Originally created 11/29/06



CLEARWATER EXPLOSION: Softball team for girls 12 and younger is looking for players; Matt Fleming, (803) 634-0223 or fleming20@bellsouth.net

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

TOUR OF HOMES: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 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; Pastel on Richland, 312 Richland Ave.; Paul Pearman, mosaic belt buckles; free admission; (706) 731-9094

FASHION SHOW: 10 a.m. Saturday; North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road; brunch, fashion show featuring items from Tolbert's in Aiken; $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; 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, 1:30 p.m.; (803) 279-7560

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

CHRISTMAS PARADE: 3 p.m. Sunday; downtown North Augusta; North Augusta Lions Club's An Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade; (803) 279-2323

FEAST OF CAROLS: 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 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. Monday-Tuesday, 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

KARIN GILLESPIE: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; Pastel on Richland, 312 Richland Ave.; book-signing by Ms. Gillespie, author of Dollar Daze and The Bottom Dollar Girls Go Hollywood; free admission; (706) 731-9094

BIG BAND: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30; Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; The Dick Goodwin Band; sponsored by the Aiken Woman's Club; $30; (803) 644-8837

I THINK I CAN: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 29-30; Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, University of South Carolina Aiken Playground Playhouse Productions; Aiken; $7 adults, $4 students; (803) 641-3305


AIKEN AREA COUNCIL ON AGING: Needs volunteers to deliver meals in the Aiken, Graniteville, Gloverville, North Augusta and Wagener areas; The council provides route sheets and it takes about an hour to deliver meals; (803) 648-5447

STITCHES FROM THE HEART: Seeking volunteers to knit, crochet blankets, sweaters and hats for children in the hospital; donations of yarn will be appreciated; (866) 472-6903


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