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ARTS IN THE HEART OF AUGUSTA: Today, Augusta Common; 800 block between Reynolds and Broad streets; celebration of visual and performing arts; with several stages of local, regional and national entertainment, art activities, ethnic food, costumes; Parade of Nations; $3; 826-4702.
CIVIL WAR HERITAGE TRAIL RIDE: 9 a.m. Saturday, motorcycle ride begins at Confederate Powder Works chimney in front of Sibley Mill on Goodrich Street and goes to Crawfordville, Ga., and Camak, Ga.; visit historical sites with commentators and re-enactors; music, vendors, food and fellowship; $10-$25; 869-8879.
TWO NATIONS, ONE VISION: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 30; Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; 20 photographs show Jackie Kennedy with Leah Rabin, Golda Meir with former New York Mayor John Lindsay and Yitzak Rabin with former President Clinton; free.
MITHRAL: Tuesday Music Live series concert, Noon Tuesday, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets, Riverwalk Augusta; Gaelic music; $7 for lunch by French Market Grille; 722-3463.
AUGUSTA CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: With Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The O'Jays, Keith Sweat, K.C. & Jo-Jo, 6 p.m. Sept. 28; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; $40.50-$50.50; 828-7700.
BARNEY, BABY BOP AND BJ IN BARNEY'S COLORFUL WORLD: 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; $10.50-$31, Ticketmaster outlets $10-$30; 828-7700.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY RECITAL: 8 p.m. Thursday; Dr. Christine Crookall, violoncello, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on campus, 2500 Walton Way; 737-1453.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY ENCORE CHAMBER CONCERT: 8 p.m. Oct. 11, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension; Woodwind Trio and Friends concert; $7.50 students, $15 adults; 826-4705.
THE ODD COUPLE: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; dinner and show; $30 off-post community, $28 seniors, Army civilian employees and military E8 and above, $17 military E1-E7, $12 cabaret seating; 793-8552 or www.fortgordon.com.
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS: Aiken Community Playhouse production, Friday through Sept. 28 and Oct. 3-4; performances at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St; Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 3 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 students, $6 age 12 or younger; (803) 648-1438. Web site www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS: Sneak preview 7 p.m. Thursday; Augusta Ballet Studio, 2941 Walton Way; food and a sample of the production, 261-0555; production 7 p.m. Oct. 10-11, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets for shows $17-$40; free for children ages 4-10; 261-0555.
GREASE: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sept. 28; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; performed by the Augusta Players; $35 per person; 826-4707; Web Site: www.augustaplayers.com.
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE: 8 p.m. Oct. 1-4, 3 p.m. Oct. 5; University of South Carolina Aiken's O'Connell Theatre; $12 adults, $7 students; (803) 641-3305.
CLYDE BEATTY-COLE BROS. CIRCUS: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. today; Augusta Mall parking lot; schools invited to bring students to Meet Tina the Elephant and her trainer and tour the circus village on opening day; $14-$16 adults, $9-11 children 12 and younger and seniors, $20-$22 ringside tickets; 737-3737, ext. 111.
FORT GORDON OKTOBERFEST 2003: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 1-2, Noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4, Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 5; Barton Field; rides, shows, festival food, pony ride, a VolksMarch, games and more; open to military and general public; $15, $10 advance ticket for Oct. 1, $30 wristband good for all rides Oct. 3-5.
COUNTRY FALL FEST: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3-4; Little Red Barn Gallery, at the junction of U.S. Highway 278 and South Carolina Highway 37, Barnwell, S.C.; arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, fall produce, antiques, refreshments and more; (803) 541-7900.
BOSHEARS SKYFEST 2003: Fireworks display 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3,; air show hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4-5; Daniel Field; aircraft demonstrations, aerobatics, exhibits, parachute jumpers and jet truck; celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight; 733-8970.
HISPANIC FESTIVAL 2003: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 11; Augusta Common, 800 block between Reynolds and Broad streets; music, dancing, Latin American food, entertainment, Seniorita Latina contest; $1 donation; 736-4738.
COLONIAL TIMES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11-12, Living History Park in North Augusta; re-enactors demonstrate trades, crafts, colonial baking, woodworking; music, refreshments, games and more; free; 279-2323.
WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Oct. 16-26, Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds, Aiken; performances include Joe Nichols Oct. 16, $17 advance, $21 day of show; The Tams Oct. 17, $6 advance, $12 day of show; and Darryl Worley Oct. 21, $17 advance, $21 day of show; 278-4849.
GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Oct. 17-26, Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds; unlimited rides; $15 advance, $20 at the gate, $5 admission only; 278-4849.
LITERARY LIFE BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC: 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; Billy S. 8-10 tonight, Bryan Warlick 8-10 p.m. Saturday; children's story time Monday, Fox in the Fluff, by Shutta Crum; 737-6962.
AUDITIONS AUGUSTA CHORALE AUDITIONS: 6:30 p.m. Monday; Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College; 733-7809.
THE MOUSETRAP: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Fort Gordon; parts for five men, three women, ages 21-65; open to public; bring photo ID for access through gates; 791-4389.
IN THE GARDEN
PLANT EXCHANGE AND SALE: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Evans to Locks Road in Columbia County; bring plants and gardening items to trade or sell; must provide own table and display equipment; 854-8215.