Augusta Tech graduation
Augusta Technical College will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bell Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Gregory Premo, deputy commanding general and assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon.
Fire Fest booths
Booth space is available for crafters for Fire Fest, Oct. 11 in the field behind Kroger in Evans. For more information, call Barbara Jean at 863-6294.
Friends of Columbia County Libraries will hold a book sale at Gibbs Memorial Library, 326 North Belair Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the sale support library programs and projects.
The Rotary Club of Columbia County West will present the annual Tour of Columbia County on Saturday and Sunday in Harlem, with proceeds to benefit the Johns Citizenship Award to Columbia County students. For more information or to sign up to ride, go to www.rotaryccw.org, or call David Titus at 860-2205.
Augusta's annual Greek Festival will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St. The event features entertainment, authentic Greek cuisine and a bazaar with unique gifts. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-1087.
The Merchants Association of Columbia County is sponsoring its annual Fair Scholarship Pageant on Oct. 11 at Greenbrier High School. Scholarships totaling $1,000 will be awarded in addition to gifts and trophies. Contestants must be residents of Georgia ages 17-24. Competition will be in swimsuit, evening gown and talent. The winner will represent Columbia County at the Georgia State Pageant in Atlanta in January 2004.
For applications or additional information, call Pat Becton at 863-7645, or Debbie Zapata, 863-3754.
The Augusta Jewish Community Center and La Maison restaurant will hold a wine tasting and dinner party 6-9 p.m. today at La Maison, 404 Telfair St., Augusta. Cost is $60 per person, with proceeds benefiting youth and adult programs at the AJCC. For more information, call Alberta Goldberg at 228-3636.
The Lakeside High School chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America will hold a 5-kilometer and 3-kilometer walk/run in memory of Cathy Ferko, a Spanish teacher who passed away last year from breast cancer. The event will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stevens Creek Elementary School on Evans-to-Locks Road. Registration costs $8. For more information, call Ashley Baum at 855-6083.
The Church of the Holy Comforter will offer the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday at 10 a.m. in front of Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The service also will honor the work of therapy animals, and there will be treats available for people and pets. All animals should be on leashes or in carriers. For more information, call 210-1133.
Descendants of Andrew Sturgis and Nancy Shields are invited to attend the 16th annual meeting of the Sturgis-Shields Family Association at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Winfield Community Center. For more information, call Richard Sturgis, 860-3828.
An educational, two-day houseboat cruise sponsored by Savannah Riverkeeper will leave Augusta on Friday and arrive in Savannah on Saturday, with guests returning to Augusta on Saturday by van. Space for 15 passengers is available, and other boats are welcome to join the flotilla. For information, call Frank Carl, 364-5253.
Kendall Heights Church of God in Sandersville will present a night of Southern gospel singing featuring the Campbells from Augusta, Maine, Saturday at 7 p.m. For more information, call (478) 552-8572.
Wesley United Methodist Church will present Dave Ramsey's 13-week Financial Peace University beginning Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call Associate Pastor Adam Robert at 869-0888 or Andy Hauger at 667-4516.
Free legal help
Georgia Legal Services staff will offer free legal help on a first-come, first-served basis to residents 60 years and older. A representative will be at the Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 and at the Grovetown Senior Center, 103 West Robinson St., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24. For more information, call 721-2327.
Gardening at lunch
The Columbia County Extension Service monthly seminar, Gardening at Lunch, begins at 12:10 p.m. Oct. 8. Extension Agent Charles Phillips will discuss wildlife damage prevention. The seminar is free, and participants should bring their lunch.
South Columbia Elementary School will hold its Pumpkin Patch Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the school on McCormick Road between Old Evans and Old Petersburg roads in Martinez. Games, entertainment and refreshments will be available, along with a silent auction to help raise funds for the South Columbia PTO.
Lewiston yard sale
Booth spaces are available for rent at Lewiston Elementary's multi-family yard sale, which begins at 7 a.m. Nov. 1. The deadline to reserve space is Oct. 13. For more information, call Julie Lanham, 863-8144.
