Applications for the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant in all age categories are being accepted. Today is the application deadline for younger categories. Their pageant will be held Aug. 25 at Greenbrier High School. For older categories, Saturday is the deadline for entries for the pageant to be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at Greenbrier High School. For applications, email Lynn Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Lakeside Middle School will hold an election for two parents to serve on the 2012-13 school council from 1-5 p.m. Thursday. Nominations may be made by Monday by calling (706) 855-6900, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Applications are being accepted for the Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant, to be held Oct. 20 at Greenbrier High School. Participating women ages 17-23 will be judged in interview, swimsuit and evening gown, and the winner will represent Columbia County at the state competition in Atlanta.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Grovetown Walmart; and 3-7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 Milledgeville Road. For information, go to www.shepeardblood.org.
The CSRA Republican Women’s Club will hold the 2012 United We Stand, On the Road to Victory Celebration 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jones Creek Clubhouse, 777 Jones Creek Drive, Evans. Reservations are required by noon Aug. 20 by calling (706) 830-5730.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will hold a 30th anniversary banquet in honor of the Rev. Robert L. Ramsey and Joyce Ramsey at 7 p.m. Friday at the Belair Conference Center, with Bishop Rosa L. Williams of Everfaithful Baptist Church in Augusta. A church celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church at 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 860-7091.
The Richmond Academy Class of 1962 will hold its 50th reunion 7-11 p.m. Friday at Julian Smith Casino, and a picnic on Saturday.
For information, email Nancy Solomon-Stutts at email@example.com, or Cheryl Luke Melton at rosydaymeltons@
State Sen. Jesse Stone will be the guest speaker for the monthly breakfast of the Columbia County Republican Party at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe, 464 N. Belair Road, Evans. Breakfast costs $7, and reservations are not required.
Immediately following the breakfast, the grand opening of the party’s headquarters will be held a 4150 Washington Road, across from Club Car. For information, go to www.ccgagop.org.
Heart to Home Learning, which offers help to homeschooling families, will hold open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the offices at Providence Baptist Church, 3850 Wrightsboro Road. For information, call LeAnne Byrd at (706) 860-3622.
The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road, will hold the Augusta Dance Challenge and Showcase Saturday, with a day program from 9-10 a.m., and an evening program including dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. For information, call (706) 854-8888, or go to www.augustaballroomdance.com.
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 information, call Michelle Zupan at (706) 595-7777, or email
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Citizens Law Enforcement Academy for Columbia County residents 18-older from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks starting Sept. 13. For information, call (706) 541-2856, or go to www.columbiacountyso.org.
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.
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.
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.
Judith Fearneyhough, co-founder of Much More Ministries, will be the speaker for Augusta Aglow at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road. For information, call (706) 925-7164, or go to www.aglow.org.
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.
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.
Mosaic United Methodist Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, on Industrial Park Drive at Evans-to-Locks Road, offer free services including food, medical screening, free haircuts, GED sign-ups and job resources to community residents in need on third Saturdays each month. For information, call (706) 650-9187.
• 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. For information, call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2461, or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.