The deadline to enter the Messy Closet Contest by Professional Organizers of Augusta has been extended to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Entrants must be residents of Columbia or Richmond counties. To enter, send a photo and an essay of 200 words or less explaining why your closet needs a makeover to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (706) 513-8912.
A meeting for the Columbia County Extension Service Clay Pigeon Target Sporting program, for students in seventh-12th grades, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Team members and a guardian must attend. Call (706) 541-4011.
Covenant Care Adoption Services will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Berea Baptist Church, 4408 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans, next to Quantum Fitness Center. Go to www.covenant
Homeschool workshops for writing and science are available at Evans Christian Academy starting Wednesday, Jan. 30. Call (706) 364-3565 or go to www.evans
Armstrong Atlantic State University of Savannah will hold an open house for high school seniors at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Doubletree Hotel Augusta, 2651 Perimeter Parkway, Augusta. Go to www.armstrong.edu or call (912) 344-2503.
Classical Conversations, a K-12 program that emphasizes a Christian, classical model of learning, will hold open house at Grace Baptist Church, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Contact Kelli Graham at email@example.com, or go to www.classical
Farmers, gardeners, artisans, sponsors and performers are sought for the Evans Towne Farmers Market, to be held 4:30-7 p.m. each Thursday starting March 7 at the Columbia County Library. The deadline for early registration for vendors is Friday, Feb. 1. Go to www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com.
Comedians Alyse Kenny and Neal Reddy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. Cost is $10 and includes a dessert reception. Call (706) 228-3636.
The Evans MOMS Club will hold its third annual Preschool and Mom’s Morning Out Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the gym of Augusta Christian Schools. To exhibit or attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia County Water Utility will hold a cooking oil recycling event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the utility office, 4325 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans. Call Scott Daniel at (706) 863-6928, or email email@example.com.
Girls from Columbia and surrounding counties are invited to enter the Miss Madison/Elbert Forestry Pageant, set for Feb. 23. Deadline is Sunday, Feb. 3. Email Linda Thompson at lthompson61@
Lakeside High School’s DECA club is seeking sponsors for a prom fashion show to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 863-0027, ext. 4372.
Tickets are on sale for the St. Patrick’s Day corned-beef fundraiser at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, on March 17 and 18. Order at (706) 736-8788 or www.
• 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.
• March 5 is the deadline to apply for the Bohannon-Birdsong scholarship of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary society of women educators. Email email@example.com.
• 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.
Martinez Elementary School will hold an open house to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 9.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Columbia County’s Weatherfest will be held 9 a.m. until noon Feb. 9 at the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center on Ronald Reagan Drive. Admission is free, but space is limited. For reservations, call (706) 868-3303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia County Choral Society rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Evans. Newcomers are invited. The current production is Arthur Honegger’s King David, to be performed in June. Call (706) 650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.
AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. AARP membership is not required. Sessions are available through April 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbia County Library in Evans, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Euchee Creek Library in Grovetown. Call Jim Roberts at (706) 860-6430.
The Columbia County Orchestra 2012-13 concert season includes performances March 16, April 20 and May 3 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Go to www.columbiacco.org.
The Columbia County Exchange Club meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. Go to www.columbiacountyexchange.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. Sales benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.
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.
University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne, author of Why Evolution is True, will present a lecture and book-signing at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in the Columbia County Library in Evans. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by CSRA Non-Theists. Go to www.whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com.
The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 6 at Harlem Baptist Church.
Music for Memories, the annual fundraiser for the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s Care, will be held 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Country Club Dance Hall, featuring Montgomery Gentry, Scotty McCreery and Joe Stevenson. Tickets are available at www.judchickeycenter.org. Call (706) 738-5039.
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.
The Islamic Society of Augusta, 465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, will hold an open house 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, with international foods, presentations about Islam and Muslim culture, tours of the center and other events. Go to www.openhouse.isaugusta.com.
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.
Stevens Creek Elementary School will hold a kindergarten preview from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 25 for parents of students entering the school for the 2013-14 school year. For information, call (706) 868-3705.
Goodwill Industries is seeking volunteers for all areas of the organization. Call Amy Breitmann at (706) 564-4521.
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.
• 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.