Originally created 12/01/05

Applause calendar



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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT: 7 tonight; 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 National Foundation for Transplants; (803) 613-1649.

THE NUTCRACKER: Augusta Ballet production 7 p.m. today and Friday; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $17 to $40, discounts available for ages 4-10; augustaballet.org, or 261-0555.

TOY AND FOOD DRIVES: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; and 6 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, Dec. 13; Wal-Mart, 3209 Deans Bridge Road; unwrapped, canned goods and nonperishable food items; also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8; McDonalds, 1831 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; conducted by WPRW-FM 107.7 and WSLT-FM 96.3; 396-6000, ext. 195.

LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: Hayride tour of about 300 light displays depicting Christmas themes, Bible stories and fairy tales on 106 acres at 633 Old Louisville Road in Grovetown; 6-10 nightly, through Dec. 28; from Augusta, take Interstate 20 west to Exit 183, turn right and take U.S. Highway 221 north toward Appling, then turn right on Nature's Way. Turn right on Louisville Road, and it's 1.4 miles on the right; $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17, and there's no charge for ages 5 and younger; 825-6441.

TODAY SHOW TOY DRIVE: Through Sunday; drop off new and unused toys with a $5 or more value and receive a doughnut at Krispy Kreme Doughnut locations, 216 Bobby Jones Expressway, 1644 Gordon Highway, 2866 Washington Road; 798-3239.

JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL: Aiken Community Playhouse production; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students, $6 for children 12 and younger; (803) 648-1438.

'TIS THE SEASON: 7, 8 p.m. today-Sunday and Dec 16, 17, 19, 23, 26, 30; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; program traces holiday customs in a historical, religious perspective; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students; (803) 641-3654.

NO ROOM AT THE INN: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 1-7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; display of 300 Nativity scenes; $5, $15 a family; 860-0832.

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 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 the North Augusta Country Club; benefits scholarships for North Augusta High School seniors; 279-6036.

A MIRACLE IN BETHLEHEM: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Miracle Baptist Church, 1308 Hephzibah-McBean Road, Hephzibah; outdoor, walk-through Nativity; hot chocolate and snacks; free; 592-5129.

THE WEST LAKE GARDEN CLUB'S CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: Tour of six homes, 1-5 p.m. Saturday; $15, benefits Columbia County Foundation for Children; available at Carpenter's Framing Gallery, Cudos, Linda's Nails, Renaissance Fine Furnishings, Shear Southern, Uniquely Chic and Weinberger's; call Vickie Turner at 863-8658.

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY'S HOLIDAY RUMMAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday; Pet Adoption and Humane Education Center, 425 Wood St.; benefits homeless pets at the shelter; 261-7387.

GRANITEVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3:30 p.m. Saturday; Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, 82 Canal St., Graniteville; floats, beauty queens, Shriners, square dancers; trophies awarded to best religious float and best commercial float; held by the Graniteville, Vaucluse, Warrenville Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary; (803) 663-6472.

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; bring bird seed, apples, oranges, pine cones; 279-7560.

GROVETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE: noon Saturday; downtown Grovetown; 863-1212.

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, lineup at Ronald Reagan, turns left on Washington, proceed to Belair Road and then turn right and end at Bel Air Elementary School; 863-7645.

THE EDWARD BRADBERRY HOLIDAY CONCERT, AUGUSTA OPERA AT ST. PAUL'S: 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, $25; holiday tea at 5 p.m., $10; 826-4710, augustaopera.com.

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Sunday; sponsored by The North Augusta Lions Club; cokes, popcorn, cotton candy; (803) 279-7288.

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

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6-8 p.m. Sunday; Columbia County Courthouse, 1954 Appling St., Appling; 868-4358.

FEAST OF CAROLS: 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 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; (803) 641-3305.

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: Augusta Collegium Musicum, Augusta State University Choir, Paine College Concert Choir and Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; $15; 826-4700.

