SALVATION ARMY OF AUGUSTA 2010 KETTLE KICK-OFF: To celebrate the start of bell-ringing season, local sports fans in friendly competition; kettles representing Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech and Clemson; team with most donations at end of day will be Kettle Kick-off Champion; noon to 8 p.m. today, Kroger, corner of Washington Road and Alexander Drive; donations may be made in person or online at

COIN CLUB SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Bobby Waters Gymnasium Complex, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; (706) 829-5484

CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, James Brown Arena; $6, free for children under 12; one admission good for all three days with hand stamp; parking $5; Russ Hunt (704) 847-9480,

ART IN THE ATTIC SALE: Fourth annual sale of a variety of art, including photography, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and ceramics; proceeds benefit the Art Factory's Art @ School program; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Hickman Park Recreation Building; (706) 731-0008,

FOURTH ANNUAL BENEFIT RIDE: Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots; 9 a.m. Saturday, Marine Corps Reserve Center, 2869 Central Ave.; Marines raise colors 9 a.m.; registration begins 9 a.m.; event 10 a.m., escorted ride by Georgia State Patrol; $15 per person, includes ride and one raffle ticket; hamburgers and hot dogs after ride provided by Jimmie Dyess Detachment and Riverfront Marines Detachment of Marine Corps League and Reserve Center Marines; Paul Brewer (706) 306-6667,

11TH ANNUAL CSRA PARKINSON WALK: Saturday, Family Y outdoor track, 3570 Wheeler Road; (706) 364-1662,

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY PROJECT ALPHA: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Haygood-Holsey Hall Room 210, Paine College; mentoring program offering positive role models for the next generation; (706) 726-2102

J.L. KING HIV/AIDS AWARENESS: King signing his book After the Conversation, Next the Discussion; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Broadway Baptist Church, 2323 Barton Chapel Road; (706) 790-8185

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Discovery

PURSES WITH A PURPOSE: Nobella Handbags purse party and educational material on HPV and cervical cancer; 4-7 p.m. Saturday, 209 Lounge on the River, 4 Eighth St.; percentage of proceeds benefit Tamika & Friends Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising aware-ness about cervical cancer and its link to HPV (human papillomavirus);

FALL FOLIAGE STROLL TREES AND WETLAND VEGETATION: Canal Walk Series; presented by Judy Gordon, Ph.D.; 10 a.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, meet in parking lot by pumping station at end of dirt road at Goodrich Street; $2 adults, $1 children, $8 maximum per family group; Saturday program repeats on Sunday; (706) 823-0440 ext. 2

MASSING OF THE COLORS AND REMEMBRANCE DAY: Public invited to annual event, sponsored by Augusta Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars; 3 p.m. Sunday, Alexander Hall, Fort Gordon; music by U.S. Army Signal Corps Band; veterans, patriotic, SROTC and JROTC groups encouraged to participate; Charles Schuman, (706) 294-0677,

'WAR STORIES -- AUGUSTA AREA VETERANS REMEMBER WORLD WAR II' -- PREMIERE: Premiere showing of the 80-minute film that captures real-life experiences of World War II veterans; stories from all branches of the military; 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jaguar Student Activities Center, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; both showings free, limited seating; Judy McHaney (706) 737-1532

Jingle Bell Jaunt: Presented by Downtown Augusta Alliance; runs through Nov. 30; easy scavenger hunt; pick up a free Jingle Bell Ring form at any of the participating businesses; find bells and register to win $700 gift certificate; details available at

FALL FILM SERIES: 7 p.m. Monday, University Hall Room 170, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free, open to the public; Valhalla Rising (not rated but contains graphic violence)

Energy Assistance Program: CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority Energy Assistance Program accepting applications for households of ages 65 and older to assist in paying home heating costs; all household members must be 65 or older; to qualify must be responsible for paying cost of energy for primary home heating source, be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted alien, have income at or below 160 percent of poverty level for Georgia (one person -- $21,940, two -- $28,691, three -- $35,442, four -- $42,193, five, $48,944, six -- $55,695, seven -- $56,961, eight -- $58,226); must have a copy of Social Security cards for everyone in the household, proof of income, most recent heating bill and picture ID with document showing proof of age for person applying; residents of Richmond and Columbia counties apply 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through today, Carrie J. Mays Recreation Center; toll free (866) 722-4346

