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FOURTH OF JULY
FORT GORDON INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 1, Fort Gordon's Freedom Park and Barton Field; carnival rides, petting zoo, vendors, magicians, arts and crafts, music with Shiloh, Tony Williams and the Blues Express and U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, fireworks and laser show; free, open to the public; ID needed to enter Fort Gordon; 791-6779.
RIVERBLAST 2004: 6-11 p.m. Friday July 2, 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday, July 3, noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4, Riverwalk Augusta and The Augusta Common; movie, concert, classic car show Friday at Augusta Common, Soulful Saturday, featuring regional poets, artists Saturday at Eighth Street Bulkhead, concerts, arts and crafts, games and rides, vendors, fireworks at Riverwalk Augusta and Augusta Common Sunday; $5 adults on Saturday, free admission on other days; 821-1754.
JULY FEST: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds; live music and entertainment, carnival games, arts and crafts, vendors and more; $3, no charge younger than age 5; (803) 642-7635.
HOT SUMMER FUN AT FORT DISCOVERY: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, National Science Center's Fort Discovery; visit 250 hands-on exhibits, including Aliens: Worlds of Possibilities exhibit, science of ice cream demonstrations, hula-hoop, yo-yo, bubble-blowing demos, ice cream coupons, bargain table in The Science Store; $8 adults, $6 children, seniors, active military, free for members; 821-0607.
JULY FOURTH AT PATRIOT'S PARK: 4-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, Patriots Park; carnival rides for children, family games, hot-air balloon rides, pig throwing contests, musical entertainment provided by Shiloh and an Elvis impersonator, fireworks; free admission, parking; 868-3458.
CITYWIDE JULY 4 CELEBRATION: 6:30-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, Bamberg, S.C.; festival for the entire family, including clowns, games, entertainment, vendors, live performances by Men of Distinction, fireworks display; free; (803) 245-5128 or visitwww.bambergsc.com.
BEST CHEFS OF THE SOUTH SERIES: Dining series at 6:30 p.m., Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; tonight, with Chef Chris Bolton, Glen Ella Springs Inn, Clarkesville, Ga.; Thursday, July 15, with Chef Hugh Acheson, Five & Ten, Athens, Ga.; Thursday, Aug. 19, with Chef Michael Kramer, McCrady's, Charleston, S.C.; Thursday, Sept. 16, with Chef Michael Tuohy, Woodfire Grill, Atlanta; and Wednesday, Oct. 20, with Chef Kelly Yambor, Elizabeth on 37th, Savannah, Ga.; $69, includes cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and four-course dinner with complemented wine pairings; tickets for all six dinners $375; (706) 737-8888.
PHINIZY SWAMP FAMILY DISCOVERY SERIES: 7:30 tonight; Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, off Doug Barnard Parkway; learn about frogs, their songs and habitat; $3 member family, $5 nonmember family; 828-2109.
SHOWCASE OF HOMES: 1-4 p.m. Friday and June 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and June 26, 1-6 p.m. Sunday and June 27, Riverwood Plantation; six decorated homes to view, landscaping seminars with Jim Bennett; $7 adults, children 14 and younger free; www.homebuildersaugusta.org.
BOOK SIGNING: 8-10 p.m. Friday, Don Rhodes to sign copies of his Entertainment in Augusta and the CSRA, Borders Books, Music & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, music by Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold.
RIDGE PEACH FESTIVAL: Saturday, Trenton, S.C.; Broken Arrow with Robert Rogers 9 a.m., parade 10:30 a.m., entertainment in the park includes food and craft vendors, performances by Lynn Adcox, Tracie Luquire Watson, Cloudland Vocal Band, Country Kickers, Tahnee Williams and the Fort Gordon Army Band; street dance with Brass Tyme and DJ Michael Carpenter at 7 p.m.
HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC: 11 a.m. until Saturday, Augusta Riding Center on Flowing Wells Road; benefits Georgia Department of Agriculture's equine rescue program; $10 advance, $12 at gate, available Neighborhood Express in Evans, Brown's Feed in Martinez and Boots, Bridles and Britches in Grovetown; 541-0044, or 339-6289.
FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Macartan Street, which connects Broad and Reynolds between Ninth and 10th streets.
