Calendar of events

Carolers sang by candlelight at the Fort Gordon Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2006 CHARMAIN BRACKETT NEIGHBORS

THE MILLION DOG WALK ON GRU DENTAL: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Judicial Center Additional Parking Area, Ninth at Walker Street, parking lot directly behind courthouse; peaceful march, escorted by Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies, marching to the GRU Dental School; dogs that are leashed, vaccinated and friendly welcome; children welcome with adult supervision; 1415944518638727



SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS: Through Friday, Jan. 3; sponsored by Augusta area podiatrists and the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association; donate new or used shoes; take donations to you local podiatrist’s office; all types needed, regardless of size, condition or type

BUSINESS EXPO: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Boathouse Community Center; City of Augusta Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department, host; Christopher Hanks, University of Georgia Terry College of Business, speaking on Putting the Spotlight on Success; network and gather information from sponsors and exhibitors; lunch included; free; (706) 821-2406,

TREES FOR TROOPS: 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, behind Barton Field Outdoor Theater, Fort Gordon; trees being given to E1 through E6 personnel; first come, first served; (706) 791-2505

FIRST THURSDAY IN MIDTOWN AUGUSTA: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, midtown Augusta, Central Avenue at Kings Way; The Hill Baptist Church Christmas Food Pantry, Cup Charity; Bill Karp performing at Midtown Market, Leonard Maxey strolling the triangle trumpeting the season; appetizers, specials in shops; tours of Fire Station No. 7; (706)

CHRIS KRINGLE MART AND FORT GORDON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Dec. 5, Fort Gordon; Chris Kringle Mart 5 p.m., Barton Field; two trees being lit at 6 p.m. – Barton Field Outdoor Theater and Freedom Park; festival at Barton Field includes hay rides, refreshments, musical entertainment, bonfire, visit by Santa Claus; free, open to the public; (706) 791-6433

TASTE OF BLYTHE: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Community Room, Blythe City Hall; specialty items from individuals and restaurants served; silent auction; $5 advance, $7 at door; benefits upcoming new library; (706) 592-0155

MIYAZAKI – SPIRITED AWAY: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; free; (706)

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; hear excerpts from Sara Sommerville’s novel Death at the Old Mill Pond, a Southern mystery set in 1950s South Carolina, at the height of the civil rights era; a body is found in the Armstrong mill pond, as farmers arrive to grind corn at the grist mill; free; (706) 793-2020,

HEALTHY LIVING DEMO: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; Ame Johnson of the CSRA Vegetarian Society demonstrating healthy cooking techniques, juicing, recipes and answering questions about making healthier choices by following a vegetarian diet; free, registration required; (706) 814-1129,

FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE: MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; enter at Gate 1 on Gordon Highway; ages 16 and older must present an ID, and drivers must present proof of insurance and car registration; reservations required; $30 show only; $35 active duty E6 and below; $42 active duty E7 and above, age 65 and up, retirees, Army civilians; $45 civilians; (706) 793-8552,

CHRISTMAS AT PAINE ANNUAL CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel; presented by the Paine College Concert Choir, R. Wayne Woodson, director; featuring holiday favorites, carols, spirituals and gospel; current choir members and alumni; free, open to the public;

CSRA PET EXPO: 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; learn about the rescue groups, pet stores and animal charities in the area; free;

BOO! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TROLLEY LIGHTS, GHOSTS, WINE AND JAZZ TOUR: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, The Book Tavern; get into the Christmas spirit with a ride on the Augusta Ghost Trolley; see the lights and ghosts; refreshments and music by BillKarpCHRISTMASJazz ( follows at The Book Tavern; $25, reservations required; (706) 814-5333,

AUGUSTA BALLET GUILD HOLIDAY HOUSE 2013: Preview Party 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Augusta Ballet Guild Holiday House, 2627 Walton Way; inaugural Holiday House, a holiday design showcase house featuring over 20 of the area’s finest interior designers and florists; preview party 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6, $65; Holiday House open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1-9 p.m. Dec. 8, $20; wreath and table setting workshops $25; (706) 261-0555,

AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: All day event Saturday, Dec. 7, Augusta Common; vendors; parade 2 p.m., Broad Street; tree lighting; free; parade rules and entry form online; entry deadline Nov. 27; following parade - ornament making, cookie decorating, Polar Express, face painting and visit with Santa,12 Bands of Christmas performing until 8 p.m., Augusta Common; events on Common free; Toys for Tots collecting new, unwrapped toys and Harvest Food Bank colecting canned goods; tickets to 12 Bands VIP tent $30, include food and beverage; (706) 722-8000; Holiday Market Vendor information –; parade applications and vendor applications for the Common –; VIP tickets to 12 Bands –

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP TO MERRY BRICK PONDS: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, meet at Popeyes, Gordon Highway, to carpool; $5; ducks have arrived and sparrows should be in; Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead

COUPONING GET TOGETHER: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; two hours of good conversation and swapping coupons; (706) 793-2020

VIRGINIA COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Virginia College, Augusta campus; collecting Toys for Tots and nonperishable food items for local families in need; bring a new, unwrapped toy and/or a food item to be donated; (706) 288-2500

COMMUNITY FUN DAY – THERE BECAUSE WE CARE: Noon Saturday, Dec. 7, McDuffie Woods Community Center; held by Broadway Baptist and Strong Tower Christian Fellowship; giveaways, resume workshop, information and services, food, haircuts, inflatables; The Clothes Closet open with coats and clothes for all sizes; free; (706)

DESSERT WITH THE SPIRITS TOUR: 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, departing from The Book Tavern; featuring desserts at Sit-A-Spell Coffee House after tour; (706) 814-5333

NUBIAN KNIGHTS ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY/CHRISTMAS PARTY: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, to Sunday, 2 a.m., HEAL Complex, Paine College; formal or semi formal attire; food and drinks served; $15 advance, $20 at door; Ray (706) 627-5495, Allen (706) 231-5015

HUMANITREE HOUSE PRE-KWANZAA CULTURAL COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Warren Road Community Center; (706) 394-0190,

YOUR TECH, YOUR WAY: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; bring your laptop or portable device – tablet, smartphone, e-reader, etc. – and receive one-on-one assistance from library staff and volunteers; free; registration required, begins Dec. 2; (706)

EMPOWERING OUR FUTURE: LGBTQ YOUTH IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; sponsored by Georgia Equality; (706) 793-2020

HERITAGE DAY AT HERITAGE ACADEMY: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, Heritage Academy; celebrating the heritage of Houghton School; school tour; refreshments, memories, look at the present and a preview of the future of the school; free, open to the public; (706) 821-0034, honeill@heritageacademy, HeritageAcademy


HOLIDAYS OF THE WORLD: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Friedman Branch Library; learn about different holidays people across the world celebrate in December; songs and stories with Mr. Bill, Ms. Nancy and George the Guitar; for preschool to third grade; groups of six or more must register in advance; free; (706) 736-6758,

PAGANISM: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY IN A SOUTHERN TOWN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; with Elle Shepard; free, registration required; (706) 793-2020

MIYAZAKI – PRINCESS MONONOKE: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; anime film; free; (706) 793-2020

SANTA CLAUS AT THE MAXWELL LIBRARY: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; bring your cameras and get your picture taken with Santa Claus

DIAMOND LAKES EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6-7:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; contact the library for the book to be discussed; light refreshments provided; no registration necessary, but ask to be placed on a reminder call/e-mail list; (706) 772-2432

GAME NIGHT FOR TEENS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; join friends at the library for board games; snacks provided; free; registration required, begins Dec. 2; for ages 12-17; (706) 772-2432

HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 19, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; drop-in for make-in and take-in holiday crafts; all materials provided; free; registration for groups of six or more begins Dec. 2; for ages 1-11; (706) 772-2432

SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE FOR TEENS: 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; movie rated PG or PG-13 on the library’s almost-big screen; call after Dec. 1 for movie title and rating; free; no registration; bring snacks; for ages 13-17; (706) 772-2432

SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE: 2-4 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; movie rated G or PG on the library’s almost-big screen; call after Dec. 2 for movie title and rating; free; no registration; bring snacks; for all ages; (706) 772-2432



ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Day meeting noon, night meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free; Clarence Kendrick (706) 589-4446; schedule of all local meetings online;

ARC GROWERS MEETING: 7:30-9 a.m. fourth Tuesdays excluding December, Forest Hills Golf Course;

AUGUSTA AREA NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE: 11 a.m. first Thursday of each month through May; free; for those new to the Augusta area; make new friends, enjoy activity groups, learn about and take part in local events; for more information, e-mail

AUGUSTA COMMISSION MEETING: Augusta Commission formal meetings 2 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, commission chambers, eighth floor, municipal building, 530 Greene St.; Planning Commission meetings 3 p.m. first Mondays, Room 803; committee meetings noon second and last Mondays, committee room, eighth floor

AUGUSTA LAND BANK AUTHORITY MONTHLY MEETING: Work sessions 9 a.m. first Thursdays, regular sessions 2 p.m. third Wednesdays, Augusta Housing and Community Development Department, 925 Laney-Walker Blvd., second floor conference room

AUGUSTA PRIDE MEETING: 2-4 p.m. third Saturdays, Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, 557 Greene St.;

AUGUSTA RECYCLING COLLECTION: Recycle up to five tires and home electronics; third Saturdays, call for location; free; (855) GOT-TIRES,

AUGUSTA SOUTH ROTARY CLUB: Noon Tuesdays, Holiday Inn, Gordon Highway; to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards, advance world understanding, goodwill and peace;

CHARLIE NORWOOD VA MEDICAL CENTER TOASTMASTERS: 5-6:15 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center 7A Room 134, 950 15th St.; practice public speaking and leadership skills in a fun, supportive environment; free; (970) 581-7681

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE OF AUGUSTA: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; open to anyone interested in exploring issues involved in the American Civil War; (706) 737-9115,

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; home with a fenced yard required for dog adoptions; home inspection may be required; adoption fees $125 cats, $125-$175 dogs; (706) 261-PETS,

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St., Nicky McGarity, instructor, no registration required, free; 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Friedman Branch Library, free, (706) 736-6758

GED CLASSES: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays (except Nov. 28 and Dec. 31), Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; register in class; PINES library card required; free

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS CLUB MEETING: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays (except Christmas and Masters week), The Cotton Patch; ages 21 and older; free, open to the public; tasty and reasonably priced menu available; members rotate roles and enjoy a rotation of guided and evaluated assignments, all self-paced; (803) 593-6605,

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AUGUSTA, GA.: Social 5:30 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. third Mondays, through April, University Hospital dining rooms 1-3; (706) 737-0103,

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS OF AUGUSTA: 1:30-3:15 p.m. Saturdays, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; tickets available at Augusta Visitors Center; $12, includes museum admission; reservations required; (706) 724-4067,

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church; free; (907) 854-1509

RIVERWALK TOASTMASTERS: Public speaking and leadership club meeting 7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, Room 3; (706) 855-1081,

SPANISH CLASS – BEGINNER: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Friedman Branch Library; free, registration required; (706) 736-6758

SPANISH CLASS – INTERMEDIATE: 3:30-5 p.m. Mondays, Friedman Branch Library; free; (706) 736-6758

ST. STEPHEN’S MINISTRY OF AUGUSTA INC. BOARD MEETINGS: 5:30 p.m. third Mondays, 924 Greene St.

STORYTIME TUESDAYS: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Friedman Branch Library; best for ages 5 and under; registration required for groups of six or more; free; (706) 736-6758,

YOGA: 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 30, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; Ame Johnson, instructor; simple postures and mudras; bring a towel, a yoga mat and wear a comfortable outfit; have an empty stomach at least for 2 hours prior to class; reservations required; (706) 814-1129

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS (ADULT): 11 a.m. Saturdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free, registration required; sponsored by the CSRA Vegetarian Society; (706) 814-1129; (706) 814-1129,

YOGA FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. Saturdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; meditation, breathing techniques and yoga poses; benefit from increased mental concentration while having fun and learning how to be healthy; registration required; sponsored by the CSRA Vegetarian Society; free; (706) 814-1129,