Two cooling centers have been opened by the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency at the Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, and Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road.
Columbia County citizens without access to air conditioning are encouraged to use the centers, which will remain open through September.
The Bessie Thomas Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and features a sitting room with ice water and television, ice cream, and soft drink and snack vending machines.
Patriots Park is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The center features a sitting room with ice water and television.
Anyone needing transportation to either of the cooling centers is requested to contact the Columbia County Public Transit at 556-0308.
For more information on the centers, call the Columbia County EMA office at 868-3303.
Foster family information session
The United Methodist Children's Home of the North Georgia Conference is seeking Christian families for babies, children and teenagers who cannot live with their biological families. The length of time the child lives with you will depend on the circumstances and whether you wish to be a long-term or short-term foster family.
An information session will be Tuesday, June 3, at noon and 6 p.m. at the Gibbs Library on North Belair Road. For more information, call Tosha Moore, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 722-8669.
Registration open for Toastmaster teens
Registration is open for the Toastmaster Teen Leadership Program until June 8 or until the session is filled. The program, offered by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, provides techniques and practice for teens to become better and more confident public speakers, no matter what the skill level.
The program runs from 2 to 5 p.m. June 9-17 weekdays at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The fee is $35, which includes a workbook, certificate of achievement, award and graduation dinner. For more information or to register, call 868-3413.
SCUBA Bible school
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 402 Aumond Road, Augusta, is holding Vacation Bible School June 9-13 from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 3 through fifth grade. The theme is SCUBA - Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure.
For more information or to register, call the church office at 733-6076.
Vacation Bible School
Columbia County Christian Church is holding Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 through fifth grade at 404 Prescott Drive, Martinez, July 20-24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. To register or for more information, call 863-6973.
Lewis Memorial registration
Registration is open for Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church's Mothers' Morning Out and preschool for the fall session. Children ages 3 and 4 may attend three or five days a week. Two-year-olds may attend two days a week. A new program is open for 1-year-olds. Registration also is open for the summer program to run June 3-26, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
All programs are at the church on the corner of Columbia and Hereford Farm roads. For more information, call 339-9033.
Landfill holiday closing
The Columbia County Baker Place Road landfill will be closed Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, in recognition of Independence Day. The landfill will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, July 7.
Michaels art camp
Michaels Stores Inc., an arts and crafts retailer, will play host to the annual Summer Arts and Crafts Camp on July 7-11 at the store, 211 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. There will be two daily sessions: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for 5- to 8-year-olds and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for 9- to 12-year-olds. The theme is It's a Jungle Out There.
The cost is $5 per day. For more information, call the store at 738-9330.
Porter Fleming writing entries accepted
Entries are being accepted in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting categories for the 10th annual Porter Fleming Writing Competition, named for prominent Augusta philanthropist Porter Fleming. Winners will be invited to participate in the Arts in the Heart Festival.
Writers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina are eligible as long as entries are postmarked by June 16. For more information, call Melanie Borcher at the Greater Augusta Arts Council at 826-4702.
GAP applications accepted
Grassroots Arts Program grant applications are being accepted for 2003 to support community arts projects such as dance performances, concerts, murals, readings, storytelling and public art. To be eligible for funds, organization must be incorporated in Georgia as nonprofit and tax-exempt or be a unit of government.
Applications can be obtained from the Greater Augusta Arts Council, 1301 Green St., Augusta, and must be returned by July 18. Projects must take place between Sept. 15, 2003, and June 30, 2004. For more information, contact project coordinator Erin Swenson at 826-4702.
The Augusta Chamber Singers will present a spring concert Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St. Under the direction of Steve Patteson, the program will include sacred and secular music.
Admission is free. For more information, contact Nancy Kritz at 279-7809.
Family Y swim lessons
Swim lessons are offered from May 26 to July 31, in two-week sessions of eight classes, at the Family Y's pools for babies to 12-year-olds.
Adult swim lessons also are offered at all three pools - Wilson Branch pool, Wheeler Branch indoor pool and Southside pool. For fees, schedules and other details, call 738-6678, 733-1030 or 738-6680 or visit www.thefamilyy.org.
Augusta Harley Davidson will play host to the first annual Charity Run for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta on Saturday, May 31. The first bikes will leave at 9 a.m. and the last at 11 a.m.
