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Police Blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Mother faces DUI charges

A Martinez woman was recently charged with driving under the influence in connection to a November wreck that injured her two daughters.

Kelly Nicole Pride, 34, of Sioux Drive, was arrested on Jan. 15. She was charged with driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, endangering a child under 14 while driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and three counts of not wearing seatbelts. Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Pride’s blood alcohol concentration was .15, almost double the .08 legal limit.

At about 12:40 a.m., Pride was driving a jeep Liberty with her daughters, 7 and 14, on Blue Ridge Drive when she crossed the center line. She hit the left side of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, spun across the road and hit an embankment. Both of her daughters were ejected out the rear hatchback window.

The 14-year-old was seriously injured while Pride and her 7-year-old sustained lesser injuries. The driver of the Cherokee wasn’t injured.

Pride turned herself in to the Columbia County Detention Center on Jan. 15. She was released after posting a $11,400 bond.

 

Customer reports scam

A Martinez locksmith business and one of its customers were the victims of a recent scam.

A Martinez woman called authorities Saturday and said she thought she was the victim of a man posing as a Dixie Lock and Safe employee. The woman said she’d made a Saturday appointment earlier in the week with Dixie Lock and Safe to repair her home locks. On Thursday, she used Bing to contact the company to reschedule her appointment to Friday. The search brought up the correct name and address, but a different phone number for the business.

When the woman called the number she found on the Internet, a woman answered and identified the business as Dixie Lock and Safe. When the woman asked to change her appointment, the woman on the phone confirmed the woman’s new Friday appointment.

At about 8 a.m. Friday, the woman said she got a call from someone stating a repairman was on the way to her home. About 30 minutes later, a burgundy van with no identifying marks showed up. A man who identified himself as Nisim Kalfa said he worked for Dixie and completed the work as the woman requested.

He charged $469 to the woman’s credit card. He didn’t seem suspicious or act strangely to the woman.

On Saturday, the woman said a Dixie van showed up at her home ready to do the work. When she told the Dixie employee the work was already done, he called the Dixie officer and confirmed no call to was ever made to reschedule the appointment. The phone number the woman called was confirmed to not be the correct number for the business.

The woman asked the Dixie employee to re-key her locks and install a new deadbolt because she was worried about being burglarized. The employee also said the work the fraudulent repairman did should have only cost about $120.

The employee then called authorities to report that someone has been stealing their jobs by using the company name and address to solicit customers online.

He said incidents similar to what happened to the woman have occurred several times previously. The customers have told him that repairmen with Middle Eastern accents show up in unmarked vans to do the work using the Dixie Lock and Safe name.

Truck vandalized

A Martinez man called police Sunday after discovering someone had vandalized his truck.

The 55-year-old man said he parked his truck at about 8 p.m. Saturday evening. When he went outside at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the man found that someone had smashed both driver’s side windows of the truck. He also found four burned areas next to the windshield on the passenger side where it appeared the paint was off.

Nothing inside the truck was disturbed or stolen.

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Police Blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Mother faces DUI charges

A Martinez woman was recently charged with driving under the influence in connection to a November wreck that injured her two daughters.

Kelly Nicole Pride, 34, of Sioux Drive, was arrested on Jan. 15. She was charged with driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, endangering a child under 14 while driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and three counts of not wearing seatbelts. Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Pride’s blood alcohol concentration was .15, almost double the .08 legal limit.

At about 12:40 a.m., Pride was driving a jeep Liberty with her daughters, 7 and 14, on Blue Ridge Drive when she crossed the center line. She hit the left side of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, spun across the road and hit an embankment. Both of her daughters were ejected out the rear hatchback window.

The 14-year-old was seriously injured while Pride and her 7-year-old sustained lesser injuries. The driver of the Cherokee wasn’t injured.

Pride turned herself in to the Columbia County Detention Center on Jan. 15. She was released after posting a $11,400 bond.

