MUSIC TO HANDEL
The Augusta Collegium Musicum will present an evening of music by George Fredric Handel at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St. Appearing with the choral ensemble will be organist Keith Shafer. Tickets are $10, but there's no charge for students and ensemble patrons.
YOUR CRAFT SUPERSTORE
In need of a pair of hand-painted jeans? The 15th annual Springtime Made in the South Arts and Crafts expo runs through Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. For more information, call 722-3521.
The Augusta Irish-American Heritage Society and the Augusta Irish Dancers will present the second annual Augusta Irish Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Common in the 800 block of Broad Street. There will be live entertainment, an Irish pub, food and arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free.
Radio station WGAC news anchor Laurie Lockliear is taking on a new role -- photographer. An exhibition of Ms. Lockliear's work will be on display at A Silver Lining, 1002 Broad St., beginning today. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call 303-9632.
RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON
The Augusta Concert Band's annual Cleo Maudlin Memorial will feature a performance by former Augusta resident and longtime local saxophone favorite Wayne Hoey. Augusta music fixture Richard Brasco is also scheduled to appear with the band at the concert, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $6 adults and $3 students, seniors and military. Call (803) 202-0091.
FIRST FRIDAY FESTIVITIES
Lokal Loudness, 1017 Broad St., will celebrate First Friday with an exhibition of rock photography by Jeff Miles and performances and art by Billy S. First Friday takes place 5-10 p.m. today.
At the Imperial Theatre, life goes on for the currently displaced Soul Bar crew. The Soul Bar First Friday Fire Party will feature live performances, a DJ and bar. Scheduled to appear are the Vellotones, the Hellblinki Sextet, Tara Scheyer and the Behind the Masque performance troupe. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the theater, 745 Broad St. The Soul Bar was damaged in a fire Wednesday.