The Christian Education Depart-ment at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, will hold its annual celebration at 10:45 a.m. today with Elder Marian Futrell of Oakey Grove Baptist Church of Evans. Call (706) 860-7091.
The annual Cruisin’ for Christ Car Show will be held 1:30-6 p.m. today at First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 6269 Cobbham Road, Appling. Call Alvin Frails at (706) 556-9689.
Executive committee members of the Columbia County Democratic Party will be elected at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Columbia County Government Center, Building A, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans.
Columbia County’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Evans Towne Center Park flag pole.
Officials from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech will be available to provide information for prospective students and parents from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hull Fine Arts Center at Augusta Prep. Registration is open to all area students at http://bit.ly/gtuga_12.
Applications are being accepted for the Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant, to be held Oct. 20 at Greenbrier High School. Participants must be ages 17-23. The winner will represent Columbia County at the state competition
The Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club will hold its monthly luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Gordon Conference and Catering Center. Go to www.fgscc.com.
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. Call 1 (800) 650-BURN, or go to www.sfbf.net.
Washington Commons, on Washington Road across from Club Car, is holding free seminars and activities for seniors in September. Call (706) 860-0402.
Friday is the deadline for teens from Columbia County and surrounding areas to apply to serve on the junior board of the Watson-Brown Foundation. Call Michelle Zupan at (706) 595-7777, or email email@example.com, or go to www.watson-brown.org.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Citizens Law Enforcement Academy for residents 18 and older from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks starting Sept. 13. Call (706) 541-2856, or go to www.columbiacountyso.org.
Vets to D.C.
The Vets to Washington Project is having a tour of memorials in Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans Sept. 14-16. Call Doug Hastings at (706) 832-6483, or submit an application through www.vetstowashington.com.
Evans Christian Academy will hold a Ti-Nspire graphing calculator workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 213 South Old Belair Road. Cost is $20, or free to ECA students. Call (706) 364-3565.
A community yard sale to benefit Lynndale Inc. will be held 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1490 Eisenhower Drive, Augusta, with proceeds benefiting the community support center for adults with disabilities.
The Westside High School class of 1982 is seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion Oct. 12-13. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at Greenbrier High School. For applications, email Lynn Huff at email@example.com.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road, Evans; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Channeled Paths Family Fun Day, 1110 Dodge Lane, Grovetown; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, Evans; and 2-6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Walmart in Grovetown. Go to www www.shepeardblood.org.
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.
The CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez. Call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
The annual State of the Community Address, with a barbecue dinner followed by presentations from local government leaders, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Liberty Park Gym, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $8 for children 12-younger and must be purchased in advance by calling the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 651-0018, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• CareSouth is seeking volunteers for hospice training to be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at 231 Furys Ferry Road, Ste. 212.
• Alliance Hospice needs volunteers. Training is provided. Call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2461, or email email@example.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.
The Columbia County Cares annual spaghetti supper fundraiser will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road. Tickets for dine-in or carryout are available for $8 each, or $25 for a family of four. Call (706) 541-2834, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LeFevres will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez. Admission is free with an offering taken. Call (706) 829-6618.
Vineyard Church, 3126 Parrish Road, Augusta, will hold a women’s holiday market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29. Call Paula Kaiser at (706) 799-7007.
New MOMS Club
MOMS Club of Grovetown will celebrate the founding of the new chapter with an event 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Euchee Creek Trails in Grovetown. The organization is a support group for stay-at-home moms. Call Melissa Blizzard at (402) 680-4260, or email@example.com.
The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in Dining Rooms 1-6 at University Hospital. Email Gayle Tison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evans Christian Academy, 213 South Old Belair Road, holds Zumba classes from 6:15-7:16 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Call (706) 354-3565.
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. Call (706) 650-9187.
• Marvin Methodist Preschool, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez offers preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Call Ginger Gruba at (706) 868-8877.
• Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, offers preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. 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. 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. 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. E mail email@example.com.
Vendors are being sought for the second annual Christmas Craft Market at West Acres Baptist Church, Nov. 2-3. E mail Cathie Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toy for Tots ride
The sixth annual Toys for Tots Benefit Motorcycle Ride will be held Nov. 10 at Augusta Harley Davidson, 4002 Belair Frontage Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is a new, unwrapped toy for each rider, or $20 per bike and $10 per passenger. Call Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667, or 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.
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. 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. Go to www.eastgagenealogy.com.
MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. 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. Go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
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.
Three rooms of meeting space are available to community groups at no charge at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. 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. 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. 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. Call (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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Call (706) 721-4109 or go to www.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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Call (706) 541-0085 or (706) 541-0185.
• Morningside of Evans, 353 N. Belair Road: 11 a.m., second Saturday each month. Call (706) 228-4709.
• Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 7 p.m., third Tuesday each month. Ccall (706) 854-3519.
The Women’s Veterans Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Dues cost $24 per year. Call April Starks at (706) 868-5601.
The Grovetown Lions Club offers financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown individuals in the purchase of eyeglasses. 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. Call (706) 210-8699.
• Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. Call Nancy Browning at (706) 868-4422.
• Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. 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. Call (706) 721-7606.
• Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e mail 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. Call (706) 731-9900.
Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. 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. Call (706) 556-3962.