Children's drawing, painting
Artists Guild of Columbia County presents children's drawing and painting 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 and March 1 at Church of our Savior, 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 they can apply to the skills already learned. Limited scholarships available to qualifying students. www.artistsguildcc.org.
Dinner Theatre auditions
Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre "Crimes of the Heart" auditions 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23 at the Musical Theatre Workshops Studio, 3817 Martinez Blvd. Show dates are May 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, bldg. 32100, 3rd Ave. on Fort Gordon.
Harlem Arts Council presents Guitar Lessons with Jeff Jordan 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Cost is $30 per class with individual instruction. Jeff will work with groups (4 or fewer), which will reduce individual costs. To register, visit www.harlemartscouncil.org/events or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harlem Arts Council presents Knitting and Crocheting with Sharon Bell 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 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: email@example.com or annblalock1234@gmail. com.
All former students, staff, friends and families are encouraged to attend a bench dedication at Lady A Amphitheater at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. 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.
CSRA Republican Women's Club Meeting
The monthly meeting of the CSRA Republican Women's Club is 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 different painting 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 website for new listings, dates and registration. Limited scholarships available to qualifying students. www.artistsguildcc.org.
Quickies 2017 auditions
Auditions are being held for Quickies 2017; the short-play festival at Le Chat Noir, 304 8th St., Augusta, featuring original scripts by local authors. Auditions will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Both veterans and newcomers are encouraged to audition. The audition consists of cold readings from the scripts.Performances are April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, at 8 p.m. Character descriptions available on Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1727204974261694.
Public info open house
Residents are encouraged to attend the informal public informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Riverside Middle School's cafeteria, regarding the 3.8 miles of road widening proposed for Furys Ferry Road from the Savannah River to Evans to Locks Road. The drop-in meeting will have proposed plans and engineers on site to answer questions. No formal presentation will be made.
Job Fair boot camp
Free Goodwill Job Fair Boot Camp at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3 at Job Connection, 3179 Washington Road, to help job seekers prepare for the job fair March 9. Free classes that tell you w.hat to wear and how to look, what to bring and what not to bring to a job fair; www.goodwillworks.org.
New Dove Brothers in concert
The New Dove Brothers will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3 at Bethesda Baptist Church, 5793 Old Augusta Hwy. The Bladenboro, N.C. group is led by McRae Dove. The concert is free, but a love offering will be received. Nursery will be provided. For more information call (706) 556-6818.
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, 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.
New Life West presents Relevance 2017: When Millennials Worship, 7 p.m. Thursday,Mar. 2, to 11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 4 at New Life Worship Center West, 3940 Desoto Drive in Martinez. Based on I Chronicles 21:32, Relevance is a ministry dedicated to awakening today's generation; www.newlife-worshipcenter.org; free.
Lifting the veil on Islam
The Islamic Society of Augusta presents Lifting the Veil "Rebutting Terrorism and Bigotry" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at the Islamic Society of Augusta, 465 Old Evans Road in Martinez. The presentation will cover the basics of who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practice, and then dives into hot topics including terrorism, women's rights, Sharia, and Islamophobia. More details at: http://isaugusta.com/?p=1874; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and Wine Showcase
Second annunal Bonne Santé - A Food & Wine Showcase to benefit The National Kidney Foundation, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at Pine Knoll Farms in Appling. The second annual showcase will raise funds to fight kidney disease and honor transplant recipient Mike McCommons, owner of Durhamtown Off Road Resort. Contact Celeste Tennant, 770-452-1539 ext. 603 or visit kidneyga.org. Cost is $100 for individuals; $350 for group of 4 and $700 for table of 8.
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.
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, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 4 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.
Learning for life
Grovetown United Methodist Church presents Learning for Life Spring Classes, 6 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 5 at Grovetown United Methodist Church. Four different classes will meet each Sunday for an hour for 5 weeks. Classes offered are Auto Maintenance, Canine Care for healthy dogs, Gardening and Fitness, introducing a variety of exercises. A free supper is offered each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. by the Concerned Women, Inc. Register at www.grovetownumc.com or call Pastor Sandy Heslop at (706) 651-1177.
Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will hold a Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy beginning Thursday, March 9. This free course is offered 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks and is open to county residents 18 years 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.
Industrial Product Exhibition
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 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.
The Marvin Gaye Experience
What's Going ON: The Marvin Gaye Experience featuring Brian Owens, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Tickets are $42; (706) 726-0366; augustaamusements.com.
Cinderella's Closet will hold the 3rd annual "Princess Day" March 17-18 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans. The event is open to junior or senior girls in Columbia, McDuffie and Lincoln counties. We have dresses size 0-24, but are lacking in the larger sizes. Donations of larger-size dresses, size 18 and up can be delivered to the church office, 825 N. Belair Road in Evans, Monday thru Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-3. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the event. Also follow us on Facebook (Cinderella's Closet Columbia County) and Instagram (cinderellasclosetcolco).
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, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 18, $25 for a 10′ square space. Contact Sue (706) 814-5468 or email@example.com, Margaret (706) 210-0893 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office (706) 863-0510 to reserve your space!
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m., March 20 at Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Enjoy an evening with Ed Bearss, National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus and a "rock star among battlefield guides." Ed has been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his contributions to preservation of American Civil War history. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Star Trek Weekend
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, 9 a.m. Thursday, March 23 with "Shore Leave for Trekkies" - a weekend of episodes, movies, costumes and games at Elijah Clark State Park, 2959 McCormick Hwy in Lincolnton. Parking is $5, films are free, and some events will include a fee. Food concessions will be available during movies. Trekkies can save 30% on the park's cabins and campsites during this themed weekend. For reservations or more information, call 706-359-3458 or visit www.GaStateParks.org/ElijahClark.
Music to Move the Soul, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Pianist Eric Genuis will perform at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown. All proceeds will benefit St Paul Radio, 91.1 FM. For tickets, call (706) 564-1743 or http://www.ericgenuis.com/home.htm. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door.
Pawprints Foundation pet food drive
Pawprints Foundation and Long Dog Rescue are accepting donations of dog, cat, puppy and kitten food year-round 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 email@example.com. All donations benefit local rescues; pawprintsfoundation.org.
Columbia County Cares Food Pantry is open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday at 1959 Appling-Harlem Hwy., Appling; (706) 541-2834.
The Women's Veterans Organization meets 11 a.m. on second Saturdays 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 7-9 p.m. on second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road. Call (706) 496- 4611 for more information.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. April 17, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Vince Dooley, board member of the Civil War Trust, presents on "Leading From the Front." Coach Dooley is former UGA head football coach and athletic firector and a former Marine. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. May 15, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Candice Shy Hooper, author, presents on her book, Lincoln's General's Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and Worse. A former press secretary to U. S. Rep. Charlie Wilson (movie: Charlie Wilson's War), she has appeared on CSPAN and has been reviewed in the New York Times. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. June 19, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Gerald Prokopowicz, chair of the History Department, East Carolina University in Greenville, N. C., presents on his book, Did Lincoln Own Slaves And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. July 17, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Matthew Borowick, associate vice president for alumni and government relations at Seton Hall University and columnist for Civil War News, presents on the "Court Martial of Fitz John Porter," who after the Battle of Second Manassas was blamed for the Union defeat. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Brian Jordan, assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War, a narrative history of the men who won the war but could not bear the peace. The book was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History and won the George Washington Egleston Prize for best U. S. history dissertation at Yale. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 18, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. James I. "Bud" Robertson is alumni distinguished professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, the definitive biography of Jackson and the basis for the movie Gods and Generals. He is the recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, a lecturer of national acclaim and a collaborator with National Geographic on Civil War publications. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 16, Goodwill's Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta. Jack Davis, professor of history at Virginia Tech and director of programs at the school's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, presents on "Love Amid the Ruins: The Romance of Nannie Radford and General Gabriel Wharton, CSA." Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.