Traffic flow through Fort Gordon's Gate 1 will be restricted at time during construction of a visitors center and vehicle registration building starting Monday. Motorists are encouraged to use gates 2, 3 and 5 during construction, scheduled to continue through Feb. 21.
The Perrys will be in concert 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, 4954 Columbia Road, Martinez. Tickets cost $5 at the door. For more information, call 863-1222.
Ralph Reed, Southeastern chairman for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, will be the featured speaker at a rally to support President Bush at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenbrier High School. The rally will be in conjunction with Republican Party precinct meetings, the first step leading to the national GOP convention. Registration for precinct meetings will open at 9 a.m., and meetings will begin at 10 a.m. For information, call party Chairman Lee Muns at 267-3499.
Monday is the deadline for reservations for the Harlem High School Drama Department's Highland Fling Gala, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 12 at the St. Andrews Ballroom at West Lake Country Club.
A reception will begin at 7 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner will be at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 or $450 for corporate tables of 10 seats. Entertainment will be provided by The Scotland Troupe and the CSRA Finest Artists.
Harlem High's Drama Department is raising money for its trip to the Scotland Fringe Festival in August. For ticket information, contact Roy Lewis at 556-5980 or email@example.com.
Writers needing a support group are invited to attend the CSRA Writers meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. For information, call 738-4114.
The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and color guard will participate in the 225th anniversary observance of the Battle of Kettle Creek, at 2 p.m. Feb. 14, at the site of the Kettle Creek monument 11 miles west of Washington, Ga. The observance marks a 1779 victory of American forces over the British. For information, call Glynn Acree, (770) 475-4741.
Brown Bag luncheon
The Augusta Museum of History's Brown Bag History Series for February will feature Dr. Albert C. Goodyear, who will discuss the Topper Site: An Ice-Age Human Occupation of the Savannah River. The session begins at noon today, and reservations are required. Call 722-8454.
The Augusta Red Cross will hold the 10th Boot Scoot Boogie Bash at 7 p.m. Saturday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The evening will include a steak dinner, silent and live auctions and a raffle for a Club Car vehicle and John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. For more information, call 724-8483.
Contemporary gospel artists Sammy Young and Images of Christ, IV Christ, the Fort Gordon Choir and soloist Kenny Drye will perform 6 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of st. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta. Half of the proceeds will benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank's Manna Truck. For information, call (803) 867-2596.
Fort Gordon's National Prayer Breakfast will be 6:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Gordon Club on 19th Street. The speaker will be Col. Janet Y. Horton, command chaplain for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Va. Advance tickets are required. For information, call 791-4683.
The next Diabetic retinopathy screenings, sponsored by MCG Health Systems, Emory Eye Center and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, will be Feb. 18 at the Harlem/Grovetown Health Department. Screenings will be held Feb. 24 at the Health Department office in Evans, and additional screenings at each site will be held through June.
Mountain climber Archer Bell will present a slide show of his climb of Mount Rainier at the regular meeting of the Sierra Club, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way Extension.
The Augusta State University theater will present Guernica at 8 p.m. Feb. 12-14, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 15.
The Savannah River Winds will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Maxwell Arts Performing Center at Augusta State University. The band's performance scheduled for Jan. 27 at North Augusta High School was canceled because of the ice storm. Admission to the ASU performance is free.
The band will also perform at the Hopeland Gardens concert series in Aiken, S.C. at 7 p.m. May 17.
The ensemble is composed of band directors, university professors, musicians from various professional fields and college students from Georgia and South Carolina.
School's Out programs
The Family Y Wheeler branch will hold a School's Out Prime Time program 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 and 16 for Columbia County elementary school children, with games, arts, crafts and other activities. For information, call 738-7006.
Regular services for Mosaic United Methodist Church, a new congregation forming in Evans, will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Evans High School theater. For information, call Rev. Carolyn Moore at 877-6468, or visit www.mosaicumc.org.
The Augusta West Rotary Club will hold A Taste of Something Wild, a wild-game tasting to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Augusta. The fund-raiser will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 6 at the Julian Smith Barbecue Pit. For more information, call 731-9060.
Staff from the Georgia Legal Services Program will offer free legal help on a first-come, first-served basis Feb. 17 to senior citizens 60 or older with civil issues. A GLSP staffer will be at Bessie Thomas Senior Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and at the Grovetown Senior Center, 103 West Robinson Ave., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information, call 721-2327.
Mistletoe State Park in Winfield will celebrate Arbor Day 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the park with a shrub-planting party. For information, call 541-0321.
The Junior League of Augusta is holding a plant sale, with flats, hanging baskets, potted plants and containers. The deadline for ordering is Feb. 25. All proceeds benefit projects of the Junior League, including the Arts Reading Program, Day Shelter for Homeless Children, ACE Awards and Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call 736-0033.
