First Thursday will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Midtown Market, 2113 Kings Way. Frances Weltch Force is Artist of the Month. Tickets will be available for the Sacred Heart Garden Festival, which is scheduled for April 27-29 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. For more on the artist, visit www.fwforce.com. For more information on the Midtown Market, call (706) 364-8479.
Paine College is participating in Home Depot’s third annual Retool Your School campus improvement grant program. This year’s program includes two new awards, the Campus Pride Grant and an additional Tier II Grant. The grant awards will total $185,000, with one $50,000 Tier I Grant, 11 $10,000 Tier II Grants and one $25,000 Campus Pride Grant for the school project proposal that receives the most online votes. Online voting will take place through Tuesday at www.retoolyourschool.com. Each computer user can vote once per day.
French conductor Bernard Thomas will share his talent and advice with audiences at Augusta State University when he visits campus on Wednesday in a cultural collaboration of the James M. Hull College of Business and the Department of Music.
Thomas will make a presentation at 6 p.m. in ASU’s Maxwell Theatre, addressing the topic, Management/Conductor Analogy of Business Enterprise/Orchestra: Similarities Discussed and Explained. Following an intermission, the ASU Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m., with Maestro Thomas featured as guest conductor. The presentation is free; concert is $5, general admission.
As part of its continuing Brown Bag History Series, the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., presents The Sinking of the RMS Titanic, 1912, a talk given by Dr. Russell K. Brown, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Brown edits the journal of the Augusta Richmond County Historical Society and is a member of the Augusta Civil War Round Table and the Sons of the American Revolution. The Brown Bag History Series lectures are free to museum members and $3 for nonmembers. Participants should bring a lunch, and the museum will provide beverages. Lunch can begin as early as 11:30 a.m.; the lecture runs from 12:30–1 p.m. Call (706) 722-8454 or visit www.augustamuseum.org.
Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site, is accepting applications for educational grants from area public elementary schools to support teachers in their work to educate their pupils in mathematics and science. The Student, Teachers Achieving Results, or STAR, grants will be awarded directly to public elementary schools to provide funding for science and mathematics instructional kits that are proven tools teachers can use to help students achieve next-level learning through the use of manipulatives and problem solving. By focusing on problem solving, these kits are designed to reinforce and expand learning.
Public elementary schools in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, and Orangeburg school districts in South Carolina, and Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia are eligible to receive the funds. Interested teachers should contact their school principals for more information. Applications must be received by April 12.