A TUNA CHRISTMAS: 8 tonight and Saturday night and Friday, Dec. 4; 3 p.m. matinee Sunday; Aiken Community Playhouse; adults $8, age 60 and older $7, teens $5 and children $4, all ticket sales at the door; Golden Harvest Food Bank canned-food drive in conjunction with the show.
A CELTIC CHRISTMAS: Featuring James Kelly and Wheels of the World; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Historic Haynes Auditorium, Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.; reservations recommended, adults $9, students and seniors $7 in advance or $10 adults and $8 seniors and students at the door, Ridge Arts Council, (803) 532-2388.
THE NUTCRACKER: Featuring the Columbia City Ballet; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Blackville High School auditorium, Blackville, S.C.; Sandy Crosby, (803) 259-3817, for ticket information.
THE NUTCRACKER: Featuring the Augusta Ballet; 8 p.m. Dec. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $8 to $32, 826-4721.
TOYS FOR TOTS PARTY: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta ballroom, 2 10th St.; $12, advance tickets available in Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta executive office.
NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; $10 per person through Dec. 3, $15 thereafter; (803) 279-2323.
DICKENS CHRISTMAS CAROLING: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Eighth Street Plaza, Riverwalk Augusta; sponsored by First Presbyterian Church.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Sponsored by the Beech Island Garden Club; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, the Triangle, Beech Island.
FAMILY CHRISTMAS POPS: Featuring the Augusta Concert Band; 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; adults $6, students and seniors $3, university students, faculty and staff free with ID.
FEAST OF CAROLS: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 8, University of South Carolina Aiken; adults $20, ages 12 and younger $12, tables of eight $150, reservations required, (803) 641-3305.
HOLIDAY POPS AT THE BELL: Featuring the Augusta Symphony; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; tickets $27.50, $22 and $12, Augusta Symphony office, 826-4705.
LOUISVILLE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, Louisville, Ga.; parade begins at noon; sponsored by the Louisville Lions Club.
AUGUSTA JAYCEE CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13; Broad Street, from 13th Street to Seventh Street, then to Civic Center Parking lot; 731-9527.
1798 CHRISTMAS FEAST: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 16-19, St. John Church Building of Springfield Baptist Church, 114 12th St.; $20, reservations required, (803) 279-4887.
THE NUTCRACKER: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Augusta Dance Theater; $7.50 for students, $10 for adults; 860-1852.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING: 7:30 tonight, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $26, $21 and $16, charge by phone at 828-7700.
CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES: Sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Society; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, starts at the Groves-May House, Lincolnton, Ga.; $10; Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, (706) 359-7970.
PARK OPEN HOUSE: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; free; 828-2109.
HEART BENEFIT TICKET SALES: Tickets on sale for Aiken Women's Heart Board's Annual Heart Benefit, scheduled for Feb. 25-28; tickets for Thursday evening, Eleanor Bookstaver, (803) 649-2668; tickets for Friday evening, Christy Kisner, (803) 648-6197; tickets for Saturday afternoon, Ann Cain, (803) 502-1240; tickets for Saturday evening, Peg Robinson, (803) 649-1956; tickets for Sunday afternoon, Delly Young, (803) 648-3925.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Lunchtime concerts noon to 12:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; concert free, reserved lunch seating $6; Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Accidentals, lunch by the French Market Grille; 722-3463 for lunch reservations.
ORGAN CONCERT: Featuring Ruthie Brannen; 3 p.m. Sunday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; free.
GREATER AUGUSTA YOUTH ORCHESTRAS: 3 p.m. Sunday, Church of the Good Shepherd parish hall, Walton Way.
AIKEN COMMUNITY BAND: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken; adults $5, students $2, box office (803) 641-3305 to reserve seats.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Gilbert Lambuth Chapel, Paine College, 1235 15th St.; 823-8223.
GARDEN CITY CHORUS: Dinner performance Friday, Dec. 4, regular performances 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; Friday show $25, Saturday afternoon show $10 and Saturday evening show $12, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, 793-8552.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY/AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; adults $15, seniors and students $12, tickets available at Sacred Heart.
ASU CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRA: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University.
RIDGE CHORAL SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Leesville (S.C.) United Methodist Church; $7; Ridge Arts Council, (803) 532-2388.
AUGUSTA OPERA AT ST. PAUL'S: 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Reynolds 605 Reynolds St.; $20, Augusta Opera, 826-4710.
FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.
SING-ALONG MESSIAH: Featuring the Augusta Choral Society; 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church; admission $5, refundable $10 deposit for music sheets.
On your toes
AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fuqua Center, 2261 Walton Way; 854-1328.
WEEKLY DANCES: Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; members $3, others $5; 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Westside High School, 1002 Stelling Road.
SPIRIT OF THE DANCE: Irish step dance show; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, Bell Auditorium; tickets available at Civic Center Box Office, 828-7700.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W.; exhibits include fire engine, drugstore, log house and school, military hall and South Carolina nature room; tribute to former Aiken Mayor Odell Weeks; 18th annual quilt show today through Sunday; closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day; 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; documentaries shown continuously in the history theater; Augusta's Story multimedia exhibit; $2, reservations required; 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.
