International Paper accepting grants
The Augusta mill of the International Paper Foundation is accepting grant applications through Aug. 31. The group focuses on environmental education and literacy.
Grant funds will be distributed Oct. 15.
Participants sought for health study
The Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology Study Center is seeking up to 670 volunteers to participate in a study to document lung problems that have occurred since the 2005 train derailment and chlorine spill incident.
To participate, volunteers must be previous employees of the Graniteville Co. or Avondale Mills who had their lung function tested at least three times prior to the 2005 incident. Exposure to chlorine from the spill is not required to participate.
Participants will receive free lung diagnostic testing each year for the next three years at the new GRACE health testing center in Graniteville. Participants can use the results to coordinate follow-up care with their personal physician.
Other residents who aren’t eligible for the study can register with GRACE to receive a free abbreviated lung screening or to be considered for future studies.
For more information on participating in the study or to receive a free abbreviated lung health screening, call (803) 663-5004 or visit the GRACE Study Center, 50 Canal St., Suite 14, Graniteville. More information can also be found at www.gracestudycenter.com.
Grant applications being accepted
The Junior League of Augusta is accepting applications for its Community Enabling Funds.
Applicants must be a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that will promote the arts in the Augusta community, have a local board of directors and use the funds within the Central Savannah River Area.
Applications can be found at www.jlaugusta.org and must be turned in by Sept. 3. Grants may be distributed as early as November.
For more information, call the league at (706)
Event to benefit Aiken PAL group
The Blue Night 5K Run, Walk and 1 mile Fun Run will be held Aug. 17 at Citizens Park in Aiken to benefit the Aiken Department of Public Safety Police Athletic League.
Registration for the event starts at 5:30 p.m., with the fun run at 7 p.m. followed by the 5K run/walk at 7:30 p.m.
The pre-registration fee is $25 for 5K run and walk participants and $10 for the fun run. The registration fee for the day of the race is $30 for 5K run and walk participants and $15 for fun run participants.
After the event, there will be family activities at the park.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety Police Athletic League provides athletic and recreational activities to children in Aiken who may not qualify for standard athletic programs.
Bartram Trail joins national system
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bartram Trail was recently designated as a national recreation trail, according to a news release.
Fifty-four trails were recently added to the National Trails System, which consists of 15,000 miles of trails across the nation.
Bartram Trail is a 27-mile long trail. For more information, visit www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails.
Macy’s to host Shop For A Cause
Macy’s will have its Shop For A Cause event on Aug. 25 to benefit charitable organizations nationwide.
Customers purchase savings passes for $5 from participating nonprofit organizations, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the nonprofit. On Aug. 25, customers can use passes to receive 25 percent off regular, sale and clearance merchandise and 10 percent off furniture, mattresses and rugs. Customers will be eligible to win a $500 gift card.
Macy’s will begin selling savings passes in stores on Aug. 18 and proceeds from those purchases will benefit the March of Dimes.
Nonprofit organizations may still sign up to participate by visiting www.macysinc.com/shopforacause.
Tournament to benefit Augusta Training Shop
The Augusta Training Shop will have its inaugural Cornhole Challenge at 2 p.m. Saturday in the exhibit hall of the James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St., Augusta.
Admission is $10 for spectators and the deadline to participate has passed. All proceeds will benefit the Augusta Training Shop, a nonprofit organization that employs mentally and physically disabled adults.
For more information about the Augusta Training Shop or the event, visit www.augustatrainingshop.com or call (706) 738-1358.
Museum reduces admission for August
The Augusta Museum of History is having its annual Dollar Dog Days of Summer special throughout the month of August that reduces the regular admission to $1 per person.
The $1 admission includes access to exhibits and participation in the Hunt for History, a self-guided journey through the Augusta’s Story exhibit.
Other exhibits on display this month include Local Legends, a Blast from the Past exhibit as well as other new display items and unusual artifacts.
For more information, contact the museum at (706) 722-8454 or visit the museum at 560 Reynolds St., Augusta.
SRR donates to center
Savannah River Remediation recently presented a $500 check to the Family Counseling Center of the CSRA.
Employees had the opportunity to choose a local charity to benefit from a $500 check when they collectively work a month without any injuries that result in days away from work. Family Counseling Center of the CSRA was chosen as the recipient for the month of May.
Since it began the Zero Injuries campaign three years ago, Savannah River Remediation has donated $16,500 to local charities.
Child abuse prevention training offered
Child Enrichment, Inc. will offer a child sexual abuse workshop, Darkness to Light: Stewards for Children, on Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., Augusta.
The workshop educates adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for parents and organizations that serve children and youth.
Child Enrichment executive director, Dan Hillman, will lead the workshop.
Reservation is required for the workshop. For reservations or information, contact Candyce at (706) 737-4631 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.