Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Georgia-Carolina Toastmasters: Georgia-Carolina Toastmasters will meet at noon at Famous Dave's, 2821 Washington Road. Learn to improve public speaking skills in a friendly, non threatening environment. For more information, call 854-0090.
Christmas in Hopelands: Christmas in Hopelands will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 27 at Hopeland Gardens, off Whiskey Road and Dupree Place in Aiken. There will be walking tours of holiday lights and decorations, tours of the Doll House and Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and a variety of holiday concerts. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.
Pops! at the bell: The Augusta Symphony presents Pops! at the Bell Concert, The Songs and the Season, at 8 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Ticket costs range from $10-$40. For more information, call 826-4705 or visit www.augustsymphony.org.
Art after hours: Art After Hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in participating businesses in downtown Aiken. Visual Arts galleries, studios and businesses will remain open after hours for people to browse their exhibits and merchandise. For more information , call (803) 641-4405.
Pet seminar: Banfield Pet Hospital will hold a seminar at 7:30 p.m. at the hospital, located inside PetSmart, 225 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. The seminar, Guide to New Pets, will explore how to choose a healthy pet that fits your lifestyle. The seminar is free. For information, call 731-9909.
Today in regional history:
DEC. 15, 1962
Hamilton Holmes, a black premedical student at the University of Georgia, has been accepted by the Emory University School of Medicine.
He had applied to several schools, including Augusta's Medical College of Georgia, but he told The Chronicle he prefers Emory because of its proximity to his home.
Mr. Holmes, 21, was one of two black students to break the segregation barrier at the University of Georgia.
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