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artists' market


WHAT: Fifth Annual Spring Artists' Market & Festival

WHEN: Friday-March 25

WHERE: Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St.

DETAILS: Art sale; wine and cheese reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday; festival is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, with face painting, art activities for children, artist demonstrations, gallery browsing; artists' market 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;

love chocolate?

WHAT: Reed Creek Park Chocolate Festival

WHEN: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Reed Creek Park, 3820 Park Lane

DETAILS: $5, 4 and younger free; sample chocolate desserts; learn about chocolate; (706) 210-4027

chim chim cher-ee!

WHAT: Movies on the Lawn: Mary Poppins

WHEN: Dark, Friday

WHERE: Boeckh Park, Hammond's Ferry

DETAILS: Free; blankets and lawn chairs recommended; picnic baskets welcome; (803) 613-1641

jesse colin young

WHAT: Aiken Prep 95th Anniversary

WHEN: Gates open 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Aiken Preparatory School, 619 Barnwell Ave.

DETAILS: Dixie Bee-Liners and Jesse Colin Young Band; $10 lawn seating, bring chair or blanket; concessions; (803) 648-3223

paws to help

WHAT: Paws in the Park: CSRA Humane Society's Annual Pet Walk

WHEN: March 19; 9:30 a.m. registration, walk begins at 10 a.m.

WHERE: CSRA Humane Society, Wood Street and Milledge Road at the north entrance to Lake Olmstead Park

DETAILS: Bring your pet or walk an adoptable shelter pet, refreshments, T-shirts, pictures, sponsor booths, pet microchipping (Note: Pets on the walk should be healthy, at least four months or older and have current vaccinations.) COST: A small donation to participate; walk a shelter dog for a $5 donation. All proceeds aid CSRA Humane Society. LEARN MORE: www. CSRAHumaneSociety. org; (706) 261-PETS to schedule microchipping.

symposium on southern women

WHAT: Ninth annual Pickens-Salley Symposium on Southern Women

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken

DETAILS: Free; includes screening of 2010 documentary, Cheating in the Stillness: The World of Julia Peterkin, which documents Peterkin's life as a white plantation owner's mistress in South Carolina. Gayla Jamison, the executive director for the documentary, will be the featured speaker.

LEARN MORE: (803) 641-3448

faculty recital

WHAT: Faculty Artist Recital with tenor John Daniecki, and baritone Isaac Holmes, presented by The USC Aiken Department of Visual and Performing Arts

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken

DETAILS: Free; (803) 641-3305


WHAT: The Passing Zone, the comedy/juggling duo of Jon Wee and Owen Morse

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Friday

WHERE: URS Center for the Performing Arts

DETAILS: Their latest show, Gravity Attacks!, incorporates everything from flying chainsaws to torches to knives in their bout against gravity.

TICKETS: $40 adults, $20 students with school ID; (803) 648-1438, or at the URS Center For the Performing Arts box office.

take a hike

WHAT: Full Moon Hike

WHEN: 9-11 p.m. Saturday (registration required)

WHERE: Phinizy Nature Swamp, 1858 Lock & Dam Road

DETAILS: $6-$10; search for animals like owls, frogs, beavers and bats; hike lasts two hours and may cover up to two and a half miles; (706) 828-2109

celtic music

WHAT: Tuesday's Music Live featuring the Anglin Celtic Duo

WHEN: Noon Tuesday Where: St. Paul's Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets

DETAILS: Florida duo features Melody Long Anglin playing the wire, lap and Celtic floor harps, and Mary Bos playing the fiddle, flute and whistle.

COST: Free; lunch after the concert is $10 and requires a reservation Learn more:; (706) 722-3463

bluegrass mass

WHAT: Columbia County Choral Society will perform Carol Barnett's The World Beloved - A Bluegrass Mass

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 18

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Evans

DETAILS: Work blends classical sacred themes and sounds of Appalachia; (706) 650-2311,

robert earl keen ... live

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Imperial Theatre

TICKETS: $13-$23,


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