Originally created 11/27/05

Around the block



Christmas concert

The Aiken Community Band will hold its Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Etherredge Center Concert Hall at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children and can be purchased at the box office in advance or at the door. Call 641-3305.

'Mikado' auditions

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of South Carolina Aiken will hold auditions for The Mikado at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the main stage at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Five males and four females and a chorus, ages 17-60, are needed. Those auditioning should prepare a ballad from a musical or English art song and be prepared to read from a script. Call 641-3327.

Benefit concert

A Christmas benefit concert, sponsored by the Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Augusta High School auditorium, 2000 Knobcone Ave. The concert also will feature the Greenbrier Elementary School choir and North Augusta High's Wings. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds benefit the National Foundation for Transplants. Call 613-1649.

Christmas play

The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and $6 for children 12 and younger. Call 648-1438.

Christmas tour

The North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour will feature six homes decorated for the holidays and the new Grace Fellowship Church, 507 W. Five Notch Road. Advance tickets cost $15 and are available at Jim Bush Florist, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and Park Pharmacy. Tickets the days of the event cost $18 and can be purchased at North Augusta Country Club. Proceeds benefit scholarships for North Augusta High School seniors. Call 279-6036.

Planetarium show

The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program will trace holiday customs in a historical and religious perspective. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens and $2.50 for pupils. Call 641-3654.

Christmas parades

- Graniteville's Christmas parade, sponsored by the Graniteville-Vaucluse- Warrenville Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 663-6472.

- The Aiken Christmas parade, sponsored by the Aiken Jaycees, will be in downtown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Call 648-8955.

- The North Augusta Christmas parade will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. It will begin at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Martintown Road and end on Buena Vista Avenue. Call 279-7288.

Feast of Carols

Feast of Carols will be at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 5-7, at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The event will combine elements of dinner theater and concert in a medieval setting. Tickets cost $35. Call 641-3305.