SUPERTOYS EXPO: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, Aiken Mall; bands, hot rods, RVs and ATVs, personal watercraft and boats, electronic gear, cars, trucks and custom motorcycles
CAROLINA BEACH BLAST: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, Carolina Dragway, South Carolina Highway 125, Jackson; featuring the Swingin' Medallions, The Original Tams, Shagtime; $15 advance, $20 day of show.
AUGUSTA SKI AND OUTING CLUB LAKE PARTY: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27, Ridge Road Campground at Thurmond Lake; with Low-country boil 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26; camp sites available; free for members, $5 nonmembers.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Augusta Players Youth Theater production 7 tonight and Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, Westminster School, 3067 Wheeler Road; $10 adults, $8 seniors/students, $6 for children 12 and younger; 826-4707.
RAPUNZEL: Augusta State University's Born to Read Literacy Center and Patchwork Players production 9, 10, 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on campus, 2500 Walton Way; $3; 733-7043.
LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: Dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. July 30-31, Aug. 6-7, 12-14, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; $15 show only to $32; 793-8552. or www.fortgordon.com/theatre.htm.
CANDLELIGHT JAZZ CONCERT SERIES: 8-9:30 p.m. Sundays May-July, Augusta Common, 800 block downtown between Broad and Reynolds streets, $5; Preston and Weston featuring Sandra, Sunday; A Step Up, Sunday, July 11; acousticJAZZ, Sunday, July 18; Mellow-D, Sunday, July 25; 821-1754.
HOPELAND SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. Sundays through August, Hopeland Gardens in Aiken on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage; variety of musical styles, dance and vocal concerts. Food allowed, alcohol prohibited; 643-4661.
DOWNTOWN LUNCH DATE: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June; musical entertainment at Augusta Common; bring a lunch; 821-1754.
MUSIC AND ART IN THE PARK: Creighton Living History Park, West Avenue at Spring Grove, North Augusta; Savannah River Grass bluegrass 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24; TBA July 1; Thelma Robinson and Divine Providence 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15; and Fresh Music All-Star Big Band 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29.
AUGUSTA CHILDREN'S RINGERS: 4-5 p.m. Thursdays; Westside Educational Building, 261 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez; handbell/chime choir for grades three through six; 306-5247.
ON YOUR TOES
RHYTHM AND CLASS DANCE STUDIO: Irish dance lessons 6 p.m. Mondays for ages 5-8, 7 p.m. ages 8 and older; soft and hard-shoe forms, traditional ceili dancing; $30; shag lessons, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday beginning this Wednesday; $50 per couple; 508 Shartom Drive.
FOOT LOOSE AND FANCY FREE CLOGGERS: Beginners classes 6 p.m. Monday for Tiny Tots, ages 2-5; ages 5 and older, 7 p.m. Thursday, 213A Hightower Drive; $25 per child; 863-9607.
BALLROOM IN MOTION: 7 and 8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Latin, swing, shag classes, with or without partner; $30 a person a month for beginners, advanced; classes taught in Augusta Elks Lodge in Martinez; 414-6381.
BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCE LESSONS: Monday-Friday; The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; shag, salsa, foxtrot, swing, Argentine tango, rumba, cha-cha and hustle; no partners necessary; $30-$80 a month; 854-8888.
THE BALLROOM DANCE CENTER: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, $10 a person, casual dress, no partners necessary; That's Amore! Professional Ballroom and Latin Dance Show, featuring dance finalists Emilie Tobias, Valery Ganiev; dancing after show; $12 a person before Monday, $15 afterward; 7-11 p.m. Saturday, July 24, Tango Milonga and Salsa Fiesta; all skill levels welcome; $10; 9-9:30 p.m. USS BDC World Cruise Showcase, dancing after show; 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; 854-8888.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE BALLROOM DANCE PARTY: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, Aiken Municipal Hall in the Alley; dance to a music mix of patriotic songs, live performance with Preston and Weston, dance instruction, light hors d'oeuvres by Wine Cellar, cash bar, door prizes; $10; (803) 641-9093.
MANGELLY BELLY DANZ CLUB: 7:15 p.m. Monday for beginners, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for advanced dancers; Mangelly Dance School, 2506 Peach Orchard Road; 736-6775.
AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; location and cost information, 737-6299.
CSRA BOGEY WOOGIE DANCE SOCIETY: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, A World of Dance Studio, 3497 Wheeler Road; with ballroom, shag, country, line dancing and more; 650-2396.
AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION: Monthly dance 7:15-11 p.m. first Saturdays; 45-minute, free dance lesson by a professional instructor; $7 members, $10 others; refreshments; Elks Club facility, 205 Elkdom Court; Melvis Lovett 733-3890, Jean Avery 863-4186.
WEST SIDE STORY: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, June 24-25, July 8-9, First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 602 Georgia Ave.; Augusta Players production, roles available for men, women ages 17 and older; must have prepared solo, required to learn a dance combo, read from script; 826-4707 or www.augustaplayers.com.
SOUTH CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC: Application deadline for auditions of piccolo/third flute by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 14; for information, audition repertoire, call (803) 771-7937.
SINGERS NEEDED: 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Augusta Church of Christ, 600 Martintown Road; female singers 18 and older for Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International; 279-6499.
AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; auditions for the 2003-04 season; for age 15 or older; 826-4713.
ARTISTS CONSERVATORY THEATRE: Seeking actors and actresses for As You Like It and A Doll House; rsum required; augconservatory@ yahoogroups.com.
POTTERY CLASSES: Adult classes 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, children's classes 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays, Ceramics Unlimited, 224 West Ave., North Augusta; $100 adults, $90 children's, includes supplies; (803) 819-3311.
SELF-TAUGHT ART: Thursday, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., lecture presentation by Brooke Davis Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, military and students with ID and free for members; 724-7501.
DRUM2U: Mondays-Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Not Gaddy Drum and Piano Studio, 3004 River Watch Lane Center; African hand-drum class Mondays, new rhythm each month, $15 a class, $50 a month; Healthy Rhythms drum circle for meditation third Mondays, $5 a class or canned goods; benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank; Latin Afro-Cuban Beats Tuesdays, $15 a class, $50 a month; advanced hand drum and D.R.U.M. performing group class Thursdays, $15 a class, $50 a month; Pee Wee Drummers, introduction to percussion for ages 4-7 10 a.m. Saturdays, $15 a class, $50 a month; 228-3200.
D.R.U.M. ENSEMBLE: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; G.L. Jackson Conference Center, 1714 North Leg Court; drum class and rehearsal led by Not Gaddy; loaner drums available; $15 per class, $50 a month; firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; line and circle dances taught and reviewed; call for location; 737-6299.
FREE MOVIES, AUGUSTA: 6:30 P.M.; Richmond County Main Library, 902 Greene St.; Damage, Monday; Big Fish, June 28; 821-2600.
BORDERS BOOKS, MUSIC AND CAFE: 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold 8-10 p.m. Friday, Paul Gordon 8-10 p.m. Saturday; 737-6962.
STORYTIME AT PENDLETON: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays through August beginning July 6, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; bring blanket, chairs; sponsored by the Augusta Public Library; 821-2631.
THE SPORTING LIFE
GREENJACKETS BASEBALL: vs. Greensboro Bats Tuesday-Thursday, June 24; Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road; $11 for box seats, $7 reserved seats, $6 general admission, $5 seniors, active-duty military and children 4-12 and $1 children 3 and younger; www.greenjackets.net.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.
AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill Suite 400; Petersburg tour boat: One-hour basic tours, 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. Saturdays; $6 adults, $5 seniors, military, $4 ages 18 and younger; full length tours 6 p.m. Saturdays; $15 adults, $12 seniors, military, $10 ages 18 and younger; weather permitting; center admittance $5 adults, $4 seniors and military, $3 youths, age 6 or younger free; Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday; 823-7089.
AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Lindbergh; with artifacts from first solo trans-Atlantic flight; visitors information center offering tourist information; regular admission $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 6-18, free for children 5 and younger; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; free second Sundays; 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 age 60 or older and $3 younger than 18, free age 5 or 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.
FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; Alien Worlds of Possibility exhibit through Labor Day; Mars Rover Project exhibit; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 or older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; admission half-price after 3 p.m. daily; 821-0200.