The North Harlem Elementary School Council will hold its monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the media center. For information, call 556-5995.
The Columbia County Extension Service's Gardening at Lunch program will be 12:10-12:45 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium in Evans. Extension Agent Charles Phillips will present a seminar on starting vegetables and flowers from seeds.
Academy open house
Evans Christian Academy will hold an open house for prospective students 7-8 p.m. Feb. 17 at In Focus Church, 562 Old Evans Road, Evans. For information, call 284-9598, or go to www.evanschristianacademy.com.
Financing Your Future, a financial management session sponsored be the Lakeside High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America, will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Feb. 12 in the Lakeside High gym.
Woody Merry will be the guest speaker. It is free, but space is limited. To sign up call 650-9959.
A Valentine's workshop, Valentine's After Hours, with story time, crafts, activities and games will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Gibbs Memorial Library, 326 North Belair Road, Evans. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Call 863-1946 for information.
'Red Hot' show
Stage III, Columbia County's theater company, will present Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers in a 7 p.m. dinner theater Feb. 26-28, and a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 29, at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans. For information, call 228-3636.
Academy open house
Evans Christian Academy will hold an open house for prospective new students and their families 7-8 p.m. Feb. 17 at In Focus Church, 562 Old Evans Road. For information, call 284-9598.
The Salvation Army will hold an auction of donated vehicles starting 10 a.m. Saturday, with previews Feb. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 826-7933.
Augusta's chapter of SHHH, Self Help for the Hard of Hearing, will meet 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 for a program featuring Louise Zelski of Phonak Corp., discussing Micro-Link and other devices for listening assistance. The meeting will be held in Room 100 of the Adult Education Building of First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. For more information, call Dave Welter at 738-2796.
Feb. 27 is the postmark deadline for college-bound students who wish to take the ACT Assessment on the next nationwide test date, April 3. Information is available from high-school guidance counselors, or at www.act.org.
The Augusta Museum of History and the Augusta Public Library are sponsoring a new history book discussion group. The first book for study is Robert E. Lee by Roy Blount Jr. Tom Sutherland will lead discussions of the book 11 a.m. Tuesday at the museum, and 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at Augusta's main library. For more information, call 722-8454.
Harlem's third annual Trash to Treasure Market will be 8 a.m. to noon March 6 in the vacant lot beside Harlem United Methodist Church, on Georgia Highway 78 near the traffic signal. Call 556-0401 to reserve a free space.
Horses and horse equipment are being sought for the 10th annual Georgia Junior National 4-H Club Horse Benefit Auction Sale. The Feb. 28 event, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga., is cosponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and benefits Georgia 4-H programs. For information, call (706) 542-9092.
The Royal Hanneford Circus will perform at Fort Gordon's Barton Field Feb. 26-29. For information on tickets and showtimes, call 791-6779.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will hold a Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy, beginning March 4.
Participants will be given an insight to the everyday operations of the sheriff's office as well as firearms training, which will include live fire at the sheriff's office shooting range.
The free course is offered every Thursday evening between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. for nine weeks, and is open to Columbia County residents at least 18 years of age.
For information call the Sheriff's Office Community Services Division at 541-2856.
The Alzheimer's Association Augusta Regional Office will hold its annual golf tournament March 22 at The River Golf Club with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. For information, call 731-9060.
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitor Bureau's new Visitor Information Center is now open inside the Augusta Museum of History at Sixth and Reynolds streets. For information, call 724-4067.
Tax office open
The Columbia County property tax division of the Tax Commissioner's Office is now open in its new Evans location.
The office moved from Appling to Building C of the Columbia County Government Complex, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive. The office's Appling location, 1959 Appling-Harlem Highway, is now open on Tuesdays only.
The Appling office's phone number is 541-1808, and the new Evans phone number is 261-8299.
The Augusta Children's Chorale, with training and performance choirs for singers in grades 3-8, will fill a limited number of openings this spring for the chorale's 2004-05 season that begins in August. Call the ACC office at 826-4718 for an audition appointment.
Amnesty International meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way. For more information, call 863-4270.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Child Enrichment Inc. is seeking volunteers at least 21 years old to advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.
Volunteers need no experience, and will be provided with specialized training. For more information, call 737-4631.
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 and younger, 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 to 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.
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.
Depression, bipolar support
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Room 105 of the Walton Building at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Wheeler Road. For more information, call 722-0010.
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 St., Augusta.
For more information, call 261-4390.
The deadline is Feb. 28 for applications for the Georgia Mining Federation's $500 scholarship, which will be awarded to a student at Evans High School. 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 Wesley United Methodist Church on North Belair Road, Marvin United Methodist Church on Wheeler Road, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Pleasant Home Road and at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
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 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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