Red Cross classes
The American Red Cross of Augusta will hold the following training classes at its offices, 1322 Ellis St.: Adult CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator), 6-9 p.m., Monday; first aid, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday; and infant and child CPR, 6-9 p.m., July 26. For information, call (706) 724-8481, ext. 211.
Jones Creek Baptist Church, at Southern Pines and Industrial Park Drive in Evans, will hold vacation Bible school from 7-8:30 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4 for age 3 to sixth grade. For information, call (706) 863-5131.
Prizes for donors
To pre-empt expected shortages in July, Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding drawings for prizes each week.
Donors are eligible to win an Xbox 360 through Friday, and a 60 gb iPod with video July 29-Aug. 5. For more information, call (706) 737-4551, or go to www.shepeardblood.org.
Boat safety class
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will offer a boating safety class for 12- to 15-year-olds Aug. 14 at Mistletoe State Park, in Winfield. The free class is a requirement for youths who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft. Registration is required. Call (706) 595-4211.
Staff from the Georgia Legal Services Program will offer free legal help on civil, noncriminal issues to people 60 and older from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Grovetown Senior Center, 103 W. Robinson St. Call (706) 721-2327.
Area single adults are invited to a communitywide fellowship and Bible study, Tuesday Nights Together (TNT), at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the administration building of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave. Call Ty Lockridge at (803) 279-6370.
Faith Community Ministry Inc., the mission project of Macedonia Baptist Church, is holding a summer worship series from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library in Evans. The series is led by Norman V. Carter. Call (706) 737-4298.
The Augusta Alzheimer's Association will hold a free seminar on communication tips for Alzheimer's caregivers from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jud C. Hickey Adult Day Center, 1901 Central Ave., Augusta. For information, call (706) 731-9060.
The Youth and Music Ministries of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1714 Olive Road, Augusta, will hold Youth Awareness Week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and a summer gospel jam for individuals, choirs and choruses from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a concert at 5 p.m. July 30. For information, call Fitzgerald Ryans at (706) 733-0341.
The Augusta Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation will hold a summer celebration dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., Augusta. Meat, bread and drinks will be provided; guests should bring a side dish. For information, call (706) 855-7690.
The Augusta Multiple Sclerosis Center will hold a program titled "Living with MS as a Family" from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Discovery in downtown Augusta, with daylong admission to Fort Discovery and a boxed lunch courtesy of Berlex Laboratories. For reservations, call (888) 237-5394, ext. 7024.
Jumpin' Party Zone-USA, at 4495 Columbia Road, will hold a free Customer Appreciation Day from 1 to 4 p.m. July 30. For information, call (706) 228-1819 or go to www.jumpinpartyzoneusa.com.
Mother's day out
Parent orientation will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 for the fall Mother's Day Out program at Church of the Most Holy Trinity, in Augusta. The program begins Aug. 14. Space is available for children who are walking through age 4. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call Cheryl Weinand at (706) 228-4887.
The Lakeside High School Class of 1996 will hold their 10-year reunion beginning with a picnic at 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at the high school, and continuing with the reunion at 7 p.m. at the Marbury Center at 1257 Broad St., Augusta. Tickets cost $50 per person. For information, call Allyson Malcom Fralish at (770) 619-1824, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Harlem High School Class of 1977 is planning a 30-year reunion for spring 2007. Addresses of class members are being sought. For information, call Dean Beasley at (706) 860-9231, or send names and addresses to HHS1977@comcast.net.
The Evans High School Class of 1996 will hold its 10-year reunion activities Sept. 29-30. For information, call (706) 231-2619, or go to www.freewebs.com/ehs96.
Savannah River College is offering $1,000 career education scholarships to three students from each high school in the CSRA. For information, call Mary Baca at (706) 738-5046, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six Flags tickets
Columbia County 4-H has discounted Six Flags tickets available. For information, call (706) 868-3413.
Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County main library in Evans. For information, call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e-mail email@example.com.
Doctors Hospital offers a variety of classes each month. For information on all classes, call (706) 651-2450, or go to www.doctors-hospital.net.
The Masters Cat Club CFA Championship Cat Show will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Riverview Park Activity Center, in North Augusta. Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students. For information, call Susan Murphy at (706) 650-2215, or Sharon Butler at (706) 860-6820.
Dancers with the Columbia County Ballet, formerly the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet, will perform an original work by Peter Powlus, the artistic director of the Augusta Players, Sept. 22-23 at Columbia County's Performing Arts Center. For information, call (706) 860-1852.
Portsbridge Hospice holds a free grief support group at 6 p.m. every other Tuesday at the hospice, located at 1365 Interstate Parkway, in Augusta. For information, call Chaplain Paul Richardson, (706) 860-7374.
Hope Soap, a private, non-profit agency that collects toiletries and packages and distributes them to area shelters, has collection sites in the community. Donations, particularly of personal-sized items from hotels, may be brought to The Columbia County News-Times, in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road, Evans, and Wild Birds Unlimited, West Town Shopping Center, Martinez. For information and other drop-off locations, call (706) 863-5863.
Columbia County Juvenile Court is seeking volunteers for the Citizens Panel for Foster Care Review. After training, volunteers meet once a month and review compliance with court-ordered foster care. For information, call Brian Stutts at (706) 860-0661.
Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, is accepting registration for the 2006-07 school year. Limited space is available for 2-,3- and 4-year-olds. For information, call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.
