Health care forum
Supporters of President Obama's health insurance reform initiative are invited to a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia County Library in Evans.
The Women's Veterans Club is seeking new mem-bers. The group meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Ryan's Family Steakhouse, 208 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez. Dues are $24 per year. Call Garnet Brickey at (706) 210-7331, or April Starks at (706) 868-5601.
Aquinas High School will hold placement testing for eighth-graders seeking 2010-11 admission from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Call (706) 736-5516.
Augusta Christian Singles 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 $8 for members, $10 for guests. For information, call Theresa Thigpen at (706) 863-9262.
Las Vegas-style comedians Jerry Farber and Saul Sloman will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Adas Yeshuran Synagogue in Augusta, with desserts to follow. Tickets cost $20. For information, call (706) 733-9491.
The Columbia County Democratic Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Columbia County Government Complex auditorium in Evans, followed by the monthly meeting and a holiday pot-luck dinner at 7 p.m. Those attending are invited to bring a dish to share and a food donation for Columbia County Cares.
Kathy Tuckey, program director of the Augusta Alzheimer's Association, will present a free lunch program, "Family Caregivers and Momentum in Science," at noon Tuesday at the MCG Alumni Center, 919 15th St. Reservations are required by noon Monday. Call (706) 731-9060.
The AARP Driver Safety Program for motorists ages 50 and older will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Patriots Park. Tuition costs $14, and AARP membership is not required. To register, call (706) 863-2865.
Augusta Christian Women's Connection will hold a luncheon and gift exchange at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans, with Ellen Smith of Evans as guest speaker. Cost is $12, with nursery provided. For reservations, call (706) 925-5316.
A service of comfort for those anticipating difficulties or sadness during the Christmas season will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta. For information, call (706) 738-3386.
Sharon Baptist Church will hold its annual Hayride Through the Life of Christ from 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 10-13 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Admission and hot chocolate are free. For information, call (706) 541-0667.
Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will hold a class on amphibian monitoring from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 11, and a bacterial monitoring class from 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Reed Creek Park. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
The Augusta West Dance Guild will present "It's the Night Before Christmas" with shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Center at Augusta State University. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors, with a $1 discount for toy donations to Toys for Tots. For information, call (706) 860-0998.
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 seventh annual Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12, with craft and food vendors and live entertainment. The parade will be held at 11 a.m.
'Gift to Jesus'
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, will present "Santa's Gift to Jesus," a story about the true meaning of Christmas, at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 in the sanctuary. Admission is free, and an offering will be taken for a needy family in the are. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served after the production. For information, call Meledy Kise at (706) 294-7913.
The Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans, will its annual Chanukah latke dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Cost is a $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4-12, with a $45 family maximum. Participants should bring Menorahs and candles, or call if one is needed. For information, call (706) 228-3636.
Augusta area podiatrists are collecting shoes for the homeless through Dec. 30 at any area podiatrist's office. For information, call Dr. Kent Kronowski at (706) 724-0586.
North Harlem Elementary is seeking donations of empty printer cartridges and used cell phones for a recycling project. Items may be dropped off at the school on Fairview Drive or at Etc. of Harlem on Louisville Road. For information, call the school at (706) 556-5995.
Scholarships are available to family members of Georgia Farm Bureau members who intend to attend a school in the University System of Georgia or Berry College and study in agricultural or related fields. The deadline for applications is Feb. 26. For information, call the Columbia County office at (706) 556-6258, or go to www.gfb.org.
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.
Craft and art classes, including quilting, crocheting and pottery, are being offered at Etc, 212 N. Louisville St., Harlem. Payment in advance is required to reserve space. For information, call (706) 556-8000, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Theater Workshops will present "All I Really Need to Know I Learned By Being in a Bad Play," and "Ever After, A Musical" at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Greenbrier High School auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and children. For information, call (706) 231-1759.
A community candlelight service will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Columbia County Amphitheater, followed by group caroling. For information, go to www.mosaicumc.org.
Harlem Library will hold an organizational meeting for an adult book club at 2 p.m. Jan 13. For information, call Amanda at (706) 556-9795.
Red Cross bash
The Augusta Red Cross 16th annual Boot Scoot Boogie Bash will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, call (706) 724-8481, or go to www.arcaug.org.
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.
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.
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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