The Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans, will hold a Purim Carnival from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today with lunch served from noon
to 1 p.m. Admission is free, with game tickets for sale. Lunch for guests costs $5 and is free to AJCC members. Call (706) 228-3636.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Feb. 24, at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, Martinez; and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Redeemer Church, 2540 William Few Parkway, Evans. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.
Katherine Ruonala of Australia will be the speaker for the Augusta Day Aglow meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Springlakes Clubhouse, 104 Springlakes Drive, Martinez. Go to www.aglow.org or call (706) 925-7164.
Dr. John Morgan, associate professor of neurology and director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgia Health Sciences University, will discuss treatments for Parkinson’s disease at the meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the dining room of St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta. The event is free. Call (706) 364-1662.
Mount Olive Baptist Church, 4973 Washington Road, Evans, will hold spring revival with the Rev. Frank Lewis of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26; the Rev. William Bass of Tremount Temple Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27; and the Rev. Andre Saunders of Laura Grove Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Alzheimer’s Association will participate in Alzheimer’s Awareness Day Wednesday, Feb. 27, with buses leaving from Evans to spend the day at the State Capitol. The bus ride, a T-shirt and lunch are provided free to participants. For reservations, call Kathy Tuckey at (706) 731-9060.
A luncheon with information on organic food will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Earth Fare community room, 368 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez. Cost is $15. Register by emailing jpeel@prime
properties.net, or call (706) 564-6231.
Richard Harmon, director of the Columbia County Development Services Division, will be the speaker for the Columbia County Citizens for Good Government at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Evans Government Center Building A conference room. Call Stefanee Berry at (706) 533-2185.
First Baptist Church of Evans will present Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Call (706) 863-1228, or go to www.firstbaptistevans.org.
Christopher Moore of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program will be the speaker at the Augusta Archaeological Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at TBonz Steakhouse, 2856 Washington Road.
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church’s annual flea market will be held Saturday, March 2. Call (706) 863-6795, or goto www.
The Augusta Genealogy Society will present a genealogy workshop from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in the fellowship hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes lunch. To reserve space, email email@example.com, call (706) 722-4073, or go to www.augustagensociety.org.
Columbia County Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at the Evans Government Center auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, to hold elections for vacancies on the Democratic Committee, Executive Committee and other posts.
Dementia Care specialist Teepa Snow and Alzheimer’s Association Program Director Kathy Tuckey will present the Alzheimer’s Association’s 14th annual Care and Conquer Regional Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 at the Gordon Club at Fort Gordon. Cost is $10 for family caregivers, direct care workers and students; $40 for professionals. Deadline to register is March 4. Call (706) 731-9060.
Vendors are being sought for First Baptist Church of Evans’ community craft and yard sale 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9, with proceeds to support missions. Deadline to register is March 7. Call (706) 863-1228, or go to www.firstbaptistevans.org.
The Strength for Sawyer 5K and 1-mile fun run, a fundraiser for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, will be held at 7 a.m. March 9 at Savannah Rapids Park. Register at www.active.com, keyword Sawyer. Go to www.cotaforsawyer.com.
Members of the Butler High School class of 1963 are sought for a 50th reunion May 4 at West Lake Country Club. Contact Linda Harrison Puckett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 736-4485, or Caroline Griffin Scarborough at email@example.com or (706) 860-1254.
Applications are being accepted through March 15 for grants from the Combined Federal Campaign, open to nonprofit organizations through the United Way. Call (706) 724-5544, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.cfcofthecsra.org.
will lead First Step Divorce Recovery Workshops Sundays at 4 p.m. through March 31 in room W-105 at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Call (706)
• 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.
• March 7 is the deadline to apply for scholarships from Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club. Applicants for the merit-based scholarships must be the dependent of a service member, active or retired, with a valid military ID, or the dependent of a FBSCC member. Apply at www.fgscc.com. Call Kathleen Stewart at (706) 496-3194, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold its Citizens Law Enforcement Academy from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 7, and each Thursday for 10 weeks. The program is free and open to Columbia County residents age 18-older. Download an application from the Community Services Division link on the county’s Web site at www.columbiacountyga.gov, or call (706) 541-2856.
Farmers, gardeners, artisans, sponsors and performers are being 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. Go to www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com to learn more.
American Legion Post 192, 275 Legion Drive, off Owens Road in Evans, will hold an open house in celebration of the birthday of the American Legion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9.
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.
Tickets are on sale for the annual St. Patrick’s Day corned-beef fundraiser at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, on to be held March 17 and 18. Order at (706) 736-8788 or www.adasyeshurun.net.
Guy and Dolls
Augusta Prep’s Theatre Department will present Guys and Dolls at 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 at the school’s Hull Fine Arts Center. Tickets cost $10 for students, $12 for adults. Email email@example.com.
Parkway Baptist Church, 2543 William Few Parkway, Evans, will hold a free community spring fling from 4 to 8 p.m. March 23, with food, games and programs for children and adults. Go to www.pbcevans.com, or call (706) 650-1493.
Volunteers are wanted at Mistletoe State Park in Appling from 10 a.m. to noon March 23 to help park staff in cleaning up trails at the park. Cost is $5 for parking. Call (706) 541-0321.
March 25 is the deadline for entries in the 10th Congressional District art competition, open to students in grades 9-12. To enter, download the form at www.broun.house.gov/kids/art.htm.
Mistletoe State Park in Appling will hold “Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits” from 10 a.m. to noon March 30. Children ages 3-10 will create a basket, go on an Easter egg scavenger hunt and learn about rabbits. Cost is $3 per child plus $5 per vehicle for parking. Call (706) 541-0321.
The 13th annual Camak Railroad Days Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 in Camak, Ga. Go to www.camaksrailroaddays.com, or call (706) 465-1904.
Mistletoe State Park in Appling will hold a birthday party kickoff to present its facilities for birthday celebrations from 2-4 p.m. April 6. Cost is $5 per vehicle for parking. Call (706) 541-0321.
The Tax Center at Fort Gordon, at the Courtyard at Brainard Ave., will be open through April 15 to assist with tax returns for service members, families and retirees. Call (706) 787-1040.
The Columbia County Choral Society rehearses at 7 p.m. each 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.
Homeschool workshops for writing and science are available at Evans Christian Academy. Call (706) 364-3565 or go to www.evanschristianacademy.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.
Garden designer Carmen Johnston will be the featured speaker at the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs 22nd annual Spring Awards Luncheon, to be held at 9:30 a.m. March 19 at the Augusta Country Club. Registration costs $25 by March 12, $30 after. Call Judy Kirkland at (706) 556-3417, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Dam bike ride
The 10th Annual Best Dam Ride to benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation will start with 7 a.m. registration April 21 at the Strom Thurmond Dam at Clarks Hill Lake, with road and mountain bike rides available up to 100 miles. Cost is $35, with children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. To register, visit Chain Reaction Bicycles on Evans-to-Locks Road in Evans, or go to www.active.com and search for the ride.
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.
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. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail 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 e NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail 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. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail 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. E NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail 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 e NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN mail 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.