Originally created 06/28/02

Applause calendar



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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

FIREWORKS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 1; arts and crafts show, fireworks demonstrations, food, carnival and live entertainment on two stages; 279-8017.

FORT GORDON INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Music, laser show and fireworks at Barton Field on post begins 5 p.m. Wednesday; Black Eyed Susan 5 p.m., Susan Lynn 6:15 p.m., Tony Williams and the Blues Express 7:30 p.m., Signal Corps Band 8:35 p.m., laser show 9:40 p.m., fireworks 9:55 p.m, combined laser show and fireworks 10:15 p.m.; free; 791-2859.

LITTLE RIVER MARINA: Races, watermelon seed-spitting contest, horseshoes, live music 2-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Little River Marina, Washington Road, Appling; $6 per car, $10 per van, $15 per church bus; 541-1358.

RIVERWALK CELEBRATION: Arts and crafts, amusements, live entertainment on Riverwalk Augusta noon to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; entertainment to include Derrick Monk, the Master City Three, Footloose and Fancy Free Cloggers, Flo Carter Band, Savannah Wind Middle Eastern Dance Company and the Rhythm and Class Cloggers; admission is free; for more information, call 821-1754.

STAR SPANGLED CONCERT: Independence Day Chorus and Orchestra performs pops-style concert of patriotic songs 8 p.m. Thursday, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; concert will precede city fireworks display on Riverwalk Augusta; $12, $8 students older than 12, $5 younger than 12, available in advance at 722-3463; patron tickets $50, includes two reserved seats and reserved parking; tickets at door beginning 7 p.m. Thursday; call Keith Shafer at 724-2485, extension 215, or e-mail questions to kshafer@saintpauls.org.

PATRIOTS PARK: Hot-air-balloon lifts, clowns, live music, a silent auction, arts and crafts and food 3-9 p.m. Thursday, Patriots Park, Columbia Road; 863-7523.

SPECIAL EVENTS

BARK IN THE PARK FAMILY FUN DAY: Family and canine celebration; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Augusta-Richmond County Diamond Lakes Park, 4335 Windsor Spring Road; arts and crafts, pet services and products, pet competitions and family fun events; benefits Augusta South Rotary Club Student Program and animal needs in the community; $5 per family or $2 per person, registration required; Sandra Gurley, 724-2601.

BASTILLE DAY: Celebration of French national holiday noon Sunday, July 14, Jensen't Wymberly, 4600 Columbia Road; 860-8778.

CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTION GALA: Fund-raiser for Aiken Community Playhouse building campaign 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St., Aiken; black tie event features cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment by Second Nature; $100 per person, reservations required by Friday, July 12; (803) 641-1177.

SUMMER BEACH PARTY AND DANCE: Fund-raiser for American Cancer Society; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta ballroom, 2 10th St.; features live auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and live entertainment by The Fabulous Expressions; $37.50 per person, $65 per couple, advance sales only; 731-9900.

BOSHEARS SKYFEST 2002: Annual air show features performance by Blue Angels; Sept. 28-29, Augusta Regional Airport; tickets on sale Monday; available by calling 278-4TIX, online at tixonline.com or at Harmon Optical, Southgate Shopping Center.

THE SPORTING LIFE

FLY FISHING SEMINAR: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Rivers & Glen Trading Co. in Surrey Center; program on fly fishing the Bahamas for bonefish, tarpon and permit.

2002 GEORGIA GAMES CHAMPIONSHIP OPENING CEREMONIES: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 712 Telfair St.; includes live entertainment by Edwin McCain; $6; available by calling 278-4TIX, online at tixonline.com or at Harmon Optical, Southgate Shopping Center.

17TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA SOUTHERN NATIONALS: Annual drag boat races on Savannah River; July 19-21, Riverfront Marina; $50 patron level, includes VIP party Friday, July 19, reserved parking and seating, $18 general admission for July 20-21; 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.

ALL STAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO: USC Aiken All Star World Championship Rodeo; July 26-27, Hippodrome, North Augusta; tickets on sale Saturday; available by calling 278-4TIX, online at tixonline.com or at Harmon Optical, Southgate Shopping Center.

AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS: 7:15 tonight and Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, vs. South Georgia, and 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, vs. Capital City; Lake Olmstead Stadium, 78 Milledge Road; $1-$8, group rates available; 736-7889 or tixonline.com.

AUGUSTA STALLIONS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, vs. Florida Firecats; home games at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $7.50-$30.50, $40-$200 season; 738-9539, or 724-2400.

MUSIC NOTES

HOPELAND GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Concerts at 7 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26 at Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage in Hopeland Gardens in Aiken; Parris Island Marine Band Monday; bring lawn chair or blanket and picnic supper; in case of rain, concerts will be held at Odell Weeks Activities Center gym; (803) 642-7631.

EVENINGS IN APPLEBY GARDEN: Free concert series, 8 p.m. Tuesdays through July at Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way; The U.S. Army Signal Corps Brass Quintet Tuesday, The Flo Carter Band July 9, Creative Impressions July 16, storyteller Pat Gay July 23 and pianist Helen Beedle July 30; concerts in garden behind library, bring chairs or blanket.

WORSHIP AND WORD: Live jazz, dinner and art show; 3 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Post 212, Aiken; with live jazz by quietSTORM, featuring vocalist Kay King, display artwork by Harvey F. Ramseur; $15 in advance, $20 day of show, $10 ages 12 and younger; free artists reception, 5-7 p.m.; (803) 644-3994.

THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Aiken Community Playhouse; with the Peach State Chorus of Sweet Adelines; $12 adults, $8 children; (803) 649-0689 and (803) 649-1710.

JAZZ 2002: THE 13TH ANNUAL EVENING OF JAZZ: Annual fund-raiser for Paine College's United Negro College Fund campaign; 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Riverwalk Augusta; tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the show; 821-8233.

ONSTAGE

TOM SAWYER: Augusta Players Children's Wing production 7 tonight and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; $8 adults, $6 age 12 an younger; 826-4707, or Web site www.augustaplayers.com.

THE FROG PRINCE: 9, 10, and 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, 2500 Walton Way; $3 per person; 733-7043.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS: Stage III, Ltd. Columbia County Community Theatre production; dinner theater, 7 p.m. Aug. 25-27, matinee, 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28; all performances are at Augusta Jewish Community Center, off Furys Ferry Road, Evans; $25 dinner performance, $15 matinee; 228-3636.

AUDITIONS

AUGUSTA PLAYERS: For production of The King and I; 7 p.m. July 11 and 25 and 10 a.m. July 20, St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; 826-4707.

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY: Tuesdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church; auditions for new members, high school or older; rehearsals Tuesday evenings; to set up an audition or for more information, call Carolyn Dolen, executive director, 826-4713.

AIKEN COMMUNITY BAND: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, University of South Carolina Aiken, Room 125, Etherredge Center, 171 University Parkway; (803) 649-1102.

AUGUSTA CHAMBER SINGERS: 4 p.m. Thursdays, St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road; 793-3104.

AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND: Auditions for new members arranged by appointment; 202-0091.

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Evans, corner of Belair and Washington roads; 855-9433.

GARDEN CITY BARBERSHOP CHORUS: Open rehearsals 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bunting Drive, North Augusta; 736-8054.

PEACH STATE CHORUS: Open rehearsals 7 p.m. Thursdays; North Augusta Church of Christ, Martintown Road; 736-7740.

ON YOUR TOES

BALLROOM DANCE PARTY: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Elks Lodge, Martinez; tango lessons, 7:30 p.m., dance, 8-11 p.m.; $10 per person; 414-6381.

IRISH DANCING LESSONS: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through July 25, except July 4, Augusta Irish Dancers Studio, 1427 Monte Sano Ave.; adults only; $50 for five lessons; 737-5286.

SHAG CLASSES: 8 p.m. Tuesdays in July, Elks Lodge, 205 Elkdom Court, off Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; $30 per person, partner not required; 414-6381.

