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Posted: October 21, 2012 - 12:00am

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Operation Hand-Warmer, which collects handwarmers, snack foods and toiletries for troops in Afghanistan, has drop-off locations at all Century 21 Larry Miller Realty offices, including 235 N. Belair Road, Evans. Monetary donations can be made at any branch of Georgia Bank and Trust. Call Lindsey Folley or Sherrie Wilson at (706) 860-0000.

German Club

The German Friendship Club of Augusta will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Europa, 3044 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta. Call (803) 279-8493.

Vendors wanted

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

• Vendors are 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.

• Lewis Memorial Church, on Hereford Farm Road at Columbia Road, is seeking vendors for its annual Christmas at the Crossroads craft bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Email Hope Barker at
kbtopper65@aol.com, or call (706) 863-6795.

Mission day

Springfield Baptist Church, 114 12th St., Augusta, has 10th District Mission Day at 3 p.m. today, with old-time dress and a soul food dinner.

Charter session

Vote Smart Georgia will hold an information session on Georgia’s charter schools constitutional amendment at 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Sanctuary church next to Evans High School on Cox Road.

Educators

Beverly Roberts, 12th District director for the Georgia Retired Educators Association, and Dave Iverson, director of the Columbia County Cares food pantry, will be the speakers at the Columbia County Retired Educators Association meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Be My Guest Catering and Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans.

Senior seminars

Washington Commons on Washington Road will hold a free senior seminar on financial planning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call (706) 860-0402.

Aglow seminar

Bruce and Toni Hebel will be featured in the Forgiving Forward Seminar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Registration costs $10. Call (706) 925-7164, or go to www.aglow.org.

Fruit sales

Area high school bands are holding their annual citrus fruit sale fundraisers. Order from Greenbrier before Wednesday by calling Camille Howle at (706) 855-7177, or email camillehhowle@gmail.com; cost is $18 per box. For Lakeside, also at $18 per box, order before Nov. 5 at www.riversweet
online.com/lhsband, or for questions email lhsbandfruit@yahoo.com. Order from Evans before Nov. 7 by calling Reid Hall at (706) 863-1198, ext. 4060, or email mary.hall@ccboe.net.

Hospice

• CareSouth Hospice, 231 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 212, Martinez, will hold a hospice volunteer training program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Call (706) 550-9966 to register.

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

Turkey shoots

• The Brotherhood of Parkway Baptist Church, 2543 William Few Parkway, Evans, will hold a turkey shoot from 7-9:30 p.m. each Thursday through Nov. 15. Call Brent Butler at (706) 799-8486.

• The Grovetown Lions Club fall turkey shoots, at 1200 Old Louisville Road, will be held each Friday and Saturday through Dec. 8. Email garyrausch57@yahoo.com or call (706) 726-4302.

• VFW Post 6445, at 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, will hold a turkey shoot each Saturday at 1 p.m. Call (706) 556-9194.

Carnival

Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobbham Road, in Winfield, will hold its free fall carnival and trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday for children through fifth grade. Call (706) 541-0667.

Driver safety

The AARP driver safety course, a refresher for motorists age 50-older, will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road. Tuition costs $14, with registration required at (706) 863-2865.

Archeology

Al Goodyear will discuss the Topper site in Allendale, S.C., at the meeting of the Augusta Archeological Society, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at TBonz, 2856 Washington Road, Augusta.

Carnival

Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold a free fall carnival at 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (706) 860-7091.

Revival

Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church, 136 Belair Road, Evans, will hold its annual revival 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 27, and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

GOP breakfast

District Attorney Ashley Wright will be the guest speaker for the Columbia County Republican Party Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday Oct. 27 at Fatz Cafe, 464 N. Belair Road, Evans. Breakfast costs $7. Go to www.ccgagop.org.

Orchestra

The Columbia County Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in the library in Evans. Tickets cost $10. Call (706) 755-5849, or go to www.columbiacco.org.

Self-defense

Superior Academy, 4158 Washington Road, Evans, will provide a free Halloween safety, self-defense and situational awareness seminar from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Email jherrera@superioracademy.com.

Wellness expo

The sixth annual Health and Wellness Expo, sponsored by WJBJ-TV, will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, with exhibitors, health screenings and children’s activities. Admission is free. Go to www.wjbf.com.

Blood drives

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold blood drives from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Walmart in Grovetown, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Retreat Spa and Salon, 4246 Washington Road, Evans. Columbia County’s EMA blood drive will be held Nov. 8. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.

Food drive

Columbia County Farm Bureau, 330 W. Milledgeville Road, Harlem, is holding a canned food drive through Oct. 31 for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (706) 556-6258.

Church sing

Sharon Baptist Church will hold a community sing, chili cookoff and silent auction at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Winfield Community Center. Admission is free. Call (706) 541-0667.

Class reunion

The Evans High School class of 1987 will hold its 25th reunion Nov. 2-4. Email evanshigh1987@gmail.com, or call Jennifer Sprague Crow at (706) 394-3731.

Elks dance

The Fraternal Order of Elks, off Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, holds a dance each Friday from 7-11 p.m. Cost is $8, with the third Friday Elks dance $35 per couple. Call (706) 860-3232.

Museum

Barbara Seaborn, author of As Long as the Rivers Run: A History of Columbia County, Ga., will speak at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Augusta Museum of History. The program is free.

FFA anniversary

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black will be the guest speaker for the 75th anniversary celebration of Harlem High School’s chapter of the Future Farmers of America at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the high school. Tickets, which include dinner, cost $15 from the school, Columbia County Farm Bureau or Grovetown Farm and Garden. Call Dennis Gunby at (706) 466-5295, or Chuck Anderson at (706) 832-3975.

Christmas arts

The Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Historical Society will present Christmas Arts in Appling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Appling, with tours, art exhibits, concessions and music.

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.

Scholarship

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, 2013, at the University of Oslo. Contact Pam Lightsey at plightsey@aug.edu or (706) 840-2087.

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.

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. E mail Gayle Tison at empty93@knology.net.

Zumba

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.

Concerts

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.

Preschools

• 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

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

Survivors

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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