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Posted: December 15, 2013 - 12:06am  |  Updated: December 15, 2013 - 12:44am

Free cab rides

Bradford Health Services is offering a “Free Ride Home” during the holiday season to make it safer for everyone on the road. Staff and patrons at restaurants, bars and lounges may call for a free ride home for anyone impaired to drive.

This free community service is available from Dec. 15 through Dec. 31 for adults 21 years or older. Bradford’s Free Ride Home will be provided within a 30 mile radius. For more information, call (706) 854-1126 or (800) 333-1865.

Pet supply drive

The “Kibble for Kritters” program collects donated items to assist local pet rescue and humane society organizations. Items needed include: dry and canned dog, puppy and cat food, kitty litter, pet treats, cat and dog beds, bowls, collars, leashes and other items. Drop-off points are at Baymont Inn & Suites/Augusta Riverwatch, 2905 Riverwest Dr., Augusta for the CSRA Humane Society; and Best Western Evans Hotel, 452 Park West Dr., Evans for Columbia County Animal Rescue, Southern Souls Animal Rescue and Columbia County Humane Society.

Poetry series

The Poetry Matters Project, sponsors of Poetry Matters Lit Prize have joined with Teen program and Catch Phrase Cafe for a series of programs. The teen poetry workshop series begun in November will continue on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.. Local poet, Caren Stewart, will host, Found Poetry: Making a Collage with Words and Art. The workshop is free and open to middle and high school students. For more information contact Micah Newsome, Teen Librarian at (706) 863-1946 or Ali Fry at ali@poetrymatterscelebration.com.

Addiction help

Mosaic United Methodist Church’s Celebrate Recovery program holds weekly sessions at the church, 678 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. The women’s group meets at 6:30 p.m. and the men’s group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. A Men’s Accountability group meets at 8 p.m. Mondays. Call (706) 877-6468, or go to www.
mosaicumc.org.

Scholarships

The Watson-Brown Foundation Inc. is accepting scholarship applications for 2014-2015 awards. One of the region’s largest scholarship programs, the foundation will award 200 scholarships of up to $5,000 for 2014-2015.

To be eligible, students must be from certain counties in Georgia and South Carolina and plan to attend any four-year, accredited college in the country. The scholarship application deadline is Feb. 15. Details, including the online application, may be found at www.watson-brown.org/scholarship.

Support groups

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) 860-4599.

• Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday each month. Call (706) 854-3519.

Marine League

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.

 

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. Saturdays. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for guests. Call Barbara Nash at (803) 640-2075.

Orchestras

The Columbia County Orchestra meets weekly. Musicians needed. For more, go to www.
columbiacco.org

Columbia County Youth meets weekly. Musicians needed. For more, go to www.
columbiacco.org

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or myarmyonesource.com.

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 for more information.

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.

Seek volunteers

• 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 jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov.

• 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.

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.

Help group

Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. Call (706) 421-0089.

 

Food pantry

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.

 

School Council meetings

River Ridge Elementary

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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