The Savannah River Woodturners will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 144 N. Belair Road. Bill Lee will demonstrate turning techniques for small items. Call Lee Carey at (706) 627-8373.
Pink Ribbon ride
The fourth annual Pink Ribbon Ridge to benefit University Health Care System Breast Health Center will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Frontage Road.
Augusta Alzheimer's Association will hold a "bowl-athon" fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Teams must be pre-registered to participate. Call (706) 731-9060.
Wesley United Methodist Church's Pumpkins with a Purpose pumpkin patch is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31 at the church, 825 N. Belair Road. Proceeds benefit missions. Call (706) 869-0888.
Friends of Columbia County Libraries is holding a membership drive during October, with a drop-in reception from 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the library in Evans. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 Call (706) 863-8760.
The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on third Mondays in Room 100 of the Adult Building of First Baptist Church of Augusta. Call Debbie Rish at (706) 650-2496, or e-mail email@example.com.
Formally Yours, a high school students' program to collect prom gowns for students in need, is seeking donations of prom dresses. Donations may be taken to any Tudor's Cleaners or to coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marvin United Methodist Church, on South Belair Road at Wheeler Road, is holding its pumpkin patch through Oct. 31 from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call (706) 863-0510.
Early voting in the Grovetown City Council election is available at the Columbia County Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Evans, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday through Oct. 30. Call (706) 868-3355.
Oct. 20 is the entry deadline for contestants in the Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant, for women ages 17-24, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Greenbrier High School auditorium. Applications are available at www.columbiacounty fair.net. Call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Columbia County Farm Bureau is collecting staple food items and monetary donations until Nov. 1 during the statewide Harvest for All Campaign. Food collected during the drive will be distributed to food banks throughout Georgia. Donations may be brought to the Farm Bureau office at 330 Milledgeville Road, Harlem, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (706) 556-6258.
Evans High School Band Boosters are holding their annual fruit sale. Orders may be made at www.FruitOrder.com, using organization ID 977960.
Marvin United Methodist Church is seeking crafters and vendors for its November show. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 863-1970.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will hold its third annual Ministries Day at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 18, with James T. Russ, associate pastor at Gardener Grove Baptist Church, Augusta. Vendor spaces also are available for the church's community health fair, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24. Call (706) 860-7091.
An Alzheimer's caregiver support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month at Brandon Wilde. Call (706) 854-3519.
Former Savannah Riverkeeper Frank Carl will discuss training for Adopt-a-Stream and Get the Dirt Out programs at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sierra Club meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Walton Way Extension. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
The Jeremy Graham Band will perform in a benefit concert for cancer victim Ashli Baldwin Oct. 24 at the Columbia County Amphitheater. Gates open at 4 p.m.; the concert begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Regions Bank in Evans and Harlem, Sunrise Grill, Heather's Classic Cuts in Harlem, Merle Norman Cosmetics in Mullins Crossing or at the gate.
Mistletoe State Park in Winfield will hold its annual Family Fall Festival from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Cost is $10 per vehicle, including parking fees. Call (706) 541-0321.
The 33rd Annual Greater Augusta Stamp Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at Americas Best Value Inn, 3023 Washington Road, Augusta. Admission is free. Call Peter Igel at (706) 868-6769, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clay Artists of the Southeast will hold at pottery open house and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 471 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta. Call (803) 215-6275.
The gospel choir of White Rock Baptist Church, 1870 White Rock Road, Lincolnton, will celebrate its 50th anniversary at 3 p.m. Oct. 25. The church's fall revival will be held Oct. 26-28, with the Rev. Robert Ramsey of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, in Evans. Call (706) 359-1339.
Oakey Grove Baptist Church, 911 N. Belair Road, Evans, will celebrate its 119th anniversary at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 with the Rev. Carlton Howard and the Noah's Ark Baptist Church of Keysville, Ga. Call (706) 863-4215.
