Oil painting classes
Harlem Arts Council presents Oil Painting with Minette Hatcher on Monday, Feb. 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 per class, which will be held at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Beginner and experienced are both welcome. Maximum is six students. For information, call Ann at (706) 556-6656.
Search and Rescue
Junior rangers will take place at Mistleto State Park from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 20. Cost is $20 per child plus $5 parking, lunch not included. Junior Rangers will learn about different strategies that are helpful in preventing or moderating a search and rescue situation such as trip planning and map reading skills. Then, children will watch a powerful search and rescue tool in action with a K-9 demonstration from the Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office. Registration required. For more information, call (706) 541-0321.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Len Reidel, the executive director of the Blue and Gray Education Society, will present on Civil War Battlefield Tours. A retired Air Force officer, he is the architect of the society's programming and of considerable preservation accomplishments. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. Meeting will be held at Goodwill's Snelling Center, located at 3165 Washington Road in Augusta. www. civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Artists Guild of Columbia County presents children's drawing and painting 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 22 and March 1 at Church of our Savior, located at 4227 Columbia Road. Classes are for children ages 7-12 years old. Classes cost $80 for four-week sessions. Students will learn to draw from life using different drawing, coloring and painting media. Students who began the drawing class during a previous month may continue taking the class but will be taught additional advanced techniques which they can apply to the skills already learned. Limited scholarships available to qualifying students. www.artistsguildcc.org
Columbia County Charity Gala
Columbia County is holding its annual charity gala to benefit Columbia County Cares Food Pantry, Columbia County Forward Foundation and Columbia County Arts Development at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Exhibition Center in Grovetown, with a Roaring '20s theme; columbiacountygala.com.
Harlem Arts Council presents Guitar lessons with Jeff Jordan on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per class with individual instruction. Jeff will work with group lessons (4 or less) which will reduce individual costs. To register, visit www.harlemartscouncil.org/events or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Harlem Arts Council presents Knitting and Crocheting with Sharon Bell on Saturday Feb. 25 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. The knitting class is from 10 a.m. to noon. If you have size 8mm or 5mm knitting needles bring them along! Crocheting classes will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Cost for both classes is $35 and includes yarn. Purchase knitting or crochet needles for an additional $5 each. To register, visit www.harlemartscouncil.org/events; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
All former students, staff, friends, and families are encouraged to attend a bench dedication at Lady A Amphitheater on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. Blanchard High School was the only black high school educating students from 1957-1970 in the CSRA before integration came to Columbia County.
Conlee to perform
Country legend John Conlee, a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., will perform at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Conlee recently celebrated the 38th anniversary of his breakthrough hit Rose-Colored Glasses and can be found on tour throughout 2017 and on the stage of the Opry, where he has been a member since 1981. Tickets can be purchased at The Vineyard at Evans, online itickets.com or by calling (800) 965-9324.
Republican Women's Club Meeting
The monthly meeting of the CSRA Republican Women's Club is set for Monday, Feb. 27. Social and dinner are at 6 p.m., business meeting at 7 p.m. at Jones Creek Country Club in Evans; guest speaker will be Mrs. Robin Allen, the newly elected president of the Republican Spouses Club for Republican congressmen; dinner will be served; cost is $12. RSVP required for dinner only by calling Wanda at (706) 830-5730.
Artists Guild of Columbia County presents oil painting for adults and teens from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 27 at Church of our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road. Students will learn to paint using oil paint on canvas. Cost is $25 plus a $10 supply fee. Students will learn how to paint using oil paints and different paining techniques to achieve a finished painting. This class is for beginners but if you have painted in oils before it may demonstrate different approaches to painting. Check the website for new listings, dates and registration. Limited scholarships available to qualifying students. www.artistsguildcc.org
The 31st Pastoral Appreciation for the Rev. Dr. R.F. Leverett will be at 2:30 p.m., March 5, at 6227 Columbia Road in Appling. Guests include the Rev. James Taylor, pastor of First Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Augusta.
Industrial Product Exhibition
Tuesday, March 14 from 4-8 p.m. at the Columbia County Exhibition Center near Grovetown Wal-Mart. Free admission and open to the public. The area's largest exhibition of new electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, process and automation products and services. Visit www.isaga.org/PENShow for reservations.
Spring is in the air, so it's time to join in the fun at Marvin United Methodist Church. Swap/sell plants, have a yard sale, and/or sell crafts. Rain or shine. March 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25 for a 10-foot square space. To reserve a space, contact Sue at (706) 814-5468 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Margaret at (706) 210-0893 or email@example.com; or call the church office at (706) 863-0510.
Pawprints Foundation pet food drive
Pawprints Foundation and Long Dog Rescue are accepting donations of dog, cat, puppy and kitten food yearround at Animal House, Wild Birds Unlimited, Grovetown Farm & Garden, Vineyard Wine Market and Martinez/National Hills Animal Hospitals. To have donations picked up, call (706) 863-2067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations benefit local rescues; pawprintsfoundation.org.
Ol' Blue Eyes Sinatra Tribute featuring Mark Randisi and The Motor City Horns; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, at 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. in Evans
Dress in your favorite '40s attire and walk the red carpet. Tickets $44; (706) 726-0366 or augustaamusements.com.
Walton Foundation for Independence is looking for a few good cooks (and judges and volunteers) to bring it during the fifth annual Chilly Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evans Towne Centre Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd. General admission is $5 (cash only), and kids 12 and under are free. Admission includes unlimited tastings of chili, soup, stew and cornbread, with soft drinks and beer available for purchase. Cooks, judges and volunteers are invited to sign up now by visiting www.waltonfoundation.net/chili. For more information, call Vicki Greene at (706) 823-8584 or email email@example.com.
Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will be holding a Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy beginning Thursday, March 9. This free course is offered Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m. for 10 weeks and is open to county residents 18 years of age and older. Call the sheriff's office Community Services Division at (706) 541-2856 or download an application from the Community Services link at columbiacountyso.org.
Goodwill Spring Job Fair
Thursday, March 9, from 1-4 p.m., Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. For details on Job Fair Boot Camp, call The Job Connection staff at (706) 447-5195. www.goodwillworks.org/jobfair.
Celtic Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Tickets are $47.50. For more information, visit augustaamusements.com or call (706) 726-0366.
The Marvin Gaye Experience
What's Going ON: The Marvin Gaye Experience featuring Brian Owens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Tickets are $42; (706) 726-0366; augustaamusements.com.
Spring Marvin Ganza
Spring is in the air, so it's time to join in the fun at Marvin United Methodist Church. Swap/sell plants, have a yard sale, and/or sell your crafts. Rain or shine, March 18, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. $25 for a 10' square space. Contact Sue (706) 814-5468 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Margaret (706) 210-0893 or email@example.com, or the church office (706) 863-0510 to reserve your space!
Columbia County Cares Food Pantry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday at 1959 Appling-Harlem Highway, Appling; (706) 541-2834.
The Women's Veterans Organization meets at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Troy University, 2743 Perimeter Pkwy., Augusta. The cost is $50 per year. For more, call Watha Alston-Hooper at (706) 564- 6745.
Necco Augusta offers free foster parent orientations Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at 424 Columbia Road, Suite B, Martinez.
The group is looking for loving parents to work with children up to age 21. Register at (706) 210-3435. Walk-ins are welcome. Learn more at necco.org.
Financial aid for eyeglasses is available for qualifying Grovetown residents; contact Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans. For more information, call Tom at (706) 814-1355; free.
Gold Prospectors Association of America meets from 7-9 p.m. on second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road. Call (706) 496- 4611 for more information.