Upcoming calendar



HARRISBURG MILL VILLAGE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 2012: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, American Legion Post 63, 90 Milledge Road; dress festive; featuring Bill Karp Christmas Jazz; $5; benefits Harrisburg West End Neighborhood Association

BAREFOOT PRODUCTIONS INC./CREATIVE IMPRESSIONS: BEHOLD THE STAR 2012: Saturday, Dec. 22, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 667-4100; 3-5 p.m. show $15, ages 12 and younger $10; 7-9 p.m. show $20, ages 60 and older $18, children and college students with ID $10

AIKEN CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, Aiken County; bird spotters needed, experience not required; free; contact Calvin Zippler no later than Dec. 16; (803) 642-2264, zipplerc@bellsouth.net, augustaaikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

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


REDISCOVER HILDEBRANDT’S – A CELEBRATION OF AUGUSTA’S OLDEST GROCERY/DELI: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, Hildebrandt’s, 226 Sixth St.; prizes and giveaways; view old photos of Augusta scenes, class photos from the 1940s and ‘50s and Hildebrandt family photos; facebook.com/hildebrandtsaugustaga

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

THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH OF THE LINCOLN ROCKER: 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; discover the secret of Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair in the Presidential Box of Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.; Tom and Jean Dirksen presenting Augusta Genealogical Society program; free; (706) 722-4073, augustagensociety.org

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 5, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; an all walking field trip; ducks in the ponds viewed through spotting scopes; other water birds and smaller birds along the dikes; meet in parking area; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

DRUM DAY: DRUM FOR PEACE DRUM CIRCLE: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Fellowship Churches United Center, 415 Laney-Walker Blvd.; drummers from all over invited; endorsed by Remo Health Rhythms facilitator Not Gaddy from iDRUM2U Recreational Health Drum Circles; a small number of drums available for rental for the day; reservations required; free admission; (706) 414-1391

SAVANNAH RIVERKEEPER ROAST ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Hogan’s Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Ga.; Oyster roast from Bluffton Oyster Co.; low country boil and beverages provided by Sweetwater Brewing Co.; auction; $35 single, $50 couple – $10 discount for members; (706) 826-8991 Augusta, (912) 228-5158 Savannah, savannahriverkeeper.org

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

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP – SAVANNAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AND BEACH AT TYBEE ISLAND: 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, S.C.; trip to the Savannah, Ga., area; meet at entrance to Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at refuge, on South Carolina side of the river; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; (706) 793-2788, (803) 215-1594, aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html

TAYLOR BMW BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT: Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; the 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.; bring canine companions (must be on leash and up to date on vaccines); benefits local animal rescue; held rain or shine; open to walkers and runners; $25 5K, $10 one-mile Fun Run; hopefulhounds.org/DogGoneCold5K.html

USCA BASEBALL EXTRA INNING BULL RIDING: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; Tickets on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 6; Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, host; proceeds benefit University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team; $22, $18, $10; (706) 262-4573, mcecchini@arccc.com, augustaentertainment

INTRODUCTION TO FLORAL DESIGNS: 8 a.m. Saturday to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 2, Georgia State Floral Distributors, 2913 Washington Road; Four Saturday sessions – Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2 – offered by Augusta Council of Garden Clubs; participants allowed to browse and purchase from Georgia State Floral Distributors during sessions; registration required two weeks prior to class; refreshments provided; (706) 556-3417, (706) 533-1149, jukirkland@knology.net or vallenotr@aol.com; $20 per session

SEVENTH ANNUAL LUCY CRAFT LANEY HERITAGE GALA: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 10th St.; benefits Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; $75; deadline for ticket purchase Jan. 21; (706) 724-3576, lucycraftlaneymuseum.com

HISTORIC AUGUSTA’S OLD HOUSE FAIR: reception 6 p.m., lecture 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; educational event for homeowners seeking information about rehabilitating and maintaining older homes; historicaugusta.org

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK WATERFOWL DRIVING TOUR: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; Trip featured by Phinizy Swamp education center, going into the constructed wetlands in vehicles looking at ducks using the wetlands; registration requested; Ruth Mead in charge, Anne Waters and Lois Stacey helping with scopes and identification; $5 members, $8 others; (706) 796-7707, aikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html



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