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS WITH ROBIN BULLOCK AND STEVE BAUGHMAN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; The Clubhouse, 2567 Washington Road; $12.50 in advance, $14 day of concert; tickets available through Broadstrokes Gallery; 774-1026 or 267-5416.

A CHRISTMAS STORY: Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company Inc. production 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11; Godwin Commons, Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez; $12 adults, $10 students and seniors; 210-8915.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Augusta Players production 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$35; 826-4707.

AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE: 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Broad Street Augusta; 722-2225, missaugusta.org for entry form.

NBC 26 HOLIDAY FEST: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; Augusta Common, 800 block downtown between Broad and Reynolds streets; free rides, games and entertainment; 826-0010.

PIONEER CHRISTMAS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; Mistletoe State Park, 3723 Mistletoe Road, Appling; demonstrations of soap and rug making, spinning and carding wool, basket making and wood carving; donkey cart rides, carolers, food and dulcimer music; free with a $3 car park admission pass; 541-0321.

HARLEM CHRISTMAS PARADE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; downtown Harlem; floats, bands, horses, old cars and dance teams, arts and crafts show, open house for all Harlem businesses; 556-0401.

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College, 1235 15th St.; performance of Christmas favorites including works of Mendelssohn, Handel and Dawson; accompanied by Dr. David Oliver, organist, and Angela Arrington, pianist; $15 adults, $5 students; tickets available at door; 738-0746.

AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; Curtis Baptist Church, 1326 Broad St.; free; featuring Ben & Keeters Puppets, Flo Carter and presentation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated by "Trooper" Terry Sams; 722-0077.

MESSIAH AND MORE!: Augusta Choral Society and professional orchestra production; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; will include a medley of Christmas carols, A Feast of Carols by Randoll Bass, selections of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah and opportunities for audience caroling; $21 for adults, $17 for ages 12 and younger; 826-4713.

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE: Concert series, St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Christmas Music for Brass, Organ and Choir, the Crescent Brass and the St. John choir, 3 p.m., benefits Ronald McDonald House; 724-9641.

HOLIDAY CAMP: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Dec. 19-23; Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; five camps, grades K-5; apply by Dec. 9; members: $30 per day or $125 per week; nonmembers: $35 per day or $150 per week; 821-0646.

SPECIAL EVENTS

THE SCIENCE OF TOYS: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Knox Gallery, Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; find out how simple toys work; free with paid general admission of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, active duty military and children ages 4-17; children 3 and younger get in free; 821-0607.

AIKEN HORSEPOWER ASSOCIATION CRUISE-IN: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday; Newberry Street in downtown Aiken; benefits the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons; free; open to public; (803) 648-4761.

BARNEY LIVE! THE LET'S GO TOUR: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $15.50-$28.50; ticketmaster.com or 828-7700.

ONSTAGE

Fort gordon dinner theatre: Production of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Thursday and Friday, in Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon; dinner begins at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m.; buffet includes roasted pork loin with spiced apples, mesquite baked chicken, marinated bourbon flank steak, scalloped potatoes, rice pilaf, green bean casserole, glazed baby carrots, salad bar and desserts; 793-8552.

HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon; dinner begins at 7 p.m.; cash bar will be available along with snacks and drinks for purchase; show rated "PG-16"; $12; 793-8552.

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 middle, high schoolers; no auditions or registration required; (803) 648-1438.

MUSIC NOTES

harry jacobs chamber music society: The Fine Arts String Quartet, 8 p.m. Friday; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $20 adults, $5 for school-age children, free for Augusta State University faculty, staff and students; no children ages 6 and younger; 790-9274.

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Concert series St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; Tuesday, The Roger Denning Memorial Concert with The Accidentals, 11 a.m. and noon, lunch by Poppy Seeds; lunch $7, reservations required for lunch; for more information or to make reservations, call the box office at 722-3463.