COTTON EXCHANGE MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER: Reynolds at Eighth streets; free tourist information and exhibits on cotton trade; Women on Paper 10th-anniversary exhibit featuring works by Karen Lind Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Lauren Kerbelis, Sudie Lea O'Connor, Martha Piper, Nancy Schultz and Caroline Swanson through Dec. 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 724-4067.
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; Turbulent Landscapes: The Natural Forces That Shape Our World, through December, Knox Gallery; $8 for ages 17-54, $6 for 55 and older and ages 4-16; Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater, $3 adults and children; memberships available; 821-0200.
EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1822 Broad St.; Historic Augusta Inc. museum in 200-year-old, three-story frame house noted for architectural detail; 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; $2 adults, $1 for 55 and older and 50 cents for 18 and younger; 724-0436.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Wouldn't It Be Great If ..., works from the Richmond County Council of PTA's Reflection Program, through Dec. 18, student gallery; Will Barnet-Bob Blackburn: An Artistic Friendship through Jan. 15, main gallery; 722-5495.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; permanent exhibits include the Augusta Ebony Legacy, the Alice Davis Collection; A Southern Tradition quilt exhibit through Monday; Davidson Fine Arts student exhibit Tuesday through Dec. 31, reception 4-6 p.m. Wednesday; edible Christmas ornaments workshop and storytelling 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5; 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.
MAGNOLIA DALE: Edgefield, S.C., house museum circa 1830; Strom Thurmond Room, kitchen gift shop and herb garden; open by appointment; $2 adults, $1 students; (803) 637-2233 or (803) 637-4137.
MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive, at 13th Street and Walton Way; home of George Walton, Georgia governor and signer of Declaration of Independence; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, by appointment Saturdays; $3 adults, $1 students through seventh grade, $2 older students, group rates available; 724-4174.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Spirit of the North: The Art of Eustace Paul Ziegler; Thanksgiving gallery tours 2 p.m. today and Sunday; holiday card-making workshop 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; Young at Art lecture with Ed Rice on the art of collecting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, nonmembers $10, reservations required by Dec. 7; 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, $3 adults, $2 students and persons 65 and older; age 6 and younger free; 724-7501.
OAKLEY PARK MUSEUM: Edgefield, S.C., house museum built in 1835, former home of Gov. John G. Evans; $2 adults and $1 students; call (803) 637-4010 or (803) 637-4027; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.
SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; tours of 100-year-old former Catholic church noted for stained-glass windows, brickwork and architecture; A Christmas Afternoon at Sacred Heart 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; 826-4700.
SIGNAL CORPS MUSEUM: Conrad Hall, Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon; collection of communication material, including Civil War devices and 10th Armored Division equipment; carrier pigeon exhibit; combat photographs by Cpl. Hugh F. McHugh; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays; free; 791-3856 or 791-2818.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS: Offered by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; no partner needed, first lesson free, others $3; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; 736-4944.
GENERAL ECLECTIC THEATER: Featuring the Old Lincoln Towne Players; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, Lincoln County High School auditorium; adults $6, students $4; Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, (706) 359-7970.
WHAT THE DICKENS! Dinner 7, show 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 4 and 8 p.m. shows Saturday, Dec. 5, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; Friday show (sold out), Saturday matinee $10, evening show $12; 793-8552.
BROADWAY AT THE BELL: $43.50, $40.50 and $35.50, available at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office, 601 Seventh St., or through TicketMaster, 828-7700; shows include The King and I Feb. 23 and Fiddler on the Roof April 28.
CAROLINA JAMBOREE: Jaycees Hut, 98 Johnson St., Belvedere; today: Ed Bruce & Friends, Junior Widener & the Country Times Band, Jerry & Ernest Show; Saturday: Eddie Davis Show, Oliver West & Friend, Ed Jones & Smooth Country; (803) 279-1958.
GREATER AUGUSTA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION: 2 p.m. first Sundays, Cotton Row meeting room, Riverwalk Augusta; bring instrument or just listen; 855-9834.
MILLEN OPRY HOUSE: Country and gospel shows 8 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays; Cotton Avenue, Millen, Ga.
The literary life
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring Smith Wood, author of Beyond Childhood; noon to 8 tonight and Saturday night, Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road.
BOOK SIGNING/AUTHOR LECTURE: Featuring Joe Beam, author of Forgiven Forever; 2 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring Michael Veniola, author of Fine Art of America's Fairway; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road.
MOTIVATIONAL LECTURE: Featuring Clyde Odom, author of The Power of Purpose; grand opening of the Butler Group Inc., 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Paine College Odeum.
BOOK READINGS/SIGNING: Featuring E. Randall Floyd, author of Deep in the Heart; 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Waldenbooks, Augusta Mall; and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road.
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring Minnie Dix, author of From My Front Porch; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road.
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring Michael Prince, author of Making It So; 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road.
Rodeo, equine events
WINTER CLASSIC BARREL SHOW: 10 a.m. today through Sunday, North Augusta Hippodrome, U.S. Highway 1 at Schultz Hill in North Augusta.
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