A drop-in retirement reception for Columbia County Recreation Department Director Charlie Beale will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Patriots Park, with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Call (706) 312-7191.
Red Cross gifts
The American Red Cross of Augusta is holding the holiday campaign Gifts that Save the Day through Friday, featuring a catalog with more that 20 gift ideas including phone cards for military personnel and disaster clean-up 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. Call (706) 724-8481.
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue's Kibble for Kritters campaign is being held through Friday, 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. Go to www.kibbleforkritters.com.
Musical Theatre Workshops will hold open house for new-session registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 412-2 Vaughn Road, Martinez. Call (706) 231-1759, or go to www.onwiththeshow.biz.
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 Riverwatch Parkway. Call (706) 863-2067.
The Alzheimer's Association of Augusta, 1899 Central Ave., will hold the six-week education series Powerful Tools for Caregivers, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. starting Jan. 11. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call Kathy Tuckey at (706) 731-9060. Deadline for registration is Jan 5.
See WSA Day
Westminster Schools of Augusta, 3067 Wheeler Road, Augusta, will hold visitation days each Friday in January, starting at Pamplin Hall. Call Aimee Lynch at (706) 731.5260.
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