FIRST FRIDAY: 5-9 p.m. May 4, downtown Augusta; celebration on Artists’ Row; galleries and studios remain open extended hours, debut new works; vendors, music, entertainment, food; free; Schrodinger’s Cat, an awesome improv show to make you laugh ‘til you burst, arrive early, tickets sell out fast, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; Pyroteque – hang around after First Friday and light up the evening with this magical fire dancing performance, be hypnotized by the swirling flames that these dancers hold, corner of 11th and Broad streets; Sky City, ’80s Night; Zimmerman Gallery, featuring paintings by Lou Ann Zimmerman


HISTORIC AUGUSTA’S DOWNTOWN LOFT TOUR: 6-9 p.m. May 4, noon-5 p.m. May 5, downtown Augusta; features architecture and interiors; tickets valid both tour days; $15 advance, $20 event day; benefits Historic Augusta Inc.; (706) 724-0436 or

RELAY FOR LIFE OF AUGUSTA: 7 p.m.-7 a.m. May 4, 5, Westside High School football field; overnight event; teams camp out with a member on the track at all times throughout the evening; live music, games, food; (706) 731-9900

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5, Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St.; free admission and tours; archaeologists identify/classify artifacts and collections; if rain, held at Augusta Museum of History;

CHURCH OF ATONEMENT CHICKEN BARBECUE PLATE SALE: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, 2616 Tobacco Road, Hephzibah; $3.50 quarter chicken; $5.50 for half chicken includes two sides (potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw), a roll and a drink; (706) 592-1013

DERBY DAY KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY: 4-8 p.m. May 5, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; benefits Augusta Training Shop; silent auctions, Kentucky Derby live, mint juleps, more; $50 advance, $60 event day; (706) 738-1358,

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: 6:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. May 5, Asbury United Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.; 100th year anniversary of sinking of The Titanic; gourmet dinner and entertainment; $15; (706) 736-0061,

CANDLELIGHT JAZZ SERIES: 8 p.m. Sundays through August, Riverwalk Augusta; bring seating, picnic; $6; (706) 495-6238,

BASIC HORTICULTURE CLASSES: HERBS: Mary Louise Hagler, speaker; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12, Aldersgate United Methodist Church; includes a tour of Golden Living Center Augusta greenhouse; $25, includes lunch and snacks; sponsored by the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs; open to the public; Ginny Allen (706) 736-6793,,

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO WORK AT THE WALL – VOLUNTEER MEETING: 6 p.m. May 15, Wildwood Christian Church, 2627 Tobacco Road, Hephzibah; traveling three-quarter scale replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial coming to Barton Field, Fort Gordon, May 24-28; volunteers needed; (706) 399-1347, (706) 421-2504

AUGUSTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Meetings held 8 a.m. third Wednesdays unless otherwise noted, Augusta Technical College, Building 100 conference room, Augusta campus; June 6 (combined May/June), July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Dec. 5 (combined November/December)

BASIC HORTICULTURE CLASSES: NEW CULTIVARS: Mike Sikes, speaker; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9, Aldersgate United Methodist Church; includes a tour of Research Center for Applied Nursery Research; $25, includes lunch and snacks; sponsored by the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs; open to the public; Ginny Allen, (706) 736-6793,,

NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY PROGRAM: Held by Angelic Community Resource Development Corp. to increase awareness of HIV and the importance of testing; 2-6 p.m. June 24, Julian Smith Casino; free, open to the public; vendor tables $50; tax deductible donations John Milton (706) 726-2711, or Ken Bonds Jr (706) 294-9414,


SMART START EARLY EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE TEACHER PROGRAM (FREE): 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 7-11, Beulah Grove Resource Center, 1446 Lee Beard Way; certification program for substitute teachers interested in educational field of early child care and learning; register online or (706) 724-5544

PLANT SALE AND SWAP TO BENEFIT PENDLETON KING PARK: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 5, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; free admission; bring plants to trade with other gardeners, purchase plants and garden related items and books; Master Gardeners selling a variety of plants

A DAY IN THE COUNTRY: Noon May 6, Augusta Riverfront Marina; Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, Ashton Shepherd, Carey Murdock & NoStar, more; $25 advance, $35 day of show; (803) 278-4849,

THE AUGUSTA MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27, Riverwalk Augusta; food, vendors;

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOPE HOUSE: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10, reservations required, Kroc Center; $25; limited space, no tickets at door; (706) 737-9879,


GEORGIA PRINCE HALL SHRINERS GEORGIA DESERT CONFERENCE/GALA DAY: May 10-13, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center; held by Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and its auxiliary; Barbara Peake (706) 790-5541

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT: 7:30 a.m. May 12, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary; meet at Kathwood Ponds; teams assigned and go out counting birds; counters needed, less experienced can spot birds;

CELEBRATION OF CHINESE COMMUNITY IN AUGUSTA: Noon-4 p.m. May 12, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; presentation of collection of oral histories from elders, library main auditorium; free; refreshments

LIGHT OF THE WORLD NEIGHBORHOOD & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MEETING: 6 p.m. May 23, Mary Utley Center, Hyde Park, 2024 Golden Rod St.; monthly meeting; (706) 828-7736

THE DIGNITY MEMORIAL VIETNAM WALL: May 24-28, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; traveling replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; (706) 399-1347

2012 HYDRANGEA CONFERENCE: 8:30 a.m. June 7, Savannah Rapids Pavilion; presented by CSRA Hydrangea Society; Vince Dooley, keynote speaker;

SPIRIT MARCH AND RALLY FOR NONVIOLENCE AND EDUCATION: 1 p.m. June 9, begins at Moses Baptist Church, 112 Walker St.; Judges John Flythe, Willie Saunders, Carlisle Overstreet, William Jennings, the Rev. K.B. Martin, Jabal Moss, speakers; (706) 399-1292, (706) 724-9502



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