Around the block

AROUND THE BLOCK

Summer Explosion

Applications are being accepted for kindergarten through eighth grades for Summer Explosion 2011 at Beulah Grove Community Resource Center. Applications are available at www. bgcrcenter.org. (706) 722-4999.

Veterans benefit

The new deadline for a stop-loss benefit for veterans is Friday.

Service members who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to stop loss are eligible for the special pay if they served on active duty between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009.

Service members must provide documented proof they were stop lossed.

Contact: Army -- www.stoplosspay.army.mil or e-mail RetroStopLossPay@CONUS.Army.Mil; Navy -- e-mail NXAG_N132C@navy.mil; Marine Corps -- www.manpower.usmc.mil/stoploss or e-mail stoploss@usmc.mil; Air Force -- www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/stoploss/ to file a claim.

Helping Shoppe

A fundraiser for the nonprofit Shoppe 3130 will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, at The Well, 1285B Broad St.

The benefit is being held by Shoppe 3130, which helps women escape poverty, and Stella, A Salon and Spa.

Call (706) 664-3547.

Holiday concert

A holiday concert will be presented by Augusta Children's Chorale and Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra at 4 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road.

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, (706) 826-4718, or through PayPal by visiting www.augustachildrenschorale.org.

Shoe collection

Augusta area podiatrists and Georgia Podiatric Medical Association are sponsoring a shoe collection for the homeless.

Take donations of new or used shoes to an Augusta podiatrist's office through Jan. 7. All types of shoes are needed, regardless of size, condition or type.

Tax assistance

The Augusta area AARP Tax-Aide Program is accepting applications to prepare income tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special focus on those ages 60 and over.

All AARP Tax-Aide services are free and preparatory training and equipment are free to volunteers. Computer skills and a general knowledge of tax requirements are a must for volunteers.

For more information, call District Recruiter Lee Lane at (706) 736-6934 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Advocates needed

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteer advocates. Volunteers are needed in Richmond, Burke, Jefferson and McDuffie counties. Advocates must be able to respond to hospitals in their area within 30 minutes.

Contact Dinah at volunteerrcsas@uh.org or (706) 774-2746.

Planting SEED

Applications are being accepted for Students Eliminating Excuses and Doubts, a leadership program for ninth- and 10th-graders.

The program is offered by Beulah Grove Community Resource Center, 1446 Lee Beard Way, and applications are available at www.bgcrcenter.org.

The Young CEO Leadership conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8-10 and is free for those who have completed the SEED program. It will cost $150 for others. Call (706) 722-4999.


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