The week ahead

The Accidentals to perform
The University of Georgia's men's glee club will perform Tuesday at 11 a.m. and noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at Sixth and Reynolds streets, for the Tuesday's Music Live series. The concert is free. Lunch, catered by Poppy Seeds, is $7. Reservations are required for lunch. Call (706) 722-3463.



ACCESSORIES PARTY: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Evans High School's commons area; the Evans High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will hold a drop-in accessories party; fashion purses, totes, duffles and accessories will be available for purchase, with monogramming offered for a small fee; the event is a fundraiser for FCCLA activities.

HARLEM'S HANDS UP OUTREACH MINISTRIES THRIFT SHOP: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 110 S. Hicks St.; free bread available; donations of clothing, housewares, school supplies and other items are welcome; (706) 556-2259.

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 29, Interstate 20 at Louisville Road, Grovetown; closed Christmas Day; $7 adults, $3 children 6-17; children 5 and younger free; free parking; (706) 825-6441,


20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; Augusta Collegium Musicum and Davidson Fine Art Magnet School choirs under the directorship of William Toole; tickets are available only at Sacred Heart Cultural Center Office; (706) 826-4700.

COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING: 6 p.m. at Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans.

TUESDAY NIGHTS TOGETHER SINGLES FELLOWSHIP: 7 p.m. in the administration building of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Avenue; area single adults are invited to a community-wide fellowship and Bible study; Ty Lockridge at (803) 279-6370.

HARLEM'S LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; museum is closed Sundays and Mondays; (706) 556-0401.

AIKEN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION: 7 p.m. at 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken; special called meeting to discuss test scores.


STEVE BAUGHMAN AND ROBIN BULLOCK, CHRISTMAS CELTIC GUITAR: 7:30 p.m., River Island Clubhouse, 1570 River Island Parkway, Evans, $15, available at Broadstrokes Gallery, (706) 860-6055 or (706) 267-5416; also 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Historic Depot, Thomson, presented by Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, $12 advance, $15 at door; (706) 597-1000.

GARDEN SERIES: 12:10 p.m. at the Columbia County Library; the Columbia County Extension Service office's monthly Gardening at Lunch series; Extension Agent Charles Phillips will present a program on care of house plants; (706) 868-3413.

MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CLOTHES CLOSET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at Wheeler and Belair Roads; donations accepted on the first day of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF COLUMBIA COUNTY: 7 a.m. at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse; president Lee Clark, (706) 863-2000.

SECOND ANNUAL CLAYWORKS CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room 202 at the conference center of the Lex Walters Campus, Greenwood.


AUGUSTA SYMPHONY PUBLIX FAMILY SERIES: New York Voices, 3 p.m. at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. $6-$12; (706) 826-4705,

WARRENTON, GA., HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: Downtown Warrenton; carriage rides, hayrides, Santa's workshop, open houses in shops, music, candlelit suppers, live Nativity, roasted marshmallows and apple slices; (706) 465-9604.

THE PERFECT GIFT: 7-9 p.m. through Saturday; Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road; sidewalk presentation of life of Christ.

MARTINEZ-EVANS OPTIMIST CLUB MEETING: noon at the Jones Creek Clubhouse; (706) 830-5730.

TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 6 p.m. at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave.; non-profit weight-loss support group; (706) 863-0726.

SECOND ANNUAL CLAYWORKS CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Creative Economies Gallery, 504 Main Street, Edgefield.

THIRD ANNUAL EVENING OF CHRISTMAS CELTIC GUITAR: 7:30 p.m. at Thomson's Historic Depot; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; (706) 597-1000.

FORT GORDON SIGNAL CORPS BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Walton Way Extension; the band and the Augusta State University Wind Ensemble will play holiday music; free.

COLUMBIA COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION : 6:30 p.m. at the Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive; (706) 868-3400.

AUGUSTA COMMISSION, 2008 BUDGET SESSION: 1 p.m., commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

AUGUSTA COMMISSION, REGULAR MEETING: 2 p.m., commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

COMMUNITY-WIDE TRANSFORMATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM: 7 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; with David Stayner; (706) 733-8838.


HOLLY JOLLY FIRST FRIDAY: events start at 5 p.m. in downtown Augusta; sidewalk entertainment, live performances and features of galleries and businesses on Broad Street; Christmas tunes on Tenth & Broad streets; headquarters tent and live entertainment will be moving to the north side of Broad Street.

