The city of Harlem and Columbia County Community Connections are seeking donations of cooked dishes to serve in the Eighth Annual Military Thanksgiving dinner for Fort Gordon personnel unable to go home for the holidays. The event will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Harlem High School. To give a dish, call Pat at (706) 556-0609.
Applications for participants in the Grovetown Christmas Parade, to be held at noon Dec. 4, are available at city hall, the city annex, Liberty Park, Grovetown Department of Public Safety or from www.cityofgrovetown.com. Call Laura McManus at (706) 868-9541.
The 11th Annual Augusta Toy Run motorcycle ride to benefit Fort Gordon's Christmas House, serving the children of military personnel, will begin at 1:30 p.m. today at the Augusta Museum of History. Cost to ride is at least one new, unwrapped toy for boys and girls ages 2-early teens per person. Call (803) 634-0785.
Lakeside High School's swim/dive team is selling the school's first Christmas ornament. The ornaments cost $10. E-mail panther splash@ gmail.com.
Parent's night out
Marshall Family Y will hold a free Parent's Night Out for children of deployed service members, ages 2-12, from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Go to www.thefamilyy.org.
Augusta-area podiatrists are conducting a collection drive of new and used shoes to be distributed to those in need. Donations may be delivered to any area podiatrist's office through Jan. 7.
Letters, photos and memorabilia are being sought for a keepsake book to be presented to retiring Columbia County Recreation Department Director Charlie Beale. Items should be sent before Dec. 10 to Community and Leisure Services, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Building B, Evans, GA 30809. Call (706) 312-7191.
The Grovetown Lions Club is holding its annual fundraiser turkey shoot every Friday and Saturday evening through Dec. 11 at 1200 Old Louisville Road, off Harlem-Grovetown Road.
The Columbia County Cooperative Extension Service's Gardening at Lunch series with Extension Agent Charles Phillips at the Columbia County Library in Evans continues at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 1 with a program on garden jobs by the month. Call (706) 868-3413.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia conducts free child safety child safety seat inspections on the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. For an appointment, call (706) 541-3970 or go to www.mcghealth.org.
Ten scholarships to graduating seniors are available from the Georgia Farm Bureau for students planning to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences or a related field. Download an application at www.gfb.org under GFB Programs, then FB Women, or call (706) 556-6258. Deadline for entry is Feb. 25.
The Augusta area AARP Tax-Aide Program is accepting applications to prepare income tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers, with special focus on those ages 60 and over. Call Lee Lane at (706) 736-6934 or go to www.aarp.org/taxaide.
Donations of archival and historical material are being sought for the Leah High School display at the new Leah fire station. Call Gary or Nancy Blanchard at (706) 541-0043.
Hospice Care of America is seeking volunteers. Call Rick Boland at (706) 447-2626.
Mosaic United Methodist Church's Celebrate Recovery program holds weekly group sessions at 7 p.m. each Friday at the church at 678 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. Call (706) 877-6468, or go to www.mosaicumc.org.
The MCG Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor community room at the MCGHealth Cancer Center, 1411 Laney-Walker Blvd. Call (706) 721-4109 or go to mcghealth.org.
The Columbia County Civic Orchestra holds weekly rehearsals 7:15-9:15 p.m. Mondays in the music suite at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans. Returning and new musicians are welcome.
The Youth Orchestra holds rehearsals 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Augusta Christian band room, 313 Baston Road.
Call Rob Nordan at (706) 860-6573, ext. 114, or go to www.columbiacco.org.
Augusta Christian Singles meets at the Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road, from 7-11 p.m. each Saturday. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for guests. Call Barbara Nash at (803) 640-2075.
Christmas in America, the lighting of the Columbia County Christmas Tree, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the library in Evans.
Arts and crafts vendors will be available at Child Enrichment's Holiday House, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Riverwood Plantation barn. Admission is a monetary donation or a new toy for foster children. For information, go to www.childenrichment.org, or call Mandy Fox at (706) 737-4631.
The annual Augusta Jewish Community Center Chanukah Latke and Turkey Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the center, 898 Weinberger Way, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans. Cost is $10 for adult members, $6 for children with a $30 family maximum, or $12 adult non-members, $8 children. For reservations, call (706) 228-3636.
The Annual Alleluia Community Christmas Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Alleluia Community School on Peach Orchard at Lumpkin Road. Call (706) 798-1882.
The Fall Colors of Jazz series at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans, concludes at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets cost $15, and are available at www.columbiacountyjazz.com or by calling (706) 228-3636.
Applications are being sought for students to study abroad next summer in Norway under a Rotary Club program. Students must be single, ages 20-24, and all expenses are paid. For an application, contact Pam Lightsey at (706) 729-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia will hold its Safe Sitter program for 11- to 13-year-olds from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. To register, call (706) 721-7606.
Musical Theatre Workshops will perform Disney's Aladdin Jr. at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Greenbrier High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students. Call (706) 231-1759, or go to www.onwiththeshow.biz.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, will present "Memories of the Innkeeper's Wife," a Nativity story, at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in the sanctuary. Admission is free; an offering will be accepted for a local family in need. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served after the pageant. Call Meledy Kise at (706) 294-7913.
The Columbia County Choral Society will perform Handel's Messiah with the Davidson Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra. at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Tickets cost $15, or $10 for seniors, students, active duty military and dependents and groups. Call (706) 650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.org.
