Local hotels and CSRA Happy Tails will hold a Kibble for Kritters pet supply drive during December, with dropoff locations at Best Western Hotel on Jimmie Dyess Parkway; White Columns in Thomson; and America’s Best Value Inn in Augusta. For information, go to www.kibbleforkritters.net.
The Augusta Islamic Society will present a free movie, When the Moors Ruled in Europe, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Islamic Center of Augusta, 3416 Middleton St., Martinez. For information, call (706) 860-7324.
Columbia County will light its Christmas tree during the 11th annual Christmas in America Festival, 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the new Evans Towne Center Park. Activities include craft vendors, concessions, train rides for children and pictures with Santa, with ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion. For information, call (706) 312-7192.
Health Center Credit Union on Washington Road in Evans will hold a pet-food drive and offer pet-themed holiday gifts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with proceeds benefiting Long Dog Rescue and the Pawprints Foundation. For information, call (706) 863-2067.
Columbia County Animal Services will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic at the animal shelter at 1940 William Few Parkway Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call (706) 541-4077.
Helping Hands Thrift Store, operated by the Columbia County Foundation for Children and located at 6347 Columbia Road, will be open for Secret Santa Saturday Sales on Saturday, and on Dec. 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. The store also is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, call (706) 541-2849.
• The Grovetown Lions Club is holding its annual fundraising turkey shoot at 7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 10 at 1200 Old Louisville Road. Contact Gary Rausch at (706) 726-4303 or email@example.com.
• VFW Post 6445, 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, holds weekly turkey shoots at 2 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 17. For information, call (706) 556-9194.
The Augusta Children’s Chorale and Lyra Vivace will hold a free holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 720 Telfair St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 826-4718, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clarks Hill Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Walden Pond, 6343 Yelton Road, Appling. For information, call (706) 541-2152.
• Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, Columbia Road at Hereford Farm Road, will hold its Christmas at the Crossroads craft show Saturday. Vendor spaces cost $25. For information, call (706) 863-6795, or email email@example.com.
• The Alleluia Community Christmas Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the school at the corner of Peach Orchard and Lumpkin Road in Augusta. For information, call (706) 798-1882.
• Vendors are being sought for Baker Place Elementary School’s Breakfast with Santa, to be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Vendor spaces cost $25 plus a donated raffle item. For information, call Debbie Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Evans Middle School will hold a holiday bazaar and spaghetti dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the school, 4785 Hereford Farm Road. Admission is free. For information, go to www.evansmiddle.net.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 835 N. Belair Road, Evans, will hold its annual Donation Swap and Day of Service Dec. 10. Donations of clean items useful to those in need will be accepted 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, and from 8-11 a.m. Dec. 10. Those in need will be invited to shop for free at 11 a.m., with the donations open to everyone from noon-4 p.m. Shepeard Community Blood Center also will conduct a blood drive during the event. To sign up to help or receive help, email email@example.com.
Hip2Hip studios, 4499 Columbia Road, Ste. 5, behind Little Caesars, will hold the “Claus for the Cause” swap and shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10, followed by a talent showcase from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free. Vendor spaces are available, with proceeds benefiting the Breast Center at University Hospital. For information, call (706) 799-6125.
The Men’s Choir of First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and Southern gospel quartet 4Given will perform shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Appling Opry, 5701 Whiteoak Road at Ray Owens Road. For information, go to www.reverbnation.com/venue/applingopry.
Applications are being accepted through Dec. 20 for the Georgia Rotary Student Program Norway Scholarship, for study June 23-Aug. 3 at the University of Oslo. Students must be single, 20-24, must have completed the sophomore year of college and be in excellent health. For applications, contact Pam Lightsey at 9706) 840-2087, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area podiatrists are collecting new and used shoes for distribution to those in need. Shoes of all sizes, types and condition may be brought to any podiatrist’s office through Jan. 7. For information, call Dr. Kent Kronowski at (706) 724-0586.
MOMS Club of Evans is selling cookbooks for $15, with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. For information, email email@example.com.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, will present “A Soldier’s Christmas” from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 11 in the sanctuary. Admission is free, with desserts and hot cocoa served after the show. An offering will be collected for two needy families. For information, call (706) 294-7913.