NUNCRACKERS: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25; (706) 722-3322,

TURKEY SHOOT: 6 p.m. at the Grovetown Lions Club on Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; turkey shoot fundraiser; cost is $3 per shot for a chance to win a turkey and other items; concession stand is available.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$38, (706) 826-4707,

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Worship Center, 715 S. Old Belair Road; the Annie Moses Band will perform in its Christmas, Bright and Beautiful Tour; free; (706) 868-6410.

Steak dinner: 7 to 9 p.m. at American Legion Post 192, on Legion Drive off Owens Road, in Evans; (706) 863-8728.

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:50-9:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; featuring six homes: Vince and Linda Dwan, River Club, 460 Shoreline Drive; Skip and Jean Jones, Olde Towne, 910 Carolina Ave.; Deborah Holmes, Hammonds Ferry, 463 Arrington Ave.; Kevin and Lee Little, Hammonds Ferry, 468 Front St.; Steve McElmurray, Campbelltown Towne Landing, 141 Savannah Point; Donnie Thompson, 930 River Oaks; Chris and Melody Garrison, 419 W. Martintown Road; $15 in advance (available until 2 p.m. Friday), $18 at the door; (803) 279-5074.

DEAR SANTA: Today-Saturday and Dec. 14-15, Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17, $15 for students and seniors; $6 for ages 12 and younger; (803) 648-1438,

MAGIC AND MUGGLES OVERNIGHT: Camp Tanglewood, Columbia County; for girls ages 13-17; Harry Potter activities such as creating magic wands, practicing "potions" and participating in trivia games based on the book and films; held by the Girl Scouts Central Savannah River Council;


THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: 6 p.m.; lights will cover about 400 utility poles along Broad Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard; with Mayor Deke Copenhaver "throwing the lights"; includes carriage rides and fireworks.

SANTA BREAKFAST: 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary School; Breakfast with Santa event; Olga Cagle-Astorga at (706) 394-6771.

DECEMBER DASH 10K: 9 a.m. at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; benefits Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy programs; register at (706) 828-2109,

HOLLY DAYS: Saturday and Dec. 15, downtown Aiken; Santa pictures, crafts, shopping bargains; holiday music, 11 a.m. Dec. 15, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.; (803) 649-2221.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE: 2 p.m., starts at 13th and Broad streets; entry fees: $110 commercial, $35 nonprofit.

TURKEY SHOOT: 6 p.m. at the Grovetown Lions Club on Old Louisville Road, in Grovetown; turkey shoot fundraiser; cost is $3 per shot for a chance to win a turkey and other items; concession stand is available.

ADVENT DAY: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez; Advent Day of Reflection; breakfast, drinks and snacks will be provided; participants should bring a sack lunch; (706) 863-1718.

CHANUKAH CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Children of Israel Walton Way Temple, 3005 Walton Way; cost is $18 for adults, free for 18 and younger; tickets may be purchased at the door; a dessert reception will follow; The Boyn Helzner Trio will perform; (706) 855-7279.

BREAKFAST WITH AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SANTA: 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 15, Sunshine Learning Center, 1805 Kissingbower Road; Christmas carols, live entertainment, crafts and door prizes; $5, includes photo with Santa; (706) 364-4600.

FIFTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN HARLEM: 11 a.m. in downtown Harlem; (706) 556-0043.

LEGION BREAKFAST: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Sons of the American Legion Post 192 off Owens Road in Evans.

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ASSOCIATION FOR SINGLE ADULTS DANCE: 8-11 p.m. at Westside High School on Patriots Way in Augusta; admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and includes dance lessons from 7-8 p.m.; Don Stephens at (706) 737-4944.


CHORALE CONCERT: 4 p.m. at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel; the Augusta Chorale's Christmas concert, featuring Handel's Messiah ; tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for students, with group rates available; (706) 830-0991.

CHARITY RIDE: 1 p.m. starting at Savannah Rapids Pavilion and onto the Greeneway in North Augusta; bike ride to help support the family of a Greenbrier High School teacher whose husband is suffering from leukemia; registration costs $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 12-17, with children under 12 admitted free; Ethan St. Martin at (706) 860-7507, or e-mail

THE ANNUAL VESPER AND CAROL SERVICE: 7 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way, Augusta; choral works include Robert Shaw's, Many Moods of Christmas and Randol Bass, Gloria ; special guests will be The Five Points Brass from South Carolina; free; contact the church office or visit

THE AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS GIFT: 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; with full orchestra and more than 200 singers; presented by Macedonia and Warren Baptist churches; parking costs $4, admission free; a donation will be received to provide burgers, blankets and Bibles to the homeless.