COOKIN' FOR KIDS: The 12th annual Cookin' for Kids festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, at Walton Way and Hale Street. Admission costs $12 and includes all rides, shows and games. Tickets for nonriders cost $5.
Attractions will include wild animals, horseback rides, amusement rides, hands-on art and magician Michael Gilliland. The event benefits the Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children.
BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD: The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing presents the one-act play Bang Bang You're Dead at 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Playhouse, at the corner of Price Avenue and Two Notch Road.
The drama about teen violence is produced in cooperation with local peer mediation programs, and priority seating will go to local high school students.
Reservations through the Aiken Center, 649-1900, will hold seats until 30 minutes before showtime; seating becomes first-come, first-served from then until curtain.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the playhouse's Web site at www.atlantic.net/~acp.
GARDEN FESTIVAL: This event at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center includes floral and garden exhibits, tours of private gardens, vendors, a flower show and the Greathouse Butterfly Farm. The garden will open at 10 a.m. today and 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 for both days, and student tickets for only the butterfly exhibit cost $3. For more information, call 826-4700.
ARTISTS FOR AARON: The Artists for Aaron festival, benefiting a local teen awaiting a double lung transplant, will be at noon today on Ellis Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. The benefit will feature art by Will Fahnoe, Donna Whaley, Randy Lambeth and others; music by Team Tacos, Whitman's Mold and others; concessions; and a basketball shoot. Admission for festival events costs $2 and up. For more information, call 794-5819.
AIKEN STEEPLECHASE:The second leg of Aiken's Triple Crown is today at Ford Conger Field. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Races begin at 1 p.m. Admission costs $10-$15, free for ages 6 and younger. For more information, call (803) 648-9641. Visit the Aiken Triple Crown section
KISS ME KATE: The musical retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew will be presented by the Augusta State University Theatre department and Opera Workshop at 3 and 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, on the campus of Augusta State University. Tickets cost $6 at the door and $10 for reserved seating. For more information, call 667-4876.
AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT: The Augusta Jazz project will present an intimate Chamber Jazz concert at 8 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension. For more information, call 736-2279.
OSCAR NIGHT GALA: The Greater Augusta Arts Council will hold its annual fund-raiser Sunday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St. The event features celebrity guests Thomas Gibson and Joel Murray of the ABC sitcom Dharma and Greg, limousine rides, Academy Award programs, wide-screen broadcast of the awards ceremony, dinner buffet and an open bar. Corporate tables of eight cost $500-$1,000; and individual admission costs $50 per person. For more information, call 826-4702.
STATLER BROTHERS: The classic country music quartet performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Admission costs $26 to $36. For more information, call 724-2400.