 

Customer reports scam

A Martinez locksmith business and one of its customers were the victims of a recent scam.

A Martinez woman called authorities Saturday and said she thought she was the victim of a man posing as a Dixie Lock and Safe employee. The woman said she’d made a Saturday appointment earlier in the week with Dixie Lock and Safe to repair her home locks. On Thursday, she used Bing to contact the company to reschedule her appointment to Friday. The search brought up the correct name and address, but a different phone number for the business.

When the woman called the number she found on the Internet, a woman answered and identified the business as Dixie Lock and Safe. When the woman asked to change her appointment, the woman on the phone confirmed the woman’s new Friday appointment.

At about 8 a.m. Friday, the woman said she got a call from someone stating a repairman was on the way to her home. About 30 minutes later, a burgundy van with no identifying marks showed up. A man who identified himself as Nisim Kalfa said he worked for Dixie and completed the work as the woman requested.

He charged $469 to the woman’s credit card. He didn’t seem suspicious or act strangely to the woman.

On Saturday, the woman said a Dixie van showed up at her home ready to do the work. When she told the Dixie employee the work was already done, he called the Dixie officer and confirmed no call to was ever made to reschedule the appointment. The phone number the woman called was confirmed to not be the correct number for the business.

The woman asked the Dixie employee to re-key her locks and install a new deadbolt because she was worried about being burglarized. The employee also said the work the fraudulent repairman did should have only cost about $120.

The employee then called authorities to report that someone has been stealing their jobs by using the company name and address to solicit customers online.

He said incidents similar to what happened to the woman have occurred several times previously. The customers have told him that repairmen with Middle Eastern accents show up in unmarked vans to do the work using the Dixie Lock and Safe name.

Truck vandalized

A Martinez man called police Sunday after discovering someone had vandalized his truck.

The 55-year-old man said he parked his truck at about 8 p.m. Saturday evening. When he went outside at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the man found that someone had smashed both driver’s side windows of the truck. He also found four burned areas next to the windshield on the passenger side where it appeared the paint was off.

Nothing inside the truck was disturbed or stolen.

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Marshall Square Retirement Resort holds open house

An Evans luxury apartment complex for seniors held an open house on Thursday.

More than 400 people attended the open house at Marshall Square Resort in Evans.

“It’s very nice,” said Sarah Roberts, who was visiting from Alabama.

Visitors toured the model apartments – the two-bedroom Palm Beach apartment and the one-bedroom Laguna apartment.

Pat and Jim Bible asked numerous questions about the two-bedroom apartment while others attending wandered through the rooms and peered into the large bathrooms and closets.

The 134-apartment complex, developed by Resort Lifestyle Communities, opened in late 2014 on an 8.6-acre parcel on Ronald Reagan Drive at North Belair Road.

Visitors also experienced some of the community’s amenities, including the fine and casual dining rooms staffed with on-site chefs, fitness room, library and outdoor spaces.

Developers compared the complex to a luxury hotel or cruise ship, where all amenities are included.

Monthly rent ranging from $2,500 to $4,300 includes all utilities such as water, cable, Internet and phone as well as transportation, fine and casual dining with on-site chefs, housekeeping, fitness center, 150-seat theater, and concierge and valet services among others.

The community is “protected, safe and secure” with locked outside doors, noted the developers.

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Marshall Square Retirement Resort holds open house

An Evans luxury apartment complex for seniors held an open house on Thursday.

More than 400 people attended the open house at Marshall Square Resort in Evans.

“It’s very nice,” said Sarah Roberts, who was visiting from Alabama.

Visitors toured the model apartments – the two-bedroom Palm Beach apartment and the one-bedroom Laguna apartment.

Pat and Jim Bible asked numerous questions about the two-bedroom apartment while others attending wandered through the rooms and peered into the large bathrooms and closets.

The 134-apartment complex, developed by Resort Lifestyle Communities, opened in late 2014 on an 8.6-acre parcel on Ronald Reagan Drive at North Belair Road.

