Upcoming Calendar

THIS WEEK

RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS – REGISTRATION AND ORIENTATION: Aug. 8, public schools; information online; follow the ‘Schools’ tab on the left of the Richmond County Board of Education site to find individual school’s Web pages; rcboe.org

RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, public schools; information online; follow the ‘Schools’ tab on the left of the Richmond County Board of Education site to find individual school’s Web pages; rcboe.org

COMMUNITYWIDE PTA AND BACK TO SCHOOL KICKOFF: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10, parking lot of Big Lots/Save A Lot, Peach Orchard Road; free school supplies; face painting, ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs, drinks; Amerigroup Community Care Fun Zone; health care screenings; vendors; (706) 399-4343, rcboe.org

SAM’S CLUB FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL HEALTH SCREENINGS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Sam’s Club; free tests and kits include take-home DNA kit, child safety ID kit, dental tablets, body mass index, blood pressure and vision screening

TEEN VOGUE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SATURDAY: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Augusta Mall; fashion shows, music, special offers, prizes

BACK TO SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, The Path Worship Center and Miracle Making Ministries; food, games, haircuts, medical screenings, school supplies; first 150 to register receive a book bag; free; (706) 736-6394, anitra-wright@comcast.net

FREE PUBLIC SCREENING OF THE SUFFERING GRASSES: WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT, IT IS THE GRASS THAT SUFFERS: 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; discussion to follow; sponsored by CSRA Peace Alliance

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Henry H. Brigham Community Center; held by Serenity Charity Club Inc., Augusta Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, Augusta Recreation and Parks Department, radio station WKSP (96.3) and Belle Terrace Neighborhood Association; school supplies, haircuts for boys, nail polishing for girls; free refreshments for children; children must be present to receive supplies; free; to donate supplies, drop them at the center or call (706) 699-1071, (706) 755-0357, (706) 825-4449

BACK TO SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Aldersgate united Methodist Church; kick off the Family Activities Night for the school year; games, activities, cookout, ice cream; free; aldersgateum.com

RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS – MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, public schools; information online; follow the ‘Schools’ tab on the left of the Richmond County Board of Education site to find individual school’s Web pages; rcboe.org

RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS – HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, public schools; information online; follow the ‘Schools’ tab on the left of the Richmond County Board of Education site to find individual school’s Web pages; rcboe.org

RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Aug. 12, public schools; first day of school for Richmond County School System; school supply lists, calendars, menus and other information available online; follow the ‘Schools’ tab on the left of the Richmond County Board of Education site to find individual school’s Web pages; rcboe.org

GEORGIA TAX-FREE WEEKENDS: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10 – school supplies – general school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20 or less per item; computers – single purchases, with a sales price of $1,000 or less, of personal computers and personal computer-related accessories. The exemption excludes cellular devices, furniture and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use; clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands; Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6 – energy and water efficient products up to $1,500; etax.dor.ga.gov

CSRA SOCIETY OF HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT MEETING: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 10th St.; Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, speaker; $20, reservations required; (706) 823-3787, jspencsrahrm@gmail.com

SENIOR LUNCHEON: Noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Brittany Fields, speaker

UPCOMING

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE DEAD: Dinner (on your own) 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, T-Bonz, 2856 Washington Road; Augusta Archaeological Society meeting program follows dinner; Thomas Gresham, speaker; free program on the archaeology of cemeteries, open to public

GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK FEEDBACK SESSION CONCERT: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St.; featuring Kristian Bush of Sugarland and singer-songwriters JTX and Patrick Davis; $40 single, $75 couple, admission includes concert, hors d’oeuvres and parking; goldenharvest.org

AUTHOR ARIAL ALEXIS BOOK SIGNING: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; Grovetown resident, author of Take the Breath Out of Me; (877) 727-0697, michelle@keymgc.com

