A meeting to discuss a reapportionment mapping of the legislative districts and how they will affect the area will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Sheraton Hotel in Augusta.
Guest speakers will be Georgia Sen. Eric Johnson, and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Also speaking will be Sen. Joey Brush and State Rep. Ben Harbin.
Another gathering to discuss the same topic will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Thomson. There, hosts will be the McDuffie County Republican Party, Congressman Charlie Norwood, Brush and Rep. Bill Jackson. Johnson and Westmoreland also will be on hand. Cost will be $10 for the luncheon in Thomson and $25 for the reception at the Sheraton.
The 2001 Worldwide Candle Lighting will take place in Columbia County at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Patriots Park on Columbia Road. Participants will gather under the Ramada sign near the baseball fields and will light candles in memory of loved ones. Those attending are asked to bring a candle. A microphone and music box will be available for those who want to play a song or read a poem. For more information, call Floyd and Cecelia Fields at 855-7906 or Dave and Dee Gibbs at 556-6966.
Georgia forestry advice
The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering advice to residents on whether their home is in the line of fire. The service is particularly aimed at rural residents. For more information, call Chief Ranger Steve Abbott at (706) 556-3962.
Holiday tour and dinner
The annual Historic Holiday Tour and Dinner in Washington, Ga., will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Tour tickets cost $12 each, or $45 with dinner included. For more information, call Suzanne Norman at (706) 678-1922.
The Harmony Baptist Church on Hopkins Street in Augusta will have its annual candlelight communion service at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The Rev. Otis Moss III and the Tabernacle Baptist Church family will be the special guests.
Holiday music event
The music ministry of Second Baptist Church in Aiken will have a holiday music extravaganza at 4 p.m. today. The event will include carols and Christmas songs performed in the styles of jazz, classical and gospel. There also will be a worship and word event. Those attending are asked to bring a gift, toy or shoebox filled with toys to place under the church Christmas tree for needy families. For more information, call Karen Gordon at (803) 644-3994.
Sacred Heart festival
A music festival of nine lessons and carols will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Greene Street. The service will include the King's College Chapel, Cambridge University from England, The Augusta Collegium Musicum, Augusta State University Choir and the Columbia County Choral Society. Cost will be $10. For ticket information, call 826-4700.
Augusta Players auditions
The Augusta Players will have auditions for a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Augusta Players Warehouse on Walton Way. Auditions consist of a prepared solo from the show, a reading from the script and a dance audition. Roles are available for 10 men ages 18 and older and 10 women ages 16 and older. For more information, call 826-4707.
Harlem Christmas parade
The Harlem Lions Club Christmas Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Entry forms are available at Harlem City Hall or by calling 556-3448 or Scott Dean at 556-0083.
Senior programs offered
The CSRA Agency on Aging offers several programs for seniors throughout the Augusta area, including those detailing adult day care, home modifications, personal care aids, care in the home and others. For more information, call 210-2018 or toll free at (888) 922-4464.
The Georgia Podiatric Medical Association is running a shoe collection drive for the homeless in the Augusta area. The association will accept new and used shoes of any size, and donations can be brought to any local podiatrist's office through January. For more information, call Dr. Kent E. Kronowski at 724-0586.
Citizen award presentation
The Harlem Woman's Club is accepting nominations for its 2001 Citizen of the Year Award. The award, which will acknowledge someone who has served his or her community through church activities, volunteer work or career, will be presented at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Woman's Club in Harlem. For nomination forms, call Minette Hatcher at 556-3295 or write the Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1142, Harlem, GA 30814. Nominations should be made by Dec. 15.
The Augusta Opera will present the 18th annual Augusta Opera and St Paul's Holiday Concert at 3:30 and 6 p.m. today at St. Paul's Church on Reynolds Street. There will be holiday and patriotic music performed. Tickets will be $25 and can be purchased by calling 826-4710 or at the opera office in Sacred Heart Cultural Center or at Merry Times in Surrey Center.
Fencing classes offered
The Augusta Fencers Club is accepting registration for two new classes in beginning foil fencing. One of the classes will be for youths age 14 and younger. It will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. The second will be an adult class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Both classes will last three months and cost $40 per month. For more information, call 722-8878.
Free admission to museum
The Augusta Museum of History will offer free admission to its facility Sundays. The museum is located on Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 722-8454.
Senior citizens service
Residents looking for information about services for senior citizens and their caregivers can call the CSRA Area Agency on Aging at 210-2018 or (888) 922-4464.
The Columbia County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends offers grief support for families suffering the loss of a child. They meet every second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 780 Old Louisville Road, Harlem.
For more information, call (706) 556-6966 or (706) 855-7906.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.
Volunteers work alongside the Department of Family and Children Services and other agencies to protect children who have been placed in foster care. Volunteers need no experience and will be provided specialized training. For more information, call 737-4631.
The National Kidney Foundation of Georgia's is seeking donations of old vehicles to be sold as a fund-raiser.
The program offers free vehicle pickup. Cars, trucks, boats or motor homes donated might be tax deductible. To receive an informational packet to fill out and return, call (800) 488-CARS.
Foster parents needed
The Columbia County Department of Family and Children Services is looking for potential foster parents. All those interested in becoming foster parents or with questions are asked to call Cindy Taylor at 541-1640.
Community volunteers needed
Augusta Child Advocates is recruiting community volunteers to work with and on behalf of abused children in Richmond County. Training begins Jan. 3. Those interested should call 737-3006.
High school reunion
The Harlem High School Class of 1976 is planning a reunion.
For more information, call Pam Tankersley at email@example.com, 860-1037 or 650-0409; or Jim Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers are seeking names, addresses and e-mail addresses.
School musical presented
The Paul Knox Middle School Chorus will be presenting a dessert- tasting and musical play called Tis The Season at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the school's cafeteria. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 442-6300.
The Augusta Newcomers Club of the CSRA meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call Debbie Negua at 860-6752.
A storytime for all ages is offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Euchee Creek Library.
Free mulch offered
The City of Thomson is offering free mulch to all interested farmers, businesses and residents. The city grinds all of its yard trimmings and collects the mulch on a quarterly basis. Loading assistance will be provided at a mulch pickup site on request. For more information, call (706) 595-1781.
Evans High School willhave a silent auction in the commons area of the school at 6 p.m. Thursday. Some of the items for sale include Masters prints, bicycles and Christmas items. All proceeds will benefit the Evans High School Student Council and the Knights baseball team.
Club member sought
The Harlem Woman's Club is accepting new members. The club supports local communities and Columbia County's schools. It is a sponsor of the Star Student Award, the Citizen of the Year Award and the arts program. Meetings are at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Woman's Club in Harlem. For more information, call Brenda Starling at 556-6811.
Fantasy of lights display
The Fantasy of Light drive-through display is being offered to the public through Dec. 24 at Pendleton King Park on Troupe Street. Open times are 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The event includes more than 50,000 miniature lights and 110 light displays. All proceeds from the event go to the local Easter Seals.
Historical donations needed
The City of Grovetown Museum Board of Directors is seeking donations of military memorabilia with ties to Fort (Camp) Gordon for a special display depicting the historical relationship between the fort and Grovetown.
Photographs, documents, uniforms, personal military equipment, medals and copies of news article are needed. Donated items will be displayed in two glass cases which were purchased through a grant from the Fort Gordon Officers Wives Club. For more information or to donate, call Rosa Lee Owens at 863-1867 or Charles Lord at 863-3138.
The Augusta West Performing Companies will present their annual production of It's the Night Before Christmas at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theater. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at Augusta West Dance Studio or at the box office Dec. 8. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, call Cindy Folger at 860-0998.
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