Seniors get free legal service
Georgia Legal Services Program staff will be in Columbia County June 19 to meet with senior citizens wanting free legal help.
The GLSP does not assist with criminal issues and offers its assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. A staff member of GLSP will meet with seniors from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., June 19 at the Columbia County Senior Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown.
The GLSP office is at 811 Telfair St., Augusta. The phone number is 706-721-2327. The free long distance number is 800-248-6697.
Church schedules events
The Bible Cathedral will sponsor a yard sale, car wash and bake sale June 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Church plans summer program
The Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will sponsor a Summer Enrichment Program for children June 3 to June 28. The program, for children ages 4 to 14, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with early drop off available beginning at 7 a.m. and late pickup at 5 p.m.
Activities will include Bible study, writing, math, science and Christian values. The cost if $50 per week. The church is at 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans.
For more information, call the church at 860-7091.
Pastors and families to be honored
Focus on the Family and the Georgia Family Council will host a complimentary Pastors and Spouses Gathering and continental breakfast to thank clergy for their efforts in the Augusta community.
All local pastors, their associates, chaplains, seminary students and clergy spouses are invited to attend the free event at Stevens Creek Community Church at 600 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta.
Clergy interested in attending the gathering should call the Focus on the Family Pastoral Ministries department at 719-548-4676 to make reservations.
Food program site announced
The Waynesboro Deliverance Evangelistic Church will be a site for the Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The church is located at 752 Highway 25 South, Waynesboro, Ga.
For more information, call the church at 706-554-5405.
Lifestyle meeting planned
Health Yourself, a program for people seeking a healthy lifestyle, will be held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church on North Belair Road.
The one-hour meetings will be held from June 11 to Aug. 20.
The cost of the 10-week program will be $15, which includes a handbook, instruction, handouts, newsletters, supermarket tour and product testing.
Child care will be available.
Health Yourself provides practical information and guidance on healthy eating, exercise and emotional well-being.
For additional information or to register, call Gwen at 738-8771.
Taste of Life program scheduled
A Taste of Life, a program to help people lose weight and live healthier, will be offered at Wesley United Methodist Church on North Belair Road on Mondays beginning June 10 and lasting until Sept. 16.
The one-hour meetings will begin at 10 a.m.
The cost for the program is $25, which includes Bible study, meal plan guide, instruction, handouts and newsletters.
Child care will be available.
For additional information or to register, contact Vicki at 863-9653 or Michelle at 860-6479.
Regional EPD seminar planned
The Columbia County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a regional Clean Air Amendments Compliance Seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 19 at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
Lunch will be provided, and there is not cost to participants.
The seminar is open to all regional water facilities, which will be inspected by EPD during the summer to assure that all compliance issues are in place. The presenters for the seminar will be the same people who will inspect the compliance programs at the water facilities.
The seminar is sponsored by the EPD.
Representatives of water treatment facilities should register before May 15.
To register, call the Columbia County Emergency Services office at 868-3303 or e-mail Emergency Services Division Director Pam Tucker at email@example.com.
Choral society to present concert
The Columbia County Choral Society will present a concert of music by Bach, the Beatles and Buxtehude at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the First Baptist Church of Evans.
Tickets are available from choral society members and at the door for $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.
For more information, call Camilla Reid at 868-8670 or go online at ccchoralsociety.org.
Group is accepting grant applications
Columbia County Arts Inc. is accepting grant applications until June 15.
The grants are restricted to charitable arts groups which are members of CCA and located in Columbia County.
For more information and application forms contact Granting Committee, Columbia County Arts Inc., P.O. Box 212214, Martinez, GA 30917-2214.
Band to give benefit performance
The local band Loose Theory will present a benefit concert May 25 to help the K.O.D. Foundation, which raises money to assist families which have heavy financial burdens as a result of organ transplants. The benefit will be called A Heart to Heart Celebration.
Church to honor pastor
The White Rock Baptist Church will honor its pastor, the Rev. Clinton Edwards Jr., at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.
The Rev. Clarence Moore and the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Augusta, will be in charge of the services.
The public is invited. Dinner will be served.
SBDC to offer workshop
The Small Business Development Center will offer a free tax workshop for prospective and new small business owners.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in room 107 at USC Aiken's Administration Building.
The workshop will provide general information about different types of business organizations, record keeping requirements and business tax returns.
The morning session will cover federal tax requirements for small businesses and the afternoon session will cover state tax and employment security obligations.
A packet of information from the IRS will be given to each participant.
To register or for more information, call the SBDC at 803-641-3646 or via e-mail at SBDC@usca.edu.
Homestead exemption deadline approaches
The deadline for filing applications for homestead exemption is June 1.
