Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown, will be offering an 11-week program of faith renewal titled Awakening Faith. This is a conversation-based program that gives inactive or marginally active Catholics a forum where they reconnect with their faith.
Topics include individual spirituality, the Trinity, Mass, forgiveness, faith, love and marriage to name a few. The series will begin on Jan. 7, 7:30-9 p.m. at the home of Mary and Deacon Joe Soparas. For more information go online to www.st-teresa.com, or call (706) 364-9289.
The CSRA Writers group meets on the third Monday of every month. This month the group meets a week earlier, on Jan. 13, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, at Georgia Military College on Davis Road in Martinez at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend. For more information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
The 2014 Miss Augusta and Miss Savannah River Pageant will be held at Greenbrier High School on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. The competition will feature swimwear, evening, talent and onstage questions. The winners will represent our community at the 2014 Miss Georgia pageant in Columbus, Ga., in June.
Tickets are available at the door. For more information, e-mail
The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a three-part educational series specifically designed to target the needs of early-stage Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Living With Alzheimer’s: for Caregivers – Early-Stage, will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans.
It will highlight the special needs and concerns of Alzheimer’s caregivers in the earliest stage of diagnosis. During the program, the Alzheimer’s Association will provide insight on topics such as the meaning of the diagnosis, planning for the future, available resources, and how you can help a family suffering from this disease.
Greater Columbia County Republican Women will meet Thursday, Jan. 9, at Be My Guest Catering and Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans. The guest speaker is Dr. Linda Tucciarone, executive director of Heritage Academy.
GCCRW also will elect a new officers to lead the 2014-2015 term. Social and dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7. The $12 buffet dinner includes coffee, iced tea and dessert. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or (706) 925-5330.
Civil War group
Civil War Roundtable of Augusta meets Jan. 20 at Goodwill’s Snelling Center on Furys Ferry Road. Karen Stokes, author and archivist for the South Carolina Historical Society, presents “The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah.” Dutch treat dinner at 6 p.m., followed by program at 6:45 p.m. Visitors always welcome. For more information, call President Gwen Fulcher Young at (706) 736-2909
Shepeard Community Blood Center is sponsoring the following blood drives:
• Milton Ruben Chevrolet, 3514 Washington Road, Martinez, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8.
• Earth Fare, 368 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.
• Shop & Drop Consignment Store, 3830 Washington Road, Martinez, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11.
• Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12.
• Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Bel Air Road, Evans, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19.
• Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19.
• Journey Community Church, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26.
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.
The Leah High School and Community Museum, located at the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station at 3653 Ray Owens Road in Appling, is open from 2-5 p.m. on second Sundays 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.