Visitors also experienced some of the community’s amenities, including the fine and casual dining rooms staffed with on-site chefs, fitness room, library and outdoor spaces.

Developers compared the complex to a luxury hotel or cruise ship, where all amenities are included.

Monthly rent ranging from $2,500 to $4,300 includes all utilities such as water, cable, Internet and phone as well as transportation, fine and casual dining with on-site chefs, housekeeping, fitness center, 150-seat theater, and concierge and valet services among others.

The community is “protected, safe and secure” with locked outside doors, noted the developers.

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Georgia Regents Health System, University Hospital look at potential partnership

Georgia Regents Health Sys­tem and University Hospital have begun talks on a potential partnership, the University System of Georgia announced Friday.

The two are already working together on some residencies and would like to expand more, but they could also help each other respond to shrinking reimbursements, University CEO Jim Davis said.

Neil Pruitt, the chairman of the university system’s Board of Re­gents, and past chairman Philip Wil­heit had lunch at University Hos­pital to begin those talks, he said.

“They were good discussions, the tone was very good and it’s the kind of discussion we are going to have to have going forward if we are all going to thrive,” Davis said.
In a statement, the regents said they wanted to “explore strategic opportunities to potentially create a partnership to expand health services and better serve Georgians.”

Davis said that Gov. Nathan Deal wants GRU to have a top-50 medical school and that it might need help to do that.

“To do that, they really need a larger, deeper clinical platform to get there,” Davis said. “To do that on their own is going to be very difficult. They’re broaching ideas on how we might collaborate
more deeply to provide that medical education experience here.”

University Hospital already has six residency slots where residents from the Medical College of Georgia rotate through. Three are in OB/GYN, two are in general surgery and one is in internal medicine. Because multiple residents can rotate through those slots, last year 36 residents rotated through University-based residencies and saw more than 1,400 cases.

University Hospital has the ability to add 11 more residency slots and would like to get help from a state fund to expand residencies in the state, Davis said. The hospital is trying to create a family medicine program in conjunction with MCG, for instance, he said.

But there could be even larger collaborations, Davis said.

“They are also, just like every other hospital, dealing with the effects of the Affordable Care Act and the reimbursement challenges that it brings to every hospital in the country,” he said.

The talks are similar to those Uni­versity has had with other health systems and providers “looking for ways to collaborate, to reduce the impact of that by reducing our fixed costs and how we can work closer together to do that,” Davis said.

The regents said “an exploratory discussion is underway,” and Davis said the parties have agreed to meet again soon.

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Georgia Regents Health System, University Hospital look at potential partnership

Georgia Regents Health Sys­tem and University Hospital have begun talks on a potential partnership, the University System of Georgia announced Friday.

The two are already working together on some residencies and would like to expand more, but they could also help each other respond to shrinking reimbursements, University CEO Jim Davis said.

Neil Pruitt, the chairman of the university system’s Board of Re­gents, and past chairman Philip Wil­heit had lunch at University Hos­pital to begin those talks, he said.

“They were good discussions, the tone was very good and it’s the kind of discussion we are going to have to have going forward if we are all going to thrive,” Davis said.
In a statement, the regents said they wanted to “explore strategic opportunities to potentially create a partnership to expand health services and better serve Georgians.”

Davis said that Gov. Nathan Deal wants GRU to have a top-50 medical school and that it might need help to do that.

“To do that, they really need a larger, deeper clinical platform to get there,” Davis said. “To do that on their own is going to be very difficult. They’re broaching ideas on how we might collaborate
more deeply to provide that medical education experience here.”

University Hospital already has six residency slots where residents from the Medical College of Georgia rotate through. Three are in OB/GYN, two are in general surgery and one is in internal medicine. Because multiple residents can rotate through those slots, last year 36 residents rotated through University-based residencies and saw more than 1,400 cases.