Applications are being accepted in the Appling office of the Columbia County Tax Commissioner's Office. It is located at 1959 Appling-Harlem Highway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.
Girls camp planned
Registration is now being accepted for summer camp for girls currently in K-5 through high school.
Camp will include swimming, skating, bowling, a trip to Funsville Amusement Park and other sites.
The program is sponsored by Girls Incorporated of CSRA.
The nine-week camp will cost $350 plus an annual registration fee of $35.
Lunch, two snacks, a T-shirt and all field trips are included in the cost. Swim lessons will be available at an additional cost.
For more information, call 733-2512.
Arts camp scheduled
The 21st annual Collage: Creative Arts Camp will be held June 17-28 at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church.
The camp, sponsored by the Friends of the Augusta Symphony, is for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall.
A faculty of local arts professionals will instruct the pupils in various musical instruments, art, movement, drama, chorus, puppetry, pottery, weaving, storytelling, and creative writing.
The camp will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.
Tuition will be $100 per week.
For more information, call Sue Alexander at 738-7527 or the symphony office at 826-4705.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Society of Canada have joined to present the 2002 North American Education Conference "Reaching for New Frontiers in MS Research" on May 14.
The public is invited to attend the conference which will be offered at the Medical College of Georgia at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information contact Sally Layton at 800-822-3379 or visit www.nationalmsssociety.org
Red Cross of Augusta will be offering Water Safety Instructor training at the Family Y on Wheeler Road. Participants must be at least 17 years of age and pass a swimming test. There class will be offered at seven different times. The cost for the class is $80. For class times call 724-8483.
House numbers encouraged
The Columbia County Planning and Development office is encouraging residents to ensure that their homes have their street address numbers plainly visible from the street so that emergency personnel can find the correct address.
House numbers should be at least 3 inches tall, mounted on a mailbox, be visible from both directions of the road and should not be hidden by weeds or flowers.
For more information, call the Columbia County Planning and Development office at 868-3400.
Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant set
The 63rd Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant will be held June 14-15 in Tifton.
The pageant is open to any young woman in Georgia and accepts one contestant per county and one contestant from each college in each age division.
The pageant is a nonprofit scholarship program that offers educational opportunities while promoting forestry in Georgia. It gives over $60,000 in cash and scholarships to the queens and runner-ups.
The age divisions are Tiny Miss ages 3 to 6; Junior Miss ages 7 to 12; Teen Miss ages 13 to 16; and Miss age 17 to 23.
Trinity Baptist Preschool on Columbia Road, is accepting registration for the 2002-03 school year. The program is open to ages 2-4. For more information, please call Shannon Story at 541-2066 or 863-1222.
School opens registration
Columbia County Christian Academy's registration for MDO, pre-k, kindergarten and first through sixth grades is now open.
The school is located at 4004 Prescott Drive, Martinez.
For more information, call 863-0535 or 650-8610
Georgia forestry advice
The Georgia Forestry Commission is advising residents whether their homes are in the potential line of fire. The service is particularly aimed at rural residents. For more information, call Chief Ranger Steve Abbott at 556-3962.
The Harlem United Methodist Preschool is preregistering for the 2002-2003 school year. For more information, call Margie Bennett or Paula Green at 556-6885.
Parents day out
The Harlem United Methodist Parents' Day Out Program has openings for the two-year-old program. For more information, call Valarie Wingate or Andrea Rockefeller at 556-6885.
The CSRA Community Foundation is accepting applications for 2002 Unrestricted Funding for area 501(c) (3) organizations for Columbia, Burke, Richmond and McDuffie Counties in Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina. Information, grant guidelines and grant applications may be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the foundation at 724-1314.
CSRA EOA, Inc. Head Start has openings for children who will be four years old by December 31, 2002. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that provides quality services for the whole family. All services are provided in an educational environment and are free to qualified applicants. Applications can be obtained at Columbia County Head Start, 120 East Trippe Street, Harlem, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
For more information call 556-0085
Neighborhood Action Team
Neighborhood Action Team, Inc. - a McDuffie County non-profit organization - is seeking new members. For more information, call 706-595-4914 and membership cost is $10.
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.
Tutors are now available to work one-on-one with adults who want to improve their minimal reading skills. There is no charge for tutorial services and workbook materials. Tutoring sessions are arranged at times convenient to both student and tutor. For more information, please call Nancy Lightsey, program coordinator, at Gibbs Library, 863-1946.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children's story time
A story time for all ages is offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Euchee Creek Library.
The Augusta Newcomers Club of the CSRA meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call Debbie Negua at 860-6752.
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.
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