A drop-in retirement reception for Columbia County Recreation Department Director Charlie Beale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday 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 a holiday campaign, "Gifts That Save the Day," through Friday. A catalog offers 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.
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue's Kibble for Kritters campaign is being held during December, with donations of pet food and accessories accepted at the Best Western Evans Hotel in Grovetown, the Baymont Inn and Suites in Augusta and Americas Best Value Inn on Washington Road.
For information, go to www.kibbleforkritters.com.
Musical Theatre Workshops will hold an 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 is accepting 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.
Pet food drive
The Pawprints Foundation is holding a pet food drive through Friday to benefit local animal rescues. Pet food may be brought to Boots Bridles and Britches in Grovetown and Animal House off River Watch Parkway. For information, call (706) 863-2067.
Westminster Schools of Augusta is accepting nominations for the Westminster Honors Scholarship. This scholarship is open to rising ninth-grade students and ranges from half to full tuition. It is renewable each year. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.wsa.net/news/honors.
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