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Edgar's Food & Wine Pairing Class

Edgar's Grille, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Join the Edgar’s Grille Executive Chef at the elegant Chef’s Table for this informative and insightful introduction to wine selection, storing, pairing and serving. This class is perfect not only for the beginner, but will be valuable for all wine enthusiasts. Participants will enjoy an elegant afternoon of wine tastings with food pairings. Must be 21 years or older to participate. To register call 706-651-9707.
March 26, 2016, 1pm-3pm

706-651-9707


Saturday Chef - Sauces 101

Helms College, 3145 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Roll up your sleeves and we promise sauces will cease to intimidate you. In this part 1 Sauces course you will get a detailed overview of the 5 Mother Sauces: Espagnole, Béchamel, Tomato, Veloute, and a Hollandaise. Learn the history and techniques to prepare these five foundation sauces in French cooking. Register online, www.helmscontinuingeducation.com, or call 706-651-9707.
March 12, 2016 from 10:00am-12:30pm

Helms College, 706-651-9707, SaturdayChef@helms.edu


VITA Tax Program - Free Tax Preparation

Beulah Grove Community Resource Center 1446 Lee Beard Way, Augusta, GA
The IRS VITA Tax Site, sponsored by 30901 Development Corporation, a non profit community development organization, provides free income tax preparation
January 19th - April 15th, 2016
Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (By appointment only)
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Walk ins)
Call (706) 722-4999 for an appointment

Beverly H. Wright, Executive Director
(706) 823-0905 Ext. 22



Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy

Columbia County Sheriff's Office
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will again be holding a Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy beginning Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Participants will be given an insight to the everyday operations of the Sheriff’s Office as well as firearms training, which will include live fire on the Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range.

This “free” course is offered each Thursday evening
(6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) for 10 weeks, and is open to Columbia County residents 18 years of age and older.


Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division: 706- 541-2856, or download an application from the Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division link at www.columbiacountyso.org.


College Information Seminar

Georgia Power Building, 2103 North Leg Road, Augusta, GA 30909
The purpose of this seminar sponsored is to provide students with valuable information about applying for college, applying for scholarships, and what to expect during the college experience. Representatives will present information in an informal atmosphere and allow time for questions and answers. The seminar is FREE and can be attended by any middle or high school student in the CSRA. Parents are encouraged to attend. Door prizes will be awarded including gift cards.

02-25-16
5:30 P.M.

Augusta/CSRA Chapter of Alabama A&M University Alumni Association:
Willie Mae Crittenden (706) 855-9554 or augusta.csra.aamu@gmail.com



FREE AARP TAX PREPARATION SERVICE

Jeff Maxwell Library
Free Tax preparation for taxpayers of all ages
Thurs, Fri, Sat Feb 4 - April 16, 2016

Sylvia Mooney 706-860-4469 SMM8969@gmail.com


Free Consumer Law Clinic

Georgia Legal Services Program 209 7th Street, 4th Floor
A Free Consumer Advice clinic sponsored by the Pro Bono Project of the Georgia Bar, Georgia Legal Services Program, and Nicholson Revell, LLP. Private attorneys will meet with you regarding your consumer-related issues.

February 13th, 9 am- 12 pm

Appointment only, space is limited. Deadline to register is February 4th, 2016.

706-721-2327, 1-800-248-6697 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm.


Spanish Homebuyer Education Class

Augusta-Richmond County Public Library
Housing professionals will provide information on budgeting, credit, down payment assistance, mortgage selection, and more. All presentations will be in Spanish. Registration is free and lunch is provided.
February 20, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Call Christel Jiles - (706) 922-8353 or visit 1stecgapartners.org to register.


SPANISH CLASSES

Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Rd, Grovetown, GA
Classes meet weekly for 6 weeks. Cost is $120. Registration fee is $10.

