The Augusta Symphony presents a Pops! at the Bell concert, The Songs and the Season, at 8 tonight at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Folk-based roots performer Kathy Mattea will be the special guest. Tickets range from $10-$40. For more information, call 826-4705 or visit www.augustasymphony.org.
Banfield Pet Hospital will hold a seminar at 7:30 tonight at the hospital, 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 and open to the public. For more information, call 731-9909.
The Columbia County Choral Society will present a Christmas music program, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Evans, at Belair and Washington roads. Selections include the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata and an arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, arranged by Jacques Kearns, the director emeritus of the Columbia County Choral Society. Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Call 650-2311.
Art at Lunch
The Morris Museum of Art will hold Art at Lunch at noon Friday at the museum, 1 10th St. Augusta artist Jim Gensheer will present Painting the Lowcountry: A Watercolor Demonstration. Lunch will be provided by Donna Jannik Event Planning and Catering. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers with lunch, and free for members and $3 for nonmembers without lunch. For more information, call 724-7501.
Writer E. Randall Floyd, the founder and publisher of Harbor House, will sign copies of his book Deep in the Heart from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Deep in the Heart is a novel based on real-life love letters between Confederate Pvt. Wiley Nesmith and his young bride. The event is free. Call 738-0354.
A Holiday Home and Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Memorial Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans. More than 30 local crafters and home sales merchants will be on hand with crafts for last-minute Christmas shopping. Admission is free. For more information, call 833-5898.
The Service Choir of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection will present Gloria at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 825 Greene St. The choir will be joined by soloists, chamber orchestra and organ, under the direction of Sandra Pritchard. A Christmas Service of Compline will follow. Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted and will benefit the Salvation Army. For more information, call 724-8792.
Rudolph's red nose
Santa Claus, played by Zatasha Baker, backs away as Rudolph, played by Mario Johnson, sneezes and blows his nose while fighting a cold that might keep him from leading the reindeer on Christmas Eve. The scene is from the Windsor Spring Elementary School production of Randy the Red-horned Rainmoose, held for parents, faculty and friends in the school's cafeteria. Friday's show was part of a two-play Christmas program that also featured Whatever Happened to Good Old Ebenezer Scrooge. Fifth-grade pupils and the fourth- and fifth-grade Christmas Carolers chorus starred in the plays. Pupils will stage a final showing of the plays at 1:45 p.m. today.
Christmas in hopelands: 6-9 p.m. today-Dec. 27; Hopeland Gardens, off Whiskey Road and Dupree Place, Aiken; a walking tour of holiday lights, Doll House, Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and holiday concerts; close
Dec. 22, 24; free; (803
art after hours: 6-9 p.m. today ; art galleries, downtown Aiken; visual arts galleries, studios, businesses open for art walk; walking maps available; Rabold Gallery, (803) 641-4405.
'tis the season: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday , Monday-Tuesday , and Dec. 27-28; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; traces development of world's holiday customs; 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday , and Dec. 27-28, Digistar Virtual Journey; journey through space, trip through amusement park; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 pupils kindergarten-12th grade for 'Tis the Season, $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3.50 students kindergarten-12th grade for Digistar Virtual Journey; (803) 641-3769.
equestrian show: 10 a.m. Saturday ; Petticoat Junction Arena, on Green Pond Road, Aiken; speed events, barrel racing, arena race; $2; (803) 652-7561.
Essential tremor support: 2 p.m. Monday ; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 261 Trail Ridge Road, Aiken; annual Christmas party; (803
Primitive weapon deer hunt: Friday , Bussey Point, Lincoln County, Ga.; with percussion or flintlock muzzle loader, limited to 100 hunters; scopes not allowed, archery hunters welcome; bag limit is one doe, one quality buck with four points or better on at least one side; Georgia Game and Fish regulations apply and licenses inspected at check station; (864) 333-1100, ext. 1159
spring tour of homes and gardens: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 11; St. Helena's Episcopal Church, Beaufort, S.C.; entertainment, reception; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Plantation driving tour; with Lowcountry lunch, entertainment; $30 for tour of homes, $40 driving tour; www.sthelenas1712.org
STATE PARK SERVICE
RESERVATIONS FOR RENTAL FACILITIES: Camping reservations for coastal state parks should be made by telephone, mail or in person at least 14 days before occupancy dates for a minimum of four nights during the week or three nights on weekends. Call Edisto Beach, Hunting Island, Huntington Beach or Myrtle Beach state parks to make reservations; maximum stay on a campsite is 14 days; South Carolina State Parks System, 1205 Pendleton St., Columbia, SC 29201
COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays, Tuesdays
ADMISSION: $5 adults, $2 students, $4 seniors 60 and older
WHERE GODS AND MORTALS MEET: CONTINUITY AND RENEWAL IN URHOBO ART: Through Sunday, Jan. 16; art of the Urhobo people in the Niger River Delta
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM
Edgefield (803) 637-3106
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hikin
trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tour
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org
Columbia (803) 898-4921
MUSEUM HOURS: 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
ADMISSION FEES: $5 adults, $3 ages 3-12, younger than 3 admitted free, $1 Sundays
FREE ADMISSION PROGRAM: Tuesday; South Carolina State Museum offers free admission to any members of a museum support group