North Columbia Church is moving Sunday worship services from the Eubank Blanchard Center in Appling to Evans Christian Academy, 213 South Old Belair Road, Grovetown starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. For information, contact Pastor Dan White at (706) 832-0986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Western Evans Hotel, 452 Park West Drive, off Dyess Parkway, is a donation site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. For more information, go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Spaces are available at Grace Baptist Preschool, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For information, call Lisa Wamack at (706) 868-9729.
Sharon Baptist Church will present its annual Hayride Through the Life of Christ at the Columbia County Fair Grounds, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8-11. Admission and hot chocolate are free, with nightly musical entertainment.
The Columbia County Choral Society will present A Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Baptist Church of Evans, Belair Road at Washington Road. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, active duty military and dependents and groups and are available by calling (762) 233-7793 or at www.ccchoralsociety.org.
The Evans chapter of MOMS Club International will hold its fourth annual Preschool and Mom’s Morning Out Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at First Baptist Church of Augusta. The event is free to the public. Area preschools and mom’s morning out programs wishing to participate are asked to contact the Evans MOMS Club at email@example.com by Jan. 13.
Vince Dooley will be the featured speaker for the CSRA Hydrangea Conference, 8:30 a.m. June 7 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, go to csrahydrangeasociety.org.
Three rooms of meeting space are available to community groups at no charge at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 650-9187.
The organization Vets to Washington is seeking World War II vets for three-day, expense-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.
Helping Hands Thrift Store, 6347 Columbia Road is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. The store is operated by the Columbia County Foundation for Children.
The 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. For information, 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. For information, call (803) 270-5470 or go to www.augustadancing.org.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Tuesday evening at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. For information, call Matt Lever at (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. For information, (706) 541-0043.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), nonprofit weight-loss support groups, meeting on the following dates:
• Harlem Baptist Church, 9 a.m. each Thursday; (706) 556-3309.
• Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave., 6 p.m. each Thursday; (706) 863-0726.
• Pine View Baptist Church, 119 Pleasant Home Road, 4:45 p.m. each Tuesday; (706) 863-6525.
The Columbia County Choral Society is open to all singers in the area. Rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church of Evans. For information and a rehearsal schedule, 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. For information, 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. For an appointment, 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-sized 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. For information, 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. For information, call (706) 721-4109 or go to 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. For information, 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. For information, call Barbara Nash at (803) 640-2075.
The Helping Hands Thrift Store, operated by Columbia County Foundation for Children at 6347 Columbia Road, is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday each month. For information, call (706) 541-2849.
Warren Baptist Church holds weekday preschool and mother’s day out classes for ages 1 through preK 4. For information, call (706) 860-6878 or go to warrenbaptist.org.
The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132, meets the second Thursday of every month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. For information, contact Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667 or email@example.com.
Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or at myarmyonesource.com.
The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday each month at Room 100 of the Adult Building of First Baptist Church of Augusta. For information, call Debbie Rish at (706) 650-2496, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For information, call (706) 541-0085 or (706) 541-0185.
• Morningside of Evans, 353 N. Belair Road: 11 a.m., second Saturday each month. For information, call (706) 228-4709.
• Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 7 p.m., third Tuesday each month. For information, call (706) 854-3519.
Spaces are available at the Grace Baptist Preschool, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 868-9729.
The clothes closet in the family life center at Marvin United Methodist Church, Belair at Wheeler Road, is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothing is free, but donations are welcome.
The Augusta Choral Society (ACS) is seeking new members for its 2010-2011 season. For information, go to www.augustachoralsociety.org or call (706) 826-4713.
The Women’s Veterans Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Dues cost $24 per year. For information, call April Starks at (706) 868-5601.
The Grovetown Lions Club offers financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown individuals in the purchase of eyeglasses. For information, 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. For information, call (706) 210-8699.
• Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. For information, call Nancy Browning at (706) 868-4422.
• Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. For information, 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. For information, call (706) 721-7606.
• Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e-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. For information, call (706) 731-9900.
• Hospice Care of America is seeking volunteers. For information, call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2626.
Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. For information on all classes, call (706) 651-2450, or go to www.doctors-hospital.net.
The Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County Unit, offers advice to all Columbia County residents on whether their home is in line of fire from brush or wild land fires. For information, call (706) 556-3962.