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'TIS THE SEASON: Holiday show at DuPont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December; $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students age 4 through grade 12; (803) 641-3769.
FANTASY OF LIGHTS: Drive-through, audio-guided holiday light display through Dec. 24 at Pendleton King Park, off Troupe Street, with 113 light sculptures and more than 1 million lights; opens nightly at 6; $7 per car; benefits Easter Seals, $5 in advance at Easter Seals office, 1500 Wrightsboro Road, or by mail at PO Box 2441, Augusta, GA 30903; 667-9695.
A KIDS KRYSTAL CHRISTMAS: Display of lights and Christmas scenes, Krystal River Water Park, 799 Industrial Park Drive, Evans; hot dogs, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and cider available; free; 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday through Dec. 23; 868-7235.
CHRISTMAS 1798: Dinner theater celebrating the 200th anniversary of the original home of St. John United Methodist Church, 7 tonight in building behind Springfield Baptist Church, 12th and Reynolds streets; $25, reservations required; call 733-1166.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Augusta Players production, 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, student matinee 10 a.m. today, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $25 adults, $23 seniors and students, $18 first balcony, $10 second balcony; 826-4707.
SURFIN' WITH SANTA: 7-8:45 p.m. tonight, Family Y, Wheeler Indoor Aquatics Center, 3532 Wheeler Road; watch family classic movie while floating in the heated pool; $2 for Gold and Silver members, $4 for Bronze members, $5 others, free for children age 6 and younger; 733-6678.
RETURN TO BETHLEHEM: Drive-through portrayal of events surrounding the birth of Christ; 6:30 p.m. today through Monday, Grace United Methodist Church, Georgia Avenue, North Augusta; free; 279-7525.
HARLEM CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Saturday; will travel down U.S. Highway 78 and then through downtown Harlem.
CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: Light display at Hopeland Gardens; 6-9 nightly Saturday through Dec. 26, except Christmas Eve; hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies available, and the gardens will sponsor concerts and tours of historic buildings; 14-acre gardens at Whiskey Road and Dupree Place; (803) 642-7631.
VESPERS WITH CHORAL CONCERT: 5 p.m. Sunday, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene St.; 724-8972.
AUGUSTA JAYCEE CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2-4 p.m. Sunday; begins at 13th and Broad streets, proceeds east on Broad, then turns right on Seventh Street and ends at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; 731-9527.
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS: 4 p.m. Sunday, Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 720 Telfair St.; with various choirs; 722-4944.
BEN AND KEETER'S PUPPETS CHRISTMAS SHOW: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Wallace Branch Library; and 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Friedman Branch Library.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, The Gordon Club, Fort Gordon; dinner and dance with The Stargazer Band; open to public, reservations required; 791-3928.
MAYOR'S NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, Broad Street between Eighth and 10th streets; entertainment by The Shark Devilles, Jemani, pH Balance, Riff Raff Kings and The Big Mighty and winners in The Augusta Chronicle Songwriter Showcase; sponsored by City of Augusta, Greater Augusta Arts Council, WAGT-TV (Channel 26), Acura of Augusta and Main St. Augusta; free; 826-4702.
NEW YEAR'S EVE BOWLING PARTY: 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, Gordon Lanes, Fort Gordon; unlimited bowling, breakfast and party favors; adults $17.95, children ages 8-12 $8.95, children ages 3-7 $5.95, children 2 and younger free; 791-3446.
NEW YEAR'S DANCE: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, Westside High School, Patriots Way; sponsored by Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; $10 members, $12 others; 733-3048.
THE WORLD FAMOUS LIPIZZANER STALLIONS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; $18.50-$22.50; 828-7700 or online at ticketmaster.com.
THE SPORTING LIFE
AUGUSTA LYNX: 7:35 tonight, vs. Greensboro Generals; 4:05 p.m. Sunday, vs. Charlotte; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; for ticket information, 724-4423.
HARRY JACOBS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: Moscow String Quartet 8 p.m. Tuesday, Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $15 adults, $5 students, free for university faculty, staff and students; 733-5929.
BROADWAY AT THE BELL SERIES: My Fair Lady, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4; and Ragtime, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20; all performances at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; 724-2400.
AUGUSTA PLAYERS: Roles available for production of Cinderella; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Augusta Players Warehouse, 1001 Walton Way; 826-4707.
ON YOUR TOES
BELLY DANZ CLUBS: 7:15 p.m. Mondays for beginners and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for inter-advanced, Christine Mangelly Dance School; 736-6775.
AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCING: 7:30-11 p.m. first Saturdays, Health Central gym, 945 Broad St.; members $5, others $7; 733-3890.
AUGUSTA IRISH DANCERS: Lessons for beginners 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Augusta Irish Dancers Studio, Monte Sano Avenue, across from Hill Drugs; 739-0583.
AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays; no partners needed, beginners welcome; call for location, 737-6299.
BALLROOM DANCING: Dances 8-11 p.m. second Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; $10 per person, $15 with live music; complementary dance lesson 7:30 p.m.
BELLY DANCE CLASSES: Advance class 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, intermediate 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginners 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Warren Road Community Center; 860-0986.
SINGLES DANCES: Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, lessons at 7 p.m., Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way; tickets at door; 733-3048.
THE LITERARY LIFE
BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC: Children's story time 1 p.m. Saturdays; 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 737-6962.
BOOKS-A-MILLION: African-American Book Club; Bob's White Christmas, 3 p.m. Saturday; Holly Jolly Night, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; Kwanzaa story time, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29; Jimmy Neutron event, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29; Pokemon league 1 p.m. Saturdays; children's story time 3 p.m. Saturdays, special holiday stories Dec. 16-20; movies for children 7 p.m. Fridays; preschool story time 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; American Girl Book Club 4 p.m. first Saturdays; 2834 Washington Road, 481-9090.
BOOK SIGNING: Rick Turnbull, author of Gum's Story; 2-5 p.m. Saturday, B. Dalton Bookseller, Aiken Mall, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Books-A-Million; and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, Waldenbooks, Augusta Mall.
OSWALD DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Etherredge Center, Janette Turner Hospital; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken; (803) 648-6851.
BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS: CSRA Writers, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, bring copies of manuscripts to be critiqued; open-microphone night, 7:30 second Saturdays; GA Writers Inc. meets third Mondays; bring at least eight copies of your work to be read and discussed; call Linda Lee Harper at 860-1876; poetry writers' workshop; 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, share your work; 1336 Augusta West Parkway; 860-2310.