Poetry contest: Today is the deadline for entries in the eighth annual Poetry Month Tribute; open to middle- and high-school pupils and adults; reading and awards ceremony will be held 5-8 p.m. April 26 at the Center for Primary Care medical building at The Village at Crossroads, on Dyess Parkway near Wrightsboro Road; www.prapublishing.com.
HARLEM'S HANDS UP OUTREACH MINISTRIES THRIFT SHOP: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 110 S. Hicks St.; free bread available; donations of clothing, housewares, school supplies and other items also are welcome; (706) 556-2259.
COLUMBIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL REZONING MEETING: 7 p.m., Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans
AUGUSTA COMMISSION FINANCE COMMITTEE: 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
AUGUSTA COMMISSION: 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
COLUMBIA COUNTY COMMISSION: 6 p.m. at the Appling Courthouse; (706) 868-3379.
THE BUSINESS OF THE MOVIE BUSINESS: 2:30 p.m., N126 Allgood Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; with Simon Kornblit, former executive vice president and head of Worldwide Marketing for Universal Pictures in Hollywood.
BROWN BAG HISTORY SERIES: 12:30 p.m., Augusta Museum of History; lecture on Augusta's African-American Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, by Dr. Russell K. Brown; discussion of Camp Dyer, a military training camp located in Augusta during the late 19th century; free to members and $3 for nonmembers; participants should bring a lunch and the museum provides beverages and dessert; refreshments served at 11:30 a.m.
GARDEN SERIES: 12:10- 12:45 p.m., the Columbia County library; Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series for 2008; extension agent Charles Phillips talks about the do's and don't's of gardening; (706) 868-3413.
LANGLEY-BATH-CLEARWATER HISTORICAL MEETING: 7 p.m. at the LBC/Midland Valley Lions Club on Lions Trail in Bath; Elliott Levy from the Aiken County Historical Museum will be the guest speaker; public is invited.
FORT GORDON WINE FEST: 7-10 p.m. at the Gordon Club Conference Center on 19th Street at Fort Gordon; tickets cost $20 per person; event is open to those 21 and older; (706) 791-6779.
AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS: South Atlantic League affiliate of San Francisco Giants open season Thursday-Sunday vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers, Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road; jacketsbaseball.com.
CZECH PIANO TRIO: 8 p.m., Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $22, $7 children (but no one younger than 6 admitted) no charge to Augusta State students, faculty and staff with JagCard; (706) 790-9274.
RON WHITE: 7:30 p.m., Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $38.75, ticketmaster.com.
AUGUSTA COLTS: American Indoor Football Association team vs. Baltimore Mariners, 7:30 p.m., James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; augustacolts.com, (706) 828-6820.
FRIDAY DANCE: 8:30-11 p.m., The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive; $5; (706) 854-8888.
THE EAST COAST COMEDY JAM: 7:30 p.m., University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; with Ricky Smiley, J. Anthony Brown, George Willborn, Ced Delaney and Special K; $34.50; $39.50; (866) 722-8877, www.uscatix.com.
THREADS AND NEEDLES FAMILY FUN DAY: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Augusta Museum of History; families are invited to learn about the museum's collection of quilts, embroidered arts, clothes and more; practice weaving on a table loom; view demonstrations of spinning and knitting by the Augusta Fiber Arts Guild; and try out your crafting skills with paper weaving and quilt blocks; a film on Georgia quilts will also be shown.