Around the block


Music benefit

The Sand Hills String Band, the Augusta State University Conservatory ensemble, will perform Irish and bluegrass music to raise money for people who with visual impairment. Hope for Sight will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Augusta. A silent auction and dessert reception will accompany the concert.

The Evans Lions Club will donate all money raised to the Hope for Sight fund. The fund helps people with visual disabilities in get adaptive equipment. Tickets are $20. Call Susanne Beeland at (706) 434-3944 for more information.

Wild game tasting

The Augusta West Rotary Club and outdoorsmen from across the region are teaming up again to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease and the Augusta Warrior Project by organizing the region’s largest wild-game tasting event.

Club volunteers will host the 10th annual Taste of Something Wild soiree at the Julian Smith Casino Barbeque Pit on Milledge Road from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the tickets ($40 advance, $45 at the door) will benefits Augusta Alzheimer’s Associations, Augusta Warrior Project and other Augusta West Rotary Club charities. For tickets or more information, contact Paul Pelletier at (706) 955-2433 or paul@axiosdata.com.

United Way campaign

Paine College Campaign for the United Way of the CSRA Week continues through Saturday. Contributions will be collected during the men’s and women’s basketball games Saturday against Claflin University. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game.

All contributions on behalf of Paine should be made by Wednesday. Mail them to Paine College, Office of Institutional Advancement HH 115, 1235 15th St., Augusta, GA, 30901. For more information, contact Petula Williams at pwilliams@paine.edu or (706) 821-8242.

Pancakes for kids

IHOP will serve free short stacks all day Tuesday, which is National Pancake Day, in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All local proceeds will go to the not-for-profit Medical College of Georgia Hospital Children’s Medical Center.

IHOP restaurants will invite diners to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and consider donating what they would have paid, or more, to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Participating IHOPs are at 2525 Washington Road and 3125 Peach Orchard Road in Augusta, 4361 Washington Road in Evans and 180 Aiken Mall Drive in Aiken. Officials hope to surpass the nearly $4,000 raised in 2011 for Children’s Medical Center.

Bike ride

Augusta South Rotary Club will hold a fun bike ride, which will benefit several club charitable efforts. The “Kroc to Lock Family Ride for Rotary” will be held March 3, with registration at 9 a.m. and the ride starting at 10 a.m. Registration is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12, and $25 per family. All funds raised will go to club charities including Youth Challenge Academy scholarships and Golden Harvest Food Bank’s Book Bag Program. For more information, call Pam Lightsey at (706) 840-2087 or Kevin Belanger at (706) 737-4551. Deadline for early registration and sponsorship is Tuesday.


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