The Brookfield Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Warren Road Gym and elect officers for 2004. For more information, call Fran Stewart, 860-4427.
Classes in spoken Hebrew will be 7:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday, from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans. Cost is $75 per person, and will be taught by Charlie Ronen. The registration deadline is Oct. 7. For more information, call 228-3636.
The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Augusta Technical College, Building 100, Room 111. For more information, call Vivian McDiarmid, 863-7964.
The Family Y Pumpkin Patch program will be Oct. 6-24 at Camp Lakeside on Lake Thurmond. The program is designed for pre-K through fifth-grade children, and includes a hayride, a fall craft, an educational, entertaining presentation, a take-home pumpkin and a picnic lunch. The fee is $5 per person.
For more information, e-mail Scott Rouse at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 359-3153.
The 11th Annual Hispanic Festival will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 11 in Augusta Common. For vendor and sponsor information, call 339-0664.
Lakeside High School will hold a financial aid workshop for parents, Show Me the Money, 6-7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 7-8 p.m. Nov. 10.
The workshop will be led by career center specialist Teresa Fox who will utilize the school's computer lab to show parents how to navigate Internet resources for college financial aid.
School's Out program
The Family Y at 3532 Wheeler Road will offer a School's Out program for children ages 5-12, with limited space for 4-year-olds, on Oct. 17 for children from Richmond and Columbia counties during the student holiday. Additional days for Columbia County children will be Oct. 20-22. The program includes games, sports, swimming and more. Advance registration is $14, or $20 the day of the programs.
For more information, call 738-7006.
The Family Y's Spooky Splash dive-in movie will be 7-8:45 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Wheeler Branch's heated pool, 3532 Wheeler Road. Fees cost $3 for metro or branch members, $5 for bronze members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, call 738-6678.
The Augusta Children's Ringers, a handbell and choirchime for children in grades 3-6, will meet 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Westside Baptist Church Educational Building, 261 Flowing Wells Road. For more information, call 306-5247.
The Knights of Columbus and St. Teresa of Avila Church will hold a community Octoberfest celebration at 4921 Columbia Road, the former golf course, from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Events include traditional beer and bratwurst, a bicycle rodeo and a motorcycle show. For more information, call 863-4956.
Kiokee Baptist Church, 2520 Ray Owens Road, Appling, will feature Ed Thompson in concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Thompson's program features comedy routines, music and multimedia entertainment. For more information, call 541-1086.
Columbia County Care and Control, in conjunction with its Animal Control Advisory Board, the Columbia County Humane Society and Kanine Kids, Inc., will hold a special pet adoption 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17, and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 at Animal Care and Control, 6337 Columbia Road. Dogs and puppies will be available for $10, and cats and kittens for $5, with a limit of one pet per family. Light refreshments will be served.
The German Friendship Club will hold its 13th annual Octoberfest at Julian Smith Casino, 5-11 p.m. Oct. 17, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 18, and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Admission is free. German music, food and beverages will be featured. For more information, call Mort Lindner at 863-6471.
Family Fall Fest
Mistletoe State Park's Family Fall Fest will be 5-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the park, located at 3723 Mistletoe Road in Winfield. The event includes dulcimer music, a hayride, pumpkin scavenger hunt, roasting marshmallows, a storyteller and a night hike. The winner of a campsite-decorating contest will receive a two-night camping stay at the park. Activities are free to registered guests, and $5 per carload for park visitors. For more information, call 541-0321.
Friends of Columbia County Libraries will hold its fall quarter business meeting at Gibbs Library's annex, 326 North Belair Road in Evans, at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.
Children ages 5-17 can enjoy an evening of spooky fun at the Family Y's Howl-oween Woods Adventure on Oct. 30 at Camp Lakeside on Lake Thurmond. Children will be dropped off at the Wheeler Branch, 3532 Wheeler Road, and bused to Camp Lakeside for activities that include a hayride, Halloween craft and marshmallow roast. The fee is $8 per person, and signups are available at any Family Y branch. For more information, e-mail Scott Rouse at email@example.com, or call (706) 359-3153.
