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Senior walkers Hiroko Richardson (left) and Dorothy Salts look over Thanksgiving Day photos while taking a break from walking around the gym at the Bernie Ward Community Center.


- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.


- Trim the wick to 6 mm (a quarter-inch) each time before burning

- Always use an appropriate candle-holder placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.

- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents.

- Extinguish a candle if it smokes or flickers repeatedly or if the flame becomes too high; cool and trim the wick, check for drafts and relight.

- Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris.

- Do not burn a candle for longer than the manufacturer recommends.

- Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 50 mm (2 inches) of wax remains (12 mm or a half-inch if in a container).

- Extinguish pillar candles if the wax pool approaches the outer edge.

- Place lighted candles at least 75 mm (3 inches) apart.

- Never place a candle on top of a TV set or similar appliance, and keep them well away from curtains.

- Before buying candle stands, make sure they can be balanced safely on a flat surface.

- Always extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the house.

- Never use candles on Christmas trees, even artificial ones.

- Remember, hot wax burns.

Source: Pam Tucker, Columbia County emergency services director


HARLEM BUDGET HEARING AND CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION: 7 p.m., City Hall on North Louisville Street in Harlem; (706) 556-0043

HOLIDAY PARTY/MOVIE NIGHT: 5-8 p.m., Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; young adult program; free to attend

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

TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6-8 p.m., Ronald McDonald House, 938 Greene St.; with every $10 donation, a light on the Sharing Tree will be lit; RSVP to (706) 724-5901

WAYNESBORO-BURKE HOLIDAY CONCERT SERIES: 7:30 p.m., Waynesboro Office Park; performance by The Augusta Symphony under the direction of Donald Portnoy; Call (706) 437-0023 or e-mail

FREE LEGAL HELP: 8:30-10:45 a.m., Bessie Thomas Senior Center, Grovetown; Georgia Legal Services Program staff will offer free noncriminal legal help on a first-come, first-served basis; (706) 721-2327

MARTINEZ-EVANS OPTIMIST CLUB: Noon, the Jones Creek Clubhouse; (706) 830-5730

LYDIA CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 10:30 a.m., The Lydia Project, 1321 Arsenal Ave.; refreshments; (706) 736-5467,

NUNCRACKERS: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25; (706) 722-3322,


COLUMBIA COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Hull Fine Arts Center at Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez; featuring God's Promise, with music, dance and drama co-written and arranged by Don Phillips and Johnny Carr; $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors; Susan Osborn at (706) 650-2311

TALENT SHOW: 6:30 p.m., Butler High School gym, 2011 Lumpkin Road; open to all Richmond County high school students; $10; first place $500, second place $350, third place $150;

CHERRYHOLMES: 7:30 p.m., the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; part of the Southern Soul and Song series; tickets start at $12.50; presented by the Morris Museum of Art and Imperial Theatre; (706) 722-8341

AUGUSTA SYMPHONY, NEW YORK VOICES: Pops! At the Bell concert, 7:30 p.m., Bell Auditorium; (706) 826-4705