The Augusta Alzheimer's Association is recruiting teams and individuals to participate in Memory Walk 2009, which will be held Nov. 7. Call (706) 731-9060, or go to www.alz.org/georgia.
Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will hold a certification program for macro biological monitoring training and certification from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Reed Creek Wetlands Park. Cost is free. Call Mike Reardon at 9706) 421-8639, or e-mail email@example.com.
Toys for Tots
The third annual Toys for Tots motorcycle ride will begin with registration at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at Augusta Harley-Davidson.
Gardening at Lunch
The Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series continues at noon Nov. 11 with a program on winter-blooming plants, and Gardening on a Shoestring, Dec. 2. Call (706) 868-3413.
Child Enrichment will hold volunteer training for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12, continuing through Nov. 19. For information, (706) 737-4631, or go to www.childenrichment.org.
Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. Jack Jacobs and retired Maj. Gen. Perry Smith will be the guest speakers at Harlem Middle School's Veterans Day assembly at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 13. Signed books by Jacobs and Smith will be available at the event. Call Dolly Morris at (706) 556-5990, extension 3425, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia County Choral Society will present "Music Cornucopia," a concert of music from the 1930s and '40s and Thanksgiving-themed selections at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at First Baptist Church of Evans. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for seniors, students and groups. For information, go to www.ccchoralsociety.org or call (706) 650-2311.
Art and wine
The Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans, will hold an art auction and wine tasting starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Cost is a $25 donation. Call (706) 228-3636.
The Grovetown Senior Center is seeking volunteer, licensed drivers with their own vehicles to deliver meals to shut-ins in the Grovetown area. Call (706) 210-8699.
Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. Call Nancy Browning at (706) 868-4422.
The Garden City Dulcimer Club is offering free dulcimer lessons. Call (706) 868-0120.
The Christian Social Organization for Single Adults sponsors dances from 7-11 p.m. Saturdays at the Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans, off Evans-to-Locks Road. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for guests. Call Theresa Thigpen at (706) 863-9262.
Happy Tails Rescue holds pet adoptions from 1-4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday at Tractor Supply, 596 Bobby Jones Expressway. Call (706) 955-0438.
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 historical display. Call Gary or Nancy Blanchard at (706) 541-0043.
Senior citizens ages 60-older are being sought to work 20 hours per week to help children read. Positions receive an hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement. Call Jackie Kennedy at the Senior Citizens Council at (706) 868-0120.
Dropped Stitches, a group at Washington Commons that knits blankets for hospitals and soldiers, is seeking donations of yarn from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the retirement community on Washington Commons Drive off Washington Road across from Club Car. Call Holley Howard at (706) 860-0402.
The Augusta Freethought Society is seeking members for social gatherings and informal discussion. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
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. Call (706) 738-8242.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave. Call (706) 863-0726.
Drop-off containers for plastics recycling, newspapers, office paper and cardboard are now available at the Columbia County Government Complex.
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. 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.
Volunteers are needed to help staff the gift shop and book sales area at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Call Barbara Williams at (706) 863-8760.
Pilot Club International is organizing a new club in the area. 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.
Reed Creek Park's Young Naturalist after-school clubs for grades K-2 and 3-5 meet once each month. 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. 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. 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. 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. Call Rev. Alice Dunn at (706) 863-0413.
The Martinez-Evans Optimist Club meets at noon each Thursday at the Jones Creek Clubhouse. Call (706) 830-5730.
Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. 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. Call (706) 721-7606.
Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County Library in Evans. 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. Call (706) 863-1946.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Call (706) 556-3962.
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services offers group counseling to victims of rape, sexual assault and childhood abuse. All services are free. Call (706) 724-5200.
The Rotary Club of Columbia County meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse. 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.
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. 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. Call (706) 432-0021.
The JDFR Family Network is available to families of children with Type 1 diabetes. 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. 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. 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.
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