Youth choir performing
The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir, who recently performed at New York'sground zero and the Pentagon, will present their Hope and Healing concert three times in Augusta and Grovetown.
The group will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday at Flemming Baptist Church, 3027 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta. Ay 6:30 p.m the same day, the group will be at New Hope Worship Center, 715 South Old Belair Road, Grovetown. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, the group will perform at First Family Church of God, 400 Warren Road, Augusta.
Cheaper by the Dozen auditions
The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company will be holding auditions for Cheaper by the Dozen at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Augusta Preparatory Day School's Lower School Cafetorium at 285 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez.
Parts are available for nine males and seven females ages eight through college. The show will be presented on unannounced dates and locations. Those auditioning should bring a biography and measurements to the audition.
For more information, call 210-8915.
The Academy of Richmond County Class of 1962 reunion will be Friday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. All former classmates should send updated addresses, e-mail addresses and other contact information to Nancy Solomon-Stutts at firstname.lastname@example.org; or at P.O. Box 204804, Martinez,Ga. 30917-4804; or at (706) 860-0661.
The Second Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Stevens Creek Elementary School, at 3780 Evans to Locks Road. Featured items include crafts, jewelry, dog treats, home decorations, massages, beauty products, raffles, refreshments and more.
Thanksgiving is a time for family get-togethers - and that means family photos. Whether your family is enjoying dinner locally or on the road, take a snapshot and send a copy to The Columbia County News-Times for a family "photo album" we'll publish Dec. 11. Send photos to Thanksgiving Families, 4143 Columbia Road, Suite B, Martinez, GA 30907. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want the picture back. Photos may be e-mailed to email@example.com. All pictures must be received by Dec. 6.
Toys for Tots run
The Marine Corps Reserve of Augusta will play host to its annual Toys for Tots 5K run Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. at Lake Olmstead. Entry fees cost $12 in advance (through Dec. 6), or $15 at the event. There also will be a one-mile Fun Run on Dec. 7, with an $8 advance entry fee, or $10 the day of the run. All proceeds will benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Call 736-2037 for more information.
Ray Guy Award presentation
The 2002 Ray Guy Award for College Punter of the Year will be presented Dec. 12 live on cable channel ESPN from the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. For more information, contact the Greater Augusta Sports Council at 722-8326.
Winter clothing drive
North Harlem Elementary School will be collecting new mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for deserving individuals and families. If you would like to donate to the clothing drive, please drop your items off at North Harlem Elementary.
The Leah Volunteer Fire Department will elect new board members for the coming year when it meets Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Fire Station No. 2 on Burks Mountain Road. Leah residents are invited.
CTscans available at Martinez church
Low-cost mobile CT scans for early warning signs of cancer and coronary disease will be available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Martinez Baptist Church at 3632 Lynnwood Dr.
Three types of scans, performed by CATScan 2000, are will be offered including hearts, chest and abdominal/pelvic scans. The fee is $199 per test. If all three scans are performed together, a $30 discount will apply to the third test for a total of $567. Age restriction apply.
For more information, call the church at 863-7944.
Legal advice for seniors
The Georgia Legal Services Program staff will offer free legal advice to senior citizens from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Bessie Thomas Senior Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Dr., Grovetown.
Columbia County seniors over 60 with a civil (noncriminal) legal issue may meet with a GLSP staff member during scheduled times. For more information, call GLSP at 721-2327 or 1-800-248-6697.
Stevens Creek performing Scrooge!
Stevens Creek Community Church will perform Scrooge! at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 6 and 8, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The church has presented the popular adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol for six of the past eight years.
Tickets cost $5 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased from Stevens Creek Community Church at 600 Stevens Creek Road, Family Christian Bookstores or online at www.stevenscreek.net. For more information, call the church at 863-7002 or visit the Web site.
Columbia County birthday
In 1770, a grant was issued for land in the township of Wrightsborough for those "seeking a newer world." This was the first official settlement for what was to eventually be Columbia County, chartered Dec. 10, 1790.
