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THIS WEEK

FIRST FRIDAY: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, downtown Augusta; Eros Bistro, 1002 Broad St., Greek and Italian classics, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., erosbistro.com; Poison Peach Film Festival begins 7 p.m., Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St., (706) 631-7073; Schrodinger’s Cat eXtreme Theatre Games 8-10 p.m., Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; cake tasting, sandwiches, other goodies, Big Day Cake Bakery, 120 Ninth St.; ‘80s Night 8 p.m., Sky City, 1157 Broad St.; Margaret Hunt, featured artist, wine and refreshments, Gallery on the Row, 1016 Broad St.; (706) 825-4702, augustaarts.com

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

GHSU EQUALITY MEETING: Noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, GHSU Medical Center Terrace Dining, 1120 15th St.; open to anyone at Georgia Regents University (formerly ASU and GHSU), affiliated medical center and physician practice; name change, LGBT Health Awareness Week, Domestic Partner benefits; independent organization of administrators, faculty, staff and students to improve the experience of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual (LGBT) employees, students, and patients throughout the enterprise, which includes Georgia Regents University Augusta, the GRU Health System and Medical Center and the Physician’s Practice Group; free; GHSUEquality@gmail.com, facebook.com/events/391781587570737

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION PLANT VOGTLE NEW UNITS OVERSIGHT MEETING: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, Augusta Technical College – Waynesboro Campus; 216 Georgia Highway 24 S.; open to the public; update and seeking public comment on the construction reactor oversight process, including inspection, assessment, enforcement and verification to ensure new nuclear power plants are built according to design, license and regulation; free; nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/oversight/crop.html

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

Third Annual Jimmie Dyess Symposium: 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; remarks by Maj. Gen. Perry Smith; three 2013 Jimmie Dyess Distinguished American Award recipients; free; (706) 722-8454

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, augustaentertainmentcomplex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=624

34TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA CUTTING HORSE FUTURITY: Sunday-Saturday, 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

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM POPS! AT THE BELL: RONNIE MILSAP: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; American country music singer and pianist playing romantic favorites on Valentine’s Day with Symphony Orchestra Augusta; $15, $25, $40; (706) 826-4735, soaugusta.org

INTRODUCTION TO FLORAL DESIGNS: 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 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; $20 per session; (706) 556-3417, (706) 533-1149, jukirkland@knology.net or vallenotr@aol.com

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

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA: BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL CONCERTS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Augusta; concerts of Beethoven’s music: Feb. 19, Hardin PAC, Feb. 23, First Baptist Church of Augusta, Feb. 24, Maxwell PAT; all three concerts – $30, four tickets $100; (706) 826-4735, soaugusta.org

BBQ AND JEANS ON GREENE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; good food, good ‘spirits’ and good music fill the Great Hall for a night of good times with friends; benefits Sacred Heart; reservations required

EIGHTH ANNUAL AUGUSTA HOME & GARDEN SHOW: 2-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; thousands of square feet of exhibits; 2-7 p.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24; Ahmed Hassan Feb. 23 and 24; $7.50 ages 17-64, $5 ages 65 and older and retired military, free ages 16 and younger and active military with ID; augustahomeandgardenshow.com

HARRY JACOBS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY – MILES HOFFMAN AND THE AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $25 adults, $7 school-age children; hjcms.org

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES SYMPHONY SERIES: DELIBERATELY BEETHOVEN: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Guest artists The Perlman, Quint Bailey Trio – Navah Perlman (piano), Phillipe Quint (violin), Zuill Bailey (cello); $10, $15, $20, $45; (706) 826-4735, soaugusta.org

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA: BITS OF BEETHOVEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; Featuring Tim Marrone as Beethoven; adult $10, child/student $5; (706) 826-4735, soaugusta.org


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