DOLLAR DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 31, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; $1 per person admission to museum during August; (706) 722-8454,

THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL: Enopion Theatre Company production; 7 p.m. Aug. 16, 17, 3 p.m. Aug. 11, 18, 25, Kroc Center; $15 adult, $10 seniors, ages 10 and younger and groups of 10 or more; (706) 771-7777,

AUGUSTA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING: Dinner on your own 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m. Aug. 16, T-Bonz; Tony Rile speaking on Edgefield pottery and the Pottersville site; (706) 863-7964

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 and Sept. 7, May Park Community Center conference room; held by Macedonia East Baptist Church; information about photo identification requirements provided

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – SILVER BLUFF STORK PONDS AND KITE FIELDS SOUTH OF SRS: Meet at 8 a.m. Aug. 18 at the stork ponds to bird the lowered ponds there, viewing the storks (hopefully); 10 a.m. drive south through SRS to a field just beyond where Swallow-tailed Kites are usually seen as they catch insects over the grassy fields; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead;

5K FOR THE FIGHT: Registration 7 a.m., race 8 a.m. Aug. 18, Savannah Rapids Park; $25, includes T-shirt if registered online by noon Aug. 13; same day registration available until 7:45 a.m., cash or check; mostly flat, dirt terrain; pets on leashes welcome; refreshments after race;

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