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ASU Conservatory

The Augusta State University Conservatory will host the Conservatory Sand Hills String Band, performing under the direction of Carl Purdy, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jaguar Student Activity Center Ballroom at Augusta State.

It is free and open to the public. Call the Maxwell Theatre box office at (706) 667-4100 for ticket information.

Holiday service

The Sacred Heart Cultural Center will host A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on the traditional service held at King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University.

The Augusta Collegium Musicum, Davidson Chorale and organists will perform. This year’s service is dedicated to the memory of Bertha Lee Battey Toole.

It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $25. Reservations must be made by Friday by calling (706) 826-4700.

Magnet schools

The Richmond County school system magnet school programs will be holding open houses this month. Parents who are interested in applying their children for entrance in magnet school programs are encouraged to attend.

The open houses are scheduled as follows:

• C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School (accepting kindergarten through eighth grade), 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Dec. 8

• Lucy C. Laney High School’s Advanced Placement Academy (ninth through 12th grades): 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8

• Academy of Richmond County’s International Baccalaureate program (mostly ninth grade, some 10th and 11th graders): 7-8 p.m. Dec. 12

• John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School (sixth through 12th grades): 5 p.m. Dec. 13

• A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School (mostly seventh grade, some eighth and ninth graders): 5-6 p.m. Dec. 15

Angel Tree

The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Angel Tree program provides an opportunity for shoppers to buy specifically requested Christmas gifts for needy children. Their wishes are available on Christmas trees set up in Walmart, Augusta Mall, CSRA Credit Union, The Kroc Center, and all three Salvation Army of Augusta Family Thrift Stores. Adopt an angel by removing the tag from a tree, purchasing the items requested and returning the items to the store.

Angels are available for adoption until Dec. 9. Gifts will be distributed on Dec. 20. For more information, call (706) 364-4086.

Polar Express

The Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., will host performances of the Polar Express story at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11. The cost is $2 per child and $4 for adults (free for museum members). Only children who wear pajamas and have a “golden ticket” can board the train; no adults will be allowed on board.

Space is limited to 36 children per performance. Golden tickets, limit two per adult, are on sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the museum. After each performance, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in the museum’s Rotunda, courtesy of Tastefully Yours LLC, with an appearance by a special Christmas guest.

For more information, call (706) 722-8454 or visit


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