URGENT NEED FOR O-NEGATIVE BLOOD
Shepeard Community Blood Center is experiencing a critical need for O negative blood.
To donate, you must be in good general health, at least 110 pounds and 17 or older. Sixteen year olds can donate with written parental consent.
Shepeard Blood Center has locations at 1533 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, 353 Fabian Drive in Aiken, and 4329 Washington Road in Evans. There are also blood drives being held throughout the area.
Upcoming blood drives
New Hope Worship Center, 715 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Maner Building Supply, 3717 Washington Road, Martinez - 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Columbia Elementary, 2874 Ray Owens Road, Appling - 1 to 6 p.m.
Easter basket donations sought
Columbia County Cares food pantry is collecting Easter Baskets for children 12 and under in our client families. Baskets can be either store-bought or handmade; If basket contains toys, please mark them Boy, Girl, or Either; baskets may contain religious material. Please drop off at Columbia County Cares, 1959 Appling-Harlem Hwy., Appling, Ga., or call (706) 541-2834 and we will pick them up. In 2016, we distributed 150 baskets, thanks to the generosity of Columbia County.
Call for Artisans
The Harlem Arts Council is issuing a call for artisans for its third annual Harlem Arts Festival (Formerly known as Arts at the Gazebo). The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29. All work must be originally handmade or created art.
All paint media, photography, wood, metal fiber, textiles, jewelry, pottery, folk art, mixed media, stone and China painting will be considered. Spaces are limited, so apply early. Call Ann Blalock at (706) 556-6656 or email email@example.com
Free Tax preparation help continues until April 18 for low to middle incomes at the following location and times. Euchee Creek Library, 9-2 Mon. 706-556-0594; Columbia County Library 10-2, Tues, Thurs & Sat 706-863-6326.
Republican women's club
CSRA Republican Women's Club Monthly Meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, March 27 for social and dinner 7 p.m. for business meeting at Jones Creek Country Club on Evans to Locks Road in Evans. Speaker: Jerry Lyda, Co-Owner of Southern K-9 Solutions regarding his work with veterans thru nonprofit Veterans K-9 Solutions. No charge for meeting. Dinner is $15 per person; RSVP by March 23 to Wanda Duffie at (706) 830-5730
The 19th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church located at 3606 Old Ferry Road in Martinez will honor Reverend George Smith and First Lady Betty Smith. Pastor Ira Hendrix Jr. and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Waynesboro, GA will be in charge of service. The event is free and open to the public.
Learning for life
Learning for Life Spring Classes beginning at 6 p.m., a new series of classes for Learning for Life in Grovetown will begin. Four different classes will meet 5 weeks, each Sunday for an hour. 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 by the Concerned Women, Inc. Register now at www.grovetownumc.com or call Pastor Sandy Heslop at 706-651-1177.
Augusta Aglow March Meeting beginning at Spring Lakes Clubhouse in Martinez at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 28 featuring guest speaker Maria Pedro of En La Gloria Ministries. Maria, is presently living in Oaxaca, Mexico, working with indigenous tribes and villages. She spreads the gospel through evangelistic teams and radio. Fellowship with refreshments begins at 10:00 a.m. Augusta Aglow is an inter-denominational group sharing love for Christ and each other. For more information email: Augustaaglow@gmail.com, telephone (706) 925-7164
Evening Canoe Paddle at Mistletoe State Park in Appling beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4. Explore the shoreline along Clark's Hill, watch the sun descend on the evening sky during this paddler's journey. Reservations required.
This program is weather dependent. If staff decides to cancel the program, there will be a rain date and/or refunds. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321; http://gastateparks.org/Mistletoe; $5 Parking $10 per person
Junior Rangers: Canoe and Hike, Thursday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Apr. 6. Junior Rangers will go for a hike with a naturalist and learn about the many plants and animals that live around Mistletoe State Park. Junior Rangers will also get to partake in a canoe trip along the shoreline of Clarks Hill Lake.
This program is perfect for the young adventurer. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321; http://gastateparks.org/Mistletoe
Fellowship Baptist Church in Grovetown will hold a Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 8. The event will include an Easter Egg Hunt and Games. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase lunch to benefit the Food Pantry; www.fbcgrovetown.org
Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Anniversary beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 9, featuring special guest Reverend Dr. Jessie W. Johnson and The Rehoboth Baptist Church family. The event will be held at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church located at 4519 Jessie Rd. in Martinez.
Canaan of Galilee Baptist Church Annual Spring Revival, beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, Apr. 10 at the church located at 5830 Clarks Hill Road in Appling. The event will feature Rev. Linwood Jackson, Water Branch Baptist Church of Grovetown.
Easter Egg Scramble
The Columbia County annual Easter Egg Scramble will be held Saturday, April 15 at Evans Towne Center Park with free admission with the donation of new children's underwear or socks benefiting Columbia County Schools. The scramble will begin at 10 a.m. for ages 1-4 and at 11 a.m. for ages 1-5. Please bring your own baskets. More information at holidaysatthepark.com and Facebook@ columbiacountyevents.
Bone marrow donor match drive
National Bone Marrow Registry Donor Test Drive for 8-year-old Alex Moore, son of Pastor Matt and Ivy Moore of Trinity Baptist Church in Martinez Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church Family Life Center located at 4594 Columbia Road in Martinez. Alex's blood type is O+, however anyone ages 18 to 44 may be tested, including persons with other blood types whose test results will be placed on the National Bone Marrow Registry. Testing is simple and fast; completion of paperwork and a cheek swab. Remember, if not a match for Alex, a potential donor may be a match for someone else in need! Follow Alex's status on Facebook under Pray For Alex.
Spirit of Nursing awards
The 17th annual Spirit of Nursing Showcase will be held Friday, April 28, at the Legends Club, 2701 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA. This event precedes the national observance of Nurses Week, May 6-12. Nurse of the Year is recognized for care beyond what is required. Nominees are by a patient or patient's family. If there is a special nurse you would like to nominate, see Guidelines for nominating a Nurse of the Year on www.csra-gna10.org. Contributions form on csra-gna10.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Showcase begins at 5 p.m.; banquet and awards: 6:30 pm.
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 director and a former Marine. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.