The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept Christmas trees through Jan. 8 to be recycled into fish habitats at Lake Thurmond.
Natural Christmas trees (no artificial ones) can be dropped off at Riverside Middle School, 1095 Furys Ferry Road. Make sure all decorations such as tinsel, lights and garland are removed.
The trees provide cover for small fish and promote algae growth for them to feed on. Small fish attract larger fish, which creates good fishing areas for anglers.
Last year, the Corps of Engineers collected between 1,000 and 1,200 trees.
To get a list of GPS coordinates for locating the submerged trees (after Jan. 10), or for more information on the tree-recycling program, call (800) 533-3478.
Augusta area podiatrists, along with the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association, are sponsoring a drive to collect shoes for the homeless.
Donations of new and used shoes can be brought to local podiatrists’ offices through Jan. 3. All types of shoes are needed regardless of size, condition or type.
For more information, call (706) 724-1224.
The Scripps National Regional Spelling Bee will be held March 1 at The Augusta Chronicle.
Schools should complete their spelling bees before Feb. 3 to participate. The winner from each county district spelling bee will be eligible to participate in the regional bee.
The winners of the regional contests will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
All public, private, parochial and home schools within Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Emanuel, Jenkins, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties are welcome.
Register at spellingbee.com. For more information, call El Whittle at (706) 823-3466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friedman Branch Library will hold a Holidays of the World event to teach children in preschool through third grade about holidays people in other parts of the world celebrate in December.
The event will be held at 10 a.m. today and will include songs and stories with Mr. Bill, Ms. Nancy and George the Guitar.
Groups of six or more must register in advance.
For more information, call (706) 736-6758.
The Lydia Project will hold a volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. Saturday at its offices at 1369 Interstate Parkway.
Volunteer opportunities are available at the agency or from home. Volunteers are needed for fundraisers and collection drives, to write notes, monogram and distribute totes and brochures, perform clerical duties and offer prayer.
For more information, visit thelydiaproject.org.
Abilene Baptist Church will present its Singing Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-15.
The event is free, but tickets are required. They are available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the church office or online (there is a fee for downloading), at www.itickets.com.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
For more information, visit myabilene.org.
The Jeff Maxwell Branch Library will present a Christmas Cartoon Marathon beginning at 11 a.m. Dec. 17.
The event will feature favorite Christmas classics.
The library is located at 1927 Lumpkin Road.
For more information, visit ecgrl.org.