HELPING HANDS

Volunteers needed: AARP Tax-Aide seeks people to help seniors prepare their tax returns; training starts this month; computer experience preferred; 210-3048.

STITCHES FROM THE HEART: Seeking volunteers to knit, crochet blankets, sweaters and hats for children in the hospital; (866) 472-6903.

FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED: Specialized Foster Home Services, a division of Managed Treatment Services for Children, seeks foster parents for children with emotional, social, behavioral difficulties from abuse or neglect; for more information, call 641-7645.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Child Enrichment is looking for volunteers 21 and older to advocate for neglected, abused children in juvenile court system; volunteers will work with Department of Family and Children Services and other community agencies to protect interests of children in foster care; no experience necessary; call 737-4631.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Regency Hospice seeks people to work with patients with advanced illness; roles include social contact with the patient, child care, spiritual support, running errands, house/yard maintenance; contact Sue King, 648-2117.

LITERARY LIFE

Lynette SAMUEL BOOK-SIGNING: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; BookStop, 3843 Martinez Boulevard, Martinez; signing Mommy's Hat; 855-6173 or 210-7220.

AUDITIONS

The Mikado: University Theatre performance; 7 tonight, need five males and four females, and chorus, ages 17-60; prepare a ballad from a musical or English art song and be prepared to do a cold reading from a script; main stage of the Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3327.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM: Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production; 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; bring a prepared musical number in the Broadway musical comedy style; accompanist will be provided, and a CD player for music; Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon; 793-8552.

ATTRACTIONS

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; Petersburg tour boat: one-hour basic tours, 10, 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1:30, 3, 4:30 p.m. Sunday; three-hour tour, 5-8 p.m. Saturday; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military, $6 for ages 18 and younger for one-hour tours; $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, military, $10 for students; three-hour tours, weather permitting; center admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, military, $4 for students, free for ages 4 and younger free; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; 823-0440 or www.augustacanal.com.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; regular admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 6-18, free for children 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; free Sundays; www.augustamuseum.org; 722-8454.

BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 419 Seventh St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $5, $4 for ages 60 and older and $3 for ages 6-17, free for ages 5 and younger; 722-9828.

CITY OF GROVETOWN MUSEUM: 106 W. Robinson Ave.; information, artifacts and photographs of Grovetown, Columbia County and Georgia; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays; $1; 863-4576.

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1840 Broad St.; 1797 house, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $2 for adults and seniors, $1 children; 722-8454.

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; admission half-price after 3 p.m. daily; 821-0200.

GEORGE WALTON HISTORIC SITE MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive; farm home of George Walton, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence; built in 1792; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturdays by appointment; $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $3 for college students and, $1 for children; group rates available; www.geocities.com/meadowgarden3; 724-4174.

GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS: 1 11th St.; regular admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, students and military, $3.50 for ages 4-12; free for ages 3 and younger; $4 each for groups of 15 or more; Sunday admission buy one, get one free with Web site coupon at www.gghf.org; 724-4443.

GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Ware's Folly gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; by appointment Saturday; Walker-MacKenzie Studio, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 722-5495; www.ghia.org.

HICKORY HILL: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; former home of Tom Watson, populist politician in the late 1800s and early 1900s; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed major holidays; (706) 595-7777 or www.hickory-hill.org.

LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; artifacts and exhibits pay tribute to comic duo and Harlem native Oliver Hardy; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; 556-3448.

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; annual quilt exhibition through Dec. 31; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday 724-3576.

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; An American Story: The Wyeth Family Tradition of Art through Jan. 15; Illuminated Literature: The Art of Jerry and Brian Pinkney Saturday through Feb. 19; $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, students, military, free for members, ages 6 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; 724-7501.

MOTORIZED TOURS OF HISTORIC AIKEN: Tours leave Washington Center for the Performing Arts 10-11:30 a.m. every Saturday; reservations required; for ages 2 and older.