A variety of activities will be available in downtown Augusta for First Friday.
Activities begin at 5 p.m. Redemption Church will play host to Advent Conspiracy at its new multipurpose space, with refreshments and ornament crafts available. Curvitude Boutique will present Girls’ Night, which includes pampering, makeovers, free cocktails and gift specials. Sky City will have ’80s Night, and Le Chat Noir will present eXtreme theater games performed by Schrodinger’s Cat Troupe. Also, Big Day Cakes Bakery will play host to a cake tasting, with signature desserts and sandwiches available.
For more information, call the Greater Augusta Arts Council at (706) 826-4702 ext. 13.
• Fa Sho Entertainment will present a Celebration of Gospel Benefit Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to benefit the Lydia Project.
The free concert will be held at Friendship Baptist Church, 2543 Deans Bridge Road. National recording artist Elder Rodney Raines, as well as local gospel groups, comedians and a mime group, will perform.
For more information, call (706) 736-5467.
• Lights for Lydia, a 5K to benefit the Lydia Project, will be held Dec. 8 at Lake Olmstead Park.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Fees are $25 and $20 for students.
The Lydia Project serves women who are coping with cancer. The run includes a one-mile fun run and a raffle.
For more information, visit thelydiaproject.org.
The Aiken-Augusta Audubon Society will present a field trip to the Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary to look for owls Dec. 8.
The free event will begin at 8 p.m. and will be led by Doug and Alice Walker. Anyone interested should meet at the education building of the Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary.
For more information, visit augustaaikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.
Former, current and prospective students are invited to attend an open house at the Augusta campus of Virginia College Dec. 8.
Donations of unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots and nonperishable food items for area food banks will be collected. Refreshments, door prizes and holiday crafts for children will be available.
The free event begins at 10 a.m.
For more information, visit vc.edu/Augusta.
‘Living Christmas Cards’ staged
Asbury United Methodist Church will play host to its original production, Living Christmas Cards, on Dec. 9.
Favorite Christmas card moments will be brought to life amid well-loved Christmas carols.
A Christmas dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include reserved seating. Admission to the show, which begins at 7 p.m., is free. For more information, visit asburychurch.net.
The Cleveland Group CPAs will present a seminar, When Pennies Count and Education is Crucial, at 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at 3740 Executive Center Drive.
Representatives from nonprofit organizations can learn how to improve their financial decision-making process. Experts will offer tips and guidelines to help nonprofits make the most of their budgets, marketing and management. Admission is free, but registration is required by Dec. 12.
Call (706) 288-2800 or e-mail dscavone@