In honor of Columbia County's birthday, a Christmas-at-the-Courthouse Birthday Celebration will be Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the old courthouse.
The author and illustrator of the recently published history of Columbia County, To Seek a Newer World, will be there to discuss their work and to sign books.
Held by the Columbia County Historical Society, the birthday event also will feature the Historical Kiokee Church Choir, historical keepsakes on display and refreshments.
Santa Claus is coming to Stevens Creek Elementary School on Dec. 7. The public is invited to the school for a hot breakfast, a performance by the Stevens Creek Ensemble, holiday readings with celebrity readers and, of course, a visit from Santa. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. and reservations are required. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children. Pictures with Santa cost extra. Reservations can be made by calling Chris Baum at 855-6083 or Jean Duncan at 868-8796. Reservations will be accepted through Dec. 5.
The Evans High School Class of 1983 is seeking classmates for their 20-year reunion on Oct. 11, 2003. For more information, call Doug Hemingway at 793-7485 or Alice Wheatley Padgett at 860-6076. The public also may e-mail for more information at EHS1983reunion@comcast.net.
Grovetown Christmas parade
The Grovetown Christmas parade, entitled Ole Tyme Christmas, will begin at noon Dec. 7. This year's grand marshal will be William "Bill" Wood.
People wishing to participate may obtain applications from the Grovetown Dept. of Public Safety at 306 East Robinson Ave., by calling 863-1212 or via e-mail at Grovetowndps@cji.net.
Harlem Christmas parade
The Harlem Lions Club Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m Dec. 14. Applications for those wishing to participate are available at Harlem City Hall. For more information, call 556-3448.
Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road., will hold Bethlehem Boulevard from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
Patrons may walk among the common folk on a re-creation of the day Jesus was born. Meet angels, a Roman soldier, census taker, potter, the innkeeper, the three kings and shepherds. Attendees also may visit Mary and Joseph, a Jewish home and the village well. Refreshments will be available in the marketplace.
Brookwood Elementary Presents The Nutcracker
Brookwood Elementary School in Columbia County will be performing its 13th Annual production of The Nutcracker in December.
The cast features 125 costumed fourth graders and the choreography of April Storm, of the Martinez-Evans Dance Studio.
The Nutcracker is free of charge and performances are scheduled for 2:15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3, and 9 and 9:40 a.m. Dec. 4. For more information, call 855-7596, ext. 217.
Arts board meeting scheduled
The Columbia County Arts board and member meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 16, at Brandon Wilde clubhouse on Owens Road.
The meeting will include a brief musical program by harpist Vonda Darr, review of the past year's activities, project projects for next year, election of board members and socializing and friendship.
Juvenile board volunteers needed
The Columbia County Juvenile Court is looking for volunteers for the Citizens Panel for Foster Care Review. Volunteers assist in reviewing compliance with court orders in cases of children removed from families because of abuse or neglect.
Panels meet monthly to review cases an make recommendations to the court for children to return home or be placed for adoption. Volunteers receive an initial two days' training and ongoing training throughout the year.
For more information, call Brian Stutts at 860-0661.
Boy scout troop meeting changed
Boy Scout Troop 16 now will meet at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. on Mondays at the Church of Our Savior on Columbia Road.
Newcomers welcome newcomers
The Augusta Newcomers Club helps new residents acclimate and make friends by offering a variety of activities including lunch and dinner groups, social activities, bowling, golf, book clubs and more.
Monthly coffees for prospective new members are on the first Tuesday of each month. To attend or for further information on the club,, contact Bethany Greer at 210-8049 or Carol Holder at 651-0587.
Evans High School will hold Introduction to Computers classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
For more information, call the school at 868-3663, Ext. 220.
Kiwanis Club meeting
The Kiwanis Club of Columbia County meets at 11:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Meeting Centre inside the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 671 N. Belair Road, Evans.
For more information, call Debbi Powell-Brown at 863-7548.
