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Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Regional Spelling Bee will be held March 1 at The Augusta Chronicle.

Schools should complete their spelling bees before Feb. 3 to participate. The winner from each county district spelling bee will be eligible to participate in the regional bee.

The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Scripss National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

All public, private, parochial and home schools within Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Emanuel, Jenkins, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties are welcome.

Register at spellingbee.com.

For more information, call El Whittle at (706) 823-3466 or e-mail el.whittle@augustachronicle.com.

Toy Run

The 14th Annual Augusta Toy Run will be held Dec. 1 by the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The run will support Fort Gordon’s Christmas House by providing food, gifts and cash for children of military personnel.

Staging will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History on Reynolds Street and end at the SEPVA headquarters at 4010 Deans Bridge Road.

Cost to ride is at least one new, unwrapped toy or $10 per rider.

For more information, call Larry Dodson at (803) 634-0785 or Nancy James at (706) 592-1015.

Polar Express

Shiloh Community Center will host its inaugural Polar Express event Dec. 14.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a moon walk, train rides, face painting, a movie pass and games.

Cost is $10 for a two-hour pass or $20 for a four-hour pass. Dressing up in pajamas is encouraged.

Reservations must be made by Dec. 11 at (706) 738-0089.

Sweet display

The seventh annual Holiday Gingerbread Village will be on display at the Augusta Museum of History through Dec. 1.

Each historic-themed gingerbread creation will be up for bid at a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the museum’s programs.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

To learn more, visit www.augustamuseum.org.

T-shirt contest

Goodwill is looking for a T-shirt design that encompasses the history of dragon boat racing and Goodwill’s Dragon Boat Festival, an annual celebration of Asian culture in the Augusta area.

The T-shirts will be worn by more than 150 volunteers and staff members during the festival on May 3.

Design submissions will be accepted through March 30. The winner will receive an award and recognition at the festival.

For more information, visit www.goodboats.org or e-mail Natalie Davis at ndavis@goodwillworks.org.

Jingle Bell Walk

When Help Can’t Wait, a nonprofit that supports area nursing homes, will hold its inaugural Jingle Bell Walk on Dec. 14 beginning at the Ninth Street entrance to Riverwalk.

Registration will be held from noon to 1 p.m. the day of the walk, which will circle Riverwalk three times.

Entry fee is $20 for who those who register before the walk (includes T-shirt) and $25 the day of the event.

Call (706) 855-0715.


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