Originally created 12/17/00

Parade, performances celebrate holidays



CREATIVE KWANZAA: The creative side of Kwanzaa will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. today at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

The event, Pre-Kwanzaa in the Garden City, features the Kuumba African drum group, the Cutnodance Performing Ensemble, Carl Brown, singing and poetry by Alvin and Shirley Franklin and a discussion on the significance and history of the holiday by Dr. Shirley Lewis, Paine College president.

Kwanzaa is a nonreligious holiday based on traditional African harvest ceremonies. The free event is sponsored by Augusta Black Journalists. Call 724-9698.

CHRISTMAS STARS: The DuPont Planetarium on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken investigates Yuletide questions with its holiday presentation 'Tis the Season. The program will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in December. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students K-12 and $1 for USC Aiken students. Seating at the planetarium is limited, so reservations are recommended. For more information, call (803) 641-3654 or 278-1967, Ext. 3654.

NATIVITY SCENE: Return to Bethlehem, a drive-through live Nativity scene, will be open to visitors from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta. Admission is free.

For more information, call the church at 279-7525.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: St. Paul Lutheran Church's Music for the Season series presents the Bach Christmas cantata For Unto Us a Child Is Born, featuring the Service Choirs of St. Paul, guest accompanist Rebecca Winans and a string ensemble. The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 961 Trail Ridge Road in Aiken. For more information, call the church at (803) 649-4021.

NUTCRACKER IN A NUTSHELL: The Augusta Dance Theatre and Ron Jones Academy of Ballet are presenting Nutcracker in a Nutshell at 8 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults. Advance tickets are available at Ron Jones Academy of Ballet, 639 Furys Ferry Road, or at the door.

Call 860-1852 for more information.

HOLIDAY HARMONY: The Sweet Adelines will perform a free program of holiday songs at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

CHRISTMAS PARADE: The 28th Annual Augusta Jaycees Christmas parade will wind through downtown from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The parade starts at 13th and Broad streets, proceeds east on Broad, then left on Seventh Street and ends at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center parking lot.