GEORGE WALTON HISTORIC SITE MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive; farm home of George Walton, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence; built in 1792 and furnished with 18th- and 19th-century antiques; oldest house museum in Georgia; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturdays by appointment; $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $3 college students, $1 children; group rates available; www.geocities.com/meadowgarden3; 724-4174.
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS: 1 11th St.; today, Maintenance, watering and fertilizing, mulching, what to plant now; Thursday, July 15, Pests: pest control, plant diseases, problems; Thursday, Aug. 19, Grooming: pruning, diving perennials, collecting seeds, dead-heading, what to plant now; donation of $3 per person; garden members free; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays; $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, students and military; $3.50 ages 4-12; age 3 or 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.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Through June 30, ArtVentures: Celebrating Art After School, free; through Saturday July 23, Paradise or Parking Lot? Contemporary Views, by Susan Maakstad and Hamlett Dobbins; 10 a.m. to noon, July 12-16, Learning to See and Draw; still-life drawing, learn to create illustration with depth; call for registration; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24-25, Watercolors: Floral Interpretation, Michael Pearson will hold two-day workshop; includes watercolor technique, textures, color, value, bring bag lunch, call for registration; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24-25; Oils and the Human Form: Direct Observation, with Christine Hield, students to work in oil, bring bag lunch, call for registration; regular hours Ware's Folly Gallery, 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.
HOPELAND GARDENS: Whiskey Road and Dupree Place, Aiken; (803) 642-7631.
LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; artifacts and exhibits pay tribute to comic duo and Harlem native Oliver Hardy; 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday; 556-3448.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; The 521 All Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community exhibit through June 30; July 8-Aug. 31, The Ebony Collection, exhibit composed of photographs, artifacts highlighting contributions of blacks with Augusta connection; opening reception Thursday, July 8; Sept. 5-Oct. 31, Paul Goodnight Exhibition, opening reception Sunday, Sept. 5; Nov. 7-Dec. 30, Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co. exhibit, artifacts, documents from former Pilgrim, opening reception Sunday, Nov. 7; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday; $3 adults, $1 students; 724-3576.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; 6 tonight, opening reception and gallery talk for Anita Huffington's Elemental Nude, free; 2 p.m. Sunday, Father's Day in Art tour with docent Tom Sutherland, free; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Masterworks of Southern Art tour, free; Sunday, June 27, Southern Roots Music Series: Doug and the Henrys, free; Sunday, June 27, Masterworks of Southern Art tour, free; Sunday, July 4, MUSEUM CLOSED; Thursday, July 8, Author Karin Gillespie book signing, free; Saturday, July 10, Children's Performance Series: Andy Offutt Irwin, $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, students and military; Sunday, July 11, Southern Roots Music Series: Springfield Baptist Convention Choir, free; Sunday, July 11, Decorate an Art Car, free; Friday, July 16, Jennifer Daniels' CD release party, $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, students and military; Sunday, July 18, Decorate an Art Car continues, free; Sunday, July 18, Masterworks of Southern Art tour, free; Sunday, July 25, Decorate an Art Car continues, free; Sunday, July 25, Masterworks of Southern Art tour, free; Sunday, August 1, Decorate an Art Car continues, free; Sunday, August 1, Masterworks of Southern Art tour, free; Janos Enyedi: The American Industrial Landscape-Reconstructed; through Sunday, Aug. 1, Forces in the Body: Sculpture by Anita Huffington; $3 adults, $2 seniors, students, military, free for museum members; www.themorris.org; 724-7501.
MOTORIZED TOURS OF HISTORIC AIKEN: Tours leave Washington Center for the Performing Arts; 10-11:30 a.m. every Saturday; Reservations are required; patrons must be age two and older.
PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: Off Lock and Dam Road, near Augusta Regional Airport; 7:30 tonight, Frog Serenade; walk through areas where frogs make sounds; $3 member family, $5 nonmember family; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 28-July 2, Science Camp: Watershed Adventures; examining watersheds, water quality, habitats; T-shirt, daily lunch; for ages 13-18; $140 a week for members, $150 for nonmembers; register by June 21; Monday-Friday, noon to dusk, Saturday-Sunday and holidays dawn to dusk; free; 828-2109 or 828-2129.
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