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Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar
Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar received nominations for best gospel album and best gospel group in the 2013 South Florida Gospel Music Awards, which recognizes independent gospel artists.

The Augusta-based group released its first single, I Will Praise, earlier this year. The single is featured on its debut album Limitless, which was released in November.

Voting is now open at SFGMA.COM/2013Nominees.htm. Learn more at treyMmusic.com.

Menorah lighting

A giant menorah will be kindled on the Augusta Common at a Hanuk­kah celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Chabad of Augusta holds the free event, which includes a parade of car menorahs and a toy drive to benefit children at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

The parade starts in Martinez and makes its way downtown. On the common, a 7-foot menorah will be lit, followed by Hanukkah songs and greetings, a children’s performance, gifts for children, a Hanukkah pyrotechnic show and hot potato latkes.

See chabadaugusta.org or call (706) 722-7659 for more information.

Christmas concert

The choir of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church presents a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown.

The event will include works by Handel, Johnson, Praetorius and more. A dessert reception follows.

Tickets are $3 per person or $5 for two people and are available at the door. Proceeds benefit the building fund. Call (706) 863-4956 for more information.

Bethlehem Village

Bethlehem Village, an interactive re-creation of what Bethlehem might have been like at the time of Jesus’ birth, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at Martinez United Methodist Church, 3614 Washington Road.

Participants will walk among the shops and collect items from booths, including a candle shop, fruit vendor and potter.

Canned food for the hungry will be collected at the free event. See martinezgaumc.org for more information.

Advent breakfast

Holy Trinity Anglican Church in North Augusta will hold free Saturday morning breakfasts through Dec. 22 with discussions on the scriptural themes of Advent.

For more information, call (803) 341-0075 or see anglicanchurchoftheholytrinity.com.

– Kelly Jasper, staff writer


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