The Augusta Symphony will inaugurate its Columbia County Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. The series includes four concerts, with tickets costing $70 for all four. For information, call (706) 826-4705.
River Ridge Elementary School is seeking vendors for its second annual holiday bazaar, to be held from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 9. For information, call (706) 447-1016.
The fourth annual Harlem haunted trail will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Halloween night. Admission is free and candy is provided for trick or treaters. The trail is at 210 W. Forrest St., near Harlem Middle School. For information, call Steven Brzozowski at (706) 513-5613.
The West Acres Baptist Church Family Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at the church, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans. Call (706) 860-6573, or go to www.westacres.org.
Trunk or treat
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, on Columbia Road at Hereford Farm Road, will have trunk or treat from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call (706) 863-6795.
The Magnolia Dance Theatre, a division of the Cutno Artist Group, will have auditions for youths and adults to perform in a dramatic story ballet, Grandma Zebra's Wisdom, to be staged Feb. 2-3. Singers ages 16-adult and dancers ages 8-15 are being sought. Auditions will be from 3-5 p.m. today at the Cutno Dance Center, 739 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 828-3101, or go to www.cutnodance.com.
Night of Remembrance
St. Joseph Hospital, in recognition of National Hospice Month, will hold A Night of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Thursday on the hospital grounds with music by the Augusta Children's Chorale. Rain date is Nov. 7. For information, call (706) 729-6222.
Art of Chocolate
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Art of Chocolate fundraiser for Child Enrichment Inc., to be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Old Medical College on Telfair Street in Augusta. Tickets cost $50 and are available at CSRA Federal Credit Union, Fat Man's and First Bank.
St. Teresa of Avila will have a Ten Thousand Villages Gift Festival on Saturday and Nov. 5, with items for sale from artisans from Third World countries. For information, call Berry Brady at (706) 210-5460.
The CSRA Parkinson Disease Walk will begin with an 8 a.m. registration Saturday, followed by a raffle and silent auction, at the old Family Y track on Wheeler Road in Augusta. Call Bert at (706) 738-2678.
Harlem will open its first Trash to Treasures Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Harlem United Methodist Church. Spaces are free, but must be reserved. A "Taste of Harlem" restaurant sampling also will be held. For information, call Kathy Ham at (706) 556-0401.
Philadelphia United Methodist Church will display its inaugural Crafts and the Crossroads from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, located at Louisville and Old Louisville roads, in Harlem. The event will include handmade quilts, homemade food and crafts and a new cookbook. For information, call (706) 556-3299, or (706) 556-3165.
ACS fall festival
The Augusta Christian Schools fall festival and country kitchen will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 313 Baston Road, Martinez. For information, call Bonny Baxley at (706) 863-2905, ext. 100.
Holiday fashion show
The second annual Holiday Preview Fashion Show Extravaganza, sponsored by the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at West Lake Country Club. Tickets cost $30, with proceeds funding local nursing scholarships. For information, call Jennifer Edmunds at (706) 267-4443.
The Augusta chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will hold Memory Walk 2006 starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday at GreenJacket Stadium. For information, call (706) 731-9060.
The CSRA Parkinson Disease Support Group fund-raising walk will be held starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday at the old Family y track on Wheeler Road, in Augusta, followed by a raffle and silent auction. For information, call (706) 738-2679 or (706) 863-0817.
Fall leaf paddle
American Wilderness Outfitters will hold a fall leaf paddle starting with free classes at 11 a.m., and a guided canoe trip on the Augusta Canal. Boaters may participate for free with their own canoe and transporation, or AWOL will provide it for $30. For information, call (706) 738-8500.
The Old Frontier Open Horse Show will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Old Frontier Camp on Old Milledgeville Road, in Thomson. For information, call Andrea Smoak at (706) 556-2135, or e-mail email@example.com.
Brookwood Sings America, the annual production by third-grade students at Brookwood Elementary School, will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the school, 455 S. Old Belair Road. For information, call Johnny Carr at (706) 855-7596, extension 217, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Associates, in conjunction with MCG, will hold a seminar on in vitro fertilization at 11 a.m. Saturday in the downstairs conference room of the Columbia County Library, in Evans. The infertility support group will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 6, with a program by yoga instructor Trina Ford. For information, call (706) 722-4434.
The Columbia County Cooperative Extension Service Gardening at Lunch program for November will be held at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Columbia County Library. Extension Agent Charles Phillips will discuss wildflower gardening. For information, call (706) 868-3413.
The Butler High School class of 1966 will hold its 40th reunion Nov. 11 at the Marriott Augusta Hotel and Suites. For information, call Ruth Carrick Thomas at (706) 868-7665, or e-mail Becky Newsome at 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.
Vendors are being sought for the Christmas market during the county's tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 2, to be held at the amphitheater and memorial gardens, in Evans. For information, call (706) 312-7191.
The Lakeside Panther Athletic Association will hold its third annual raffle at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the school. Tickets cost $100 each, and only 300 tickets will be sold. The winner will receive $10,000. A steak dinner for two will be provided at the raffle with the purchase of a ticket, and more than 50 door prizes will be given away during the dinner. All proceeds support the Lakeside athletic program. For tickets or information, call Rick McMurtrey at (706) 373-8557.
Augusta Urban Ministries is seeking donations of coats, sweaters and heaters for homeless and low-income families. Donations are accepted at the AUM warehouse at 303 Hale St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday through Oct. 31. For information, call (706) 722-8195.
Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, in Martinez, has openings in the 3- and 4-year-old classes. For information, call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.
