EVENING IN IRELAND: Sponsored by the Irish-American Heritage Society; 8 p.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; $15; call Sacred Heart, 826-4700, for ticket information. ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION: 2-10 p.m. Tuesday, Eighth Street Plaza, Riverwalk.
Festivals and fairs
SPRINGTIME MADE IN THE SOUTH: Exhibits by more than 400 regional artists and craft exhibitors; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; adults $4.50, age 12 and younger free, one admission covers all three days with hand stamp; advance tickets available at all Fat Man's Forest locations. WACO EXPO '98: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Tennille Ag Center, Tennille, Ga.; free; write Waco Expo '98, P.O. Box 150, Sandersville, GA 31082, call (912) 552-5182 or fax (912) 553-0800.
AIKEN-AUGUSTA GEM AND MINERAL SHOW: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Julian Smith Casino, 2205 Broad St.; adults $2, children free.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH SEMINAR: Women of Color: Empowering our Communities, sponsored by the Augusta chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College; 1 p.m. Saturday, Lucy Craft Laney Museum, 1116 Phillips St.; $10; call 796-0446.
ARTISTS IN EDUCATION SHOWCASE: Previewing education programs and services offered by local arts organizations to the community; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University; free to the public; R.S.V.P. to Sheila Graybeal or Cindy O'Brien at the Greater Augusta Arts Council, 826-4702.
BEAUX ARTS FESTIVAL AND ART AUCTION: Sponsored by the Augusta Ballet Guild; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St.; call 826-4717 for ticket information.
BEANIE BABY COLLECTORS' SHOW: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Martinez Community Center, Old Petersburg Road and River Watch Parkway Extension; $5 or $3 at the door; silent auction 3 p.m.; benefits University Hospital children's unit.
SACRED HEART GARDEN & FLOWER SHOW: Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, breakfast lecture 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, exhibit 12:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; $5 per day, breakfast lecture $10; 826-4700.
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND: Presented by the Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 tonight and Saturday night; adults $7, seniors $6, teens $4, ages 12 and younger $3, box office opens one hour before show times; (803) 648-1438. SYLVIA: 8 tonight and Saturday night and March 20-21, Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville, S.C.; adults $12, seniors $12, available at the box office or by phone at (864) 459-2157.
RISING STAR THEATRE WORKSHOPS: After-school workshops for pupils in grades 3-6; 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in March; Historic Haynes Auditorium, Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.; dress rehearsal 4-5:30 p.m. April 1, community performance 7 p.m. April 2; limited class space, registration $25, (803) 532-2388.
WHY GOOD GIRLS LIKE BAD BOYZ: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 20, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $18.50 Thursday, $21.50 Friday, tickets available at the box office, TicketMaster outlets, Home Folks, Publix, Blockbuster Music or charge by phone at (404) 249-6400.
DAMN YANKEES: National touring company production of Broadway favorite; 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $16.50, $26.50, $30.50; Augusta Ticketmaster, 828-7700.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Lunchtime concerts noon to 12:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; concert free, but $6 for reserved lunch seating; Tuesday, March 24, organist Daniel Phillips and lunch by the Boll Weevil; 722-3463 for lunch reservations.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Augusta Mall, Sears stage.
GOING FOR BAROQUE: Gala performance featuring the S.C. Philharmonic Orchestra; 8 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Hall, Erskine College, Due West, S.C., adults $10, students $5; sponsored by the Abbeville County Visitors Council.
GRITS: 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, the Fish Tank, New Hope Activity Center, 715 Old Belair Road; $5 donation at the door; sponsored by Cafe Ithcus and Alpha Youth Ministries.
AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; reserved seating $15, general admission $10, students $5 with ID; Imperial box office, 722-8341.
SPAM FEST: Alternative concert for youths featuring Shead, Shandelier, Jar & 1/2 Plastic; 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension; $5 at the door, concessions extra.
AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND SPRING CONCERT: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Augusta State University; adults $6, children and seniors $3, Augusta State faculty, staff and students free with ID, call Dr. Alan Drake, 736-9098.
REQUIEM: Featuring the Trinity-on-the-Hill Chancel Choir and members of the Augusta Symphony; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.; free.
ORGAN CONCERT: Featuring organist Daniel Phillips; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way; free.
PIANO CONCERT: Featuring 11-year-old Diexia Wang; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Barnwell County Museum, Barnwell, S.C.; free.
