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 Arts at the Gazebo). The event will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29. All work must be original. 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 Euchee Creek Library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, (706) 556-0594; Columbia County Library 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, (706) 863-6326.
Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Anniversary, 2 p.m. Sunday, featuring 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, Oil Painting with Minette Hatcher, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, April 10, 17 and 24 at 175 N. Louisville St., 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., Monday, 5830 Clarks Hill Road, Appling. The event will feature Rev. Linwood Jackson, Water Branch Baptist Church of Grovetown.
Harlem Arts Council, Pottery with Angelika Bondar, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 12, 19 and 26, 175 N. Louisville St., Harlem. No experience needed. 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.
The Great Easter Egg drop
Abilene Baptist Church will hold its annual Great Easter Egg Drop event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at the Merchants Association of Columbia County Fairgrounds. Toddlers through 5th Grade are invited to the free community event. Inflatables, face painting, rides and live music will be part of the event. A helicopter will drop 70,000 candy-filled eggs at multiple drop zones for different age groups. A separate drop zone will also be available for children with special needs. Guests should visit myabilene.org/eggdrop to pre-register and receive more information. Abilene will hold Easter services the next day, Sunday, April 16th, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. More information can be found online at myabilene.org/easter.
Harlem Arts Council, knitting with Sharon Bell, noon-2 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at 175 N. Louisville St., Harlem. Bring size 8, 5mm knitting needles or purchase for $5. Cost: $35. Includes yarn. 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 the former UGA head football coach and athletic director and a former Marine. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. www.civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com.
Youth BBQ fundraiser
The Marvin United Methodist Church Youth Group will hold a BBQ fundraiser for missions and community outreach. BBQ quarter chicken with 2 sides and cornbread, $8 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19; take-out or dine-in. Marvin UMC, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez.
Masquerade Mardi Gras
The Psi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity 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 food and drinks. Buy online at www.psiomegamardigras.con. Call Michael Tanksley, (706)-284-1637 for details and vending opportunities.
5k at Steed's Dairy Farm
The 4th annual 'Til the Cows Come Home 5k trail run, 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Steed's Dairy Farm, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown. Proceeds benefit Christ Community Health Services Augusta. To register, visit www.raceentry.com. $25 in advance, $30 on-site.
Harlem Arts Council, Jewelry from Paper, that Looks Like Glass Beads with Katie Gastelle, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 22, at 175 N. Louisville St., Harlem. The class minimum is 3 students; Cost: $40, includes 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 Road, 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. See guidelines for nominating a nurse on www.csra-gna10.org, contributions form on csra-gna10.org, or email email@example.com.
Third-annual Harlem Arts Festival (Formerly Arts at the Gazebo), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29 at Glenn Phillips Park in Harlem. Theme is "Bloomin' Arts," which will feature 30 vendors with local and handmade art, 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 6 p.m. music begins 8 p.m. Visit www.evanstownecenterpark.com for concert updates. Tickets at ticketmaster.com and local ticketmaster outlets including Maryland Fried Chicken restaurants in Evans and Augusta. General admission, preferred seating, VIP tickets available.
Pet food drive
Pawprints Foundation and Long Dog Rescue accept 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.
Concert in the park
Friends with Benefits presents Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Columbia County Amphitheater, Evans, Thursday, June 15. Tickets: $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.
The Women's Veterans Organization meets 11 a.m. second Saturdays at Troy University, 2743 Perimeter Pkwy., Augusta. Cost: $50 per year. For more, call Watha Alston-Hooper, (706) 564- 6745.
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 swim 600 meters in Clarks Hill Lake, bike 11.8 miles outside the park over rolling hills, and run 5k through the park's roads. Race also features a duathlon and aquabike option; www.GaStateParks.org.
Necco Augusta 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. For more information, go to necco.org.
Financial aid for eyeglasses available for qualifying Grovetown residents; contact Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.
Gold Prospectors Association of America meets 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611.
Columbia County Cares Food Pantry is open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 1959 Appling-Harlem Hwy., Appling; (706) 541-2834.
Thursday, 7 p.m., West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans. For more information, call Tom, (706) 814-1355.