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Meetings

• Greater Columbia County Republican Women will have its monthly meeting 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, at Be My Guest Catering & Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. A social hour and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The featured speaker is Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu, who will discuss illegal immigration and border security. Dinner is $12, RSVP to info@gccrw.org, GCCRW.GOP@Gmail.com, or (706) 925-5330.

• The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a Coffee & Conversation with U.S. Rep. John Barrow, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Aug. 9, at 106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans. Please RSVP to (706) 860-4599 by noon, Thursday.

Welcome & BBQ

Fort Gordon Spouse’s & Civilian’s Club kicks off its year of service Aug. 14, with a free event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Family Outreach Center (behind Woodworth Library) on Fort Gordon. Learn more about the club’s community service projects, Thrift Shop, volunteer opportunities, luncheons and special events and activities. The club will also be collecting school supplies for Family Promise of Augusta. Items needed include: headphones, flash drives, folders, notebook paper, binders, index cards and any other school supplies.

Free concert

The Carolina Rebels, from Columbia, S.C. will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Appling Opry, 5701 Whiteoak Road, (the old J.D. Howell General store). Admission is free. Jam session will follow. Call (706) 541-9721 for more information.

Movie screening

The Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter will hold a free screening of the film Fred Won’t Move Out, followed by a discussion at 3 p.m. today at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. Please RSVP to (706) 228-3636 or
augustajcc2@hotmail.com.

Volunteer training

CareSouth Hospice will be offering new hospice volunteers training at its Augusta office, 231 Furys Ferry Road, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 14. Call (706) 550-9966.

Blood Drives

Today: New Hope Worship Center, 715 South Old Belair Road, Grovetown, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Aug. 14: Milton Ruben Chevrolet, 3514 Washington Road, Martinez, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All donors will be entered in $20 gas gift card drawing.

Sponsored by Shepeard Community Blood Center.

Hippotherapy

Blue Ribbon Riders, 987 Reynolds Farm Road in Grovetown, is taking applications for new riders and volunteers for its fall session of hippotherapy and adaptive riding lessons for groups and individuals. New rider evaluations are Aug. 14 and volunteer training sessions are Aug. 19 and 26. Call (706) 854-0644.

Thrift sale

Helping Hands Thrift Store, operated by the Columbia County Foun­dation for Children at 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet at Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road at South Belair Road, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for donations to the needy. Call (706) 863-0510.

Help group

Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays 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, will open on the second Sunday of each month, or Tuesdays by appointment. Donations of
archival and historical material 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.ccchoral
society.org.

Elks concert

The Augusta Elks Club, off Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, presents The Marilyn Adcox band 7-10 p.m. every Wednesday. Cost is $5 donation at the door. Call (706) 860-3223.

Seat inspection

Safe Kids East Central Georgia conducts free 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.

Addiction help

The Mosaic United Methodist Church’s Celebrate Recovery program holds weekly group sessions at 7 p.m. Fridays at the church, 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.columbia cco.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.

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