Around the block

Benefit concert


Brian Lam, a season seven semifinalist of American Idol , will perform in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road.

The concert will feature a number of pop and contemporary Christian selections. The concert will benefit the ALS Association, which supports those with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Tickets may be purchased for $10 at Family Christian Stores, 204 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, or at the door for $12.

For more information, contact Stephen Lam at

Some baby talk

Babypalooza will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway.

The free event will feature vendors and resources to help expectant mothers prepare for parenthood. Expert advice on baby safety, cord blood banking and related topics will be provided.

Admission is free. The first 100 expectant mothers to arrive will receive a gift bag.

For more information, call Safe Kids East Central at (706) 721-7606 or visit

City planning

Augusta Tomorrow, a development visionaries group, will unveil a master plan for North Augusta and Augusta at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Church. Boston-based ICON Architecture Inc. spent nearly a year developing the plan for which hundreds of people offered suggestions. The meeting will be held in the River Room of the church at 605 Reynolds St. For more information, call (706) 722-9100.

Museum lecture

As part of the Brown Bag History Series, Dr. Mark Newell will give a lecture on the Petersburg boat at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

The lecture is free to museum members and $3 for nonmembers. Participants should bring their own lunch. The museum provides beverages and dessert. Refreshments are served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call (706) 722-8454.

Welcome back

St. Mary's on the Hill Catholic Church has started a ministry to help inactive Catholics return to their faith.

Speakers will tell their stories of returning to the faith and offer participants a chance to discuss their faith journey.

Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mary's Parish Hall on Monte Sano Avenue.

For more information, call Deacon Ken Maleck at (706) 733-6627.

Mission needs help

The Augusta Rescue Mission is in need of donations and volunteers for its Valentine's Day Banquet for the homeless and homebound. The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the mission, 520 Walker St.

The mission needs turkeys, green beans, rolls and homemade desserts. To volunteer or for more information, call the Augusta Rescue Mission at (706) 722-2058.

If you are homebound and need a Valentine's Day meal, call the mission to register for a delivery.

Community effort

Community Counts is The Augusta Chronicle 's project to benefit the communities in our area. This multitiered program of involvement includes recognition of outstanding youths, teachers, volunteers and public servants in the area.

Nomination forms are available online at

For more information, contact Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@

Food donations

Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking donations of canned meats and vegetables and other nonperishable food items. Take donations to 3310 Commerce Drive or 13 Enterprise Ave. in Aiken.

For more information, call (706) 736-1199 or (803) 648-0752.



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