MAKING MUSIC: It's time for Augusta musicians to crank and croon. The Augusta Chronicle is looking for submissions for its fifth annual Singer-Songwriter contest. Local musicians are asked to submit a recording (MP3 format is preferred for your CD recordings) of an original song written by the performer.
All entries will be posted online and Chronicle readers will vote for their three favorites. Those winners, and three critic's picks, will perform in front of a panel of judges Friday, Sept. 15, at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.
The winner receives $400 and a really big box of CDs, second place gets $200 and third $100. Of course, the bragging rights are priceless.
The winner of last year's contest is ineligible to participate, but this year, all previous winners and finalists are welcome to submit entries.
Send submissions to: Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA, 30901. Sound files can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can enter online at augustachronicle.com/applause. The deadline for submissions is Friday. Please, only one song per entry.
MIDWEEK MOVIE: Director Oliver Stone's much talked about drama World Trade Center opens. It's an emotional telling of how two New York Port Authority workers were trapped in the building's wreckage after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
COLD GIVING: Help out the Children's Medical Network and MCG's Children's Medical Center by buying a Blizzard at any local Dairy Queen and DQ Grill and Chills participating in the Miracle Treat Day. All proceeds will help children and families treated at the medical center. See www.dairyqueen.com for locations.
MOVIE NIGHT: The rhythm gets Channing Tatum in Step Up, the story of a guy who loses his way and finds dance. Also out are Accepted, a comedy about a teen who opens a university after being rejected by all eight of his college choices; and Zoom, starring Tim Allen as a dad who enrolls his daughter in a school for superheroes.
WATERMELON FESTIVAL: Make the drive to Thomson for the Tom Watson Watermelon Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive. Enjoy free ice-cold watermelon in addition to fun games (watermelon shot put, speed spitting and three-legged race to name a few) and entertainment.
BACK IN THE GROOVE: School bells ring once again for pupils in Aiken and Richmond counties.