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Current events calendar


Posted: September 23, 2012 - 12:03am


Applications are being accepted through Dec. 20 for the Georgia Rotary Student Program Norway Scholarship. Single students ages 20-24 who have completed their sophomore year are eligible. The program will provide a scholarship to study June 22-Aug. 2 at the University of Oslo. Contact Pam Lightsey at plightsey@aug.edu or (706) 840-2087.

Book talk

Barbara Seaborn will discuss her book, As Long As the Rivers Run: Highlights from Columbia County’s Past, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the Columbia County Library in Evans.

Retired teachers

The Columbia County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans.


Physical therapist John Belcher will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room of St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta. Call Eva Erwin at (706) 364-1662.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is having a sale through Thursday. 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.

Academic Labs

Evans Christian Acad-emy will offer a six-week block of science labs, foundations of writing and art workshops for homeschoolers beginning Tuesday. There will be two sections – grades 3-5 and grades 6-12. Go to www.evanschristianacademy.org or call (706) 364-3565.

School zoning

The Columbia County school system will hold a public hearing on the rezoning of Evans Elementary, Martinez Elementary and Bel Air elementary schools at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bel Air Elementary School, 325 North Belair Road, Evans.

Spaghetti dinner

The Columbia County Cares spaghetti supper fundraiser will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday 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 cccares@columbiacountyga.gov.

Turkey shoot

The Grovetown Lions Club fall turkey shoots, at 1200 Old Louisville Road, start Sept. 28 and run through Dec. 8. Email garyrausch57@yahoo.com or call (706) 726-4302.

Church concert

The LeFevres will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez. Admission is free with an offering taken. Call (706) 829-6618.

Animal blessing

Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. All animals are welcome, with free treats and bandannas for dogs, and a special remembrance for those who have died. Call (706) 210-1133.

Fishing rodeo

Wildwood Park will hold a free children’s fishing rodeo starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration will start at 8 a.m.. Call (706) 541-0586.

Car wash

Boy Scout Troop 108 will hold a car wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Advance Auto Parts, 5140 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown, with donations accepted.

Test workshops

Evans Christian Academy will offer a workshop designed to review and build test-taking strategies from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school at 213 South Old Belair Road, Grovetown. The cost is $45, $35 for ECA seniors. Call 706 364-3565.

Holiday market

Vineyard Church, 3126 Parrish Road, Augusta, will hold a women’s holiday market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call Paula Kaiser at (706)


Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will hold a stream monitoring workshop 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Reed Creek Nature Park, behind Zaxby’s on Furys Ferry Road. Contact Mike Reardon at
reardonmp@hotmail.com, or (7060 421-8639.

Tax help

AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in filing 2012 returns. Go to www.aarp.org/tavolunteer8 or call Jim Roberts at (706) 860-6430.

Yard sales

• The Evans Elementary School Relay for Life team will hold a yard sale in the cafeteria of Evans Elementary, on Gibbs Road, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6.

• Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, will hold its fall yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13, with all proceeds to missions.

• Bel Air Elementary will hold a faculty yard sale and craft sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 in the cafeteria. Booths are available for $25. Email debbie.callan0@gmail.com.

• When Help Can’t Wait, which provides assistance to nursing home residents, will hold its fall yard sale Oct. 13, and is seeking donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thurdays at the office across from the Martinez Post Office. Email whenhelpcantwait@bellsouth.net.

Vendors wanted

• Vendors are being sought for the second annual Christmas Craft Market at West Acres Baptist Church, Nov. 2-3. E mail Cathie Rich at cammie252@gmail.com or call (706) 860-9483.

• Vendors are being sought for the fifth annual Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Music Festival benefiting Lyndale Inc., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., Augusta. Call (706) 738-3395.

Coloring contest

Georgia’s Path2College 529 educational savings plan is holding a coloring contest for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, with a grand prize of $1,529. Entries must be postmarked after Sept. 30 and received before Oct. 5. Forms are available at www.path2

Senior activities

Washington Commons, on Washington Road across from Club Car, is holding free seminars and activities for seniors in September. Call (706) 860-0402.

Dinner dance

A dinner dance for adults only will be held 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at Evans Middle School to raise funds for a Bel Air Elementary student awaiting a double-lung transplant. Cost is $10, and includes a dinner buffet from Garlic Clove and music from Flashback. Email debbie.callan0@gmail.com.

Fair pageant

Applications are being accepted for the Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant, to be held Oct. 20 at Greenbrier High School. Participants ages 17-23 will be judged in interview, swimsuit and evening gown. The winner will represent Columbia County at the state competition in Atlanta.

For applications, call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645, email pbecton@knology.net, or go to www.columbia

Class reunion

The Richmond Academy class of 1982 will hold its 30th reunion the weekend of Oct. 19-20. Go to www.arc82.org.

Cardiac classes

The Healthy Heart Club, a series of cardiac health classes presented by Medical Center West Pharmacy and Warren Baptist Church, are offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in room D103 at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Rd. The classes are free. For more information, call Kyle Pulliam at (706) 854-2424.


Alliance Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. Call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2461, or email roboland@alliancehospice.com.

Pumpkin patch

Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road at South Belair Road, will hold its annual pumpkin patch Oct. 7-31, from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Sales support missions. Go to www.marvinchurch.com.

Fall festival

Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, will hold its inaugural fall festival from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28, with inflatables, games, music and food. Friendly costumes are preferred. Call (706) 869-1774, or go to www.abilene1774.org.

Thanksgiving feast

The annual Italian Thanksgiving Feast, a fundraiser for Columbia County Cares and Golden Harvest Food Bank, will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Garlic Clove, 4534 Washington Road, Evans.

Hearing loss

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 empty93@knology.net.


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.

Third Saturday

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.

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 melissa.blizzard@yahoo.com.

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. Call 1 (800) 650-BURN, or go to www.sfbf.net.


Child Enrichment will hold the 17th annual Art of Chocolate fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Tickets cost $75 at the door, or from Cudo’s, Ladybugs, and all locations of the CSRA Federal Credit Union and First Bank, or by calling (706) 737-4631.


The Columbia County Orchestra 2012-13 concert season includes performances Oct. 27, Jan. 26, March 16, April 20 and May 3 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Go to www.columbiacco.org.

Blood drive

Shepeard Com­mu­nity Blood Center will hold a blood drive 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez. Go to www www.shepeardblood.org.


• 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.


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.

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. 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.


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.

Charity cookbook

MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. E mail annualpreschoolfair@gmail.com.

Cell phones

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.

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.

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. E mail 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. 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. 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. 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. Call (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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.


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

Women vets

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.

Eyeglass help

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.

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. 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 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. Call (706) 731-9900.

Hospital classes

Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. 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. Call (706) 556-3962.

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