West Acres Baptist Church, on Gibbs Road in Evans, will offer a Mothers of Preschoolers program starting Aug. 14. For information, call Abbie Character at (706) 868-5936, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AYUSA International is seeking local host families for foreign exchange students. For information, call Amy Fenton at (706) 364-7492, or e-mail email@example.com.
Hosts for foreign exchange students are being sought by World Heritage local representative Kim Hines. For information, call (706) 228-4112 or go to www.world_heritage.org.
The Columbia County EMA Dive Rescue and Recovery Team has openings for certified divers. For an application, go to www.columbiacountyga.gov/docs/diveteamapp2.pdf and submit it to the EMA office in the Columbia County Government Complex, Evans, or fax it to (706) 868-3342.
Camp Daniel Marshall, which is run by the Augusta Association of Baptist Churches, is in need of sports equipment. For donations, call Kathie Seago at (706) 359-3752, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sons of the American Legion Post 192 serves breakfast each Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the post off Owens Road in Evans.
Bricks for sale
The Evans Middle School PTSO is selling commemorative bricks to create a walkway and covered outdoor classroom and shelter for its new middle school site opening next year. To order, go to www.bricksrus.com/orders/ems, submit the order, and send the payment slip with payment to the school. For information, call Lisa Thompson at (706) 868-6330.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave. For information, call (706) 863-0726.
A mentoring and family education program for displaced residents from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Communities in Schools at 1132 Druid Park Ave., Augusta. For information, call (706) 774-6600.
The Ikeda Reading Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Borders bookstore on Robert C. Daniel Parkway, Augusta. For information, call (706) 495-0322.
New Lions Club
The Augusta Lions Club is forming a branch club in the Evans/Martinez area. For information, call Art Turner at (706) 860-6655, or Beth Miller at (706) 733-9557 or e-mail email@example.com.
Free smoke detectors
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue now serves county territory previously covered by the Harlem Fire Department and North Columbia Fire and Rescue. Martinez-Columbia firefighters have free smoke detectors to distribute to any citizen in need of one, and will provide free home safety inspections. For information, call (706) 863-7745.
The Jesus is Coming Crusade meets at 5:30 p.m. each second and fourth Sunday at the Harlem Women's Club, 170 Milledgeville Road, Harlem. For information, call Joanne Jones at (706) 495-4357.
The American Cancer Society's Augusta chapter is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients. For information, call (706) 731-9900.
The Christian Social Association for Single Adults sponsors dances from 8-11 p.m. each Saturday at Westside High School on Patriots Way in Augusta. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and includes dance lessons from 7-8 p.m. For information, call Don Stephens at (706) 737-4944.
Marvin Methodist Preschool, at 4400 Wheeler Road, has openings for the 2-, 3- and 4-year-old classes, meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For information, call (706) 863-0510.
The Columbia County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for scholarships for students who are a member, or child of a member, of the Farm Bureau, and intend to attend Berry College or a University System of Georgia College in an agriculture-related field. For information, call (706) 556-6258.
Cutie Pies Gourmet Cafe, in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road in Evans, donates 15 percent of all sales between 4-8 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to the Columbia County Foundation For Children.
The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has an aluminum recycling collection bin in the Tracy-Luckey parking lot beside the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem. For information, call (706) 556-0401.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Augusta meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in room 105 of the Walton Building at First Baptist Church of Augusta. For information, call (706) 722-0010.
Georgia-Carolina Toastmasters meets at noon Wednesdays at BJ's Restaurant in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 640 Broad St. across from the Chamber of Commerce building. For information, call (706) 854-0090.
LifeLink of Georgia, the agency that coordinates organ and tissue donations for the state, has speakers available for civic groups, churches and schools. For information, call Gloria Dossett at (706) 854-0333 or (800) 544-6667.
The Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County Unit offers advice to all Columbia County residents on whether their home is in line of fire from brush or wild land fires. For information, call the (706) 556-3962.
The Augusta Area Newcomers meet for coffee on the first Tuesday of each month. For information, call Carol at (706) 863-0037.
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 (706) 724-5200.
Augusta Jewish Community Center, located at 898 Weinberger Way in Evans, holds a beginner bridge game from 1-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday every month. The cost is $5. For information, call (706) 228-3636.
A Developmental Disability Services Sunday School is available for children and adults at Grace Baptist Church, 4945 Hardy McManus Road in Evans, at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For information, call the church office at (706) 868-9729.
The Rotary Club of Columbia County meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse. For information, call president Lee Clark, (706) 863-2000.
Augusta Striders is seeking members. Members enjoy group runs, newsletters, monthly meetings and more. For information, visit www.augustastriders.com.
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 (706) 737-4631.
Cancer support group
The MCG Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the mammography area, MCG Breast Health Services, on the first floor, MCG Medical Center. For information, call (706) 721-0246 or (706) 721-1466.
Girl Stitchers from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need. The items will be donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available and donated material is appreciated. For information, call toll free (866) 472-6903.
The Augusta Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church on Walton Way. For information, call (706) 432-0021.
The JDFR Family Network is available to families of children with Type 1 diabetes. For information, call (706) 733-2034.
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, (706) 793-9998.
Foster homes sought
Georgia SAFE Therapeutic Foster Care is seeking foster homes for at-risk children and teens. For information, call (706) 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 (706) 650-2396.
The CSRA Harbour Lights lighthouse collectors club is seeking members. For information, call (706) 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 (706) 736-1199, extension 208.
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 (706) 863-3216 or write 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 (706) 541-1640, or Rosalyn Boyd in Richmond County, 721-7171.
Happy Tails adoption
Happy Tails Rescue holds 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 (706) 863-5310.
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