Today is the registration deadline for a nature photography workshop, to be held at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 9 a.m. Saturday with Ed Belinski. For information, call 828-2109.
Law enforcement academy
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will offer a Citizens Law Enforcement Academy course starting Thursday. The free nine-week course, which includes firearms training, will be held every Thursday. For information, call 541-2856.
The deacons and youth of First Baptist Church of Evans will hold a 9-11 prayer vigil starting at 8 a.m. Saturday , and the sanctuary will be open starting at 9 a.m.
Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church will hold a community-wide women's event, Journey of a Godly Woman, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday . For information, call 738-8822.
Friday is the deadline for community enabling grants from the Junior League of Augusta. Grants are awarded in November, and are available to CSRA non-profit agencies. For information, call 736-0033.
Spaces will be available starting Friday for the Fort Gordon semi-annual Officers' Spouse Club flea market, to be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 on Barton Field. For information, call 481-8065 or 791-2707.
Fort Gordon's rodeo will be held 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Barton Field. Tickets can be purchased at all CSRA Papa John's locations, the Fort Gordon Federal Gordon Credit Union and Gordon Lanes Bowling Center. For information, call 791-6001.
The eighth annual Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta State University Performing Arts Theater. For information, call 826-4480 ext. 300, or 825-7624.
The Augusta Chapter of Embroider's Guild of America will hold its monthly meeting 7:30 p.m. Monday at First Alliance Church, 2801 Ingleside Drive, Augusta. For more information, call 863-5159 or 855-7916.
Bible classes offered
Tuesday is the registration deadline for fall classes at the Augusta School of Biblical Studies, which begin Sept. 16. The classes are held at 2050 Walton Way (the Social Security building). For information, call 736-7711.
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will present "Phinizy Through the Ages" at 6 p.m. Sept. 16, with historical interpreter Bob Perry as a long-rifle backwoodsman and trapper from the mid-1700s. For information, call 828-2109.
POW/MIA recognition day
Fort Gordon will observe Prisoner of War/Missing in Action recognition day 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at the monument at the intersection of Chamberlin Avenue and Kilbourne Street. For information, call 791-5139.
Sept. 17 is the postmark deadlines for students signing up for the Oct. 23 ACT Assessment. The late-registration deadline is Oct. 1. College-bound high school seniors can get registration materials from their guidance counselors or register online at www.actstudent.org. For information, call 337-1028.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Pleasant Home Road will hold a "Time and Talent Weekend" at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sept. 18 and the 8 a.m., 9:30 p.m. 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses on Sept. 19 in the Parish Social Hall. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 863-2363.
The Cherokee Rose Garden Club will hold a plant exchange and sale from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavillion parking lot on Sept. 18. Bring plants and gardening items to trade and sale. All participants need to provide their own tables or display equipment. Admission is free. For more information, call 860-3696 or 854-8215.
The ASU Continuing Education Division and KAPLAN will give a free practice test for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT and SAT at 2 p.m. Sept 18 in Galloway Hall. For information call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit www.kaptest.com.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church in Evans will celebrate the 22nd anniversary of its pastor, Rev. Robert L. Ramsey, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Rev. Herman Bing, pastor of Carpentersville Baptist Church in North Augusta, will be the guest speaker. For information call 860-7091.
Augusta State University professor Dr. Cathy Tugman will discuss her recent trip to Kenya at the Sept. 21 meeting of the Augusta Chapter of the Sierra Club, 6:30 p.m. at the Universalist Church on Walton Way.
Walk for autism
Walk for Autism-Augusta and Kids Care Connections will hold a Walk for Autism 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at Riverwalk Augusta, to raise money for autistic families. For information, call 863-8443.
The Art Factory is holding a series of fine-art classes. For information, call 731-0008.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church will hold a series of adult education programs on the second and fourth Sundays each month in the church's social hall on Pleasant Home Road. For information, call 863-4956.
