Originally created 11/29/06

Across the river



THIS WEEK

SANTA ON WHEELS: Children's bicycles will be collected through Saturday, Dec. 16, at Master Pontiac Buick GMC, 3710 Washington Road, and Andy Jordan's Bicycle Warehouse, 527 13th St.; donors will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes and discounts from dealership and warehouse; volunteers also needed to deliver bikes; (706) 790-5350

CHEERLEADER AUDITIONS: Preliminary auditions 7:30 p.m. today; Health Central, 945 Broad St.; $20; (803) 278-3351

THE GREAT CHINA ACROBATS: 7:30 p.m. today; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $10-$25; (706) 722-8341

CERAMIC SALE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today-Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; tents near main entrance at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; held by Mad Potter's Organization

FLAME OF HOPE AND MEMORY: 6 p.m. Thursday; The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, 1 11th St.; with Mayor Deke Copenhaver and The Crowns; candles will be lit to honor and remember those impacted by Alzheimers; free; (706) 731-9060

BLACK GOLD: 7 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday-Friday; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; film exploring the business of coffee; (706) 722-8241, www.blackgoldmovie.com

WHISKEY PAINTERS OF AMERICA: 5-10 p.m. Friday; Zimmerman Gallery, 1006 Broad St.; opening reception for the holiday show and sale; (706) 774-1006

GRAYSON CAPPS AND THE STUMPKNOCKERS: 8 p.m. Friday; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $15; (706) 826-0670

BOREALIS STRING QUARTET: 8 p.m. Friday; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $20 adults, $5 school-age children, free for ASU faculty, staff and students; no one younger than 7 admitted; (706) 790-9274

THE SCIENCE OF TOYS: 1:30 p.m. Friday through Dec. 23; Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; special presentations on the magic, the mystery and the science of toys; free with general admission; (706) 821-0206

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DISPLAY: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Augusta Museum of History Rotunda, 560 Reynolds St.; featuring sugary historic buildings of the area created by chefs; each house available for silent auction to benefit the programs of the museum; free; (706) 722-8454

BRUNCH WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; $5 adults, $2 pupils; (706) 724-3576

MUSICAL, THE LADY PIRATES OF CAPTAIN BREE: 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; $12 adults, $6 students and seniors, children 4 and younger free; (706) 869-0089, www.childrenensemble.com

A COMBINED TRADITION: ANNUAL QUILTING AND DOLL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION: 3-5 p.m. Sunday; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; $5 adults, $2 students; (706) 724-3576, www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com

MARTINEZ-EVANS CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday; Evans, route along Ronald Reagan Drive to Washington Road, to Belair Road and end at Bel Air Elementary School; (706) 863-7645

RECITAL: 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free; by ASU Conservatory Program; (706) 731-7971

BOOK SIGNING: 1-3 p.m. Sunday; Borders Books Music & Music, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; Susan Mucha will discuss her book, Deadly Deception, and sign copies; (706) 737-6962

THE ROGER DENNING MEMORIAL CONCERT: 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; part of Tuesday's Music Live; with the Accidentals performing holiday music; lunch by Poppy Seeds; $7; lunch reservations required; (706) 722-3463

DISASTER ASSESSMENT TRAINING: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday; American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St.; free; (706) 724-8481

AUDITIONS, A RAISIN IN THE SUN: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 6; Room 245, Washington Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; openings for three black women ages 18-60, three black men ages 18-35, a black boy age 9-12 and a white man age 25-50; evening rehearsals begin mid-February for the April 19-22 production; (706) 729-2416

PROJECT LINK LECTURE SERIES: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday; Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, 1446 Harper St.; topic is 'Tis the Season to Be Jolly: Selecting Holiday Toys for Children With Special Needs, with Valarie Chapman and Sheryl Irwin; free; (706) 721-5437

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, DINNER: Noon Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 7; 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9; Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home, 415 Seventh St.; 19th-century menu; Christmas carols and other holiday favorites; complimentary tour of the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson; $25 luncheon, $35 dinner; reservations required; seating limited; groups welcome; (706) 724-0436

