Church of the Holy Comforter will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library in Evans. The Columbia County Humane Society will be available for pet adoptions. Dogs must be on leashes. For information, call (706) 210-1133.
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking crafters for its fall festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Vendor space costs $25. For information, call (706) 650-0474.
Lakeside Middle School will hold its fall book fair from 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, with family night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Dr. Chipp Bragg will discuss the Confederate Powderworks and the book, Never for Want of Powder, at the monthly meeting of the Major General Ambrose Ransom Wright Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the private dining room of the Side Track Bar and Grill, 4027 Washington Road. For information, call John Partridge at (706) 863-7172, or David Butler at (706) 869-0586, or go to www.geocities.com/scv1914/home.
The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the St. John Towers dining room 724 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 364-1662.
The Stevens Creek Elementary School PTO is holding a fundraising raffle for a golf cart, a $1,000 savings bond and pearl jewelry from Windsor Jewelers. Tickets cost $5 or five for $20, and are available until Sept. 25 at the school, at Tudor's Cleaners on Furys Ferry Road, and Shear Southern on Furys Ferry Road. The drawing will be held Sept. 26. For information, call (706) 868-3705.
Sharon Baptist Church, at 6262 Cobbham Road, in Winfield, will hold a barbecue chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (706) 836-0454.
The Allstate Foundation is partnering with Dress for Success to collect donated purses for battered women's shelters. Collections will be accepted at Tom Sorrells' Allstate office at 420 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez from Sept. 22-Oct. 3.
St. Teresa events
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, on Columbia Road, is holding a series of events to mark the parish's 40th anniversary. A mass and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a talent show and roast of the pastor will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, and a fall carnival will be 2-9 p.m. Oct. 11. For information, call the church at (706) 863-4965.
Freedom Ride 2008, a motorcycle rally and music festival to benefit the Warriors in Transition Fund, the Army Emergency Relief Fund and the Jenny Clark Scholarship Fund will be held Saturday at the Columbia County fairgrounds. For information, go to www.freedomrideusa.org.
Air Force ball
The 31st Intelligence Squadron of the U.S. Air Force at Fort Gordon is seeking donations to support the annual Air Force Ball to be held Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel in Augusta. For information, call MSgt. Michele Daley at (706) 791-9577.
The Savannah River Woodturners will meet at Diamond Lakes Community Center at 10 a.m. Saturday. Master turner Richard Preston will demonstrate techniques for making lidded vessels. For information, call Jim Rozelle at (706) 855-5164.
A grant workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Library for non-profit organizations seeking to apply for Grassroots Arts Program grants through the Greater Augusta Arts Council. For information, go to www.augustaarts.com, or call Grace Bowles at (706) 826-4702, extension 2.
Augusta Christian Schools will hold the NACCAP Southeast Christian College Fair from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the school gym, 313 Baston Road, in Martinez, with a financial aid workshop at 7:30 p.m. For information, call (706) 863-2905, extension 137, or go to www.augustachristian.org.
Dr. Jason McRae and the Southern Health and Wellness Center will present free health seminars at 7 p.m. at the community room at Earth Fare, with presentations Sept. 30 on chronic pain; diabetes, Oct. 14, and heart disease, Oct. 28. For information, call (706) 869-7474.
The Marvin United Methodist Church pumpkin patch will be open daily from Oct. 4-31. For information, call (706) 863-0510.
A barbecue cookoff and Southern Gospel music festival to benefit Garden City Rescue Mission will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Lazar's Trailers, 487 Flowing Wells Road, in Martinez. For information, go to gardencityrescuemission.com, or call (706) 724-6960.
Trunk or Treat
First Baptist Church of Evans will hold its annual Trunk or Treat/Great Pumpkin party from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 11.
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