Beginner classes begin Tuesday, January 26th for 6 weeks.
Intermediate classes begin Monday, January 25th for 6 weeks
7pm to 8:30pm

Freida Lachman 706 364 3565


ICCS Special Education Speaker Series

Immaculate Conception Catholic School 811 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901
Mrs. Sarah Ashe, a licensed BCBA M.Ed. who has 28 years of experience in multiple areas of special education, early intervention, and behavior analytic work, presents information on working with children who are autistic, behaviorally challenged, and/or have sensory processing issues.
Thursday, April 14, 6-8pm

Allison Palfry
706.722.9964



ICCS Special Education Speaker Series

Immaculate Conception Catholic School 811 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901
Dr. Alex Mabe, a licensed psychologist in GA/SC
who has been providing clinical psychology
services to children and their families in the CSRA for over 26 years, presents information to parents on successfully working with an ADHD child at home.
Thursday, February 18, 6-8pm

Allison Palfry
706.722.9964



Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) - Employment Pursuit/Job Searching Skills

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. The workshops are designed to help participants be more marketable when looking for employment and to reinforce their ‘people’ skills in order to gain, maintain and sustain employment and increase work performance and productivity. The focus also consists of timeliness, evidencing respect, preparedness, alertness/attentiveness and compliance with policies and procedures of the work place. GPS Certificates of Completion will be distributed to Participants that satisfactorily complete the 8 week preparedness training.

This training consist of aggressive exploration for employment and or volunteer opportunities, examining the benefits of volunteering to gain desired work industry experience; Understand the nature of Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSA’s) in relation to job skills, familiarization of job duties and demonstration of customer service and telecommunications skills.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
March 14-17, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) - Interview Skills

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. The workshops are designed to help participants be more marketable when looking for employment and to reinforce their ‘people’ skills in order to gain, maintain and sustain employment and increase work performance and productivity. The focus also consists of timeliness, evidencing respect, preparedness, alertness/attentiveness and compliance with policies and procedures of the work place. GPS Certificates of Completion will be distributed to Participants that satisfactorily complete the 8 week preparedness training.

Consumers will learn about the proper interview techniques and some of the common mistakes that happen in interviews. Understanding the importance of appropriate attire for interviews, learn what employers are wanting in prospects, the importance of proper body etiquette in interviews, decision regarding disability disclosure, the concept of salary negotiation and compensation and the procedures for follow-up. Participants will be able to participate in mock interviews.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
March 7-10, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Walton Options for Independent Living


Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) - Basic Business Communication Skills

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. The workshops are designed to help participants be more marketable when looking for employment and to reinforce their ‘people’ skills in order to gain, maintain and sustain employment and increase work performance and productivity. The focus also consists of timeliness, evidencing respect, preparedness, alertness/attentiveness and compliance with policies and procedures of the work place. GPS Certificates of Completion will be distributed to Participants that satisfactorily complete the 8 week preparedness training.

Consumers will be exposed to communication strategies to learn effective basic fundamental business communication skills to communicate effectively, resolve conflict and handle any situation with decorum and confidence that can be used as an added tool in the employment search. Good communication skills is important in everyday life but speaking the language employers want to hear makes good business sense.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.

February 29 - March 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) - Job Searching Skills

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. The workshops are designed to help participants be more marketable when looking for employment and to reinforce their ‘people’ skills in order to gain, maintain and sustain employment and increase work performance and productivity. The focus also consists of timeliness, evidencing respect, preparedness, alertness/attentiveness and compliance with policies and procedures of the work place. GPS Certificates of Completion will be distributed to Participants that satisfactorily complete the 8 week preparedness training.

The objective of the JOB-SEARCHING SKILLS training session is to enhance the employment-strategy of the individual job-seeker experiencing a disability to the point of knowing how to Locate Access and Apply for potential employment opportunities. Individual job-seekers will learn proven techniques for accessing disability friendly employment related websites and resources.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.

