The Pawprints Art for Animals benefit for the CSRA Humane Society and Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter will be held 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Taylor BMW on Washington Road, in Evans. Tickets cost $30, or two for $50. Call (706) 863-2067.
Mistletoe State Park in Winfield will hold its annual Family Fall Festival from 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 per vehicle, including parking fees. For information, call (706) 541-0321.
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold a concert at 5 p.m. Saturday to help raise funds for a kidney transplant for Mary Jean Jefferson. For information, call (706) 860-7091.
St. Teresa Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, will hold a collection drive of supplies for Augusta's shelters and rescue missions from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information, call Carolyn Weitzel at (706) 868-9771.
The 33rd Annual Greater Augusta Stamp Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Americas Best Value Inn, 3023 Washington Road, Augusta. Admission is free. Call Peter Igel at (706) 868-6769, or e-mail email@example.com.
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church, 136 Belair Road, Evans, will hold revival services at 7 p.m. Friday; at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by lunch and a service at 7 p.m.; and with services at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 25, with lunch following the 11 a.m. service.
Clay Artists of the Southeast will hold a pottery open house and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 471 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta. Call (803) 215-6275.
Centerstage Dance Academy has moved from Martinez to 3956 Belair Road, off Powell Road in Augusta, and will hold a rummage and craft sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call (706) 541-0456.
Lunch and fair
Sunday is the deadline for reservations for the Augusta Christian Women's Connection luncheon and country fair, to be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, in Evans. Guest speaker will be Judy Pharis of Dublin, Ga. Cost is $12, and a nursery is provided. Call (706) 925-5316.
Lakeside High School's band is taking orders through Nov. 11 for boxes of oranges, grapefruit and tangelos for $15. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 863-0027.
Marvin United Methodist Church, on S. Belair Road at Wheeler Road, is holding its annual 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. For information, 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. For information, call (706) 868-3355.
Bill Potter of Atlanta will discuss "The Great Spiritual Revival in the Confederate Armies" at the meeting of the Maj. Gen. 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.columbiacountyconfederates.com.
Dr. Ron Eaker will be the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room of St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 364-1662.
The German Friendship Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at VFW Post 649, 2430 Windsor Spring Road, Augusta. For information, call (803) 279-8493.
Trick or Treat
Columbia County's annual Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat will beheld 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Patriots Park Gym. Admission for trick-or-treating children is one can of food for local food banks, and businesses can participate by handing out candy. for information, call (706) 312-7191.
Fellowship Baptist Church of Grovetown, 670 E. Robinson Ave., will hold a fall festival 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Children are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the church's food pantry. For information, call (706) 627-3775.
Sharon Baptist Church, on Highway 150 in Winfield, will hold a fall carnival from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 31.
Augusta Christian Schools, 313 Baston Road, Martinez, will hold its fall festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31.
Georgia-Lina Christian Singles will hold a Halloween dance and costume contest from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31 at Social Inc. in the Village West shopping center on Washington Road, Augusta. For information, call (706) 863-1214.
In recognition of National Domestic Awareness Month in October, the Allstate Foundation is collecting women's suits and professional attire. Suits may be dropped off at the Richard Felder Agency, 205-A Belair Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 228-3535 or go to www.clicktoempower.org.
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. For information, 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 email@example.com, or call (706) 863-1970.
Formally Yours, a high school student's program to collect prom gowns for students in need, is seeking donations of prom dresses. Donations may be taken to any location of Tudor's Cleaners or to Coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For information, call (706) 863-4215.
The Augusta Newcomers will hold a welcome coffee at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 3 and a luncheon meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at West Lake Country Club. The luncheon will include a speaker from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office with information about crime and safety during the holidays. For information, e-mail email@example.com, or call Laura Dobbins at (706) 364-6824.
A workshop on building mountain bike trails will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at the Clarks Hill Lake Visitors Center on the South Carolina side of the Thurmond Dam. Registration is required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A bike festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Springs, with a group ride at 1:30 p.m. For information, go to www.sorbacsra.org.
The Augusta Alzheimer's Association is recruiting teams and individuals to participate in Memory Walk 2009, which will be held Nov. 7. For information, 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. For information, call Mike Reardon at 9706) 421-8639, or e-mail email@example.com.
The MCGHealth Memory Disorders Clinic and the Alzheimer's Association will hold a free luncheon with information on early detection at noon Nov. 10 at the MCG Alumni Center, 919 15th St., Augusta. For reservations, call (706) 731-9060.
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. For information, 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.
Pulmonologist Dr. Alfred Brannen will discuss lung cancer and other common lung diseases during a community education session at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Dinner is free; reservations are required at www.universityhealth.org/calendar or by calling (706) 828-2502.
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. For information, call Dolly Morris at (706) 556-5990, extension 3425, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday each month at Room 100 of the Adult Building of First Baptist Church of Augusta. For information, call Debbie Rish at (706) 650-2496, or e-mail email@example.com.
An Alzheimer's caregiver support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month at Brandon Wilde. For information, call (706) 854-3519.
Columbia County Animal Services will hold a special pet adoption event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21, with all dogs and puppies available for $10, and cats and kittens for $5. All adopted animals will receive a free engraved pet ID tag. For information, call (706) 541-4077.
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. For information, 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. For information, call (706) 210-8699.
Regency Hospice is seeking volunteers. Training is provided. For information, call Nancy Browning at (706) 868-4422.
The Garden City Dulcimer Club is offering free dulcimer lessons. For information, 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. For information, 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. For information, 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. For information, 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. For information, 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. For information, call Holley Howard at (706) 860-0402.
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.
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. For information, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia County Library holds tutoring sessions for adults interested in improving their reading skills. For information, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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