Originally created 11/22/06



AARP TAX HELP: Applications being accepted for volunteers to help prepare federal and state income tax returns Feb. 1-April 15; initial training will be Dec. 11-15; (706) 210-3048

ORGANIZATION GRANTS: Dec. 18 application deadline; Aiken Junior Woman's Club accepting applications from charitable organization for its annual Grants of Hope; recipients will be notified by April 15; (803)642-6993

HISTORIC HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR: 4-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; tour of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, 419 Seventh St.; Meadow Garden Historic Home, 1320 Independence Drive; the Ezekiel Harris House, 1840 Broad St.; and Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; $12 in advance, $15 tour days; pupil tickets $5 in advance and tour days; children 4 and younger free; benefits the house museums on tour; (706) 724-0436


CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3; North Augusta Lions Club's An Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade; applications available for entrants at the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 302 Georgia Ave.; deadline Wednesday, Nov. 29; no entry fee; (803) 279-2323

TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2; features six homes decorated for holidays and the Living History Park; tickets $15 advance, $18 day of tour, available at Jim Bush Flower Shop, Parks Pharmacy and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce; (803) 279-6036

TRUNK SHOW: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; Pastel on Richland, 312 Richland Ave.; Paul Pearman, mosaic belt buckles; free admission; (706) 731-9094

FASHION SHOW: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road; brunch, fashion show featuring items from Tolberts; $10, must be purchased in advance from Jim Bush Flower Shop, Parks Pharmacy and North Augusta Chamber of Commerce; (803) 279-6036

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; bring apples, oranges, pumpkins, peanut butter, lard, pine cones, dried corn, popcorn, cranberries and bird seed; cider and cookies will be served and storytime will be held at 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.; (803) 279-7560

CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; Graniteville, Vaucluse, Warrenville Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary; entry registrations being accepted for interested individuals, clubs, organizations; (803) 663-6472

FEAST OF CAROLS: 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 4-5; lobby of the University of South Carolina Aiken's Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; renaissance festival of holiday food and music; $35; (803) 641-3305

UNIVERSITY THEATRE PLAYERS: Feast of Carols 7 p.m. Dec. 4-5, Etherredge Center lobby; Ten-Minute Play Festival: 8 p.m. Jan. 25-27, 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 28; Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students; Feast of Carols, $35; (803) 641-3305

EARLY AMERICAN CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7; Aiken First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave.; the Baroque Magnificat will be accompanied by a string ensemble from the Augusta Symphony and Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra with Laura Tomlin as first violin; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, children free

LITTER PICKUP: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; teams will remove litter from the public roads that run through the property; (803) 471-0291


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