University Hospital has the ability to add 11 more residency slots and would like to get help from a state fund to expand residencies in the state, Davis said. The hospital is trying to create a family medicine program in conjunction with MCG, for instance, he said.

But there could be even larger collaborations, Davis said.

“They are also, just like every other hospital, dealing with the effects of the Affordable Care Act and the reimbursement challenges that it brings to every hospital in the country,” he said.

The talks are similar to those Uni­versity has had with other health systems and providers “looking for ways to collaborate, to reduce the impact of that by reducing our fixed costs and how we can work closer together to do that,” Davis said.

The regents said “an exploratory discussion is underway,” and Davis said the parties have agreed to meet again soon.

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Pet Adoptions

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Current Events

Pet food drive

Donations of dog, cat, puppy and kitten food accepted at Animal House, Boots, Bridles and Britches, Grovetown Farm & Garden, Vineyard Wine Market, Martinez/National Hills animal hospitals and Wild Birds Unlimited or call for pick- up; benefits local rescue groups; (706) 863-2067, pawprintsfoundation.org

Hospice help

Volunteers sought for Hospice Advantage’s Georgia office, 2824 Hillcreek Drive; training provided; flexible hours; (706) 651-9841, hospiceadvantage.com

Replace the Roof

Fundraiser for CSRA Humane Society’s shelter; mail donations to P.O. Box 14667, Augusta, GA 30919 or bring to the shelter, 425 Wood St.; gifts of $50 or more eligible for Roof Fund T-shirt; csrahumanesociety.org

Art display

Through Feb. 3, Savannah Rapids Park Visitors Center, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; works by Susan Porterfield, Denise Howard, Sharon Fausnight, Linda Lavigne and Charlie O’Neal; free

SRS Info Pods

Today, Jaguar Student Activities Center, 2500 Walton Way; poster displays 5 p.m., registration 5 p.m., first come first served; presentations 6-8 p.m.; participants can attend two of four presentations – Nuclear Materials Management, Environmental Monitoring and Restoration, Waste Management and Savannah River National Laboratory; free

Gospel music

The Dixie Melody Boys Quartet 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, Bethesda Baptist Church, 5793 Old Augusta Highway, Harlem; featuring gospel legend Ed O’Neal; free, love offering taken; (706) 556-6818, bethesdabchurch.weebly.com

Get the Dirt Out

Introductory class for Savannah Riverkeeper volunteers; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Enterprise Mill, Cotton Room, 1450 Greene St.; Dr. Frank Carl, instructor; how the general permit for erosion and sediment control for construction projects is supposed to work; (706) 826-8991, info@savannahriverkeeper.org, facebook.com/events/569371333197449

Phinizy Swamp

Phinizy Center driving field trip of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; driving trip; free for Phinizy Center members, fee for others; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; phinizycenter.org

CrossFit

Free Community Workout of the Day 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, CrossFit Augusta, 4408 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; open to all levels of fitness; no CrossFit experience necessary; coaches on hand to help anyone new to CrossFit; free; crossfitaugusta.com

Archaeology

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; Christopher Moore, archaeologist with Savannah River Archaeological Research Program at SRS, speaker; Early Hunter-Gatherer Tool Use and Animal Exploitation in the Southeast: Protein Reside and Microwear Evidence from the CSRA, topic; dinner on your own 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; free; (706) 829-1615

Iron Chef

Sierra Club Iron Chef Social Event 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, The Acorn Restaurant at Red Oak Manor, 410 N. Louisville St., Harlem; sample and rate appetizer, soup and entree selections prepared by three local chefs; meal also includes salad, dessert and coffee, tea or lemonade; $25; lgmcburney@bellsouth.net, facebook.com/events/888003447911590

reNew & Brew

A celebration of reinvention 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; auction of items donated to Goodwill Retail Stores that have been reinvented by local artists, decorators and designers; highlighting individuals who have reinvented themselves with the help of Goodwill’s education and training programs; menu by culinary students from Helms College; $75 and up; goodwillworks.org/renewandbrew

