The public is invited to nominate candidates for Columbia County Arts Inc. third annual Individual Artist award, given to a living Columbia County artist who has dedicated himself or herself to excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in Columbia County. The deadline is Aug. 20. Forms are available at www.columbiacountyarts.org, or by calling (706) 650-2527.
Arts and crafts vendors are being sought for Columbia County's Summertime on the Canal festival, 4-11 p.m. Aug. 3 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, call (706) 312-7194.
The Fourth Annual Tom Watson Watermelon Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at Hickory Hill, in Thomson, with a games, contests, arts and crafts vendors and live music. For information, go to www.hickory-hill.org, or call (706) 595-7777.
Keep Columbia County Beautiful and Waste Management have set up phone book recycling bins in the Government Center, in Evans, at Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue headquarters on Desoto Drive, in Martinez, and at the fire stations on Furys Ferry Road, Oakley-Pirkle Road and William Few Parkway. For information, call (706) 312-7191, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Columbia County Extension Service office's Gardening at Lunch series will be held at 12:10 p.m. the Columbia County Library with presentations by Extension Agent Charles Phillips, including "Planting in Clay," Aug. 8; "Composting," Sept. 5; "The Best Winter Annuals," Oct. 3; and "Bulbs," Nov. 7. For information, call (706) 868-3413.
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