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THIS WEEK

REDISCOVER HILDEBRANDT’S – A CELEBRATION OF AUGUSTA’S OLDEST GROCERY/DELI: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, Hildebrandt’s, 226 Sixth St.; prizes and giveaways; view old photos of Augusta scenes, class photos from the 1940s and ’50s and Hildebrandt family photos; facebook.com/hildebrandtsaugustaga

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 complex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=611

THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH OF THE LINCOLN ROCKER: 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; discover the secret of Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair in the Presidential Box of Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.; Tom and Jean Dirksen presenting Augusta Genealogical Society program; free; (706) 722-4073, augustagensociety.org

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; (706) 724-4067, bit.ly/S1QyIJ

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, next to the Signal Corps Museum and Chef Redd’s Cafe; open to the public, fortgordon.toastmastersclubs.org

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, csrahumanesociety.org

UPCOMING

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK:
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 5, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; an all- walking field trip; ducks in the ponds viewed through spotting scopes; other water birds and smaller birds along the dikes; meet in parking area; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

DRUM DAY: DRUM FOR PEACE DRUM CIRCLE:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Fellowship Churches United Center, 415 Laney-Walker Blvd.; drummers from all over invited; endorsed by Remo Health Rhythms facilitator Not Gaddy from iDRUM2U Recreational Health Drum Circles; a small number of drums available for rental for the day; reservations required; free admission; (706) 414-1391

SAVANNAH RIVERKEEPER ROAST ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Hogan’s Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Ga.; Oyster roast from Bluffton Oyster Co.; Low Country boil and beverages provided by Sweetwater Brewing Co.; auction; $35 single, $50 couple – $10 discount for members; (706) 826-8991 Augusta, (912) 228-5158 Savannah, savannahriverkeeper.org

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 receives 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

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – SAVANNAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AND BEACH AT TYBEE ISLAND:
9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, S.C.; trip to the Savannah, Ga., area; meet at entrance to Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at refuge, on South Carolina side of the river; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; (706) 793-2788, (803) 215-1594, aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

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

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; one-mile Fun Run 9:30 a.m., 5k 10 a.m.; bring canine companions (must be on leash and up to date on vaccines); benefits local animal rescue; held rain or shine; open to walkers and runners; $25 5K, $10 one-mile Fun Run; hopefulhounds.org/DogGoneCold5K.html

INTRODUCTION TO FLORAL DESIGNS: 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Georgia State Floral Distributors, 2913 Washington Road; four Saturday sessions – Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2 – offered by Augusta Council of Garden Clubs; participants allowed to browse and purchase from Georgia State Floral Distributors during sessions; $20 per session; registration required two weeks prior to class; refreshments provided; (706) 556-3417, (706) 533-1149, jukirkland@knology.net or vallenotr@aol.com

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – MERRY BROTHERS BRICKYARD PONDS: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 19, Popeyes, Walton Way at Gordon Highway, 450 Walton Way; meet at Popeyes, corner of Gordon Highway and Walton Way, to carpool; searching for ducks and other water birds; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; (706) 793-2788, (803) 215-1594, aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

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, soaugusta.org

USCA BASEBALL EXTRA INNING BULL RIDING: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; Tickets on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 6; Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, host; proceeds benefit University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team; $22, $18, $10; (706) 262-4573, mcecchini@arccc.com, augustaentertainment
complex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=624

34TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA CUTTING HORSE FUTURITY: Jan. 20-26, James Brown Arena; augustafuturity.com

INTRODUCTION TO FLORAL DESIGNS: 8 a.m. Saturday to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 2, Georgia State Floral Distributors, 2913 Washington Road; Four Saturday sessions – Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2 – offered by Augusta Council of Garden Clubs; participants allowed to browse and purchase from Georgia State Floral Distributors during sessions; registration required two weeks prior to class; refreshments provided; (706) 556-3417, (706) 533-1149, jukirkland@knology.net or vallenotr@aol.com; $20 per session

SEVENTH ANNUAL LUCY CRAFT LANEY HERITAGE GALA: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 10th St.; benefits Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; $75; deadline for ticket purchase Jan. 21; (706) 724-3576, lucycraftlaneymuseum.com

HISTORIC AUGUSTA’S OLD HOUSE FAIR: reception 6 p.m., lecture 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; educational event for homeowners seeking information about rehabilitating and maintaining older homes; historicaugusta.org

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK WATERFOWL DRIVING TOUR: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; Trip featured by Phinizy Swamp education center, going into the constructed wetlands in vehicles looking at ducks using the wetlands; registration requested; Ruth Mead in charge, Anne Waters and Lois Stacey helping with scopes and identification; $5 members, $8 others; (706) 796-7707, aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

The Price is Right Live: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; live interactive stage show; chances to win just for being in the audience; $35, $40, $45; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=628

WINTER JAM 2013 WITH TOBYMAC: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; featuring RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor with a message from national speaker Nick Hall; Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party including performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings; $10 at door, no ticket required; jamtour.com

FOURTH ANNUAL AUGUSTA BLUES FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; featuring Millie Jackson, Mel Waiters, TK Soul, Klass Band, Theodis Ealey; $39.50, $47.50; tickets at Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena, (877) 4AUGTIX or georgialinatix.com, augustaentertainmentcomplex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=630

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