Oscar winners at Fort
Two U.S. Army Signal Corps documentaries that won Academy Awards in the 1940s are shown daily at the Signal Corps Museum at Fort Gordon's Conrad Hall, Building 29807, next to Signal Towers on Chamberlain Avenue. Admission to the museum is free. For information, call 791-2818.
Leap Day tour
Andy Jordan will lead a Leap Day bicycle tour of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 2-4 p.m. today. Deadline for entries is Friday. For information, call 828-2109.
St. Patrick's supper
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 192 will hold a St. Patrick's Day-themed supper Tuesday at the Post 192 headquarters on Legion Drive in Evans. The menu features corned beef and cabbage, and costs $5 per person. For information, call 863-7249.
Registration is open for Columbia County Christian Academy, which has openings for fall 2004 in pre-K 2 through fifth grade. For information, call 863-0535.
The Christian Women's Ministry of First Baptist Church of Evans will hold a spring fashion show 6:30 p.m. March 4 at the church. The event is sponsored by Showtime Creations, and the $7 cost includes the fashion show, a meal and child care. For information, call 855-9252.
Fort Gordon's Army Community Service will sponsor a mini-job, career and home-business fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Army Reserve Center, Building 14401 on 15th St. in Fort Gordon. For information, call 791-3579.
Friday is the deadline for entries in the Georgia Municipal Association Essay Contest, titled If I Were Mayor, I Would. The contest is open to all Georgia sixth-graders, including private-school students and home-schoolers. For information, go to www.gmanet.com, or call Amy Henderson, 1 (888) 488-4462.
The Augusta Irish-American Heritage Society's Irish Festival, titled A Day in Ireland, will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. March 7 at Augusta Commons.
Mother's Day Out
Grace Baptist Church of Evans, 4798 Hardy-McManus Road, is accepting registration for its fall Mother's Day Out program. Classes are available for ages 18 months to 4 years, and are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information, call Erin LaCroix, 868-9729.
The 12th Annual March of Dimes Chef's Auction will be 6 p.m. March 11 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel. For information, call 733-8438.
The Morris Museum of Art's Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13, presented by The Antique Mall and The Frame Shoppe. Specialists from Neal Auction Co. or New Orleans will appraise items for a $10 fee. For information, call 828-3805.
The Neighborhood Improvement Project, Inc., is organizing Lung Function Screening Days 9 a.m. to noon March 13, and 1 -4 p.m. March 17 at the Harlem Library. For information, call 790-4440, extension 115.
GreytHound Love, a group that promotes adoption of greyhounds, will hold a meet and greet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 at PetSmart on Robert C. Daniel Parkway. For information, call 796-1708, or go to greythoundlove.org.
SHHH - Self Help for the Hard of Hearing - Group of Augusta will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 15 in room 100 of the Adult Education Building at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. Speech pathologist Mary Snyder will discuss speech reading tips for people who do not hear well. For information, call 738-2796.
The Evans High School Horticulture Department will hold a tomato class at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the high school. For information on the class and the Big Tomato Contest, call Charles Anderson, 863-1198, extension 250.
The 12th annual Sacred Heart Garden Festival will be March 19-21 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call 826-4700.
Eagle Club banquet
The Georgia Southern Greater Augusta Eagle Club spring banquet will be March 25 at West Lake Country Club. Social time begins at 6:15 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance. For information, call Tammy Shepherd at 855-0671.
Brookwood Elementary School's fifth-grade students will present "Sleeping Beauty," a musical dinner theater, March 29-31 at the school, 455 South Old Belair Road. For information, call 855-7596, extension 217.
The Executive Women's Golf Association will hold its annual kickoff and membership drive 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the Jones Creek Clubhouse. The guest speaker will be Trelle Kite, Augusta State University Lady Jags head golf coach. For reservations, call 510-3253.
The second annual Harlem Relay for Life Golf Tournament will be April 17 at Three Oaks Golf Course. For information, call Jerry Baldwin, 556-6262.
Evans Community Baptist Church is organizing a trip to Lisa Whelchel's MomTime Get-A-Way at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, April 23-24. For information, call 854-1411.
Registration for the March of Dimes Columbia and Richmond County WalkAmerica will be 8 a.m. April 24 at GreenJackets Stadium, with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, call 733-8438.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will sponsor a Basic Peace Officer's course through the East Georgia Regional Police Academy for anyone interested in becoming a reserve deputy. The cost of the training is $2,850, and the HOPE Grant may be available.