The fifth Annual Rudy Goldman Memorial Friends of Youth Golf Tournament will be Oct. 25 at North Augusta Country Club. The event is sponsored by the Martinez-Evans Optimist Club, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. The fee is $60 per golfer. For more information, call Scott Godefroy at 722-1588.
The Junior League of Augusta will hold Aloha Augusta, a dinner with celebrity waiters, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Old Richmond Hotel, 725 Greene Street. Sponsorships begin at $300 per couple and $600 per table.
All funds raised at the event benefit Junior League community projects, including the day shelter for homeless children, Habitat for Humanity, ACE Awards, and Service Weekends and Weeknights. For more information, call 736-0033.
The Alzheimer's Association Augusta Regional Office will hold Memory Walk 2003 at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Augusta Mall, and 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Riverwalk Amphitheater. For more information or to volunteer, call 731-9060.
Bailey at Fire Fest
Miss Georgia Andrea Bailey, a semifinalist in the 2003 Miss America pageant and an Evans High School graduate, will appear from noon to 2 p.m. at Fire Fest 2003 Oct. 11 at the Evans field behind Kroger. Bailey will perform her song from the Miss America competition and sign autographs, with donations from her appearance benefiting the American Red Cross.
Fire Fest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Columbia County and the Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association, and benefits more than 20 charities.
The Greater Augusta Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers will sponsor its 11th annual charity golf tournament Oct. 9 at Goshen Golf and Country Club. Cost is $60 per person, and proceeds benefit underprivileged people of all ages at Christmas. For more information, call Pat Campbell at 860-4136.
The Augusta Kennel Club's All-Breed Dog Show will be Saturday at the North Augusta Riverview Park Community Center in North Augusta. The event is free. For more information, call Sara Martin at 738-9288.
Metro Augusta and Columbia County Clean and Beautiful has placed a container for recycling newspapers and magazines at Stevens Creek Elementary School on Evans-to-Locks Road. The container is available for public recycling.
Cal Thomas to speak
Columnist and commentator Cal Thomas will be the guest speaker at Augusta Care Pregnancy Center's Fall Fundraising Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel. For tickets or sponsorship information, call 724-5531.
The Augusta Newcomers Club helps new residents acclimate and make friends by offering a variety of activities, including lunch and a movie, dinner groups, bowling, golf and games. Monthly coffees for prospective members are the first Tuesday of each month. To attend or for further information, call Rickie Reinhardt at 650-3941, or Ruth Pearl at 650-1400.
The Georgia Forestry Commission is taking orders for seedlings for the upcoming planting season. Buyers are urged to order early, as many species will be sold out later in the season. For information, call the Columbia County Forestry Unit at 556-3962.
Fire safety review
The Columbia County Unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission is offering free advice to county residents on whether their home is danger from brush or woods fire. Call 556-3962 for more information.
The Harlem High School Class of 1979 is planning a homecoming tailgate party in celebration of the 25th anniversary football season for the class. The homecoming game will be Oct. 17 vs. Richmond Academy. For more information, contact Class of '79 president Vic Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia County Christian Academy, 4004 Prescott Drive in Martinez, is accepting pupils for its Mother's Day Out program, and pre-K through sixth grade classes. A-Beka curriculum is taught in small classes. For more information, call 863-0535, or 863-6973.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives provides counseling and mentoring to business people who are starting up a new business or expanding an ongoing business. Volunteer counselors are retired executives. Affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is a nonprofit, public-service organization. There is never a charge for services. To contact SCORE's Augusta office, call 793-9998, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.
McDuffie County Friends of Animals' Adopt-A-Pet Days are each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. To see pets that are available, call 556-9090 or go to petfinder.com, and go to the Dearing, Ga., section
The Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown, offers daily events for 55 and over residents of Columbia County including Bingo on Tuesday and Thursday, ceramics and other arts and crafts, trivia, devotionals and field trips. Transportation to and from the center is provided by the county's Rural Transportation Department. Call in advance to schedule the ride. All rides and center activities, not including trips, are free. For more information or to request transportation, call 556-0308.