February 22-25, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) - Resume Writing Skills

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. The workshops are designed to help participants be more marketable when looking for employment and to reinforce their ‘people’ skills in order to gain, maintain and sustain employment and increase work performance and productivity. The focus also consists of timeliness, evidencing respect, preparedness, alertness/attentiveness and compliance with policies and procedures of the work place. GPS Certificates of Completion will be distributed to Participants that satisfactorily complete the 8 week preparedness training.

Consumers are provided guidance from start to finish through the self-assessment process in utilization of self- marketing skills to establish a solid resume. The importance of having a solid resume is key to any opportunity to catch the eye of employers. Information and resources will be shared on resume skill building to provide participants the opportunity to create an effective resume and or transformed current resume for potential employment opportunities.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
February 15-18, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) - Marketing Your Skills

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. The workshops are designed to help participants be more marketable when looking for employment and to reinforce their ‘people’ skills in order to gain, maintain and sustain employment and increase work performance and productivity. The focus also consists of timeliness, evidencing respect, preparedness, alertness/attentiveness and compliance with policies and procedures of the work place. GPS Certificates of Completion will be distributed to Participants that satisfactorily complete the 8 week preparedness training.

Consumers will practice matching their personal skills to employer needs through a pro-active approach of reviewing perspective job-descriptions for clues and useful information that can be used during the interview or other communications with potential employers to demonstrate a good-fit; which increases the potential for convincing an employer to hire, i.e., choose your brand.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
February 8-11, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Independent Living Skills - Winter Series Trainings - Community Resources

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Join us for a month full of topics to help build independence! Walton Options for Independent Living will be offering life skills training for people with disabilities!
For more information and registration, please contact (706)724-6262.

The goal of this class is to educate consumers about the different resources out in the community that can be utilized for services. This class will educate consumers about community resources such as Housing, Shelters, Health Care facilities, Transportation, Employment Resources, Food Resources, Clothing Resources, Child Care Resources, Financial/ Utility Assistance Resources, as well as other resources.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
March 3, 2016
1:30-2:30 PM


Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Independent Living Skills - Winter Series Trainings - Identity Theft

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Join us for a month full of topics to help build independence! Walton Options for Independent Living will be offering life skills training for people with disabilities!
For more information and registration, please contact (706)724-6262.

The goal of this class is to educate consumers on how to protect their identity. This class will teach consumers techniques and strategies to avoid identity thief, as well as teach consumers the warning signs to look for to avoid being a target of identity thief. Consumers will also learn the legal actions to take if identity thief does occur.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
February 25, 2016
1:30-2:30 PM


Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Independent Living Skills - Winter Series Trainings - Emergency Preparedness

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Join us for a month full of topics to help build independence! Walton Options for Independent Living will be offering life skills training for people with disabilities!
For more information and registration, please contact (706)724-6262.

The goal of this class is to teach consumers how to identify and be prepared for an emergency and a natural disaster at all times. Consumers will learn about the different types of natural disasters and how to safely be prepared for each. Consumers will learn what items they should have in their home, in case of an emergency. Consumers will also learn safely regulations through ready.ga.gov and dph.georgia.com. And what local agencies to contact when an emergency occurs.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.
February 18, 2016
1:30-2:30 PM


Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



Independent Living Skills - Winter Series Trainings - Money Management

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Join us for a month full of topics to help build independence! Walton Options for Independent Living will be offering life skills training for people with disabilities!
For more information and registration, please contact (706)724-6262.

The goal of this class is to assist consumers in acquiring more advanced money management skills so they can better manage their personal finances and bill payments. Consumers will learn about managing their personal finances and bills in a timely manner, and learn about managing checking and saving accounts. Consumers will also learn to better understand credit and interest rates, the advantages of budgeting, record keeping, and how to become more financially responsible.

As a non-profit organization, Walton Options is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) providing non-residential independent living related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Our core services of Advocacy, Information & Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support and Transition Services benefit the entire CSRA in both Georgia and South Carolina. Additional information on the programs with work with can be found on www.waltonoptions.org.

