USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants and loans for farmers and small businesses to install renewable energy systems, make efficiency improvements or conduct feasibility studies. The deadline is July 31. Details are available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill.
Columbia County's free Family Movie Matinees continue with Hotel for Dogs at 1 p.m. today at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library. Future movies are Horton Hears a Who on July 15; Wall-E on July 22; and a surprise July 29. Tickets are distributed starting at noon. Call (706) 312-7192.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia will hold a child safety seat inspection today and the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. For information, call (706) 541-3970 or go to www.mcghealth.org/safekids.
Augusta Chronicle editorial page editor Michael Ryan will be the speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday at the meeting of the Greater Columbia County Republican Women, at Jones Creek Clubhouse. Cost is $12 per person. For information, e-mail Wanda Duffie at email@example.com.
Applicants are being sought for the Rotary Club District 6920 exchange trip to India for four weeks after Christmas. Team members must be between the ages of 25-40, not be a Rotarian or family member of a Rotarian, not be a spouse of another team member and be a resident of the district including the Augusta area. For applications, go to rotarydistrict6920.net/GSE/Documents/GSETeam_member_application.pdf.
Reed Creek Park
The park holds programs for children 5 and older, including pond exploration from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday and July 30; insect investigations, 10-11 a.m. Friday and July 31; creek exploration, 10-11 a.m., July 16; and forest foray, 10-11 a.m. July 17. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call the park at (706) 210-4027.
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