WILL DOWNING WITH NAJEE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; rhythm and blues and jazz sensation Will Downing along with Najee, smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist; benefits DeAnna Williams Heffner Kidney Transplant Fund; $35, $42, $60, $65; bit.ly/17AZ4W1

RUSSELL JOEL BROWN IN CONCERT: Broadway and Beyond: 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Maxwell Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; Benefits Jessye Norman School of the Arts; also performing dancer Justin Reeves and singers from the school; $40 adults, $20 students under 25 with a student ID; tickets available at Jessyenormanschool.org and Maxwell Theatre box office; (706) 667-4100

CSRA WRITERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; bring eight copies of manuscript to be critiqued; (706) 836-7315

50TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Bus leaves 5 p.m. Aug. 23 from Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road; $135; (706) 631-0912, (706) 724-0368

DOCTORS WHO COOK: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; nearly 100 area doctors trading in their white coats for chef’s aprons, creating and serving culinary masterpieces; limited seating, reservations required; Children’s Heart Program, host; $150; advance tickets required; tickets available by phone and online; (706) 738-7976, chpvc.org/doctorswhocook

THIRD ANNUAL STOP DA STIGMA RED PARTY: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Gracewood Community Center, 2309 Tobacco Road; HIV/AIDS awareness; food, open bar, DJ, entertainment, door prizes, raffle of a $50 gas card; $20; on.fb.me/13pr6o0

FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB: Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28, and Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 10-12, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; enter at Gate 1 on Gordon Highway; ages 16 and older must present an ID, and drivers must present proof of insurance and car registration; reservations required; $30 show only; $35 active duty E6 and below; $42 active duty E7 and above, age 65 and up, retirees, Army civilians; $45 civilians; (706) 793-8552, fortgordon.com/theatre.php

AUDITIONS: FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE PRODUCTION OF MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET: 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7 and 8, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; (706) 793-8552, fortgordon.com/theatre/php

GEORGIA TAX FREE WEEKEND: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6 – energy and water efficient products up to $1,500; etax.dor.ga.gov

FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE: MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET: Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; enter at Gate 1 on Gordon Highway; ages 16 years old and older must present a valid ID, and drivers must present proof of insurance and car registration; reservations required; $30 show only; $35 active duty E6 and below; $42 active duty E7 and above, age 65 and up, retirees, Army civilians; $45 civilians; (706) 793-8552, fortgordon.com/theatre.php

ONGOING

JOY OF SIGNING: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays (except Nov. 28), Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; learn sign language; Joyce Jones, instructor; free; registration not required

GED CLASSES: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays (except Nov. 28 and Dec. 31), Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; register in class; PINES library card required; free

AUGUSTA COMMISSION MEETING: Augusta Commission formal meetings 5 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Commission Chambers, Eighth Floor, municipal building, 530 Greene St.; Planning Commission meetings 3 p.m. first Mondays, Room 803; Committee meetings noon second and last Mondays, Committee Room, Eighth Floor

AUGUSTA RECYCLING COLLECTION: Recycle up to five scrap tires and home electronics; third Saturday each month, call for location; free; (855) GOT-TIRES, augustasolidwaste.com

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 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

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; $12, includes museum admission; reservations required; (706) 724-4067, bit.ly/S1QyIJ

ST. STEPHEN’S MINISTRY OF AUGUSTA INC. BOARD MEETINGS: 5:30 p.m. third Mondays, 924 Greene St.

CRAZY TURKS MONDAYS BIKE NIGHT: 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 28, Crazy Turks Pizza, 2910 Washington Road; benefits Augusta Warrior Project

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; Nicky McGarity, instructor; no registration required; free

ARC GROWERS MEETING: 7:30-9 a.m. fourth Tuesdays excluding December, Forest Hills Golf Course; augustaga.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=200&month=5&year=2013&day=28&calType=0

BLUE STAR MUSEUMS PROGRAMS: Through Sept. 1, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., and Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and members of the Reserve, as well as their families; through Sept. 1; arts.gov/bluestarmuseums


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