BELLY DANZ CLUBS: 7:15 p.m. Mondays for beginners and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for intermediate and advanced, Christine Mangelly Dance School; 736-6775.

BELLY DANCE CLASSES: Intermediate and advanced 6:45 p.m. Mondays, beginners 5:30 p.m. Mondays, beginners basics 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Warren Road Community Center; $5 per class; 860-0986.

AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCING: 8-11 p.m. first Saturdays, Elks Lodge 205, Elkdom Court; complementary dance lesson at 7:15 p.m.; members $6, others $8; 733-3890.

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.

IRISH STEPDANCING CLASSES: Beginners class 6 p.m. Mondays and intermediate 7 p.m. Mondays, Rhythm and Class Dance Studio, Augusta Business Center, 505 Shartom Drive; $30 a month; 210-8222.

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; 278-6422.

THE LITERARY LIFE

BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC: Special art exhibit: Daniel Hayes, through July 31, in the cafe; Children's story time 10:30 a.m. Mondays; 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 737-6962.

BOOKS-A-MILLION: Pokemon league 1 p.m. Saturdays; children's story time 3 p.m. Saturdays; 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.

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; Georgia 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.

SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM: Educational organization focusing on costumes, culture and society of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; various meetings weekly; www.sca.org; 792-0090.

SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS' WORKSHOP: Aiken chapter meets 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Eden Gardens, 1385 Silver Bluff Road.

FAMILY FUN

LIBRARY STORY TIMES: 10:05 a.m. Wednesdays for age 2 and younger and 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays for 3 and older, Appleby Branch, 736-6244; Toddler Time (2 and younger) 10:05 a.m. Tuesdays, preschool age 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Friedman Branch, 736-6758; 10 a.m. Wednesdays ages 3-5, Jeff Maxwell Branch, 793-2020; 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for all ages, Wallace Branch, 722-6275; preschool 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Burke County Branch, 554-3277; 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Sardis Branch, (478) 569-4866; 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Midville Library, (478) 589-7825; and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Warren County Library, 465-2656; all ages 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Euchee Creek Branch Library, Columbia County, (706) 556-0594; 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Glascock County Branch, (706) 598-9837; Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 821-2600.

SUMMER CAMPS

SUMMER ART CAMP 2002: Camp sponsored by Aiken Center for the Arts; for rising first-graders through rising sixth-graders; 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., one-week sessions through Aug. 2; $75 per week for members, $85 per week for nonmembers; registration required; (803) 641-9094.

ARTSSCAPE CAMP: Performance by underprivileged children who attended arts camp sponsored by Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta Housing Authority, Recreation and Parks Department and Morris Museum of Art; 11 a.m. today, Ursula Collins School, 1321 Steed St.; 826-4702.

MUSEUMS

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; permanent exhibits include Aiken County History Room, miniature circus, model-train room, old drugstore, log cabin and one-room schoolhouse; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.

ART FACTORY: 416 Crawford Ave.; nonprofit community-arts program offers classes in dance, visual art, drama and creative writing; 731-0008.

AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS: 1 11th St., 11th and Reynolds streets; series of display gardens, sculptures of golfers; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays; $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, students and military; $3.50 ages 4-12; age 3 and younger free with paid adult; $4 per person for groups of 15 or more; Sunday admission buy one, get one free with coupon available at Web site www.gghf.org; 724-4443.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Mark Catesby's Natural History of the Southern Colonies 1722-1726, exhibit through Sunday; film premiere: Twice a Hero: The Jimmie Dyess Story, 3 and 5 p.m. Monday, reservations required; Brown Bag History Series: History of Walton Way Temple, noon Wednesday, July 10, $2 for nonmembers; museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; free admission Sundays, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children and free for age 5 and younger other days; www.augustamuseum.org; 722-8454.

BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 419 Seventh St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $5, $4 for 60 and older and $3 younger than 18, free age 5 and younger; 722-9828.

CITY OF GROVETOWN MUSEUM: 106 W. Robinson Ave.; renovated century-old McDonald-Fields home; information, artifacts and photographs of Grovetown, Columbia County and Georgia; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays; $1; 863-4576.