Participants must meet all qualifications required to be a law enforcement officer in Georgia, including being at least 18 years of age, having a high school diploma or equivalent, and no prior criminal record. Participants are subject to an extensive background investigation.
Classes begin June 1. For more information, contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 541-2856 or the East Georgia Regional Police Academy at (706) 592-1518.
The Deacons, Deaconess and Trustee Ministries of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will have an anniversary celebration at 5:45 p.m. March 7, with the Rev. Lessel Leonard of Green Grove Baptist Church in Augusta.
The church's Beautification Ministry will celebrate its anniversary at 10:45 a.m. March 28, with the Rev. Hardie Davis of Abundant Life Ministries. For information, call 860-7091.
The North Augusta Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its third annual Super Fund Banquet 6 p.m. March 4 at the North Augusta Community Center. For information, call 278-7217.
Elmcroft of Martinez Assisted Living will hold a "Bingo Blast" 2-4 p.m. March 12 at the center, 515 The Pass at Furys Ferry Road in Martinez. Cost to play is $1, with proceeds benefiting the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served. For information, call 855-6565.
The Evangelism Ministry of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will hold an Evangelism Explosion Workshop 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13, with the Rev. David Hopewell of Greenforest Baptist Church in Atlanta. Registration is required. Call 860-7091 for information.
The Carolina Arts and Crafts Festival is accepting applications for exhibits. The show will be March 27 and 28 at the Hippodrome in North Augusta, and will benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Health Center. For information, call (803) 279-8017.
Y Easter event
The Family Y Easter Egg-stravaganza will be 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. March 22-26 and March 29-April 2 at Camp Lakeside on Lake Thurmond, for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. For information, call (706) 359-2153.
March 5 is the deadline for high school senior athletes to apply for the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year award, sponsored by the "Got Milk?"/Milk Mustache campaign and USA TODAY. For information, go to www.whymilk.com.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will hold Scholarship Day at 10:45 a.m. March 21. For information, call 860-7091.
The Harlem High School Drama Department continues to seek donations to fund its trip to the Scotland Fringe Festival in August. For information, contact Roy Lewis at 556-5980 or email@example.com.
The 16th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show sponsored by the Aiken and Augusta Gem and Mineral Societies will be March 12-14 at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St., Augusta. For more information, call (803) 649-0959.
Augusta Technical College will hold GED/adult literacy classes at Marvin United Methodist Church, Wheeler Road at Belair Road. For information, call 860-8581.
The Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 720 Telfair St., is accepting registration for its fall 2004 Mother's Day Out/Preschool program, for children walking through age 4. For information, call 228-4887.
Riverfront Marine Detachment 1132 of the Marine Corps League is seeking donations of items to be handed out to Iraqi school children by Marine Corps units. For information, call Paul Brewer, 849-6632.
Columbia County homeowners who want to burn limbs and other yard waste must first obtain a permit number from the Georgia Forestry Commission. The permit number is free, and can be obtained by calling the Columbia County office at 556-3962, or on line at www.gfc.state.ga.us. Those obtaining a permit will be given information on weather conditions and rules governing outdoor burning.
The Lewiston Elementary School Council will meet at 7:15 a.m. March 2, April 13 and May 4, and at 8 a.m. June 1 and July 29 in the school media center, 5426 Hereford Farm Road, Evans. For information, call 650-6064.
The Junior League of Augusta's 52nd Annual Attic Sale will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds. Admission is free, and proceeds benefit community programs and services of the Junior League. For information or to donate items for the sale, call 736-0033.
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.
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.
Friday 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.
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.
Hephzibah High School's class of 1984 is seeking class members for a 20-year reunion this fall. For information, contact Thomas Self at 592-4634, or Kim Edgar Stripling at 278-1001.
Horses and horse equipment are being sought for the 10th annual Georgia Junior National 4-H Club Horse Benefit Auction Sale. Saturday's 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 Columbia County Sheriff's Office will hold a Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, beginning March 4.
Participants will be given an insight to the everyday operations of the sheriff's office and 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 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.
Starting April 19, reservations to Georgia state parks, including Columbia County's Mistletoe State Park, will be outsourced to a private company offering Internet reservations and expanded hours. For information, call (800) 864-7275, or go to www.gastateparks.org.
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.
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, ext. 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.
WW II registry
Names of veterans who served in World War II are being sought for the National World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. To enroll someone in the registry, call 1 (800) 639-4992 to ask for a registration form, or go to the memorial's Web site, www.wwiimemorial.com.
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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