Mark Schultz will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at West Acres Baptist Church on Gibbs Road in Evans. Tickets cost $30, $20 and $15. Call (706) 860-6573.
The Georgia Farm Bureau is holding an essay contest for middle school students and an art contest for high school students, with cash prizes. Deadline for entry is Feb. 25. Call the Columbia County Farm Bureau at (706) 556-6258.
Columbia County girls age 2 to 24 are eligible to compete in the Miss Madison/Elbert Forestry Scholarship Pageant, to be held Feb. 26 in Danielsville, Ga. Winners will be eligible to compete in the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant. Call Linda Thompson at (706) 789-3716, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Hephzibah High School classes of 1979-83 will hold a multi-year reunion at 7 p.m. March 12 at Partridge Inn. Tickets cost $55 each. Call Yvonne Gossage Partain, (706) 592-0814.
Membership in the Columbia County Choral Society, whose season opens soon, is open to all area singers. Rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church of Evans on Belair Road at Washington Road. For information and rehearsal schedules, call (706) 650-2311 or go to www.ccchoralsociety.
The Helping Hands Thrift Store, operated by Columbia County Foundation for Children at 6347 Columbia Road, is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday each month. Call (706) 541-2849.
Warren Baptist Church holds weekday preschool and mother's day out classes for ages 1 through preK 4. Call (706) 860-6878 or go to warrenbaptist.org.
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteer advocates from area counties. Advocates must be able to respond to area hospitals within 30 minutes of being called. Call Dinah at (706) 724-2746 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, is accepting registration for the 2010-11 school year for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.
The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132, meets the second Thursday of every month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. For information, contact Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667 or email@example.com.
Phones for soldiers
Starling Funeral Home, on Highway 78 in Harlem, is accepting donations of cell phones from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for the Cell Phones for Soldiers drive, which raises funds to provided prepaid calling cards to deployed troops. Call (706) 556-6524.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Thursday evening at The Sanctuary Church, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. Call Matt Lever at (706) 421-0089.
Twisted Fence Art Gallery, 214 N. Louisville St., Harlem, holds its Twisted Tuesday art reception from 7-9 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month.
Fort Gordon's Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers, is available at (706) 787-4767 or at myarmyonesource.com.
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. Call Debbie Rish at (706) 650-2496, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Alzheimer's caregiver support groups meet in Columbia County.
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road: 7 p.m., second Tuesday each month. Call (706) 541-0085 or (706) 541-0185.
Morningside of Evans, 353 N. Belair Road: 11 a.m., second Saturday each month. Call (706) 228-4709.
Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road: 7 p.m., third Tuesday each month. Call (706) 854-3519.
Spaces are available at the Grace Baptist Preschool, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans. Call (706) 868-9729.
Safe Kids East Central Georgia holds free child safety seat inspections on the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. To make an appointment, call (706) 541-3970 or go to mcghealth.org.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), nonprofit weight-loss support groups, meeting on the following dates:
Harlem Baptist Church, 9 a.m. each Thursday; (706) 556-3309.
Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave., 6 p.m. each Thursday; (706) 863-0726.
Pine View Baptist Church, 119 Pleasant Home Road, 4:45 p.m. each Tuesday; (706) 863-6525.
The clothes closet in the family life center at Marvin United Methodist Church, Belair at Wheeler Road, is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothing is free, but donations are welcome.
World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls for the 2010-2011 school year. Call Kim Hines at (706) 228-4112, or go to www.world-heritage.org.
The Augusta Choral Society (ACS) is seeking new members for its 2010-2011 season. For information, go to www.augustachoralsociety.org or call (706) 826-4713.
The Women's Veterans Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Dues cost $24 per year. Call April Starks at (706) 868-5601.
Registration is now open for a 10-week class in beginning foil fencing at the Augusta Fencers Club. The class is designed for adults, but mature students as young as 13 may apply. The class meets on Thursdays from 6-6:50 p.m. at 134 Ninth St., Augusta, starting Sept. 9. Cost is $150, with equipment provided. Call (706) 722-8878.
The Grovetown Lions Club offers financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown individuals in the purchase of eyeglasses. For information, write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813.
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.
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 jthompson@ columbiacountyga.gov.
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 Garden City Dulcimer Club offers free dulcimer lessons. 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. Call (706) 955-0438.
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.
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.
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, nonprofit 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.
Coast Guard Auxiliary meets
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant, 4534 Washington Road, Evans. Call John VanOsdol at (864) 391-2170.
The Martinez-Evans Optimist Club meets at noon each Thursday at the Jones Creek Clubhouse. Call (706) 830-5730.
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.
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.
The Rotary Club of Columbia County meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse. Call president Lee Clark, (706) 863-2000.
The Augusta Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness 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 (706) 736-1199.
"The Augusta Area Newcomers Club is a non-profit organization that helps people who are new to the area get acclimated, make friends, and get involved with charitable organizations. We offer a variety of activities such as golf, book groups, and dining out. We will have a coffee for new members on Tuesday, December 7th at the home of one of our members at 11:00 am. We will have a Tea starting at 10:30 am on Thursday, December 16th to celebrate holiday cheer. For reservations or more information please contact email@example.com or call Susan Salisbury at 706-814-6297."
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