Around the block

Food collections

Kroger, radio station WBBQ-FM (104.3), television station WJBF (Channel 6) and its Giving Your Best Partners will be collecting nonperishable food items for Golden Harvest Food Bank on Monday through July 21.

Donations can be dropped off at any area Kroger store, Georgia Bank & Trust branch or at the following Giving Your Best Partner locations:

- Television station WJBF (Channel 6), 1001 Reynolds St.;

- Solvay Advanced Polymers, 3702 Clanton Road;

- Walton Rehabilitation Health System, 1355 Independence Drive.

Parental training

Georgia Specialized Alternative Family Environments will hold training for those interested in becoming foster parents.

Training will be held for four weeks at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 15 to Aug. 5 at Georgia SAFE, 4424 Columbia Road, Suite B, Martinez. Attendance is required at each session to receive certification.

Registration is required by July 15. Space is limited. Call Sandra at (706) 210-3435 to register.

Fourth celebration

A Star-Spangled Fourth will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.

There will be patriotic music performances by the Independence Day Chorus and Orchestra and Georgia's Three Tenors. Following the event will be fireworks at the riverwalk.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for ages 17 and under.

For tickets and information call (706) 722-3463.

Movie at library

A free public screening of the movie Control , rated R, will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the main branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 902 Greene St.

For information call (706) 821-2600.

Dealing with MS

Exploring MS, for families living with multiple sclerosis, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

Daylong admission to Fort Discovery and a box lunch will be provided by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Reservations are required. Call (800) 788-1467, option 4, to register.

Keep a student

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for foreign high school students. The students are 15 to 18 years old and are coming to the Augusta area for the upcoming semester or school year.

For more information, call (800) 473-0696.

Volunteers needed

The United States Disaster Relief Command is looking for volunteers from the Augusta area. The organization works with the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others in disaster situations.

Call Paul A. McCoy at (706) 869-8858 or e-mail usdrcmccoy@aol.com.

Free tutoring

The Augusta State University Literacy Center offers free tutoring in any subject for school-age children from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the center, 1401 Magnolia Drive.

Tutoring is done by certified teachers, ASU teaching students and other community volunteers. Call (706) 733-7043.


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