Marvin United Methodist Church is holding a Pumpkin Patch Festival 6-8 p.m. today at the church at 4400 Wheeler Road in Martinez. The festival features a chili cook-off. Admission is free.
Evans High School is holding its annual fruit sale. Cases of navels, grapefruit, tangelos and a new mixed box with all 3 fruits are available. All orders must be received by Nov. 6 to meet a delivery date of Dec. 7. For more information, visit our website at www.edline.net/pages/Evans_High_School/Activities/Band or email us at EHSBandFundraisers@Outlook.com.
Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold will host their sixth annual music festival benefiting Lynndale, Inc. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 9, at The Kroc Center, 1833 Broad Street. The festival will feature several regional and local musicians/singer-songwriters spanning a variety of genres. Various dance troupes will perform. There also will be visual artists, crafters, vendors and food from Sconyers Barbeque. Pickers are welcome to bring their acoustic instruments and jam. Tickets are $10 each. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, call Lynndale at (706) 738-3395.
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives:
Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown.
Nov. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4203 Wheeler Road, Martinez.
Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Milton Ruben Chevrolet, 3514 Washington Road, Martinez.
Blue Ribbon Riders is holding a Demonstration Day and Family Farm Festival 12:30-4 p.m., Saturday at Maple Knoll Farm, 987 Reynolds Farm Road, Grovetown. Children and teens with special needs will demonstrate their developing skills. Arts and crafts and activities for all ages will be available. A silent auction will benefit the non-profit’s mission. For more information, call (706) 854-0644.
North Columbia Elementary School will host a Health Fair, 8 a.m.-noon, Nov. 8 at the school, 2874 Ray Owens Road, Appling. Free health testing, screenings and consultations with health professionals. Flu shots for $25. Those interested in an Angioscreen should call (706) 541-1158, ext. 1940 to reserve a spot.
The Harlem Hustle 5K race will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday at 525 Fairview Dr., Harlem. Sponsored by the Harlem High School girls basketball team. Fee is $30. Register at Active.com. Walk up registration begins at 7 a.m.
Happy Tails Rescue presents “Wags n’ Flags,” a salute to pets and patriots, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday at Health Center Credit Union, 4339 Washington Road, Evans. Events include a yard sale, doghouse building workshop, patriotic pet costumes and rabies vacinations from Heartsong Clinic. Proceeds benefit Happy Tails Rescue spay and neuter initiative. For more information, call (706) 925-8949.
The Columbia County Memorial Ladies Auxillary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6445 will host a barbecue chicken dinner 1 p.m., Nov. 9 at the post, 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem. $8 per plate. The annual VFW Turkey Shoot begins that day at 3 p.m. Call (706) 556-9194.
The Columbia County Orchestra presents Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” with Columbia County Choral Society at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans. $15 general admission. Discounts available. For more information, go to www.columbiacco.org or www.columbiacountychoralsociety.org
Two Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups meet in Columbia County.
• Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive, Evans: 6:30 p.m., second Tuesday each month. Call (706)
• Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday each month. Call (706) 854-3519.
• Beginning Oct. 15: Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive, Evans: 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday each month. Call (706) 860-4599
The CSRA Writers Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Georgia Military College on Davis Road. Visitors are welcome. If you have something to be critiqued, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages. For more information call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
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, beginning Aug. 2-5 p.m.,or Tuesdays by appointment. Donations of
archival and historical material are being sought. Call (706) 541-0043.
The Columbia County Choral Society needs singers. Rehearsals are at First Baptist Church of Evans. Call (706) 650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.
An ostomy support group meets at 6 p.m. on second Mondays at
Barney’s Pharmacy on Peach Orchard Road. Call (706) 798-5645.
The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 2 meets on second Thursdays at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Contact Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
updated 8/26/13 per Rob Nordan Columbia County Orchestra meets weekly. Musicians needed. For more information, go to www.columbiacco.org
Columbia County Youth meets weekly. Musicians needed. For more information, go to www.columbiacco.org
Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or myarmyonesource.com.
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 drivers 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 Cen-tral Georgia is seeking volunteers to help with events such as car-seat and bicycle checks, and to lead 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 (706) 863-1946, or e-mail email@example.com.
• The American Cancer Society’s Augusta chapter is seeking 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.
Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. Call (706) 421-0089
Columbia County Cares Food Pantry is open Monday Through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling. Call (706) 541-2834.