Socks for kids
The Augusta State University Rotaract Club is collecting new socks and underwear for children served by Child Enrichment through Friday, Jan. 11. Items may be dropped off at the JagCard office on the ASU campus.
Starting Thursday, Jan. 10, the Columbia County Exchange will meet at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. Go to www.columbiacountyexchange.com.
Chad Crews will perform a magic show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Greenbrier High School auditorium to benefit Sawyer Mobley, a 10-year-old Bel Air Elementary student awaiting a double-lung transplant. Tickets cost $5. Email debbie.callan0atgmail.com.
Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is holding a Women’s Appreciation Sale through March 28, with discounts on women’s clothing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Store sales benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.
The Flatland Bluegrass Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Appling Opry, 5701 Whiteoak Road at Ray Owens Road. Admission is free, and a jam session follows. Go to www.reverbnation.com/venue/applingopry.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives during January from 3-7 p.m. today, Jan. 9, at 115 Milledgeville Road, Harlem; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Augusta Sportswear, 425 Park 20 West, Grovetown; noon to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Milton Ruben Chevrolet, 3514 Washington Road, Martinez; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, Morningside of Evans, 353 N. Belair Road, Evans; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 18, Grovetown High School; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Cedar Ridge Elementary School; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 26, Martinez Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway; and 1-5 p.m. Jan. 26, Grovetown Walmart. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.
The Juvenile Court of the Augusta Judicial Circuit is seeking volunteers to serve on the citizen’s panel for foster care review, which meets once per month at Richmond County Juvenile Court. There will be mandatory two-day training in February, and an application and background check must be completed. Call Brian Stutts (706) 373-7853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Applications are being accepted through Feb. 15 for the Watson-Brown Foundation college scholarships for high school seniors and undergraduates. Go to www.watson-brown.org/scholarship.
• Female high school seniors who attend a Columbia County school and plan to major in teaching starting this fall can apply for a $1,000 scholarship from Gamma Delta. Email debbie.
Red Nose Run
The Red Nose Run 5K to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at James Brown Arena in Augusta. Cost is $25 until Friday, Jan. 11, and $30 on race day. Go to www.strictlyrunning.com.
Elvis tribute artist Jeff Barnes will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Greenbrier High School auditorium. Adult tickets cost $10, students $7, and are available at the school or at the door.
A free seminar by Professional Organizers of Augusta will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12 at Carpenters in the Home, 422 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. Email
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez. Published and unpublished writers needing a support group are invited. Call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
Bob Munger, president of the Augusta Greenway Alliance, will present a program on sustainable transportation at the meeting of the Sierra Club, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church meeting room, 3501 Walton Way Extension, Augusta. Email email@example.com.
Classical Conversations, a K-12 program that emphasizes a Christian, classical model of learning, will hold an information meeting for the 2013-14 school year from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 at Grace Baptist Church, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, and open house Jan. 17, 24 and 31. Contact Kelli Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.classicalconversations.com.
Dog Gone 5K
The third annual Dog Gone Cold 5K and fun run to benefit Hopeful Hounds of Grovetown will be held at 8 a.m. Jan. 19 at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, 3 Milledge Road, Augusta. Go to www.hopefulhounds.org.
The Clarks Hill Beekeepers Association will hold a beginners beekeeping class from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 and 26 at Walden Pond, 6343 Yelton Road, Appling. Cost is $40. Register at www.clarkshillbeekeepers.org. Call (706) 541-2152.
The location for a series of floral design classes offered by the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs has been changed to the Highgrove Club House, 1801 Prince George Ave., Evans, off Hardy McManus Road. Classes will be held 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 9. Cost is $20 per session. Call Judy Kirkland at (706) 556-3417, or email email@example.com.
Musicians with all instruments are invited to join in the Dulcimer Jam from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Mistletoe State Park in Appling. Cost is $5 for parking. Call (706) 541-2146.
Realtor Judy Downie will present a free seminar, “The First Steps to Putting Your House on the Market,” at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at Washington Commons in Evans. Call (706) 860-0402.
Spaces are available for the next class of the Columbia County Community Emergency Response Team that begins Feb. 19. Call (706) 868-3303, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Help Companions and Eye Care One will present a free seminar on glaucoma, along with free eye checks, at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at Washington Commons in Evans. Call (706) 860-0402.
VFW Post 6445, at 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, holds a turkey shoot at 1 p.m. each Saturday through Jan. 26. Call (706) 556-9194.
Donations are being sought for the nonprofit Friends of the Grovetown Library/Media Center. Send checks to P.O. Box 864, Grovetown, Ga., 30813. Call (706) 863-1867.
American Legion Post 192, off Owens Road in Evans, will sell barbecue plates for $8 on Jan. 26, with proceeds benefiting Sawyer Mobley, a student awaiting a double-lung transplant, and the Lydia Project. Email email@example.com.
The New Jerusalem Singers, a Southern Gospel quartet, will perform in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Washington Commons in Evans. Call (706) 860-0402.
Girls from Columbia and surrounding counties are invited to enter the Miss Madison/Elbert Forestry Pageant, set for Feb. 23. Deadline is Feb. 3. Email Linda Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 6 at Harlem Baptist Church.
Georgia Health Sciences will hold a free weight loss surgery seminar at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Go to www.georgiahealth.org/weightloss, or call (706) 721-2609.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia will offer free child safety seat inspections on Feb. 13 at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. For an appointment, call (706) 541-3970.
Goodwill Industries is seeking volunteers for all areas of the organization. Call Amy Breitmann at (706) 564-4521.
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.
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.
• CareSouth Hospice, 231 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 212, Martinez, is seeking hospice volunteers. Training is provided. Call (706) 550-9966 to register.
• Alliance Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. Call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2461, or email email@example.com.
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 Road. The classes are free. For more information, call Kyle Pulliam at (706) 854-2424.
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.
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.
The Columbia County Orchestra 2012-13 concert season includes performances Jan. 26, March 16, April 20 and May 3 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Go to www.columbiacco.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 email email@example.com.
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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. 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-size d 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 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.
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. Call (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 email email@example.com.
• 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 Columbia County residents on whether their homes would be in danger from brush or wildfires. Call (706) 556-3962.