In appreciation to all military personnel, admission to Friday's Greenbrier High School football game vs. Thomson High School game will be free to all active-duty military personnel with a military ID, and veterans will be admitted free with a copy of their DD-214 form. The game at the Brierpatch begins at 7 p.m.
Wal-Mart Supercenter in Evans is holding a Halloween costume contest for senior citizens at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the store, 4471 Washington Road.
First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded, including a $20 shopping card in the store for the top winner. For more information, call Patricia Shaw at 854-9892.
The Columbia County Association for the Gifted will present a free program for all parents of gifted children and all teachers from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Westmont Elementary School cafeteria. The event features Carolyn Coil, an internationally known speaker, educator, author and parent of gifted children, whose talk is titled Differentiating for Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom.
Bible Cathedral will hold its family fall festival 7-9 p.m. Friday at the church on 1116 Furys Ferry Road, across from Riverside Middle School. The event will include games, a hay ride, and Trunk or Treat. For more information, call 863-7090.
Festival and auction
West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans, will hold its fall festival and silent auction 6-9 p.m. Friday with rides, games and food.
Lewiston yard sale
Lewiston Elementary School will hold a multifamily yard sale at 7 a.m. Saturday to raise funds for the school. For more information, call Julie Lanham, 863-8144.
Salvation Army sale
The Salvation Army Church, 2020 Gardner St., Augusta, will hold a giant yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. For more information, call 826-7933.
Westside Christian Church will have an outdoor worship concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4352 Columbia Road in Martinez. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 592-1046 or 863-6281.
ACS fall fest
Augusta Christian Schools fall festival will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the 313 Baston Road, Martinez, campus. The event will feature a silent auction, a rock-climbing wall, games and entertainment. For more information, call 863-2905, ext. 100.
Historic Augusta's 11th annual Antiques Show and Sale will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday . The event will be at the Old Medical College, 598 Telfair St., Augusta. For information, call 724-0436.
The Martinez Elementary School carnival will be 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the school on Flowing Wells Road, and will include games, rides, entertainment, prizes, food and a silent auction. All proceeds support the Parent-Teacher Association to directly benefit the students and the school.
The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Government Center Auditorium in Evans. For more information, call Terry Holley at 868-0959.
Lewis UMC fest
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church will hold its fall festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the church at Hereford Farm and Lewiston roads, with games, horseback riding, hayrides, food, crafters, music and more. Yard sale booths are available by calling 863-6795; for craft booths, call 869-0811.
Gardening at lunch
The Columbia County Extension Service's Gardening at Lunch series will continue at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Evans Government Complex Auditorium. Extension Agent Charles Phillips will discuss "Xeriscaping: Designing Your Landscape Based on Water Needs." Admission is free.
Brown Bag history
The Augusta Museum of History Brown Bag History series at noon Nov. 5 will feature Hugh Flemming and Danette Wren. The lecture is titled Tracking Wrens, 1884-2003. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 4, and can be obtained by calling 722-8454.
The Columbia County Choral Society has two upcoming performances. The first is the O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at First Baptist Church of Evans, at Washington and Belair roads. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and students, and are available at the door. The society also will perform at the Columbia County Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 6 at the Justice Center in Evans.
Children ages 5-17 can enjoy an evening of spooky fun at the Family Y's Howl-oween Woods Adventure Thursday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 359-3153.
The Augusta Children's Chorale will perform its 13th annual Dessert Concert, 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call Ann Roberts at 826-4718.
Family Fun Day
The Augusta Museum of History's November Family Fun Day will be 1-5 p.m. Nov. 9, and will feature the American Indian artifacts in Augusta's Story. Children are invited to learn more about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, and to create Thanksgiving crafts and a holiday memory book. Admission is free. For more information, call 722-8454.
The Fine Arts Ministry of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church presents Luther by John Osborne at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the fellowship hall of the church, 402 Aumond Road, Augusta. For more information, call 733-6076.
Six Flags tickets
Half-price Six Flags coupons are available from the Columbia County 4H office in the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 B Evans to Locks Road, Martinez. For more information, call 868-3413.
The Augusta Children's Ringers, a handbell and choirchime for children in grades 3-6, meets 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Westside Baptist Church Educational Building, 261 Flowing Wells Road. For more information, call 306-5247.
Foster parents sought
Foster parents are being sought to serve as substitute families for children in need. Those residing in Columbia County should call Christina Ruetz at the Columbia County Department of Family and Children Services, 541-1640; those residing in Richmond County should call Rosalyn Boyd, 721-7171.
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 St. 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 Aquinas High School Bayou Bash and Auction will be 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the school gym, 1920 Highland Ave., Augusta. The silent auction will be from 6-8:45 p.m., with a live auction at 9 p.m. of items including artwork, vacations, a trip to France and a truck. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 736-5516.
Nov. 7 is the deadline for college-bound students to register to take the ACT on the Dec. 13 national test date. Students can get information from their high school counselors or register online at www.act.org.
Chefs of Augusta
Augusta Mini Theatre will present its second annual Chefs of Augusta from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Julian Smith Casino. Tickets cost $15. For more information, call 722-0598.
Lakeside High School will hold a financial aid workshop for parents, Show Me the Money, 7-8 p.m. Nov. 10.
The workshop will be led by career-center specialist Teresa Fox, who will use the school's computer lab to show parents how to navigate Internet resources for college financial aid.
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. Monday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The following Columbia County elementary schools have newspaper and magazine recycling bins for public use: South Columbia, Grovetown, Bel Air, Evans, Riverside, Brookwood, North Columbia, North Harlem and Stevens Creek.
Recycling bins also are located behind Publix on Washington Road in Evans, Marvin United Methodist Church on Wheeler Road and St. Teresa Catholic Church on Pleasant Home Road.
Aluminum can recycling centers, to benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, are located at Martinez Fire Department station 2 on Gibbs Road, Station 3 on Furys Ferry Road and Station 4 on Oakley-Pirkle Road.
For more recycling information, contact Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful, 261-4390.
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