The T.W. Josey High School class of 1985 is holding monthly reunion planning meetings at 6 p.m. each third Saturday at the Naval Marine Reserve Center, 2869 Central Avenue. For information, call 733-5810.
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 Butler High School class of 1974 is seeking classmates for its 30-year reunion, to be held Nov. 26 at the Julian Smith Barbecue Pit and Nov. 27 at the Augusta Towers Hotel and Convention Center on Perimeter Parkway. For information, call (803) 819-9205.
Clifford Presbyterian Church will hold a fall bazaar, white elephant and bake sale 8 a.m. Oct. 2 at 2525 Lumpkin Road in the parking lot.
Pink Ribbon Run
The American Breast Cancer Association's Pink Ribbon Run will begin with registration 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Lake Olmstead park. The deadline for early registration is Sept. 27. For information, call 860-8127 or 228-4499.
Spaces are available for crafters at the Oct. 2 Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem. For information, call 556-0401.
Community yard sale
Vendors are being sought for Grovetown's inaugural Community Yard and Craft Sale, to be held 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at Liberty Park. For information, call 855-6464.
The ALS Association of Georgia's 2004 Walk to D'Feet ALS will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Oct. 16 at Riverwalk Augusta. For information, call 636-9909.
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce will hold the 13th annual "A Day to Remember-Colonial Times" Oct. 16-17 at the Living History Park in North Augusta. The event will feature trades such as blacksmith, gold and silversmith, colonial baking, woodworker, 18th century and more. For information, call (803) 279-7560.
The fall conference of Georgia Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People will be Oct. 29-30 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center. For information, call 738-2796.
Piedmont Hospital next year will celebrate 100 years and hold a nursing school graduate reunion. Reunion activities for nursing school alunmi are scheduled for June 10-12 at the Sheraton Midtown Atlanta Hotel at Colony Square. For information, call (404) 605-3404.
Peace Officer's Course
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 certified law enforcement officer. The cost of the training is $2,850, and the HOPE Grant may be available.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have no criminal record.
Classes are set to begin in the fall and will be held at the East Georgia Regional Police Academy in Blythe.
For more information, call 541-2856 or 592-1518.
Girl Scout troops are organizing for girls 5-11, and Studio 2B groups are organizing for girls 11-17. For information, call 774-0505.
The Augusta School of Ballet Evans branch, located at the Ballroom Dance Center on Evans-to-Locks Road, is offering an adult class and a Grade 1 class for 8-year-olds, and classes for children ages 3-7. All classes are taught by former Augusta Ballet principal dancer Julia Morgan. For information, call 733-5511.
Augusta Children's Ringers rehearse 3:45-4:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Westside Baptist Church Educational Building, 261 Flowing Wells Road. The community bell and chime choir is seeking children in grades 4-7 to participate. For information, call 306-5247.
Bins are available for newspaper recycling at the following locations in Columbia County: South Columbia, Grovetown, Bel Air, Evans, Riverside, Brookwood, North Columbia, North Harlem, Stevens Creek and Greenbrier elementary schools; Evans High School; St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church; Marvin and Wesley United Methodist churches; and Church of the Holy Comforter at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information and other recycling locations, call Metro Augusta and Columbia County Clean and Beautiful at 261-4390.
The JDFR Family Network is available to families of children with Type 1 diabetes. For information, call 733-2034.
Georgia-Carolina Toastmasters meets at noon Wednesdays at The Clubhouse, 2527 Washington Road, Augusta. For information, call 854-0090.
The Columbia County Unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission is accepting orders for tree seedlings for the 2004-05 planting season. For a list of prices and availability, call 556-3962.
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.
Foster homes sought
Georgia SAFE Therapeutic Foster Care is seeking foster homes for at-risk children and teens. For information, call 210-3435.
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.
The newly formed CSRA Harbour Lights lighthouse collectors club is seeking members. For information, call 863-1970.
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.
Six Flags tickets
Half-price Six Flags coupons are available from the Columbia County 4-H office in the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 B Evans to Locks Road, Martinez. For information, call 868-3413.
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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