All riders are welcome. Register in advance for $10 per bike at Augusta Harley Davidson on Frontage Road. For more information, call Cheryl at 651-0444 or Vikki at 724-5901.
Mothers' Day Out
Lewis Memorial's Mother's Day Out and Pre-School is accepting registration for their fall session. Three- and four-year-olds may attend three or five days a week; two-year-olds may attend two days a week and there's a new program for one-year-olds. The church is also registering students for its summer program that will run from June 3 until June 26 on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday.
For more information, call 339-9033.
The Georgia Forestry Commission's Columbia County Unit, who issues burning permits in person and by telephone, now offers them online. Visit www.gfc.state.ga.us and follow the directions.
The only burning material the permit covers is leaves, small limbs and pine straw. The legal burning hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The permit is only for notification purposes as homeowners are still responsible for any liability issues the smoke or fire may cause.
For a permit for larger brush piles, question on burning or more information, call 556-3962.
The commission also offers assistance with outside burning and evaluations of homes that could be in a potential line of fire.
Scout golf tourney
The Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its 17th annual Alltel Boy Scout Golf Classic on Monday, June 9, at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a box lunch at noon. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will follow the tournament.
The cost is $500 per foursome or $150 per person, which includes lunch, unlimited practice on the driving range, 18 holes of golf, an awards reception, an auction and tournament favors.
For more information, call 733-5277.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church is holding registration for its Full Summer Enrichment Program. The program costs $50 per week and lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a $5 per-week transportation charge and $20 for before and after care. Care before and after the program from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. is $60 per week for each.
The program runs from June 2 to July 11. Post Enrichment care lasts July 14-31. It is available to ages 4-14.
For more information or to register, contact Sarah Edmond or the church secretary at 860-7091.
West Lake Country Club will play host to the 2003 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta Golf Marathon on Monday, Aug. 4. Sponsor and player spots are available. Golfers will play 54 holes, with the best 18-hole score qualifying for prizes.
For more information, sponsorship or registration, call 724-5901.
Evans class reunion planned
The reunion of Evans High School class of 1983 will be Oct. 11 at the Belair Conference Center. For tickets or more information, contact Alice Wheatley Padgett at 860-6076 or EHS1983@comcast.net or visit http://mywebpages.comcast.net/EHS1983.
Harlem church holding pre-school registration
Harlem United Methodist Church is holding registration for the 2003-04 school year for the 3- and 4-year-old program. For more information, call 556-6885 between 9 a.m. and noon.
Meeting place needed
The Columbia County Republican Party is looking for a Columbia County restaurant that can accommodate up to 100 on a monthly basis for its breakfast meetings at 9 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Interested people can contact party chairman Lee Muns at 827-1572.
Preschool fall pre-registration has started at Marvin United Methodist Church. Classes will be available for ages 2-4 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For information or to register, call Jackie Stone 863-0510.
Martinez United Methodist Preschool is accepting pupils for fall registration.
Classes are available for ages 2-4. Classes are available for Mother's Day Out for ages 1-3.
For more information, call 863-0229.
Mothers' Day Out
The Church of the Most Holy Trinity is accepting registration for their Fall 2003 Mothers' Day Out Program to begin Aug. 18.
For more information, call 722-4400.
Marvin United Methodist Church has formed a new group called Prisms for Singles or "single again" people in the Augusta area. The group is not a dating service, but it is expected to expand into a large group to give people a place to get together with others in a casual Christian atmosphere. There will be some fun outings and casual meetings at the church on the corner of Belair and Wheeler roads.
For more information, call the church office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 863-0510.
Trinity Baptist accepting preschool applications
Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, is accepting registration for the 2003-2004 school year. Classes are open to ages 2 to 4 and will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For more information, call preschool director Shannon Story at 541-2066 or the church office at 863-1222.
Harlem history sought
Harlem's newly created Historic Preservation Commission is seeking photographs and historical information on homes in the city that are at least 50 years old. The documents will become part of a reference guide to the city's preservation efforts. For more information, contact the commission's chairman, Ann Blalock, at 556-6656.
The Georgia Pre-Kindergarten is currently registering pupils on a first-come, first-served basis.
Only 40 slots are available, and the child must be a Georgia resident and 4 years old by Sept. 1.
