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The annual Awards Luncheon for the Georgia Department of Labor/Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s High School High Tech initiative is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 Tenth St. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has been invited to address the gathering.

HSHT is a community-based initiative providing high school juniors and seniors with disabilities a link to academic and career-development experiences that will enable them to meet the workforce demands of the 21st century. It also sponsors a competition in which winning students will be awarded refurbished laptop computers.

The event is expected to draw about 150 students from the region, including all eight Richmond County comprehensive public high schools and Curtis Baptist School.

WPRW-FM (107.7) will host the 11th annual Powerfest, an urban music festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 301 Hale St. Powerfest 2K12 will feature live performances by Travis Porter, Shawty Lo, Yung LA, OMG Girlz, Ca$h Out, Mykko Montana, Goon United and more.

The winner of the “Power 107 Talent Takeover,” an online contest in which local artists submitted music samples and listeners voted for their favorite performer, will take the stage. The event will also feature a car and bike show and more than 40 vendors. Tickets are $12 in advance and $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Augusta Partnership for Children. For more information, visit Power107.net.

Applications are being accepted for the Volunteen Program at Georgia Health Sciences University. High school students between ages 15 and 18 are eligible to apply for this six-week summer program, which provides an educational, hands-on volunteer experience in the academic health center environment.

The program begins in June. The deadline to apply is Sunday.

For more information, call Volunteer Services at (706) 721-3596 or (706) 721-7608. Visit georgiahealth.org/volunteer to apply.

To encourage motorists to choose clean air over higher gas prices, “Feed Your Piggy Bank, Not Your Gas Tank,” will be presented by Kenyon Thweatt of Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Jaguar Student Activities Center ballroom at Augusta State University.

Thweatt will provide information about Commuter Rewards, a program that rewards Georgia commuters who carpool, ride transit, bike or walk to work. This free program, which is open to the public, is presented by ASU, Georgia Health Sciences University and Paine College.

The Shiloh Community Center, 1635 15th St., will host the Senior Health and Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24. The fair will showcase the importance of senior centers. Vendors will include Georgia Health Sciences University’s gerontology students, the Area Agency on Aging and the Social Security Administration. Vendors can register for free, and the deadline is April 20.

For more information, call (706) 738-0089 or e-mail ej.shilohcommunitycenter@gmail.com.


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