Upcoming calendar



FIRST THURSDAY AT MIDTOWN MARKET: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Midtown Market, 2113 Kings Way; Charmain Z. Brackett signing copies of her latest novel, Elyon’s Cipher; The Veggie Truck (locally grown), Cup Charity; snacks, drinks, sales at midtown shops

FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7; live music, concessions, vendors, special later hours at many downtown businesses; (706) 826-4702, ext. 13

AUGUSTA PREPARATORY DAY SCHOOL: TOM SAWYER: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; presented by the Middle School; $12, students $10, Augusta Prep students and faculty receive one free ticket

DECEMBER DASH 10K: $23 through 11:59 a.m. Dec. 7; $25 after; 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; cross-country course through scenic wetlands; no hard surfaces, no strollers or pets, please; water station on route, water and fruit at finish area; race day registration begins 8 a.m., Pfizer Pavilion, facebook.com/events/431698693557862

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – OWL PROWL: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; evening trip to look for owls; Doug and Alice Walker lead group to areas to look for owls; may hear them, but there will be lights so you may see them, also; augustaaikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

TAYLOR BMW BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; an international cast of more than 30 multitalented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats; $45, $50, $55; bit.ly/TU5RQZ

THE PATCHWORK PLAYERS: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 737-1625; $3, free to ASU students, faculty and staff with ID

AUGUSTA GHOST TROLLEY PRESENTS THE SPIRITS OF THE HOLIDAYS: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31, departs from Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; 90-minute tour; not affiliated with museum or visitors center; 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; adults $22, ages 5-12 $12, reservations required; (706) 814-5333, AugustaGhostTrolley.com

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS OF AUGUSTA: 1:30-3:15 p.m. Saturdays, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; tickets available at Augusta Visitors Center; tour museum, then board Lady Libby trolley; explore downtown, tales of Augusta history; $12, includes museum admission; reservations required; (706) 724-4067, bit.ly/S1QyIJ

FORT GORDON TOASTMASTERS: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Fort Gordon Signal Tower, 504 Chamberlain Ave., Fort Gordon; practice leadership and public speaking skills; Wednesdays at the Organizational Conference Room (Fish Bowl) at the base of Signal Tower on Chamberlain Avenue, next to the Signal Corps Museum and Chef Redd’s Cafe; open to the public, fortgordon.toastmastersclubs.org/

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTION HOURS: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; home with a fenced yard required for dog adoptions; home inspection may be required; adoption fees $125 cats, $125-$175 dogs; (706) 261-PETS, csrahumanesociety.org

LUCY C. LANEY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School, 1324 Laney-Walker Blvd.; (706) 823-6900


US ARMY SIGNAL CORPS BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

MISCONCEPTION: THE LOST GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS: 8-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 13-15, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; original musical comedy by Mark Swanson; $30; (706) 722-3322

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM POPS! AT THE BELL: HOLIDAY POPS!: Friday 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; Joe Gransden, trumpet and trio playing holiday favorites with Symphony Orchestra Augusta; $15, $25, $40; (706) 826-4735, soaugusta.org

AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; teams cover the count circle in Georgia and South Carolina; bird spotters needed, experience not required; morning session 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch at Popeyes, afternoon session follows; Anne Waters (706) 793-2788, birdannelady@earthlink.net, augustaaikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

AMERIGROUP WINTER WONDERLAND: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, May Park Community Center, 622 Fourth St.; toys, inflatables, refreshments, games, entertainment, information, more; (800) 600 4441; free

NEW YEAR’S EVE WEEKEND COMEDY EXPLOSION: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Sommore, Marvin Dixon, Arnez J; $57, $67, $77; augustaentertainment complex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=611

Red Nose Run 5k and Family Fun Run: 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in front of James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; each adult participant receives an official race T-shirt, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey red nose, running discount coupons, food, drinks, more; $20 before Dec. 20, $25 Dec. 21-Jan. 11, $30 race day; Kid’s Fun Run free with any adult registration; (706) 722-3521

TAYLOR BMW BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT: Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; the outrageous musical comedy ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, BroadwayInAugustaGA.com

AUGUSTA PREPARATORY DAY SCHOOL: HONKY TONK ANGELS: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; presented by the Upper School; $12, students $10, Augusta Prep students and faculty receive one free ticket

THIRD ANNUAL DOG GONE COLD 5K RUN/WALK: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Julian Smith BBQ Pit, Milledge Road; held by Hopeful Hounds Inc. and American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue; one-mile Fun Run 9:30 a.m., 5k 10 a.m.; participants encouraged to bring canine companions (must be on leash and up to date on vaccines); benefits local animal rescue; held rain or shine; T-shirts to those who register by Jan. 6; open to walkers and runners; $25 5K, $10 one-mile Fun Run; hopefulhounds.org/DogGoneCold5K.html

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES SYMPHONY SERIES: LOVE’S FAREWELL: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Wagner, Bruckner; guest artist All Orchestral; $10, $15, $20, $45; (706) 826-4735, soaugusta.org


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