The 12th Annual Sweet Potato Festival will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Jacksonville Community Park, on Huber Clay Road in Langley, S.C. Vendor spaces are available. For more information, call (803) 593-9260.
Community volunteers are needed to become advocates for children who are found by the court to be abused and/or neglected, and to assist at the Kids Restart visitation center, 508 Broad St. Training will begin Oct. 14. For more information, call 828-0180.
Girl Scout troops are forming throughout the CSRA for girls ages 5-17, and the Studio 2B program also is available to girls ages 11-17. Girl Scout leaders also are being sought. For more information, call 774-0505.
Harlem day care
The Harlem Neighborhood Development Daycare Academy, a nonprofit organization helping low-income families get financial assistance for day care, is accepting new pupils.
The program is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center at 280 West Forrest St., Harlem. Children age 6 weeks to 12 years are eligible. Activities include field trips, computer classes, games, movies and more.
For more information, call the Rev. Melvin Adams at 556-0209.
Registration for preschool and the Mother's Morning Out program at the Vineyard Church of Augusta is open. The preschool accepts children ages 2-5. The Mother's Morning Out program is open to 1- and 2-year-olds. Both offer classes weekday mornings. For more information or to register, call the church office at 863-9766 or Linda Shervette at 863-7414.
Applications are being sought for 2004 graduates seeking scholarships to attend Georgia's military colleges. Students are nominated from each of Georgia's U.S. congressional districts, and are nominated by state senators in those districts. For more information, call the state Senate office at 1 (800) 282-5803.
Brookwood Elementary: The council will meet in the media center at 4:15 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 28; Nov. 18; Dec. 9; Jan. 27, 2004; Feb. 24; March 23; April 27; and May 25. The council will meet at 10 a.m. June 22, 2004.
Riverside Elementary: The council will meet in the media center at 8 a.m. on the following dates: Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24, April 28 and May 26.
South Columbia Elementary: The council will meet Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 16, April 27, May 18, June 15 and July 20. The meetings will be in the school media center beginning at 7:15 a.m. The meetings in June and July will be at 8:30 a.m.
Blue Ridge Elementary: The council will meet t 7:30 a.m. in the media center Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20 and May 18. For more information, call principal Joyce G. Long at 868-0894.
Greenbrier Middle: The council will meet Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20, May 18 and June 15.
Grovetown Middle: The council will meet at 3:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 11, Jan. 15, 2004, Feb. 19, March 18, April 22, May 20 and June 3. The meetings will be in the school conference room. For more information, call principal Carolyn Fries at 855-2514.
Westmont Elementary: The council will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the school's media center on the following dates: Oct. 24; Nov. 21; Dec. 12; Jan. 9, 2004; Feb. 20; March 19; April 16; May 14; June 18; July 16.
Evans Middle: The council will meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the conference room of the school's media center. For more information, call principal Myrel Seigler at 863-2275.
North Columbia Elementary: The council will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month that school is in session.
Greenbrier Elementary: The council will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:15 a.m. All meetings will be in the school's media center.
Evans High: The council will meet at 10:45 a.m. on the first Monday of each month, except when holidays conflict.
Bel Air Elementary: The council will meet at 7:15 a.m. on the following dates: Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2, April 13 and May 4. It will meet at 7:30 a.m. June 1 and July 29. All meetings will be in the media center.
Columbia Middle: The council will meet at 8 a.m. at the school on Columbia Road on the following Mondays: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, March 1, April 12 and May 3.
Euchee Creek Elementary: The council will meet in the school conference room at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 12 and June 9.
Lakeside Middle School: The council will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the school's staff lounge on the following Tuesdays: Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2, April 13, May 4, June 1 and Jul 6. For more information, call Chairwoman Felicia Dumas at 855-6900.
Lakeside High School: The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the front-office conference room of the school on Mondays during the school year on the following dates: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, 2004, Feb. 9, March 8, April 19, May 10 and June 14.
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