Columbia County residents who meet income qualifications can apply for $350 in federally funded energy assistance. Applications will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 266 E. Robinson Ave. Applicants must bring copies of Social Security cards for all members of the household, proof of income for everyone in the household older than 18, a copy of their most recent heating bill and a photo ID.
The Army Corps of Engineers will accept real Christmas trees for recycling as fish habitat from Friday to Jan. 5 at Riverside Middle School on Furys Ferry Road in Evans. Call (800) 533-3478.
A fundraiser for Cliff Tilton, who needs a kidney transplant, will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the IBEW Banquet Hall, 1250 Reynolds St. Call (706) 860-6245.
Gov. Sonny Perdue will speak at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Augusta Marriott at a luncheon sponsored by Leadership Augusta. Tickets cost $27. For reservations, call (706) 821-1300, or e-mail nshaefer@ augustagausa.com.
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. Saturday at the Greenbrier High School auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and children. Call (706) 231-1759.
Christmas on lawn
The Church at Greenbrier will hold Christmas on the Lawn at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia County Amphitheater, featuring children's crafts, Christmas music, games and food, followed by the 5:45 p.m. showing of the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas . Admission is a donation to Golden Harvest Food Bank. Go to www.greenbrierchurch.tv.
Creative Impressions will present its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theater. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students and are available at the theater box office. Call (706) 951-4239.
A community candlelight service will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Columbia County Amphitheater, followed by group caroling. Go to www.mosaicumc.org.
Augusta area podiatrists are collecting shoes for the homeless through Dec. 30 at any area podiatrist's office. 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. 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. Call (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. Prom dresses may be taken to any location of Tudor's Cleaners or to Coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem. For information, e-mail formally firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lights for Lydia
The fourth annual Lights for Lydia luminaria lighting, postponed due to weather, will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Doctors Hospital. For information, go to www.thelydiaproject.org.
Help for shelters
Hope Soap, a private, nonprofit agency that collects toiletries and packages and distributes them to give to area shelters, has collection sites in the community. Donations 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.
Library needs help
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.
Safety seat checks
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 group will support Marine Corps efforts in the Aiken-Augusta area.
For information, call Paul Brewer at (706) 854-1036, or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
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