February 11, 2016
1:30-2:30

Walton Options for Independent Living
706-724-6262



The People Principle Customer Service Program

Walton Options, 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Our Professional Office Skills Course (POSC) are informative seminars designed to help enhance your customer service skills and to increase your knowledge about the importance of good customer service, a critical component of a successful business. Topics to be covered include:

• Telephone Etiquette Skills
• Customer Service Interaction
• The People Principle
• Use of Office Equipment
• Assistive Technology in the Workplace
• Serving Customers with Special Needs
• Creating a positive first impression for your customer

This informative training will allow you to gain access to valuable employment skills to help you to become more employable in related fields such as a customer service representative, front desk associate, greeter, retail sales associate, etc.

Don't Delay! Get Started Today!

For Information and Registration call (706) 724-6262

A Certificate will be given upon completion of the course

February 22,23,24,25, 2016


Walton Options
706-724-6262



Silva Martin Dressage Clinic

Stable View, 117 Stable Drive, Aiken, SC 29801
Come audit or ride in a clinic with one of the most sought-after dressage trainers in the US. Silva Martin will be conducting a one-day clinic focusing on dressage exercises in our Pinnacle footing dressage arena. Riders will be using a Pixio Move ‘N See, a personal auto-follow robot cameraman. Auditors welcome for a $20/day fee.
March 9, 2016; 10:00am

484-356-3173 www.stableviewfarm.com


GED Classes

710 East Cedar St.
The Good Hope Missionary Baptist is offering GED classes to the public at no cost The hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

706-722-5317
706-722-1031



After-School Bridging

710 East Cedar St
The Good Hope Missionary Baptist is offering an after-school enrichment program at no cost from 4:30-6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.

706-722-2279
706-722-1031



AARP Tax Aid

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
The (AARP) The American Association of Retired Persons is a United States based nonprofit organization. Need help with health insurance, life insurance, or retirement? This is the class for you.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Feb. 02 - April 12
Thursday April 14

Crystal (706) 922-0171


AARP Monthly Meeting

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
The (AARP) The American Association of Retired Persons is a United States based nonprofit organization. Need help with health insurance, life insurance, or retirement? This is the class for you.
2nd Tuesday Jan- May
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Crystal (706) 922-0171


Got 30 Minutes?

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
The Area Agency on Aging conducts 30 minute educational classes on an overview of services that are available for those who are caregivers, the aging and for those with disabilities in Georgia. If you need assistance with anything from personal care, meals or subsidized rental housing this class is your one stop shop for all information.
3rd Thursday Jan - May
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Crystal (706) 922-0171


Medicare & You: Meet with a Medicare Specialist

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
Medicare & You is a free service to seniors. It helps beneficiaries identify and understand Medicare programs and plans including Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, long term insurance and other private and public health insurance options.
2nd Thursday
Jan - May
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Crystal (706) 922-0171


Intermediate ( Google Apps) Senior Computer Classes

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
The Intermediate Computer classes are for those who have already completed our Beginner Computer classes or those who already know how to operate a computer. Topics covered will be: E-Mail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Internet Surfing, Facebook and Digital Cameras & Computers.
Ages 62+
Thursdays Feb. 4,11,18
Wednesdays May 4,11,18
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Crystal (706) 922-0171


Beginning Senior Computer Classes

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
This is a 3 week class designed to introduce seniors to the basics of operating a computer and using a keyboard. No previous knowledge is necessary. Registration opens 2 weeks before the first day of class.
Ages 62+
Thursdays, Jan. 7,14,21
Thursdays March 3,10,17
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Crystal (706) 9220171


GED Classes

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Augusta
Pre-registration entrance testing is required to participate in the program. Please call Augusta Technical College at 706-771-4131 to register.
Ages 18+
Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM


Virginia (706) 771-4131, Crystal (706) 9220171