Learn communication skills
Learn the art of speaking and communication at weekly meetings of Toastmasters International Club 5920.
The club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Doctors Hospital.
For more information, call Joey Brush at 860-3952.
The Georgia Forestry Commission is now accepting seedling applications at the Columbia County office at 5887 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem. For more information, call Chief Ranger Steve Abbott at 556-3962.
The Georgia Forestry Commission is advising residents whether their homes are at risk of woods or brush fires. The free service is particularly aimed at rural residents.
For more information, call Chief Ranger Steve Abbott at 556-3962.
Foster and adoptive families needed
The Department of Family and Children Services is looking for dedicated and committed families to be foster or adoptive families for abused and neglected children.
The need is great and the work is challenging.
If you want to supply the tools, materials, time and devotion it takes to be a foster or adoptive parents or just want more information, contact your local department.
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.
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 e-mail 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 age 4 by Dec. 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 St., Harlem, on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
For more information call 556-0085.
Neighborhood Action Team
The Neighborhood Action Team - a McDuffie County nonprofit organization - is seeking new members. For more information, call (706) 595-4914 and membership costs $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.
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 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 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.
Historical donations needed
The 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 casesthat 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.
Gold prospectors' 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.
The Augusta Newcomers Club of the CSRA meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call Debbie Negua at 860-6752.
Evans Elementary announces meeting dates
Evans Elementary School Councilwill hold meetings at 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the school's media centeron the following dates: Monday; Dec. 2; Jan. 6; Feb. 3; March 10; April 7; May 5; June 2; and July 28.
Brookwood Elementary council meeting dates
The Brookwood Elementary School council will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the school's media center on the following dates: Dec. 10, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 27 and June 24.
Martinez Elementary School
The Martinez Elementary School Council will hold meetings at 4:30 p.m. at the school on the following dates: Dec. 12; Jan. 30; Feb. 27; March 27; April 24; May 24; and June 26 (9 a.m.).
Westmont school council sets schedule
The Westmont Elementary School Council will hold meetings at 7:30 a.m. at the school, 4558 Oakley Pirkle Road, on the following dates: Friday; Dec. 13; Jan. 17; Feb. 21; March 21; April 18; May 9; and June 20.
Blue Ridge school council sets meeting schedule
The Blue Ridge Elementary School Council will hold meetings at 7:30 a.m. in the conference room of the school's media center, 550 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans, on the following dates: 19; Dec. 17; Jan. 14; Feb. 18; March 18; April 15; and May 20.
Belair Elementary announces meetings
Belair Elementary School will hold meetings at 7:15 a.m. in the media center on the following dates: Dec. 3; Jan. 7; Feb. 4; March 4; April 1; May 6; June 3;and July 31.
add to school calendar - Greenbrier Council Meeting
The Greenbrier High School Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:45 a.m. at the school. The next scheduled meeting is Dec. 10.
South Columbia Elementary announces meetings
South Columbia Elementary School will hold meetings beginning at 7:15 a.m. in the media center on the following dates: Dec. 17; Jan. 21; Feb. 18; March 18; April 15; May 20; June 17; and July 15.
Martinez Baptist Hearts and Hands Christian Day School is now enrolling for the 2002-2003 school year for K-2 through eighth grade. They use the A Beka Curriculum in a home school type setting with small class sizes. They offer daily Bible classes and art, music, PE, computers and a library. We also participate in community mission projects. The classes are at Martinez Baptist Church, 3632 Lynnwood Drive. For more information contact at 364-2859 or 294-0977.
Calvary Tabernacle meets every Sunday at Wingate Inn on Belair Road. The service starts at 3 p.m.
For more information, call Pastor Russell R. Fogler at 737-2166 or 294-9122.
Compassionate Friends meeting site changed
The Columbia County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends meeting place has moved to Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez.
Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Compassionate Friends is a support group for those who have suffered the death of a child, grandchild, sister or brother.
For more information, call Ruth Williams at 556-0360 or Priscilla Bence at 650-8355.
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