The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Monday at the Government Center Auditorium in Evans. For more information, call 868-0959.
The annual subscribers meeting of the Martinez Fire Department, Inc., will be held at fire headquarters, 3846 Washington Road, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The first of a five-part peace education series on Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement, will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Upper Room of St. Mary on the Hill School. The other sessions will be Jan. 13 and 20, and Feb. 3 and 10. The sessions are open to anyone desiring to build peace in the new year. The cost is $5, for materials. For more information, call the Rev. Bob Cushing at 863-4956.
New garbage date
Because of a change in garbage contractors, beginning this week Harlem resident's recycling bins and garbage cans will be emptied each Wednesday. For more information, call 556-3448.
The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company Inc. will hold auditions for Bad Seed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the lower school cafetorium at Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez.
The show, which will be presented in March, has a cast of seven males and five females. Auditions for the part of Rhoda, the little charming little girl with the evil heart, will be Thursday and is open to girls ages 9-11. Auditions for the other parts will be Friday and are open to high school and college-age students. For more information, call 210-8915.
The Augusta Flash 14-under travel softball team will hold tryouts 2-5 p.m. Saturday in Grovetown. For more information, call Jeff Towe at 868-8485.
The Friends of the Columbia County Libraries will hold a book sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gibbs Memorial Library, 326 North Belair Road. Proceeds from the sale are used to support programs and projects for the Columbia County libraries.
All members of Columbia County's arts community are invited to an arts retreat sponsored by Columbia County Arts, Inc., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse, 4275 Owens Road, Evans. The program will include a discussion on growing the arts in Columbia County, a networking lunch, and a session on copyright basics with the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Space is limited; call 868-5792 by Wednesday for information or to register.
Metro Augusta and Columbia County Clean and Beautiful, with Georgia Power Co., will hold Bring One for the Chipper from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot on Bobby Jones Expressway. Crews will be on hand to take Christmas trees for recycling, with free mulch and tree seedlings provided in exchange while supplies last. Live Christmas trees may also be dropped off until Jan. 8 at Riverside Middle School or the Keg Creek boat ramp. For more information, call 261-4390.
The Marshall Family Y in Evans will celebrate its one-year anniversary 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a moon bounce, games, refreshments and membership specials. The event is free. For more information, call 364-3269.
Stage III will hold auditions for its next production, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at 517 Granite Pointe Drive in Martinez. There are parts for one man age 40-plus, and three women ages 20-50. The show will run the last weekend in February. For more information, call 868-9663.
Gardening at Lunch
Charles Phillips, Columbia County Extension agent, will discuss vegetable gardening at the monthly Gardening at Lunch session from 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium in Evans. For more information, call 868-3413.
An eight-week walking program, Longevity Initiative through Volitional Exercise, or LIVE, will begin Jan. 12 at the Wilson Family Y track on Wheeler Road. The free program will be Mondays at 7 and 10 a.m., and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
GreytHound Love-Greyhound Adoption, a CSRA group, will hold a session for the public to meet several retired racing greyhounds available for adoption. The event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at PetSmart on Robert C. Daniel Parkway. For more information, call 796-1708, or visit www.greythoundlove.org.
A preview for parents of students entering kindergarten next year at Stevens Creek Elementary will be 6-7 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information, call Susan Hadden, 868-3705.
Participants will create shadow-box assemblages using a wide variety of media at the Morris Museum of Art's Artrageous Sunday! at 2 p.m. today. The free, hands-on family activity is held the first Sunday of each month, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 724-7501.
Dog obedience course
The Augusta Humane Society will hold registration for its eight-week dog obedience and puppy socialization course from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Julian Smith Casino, Broad Street at Milledge Road, Augusta. Proof of vaccinations is needed to sign up; pets should not be brought to the registration session. For more information, call 736-0186.
Larry Heath of the Internal Revenue Service will offer an income tax update at the breakfast meeting of the Georgia Association of Public Accountants, at 8 a.m. Jan. 15 at Athens Restaurant and Taverna, 246 Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For more information, call Jerry Brigham, 650-1700.
Evans High School's Career Resource Center will present 1,2,3 Cash, a financial aid and college admissions seminar, at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. For more information, call 868-3663.
Battle of the Badges
Employees from Columbia County's fire departments and law enforcement agencies will compete for blood donations in the Battle of the Badges, Jan. 13-23 at the Shepeard Community Blood Center office at 112 Davis Road in Martinez. For information, call 737-4551.
The Augusta Symphony will present its annual Encore Chamber Series Dinner Concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel. Single tickets are $55. For more information, call 826-4705.
George Winston will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans, in a benefit for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Tickets cost $20, and a food drive will be conducted with the concert. For more information, call 736-1199, ext. 208.
Girls Inc. info
An information session for Girls Inc. will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Girls Inc. office, 1919 Watkins St. in Augusta. For more information, call 733-2512.
The Augusta Opera will present Johann Strauss' comic opera Die Fledermaus at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 31, and 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Imperial Theater. An opera chat will be presented one hour before each performance. For information, call 826-4710.
The Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, will hold the annual Empty Bowl luncheon 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The event, a fund-raiser for Golden Harvest Food Bank and the AJCC, features pottery bowls made by art students at local schools. Visitors purchase a bowl and sample food from area restaurants, bakeries and caterers. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children 5-under, and are available at Golden Harvest or the AJCC. For more information, call 736-1199.
Foster and adoptive parents are being sought for Columbia and Richmond County children. For more information on the program, call Christina Ruetz in Columbia County at 541-1640, or Rosalyn Boyd in Richmond County, 721-7171.
Happy Tails adoption
Happy Tails Rescue will hold pet adoptions each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 4-6 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m., at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For more information, call 863-5310.
Classes for children and adults in art, nature, kindermusik, Spanish, yoga and karate are being offered at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. For more information, call 228-3636.
New Tech class
Augusta Technical College's Thomson/McDuffie campus is accepting applications for the beginning air conditioning technology diploma program for winter quarter 2004. The program will be offered in the evening beginning Tuesday. Financial aid is available for those who are eligible. For more information, call Julie Langham, (706) 595-0166.
Loans to socially disadvantaged applicants are available from the Farm Service Agency for applicants to buy and operate family size farms and ranches. For information, contact the Louisville, Ga., Farm Loan Office at (478) 625-7771, extension 102.
The CSRA chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart meets on the third Saturday of each month at 3856 Leigh St., Martinez. For more information, call 731-7210.
Metro Augusta and Columbia County Clean and Beautiful are collecting old cell phones for recycling. Phones may be dropped off at the Columbia County landfill, Richmond County landfill, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Evans Government Complex, Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, Publix on Washington Road in Augusta, and at the Clean and Beautiful office at 418 Greene Street, Augusta.
For more information, call 261-4390.
Applications are being accepted for the Georgia Mining Federation's $500 scholarship, which will be awarded to a student at Evans High School. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. For more information, call Jenny Maas, (478) 757-1211.
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.
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 tree seedlings. 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 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. 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.
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 elementary schools, and Evans High School.
Recycling bins also are at Marvin United Methodist Church on Wheeler Road and St. Teresa of Avila 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.
Stevens Creek Elementary School's first cookbook, A Spoonful of Excellence, is available for sale. The book is compiled from more than 400 recipes submitted by the staff members and families, and costs $13. For more information, call Susan Proctor, 863-2489.
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