COTTON EXCHANGE MUSEUM AND VISITORS' CENTER: Reynolds and Eighth streets; tourist information and exhibits on cotton trade; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays; 724-4067.

DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, USC Aiken; Larry Cat in Space, 7 and 8 p.m. July 5-6, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 for K-12 students and $1 for university faculty and staff; Digistar Laser Fantasy Show, 9 p.m. July 5-6, $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $3 K-12 students; (803) 641-3654.

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1822 Broad St., Historic Augusta Inc. museum in three-story, 204-year-old frame house noted for architectural detail; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday or by appointment; $2 adults, $1 for 55 and older and 50 cents for age 18 and younger; 724-0436.

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street;Wolves At Our Door showing 1 p.m. daily in Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater; Motion Explosion! virtual reality exhibit begins Saturday; Back to School Blast, noon Aug. 24; Discover Camps 2002 accepting applications, weeklong camps scheduled through July 22, $125 members, $150 nonmembers; Human Gyro exhibit; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active military and ages 4-17, free for members; admission half price after 3 p.m. daily; 821-0200.

GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Summer quarter classes available; art camps through July for children ages 5-11; accepting applications for annual juried fine-arts competition and exhibition; Ware's Folly Gallery, 506 Telfair St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, by appointment Saturday, Walker-Mackenzie Studio, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 722-5495; www.ghia.org.

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; Benedict College art faculty exhibit through July 28; Special exhibit: De-Mything the Goddess, works by Rhian Swain-Giboney, Aug. 4-Sept. 29, opening reception, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, $2; museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; closed Mondays; $3 adults, $1 children; 724-3576.

MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive, at 13th Street and Walton Way; historic home of George Walton, early Georgia governor and signer of Declaration of Independence; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, by appointment Saturdays; $4 adults and college students, $3.50 seniors, $3 high school students, $1 third-eighth grades and 50 cents kindergarten-second grade, group rates available; 724-4174.

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Summer tour program for children: Be an Art Detective! available by reservation through Aug. 2; See Yourself in Art community art project Fridays through Aug. 30, canvas and supplies provided for visitors to create art project in response to Modernism in the South exhibit; volunteer training session, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21; Symposium: Seeking a Southern Aesthetic, Sept. 27-28; museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; free admission Sundays, other days, $3 adults, $2 students, military and 65 and older, children younger than 6 free; www.themorris.org; 724-7501.

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: Open Monday-Friday from noon to dusk; Swamp Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, free; Family Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, free; park entrance off Lock and Dam Road; groups of 10 or more can schedule tours during week, $3 per person; 828-2109.

REDCLIFFE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE: 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; 369-acre estate including mansion built in 1859; grounds open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Monday, house tours noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment; admission $1, house tours $3 per adult, $2 youth; (803) 827-1473.

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; special exhibit with Donna Whaley and Katherine King through June 30; tours of 103-year-old former Catholic church noted for its stained glass, brickwork and architecture; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; donations requested, children free; 826-4700.

SIGNAL CORPS MUSEUM: Conrad Hall, 506 Chamberlain Ave., Fort Gordon; special viewing: Toward Independence and Seeds of Destiny, both Academy Award-winning films; the Winter Flight School, featuring a Signal Corps pilot and mascot; collection of communication material, including Civil War devices and 10th Armored Division equipment; signal flag exhibit featuring the flag from Appomattox; carrier pigeon exhibit; combat photographs by Cpl. Hugh F. McHugh; exhibit on Arctic explorer and Signal Corps 1st Lt. Adolphus W. Greely; two exhibits pertaining to Pearl Harbor; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 791-3856 or 791-2818.

WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM: National Wild Turkey Federation, 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield, S.C.; museum celebrates comeback of the wild turkey; legacy sculpture and garden, outdoor education center featuring two miles of nature and hiking trails, managing land for wildlife demonstrations, wetlands habitat site and pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; reservations required for groups of 10 or more; www.nwtf.org or (803) 637-3106.