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 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 calling for artisans for its third annual Harlem Arts Festival (Formerly known as Arts at the Gazebo). The event will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29. All work must be original 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, (706) 556-6656, or email email@example.com.
Free Tax preparation help until April 18 for low to middle incomes at the following locations and times. Euchee Creek Library, 9-2 Mon. (706) 556-0594; Columbia County Library 10-2, Tues., Thurs., Sat., (706) 863-6326.
Evening Canoe Paddle at Mistletoe State Park in Appling 7 p.m., Tuesday. Explore the shoreline along Clark's Hill, watch the sun descend on the evening sky. Reservations required. This program is weather-dependent. If program is canceled, there will be a rain date and/or refunds. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321; gastate parks.org/Mistletoe; $5 parking, $10 per person.
Junior Rangers: Canoe and Hike, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday. Junior Rangers will hike with a naturalist and learn about the many plants and animals that live around Mistletoe State Park. Junior Rangers will also 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; gastateparks.org/Mistletoe
Fellowship Baptist Church in Grovetown will hold a Spring Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 8. Includes an Easter Egg Hunt and games. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase lunch to benefit the Food Pantry; www.fbcgrovetown.org.
Japanese weaving class
Harlem Arts Council presents Weaving with Ulriche Beck, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8 and 15 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Kumihimo was prominently used by Samurai, but is now used as ties on a traditional obi (kimono sash). Minimum two students. Cost is $17 and includes two 90-minute classes and all materials. Contact Ulrike, (706) 556-1984.
Harlem Arts Council presents guitar lessons with Jeff Jordan, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. For beginners to moderate guitar experience. Jeff will work with group lessons (4 or less) which will reduce individual costs. Cost: $30 per class with individual instruction, (706) 556-3756.
Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Anniversary, 2 p.m., Sunday, April 9, featuring special guest the Rev. Dr. Jessie W. Johnson and the Rehoboth Baptist Church family, Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4519 Jessie Road, Martinez.
Oil painting classes
Harlem Arts Council presents Oil Painting with Minette Hatcher, 10 a.m.-noon Monday, April 10, 17 and 24 at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. Beginner and experienced. Class maximum 6 students. Call Ann, (706) 556-6656. Cost $20 per class.
Canaan of Galilee Baptist Church Annual Spring Revival, 7 p.m., April 10, 5830 Clarks Hill Road in Appling. The event will feature Rev. Linwood Jackson, Water Branch Baptist Church of Grovetown.
Harlem Arts Council presents Pottery with Angelika Bondar, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 19 and 26, 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. No experience needed. Perfect for beginners, but advanced enough for those who have worked with clay. Series of three classes includes all materials, firing the clay and glazing. Cost: $60 for all three classes. Contact Angelika, (706) 394-4682.
Lifting the veil on Islam
The Islamic Society of Augusta presents Lifting the Veil - Introducing the Prophet Muhammad at the Islamic Society of Augusta, 465 Old Evans Rd., Martinez, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13. More details at http://openhouse.isaugusta.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Scramble
The Columbia County annual Easter Egg Scramble will be Saturday, April 15, at Evans Towne Center Park. Free admission with 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.
Harlem Arts Council presents knitting with Sharon Bell, noon-2 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. If you have size 8, 5mm knitting needles bring them. Cost: $35. Price includes yarn. (If you wish to purchase knitting needles, bring an additional $5 to class.) Contact Sharon, (301) 659-9509.
Civil War Roundtable
The monthly meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Augusta, 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.
Masquerade Mardi Gras
The Psi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity welcomes you to our Masquerade Mardi Gras, Friday, April 21 at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown. Proceeds benefit the Psi Omega Foundation Scholarship Fund and Community Activsim. Tickets: $40, includes free food and drinks. Buy online at www.psiomegamardigras.con. Contact Michael Tanksley, (706)-284-1637 for details and vending opportunities.
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 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Trinity Baptist Church Family Life Center, 4594 Columbia Road in Martinez. Alex's blood type is O+, however anyone ages 18-44 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.
Harlem Arts Council presents Jewelry from Paper, that Looks Like Glass Beads with Katie Gastelle, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 22, at 175 N. Louisville St. in Harlem. The class minimum is 3 students; Cost: $40, includes all supplies. Contact Katie, (706) 726-0685.
Spirit of Nursing awards
The 17th-annual Spirit of Nursing Showcase Friday, April 28, at the Legends Club, 2701 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA. This event precedes national 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 email@example.com. Showcase begins at 5 p.m.; banquet and awards: 6:30 pm.
Third-annual Harlem Arts Festival (Formerly Arts at the Gazebo), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29 at Glenn Phillips Park in Harlem. This year's theme is "Bloomin' Arts," which will feature 30 vendors with local and handmade art, local music, food and more.
Mother's Day concert
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and the O'Jays live on the Lady Antebellum stage at Evans Towne Center Park Friday, May 12. Gates open at 6 p.m. music begins at 8 p.m. Visit www.evanstownecenterpark.com for concert updates. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com and local ticketmaster outlets including Maryland Fried Chicken restaurants in Evans and Augusta. General admission, preferred seating, VIP tickets available.
Concert in the park
Friends with Benefits presents Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans Thursday, June 15. Tickets: on sale now for $35 in advance, $45 day of show, $100 advance VIP seats. VIP tickets include preferred stage view, seated section, adult beverages and food catered by Southbound Smokehouse. Tickets on sale now, FWBPRO.com.
Triathalon park series
Tri the Parks - Mistletoe State Park in Appling, July 15. The Mistletoe State Park race is part of the Tri the Parks series. Participants will swim 600 meters in Clarks Hill Lake, bike 11.8 miles outside of the park over rolling hills, and run a hilly 5k through the park's roads. Race also features a duathlon and aquabike option; www.GaStateParks.org.
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 V eterans Organization meets 11 a.m. second Saturdays at Troy University, 2743 Perimeter Pkwy., Augusta. The cost is $50 per year. For more, call Watha Alston-Hooper, (706) 564- 6745.
Necco Augusta offers free foster-parent orientations 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, 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 welcome. Learn more at necco.org.
Financial aid for eyeglasses available for qualifying Grovetown residents; contact Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.
Thursday, 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. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road. Call (706) 496-4611 for more information.