Around the block


Magnet schools

The Richmond County school system magnet school programs will hold open houses this month. Parents who are interested in applying for entrance for their children 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. today.

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

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

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

• 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 Friday. Gifts will be distributed on Dec. 20.

For more information, call (706) 364-4086.

GOP meeting

The Richmond County Republican Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn on Gordon Highway. Cost is $8. For more information, contact Bob Finnegan at (706) 829-1296 or, or visit

Holiday treats

Baker Jennifer Mooney will help people decorate pre-assembled gingerbread houses with an assortment of candy at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. All supplies are provided, as are light refreshments. Each house costs $20 to decorate.

Make reservations by contacting Mooney at (478) 589-7645 or

Polar Express

The Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., will host performances of the Polar Express story at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. 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.

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. through Friday at the museum. After each performance, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in the museum’s Rotunda.

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

Go west

The West Augusta Alliance will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Warren Road Elementary School gym, 311 Warren Road. Augusta Planning Director George Patty will speak, and a representative from the Hilton Extended Stay Hotel will attend.



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