Dr. Daniel Rahn, the president of the Medical College of Georgia, will be the speaker during the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce "Not Just Coffee" breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Meeting Center at the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 671 N. Belair Road in Evans. Admission is free, but donations can be made to the Stephanie Hackett Cancer Medical Fund. For information, call 651-0019.
The city of Harlem will collect toys for area children today through Wednesday. All gifts should be new and unwrapped. Gifts can be dropped off at the Laurel and Hardy Museum, 250 N. Louisville St. For information, call Kathy Ham at 556-0401.
A family opera, Amahl and the Night Visitor, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thomson High School auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children. For more information, call 650-2070.
Sharon Baptist Church will present its annual Hayride Through the Life of Christ from 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 19 at the Merchants Association Fairgrounds on Columbia Road. For information, call 541-1532 or 541-2027.
The Columbia County Choral Society will present its Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Evans, Washington Road at Belair. Admission costs $8, or $6 for students and seniors. For information, call 650-2311.
Lewis Memorial Church, at 5555 Hereford Farm Road in Evans, will play host to a holiday home and craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 local crafters and home sale merchants will be available. For more information, call Michelle Schulte at 210-9295.
Christmas tree sale
Volunteers of the Young Life ministry are selling Fraser fir Christmas trees at the Publix shopping center on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez. Sale hours are 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 650-2543 or 733-2507.
Walk through Bethlehem
Martinez United Methodist Church will hold its annual Walk Through Bethlehem Village 6-8 p.m. Dec 18 and 19.
For information, call 863-6541.
Goodwill Industries is accepting holiday donations at the following locations: Goodwill, 4074 Washington Road, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.; Best Kept Secrets, 370 Furys Ferry Road, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.; and Lowe's on Bobby Jones Expressway, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For information, call 564-4521.
Tickets are available for chances to win a 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster in a raffle sponsored by the American Red Cross. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at the Red Cross office on Ellis Street in Augusta; at Augusta Harley-Davidson on Frontage Road; at Georgia Bank and Trust on Furys Ferry Road; or at Jim Hudson Lexus on Washington Road in Martinez. Tickets cost $20 each or $50 for three. The winner will be announced Feb. 5.For information, call 724-8481.
Donations for soldiers
Grovetown City Councilwoman Marjorie Adams is seeking donations of items for soldiers serving in the Mideast. Especially needed are blankets, brown T-shirts, cotton underwear and boot-length socks, toiletries, magazines and other items. Donations may be dropped off during office hours at Grovetown City Hall, 103 Robinson Ave., after hours at the Public Safety Department; For information, call 863-4576.
Bible Cathedral, 1116 Furys Ferry Road in Evans, will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight Communion service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. For information, call 863-7090.
The Columbia County landfill will close at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 and reopen on Dec. 27 in recognition of Christmas. The department will also be closed Jan. 1 and reopen 6 a.m. Jan. 3 in recognition of New Years Day.
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