HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD VILLAGE: On display through Sunday, Augusta Museum of History rotunda; museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; (706) 722-8454

CAPTAIN CLAUS CRUISES: Sunday and Sunday, Dec. 5, Augusta Canal; 1:30-2:30 and 2:30-3:30 p.m. photos with Santa; 2-2:30 and 3:30-4 p.m. mini-cruise, $8 per person, reservations required; photos inside Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St., if bad weather; (706) 823-0440 extension 4,

JINGLE BELL JAUNT: Presented by Downtown Augusta Alliance; runs through Tuesday; easy scavenger hunt; pick up a free Jingle Bell Ring form at any of the participating businesses; find bells and register to win $700 gift certificate; details available at

WORLD AIDS DAY: Opening ceremony 6 p.m. Wednesday, Paine College Chapel and Metropolitan Church, 557 Greene St.; Ken Bonds Jr. (706) 294-9414, Maria Fickling (706) 231-1826,

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers needed by Hospice Care of America; free training; no medical background required; Rick Boland (706) 447-2626

Flu Shots: Annual flu shot offered by East Central Health District and Richmond County Health Department; 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 950 Laney-Walker Blvd. and 2420 Windsor Spring Road; flu shots can be filed with Medicare, Medicaid and State Health Benefit Plan (Cigna-GA and United Healthcare-GA); for uninsured, flu shot $25, flu mist $35; Laney-Walker (706) 721-5800, Windsor Spring (706) 790-0661


GIRLS NIGHT OUT AND HANGIN' WITH THE FELLAS : Part of World AIDS Day; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Macedonia Baptist Church, 1828 Wrightsboro Road; Ken Bonds Jr. (706) 294-9414, Maria Fickling (706) 231-1826,

RED RIBBON BALL: Fifth annual fundraiser for St. Stephen's Ministry; live music, catered dining, live charity raffle with multiple drawings -- $5 per raffle ticket; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St.; $35 per person, $330 table of eight, reservations preferred; tax-deductible contributions to St. Stephen's available to those not able to attend event; (706) 722-7092

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Savannah River; afterward shops and restaurants staying open until 10 p.m. for First Friday

WORLD AIDS DAY WALK: Part of World AIDS Day; 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Paine College; Ken Bonds Jr. (706) 294-9414, Maria Fickling (706) 231-1826,

BRUNCH WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; free for children and adults; brunch and singing Christmas songs; Christine Miller-Betts (706) 724-3576

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT EXAM AND PARENT FORUM: Students who earn a composite score of 98 or 99 on a test administered in December may receive $1,500 four-year renewable scholarships; 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, or 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, Aquinas High School; $20 fee to take test; public school students may apply for the GRACE Scholarship; parents invited to attend the parent forum during the first hour of the test session; question-and-answer session follows; Kelli Strickland (706) 736-5516

HOLIDAY MARKET: Noon Saturday, Dec. 4, Augusta Common; more than 40 vendors

MISS AUGUSTA FANTASY PARADE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Broad Street

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES: Following parade Saturday, Dec. 4, Augusta Common; stop at North Pole for children to write letters to Santa; holiday ornament making and cookie decorating; Cutno School of Dance, Curtis Baptist Church Choir and Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir performing on the main stage; booths for Golden Harvest Food Bank, Toys for Tots and Salvation Army, bring canned goods, coats and unwrapped unopened toys; Mayor Deke Copenhaver officially throws switch for downtown Christmas lights 6:25 p.m., followed by fireworks

RUBE GOLDBERG DAY: Aquinas High School physics competition; 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, Aquinas High School, Grand Dining Hall; Kelli Strickland (706) 736-5516

SENIOR LUNCHEON: Featuring Dr. Charles E. Goodman Jr., pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Augusta Chorale directed by Dr. Phyllis W. Anderson; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; $7, reservations required by Saturday, Dec. 4; Christine Miller-Betts (706) 724-3576

DECK THE HALLS WITH HISTORIC AUGUSTA: Highlighting the colors, smells and spirit of the holiday season; 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home, 415 Seventh St.; create your own fresh evergreen arrangement with Greg Boulus of Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events; $30 per person, proceeds benefit Historic Augusta; tickets available at Historic Augusta, 415 Seventh St., or Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, 449 Highland Ave.; bring a pair of clippers; Historic Augusta (706) 724-0436,

SIEGE OF AUGUSTA: Gaming convention including miniature battles and other types of games including role playing, fantasy, science fiction; live action role playing not included because of space limitations; 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, through 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; hosts needed for game events, registration to be a host required by Jan. 8; visit Web site for event registration forms and information;

MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW: Displays of items from around the world, demonstrations of lapidary arts, gemstones, precious and everyday gold and silver jewelry, mineral specimens and decorative items; free parking; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Julian Smith Casino; $3, ages 15 and under free; 23rd annual show sponsored by Aiken-Augusta Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society and Augusta Gem and Mineral Society; Shellie (803) 439-2625



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