Two retailers are making holiday shopping more affordable for parents this year. Kmart and Sears are waiving their service fee during the holiday layaway season.
Kmart has already started offering the promotion, and the layaway service fee is free through Nov. 17, according to a Kmart spokeswoman.
Previously, the fee was $5 for an eight-week contract and $10 for a 12-week contract. The free service fee is also available for customers that place items on layaway online at www.kmart.com.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has started production, and Lionsgate has announced a set visit sweepstakes for fans.
The global contest will run through Oct. 12 and offers 12 fans a chance to visit the set of the film and interact with the cast and crew. The film will shoot primarily in and near Atlanta, Ga. It will also be shot on location in the beaches and jungles of Hawaii before wrapping in late December 2012.
Kmart at 3830 Washington Road has reached its final weeks of business, and the store will close its doors on Sept. 23.
All items in the store are marked down at least 40 to 60 percent off. Women’s undergarments are 70 percent off and all gold and fine jewelry is 80 percent off.
All sales are final with no returns. Manufacturers warranties are in full effect, according to signs posted in the store.
Virginia College will offer a community open house featuring resume writing assistance workshops and free haircuts for job seekers on Sept. 20. The event at 2807 Wylds Road Extension, Suite B will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.
The event is designed to help the unemployed and underemployed. Interested attendees will be able to tour campus facilities and speak to instructors and admission counselors about the school, according to a release.
As gas prices start to rise again, two retailers are offering savings for customers on fuel.
Through Dec. 24, Walmart is holding its Save More on Gas event. Shoppers can save 15 cents per gallon at participating Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations when they use the Walmart MoneyCard or Walmart Credit Card.
Or, Walmart customers can save 10 cents per gallon at participating Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations with a Walmart Gift Card, according to the store’s Web site.
Frankie’s – A Taste of Chicago is giving away free Chicago dogs on Saturday, Sept. 8, while supplies last, according to owner Frank Harris.
The restaurant is at 201 Shartom Drive in Augusta behind Applebee’s. The giveaway will begin at 11 a.m.
Harris said that he is offering the free food as a way to give back to the community.
Georgia Theatre Co. is presenting its ninth annual Film and Food for a Cause event. Come to the movies on Sept. 23 for a discount price.
All proceeds or 100 percent of all ticket sales from participating Georgia Theatre locations will benefit United Way of the CSRA, American Red Cross - Augusta chapter and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta.
Participating theaters are Evans Stadium Cinemas, 4365 Evans Towne Center Drive in Evans and Masters Value Cinemas, 2824 Washington Road in Augusta.
Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee is having a Coffee Intervention contest. The prize is free, freshly roasted coffee for a year from Buona Caffe, a local roaster of specialty coffees from Central and South America, Africa and Indonesia.
In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, Buona Caffe is looking for the worst office coffee in the local area. The contest is open to businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, churches, government agencies, anyone with an office and a coffee pot in the Augusta-Aiken area, according to a release.
Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church will hold its annual fall Children’s Consignment Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 15.
The sale will be held at 1330 Monte Sano Ave. in Augusta. Items will be half off on Saturday, according to the church’s Web site.