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Choir concert

The internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir and Conductor Anton Armstrong present a concert at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St., Augusta, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11. The concert will feature sacred and secular masterpieces, as well as music for chorus and grand pipe organ. Tickets are $30 for adults/seniors and $10 for students, and are available at stolaftickets.com or by calling (800) 363-5487.

Design contest

Augusta Technical College is encouraging all area elementary, middle and high school students to particpate in the 2014 Annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design competition. Artwork submitted must depict the importance of manufacturing in the student’s life or community.

Winners get cash prizes and the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Gov. Nathan Deal. Deadline for entry is Feb. 7. For more information, go to www.georgiamaw.org, or contact Bonita Jenkins at (706) 771-4000, ext. 4019, or at bjenkins@augustatech.edu.

Parkinson’s group

The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will meet at 6 p.m., Jan. 28 at St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., Augusta. “Bad” Billy Laveau, a retired doctor who writes for the Augusta Medical Examiner, will be the speaker. Call (706) 364-1662.

Archaeology group

The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyes Parkway. Archaeologist Kara Bridgman Sweeney will discuss the typology of Early Archaic side notched projectile points and Edgefield Scrapers.

Benefit concert

A benefit concert for the 2015 St. Paul’s Choir Trip to Canada and New England will be presented by Sho Ane Seaton, Soprano; Richard Cook, Tenor and Pianist; Taylor Massey, Clarinet; Vonda Darr, Harp; and Keith Shafer, Pianist; on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.

The program will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Sixth and Reynolds at the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta. Admission is free but donations in support of the choir trip will be accepted. The trip is scheduled for June 2015, begins in Montreal and ends in Boston, where the group will sing at Old North Church.

Fundraising gala

“Love is in the Air,” a fundraising gala for Columbia County Choral Society will be held at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7 at Columbia Middle School, 2012 Warriors Way, Grovetown. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at ccchoralsociety.eventbrite.com or call (762) 233-7793.

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 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.mosaic umc.org.

Public speaking club

The Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership club meets Mondays at 7 p.m., in the University Hospital Education Wing, Third Floor, room 3. Visit the website 7106.toastmasterclubs.org for more information, or call Sharma Pogula at (706) 855-1081.

Blood drives

Shepeard Community Blood Center is sponsoring the following blood drives:

• Journey Community Church, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., today. Wine tastings

Weekly wine tastings are held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays and 1-6 p.m. Saturdays at Vinyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, in Evans. Call (706) 922-9463, or go to www.vine11.com for more information.

Exercise class

Zumba classes meet at Evans Christian Academy, 213 South Old Belair Road, every Monday and Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 per class. Call (706) 364-3565 for more information.

Time Out ministry

“Time Out” at the First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Roa, is lunchtime fellowship ministry for the community. The next Time Out luncheon is 11:50 a.m., Feb. 6 at the church fellowship hall. The guest speaker will be Steve Stokes, pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church. The meal is $6. RSVP by calling (706) 863-1228 or by emailing fbcevans@knology.net by noon Feb. 4.

Bluegrass concert

Willie Wells and Blue Ridge Mountain Grass of South Carolina will perform at the Appling Opry at 7 p.m., Feb. 8. The free concert will be held at the Old. J.D. Howell General Store, 5701 Whiteoak Road, Appling. Light freshments will be available. A jam session will follow.

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 www.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 residents to purchase eyeglasses. Write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.

Volunteers

• The Grovetown Senior Center is seeking volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins. 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 Central 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 by Safe Kids. Call (706) 721-7606.

• Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Call (706) 863-1946, or e-mail jthompson@columbia
countyga.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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