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Current events calendar, March 24, 2013

Libraries closed

Posted: March 24, 2013 - 12:01am

Libraries closed

All Columbia County libraries are closed today for an update of circulation software. All three will reopen for regular hours Monday, March 25.

Anniversary

The Women’s Mission of Lampkin Grove Baptist Church, on Louisville Road in Appling, will celebrate its anniversary at 2 p.m. today, March 24, with the Rev. Larry Sims of Solid Rock Baptist Church of Appling. Email Brently Pollard at
pollab@yahoo.com.

Art contest

Monday, 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.

Retired teachers

Retiring Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle and incoming Superintendent Sandra Carraway will be the guest speakers at the luncheon of the Columbia County Retired Educators at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Be My Guest Catering and Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans.

Aglow

Shana Jenkins, spiritual leader of Marked for His Glory Ministries, will be the speaker for Augusta Day Aglow at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Spring Lakes Club House, 104 Spring Lakes Drive, Martinez. Call (706) 925-7164 or email augustaaglow@gmail.com.

Parkinson’s

Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan will discuss the effects of Parkinson’s Disease on driving at the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta. The event is free. Call (706) 364-1662.

Farmers market

The Evans Towne Farmers Market is held 4:30-7 p.m. each Thursday through June at the Columbia County Library. Go to www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com to learn more.

Good Citizens

Columbia County Community and Leisure Services Division Director Barry Smith will be the speaker for the Columbia County Citizens for Good Government at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Columbia County Government Center auditorium. Call Stephanee Berry at (706) 533-2185.

Blood drives

Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Walmart in Grovetown. Go to www.shepeardblood.org.

Senior pageant

Interviews will begin soon for contestants ages 55 and older in the Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant, to be held Sept. 7 at the Kroc Center. Call Pat Schlipp at (706) 664-3896.

Leadership

Applications are available for Leadership Columbia County and Youth Leadership Columbia County. Applications for the adult class are available at the chamber office, 1000 Business Boulevard, Evans, or at www.
columbiacountychamber.com. The deadline is April 25. Applications for the youth class are available at high school counseling offices or at the Chamber Web site. Deadline is March 27. Call (706) 651-0018.

Scholarships

Applications are available for the need-based scholarships Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship. The are open to Columbia County residents up to age 22. Applications are available at high school counselors or by clicking “programs” at www.ccfchildren.com. Deadline is June 17.

• 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.
callan0@gmail.com.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is holding a sale through April 6, with shirts 50 cents and pants $1. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Reunions

• The Lakeside High School class of 1993 will celebrate its 20th reunion the weekend of Nov. 4. Submit contact information to lakesidereunion1993@yahoo.com, or find the group on Facebook.

• The Butler High School class of 1963 will have a 50th reunion May 4 at West Lake Country Club. Contact Linda Harrison Puckett at vrpuckett @aol.com or (706) 736-4485, or Caroline Griffin Scarborough at wcs1942@aol.com or (706) 860-1254.

Catholics

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, will hold an 11-week program for inactive or marginally active Catholics to reconnect to their faith starting at 7:30 p.m. April 2. Go to www.st-teresa.com or call (706) 364-9289.

Railroad days

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.

Birthdays

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.

Tax center

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.

Concerts

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

Choral Society

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 April 26. Call (706) 650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.

Tax help

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.

Open houses

Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, will hold open houses at 7 p.m. April 30 and May 1. Call (706) 364-3565, or go to www.evanschristianacademy.org.

School help

Homeschool workshops for writing and science are available at Evans Christian Academy. Call (706) 364-3565 or go to www.evanschristianacademy.org.

Exchange Club

The Columbia County Exchange Club meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Be My Guest, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. Go to www.columbiacountyexchange.com.

Thrift sale

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 lunch

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 jukirkland@knology.net.

Kindergarten

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.

Library

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.

Volunteers

Goodwill Industries is seeking volunteers for all areas of the organization. Call Amy Breitmann at (706) 564-4521.

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.

Hospice

• 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 roboland@alliancehospice.com.

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 Road. The classes are free. For more information, call Kyle Pulliam at (706) 854-2424.

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 NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN 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.

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.

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 NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN 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 NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN 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 NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN 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-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.

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. Call (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 NEWS-TIMES STYLE OMITS THE HYPHEN 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 Columbia County residents on whether their homes would be in danger from brush or wildfires. Call (706) 556-3962.

Easter Events

Egg hunts

• Mosaic United Methodist Church will hold at Easter Egg hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at the Evans High School stadium, 4550 Cox Road, Evans. Call (706) 650-9187, or go to www.mosaicumc.com.

• Abilene Baptist Church will hold the 2013 Great Easter Egg Drop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds on Columbia Road. Admission is free. Go to www.myabilene.org.

• 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.

Sunrise services

• Mosaic United Methodist Church will hold a community Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 31 at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the library in Evans. Those visiting should bring blankets or chairs. The event will be canceled if it rains. Call (706) 650-9187, or go to www.mosaicumc.org.

• Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobbham Road, Appling, will hold an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31, followed by regular services.

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