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Driver safety

Posted: August 5, 2012 - 12:00am  |  Updated: August 15, 2012 - 3:21pm

Driver safety

The AARP Driver Safety Course, for motorists 50 and older, will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road. The cost is $14, and registration is required by calling (706) 863-2865. AARP membership is not required.

Gordon club

The Fort Gordon Spouses and Ci­vil­ians Club will hold membership sign-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednes­day at the Family Outreach Cen­ter behind Woodworth Library on Fort Gordon. For more, go to fgscc.com.

Junior Board

Teens from Columbia County and surrounding areas are being sought to serve on the junior board of the Watson-Brown Foundation. The application deadline is Sept. 14. For more, call Michelle Zupan at (706) 595-7777, e-mail mzupan@hickory-hill.org or go to watson-brown.org.

Blood drives

Shepeard Com­mu­nity Blood Center is holding drives 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 shepeardblood.org.

Archaeology

Tony Riley will discuss Edgefield pottery and the Pottersville site at the meeting of the Augusta Archaeo­log­ical Society at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at TBonz Steakhouse, 2856 Washington Road.

Seussical

The Augusta Junior Players will present Seussical the Musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Greenbrier High School. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and younger. For more, call (706) 826-4707.

Open house

Musical Theatre Workshops, 110 Shartom Drive, Augusta, will hold open house 4-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Classes begin Aug. 20. For more, go to onwiththe
show.biz or call (706) 231-1759.

Party HQ

The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold the grand opening of its campaign headquarters from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday8/18 at 4015 Washington Road, Martinez, in the Ashley Square Business Center. For information, call (706) 922-7161.

Woodturners

Mark Sillay will demonstrate finial turning and sea urchin shell orna­ments at the Savannah River Wood­turn­ers meeting, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat­ur­day at 144 N. Belair Road. For more, call Lee Carey at (706) 627-8373 or go to savannahriverwoodturners.org.

Parents fair

Vineyard Church of Augusta, 3126 Parrish Road, off Furys Ferry Road, in Martinez, will hold a single parents fair with health and dental screenings, children’s haircuts, oil changes and other events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For information, call Eben Brusco at (706) 863-9766.

Teenage 101

Judge Wade Padgett will conduct the Teenage Years 101 presentation at 7 p.m. Monday for parents and at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 for teens at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., Augusta. The event is free and registration is not required. For information, email teenageyears101@gmail.com.

Writers

CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.

Burn survivors

The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Burn Survivors Support Group meets at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the foundation office, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C., Augusta. For information, call 1 (800) 650-BURN, or go to www.sfbf.net.

GOP event

The CSRA Republican Women’s Club will hold the 2012 United We Stand, On the Road to Victory Celebration 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Jones Creek Clubhouse, 777 Jones Creek Drive, Evans. Reservations are required by noon Aug. 20 by calling (706) 830-5730.

School council

Lakeside Middle School will hold an election for two parents to serve on the 2012-13 school council from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 23. Nominations may be made by Aug. 20 by calling (706) 855-6900, or emailing felicia.turner@ccboe.net.

Reunion

The Richmond Academy Class of 1962 will hold its 50th reunion 7-11 p.m. Aug. 24 at Julian Smith Casino, and a picnic on Aug. 25. For information, e-mail Nancy Solomon-Stutts at layla@comcast.net, or Cheryl Luke Melton at rosydaymeltons@comcast.net.

Zumba

Evans Christian Academy, 213 South Old Belair Road, will hold Zumba classes from 6:15-7:16 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays starting Aug. 27. Call (706) 354-3565.

Parkinson

Patrick C. Smith Jr. will discuss elder law issues at the meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call Eva Erwin at (706) 364-1662.

Party caucus

The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold a caucus at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the conference room of the Columbia County Government Center, Building A, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, to elect or re-elect members to the Democratic Committee. Executive committee members will face election at the same time and location on Sept. 10.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is holding a back-to-school sale through Sept. 27. The store 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 of each month. All proceeds benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Vets to D.C.

The Vets to Washington Project is conducting a tour of World War II and other memorials in Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans Sept. 14-16. For information, contact Doug Hastings at (706) 832-6483, or submit an application through www.vetstowashington.com.

Preschools

• Marvin Methodist Preschool, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez offers preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. For information, call Ginger Gruba at (706) 868-8877.

• Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, offers preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. For information, call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.

• 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.

• Warren Baptist Church holds weekday preschool and mother’s day out classes for ages 1 through pre-K 4. For information, call (706) 860-6878 or go to www.warrenbaptist.org.

Turkey shoot

The Grovetown Lions Club will hold a summer turkey shoot on the second weekend of each month through September at 1200 Old Louisville Road. For information, e-mail garyrausch57@yahoo.com.

Vendors wanted

Vendors are being sought for the second annual Christmas Craft Market at West Acres Baptist Church, Nov. 2-3. For information, e-mail Cathie Rich at cammie252@gmail.com.

Hospice

Alliance Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. For information, call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2461, or e-mail roboland@alliancehospice.com.

Overeaters

Overeaters Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road, Augusta, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta. Call (706) 541-0580, or e-mail info@oa.org.

Thrift sale

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.

Singers sought

The Garden City Chorus is recruiting male singers for a 110-man show in September. Rehearsals are held each Tuesday at the Church of Christ, 600 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta. Call (803) 279-4198.

Weight seminar

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.

TOPS groups

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.

Genealogy

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.

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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