2011 Grant Applications: Available online through Nov. 15 for grants from Women in Philanthropy; open to organizations in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond counties that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code or classified as a unit of government; for grant guidelines, applications and information; (706) 724-1314

Wednesday Art Class: Openings for 10 students in a new art class for ages 6 and up; 5 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts and Life Skills School, 2548 Deans Bridge Road; (706) 722-0598

Flu Shots: Annual flu shot offered by East Central Health District and Richmond County Health Department; 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 950 Laney-Walker Blvd. and 2420 Windsor Spring Road; flu shots can be filed with Medicare, Medicaid and State Health Benefit Plan (Cigna-GA and United Healthcare-GA); for uninsured, flu shot $25, flu mist $35; Laney-Walker (706) 721-5800, Windsor Spring (706) 790-0661

2010 COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: Volunteers needed to assist with set up, serving and clean up; also seeking donations of turkeys, chicken, canned green beans, canned corn, canned yams, plastic forks, paper cups and paper plates; take food donations to the resource center marked Community Thanksgiving Dinner with your name, address and telephone number; to volunteer call Kim Warner (706) 722-4999; meal will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the Building of Opportunity


ELLEN AND EDITH, WOODROW WILSON'S FIRST LADIES: THE INTERSECTION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIVES: Dr. Edward J. Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson Lecture, held by Historic Augusta and the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University; 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home, 415 Seventh St.; free, refreshments served; (706) 724-0436,

BATTLE OF THE BELLS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION: Held by Salvation Army of Augusta; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, local Bi-Lo, Dillard's, Hobby Lobby, Kroger, K-mart, Macy's, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart locations; high school students manning kettles and ringing bells for the day; the high school that raises the most money wins; make donations in person or at

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER GIFT SHOP OPEN HOUSE: Chef Virginia Willis of Atlanta, formerly of Augusta, signing her award-winning Bon Appetit, Y'all cookbook 10 a.m. to noon; chef Willis cooking demonstration, $10 or free with cookbook purchase, 1-2 p.m. Great Hall; book signing by Timothy Penland, author of The True Night Before Christmas, The True Night Before Noah Rode on the Ark and other titles in the series 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; annual guild bake sale; easy parking, free gift wrapping, refreshments; books to be signed available now in gift shop; (706) 826-4700,

AUGUSTA CHILDREN'S CHORALE JUST DESSERTS CONCERT: Children's choral music and reception with variety of desserts; 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; $10; (706) 826-4718

HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD VILLAGE: On display Thursday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 28, Augusta Museum of History rotunda; museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18-28 (open week of Thanksgiving except Thursday), 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 21 and 28; (706) 722-8454

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; looking for wintering birds in the sparrow field; meet in parking lot for an all-walking visit; free; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; Anne Waters (706) 793-2788,

CSRA GAMERS TANKSGIVING: Featuring games involving all things tanks; World War II tanks in Flames of Ware, gothic sci fi tanks in Warhammer 40,000 and science fiction hover/grav tanks in Dirtside 2; other games also available; all gamers welcome; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, Augusta Book Exchange Gordon Highway, 1650 Gordon Highway; Mike Baker (706) 793-7796

RED RIBBON BALL: Fifth annual fundraiser for St. Stephen's Ministry; live music, catered dining, live charity raffle with multiple drawings -- $5 per raffle ticket; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St.; $35 per person, $330 table of eight, reservations preferred; tax-deductible contributions to St. Stephen's available to those not able to attend event; (706) 722-7092

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT EXAM AND PARENT FORUM: Students who earn a composite score of 98 or 99 on a test administered in December may receive $1,500 four-year renewable scholarships; 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, or 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, Aquinas High School; $20 fee to take test; public school students may apply for the GRACE Scholarship; parents invited to attend the parent forum during the first hour of the test session; information about school programs presented by administrators, parents and students, question-and-answer session follows; Kelli Strickland (706) 736-5516

RUBE GOLDBERG DAY: Aquinas High School physics competition; 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, Aquinas High School, Grand Dining Hall; Kelli Strickland (706) 736-5516

MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW: Displays of items from around the world, demonstrations of lapidary arts, gemstones, precious and everyday gold and silver jewelry, mineral specimens and decorative items; free parking; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Julian Smith Casino; $3, ages 15 and under free; 23rd annual show sponsored by Aiken-Augusta Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society and Augusta Gem and Mineral Society; Shellie (803) 439-2625

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