Bird watching

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Field Trip to Jackson Boat Landing 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, meet at Kathwood Ponds, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; looking for woodland birds; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

5K run/walk

9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans; 3.1-mile course, mostly flat, one hill; $20; register at panther5k.com or run day registration 8 a.m. in Lakeside cafeteria; benefits Lisa Meitin Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Chic event

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; premier women’s event featuring shopping, entertainment, fitness and fun; free; Chic.augusta.com

Zoo trip

Sierra Club: Orchids and the Riverbanks Zoo 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia; eat lunch in Columbia, then view orchids and spend the afternoon at the zoo; zoo admission $13.95; sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com, facebook.com/events/758663654214779

Fundraiser

Cecil Herrin and The Michael Douglas Youth Foundation presents The Harlem Legends 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans; Men Get Breast Cancer Too! Celebrity Basketball Show; The Harlem Legends vs. The Cecil Herrin Breast Cancer Warriors; tickets available at Wrightsboro Road SunTrust Bank, Village Deli, Evans Fitness Club Express and the high school; supports men with any type of cancer; benefits Trinity Hospital of Augusta; $20-$50; (706) 799-9465, (678) 630-8843, harlemlegends.com

Brick Pond trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to North Augusta Brick Pond Park 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, meet in North Augusta Municipal Building Center Street parking lot, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; looking for ducks and woodland birds; list of observed birds to be submitted for Great Backyard Bird Count; open to the public, Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Anniversary

Augusta Christian Singles 37th anniversary party 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 14, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; catered; semiformal to formal attire; $16 members, $20 guests; christiandances.org

Roundtable

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; supper by Edgar’s $12; the Rev. Robert Fain, rector of Church of the Good Shepherd, on the Episcopal Church and the Civil War from union to separation to reunion; open to anyone interested in the history of the American Civil War; annual dues $25 or $40 per couple; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com, bit.ly/1mQbLXI

Sierra Club

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension; program about State of Maine and Acadia National Park by Richard Dillenbeck with pictures by Ed McCranie; refreshments; free, open to the public; facebook.com/events/1521716348105263

Trail hiking

Sierra Club Horn Creek Trail Hike 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, Horn Creek Trail, Lick Fork Lake Road, Edgefield; moderate hike for 5 miles; free; sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com, facebook.com/events/878378038849480

Storybook meal

VIP seating 8:30 a.m., general seating 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, First Baptist Church of Augusta fellowship hall, 3500 Walton Way; hearty breakfast followed by a parade of storybook characters including princes, princesses and action heroes; autographs and photographs with characters; children encouraged to dress as favorite storybook character; souvenir storybook for each child; tickets required for all attendees; (706) 650-BURN (2876)

Birding trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Field Trip to Lovers Lane 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, meet at Popeyes, 450 Walton Way; looking for winter residents; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Yard sale

Held by Augusta South Rotary Club and Aquinas High School; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Aquinas High School, 1920 Highland Ave.; space rental $25, deadline to reserve March 1; leave items to be donated at Catholic Social Services; doors open 7 a.m. for set up; (706) 840-2087, plightsey@gru.edu

Catalyst Quartet

Symphony Orchestra Augusta: Catalyst Quartet 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; “energetic and finely burnished, playing with earthy vigor”; Bank of America Columbia County Music Series; $15.74; soaugusta.org

Clarks Hill field trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to Clarks Hill 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, meet at Thurmond Lake Welcome Center, parking lot overlooking lake, 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C.; looking for waterfowl and small birds; carpool around area checking below dam areas and the lake; trip goes into afternoon, bring lunch; open to the public; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Dr. Seuss birthday

10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, Hire Grounds Cafe, 3179 Washington Road; celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with book readings, cookies and fun; free

Nature trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to Merry Brickyard Ponds; 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, meet at Popeyes, 450 Walton Way; open to the public; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; $4 fee to enter brick ponds; augustaaikenaudubon.org

