Originally created 11/27/05

This week



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

BRUNCH AND FASHION SHOW: 10 a.m. Saturday; 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; 279-6036

A.M. CONNECTION: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Wednesday; 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-Thursday; 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

QUICKBOOKS PRO WORKSHOP: 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 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; 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; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 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; 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

UPCOMING

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

FEAST OF CAROLS: 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 5-7; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; elements of dinner theater and concert in a medieval setting; music by University of South Carolina Aiken choirs, improvisational group, brass ensemble; $35; 641-3305

AIKEN NEWCOMERS CLUB MEETING: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13; 10 a.m. registration, 10:30 meeting; Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive; $11.50 luncheon; reserve spot no later than 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6; 642-4105 (for names A-K) or 502-0813 (for names L-Z)

Aiken Choral Society Concert: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8; First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave. N.W., Aiken; program includes Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria and Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies; $10 general public, $7 seniors and $5 children and students; (803) 648-1252

Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing Meeting: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; open to all middle and high school pupils; (803) 648-1438

ONGOING

Stitches From the Heart: Seeking volunteers to knit, crochet blankets, sweaters and hats for children in the hospital; donations of yarn appreciated; (866) 472-6903

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks people ages 55 and older to help agencies in the Aiken, Edgefield, North Augusta and Barnwell areas; duties include filing, copying and more; 648-6836 or rsvppro@abcac.org