Arizona State Sen. Gail Griffin will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday at the monthly meeting of Greater Columbia County Republican Women at Be My Guest Catering, 4216 Washington Road, Evans.
Shepheard Blood Center is holding blood drives during October at the following dates and locations: Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Friday, 3-5 p.m., Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez; Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, 1069 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta; Oct. 22, 2-7 p.m.. at grand opening of Evans Town Center Park; Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Retreat Spa and Salon, 4246 Washington Road, Evans; Oct. 26, 3-7 p.m., Harlem United Methodist Church; Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Walmart in Grovetown; Oct. 30, 5-8:30 p.m., West Town Community Church fall festival, 779 N. Belair Road, Evans; and Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m., Grace Baptist Church fall festival, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans. For information, go to www.shepeardblood.org.
The Second Annual Band of Warriors Invitational Band Competition will be held noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Grovetown High School. Admission costs $5. Volunteers also are being sought. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will hold its 12th Annual Parkinson Walk starting with 9 a.m. registration Nov. 5 at the Wilson Family Y on Wheeler Road. Cost is $15 before Saturday or $20 after. For information, call (615) 504-4739, or e-mail email@example.com.
Wes Jones will demonstrate bowl turning and enhancements at the monthly meeting of the Savannah River Woodturners, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 144 N. Belair Road. For information, go to www.savannahriverwoodturners.org or call Lee Carey at (706) 627-8373.