YuchiKiokee

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Evans Towne Center Park; 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; celebrating Columbia County’s art, music, dance and heritage; performances by Columbia County Choral Society, Musical Theatre Workshops, Company of Job, Columbia County Orchestra Association with finale featuring excerpts from Columbia County Ballet’s Roar of Love; $5 March 21, free March 22; (706) 312-7194, vatkins@columbiacountyga.gov, evanstownecenterpark.com

Half marathon

One of the nation’s newest half marathon race series, Race 13.1; 7 a.m. Sunday, April 26, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; half marathon, 10k and 5k; https://race131.com/races/Race-13-1-Evans-GA

ARC 1965 reunion

50 year reunion 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; (706) 364-7830, jimpardue@wowway.com

ONGOING

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club; Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Farmers market

4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Evans Towne Farmers Market; cooking demos and vegetable gardening education; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

Fire information

Advice on fire dangers for Columbia County residents; presented by Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County; (706) 556-3962

Food pantry

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Live wrestling

First Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., belltime 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations;experience deeper awareness and stress reduction through guided meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction.com

MOMS Club

MOMS Club of Augusta meets 10 a.m. first Wednesdays (except December); chapter includes Augusta, Martinez and North Augusta; e-mail for location; membership@momsclubofaugusta.org, www.momsclubaugusta.org

Orchestras

Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information can be found online; columbiacco.org

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club; Sharma Pogula (706) 855-1081,
7106.toastmasterclubs.org

Scholarships

Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Columbia County Foundation for Children; must be a Columbia County resident and intend to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; grants are need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30; ccfchildren.com

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers; (706) 787-4767, myarmyonesource.com

Volunteers

• Grovetown Senior Center; volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins needed; (706) 210-8699

• Regency Hospice; training provided; Nancy Browning (706) 868-4422

• Golden Harvest Food Bank; help sort donations; (706) 736-1199

• Safe Kids East Central Georgia; help with events; lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

• Columbia County Library, Evans; (706) 863-1946, jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapter; drivers for Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients, needed; (706) 731-9900

• Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 4210 Columbia Road Suite 13A, Martinez, for ages 55 and older; (706) 868-0120 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

Women vets

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks (706) 868-5601

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, open to the public; for a critique, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Zumba classes

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org

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Current Events

Pet food drive

Donations of dog, cat, puppy and kitten food accepted at Animal House, Boots, Bridles and Britches, Grovetown Farm & Garden, Vineyard Wine Market, Martinez/National Hills animal hospitals and Wild Birds Unlimited or call for pick- up; benefits local rescue groups; (706) 863-2067, pawprintsfoundation.org

Hospice help

Volunteers sought for Hospice Advantage’s Georgia office, 2824 Hillcreek Drive; training provided; flexible hours; (706) 651-9841, hospiceadvantage.com

Replace the Roof

Fundraiser for CSRA Humane Society’s shelter; mail donations to P.O. Box 14667, Augusta, GA 30919 or bring to the shelter, 425 Wood St.; gifts of $50 or more eligible for Roof Fund T-shirt; csrahumanesociety.org

Art display

Through Feb. 3, Savannah Rapids Park Visitors Center, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; works by Susan Porterfield, Denise Howard, Sharon Fausnight, Linda Lavigne and Charlie O’Neal; free

SRS Info Pods

Today, Jaguar Student Activities Center, 2500 Walton Way; poster displays 5 p.m., registration 5 p.m., first come first served; presentations 6-8 p.m.; participants can attend two of four presentations – Nuclear Materials Management, Environmental Monitoring and Restoration, Waste Management and Savannah River National Laboratory; free

Gospel music

The Dixie Melody Boys Quartet 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, Bethesda Baptist Church, 5793 Old Augusta Highway, Harlem; featuring gospel legend Ed O’Neal; free, love offering taken; (706) 556-6818, bethesdabchurch.weebly.com

