Columbia County Cares Inc. will hold a family spaghetti supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marvin United Methodist Church gymnasium. Meals are $5 each, with a maximum cost of $20 per family. For information, call 541-2834.
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will present Phinizy Through the Ages at 6 p.m. Thursday , with historical interpreter Bob Perry portraying a long-rifle backwoodsman and trapper from the mid-1700s. For information, call 828-2109.
Special ed advocates
The Georgia Learning Resources Service and Lutheran Services of Georgia will share information about their services at the meeting of the Columbia County Advocates for Special Education meeting, 6-7:45 p.m Thursday at the Gibbs Memorial Library meeting room. For information, call 860-9222.
A planning meeting for the 2005 Grovetown Heritage Festival will be held in
the Grovetown Museum at 3 p.m. Sunday . Interested planners are urged to attend. For more information call 864-1867 or 863-4576
Augusta area newcomers
The Augusta area newcomers will hold a luncheon and first meeting at Carrabba's Italian Grill on Thursday . For more information call 447-8696 or visit augustaareanewcomers.home.comcast.net.
Fort Gordon will observe Prisoner of War/Missing in Action recognition day at 10 a.m. Friday at the monument at Chamberlin
Avenue and Kilbourne Street. For information, call 791-5139.
The Cherokee Rose Garden Club will hold a plant exchange and sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion parking lot. Bring plants and gardening items to trade and sale. All participants need to provide their own tables or display equipment. Admission is free. For information, call 860-3696. or 854-8215.
Friday is the postmark deadline 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 Saturday 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 Augusta State University Continuing Education Division and KAPLAN will give a free practice test for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT and SAT at 2 p.m. Saturday in Galloway Hall. For information call (800) KAP-TEST or visit www.kaptest.com.
The National Association of Social Workers Augusta Unit will sponsor voter registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mary Utley Center, 2024 Goldenrod St. For more information, call 863-6179.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church in Evans will celebrate the 22nd anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Robert L. Ramsey, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday . The Rev. Herman Bing, pastor of Carpentersville Baptist Church in North Augusta, will be the guest speaker. For information, call 860-7091.
The Augusta Museum of History will hold docent training classes from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Monday beginning Sept. 20 and ending Nov. 8. Docents will receive training equivalent to an advanced college course in American History, focusing on the history of Augusta and the area . The deadline to register is noon on Friday . For more information, call 722-8454.
The Augusta Alumni chapter of Tuskegee University will sponsor a one-day bus trip for area high school students to Tuskegee University for open house, Oct. 2. The $35 fee includes bus fare, lunch and football tickets to Tuskegee vs. Albany State. The deadline to register is Monday . For information write CSRAalumni@aol.com, or call 771-2555 or 210-4168.
The CSRA Writers' meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Writers needing a support group are invited to attend and bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. For information, call 738-4114.
Augusta State University professor Cathy Tugman will discuss her recent trip to Kenya at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a meeting of the Augusta chapter of the Sierra Club, at the Universalist Church on Walton Way.
Rhodes & Enoch, P.C., will hold a seminar on retirement planning and will and trust planning for women at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Tuscany Day Spa, 608 Ponder Place Drive, Evans, and at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road, North Augusta. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For information, call 279-6065 or 724-0405. Registration deadline is Sept. 24.
Evans High School will offer an Introduction to Computers class Tuesday and Thursdays evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 21-Oct. 7. For information, call 868-3663, ext. 220.
The Army Soldier show will be performed at 8 p.m. at Fort Gordon on Oct. 9 and 6 p.m. Oct. 10, in Alexander Hall on Chamberlin Ave. Admission is free, but there is no reserved seating. For more information, call 791-6001 or 791-5139 or visit www.armymwr.com.
The second annual Health Festival and Blood Drive, sponsored by Medical Parameters, Evans-Martinez Medical Center, Augusta Allergy and Dermatology and the American Red Cross will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at 4485 Columbia Road, Martinez, (next to the Winn-Dixie Marketplace). The event includes a blood drive, yard sale, health screenings and children's games. For information, call 855-7405.
Walk for Autism
Walk for Autism-Augusta and Kids Care Connections will hold a Walk for Autism at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at Riverwalk Augusta to raise money for autistic families. For information, call 863-8443.
The 11th annual Camp Rainbow Benefit Open Horse Show will be Sept. 25 at the Hippodrome Horse Complex in North Augusta. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Spectator admission is free. For information, call 721-3957.
The Fort Gordon Octoberfest will open 5 p.m. Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 3, with German music and food, carnival rides, a craft show, flea market, a car show and pony rides. Photo identification is required to enter Fort Gordon. For information, call 791-6779.
A Christian college fair will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Augusta Christian Schools, 313 Baston Road, in the gymnasium, with a college financial aid workshop offered in the school's Fine Arts Building from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 863-2905, ext. 137, 863-2905, ext. 136, or visit www.naccap.org.
Miss CSRA pageant
Competitors are being sought for the inaugural Miss CSRA Pageant, which begins with a rehearsal dinner Oct. 29 at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and continues with pageant events throughout the day Oct. 30. Contestants must be at least 4 years old to participate. For more information, call 868-7221 or visit www.MissCSRA.org.
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 Ave. 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 church parking lot.
Pink Ribbon Run
The American Breast Cancer Association's Pink Ribbon Run will begin with registration at 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.
Vendors are being sought for Grovetown's inaugural Community Yard and Craft Sale, to be held from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at Liberty Park. For information, call 855-6464.
The McKameys will perform in concert Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road. For information, call 860-8592 or 863-9224.
The Sierra Club will hold a Rivers Alive Augusta Canal Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Old Savannah Lock and Dam. The public and organizations are encouraged to participate with either their own canoes, rentals or by walking the canal path. For information, call 863-2324 or 738-8500.
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 its 13th annual A Day to Remember-Colonial Times on Oct. 16-17 at the Living History Park in North Augusta. The event will feature trades such as blacksmith, goldsmith, silversmith, Colonial baking and woodworker. For information, call 279-7560.
The fall conference of Georgia Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People will be Oct. 29-30 at Radisson Riverfront Hotel and 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 alumni are scheduled for June 10-12 at the Sheraton Midtown Atlanta Hotel at Colony Square. For information, call 605-3404.
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 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 will be held at the East Georgia Regional Police Academy in Blythe. For 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 from 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 provides counseling and mentoring to business people who are starting up or expanding a business. There is no charge for services. For information, call between 9 a.m. and 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, ext. 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, 3300B 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.
A peer support group for people with hepatitis C meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Adult Education Building at Lakemont Presbyterian Church, 1000 Bluebird Road, in Augusta. For more information, call 863-3216 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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