TAYLOR BMW BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS: Thursday 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; Christmas music and multimedia effects; the spirit of the season comes alive; $55, $60, $65;

JAMES BROWN FAMILY FOUNDATION TOY GIVEAWAY REGISTRATION: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, James Brown Arena, 712 Telfair St.; parent must have valid state ID, birth certificate and proof of social security number for each child age 1-12;

SILHOUETTE PORTRAITS BY CLAY RICE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; By reservation only; (706) 828-3888,

TARA SCHEYER HOLIDAY MUSIC JAMBOREE AND CRAFTS: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; (706) 724-7501,; free to museum members, regular admission price others

13TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA TOY RUN: 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; Held by Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America and ABATE; begin staging 12:30 p.m., kick stands up 1:30 p.m.; riding from Augusta Museum of History to headquarters, 4010 Deans Bridge Road; benefits children of military personnel stationed at Fort Gordon; (803) 634-0785, (706) 796-6301; at least one new unwrapped toy or $10 per rider

SENIOR RECITAL: JESSICA MASDON, CELLO: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 667-4100

MUSIC AT THE MORRIS: CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Pianist Tim Owings celebrating the holidays; (706) 724-7501,; free

TUESDAY’S MUSIC LIVE: UGA ACCIDENTALS: Two shows – 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday, Dec. 4, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; free concert; lunch following $10, reservations required; (706) 722-3463,

LUNCH AND LEARN ON THE SOUTHEASTERN SNAKE ENCOUNTER: Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, JMS Building 2nd floor Ed Law Library, Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road; Jason Clark, speaker; recognition of venomous reptiles, treatment for their bites; CEUs and lunch included; free; registration required; free; (706) 651-6560,

AUGUSTA GHOST TROLLEY: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 1, departs from Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; 90-minute tour; not affiliated with museum nor visitors center; 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; adults $22, ages 5-12 $12, reservations required; (706) 814-5333,

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS OF AUGUSTA: 1:30-3:15 p.m. Saturdays, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; Tickets available at Augusta Visitors Center; tour museum, then board Lady Libby trolley; explore downtown, tales of Augusta history; $12, includes museum admission; reservations required; $12; (706) 724-4067,

FORT GORDON TOASTMASTERS: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Fort Gordon Signal Tower, 504 Chamberlain Ave., Fort Gordon; Practice leadership and public speaking skills; Wednesdays at the Organizational Conference Room (Fish Bowl) at the base of Signal Tower on Chamberlain Avenue, next to the Signal Corps Museum and Chef Redd’s Cafe; open to the public,

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTION HOURS: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; home with a fenced yard required for dog adoptions; home inspection may be required; adoption fees $125 cats, $125-$175 dogs; (706) 261-PETS,


FIRST THURSDAY AT MIDTOWN MARKET: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Midtown Market, 2113 Kings Way; Charmain Z. Brackett signing copies of her latest novel, Elyon’s Cipher; The Veggie Truck (locally grown), Cup Charity; snacks, drinks, sales at midtown shops

AUGUSTA PREPARATORY DAY SCHOOL: TOM SAWYER: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; presented by the Middle School; $12, students $10, Augusta Prep students and faculty receive one free ticket

TAYLOR BMW BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE: Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; An international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats; $45, $50, $55;

THE PATCHWORK PLAYERS: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 737-1625; $3, free to ASU students, faculty and staff with ID

MISCONCEPTION: THE LOST GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS: 8-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 13-15, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; Original musical comedy by Mark Swanson; $30; (706) 722-3322

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM POPS! AT THE BELL: HOLIDAY POPS!: Friday 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.a; Joe Gransden, trumpet and Trio playing holiday favorites with Symphony Orchestra Augusta; $15, $25, $40; (706) 826-4735,

AMERIGROUP WINTER WONDERLAND: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, May Park Community Center, 622 Fourth St.; Toys, inflatables, refreshments, games, entertainment, information, more; (800) 600 4441; free

NEW YEAR’S EVE WEEKEND COMEDY EXPLOSION: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Sommore, Marvin Dixon, Arnez J; $57, $67, $77; augustaentertainment

Red Nose Run 5k and Family Fun Run: 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in front of James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; Each adult participant receive an official race T-shirt, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey red nose, running discount coupons, food, drinks, more; $20 before Dec. 20, $25 Dec. 21-Jan. 11, $30 race day; Kid’s Fun Run free with any adult registration; (706) 722-3521

TAYLOR BMW BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT: Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; The outrageous musical comedy ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail,

AUGUSTA PREPARATORY DAY SCHOOL: HONKY TONK ANGELS: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; presented by the Upper School; $12, students $10, Augusta Prep students and faculty receive one free ticket

THIRD ANNUAL DOG GONE COLD 5K RUN/WALK: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Julian Smith BBQ Pit, Milledge Road; Held by Hopeful Hounds Inc. and American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue; 1-Mile Fun Run 9:30 a.m., 5k 10 a.m.; participants encouraged to bring canine companions (must be on leash and up to date on vaccines); benefits local animal rescue; held rain or shine; T-shirts to those who register by Jan. 6; open to walkers and runners; $25 5K, $10 1-mile Fun Run;

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES SYMPHONY SERIES: LOVE’S FAREWELL: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Wagner, Bruckner; guest artist All Orchestral; $10, $15, $20, $45; (706) 826-4735,

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