SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS: Through Friday, Jan. 3; sponsored by Augusta area podiatrists and the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association; donate new or used shoes; take donations to your podiatrist’s office; all types needed, regardless of size or condition

HOLIDAYS OF THE WORLD: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Friedman Branch Library; learn about different holidays people across the world celebrate in December; songs and stories with Mr. Bill, Ms. Nancy and George the Guitar; for preschool to third grade; groups of six or more must register in advance; free; (706) 736-6758,

PAGANISM: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY IN A SOUTHERN TOWN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; with Elle Shepard; free, registration required; (706) 793-2020

MIYAZAKI – PRINCESS MONONOKE: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; anime film; free; (706) 793-2020

SANTA CLAUS AT THE MAXWELL LIBRARY: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; bring your cameras and get your picture taken with Santa Claus

DIAMOND LAKES EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6-7:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; contact the library for the book to be discussed; light refreshments provided; no registration necessary, but ask to be placed on a reminder call/e-mail list; (706) 772-2432

GAME NIGHT FOR TEENS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; join friends at the library for board games; snacks provided; free; registration required, begins Dec. 2; for ages 12-17; (706) 772-2432


HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 19, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; drop-in for make-in and take-in holiday crafts; all materials provided; free; registration for groups of six or more begins Dec. 2; for ages 1-11; (706)

SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE FOR TEENS: 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; movie rated PG or PG-13 on the library’s almost-big screen; call after Dec. 1 for movie title and rating; free; no registration; bring snacks; for ages 13-17; (706) 772-2432

SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE: 2-4 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; movie rated G or PG on the library’s almost-big screen; call after Dec. 2 for movie title and rating; free; no registration; bring snacks; for all ages; (706) 772-2432


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Day meeting noon, night meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free; Clarence Kendrick (706) 589-4446; schedule of all local meetings online;

ARC GROWERS MEETING: 7:30-9 a.m. fourth Tuesdays excluding December, Forest Hills Golf Course;

AUGUSTA AREA NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE: 11 a.m. first Thursday of each month through May; free; for those new to the Augusta area; make new friends, enjoy activity groups, learn about and take part in local events; for more information, e-mail

AUGUSTA COMMISSION MEETING: Augusta Commission formal meetings 2 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, commission chambers, eighth floor, municipal building, 530 Greene St.; Planning Commission meetings 3 p.m. first Mondays, Room 803; committee meetings noon second and last Mondays, committee room, eighth floor

AUGUSTA LAND BANK AUTHORITY MONTHLY MEETING: Work sessions 9 a.m. first Thursdays, regular sessions 2 p.m. third Wednesdays, Augusta Housing and Community Development Department, 925 Laney-Walker Blvd., second floor conference room

AUGUSTA PRIDE MEETING: 2-4 p.m. third Saturdays, Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, 557 Greene St.;

AUGUSTA RECYCLING COLLECTION: Recycle up to five tires and home electronics; third Saturdays, call for location; free; (855) GOT-TIRES,

AUGUSTA SOUTH ROTARY CLUB: Noon Tuesdays, Holiday Inn, Gordon Highway; to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards, advance world understanding, goodwill and peace;

CHARLIE NORWOOD VA MEDICAL CENTER TOASTMASTERS: 5-6:15 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center 7A Room 134, 950 15th St.; practice public speaking and leadership skills in a fun, supportive environment; free; (970)

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE OF AUGUSTA: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; open to anyone interested in exploring issues involved in the American Civil War; (706) 737-9115,

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; home with a fenced yard required for dog adoptions; home inspection may be required; adoption fees $125 cats, $125-$175 dogs; (706) 261-PETS,

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St., Nicky McGarity, instructor, no registration required, free; 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Friedman Branch Library, free, (706)

GED CLASSES: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays (except Nov. 28 and Dec. 31), Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; register in class; PINES library card required; free

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS CLUB MEETING: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays (except Christmas and Masters week), The Cotton Patch; ages 21 and older; free, open to the public; tasty and reasonably priced menu available; members rotate roles and enjoy a rotation of guided and evaluated assignments, all self-paced; (803) 593-6605,

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AUGUSTA, GA.: Social 5:30 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. third Mondays, through April, University Hospital dining rooms 1-3; (706) 737-0103,

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS OF AUGUSTA: 1:30-3:15 p.m. Saturdays, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; tickets available at Augusta Visitors Center; $12, includes museum admission; reservations required; (706) 724-4067,

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church; free; (907) 854-1509

RIVERWALK TOASTMASTERS: Public speaking and leadership club meeting 7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, Room 3; (706) 855-1081,

SPANISH CLASS – BEGINNER: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Friedman Branch Library; free, registration required; (706) 736-6758

SPANISH CLASS – INTERMEDIATE: 3:30-5 p.m. Mondays, Friedman Branch Library; free; (706)

ST. STEPHEN’S MINISTRY OF AUGUSTA INC. BOARD MEETINGS: 5:30 p.m. third Mondays, 924 Greene St.

STORYTIME TUESDAYS: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Friedman Branch Library; best for ages 5 and under; registration required for groups of six or more; free; (706) 736-6758,

YOGA: 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 30, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; Ame Johnson, instructor; simple postures and mudras; bring a towel, a yoga mat and wear a comfortable outfit; have an empty stomach at least for 2 hours prior to class; reservations required; (706) 814-1129

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS (ADULT): 11 a.m. Saturdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free, registration required; sponsored by the CSRA Vegetarian Society; (706) 814-1129; (706) 814-1129,

YOGA FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. Saturdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; meditation, breathing techniques and yoga poses; benefit from increased mental concentration while having fun and learning how to be healthy; registration required; sponsored by the CSRA Vegetarian Society; free; (706) 814-1129,