Columbia County's Community Candlelight Christmas Service, sponsored by Mosaic United Methodist Church, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia County amphitheater. Those attending should bring blankets, hats, gloves or scarves for those in need. For information, go to www.mosaicumc.org, or call (706) 650-9187.
VFW Post 6445, at 6423 Wrightsboro Road, near Pumpkin Center, is holding a turkey shoot starting at 1 p.m. each Saturday in December. For information, call (706) 556-9194.
A drop-in retirement reception for Columbia County Recreation Department Director Charlie Beale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at Patriots Park, with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. For information, call (706) 312-7191.
Red Cross gifts
The American Red Cross of Augusta is holding the holiday campaign Gifts That Save the Day through Dec. 31. It features a catalog with more that 20 gift ideas, including phone cards for military personnel and disaster cleanup kits for families. The purchase of each gift is a tax-deductible contribution to the Red Cross. To view the catalog, go to www.arcaug.org. For information, call (706) 724-8481.
Musical Theatre Workshops will hold open house for new session registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1-2 at 412-2 Vaughn Road, Martinez. For information, call (706) 231-1759, or go to www.onwiththeshow.biz.
The Army Corps of Engineers will accept real Christmas trees, not artificial trees, for recycling through Jan 10. Trees can be dropped off at Riverside Middle School on Furys Ferry Road in Evans.
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. for information, call Lee Lane at (706) 736-6934 or go to www.aarp.org/taxaide.
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