Easter basket donations needed
Columbia County Cares food pantry is again collecting Easter baskets this year to be distributed to children 12 and under in our client families. Baskets can be either store-bought or hand-made. If the basket contains toys, please mark them Boy, Girl, or either. ]
Baskets most certainly may contain religious material. Please drop baskets off at Columbia County Cares, 1959 Appling-Harlem Highway, Appling, Ga., or call (706) 541-2834 and we will pick the baskets up.
Food and Wine Showcase
Second annunal Bonne Santé - A Food & Wine Showcase to benefit The National Kidney Foundation, 2 p.m. today 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.
Brian Free and Assurance in Concert at Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, at 10 a.m. today. The concert will celebrate the church's 45th anniversary. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.
The 31st Pastoral Appreciation for the Rev. Dr. R.F. Leverett will be at 2:30 p.m. today at 6227 Columbia Road in Appling. Guests include the Rev. James Taylor, pastor of First Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Augusta.
Learning for life
Grovetown United Methodist Church presents Learning for Life Spring Classes, 6 p.m. today at Grovetown United Methodist Church. Four different classes will meet each Sunday for an hour for five weeks. Classes offered are Auto Maintenance, Canine Care for healthy dogs, Gardening and Fitness. 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.
Harlem Arts Council presents Oil Painting with Minette Hatcher from 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays March 6, 13 and 20 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Beginners and experienced painters are both welcome. Class maximum of six students; HAC members have priority. Contact Ann at (706) 556-6656. Cost $20 per class.
Harlem Arts Council presents Pottery with Angelika Bondar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Learn how to make pottery using only your hands. No experience needed; for beginners, but still advanced enough for those who have worked with clay. A series of four classes includes all materials, firing the clay and glazing. Cost for all four classes is $60 plus a materials fee of $20. Contact Angelika at (706) 394-4682.
Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will hold a Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy beginning Thursday. 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.
County Republican women's meet
Columbia County Republican Women will meet Thursday. Our speaker is Christopher J. Ferrell, the director of Investigations and Research at Judicial Watch. We will meet at Formosa's II Chinese Restaurant, 3830 Washington Rd. A-36, Martinez; $15 to attend meeting, which includes dinner buffet, iced tea and tips. Social and dinner begin at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. RSVP to info@CCRWomen.org or 706-925-5330.
Goodwill Spring Job Fair
Thursday 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.
Harlem Arts Council presents Alcohol on Tile painting with Jeane Stanford from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Leave with at least two completed tiles. Cost is $30 and all materials are furnished. Students are encouraged to wear old clothes or bring an apron. See the HAC Facebook page and website for alcohol paintings from the last class. Contact Jeanne at 330-592-2256. Minimum class size is 3 students.
Harlem Arts Council presents guitar lessons with Jeff Jordan from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday March 11 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Beginner and more advanced students will learn a song and to read music. Group lessons (four or less) available, which will reduce individual costs. Contact Jeff at (706) 556-3756. Cost is $30 per class with individual instruction.
Community Yard Sale Community Spring Yard Sale & Crafts
Evans Middle School Community Spring Yard Sale & Crafts from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school at 4785 Hereford Farm Road in Evans. Spaces available for rent. Vendors and crafters welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact Evans Middle School at (706) 863-2275 for vendor spaces. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for March 18 from 7 a.m.-noon.
Celtic Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. 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. 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. 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 third 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 sizes 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 email@example.com to sign up for the event.
Spring Marvin Ganza
Swap/sell plants, have a yard sale, and/or sell your crafts at Marvin United Methodist Church. Rain or shine, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 18, $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!
Harlem Arts Council presents Kumihimo with Ulriche Beck from 10 - 11:30 a.m. S aturday March 18 and April 1 at 175 N. Louisville Street in Harlem. Learn an ancient Japanese weave to make a bracelet. Minimum two students. Cost: includes two 90 minute classes (first class learn techniques and follow with developing the bracelet) with all materials included for just $17. Contact Ulrike at (706) 556-1984.
Spring Bird House making
Harlem Arts Council presents painting a spring bird house with Brenda Stephens from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at 175 N. Louisville Street in Harlem. Acrylic paint free hand and / or with stencils. Four different birdhouse's available to choose from. Four student maximum. Cost is $24. Contact Brenda at (706) 816-5012.
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.
Angel Pendent and earrings class
Harlem Arts Council presents Angel Pendant and Earrings with Herman Kunis from 10 a.m. to noon S aturday, March 25th at 175 N. Louisville Street in Harlem. Learn wire working techniques. Costs include all supplies and equipment, including a black silk cord to attach the pendant. Minimum of 3 students, maximum of 6 students. See the HAC Facebook page for picture of this project. Cost is $30. Contact Herman at (706) 339-2955.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.