Prayer site offered
First Baptist Church of Evans is offering its sanctuary as a place for prayer and meditation from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 863-1228. The church is located on the corner of Washington and Belair roads.
United Hospice of Augusta is looking for volunteers to help the area's terminally ill patients. Training will be conducted to fit volunteers' schedules. Office volunteers also are needed. For more information, call Kathy Gerstein at 481-9930.
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 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.
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.
Fencing classes offered
The Augusta Fencers Club is now offering two new classes in beginning foil. The first - a youth class for those 11 to 14 - meets from 6-7 p.m. Fridays. The second - an adult class - meets 6-7 p.m. Thursdays. All competitive equipment is provided for both classes, and the cost is $40 each. For more information or to register, call 722-8878.
Club members 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.
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.
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.
Valentine movie event
A Valentine's Dive-In Movie event will be offered by The Family Y from 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Wheeler Center indoor pool on Wheeler Road. Participants will swim in a heated pool and watch a big screen classic movie. Cost is $3 for Gold members, $4 for silver members, $5 for bronze members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 738-6678.
School's out event
The Family Y will be having a School's Out Prime Time event for children 5-12 years old on Feb. 18 at the Wheeler Center on Wheeler Road. It will feature arts and crafts, games, sports, swimming and more. Cost is $20 per child preregistered or $25 with registration the day of the program. For more information, call 738-6689.
Registration for an adult full court basketball league at The Family Y will begin Feb. 19 at the Wilson Center on Wheeler Road. Cost is $250 per team plus a $5 fee for each non-member of The Family Y. For more information, call 733-1030.
Cinderella ball offered
The Augusta Players will be offering a Cinderella Glass Slipper Ball event to the public at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Sacred Heart. Confections will be provided by the executive chef of the Partridge Inn, and music and dancing will take place. For reservations, call 826-4707.
Gold prospector's meeting
The Augusta Chapter of the Gold Prospector's Association of America will be having its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the studio of Tim Conway Photography on Kings Way. For more information, call 729-9900 or 284-6705.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Hephzibah will be celebrating the 16th anniversary of their pastor, the Rev. Charles E. Lacy at 2 p.m. Feb. 3. The public is invited to attend.
Experts from various fields will give their insights on death from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at The Church of the Good Shepherd on Walton Way. Topics covered will include biological aspects of death, mortuary practices, grief rituals, the child's perspective and a theological perspective on faith in the midst of death. For more information, call 738-3386.
Legal help offered
Free legal help will be offered to senior citizens on Feb. 19 and 20 in Columbia County. The first session will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Grovetown Senior Center on West Robinson Street. The second will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Columbia County's Council on Aging on Euchee Creek Drive in Grovetown. For more information, call 721-2327.
Columbia County's community theatre, Stage III, will open its 2002 season with Neil Simon's comedy "The Odd Couple" on Feb. 7. The play also will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 9 as a dinner theatre catered by French Market Grille West. A Sunday matinee will be offered at 3 p.m. Feb. 10. For reservations, call 228-3636.
Law enforcement academy
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will be having a Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy beginning March 7. Participants will learn about the everyday operations of the sheriff's office and will receive firearms training at a shooting range. The nine-week evening course is free and open to county residents age 18 and older. For more information, call Capt. Jim March at 541-4027 or Lt. Patricia Champion at 541-3970.
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