Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will celebrate its 124th anniversary at 2:30 p.m. today . For information, call 860-7091.
Harlem Bible school
Vacation Bible school at Harlem United Methodist Church for ages 3 through fifth grade begins with a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. today , and continues 6-8 p.m. through Friday. For information, call 556-6885.
Early voting begins
Early voting for the July 20 primary begins Monday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office in the Evans Government Complex, Building B, and continues through Friday . For information, call 868-3355.
Auditions for the opening production of Stage III's 2004-05 season, the Neil Simon comedy, The Odd Couple, will be 3 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at 517 Granite Point, Martinez. The production will be Aug. 26-29, and roles call for five men and two women over 20 years old. For information, call 868-9663.
Da Vinci Code decoded
A four-part series discussing the fact and fiction of the best-selling book The Da Vinci Code will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the office of Church of the Holy Comforter, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite C, Martinez. Classes continue Thursday and on July 20 and 22. For information, call 210-1133.
Hardy fest meeting
The Oliver Hardy Festival meeting will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem. For information, call 556-0401.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Advance Clown Christy McDonald presents Science of the Circus 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Paul S. Simon Discovery Center Theater at Fort Discovery. For information, call 821-0607. The circus will be in town July 28-Aug. 1 at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.
Gardening at lunch
Columbia and Richmond County Family and Consumer Science Agent Betty English will present a program on food preservation at the July session of Gardening at Lunch, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium in Evans. For information, call 868-3413.
Harlem blood drive
The city of Harlem will hold a blood drive with Shepeard Community Blood Center noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city hall parking lot. For information call 556-0401.
Columbia County's Back to School Festival for students and families will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 at Evans High School, 4550 Cox Road, featuring speech and vision screenings, nutrition and immunization information, bus schedules and other tips. For information call 868-3231.
Members of Harlem Drama, preparing to travel to Scotland in Augusta for the Festival Fringe, will perform "Babes in Arms" at 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Imperial Theater in Augusta. Admission is free. For information on supporting the troupe and its trip to Scotland, call Roy Lewis at 556-5980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Money, personal hygiene items and craft materials are being sought for a medical mission trip to Santana Bani in the Dominican Republic. The mission is a partnership of Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez, Church of Our Savior in Martinez and St. Paul's in Augusta. For information, call 210-1133.
Friday is the deadline for entries in the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's 24th annual Juried Fine Art Competition, open to all artists age 18 or older. For information, call 722-5495.
Change of command
The Change of Command ceremony for the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon will be 8 a.m. Friday at Barton Field. For information, call 791-7229.
The group Creative Impressions will perform 7 p.m. July 24 at Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, 4227 Columbia Road, to raise funds for the church's medical mission to the Dominican Republic. For information, call 863-1718.
University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Adam King will give a presentation on the population of the Savannah River Basin prior to European settlement at the July 20 meeting of the Sierra Club, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on Walton Way. For information, call 737-1539.
Secretary of State Cathy Cox and the CSRA Regional Development Center will present an investment education seminar 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 31 at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For information, call (888) 265-1115.
Spirit Creek Educational Forest will hold a family nature walk and wagon ride 9-10 a.m. July 24, and a session on animal tracks 10:30-11:30 a.m. For information call 790-2351.
Phone book recycling
Metro Augusta and Columbia County Clean and Beautiful have placed telephone book recycling containers in the parking lot of the Government Complex in Evans; at the Water Works office, 4235 Evans-to-Locks Road; and at the county landfill. For information and other recycling locations, call 261-4390.
Gastric bypass group
The gastric bypass support group will meet starting 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Wellness and Weight Loss Center, 677-A North Belair Road, Evans. For information, call 860-0070.
Georgia-Carolina Toastmasters meets at noon Wednesdays at The Clubhouse, 2527 Washington Road, Augusta. For information, call 854-0090.
The Golden Harvest Food Bank's Manna Truck with free produce for needy families will be at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church 10 a.m. July 24.
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.
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.
Understanding Your Teen-ager will be presented 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. The speaker will be Duffy Robins, chairman of the youth ministry department at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa. For information, call 733-2236, extension 204.
The Laurel & 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 animal adaptation, turkey calling and water safety. For information call the park office at 541-0321.
Putt-Putt in Martinez will hold an all-night Christian lock-in 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday . 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.
The Junior League of Augusta is accepting applications from CSRA non-profit agencies for community enabling grants to be awarded in November. The deadline is Sept. 10. For information, call 736-0033.
School supply collection
Miracle Making Ministries is collecting school supplies to distribute to inner-city children July 31. For information, call 722-8693.
Foster homes sought
Georgia SAFE Therapeutic Foster Care is seeking foster homes for at-risk children and teens. For information, call 210-3435.
Science Center camp
The National Science Center's Fort Discovery is holding summer camps for grades 3-6. For information, call Lisa Golden at 821-0646.
Vacation Bible schools
Columbia County Christian 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.
A social dance group meets each week at A World of Dance studio, 3497 Wheeler Road, Augusta, for dance lessons and practice. For information, call 650-2396.
Volunteers from the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy will lead a 2.5-mile walk through Phinizy Swamp starting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7. For information, call 828-2109.
Hosts are needed for visiting students from Japan and the former Soviet Union. The 4H program for fifth- and sixth-graders requires a host sibling, with Japanese students visiting July 21-Aug. 19. High-school age students from Japan and the former Soviet Union arrive in August and attend local schools for the full school year. For information, call 868-3413.
The newly formed CSRA Harbour Lights lighthouse collectors club is seeking members. For information, call 863-1970.
July 30 will be Harlem Night at Augusta GreenJackets stadium, with all tickets $5 and available at the Laurel & Hardy Museum or Harlem City Hall. For information, call 556-0401, or 556-3448.
Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteer groups of 10-20 people, ages 13-up, for Saturday help in sorting donated products. For information or to reserve a time, call Laurie Harmon at 736-1199, extension 208.
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services offers group counseling to victims of rape, sexual assault and childhood abuse. All services are free. For information, call 724-5200.
Rotary District 6910, which covers most of north Georgia, is interviewing youths interested in attending high school overseas for a year as part of an international exchange program. Local families also are being sought to house incoming students. For information, call Jim Heaney at (706) 495-7601.
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 information, call 868-3413.
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 (800) 282-5803.
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.
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.
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