This week's events include:
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Interim Mayor Willie Mays will light the Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. on Augusta Common. Other activities include entertainment by the U.S. Army Signal Corps band and children's Christmas story hour. Call 821-1754 for details.
KICKIN' COUNTRY NIGHTS: Jed Hughes wraps up the series when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $18.75 for students and seniors. For information, call 722-8341.
ASU WIND ENSEMBLE: The free concert begins at 8 p.m. at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. For more information, call 667-4821.
DRUM CIRCLE: Community Drum Circle will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Not Gaddy Drum and Piano Studio, 3070 Damascus Road, Suite C. For more information, call 729-1776.
TODAY IN REGIONAL HISTORY:
NOV. 22, 1943
With most of the churches of the city arranging services, Augustans were preparing to observe Thanksgiving tomorrow with prayer and feasts.
Protestant and Catholic church have announced special services for Thanksgiving Day, and the congregations of the two Jewish synagogues will unite for the observance.
Although Gov. Ellis Arnall proclaimed two days for Thanksgiving - tomorrow and Nov. 30 - Augusta residents for the most part will observe only one.
AAA predicts 37.3 million Americans will go more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving weekend.
"Higher gas, hotel and rental car prices will mean a bit less robust of an increase, but you'd be hard-pressed to find people not visiting Grandma because it will cost an extra $10 to fill up," said Judy Reville, a spokeswoman for AAA of Augusta.
If you're taking to the skies, the Transportation Security Administration recommends these measures to shorten your wait and prevent problems:
- Travel with unwrapped gifts. If a wrapped gift sets off an alarm, screeners will have to unwrap it.
- Don't pack fragile items in checked baggage. Put them in your carry-on baggage or ship them.
- Don't overpack bags. If security officers have to open them and have trouble closing them, the bags might be placed on a later flight.
- If you lock your baggage, use a TSA-approved lock, which allows officers to open and relock the bag.
- Put identification tags in and on all bags.
- Take laptops and video cameras out of their cases before it's your turn.
- Put undeveloped film in your carry-on luggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage film.
- You are not required to remove your shoes, but many types of footwear with metal or thick soles might set off the metal detector. If you suspect that this is the case, slip off your footwear from the start.
- Passengers selected for added screening have the right to request that this be done in a private location.
- Check the list of prohibited items before arriving at the airport. A list is available at www.tsa.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Permitted_Prohibited_9_6_2005.pdf.