A free MCG Alzheimer's lunch program with Dr. Suzanne Smith, director of the Memory Disorder Clinic at MCG, will be held from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 13 at the MCG Alumni Center at 919 15th St. For reservations, call Kathy Tuckey at (706) 731-9060 by noon Jan. 12.
Dr. Jason McRae, of the Southern Health and Wellness Center, will hold free 7 p.m. seminars on mental health, Jan. 13, and digestive health, Jan. 27, at Earth Fare on Furys Ferry Road. For reservations, call (706) 869-7474.
Augusta podiatrists are collecting new and used shoes for distribution to the needy. Donations can be brought to any area podiatrist. Call Dr. Kent Kronowski at (706) 724-0586.
Applications are being accepted through Tuesday for grants from the St. Joseph Founda-tion for non-profit organizations addressing health services education, medical uninsured or underinsured, hospice or homeless. For information, go to www.cfcsra or call (706) 724-1314.
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are sought to help prepare tax returns for low- and medium-income taxpayers. Call Bill Kozel at (706) 210-3048, or Susan Gazner at (706) 359-3052.
Auditions are being scheduled for the April 2009 Enopion Theater performance of The Great Big Gopher Boat . For information, call (706) 771-7777, or go to www.enopion.com.
A support group meets on the third Tuesday each month at Brandon Wilde. For information, call (706) 854-3519.
University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center will hold an eight-week sign language class from 7-8 p.m. Thursday evenings, with intermediate classes Jan. 9-Feb. 26, and advanced classes April 16-June 4. Cost is $80 and space is limited. Call (706) 774-8559.
A seminar on scholarships, financial aid and student loans will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Jaguar Activity Center at Augusta State University. Call (706) 733-1192, extension 12.
A support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at MCG Medical Associates, 618 Ponder Place Drive, Ste. 2, in Evans. Call (706) 210-0642.
The Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series continues at 12:10 p.m. Jan. 14 with a session on trees. Future sessions include roses, Feb. 4; training plants, March 4; gold-medal plants, April 1; lawns, May 6; and gardening for kids, June 3. For information, call Extension Agent Charles Phillips at (706) 868-3413.
Westminster Schools of Augusta, 3067 Wheeler Road, will hold its annual open house at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Call (706) 731-5260, extension 2220, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross will hold lifeguard training classes Jan. 19-30, Feb. 9-20, Feb. 23-March 6 and March 23-April 3. Call (706) 724-8481.
Babypalooza will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway, with vendors and information for expectant mothers. Call Safe Kids East Central Georgia at (706) 721-7606.
The Harlem High School class of 1979 is seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion to be held summer 2009. Provide contact information to Dorothy Shanks at (706) 309-9257, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Augusta Freethought Society is seeking members for social gatherings and informal discussion. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWII vets sought
The Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society is seeking veterans of World War II for videotape interviews as part of the veterans history project. Volunteers to conduct the interviews also are needed. For information, call (706) 738-8242.
Augusta Christian Schools' annual coupon books are available for $10. Books are available from students or from the school at 313 Baston Road, Martinez.
Church of the Most Holy Trinity, in Augusta, has openings in its Mother's Day Out program for children walking through age 4, with classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information, call Cheryl Weinand at (706) 228-4887.
Registration is available for Haydens International Gymnastics Academy's Gym 'n' Learn Preschool and Mother's Morning Out programs. for information, call Beth Mazurek at (706) 364-0641 or e-mail email@example.com.
Drop-off containers for plastics recycling, newspapers, office paper and cardboard are now available at the Columbia County Government Complex.
Chapter 439 of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets 5 p.m. each Tuesday at Pine View Baptist Church, 117 Pleasant Home Road, Martinez.
The Columbia County West Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Tuesday at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church on Columbia Road at Lewiston Road. For information, call Richard Swann at (706) 868-3559.
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.
Volunteers are needed to help staff the gift shop and book sales area at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call Barbara Williams at (706) 863-8760.
Friends of Columbia County Libraries are seeking donations of used books. The books are sold in the library book store, with funds used to buy new books and fund library programs. Donations are accepted at the Evans and Euchee Creek libraries. For information, call Elige Hickman at (706) 863-2880.
Pilot Club International is organizing a new club in the area. For information, call Elizabeth Copeland at (706) 955-7205.
Safe Kids of East Central Georgia will provide a child safety seat inspection by appointment at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Substation, Ronald Reagan Drive at Town Center Drive, Evans, on the second Wednesday of each month. For an appointment, call (706) 541-3970.
Leah High search
The Columbia County Historical Society is seeking photos, information and artifacts related to the former Leah High School for inclusion in a possible historical display. For information, call Gary or Nancy Blanchard at (706) 541-0043.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets at 6 p.m. each Thursday at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave. For information, call (706) 863-0726.
Reed Creek Park's Young Naturalist after-school clubs for grades K-2 and 3-5 meet once each month. For information, call (706) 210-4027.
A new Marine Corps Motorcycle Association is forming in the Augusta area and is seeking members. The organization will support Marine Corps efforts in the Aiken-Augusta area, including Toys for Tots, the Wounded Warrior program and the Fisher House. For information, call Paul Brewer at (706) 854-1036, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Guard Auxiliary meets
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at El Valle Mexican Restaurant in the West Town shopping center in Martinez. For information, call John VanOsdol at (864) 391-2170.
Harlem's Hands Up Outreach Ministries thrift shop, at 110 S. Hicks St., is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday-Friday each week, with free bread available. Donations of clothing, housewares, school supplies and other items also are welcome. For information, call (706) 556-2259.
The Rosemount Association holds a Bible study each Wednesday at noon at the Rosemount Association Building on Burks Mountain Road in Appling. For information, call Rev. Alice Dunn at (706) 863-0413.
The Martinez-Evans Optimist Club meets at noon each Thursday at the Jones Creek Clubhouse. For information, call (706) 830-5730.
Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. For information, call (706) 736-1199.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia is seeking volunteers to help with events, such as car seat and bicycle checks, and to lead ongoing programs that teach safety to children and teens. Training is provided. For information, call (706) 721-7606.
Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Columbia County Library holds tutoring sessions for adults interested in improving their reading skills. For information, call (706) 863-1946.
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety has implemented Project Safe House to help provide safe havens for children and the elderly. For information on becoming a block parent, call the department at (706) 863-1212.
The Marvin United Methodist Church Clothes Closet, at the church at Wheeler and Belair Roads, is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donations are accepted on the first day of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
West Acres Baptist Church on Gibbs Road in Evans offers a Mothers of Preschoolers program. For information, call Abbie Character at (706) 868-5936, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New members are being sought for the MCG Children's Medical Center Red Wagon Society to plan fund-raisers, volunteer at special events and play with children who are patients at the center. Membership costs $50 per year. For information, call (706) 721-4004.
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.
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 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 (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.
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 each month at 7 p.m. in the mammography area, MCG Breast Health Services, first floor, MCG Medical Center. For information, call (706) 721-0246 or (706) 721-1466.
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. to 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.
Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteer groups of 10-20 people, ages 13 and up, for Saturday help in sorting donated products. For information or to reserve a time, call Laurie Harmon at (706) 736-1199, ext. 208.
Foster and adoptive parents are being sought for children living in Columbia and Richmond counties. For more information on the program, call Christina Ruetz in Columbia County at (706) 541-1640 or Rosalyn Boyd in Richmond County at (706) 721-7171.
Happy Tails adoption
Happy Tails Rescue holds pet adoptions each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and 4-6 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 p.m., at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For more information, call (706) 863-5310.
CSRA Writers meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Writers needing a support group are invited to attend and bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
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