UPCOMING

HARMONY RIVER CHORUS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7; Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road; Sweet Adelines International will perform; (803) 279-6499

SUPERMARKET OF VETERANS BENEFITS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7; Georgia National Guard Armory, 88 Milledge Road; held by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and other agencies; representatives from state, local and federal agencies will be on hand to provide veterans and their dependents with information about benefits

HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7; First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension; U.S. Army Signal Corps Band joint concert with the wind ensemble of Augusta State University; free; to guarantee a seat, tickets are available at Georgia Bank and Trust, Fort Gordon Federal Credit Union, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce; (706) 791-2423

FIVE YEARS IN THE DESERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7; 170 University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Spc. John Shirley to talk about his experience in Afghanistan; free; (706) 737-1709

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; presented by the Augusta Players; $12-$32; (706) 826-4707, www.augustaplayers.com

CHERISH THE LADIES: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair Street; part of the Pops! at the Bell Series; $10, $30 and $40; military personnel and full-time students with valid ID may purchase $7 rush tickets at concert box office; (706) 826-4705, www.augustasymphony.org

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-9; Pastel Art Cafe, 2120 Central Ave; featuring Augusta State University Mad Potters pottery sale; refreshments; (706) 731-9094

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road; music by Dr. Tim Owings, Lillie Morris, Michael Hay, Marina Alexandra; drinks, hors d'oeuvres; $50; benefits the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund; (706) 312-7194

EDMOND KIDA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way; for adults $10 in advance, $12 at door; for students $6 in advance, $8 at door; (706) 733-7939

IT'S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $8-$10; an Augusta West Dance Company production; most of the proceeds benefit children's charities, burn unit at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, and Camp Rainbow; (706) 860-0998

BOOK SIGNING: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway; Jim Daher will discuss his book, Righteous Kill, and sign copies; (706) 860-2310

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10; Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College, 1235 15th St.; various styles in choral setting; $15 adults, $5 students; (706) 738-0746

AUDITIONS, GUYS AND DOLLS: 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 11-12; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon; actors, singers and dancers needed; actors requested to bring prepared number in the spirit of Broadway musical comedy; use accompanist or bring a music-only compact disc; show dates: Feb. 16-17, 23-24, March 1-3; (706) 793-8552, www.fortgordon.com

SENIOR LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; with Henry Johnson, the Jefferson County High School Chorus and The Heritage Academy; $7; reservations required Monday, Dec 11; (706) 724-3576

CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATRE: 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17; Crossbridge Baptist Church, 3130 Skinner Mill Road; $10; advance tickets only; (706) 733-3652

LIGHT THE NIGHT: Sunday, Dec. 17; The Lydia Project Inc., 1321 Arsenal Ave.; a benefit for The Lydia Project; volunteers burn luminaries at their homes in honor of women who have suffered cancer; five for $6 or 10 for $10 (706) 736-5467, thelydiaproject.org.

HOLIDAY CAMP: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21-22, 27-29; Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; for kindergartners to fifth graders; members $30 per day, $125 for all days; nonmembers $35 per day, $150 for five days; reservation deadline Dec. 15; (706) 821-0646, www.nationalsciencecenter.org

OPERATION CHRISTMAS FEAST: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25; Salvation Army, 1384 Greene St.; volunteers will deliver meals; if you need a meal, leave address where meals can be delivered, number of meals needed; (803) 426-2032

THE ME I LIKE: 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12-14; Jack B. Patrick Technology Center, Augusta Technical College, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive; performed by Augusta Mini Theatre; $12 adults, $10 students, $8 youth groups of at least 10; (706) 722-0598, www.augustaminitheatre.com

AUCTION: 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. auction Jan. 13; Southeastern Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 4010 Deans Bridge Road; pre-auction viewing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12; , www.antiqueworldauction.com