The Columbia County Board of Education will hold its second public meeting for parent input on the proposed rezoning for the new elementary school in Grovetown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lewiston Elementary School. For information, call (706) 541-0650, ext. 5204.
The city of Harlem will hold its second annual Mayor's Chili Challenge Cook-off Saturday, in conjunction with the city's First Saturday events. For information, or to compete, call (706) 556-0401.
Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will hold a chemical training workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at the new Interpretive Building at Reed Creek Wetlands Park, off Furys Ferry Road behind Zaxby's. Adopt-a-Stream also is seeking new volunteers to monitor county streams. For information, call John Graham at email@example.com, or call (706) 868-0296.
Old flags sought
Members of Boy Scout Troop 615 are collecting old, worn flags for proper retirement in a ceremony tentatively set for later this month. Flags may be dropped off during business hours at The News-Times office in the Publix shopping center, on Washington Road, in Evans; at Kings Crown, in Columbia Square, in Martinez; and at Wesley United Methodist Church, on N. Belair Road, in Evans. For information, call Tripp Calloway, (706) 868-0917.
Augusta-area podiatrists are collecting new and used shoes to be distributed to those in need. Donations of shoes of any size, condition or type may be brought to any local podiatrist's office through Friday.
The King David String Ensemble will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, with a dessert reception to follow. For information, call (706) 733-9491.
Author and educator Gene Cornelius Young will speak during a program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall, on Chamberlain Avenue.
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