Get the Dirt Out

Introductory class for Savannah Riverkeeper volunteers; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Enterprise Mill, Cotton Room, 1450 Greene St.; Dr. Frank Carl, instructor; how the general permit for erosion and sediment control for construction projects is supposed to work; (706) 826-8991, info@savannahriverkeeper.org, facebook.com/events/569371333197449

Phinizy Swamp

Phinizy Center driving field trip of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; driving trip; free for Phinizy Center members, fee for others; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; phinizycenter.org

CrossFit

Free Community Workout of the Day 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, CrossFit Augusta, 4408 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; open to all levels of fitness; no CrossFit experience necessary; coaches on hand to help anyone new to CrossFit; free; crossfitaugusta.com

Archaeology

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; Christopher Moore, archaeologist with Savannah River Archaeological Research Program at SRS, speaker; Early Hunter-Gatherer Tool Use and Animal Exploitation in the Southeast: Protein Reside and Microwear Evidence from the CSRA, topic; dinner on your own 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; free; (706) 829-1615

Iron Chef

Sierra Club Iron Chef Social Event 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, The Acorn Restaurant at Red Oak Manor, 410 N. Louisville St., Harlem; sample and rate appetizer, soup and entree selections prepared by three local chefs; meal also includes salad, dessert and coffee, tea or lemonade; $25; lgmcburney@bellsouth.net, facebook.com/events/888003447911590

reNew & Brew

A celebration of reinvention 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; auction of items donated to Goodwill Retail Stores that have been reinvented by local artists, decorators and designers; highlighting individuals who have reinvented themselves with the help of Goodwill’s education and training programs; menu by culinary students from Helms College; $75 and up; goodwillworks.org/renewandbrew

Bird watching

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Field Trip to Jackson Boat Landing 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, meet at Kathwood Ponds, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; looking for woodland birds; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

5K run/walk

9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans; 3.1-mile course, mostly flat, one hill; $20; register at panther5k.com or run day registration 8 a.m. in Lakeside cafeteria; benefits Lisa Meitin Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Chic event

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; premier women’s event featuring shopping, entertainment, fitness and fun; free; Chic.augusta.com

Zoo trip

Sierra Club: Orchids and the Riverbanks Zoo 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia; eat lunch in Columbia, then view orchids and spend the afternoon at the zoo; zoo admission $13.95; sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com, facebook.com/events/758663654214779

Fundraiser

Cecil Herrin and The Michael Douglas Youth Foundation presents The Harlem Legends 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans; Men Get Breast Cancer Too! Celebrity Basketball Show; The Harlem Legends vs. The Cecil Herrin Breast Cancer Warriors; tickets available at Wrightsboro Road SunTrust Bank, Village Deli, Evans Fitness Club Express and the high school; supports men with any type of cancer; benefits Trinity Hospital of Augusta; $20-$50; (706) 799-9465, (678) 630-8843, harlemlegends.com

Brick Pond trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to North Augusta Brick Pond Park 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, meet in North Augusta Municipal Building Center Street parking lot, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; looking for ducks and woodland birds; list of observed birds to be submitted for Great Backyard Bird Count; open to the public, Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Anniversary

Augusta Christian Singles 37th anniversary party 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 14, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; catered; semiformal to formal attire; $16 members, $20 guests; christiandances.org

Roundtable

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; supper by Edgar’s $12; the Rev. Robert Fain, rector of Church of the Good Shepherd, on the Episcopal Church and the Civil War from union to separation to reunion; open to anyone interested in the history of the American Civil War; annual dues $25 or $40 per couple; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com, bit.ly/1mQbLXI

Sierra Club

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension; program about State of Maine and Acadia National Park by Richard Dillenbeck with pictures by Ed McCranie; refreshments; free, open to the public; facebook.com/events/1521716348105263

Trail hiking

Sierra Club Horn Creek Trail Hike 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, Horn Creek Trail, Lick Fork Lake Road, Edgefield; moderate hike for 5 miles; free; sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com, facebook.com/events/878378038849480

