TRICK OR TROT
Instead of taking the children trotting around the neighborhood for Halloween, the National Barrel Horse Association invites you to bring them to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday to see more than 100 costumed riders and collect trick-or-treat goodies.
In the past, the event has featured galloping clowns, horses masquerading as a tractor and an elephant, Wizard of Oz riders (with plenty of straw available for the Scarecrow), and a G-rated Lady Godiva.
Candy will be given away by facility vendors and area hotels.
"We're trying to fill the place up for a safe place to trick-or-treat," said Bill Berry, director of show promotions for the association. The Halloween event is free.
The riders are in Augusta for the NBHA World Championships, which begin Monday and continue through Saturday, Nov. 3, at the civic center, 605 Seventh St. The event begins at 8 a.m. each day, and tickets cost $8 a day or $30 for the week. School groups are admitted free. Call 823-3233.
Some weird science will go on from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the annual Spooktacular Halloween Party at Fort Discovery, Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street. Activities at the science center include a costume parade, a chance to make your own slime in the "goo gallery," a scavenger hunt and odd scientific demonstrations. Refreshments and goody bags will be available, as will the science museum's regular exhibits. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children. Members get in free. Call 821-0200.
The Academy of Richmond County, 910 Russell St., will show off its renovated 75-year-old auditorium with a concert of classical guitar music at 5 p.m. Sunday with the Georgia Guitar Quartet. The 720-seat auditorium was in such poor condition it had not been used for eight or nine years, said David Smith, the school's principal. Mr. Smith used some personal showbiz connections to land the group: He's the father of group member Brian Smith. Proceeds from the concert will be used to enhance the auditorium, which was refurbished under a bond issue. Admission is $5. Call 737-7152, Ext. 0.
Halloween festivities get a bit of an early start at the annual Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta. Performers with the Dance Shop will open the festival. Other events include a children's costume contest at 12:15 p.m. and music by the group Shiloh at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 and 3 p.m. The event offers the usual family-friendly fare of food, games and crafts. Call the city parks and recreation department at 441-4300.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Dan "The Beast" Severn takes on Forrest Griffin in the mixed martial arts competition New Blood Conflict II, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $15 to $100. Call 722-3521.
The Western Carolina State Fair winds down, with gates opening at 5 p.m. today and at noon Saturday at the Aiken Jaycee Fairgrounds, off U.S. Highway 1, about five miles north of Interstate 20. Gate admission is $5.
A KID THING
Storyland Theatre will open its season with a production of Cinderella at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. School performances are offered at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 2, and a family matinee will be staged at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. School performances are $3.50 for pupils and free for teachers and chaperones. The matinee costs $4, and no reservations are required. Call 736-3455.
The Augusta Symphony opens its Encore Chamber Concert Series with a performance of the Symphony Woodwind Trio at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension. The trio includes Kelly Odell on oboe; Anthony Marotta, clarinet; and Patricia Dusold, bassoon. They will be joined by Martin David Jones on piano, Kelly Bryant on flute and Robert Pruzin on horn. Selections include Samuel Barber's Summer Music, Robert Muczynski's Time Pieces and Paquito D'Rivera's Aires Tropical. Admission is $20, $10 for students. Season tickets are $80, which includes three concerts and dinner for the January concert. Call 826-4705 or online at www.augustasymphony.org.