The registration office is at Childcare Network Inc., 3830 Washington Road in Martinez.
For more information, call 863-7180.
The Columbia County Planning and Development office is encouraging residents to make sure their home address is plainly visible from the street so that emergency personnel can find them.
House numbers should be at least 3 inches tall, mounted on a mailbox, and visible from both directions of the road.
For more information, call the Columbia County Planning and Development office at 868-3400.
The Exchange Club of Columbia County recently moved its meeting location from Jones Creek Clubhouse to West Lake Country Club. Meetings are from 8 to 9 a.m. every Thursday. For additional assistance or membership information, call 855-7336.
Columbia County Christian Academy has spaces available for pre-K through sixth grade. Classroom size is small and A Beka Curriculum is taught. Registration for fall classes will begin in February.
For more information, call Linda Powers at 863-0535.
Korean War veterans meeting scheduled
The Korean War Veterans Association, Sgt. Harold F. Adkinson Chapter 225, meets monthly at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday in the Burnettown Town Hall, S.C. Highway 421, Burnettown, S.C.
Membership is available to anyone who served in the armed forces from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955, and anyone who served in the armed forces in Korea from 1945 through the present. Associate memberships are available to other interested parties.
For more information or an application, contact secretary Clyde Hooks at (803) 278-1039 or email to KWVA A225@aol.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Evans Elementary announces meeting dates
Evans Elementary School Councilwill hold meetings at 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the school's media centeron 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 May 27 and June 24.
Martinez Elementary School
The Martinez Elementary School Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the school Saturday and June 26 (9 a.m.)
Westmont school council sets schedule
The Westmont Elementary School Council will meet at 7:30 a.m. June 20 at the school, 4558 Oakley Pirkle Road.
Belair Elementary announces meetings
Belair Elementary School will meet at 7:15 a.m. in the media center on June 3 and July 31.
Greenbrier Council meeting
The Greenbrier High School Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:45 a.m. at the school.
South Columbia Elementary announces meetings
South Columbia Elementary School will meet at 7:15 a.m. in the media center on June 17 and July 15.
Martinez Baptist Hearts and Hands Christian Day School is enrolling for the 2002-2003 school year for K-2 through eighth grade. The school uses the A Beka Curriculum in a home school-type setting with small class sizes. It offers daily Bible classes and art, music, PE, computers and a library. The school also participates in community mission projects. The classes are at Martinez Baptist Church, 3632 Lynnwood Drive. For more information contact at 364-2859 or 294-0977.
The McDuffie Friends of Animals holds Adopt-a-Pet Days each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Super Petz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.
For more information, call 556-9090, or go online at www.petfinder.com.
Sign-ups being held for livestock producers assistance
Sign-up continues for the Livestock Compensation Program for producers who did not apply during the first sign-up, Oct. 1 through Dec. 13, 2002. Sign-ups are done at the McDuffie County FSA office, 226 Bib Kirk Road, Thomson.
The program assists livestock producers in disaster designated counties of McDuffie, Warren, Richmond and Columbia counties with direct payments based on the number of eligible animals owned as of June 1, 2002. The animals must have been owned for at least 90 days before June 1.
For more information, contact the Farm Service Agency at (706) 595-1339, ext. 2, or visit the office.
The CSRA/AUGUSTA Boogey-Woogie Dance and Social Group meets every Sunday at 4 p.m., every Wednesday at 7:45 p.m., and every third Saturday for a monthly dance at 7:30 p.m. Singles, couples, retirees and seniors are welcomed. For information phone 650-2396 or 736-3878.
Confederate group meets
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Columbia County Maj. Gen. Ambrose R. Wright Camp No. 1914 meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Upper Crust restaurant in Evans.
Landfill holiday closings
The Baker Place Road Landfill will be closed for holidays on the following dates:
Memorial Day, closed Saturday, to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday .
Fourth of July, closed Friday, July 4, to reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 5.
Labor Day, closed Saturday, Aug. 30, to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1.
Veterans Day, closed Saturday, Nov. 8, to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10.
Thanksgiving, closed Thursday, Nov. 27, to reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28.
Christmas, closed at 1 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 24, to reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26.
New Year's Day 2004, closed Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, to reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004.
For more information, call 868-3366.
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