Absentee ballots for the July 20 primary are available at the Columbia County Board of Elections office in the Evans Government Complex, Building B. For information, call 868-3355
Putt-Putt in Martinez will hold an all-night Christian lock-in 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. July 16. Admission is $15 per person.
Each Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Can Day at Putt-Putt, with aluminum cans collected for the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation in return for a free bumper boat ride or TotalPlay admission. For information, call 868-0083.
Cooling centers open
Three cooling centers are open for Columbia County residents:
Bessie Thomas Community Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
Patriots Park, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday;
Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Transportation is available through Columbia County Public Transit at 556-0308. For more information, call 868-3303.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE, provides counseling and mentoring to business people who are starting up or expanding a business. There is no charge for services. For information, call 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, 793-9998.
Trinity Baptist preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, is accepting registration for the 2004-05 school year. The program is open to 2-4 year olds, and begins Aug. 17. For information, call Shannon Story, 863-7523.
The Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem holds Kids Club 1-4 p.m. each Monday during the summer. For more information, call 556-0401.
Special programs are scheduled most Saturdays during the summer at Mistletoe State Park in Winfield, with educational programs on raptors, animal adaptation and water safety. For information call the park office at 541-0321
The Columbia County Emergency Management Agency will hold a training session for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) on Tuesday.
For information on this and other CERT training sessions, call the EMA office at 868-3303.
Vacation Bible school
Columbia County Christ-ian Church will hold vacation Bible school for ages 3 years-fifth grade 6:15-8:30 p.m. July 18-22. The church is located at 4004 Prescott Drive, Martinez. For information, call 863-0535 or 863-6973.
School supply collection
Miracle Making Ministries is collecting school supplies to distribute to inner-city children July 31. For information, call 722-8693.
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