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Tree recycling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept Christmas trees through Jan. 8 to be used for 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 are removed.

For more information, call (800) 533-3478.

Shoe drive

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.

Holocaust exhibit

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will present a travelling exhibit, Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Scott Alexander III at Buchenwald, at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library Jan. 24-Feb. 7.

The exhibit consists of a series of 10 panels highlighting Scott, a World War II veteran and civil rights activist whose father founded the first black-owned daily newspaper in the United States.

It is based on a permanent exhibit of the same name, which is hosted at the Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 exhibit in Sandy Springs. It was curated by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in 1997 and revised in 2012 for traveling.

Trolley tours

The Augusta Ghost Trolley will offer special holiday-themed tours through December.

On Dec. 20, “Charles Dickens’ Christmas Scare-ol” tour will feature Dickens and ghosts from Augusta’s past, and on Dec. 21 “Santa’s Jolly Holly Christmas” tour will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for ages 5-12.

For more information, visit www.augustaghosttrolley.com or call (706) 814-5333.

Spelling Bee

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 for the regional bee.

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 el.whittle@augustachronicle.com.

Christmas carols

The Friedman Branch Library will hold a Family Christmas Carol Karaoke from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 23.

The whole family is welcome to attend this free event. Snacks will be provided.

The Friedman Branch Library is located at 1447 Jackson Road. Registration is required.

For more information, call (706) 736-6758.


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