Originally created 11/23/05



FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday; in the Alley, downtown Aiken; turkey, beverages and utensils provided; bring a covered dish if able; gospel music; 649-9773

AIKEN HOUNDS' OPENING MEET AND BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS: 11 a.m. Thursday; Memorial Gates, Hitchcock Woods, Aiken; Father Garrett Clanton will officiate; open to public; 643-3724

A TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 5:30 p.m. Friday; Newberry Street Festival Center, 100 block of Newberry Street, Aiken; City Christmas Tree lighting, Christmas carols, appearance by Santa, refreshments; 649-2221

HOLIDAY KICKOFF: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; downtown Aiken; outdoor concerts, shopping bargains, free pictures with Santa and camel rides ; 649-2221

AIKEN COMMUNITY BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 8 p.m. Tuesday; Etherredge Center Concert Hall, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $5 adults, $3 students, children; tickets can be purchased at the Etherredge Center Box office in advance or at the door; 641-3305


A.M. CONNECTION: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30; North Augusta Community Center, 110 Brookside Ave.; $8 members with reservations, $10 members without reservations or if billed, $15 nonmembers; 279-2323

THE MIKADO: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, Thursday, Dec. 1; main stage of the Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; need five males and four females, and chorus, ages 17-60; those auditioning should prepare a ballad from a musical or English art song and perform a cold reading from a script; 641-3327

BRUNCH AND FASHION SHOW: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road; will model clothes from Talbots of Surrey Center; $10, tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through Wednesday, Nov. 30; 279-6036

QUICKBOOKS PRO WORKSHOP: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8; Small Business Development Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $150, payable at door by cash, check, credit card; registration required; 641-3646 or www.usca.edu/sbdc

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; North Augusta High School, 2000 Knobcone Ave.; the Harmony River Chorus, the Greenbrier Elementary Choir, the North Augusta High Wings, the Garden City Chorus; $8 adults, $5 students; benefits the National Foundation for Transplants; 613-1649

JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; Aiken Community Playhouse production; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 children 12 and younger; 648-1438

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; tour will feature six homes decorated for the holidays and the new Grace Fellowship Church, 507 W. Five Notch Road, North Augusta; advance tickets $15, available at Jim Bush Florist, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and Park Pharmacy; days of event $18, can be purchased at North Augusta Country Club; proceeds benefit scholarships for North Augusta High School seniors; 279-6036

CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, 82 Canal St., Graniteville; trophies awarded to best religious float and best commercial float; held by the Graniteville, Vaucluse, Warrenville Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary; 663-5472

AIKEN HORSEPOWER ASSOCIATION CRUISE-IN: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4; Newberry Street in downtown Aiken; benefits the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons; free; open to public; 648-4761

AIKEN JAYCEES CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4; starts on Marlboro Street and Park Avenue; (803) 648-8955


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