BENEFIT CONCERT AND ART AUCTION: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.; featuring Cold Coffee; proceeds to benefit education programs of the Ridge Arts Council; tickets $30 per couple, $20 per person; (803) 532-2388.
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; (803) 641-9094.
ANTIQUE INTERIORS MARKET: 3179 Washington Road; works by New York impressionist Philip Lekki; today through Saturday, March 21.
THE ARNOLD GALLERY: 321 Richland Ave., Aiken; works by Al Beyer, Jean McWhorter, Boris Buzji, Jim Palmer and Trish Arnold; (803) 502-1100.
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS: Drawings, paintings and prints on display through March by Dick Sheets; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Charles B. Whitney Fine Arts Center, 313 Baston Road, Martinez.
LATTIMORE GALLERY & STUDIO: 406 Kershaw Place S.E., Aiken; portraits, etchings and paintings by Anne Lattimore; painting and drawing classes for children and adults; gallery visits by appointment; (803) 648-3564.
MOUNT HELICON: 1036 Broad St.; works by Paul Pearman through March; works by Daniel Foreman and Andrew Benjamin; 828-0087.
On your toes
THE THREE MUSKETEERS: Featuring the Augusta Ballet; 8 p.m. today, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Imperial Theatre; tickets $27, $17 and $8.50; 826-4721 for tickets and information.
The literary life
BOOK SIGNING: Mystery writer J.A. Jance, author of Skeleton Canyon; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION LECTURE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
WRITERS' WORKSHOP: Featuring the Augusta Fiction Writers' Group; 3-5 p.m. Monday, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring the Rev. Timothy Owings, author of Hearing God in a Noisy World: Prayer as Listening; 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring Bryan Haltermann, author of From City to Countryside; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W.; regular exhibits include fire engine, drugstore, log house and school, military hall and South Carolina nature room; tribute to former Aiken Mayor Odell Weeks; South Carolina Watercolor Society exhibit and interpretive flower arrangements; flower arranging lecture 1 p.m. Saturday, free; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; (803) 642-2015.
AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY MUSEUM: 560 Reynolds St.; Augusta history exhibits include American Indian and Civil War exhibits, a restored 1914 steam locomotive, artifacts from the cruiser USS Augusta and a reconstruction of a 1930s gas station; The Soldier's Firearm: The Evolution of Weapons 1861-1971 special exhibit; documentaries shown continuously in the History Theater; museum admission $2 children, $3 seniors and $4 adults; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays; 722-8454.
FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; interactive science and math center with 250 exhibits, from basic science to high-tech electronics; Knox Traveling Exhibit Gallery and Science Court now open; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 17-59, $6 for 60 and older and ages 4-16; Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater $3 adults and children; memberships available; 821-0200.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition exhibit through March, student gallery, reception and awards presentation 5-6 p.m. Monday; youth workshop 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, $10, reservations required; clay workshop for ages 8-13 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, $65; Masters Week art camp April 6-10; 722-5495.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; permanent exhibits include the Augusta Ebony Legacy, the Alice Davis Collection and artists' collection; Women's Art Exhibition through March; stories for children 9 a.m. to noon first Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, by appointment weekends and holidays; $2 adults, 75 cents children; 724-3576.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Thomas Hart Benton exhibit through May 10; Art Break program Wreck of the Ole 97 -- Trains, Folk Tunes & Thomas Hart Benton, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, $3; slide lecture by Georgia Museum of Art curator Patricia Phagan 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays; admission free Sundays; other days, $2 adults, $1 students and persons 65 and older; 11 and younger free; 724-7501.
Get in on the act
GEORGIA-CAROLINA CHILI CHALLENGE: Seeking chili-cooking teams for April 25 event; call United Cerebral Palsy of the Central Savannah River Area Inc., 733-5700, for application details.
MODELS WANTED: Casting male and female models of all ages for an Augusta tourism campaign; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Cotton Exchange Museum, 32 Eighth St.; dress casual; call Victoria Byrd, Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, 823-6609, or Carleen Birnes, KC Productions, (803) 642-8303.
AUGUSTA PLAYERS INC.: Casting four adult male and six adult female roles for a May production of Dearly Departed; 3-5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 23, Bon Air Apartments Terrace Room, 2101 Walton Way; call Augusta Players, 826-4707.
AIKEN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE: Casting two male and four female roles, backstage and technical help for a production of Goodbye Charlie; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, and Thursday, April 2, Aiken Community Playhouse, Price Avenue and Two Notch Road, Aiken; (803) 648-1438 or on the Web at www.aiken.net/playhouse/