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Posted: August 1, 2012 - 12:06am

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School jam

The free Back to School Jam will be held 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday at Liberty Park Community Center in Grovetown, with refreshments, activities and vendors. For more, call (706) 825-8314.

School safety

The Columbia County school system will hold a safety fair from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Greenbrier High School, with presentations to high school and middle school students and parents.

Blood drives

Shepeard Com­mu­nity Blood Center is holding blood drives from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Park Com­mu­nity Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grove­town, at the Back to School Jam; 4:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; 2-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Grovetown Walmart; and 3-7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Harlem United Meth­odist Church, 115 Mil­ledgeville Road. For more, go to www.
shepeardblood.org.

Blessings

Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, will hold its annual Blessing of the Backpacks during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. Students and school personnel are asked to bring backpacks, brief­cases and bookbags for a blessing, and supplies will be collected for Lakeside Mid­dle. For more, call (706) 210-1133.

Anniversaries

• Oakey Grove Baptist Church, 911 N. Belair Road, Evans, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rev. Rex Wright at its 10:15 a.m. service Sunday, with the Rev. Lonnie Montgomery and Cedar Mill Full Gospel Baptist Church of Humboldt, Tenn. For more, call (706) 863-4215.

• The Sanctuary Church will celebrate its sixth anniversary Sun­day, with services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. For more, call (706) 364-8284.

Cell phones

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.

Concerts

The Columbia County Civic Orchestra will begin its 2012-13 concert season Sept. 22 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans, with performances Oct. 27, Jan. 26, March 16, April 20 and May 3. For information, go to www.columbiacco.org.

Meeting space

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 gerilyn@mosaicumc.org, or call (706) 650-9187.

Veterans sought

The organization Vets to Washington is seeking World War II vets for three-day, expenses-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.

Books wanted

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.

Clothes closet

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 group

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.

Dance club

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.

Help group

Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 421-0089.

Leah museum

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.

Choral Society

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.

Elks dance

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.

Seat inspection

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

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.

Addiction help

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.

Cancer group

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.

Orchestras

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.

Christian singles

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.

Marine League

The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132, meets the second Thursday of each 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 usmc1008@bellsouth.net.

Ostomy group

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.

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or at myarmyonesource.com.

Hearing loss

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 hlaag.rish@yahoo.com.

Alzheimer’s groups

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.

Clothes closet

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.

Women vets

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.

Eyeglass help

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.

Volunteers sought

• 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 email 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.

Hospital classes

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.

Fire information

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.

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