Red Cross classes
The American Red Cross of Augusta will hold the following training sessions during November:
Adult CPR and AED, Nov. 13 and 27, 6-9 p.m. at the chapter office.
Adult CPR, AED and first aid, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the chapter office.
First aid, Nov. 14 and 28, 6-9 p.m. at the chapter office.
Babysitter training, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Patriots Park.
For information on all classes, call (706) 724-8481.
Aquinas High School will hold A Day at Aquinas for eighth-grade students considering attending the school. The event, including tours, games and class visits, will be held from 9:10-11:45 a.m. Nov. 8 in the school gym. For information, call (706) 736-5516, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2006 CSRA-Augusta Veterans Day Parade will be held from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 10 in downtown Augusta, ending at the All Wars Monument for the Veterans Day ceremony. For information, call parade chairman Jim Hussey at (706) 738-4203, or vice-chairman Jim Whelan at (706) 791-7857.
Caring Rose Week
Many local florists will offer a dozen roses to those donating two cans of food and $2 during Caring Rose Week, Nov. 13-18, benefiting Golden Harvest Food Bank. For information on participating florists, call (706) 736-1199.
The Ninth Annual Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne Festival, in Lincolnton, will begin with Pioneer Day at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln County Historical Park; the community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Lincolnton United Methodist Church; the holidays festival from noon-6 p.m. Dec. 2, with the holiday parade at 3 p.m.; and breakfast with legislators at 8 a.m. Dec. 7. For information, call (706) 359-7970, or e-mail email@example.com.
Stevens Creek Elementary School will hold its sixth annual Shopping Extravaganza from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5, with more than 25 vendors. For information, call (706) 868-3705.
The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 at Patriots Park Gym, with activities for children including breakfast, a visit and photo with Santa and a craft. The event costs $5 per child, and reservations are required. New books and toys for underprivileged children also will be collected. For information, call (706) 312-7194, or go to www.columbiacountyga.gov.
The Ikeda Reading Group will sponsor "Seven Pathways to Global Harmony: A Buddhist Perspective" at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday and Thursday of each month through January at Borders Books, on Robert C. Daniel Parkway, Augusta. For information, call (706) 738-6699.
The 14th annual Easter Seals Ornament of Hope is available, depicting the First Presbyterian Church of Augusta. For information, call (706) 667-9695.
Latino health fair
A health fair for Latinos, Dia de la Mujer Latina, will be held Nov. 11 in Grovetown. For information, call (706) 860-1066.
Volunteers from the Friends of Columbia County Libraries will hold a Christmas sale at the gift shop in the Columbia County Library, in Evans, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11, and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12. For information, call (706) 863-8760.
Belevedere First Christian Church will hold a gospel sing at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the church, located at Hampton and Verdery streets, in Belevedere. For information, call (803) 279-9111.
Mount Enon Baptist Church, at 4678 Washington Road, in Evans, will celebrate its 137th anniversary on Nov. 26, with dinner following the service. For information, go to www.mtenonbaptistchurch.org, or call (706) 860-8565.
A caregiver support group for those caring for a spouse or parent is available at 6:30 p.m. every third Monday at the Friedman Branch Library, 1447 Jackson Road, Augusta. For information, call (706) 738-6115.
Safe Sitter class
Safe Kids of East Central Georgia will conduct a Safe Sitter class for 11- to 13-year-olds from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the MCG Children's Medical Center classroom, BT 1805. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. For information, call (706) 721-2457, or go to www.mcghealth.org/kids.
Westminster Schools of Augusta will hold an admission information session for the day school, K-4 through fifth grade, at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 15. The session will include classroom visits and tours of the campus. For reservations, call Addie Langley at (706) 731-5260.
The Marvin United Methodist Church Clothes Closet, at the church at Wheeler and Belair Roads, is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are accepted on the first day of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West Acres Baptist Church, on Gibbs Road in Evans, is offering a Mothers of Preschoolers program. For information, call Abbie Character at (706) 868-5936, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New church open
The Sanctuary, a new church pastored by Bryan Cockrell, holds services at 1:30 p.m. each Sunday at Riverside Baptist Church, 4798 Hardy-McManus Road, in Evans. A nursery and children's church are provided. For information, call (706) 650-2737.
Nov. 15 is the deadline for real and personal property tax payments in Columbia County. Payments may be made at the tax commissioner's office or in drop boxes at the Columbia County Government Complex in Evans; online at www.columbiacountyga.gov/taxcommissioner; or by phone at 1-866-381.4893. For information, call (706) 261-8299.
Phone book recycling
Recycling bins for telephone books are available at the Columbia County Government Complex, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, and at the Water Works Department, 4325 Evans-to-Locks Road. A collection box for old cell phones also is available in the Community and Leisure Services office, in Building B at the Government Complex. For information, call (706) 312-7191.
Tea and sale
The Palette and Porcelain Artists Association will hold its annual Tea, Sale and Exhibit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, Augusta. For information, call (706) 855-1496.
The Augusta-area AARP Tax-Aide program is accepting applications from volunteers to help seniors and others prepare income taxes Feb. 1-April 15. For information, call District Coordinator Bill Kozel at (706) 210-3048.
Alumni from Fort Gordon's Augusta in Army Boots program are being sought. For information, call Sue Brewer at (706) 791-9308.
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.
American Legion Post 192, on Legion Drive off Owens Road, in Evans, holds a steak dinner each Friday from 7-9 p.m. For information, call (706) 863-8728.
Area single adults are invited to a community-wide 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 Avenue. For information, call Ty Lockridge at (803) 279-6370.
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.
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.
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.
by Jones Expressway in Martinez. For more information, call (706) 863-5310.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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