Originally created 12/02/05

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Fine Arts Quartet: The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society presents the quartet at 8 p.m. at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $5 for students and children 6 to 18, and are free with a valid ASU ID. Children younger than 6 are not permitted. For more information, call 790-9274.

JACOB MARLEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL: The Aiken Community Playhouse actors perform Tom Mula's version of the Dickens classic at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors 60 and older, $12 for students and $6 for children younger than 12. For more information, call (803) 648-1438.

ARMEN BOYAJIAN AND GEORGE SYKES: The duo will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Peppermill Restaurant, 4461 Washington Road, Evans. Both are members of Air Apparent. Mr. Boyajian is a pianist and violinist, and Mr. Sykes is a bassist. For more information, call 855-1344.

Today in regional history:

DEC. 2, 1992

The Blythe woman who reported seeing a UFO Monday night said she felt as if someone were watching her just before she saw a strange flash of light.

The woman had gone outside her rural Poole-Melton Road home about 7 p.m. to get her husband's hat off the clothesline when she said she felt a strange sensation.

"You know how you feel like when somebody is watching and you get the heebie-jeebies?" said the woman, who didn't want her name used. "And just when I was running back in the house I turned around and saw it."

The object was large and looked like a blur of lights, the woman said.

"I couldn't see what color the lights were because it happened so fast. It just shot straight up over the trees" and disappeared, she said.

The woman, who said she doesn't "drink or do drugs" said she was shaken by the experience but she wasn't afraid.

"People say that they (extraterrestrials) don't really harm anybody ... I've been waiting to see one. Sometimes I wish one would come and take me away from here."

Christmas time is company time; before guests come knocking at your door, maybe it's time to do a quick spruce-up and cleaning:

- Restore the guest room: In other words, the junk room/office/playroom/room where your clothes are hanging on a treadmill should actually be what it was meant to be - a guest room. Make up the bed, toss out the clutter and clean out the closet.

- Dust the bunnies: Give the house the wall-to-wall vacuum, including under beds, on window ledges, baseboards and fan blades.

- Nice touch: Before the guests arrive, restock on scented candles, pick up fresh flowers and pull out the guest towels for the bathrooms. Little touches will create a welcoming environment for holiday travelers.

Source: Merry Maids


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