Grovetown High School auditorium; May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans; May 26, 2-6 p.m., Grovetown Walmart; May 27, 9 a.m. to noon, West Town Community Church, 779 N. Belair Road, Evans; May 30, 3-7 p.m., Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 Milledgeville Road. For information, go to www.shepeardblood.org.
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.
CSRA Writers will meet at 7 p.m. May 21 at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
United Way of the CSRA has VISTA associate positions available for youth ages 18-24 to work June 1 through Aug. 5. For information, call Joan Stoddard at (706) 724-5544.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold vacation Bible school from 6-8 p.m. June 4-8. For information, call (706) 860-7091 or go to www.gospelwater.org.
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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.