Storybook meal

VIP seating 8:30 a.m., general seating 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, First Baptist Church of Augusta fellowship hall, 3500 Walton Way; hearty breakfast followed by a parade of storybook characters including princes, princesses and action heroes; autographs and photographs with characters; children encouraged to dress as favorite storybook character; souvenir storybook for each child; tickets required for all attendees; (706) 650-BURN (2876)

Birding trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Field Trip to Lovers Lane 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, meet at Popeyes, 450 Walton Way; looking for winter residents; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Yard sale

Held by Augusta South Rotary Club and Aquinas High School; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Aquinas High School, 1920 Highland Ave.; space rental $25, deadline to reserve March 1; leave items to be donated at Catholic Social Services; doors open 7 a.m. for set up; (706) 840-2087, plightsey@gru.edu

Catalyst Quartet

Symphony Orchestra Augusta: Catalyst Quartet 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; “energetic and finely burnished, playing with earthy vigor”; Bank of America Columbia County Music Series; $15.74; soaugusta.org

Clarks Hill field trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to Clarks Hill 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, meet at Thurmond Lake Welcome Center, parking lot overlooking lake, 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C.; looking for waterfowl and small birds; carpool around area checking below dam areas and the lake; trip goes into afternoon, bring lunch; open to the public; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Dr. Seuss birthday

10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, Hire Grounds Cafe, 3179 Washington Road; celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with book readings, cookies and fun; free

Nature trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to Merry Brickyard Ponds; 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, meet at Popeyes, 450 Walton Way; open to the public; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; $4 fee to enter brick ponds; augustaaikenaudubon.org

YuchiKiokee

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Evans Towne Center Park; 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; celebrating Columbia County’s art, music, dance and heritage; performances by Columbia County Choral Society, Musical Theatre Workshops, Company of Job, Columbia County Orchestra Association with finale featuring excerpts from Columbia County Ballet’s Roar of Love; $5 March 21, free March 22; (706) 312-7194, vatkins@columbiacountyga.gov, evanstownecenterpark.com

Half marathon

One of the nation’s newest half marathon race series, Race 13.1; 7 a.m. Sunday, April 26, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; half marathon, 10k and 5k; https://race131.com/races/Race-13-1-Evans-GA

ARC 1965 reunion

50 year reunion 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; (706) 364-7830, jimpardue@wowway.com

ONGOING

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club; Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Farmers market

4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Evans Towne Farmers Market; cooking demos and vegetable gardening education; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

Fire information

Advice on fire dangers for Columbia County residents; presented by Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County; (706) 556-3962

Food pantry

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Live wrestling

First Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., belltime 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations;experience deeper awareness and stress reduction through guided meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction.com

MOMS Club

MOMS Club of Augusta meets 10 a.m. first Wednesdays (except December); chapter includes Augusta, Martinez and North Augusta; e-mail for location; membership@momsclubofaugusta.org, www.momsclubaugusta.org

Orchestras

Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information can be found online; columbiacco.org

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club; Sharma Pogula (706) 855-1081,
7106.toastmasterclubs.org

Scholarships

Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Columbia County Foundation for Children; must be a Columbia County resident and intend to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; grants are need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30; ccfchildren.com

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers; (706) 787-4767, myarmyonesource.com

Volunteers

• Grovetown Senior Center; volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins needed; (706) 210-8699

• Regency Hospice; training provided; Nancy Browning (706) 868-4422

• Golden Harvest Food Bank; help sort donations; (706) 736-1199

• Safe Kids East Central Georgia; help with events; lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

• Columbia County Library, Evans; (706) 863-1946, jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapter; drivers for Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients, needed; (706) 731-9900

• Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 4210 Columbia Road Suite 13A, Martinez, for ages 55 and older; (706) 868-0120 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

Women vets

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks (706) 868-5601

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, open to the public; for a critique, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Zumba classes

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org

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