CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 27, except Dec. 20, 24 and 25; Hopelands Gardens, Whiskey Road at Dupree Place; 100,000 lights in displays; the Rye Patch Reception Center will play host to local artisans displaying and selling their handcrafted pieces 6-8:30 p.m. today-Sunday; Crafts for Kids will be held 6-8:30 p.m. today-Sunday; Today, Palmetto Christmas Choir; Sunday, Smith Hazel Praise Dancers; shuttle service to the gardens available, pickup and drop-off at the Goodwill parking lot, 1400 Whiskey Road (from 6-8:30 p.m.) and the Winn-Dixie, 1048 York St. N.E. (Winn-Dixie pickups at 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.); handicap parking at Hopelands; free; (803) 642-7631
THE SCIENCE OF TOYS: 1:30 p.m. through Dec. 23; Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; special presentations on toys; free with general admission; (706) 821-0206
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT TRANSATLANTIC CABLE: Through Dec. 31; Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; film plays continuously in History Theatre; museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; $2-$4; (706) 722-8454
AUGUSTA LYNX: Charlotte Checkers, 7:35 p.m. today; South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday; James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; game day, $11-$18; $1 children 3 and younger; $9-$16 seniors, military, and college students with ID; (706) 724-2400
CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATRE: 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show today-Sunday; Crossbridge Baptist Church, 3130 Skinner Mill Road; $10; advance tickets only; (706) 733-3652
VERITAS MARTINI PARTY: 6 p.m.; La Maison on Telfair, 404 Telfair St.; exotic stuffed olive bar, varied fruit martinis, specialty dessert martinis, complimentary tapas with martinis; martinis $5 each; (706) 722-4805
AN EVENING OF EXCELLENCE: 6 p.m.; Macedonia Baptist; with Lt. Col. Alfonzo Jackson of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.; with Derrick Monk and poet Dr. J. Calvin Alberty; free; (706) 737-6834
KARIN GILLESPIE BOOK-SIGNING: Noon to 4 p.m.; Pastel on Richland, 312 Richland Ave., Aiken; free admission; (706) 731-9094
THE LOVELL SISTERS: 1 p.m.; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12; $10 members of Morris Museum of Art or the Imperial Theatre; free ticket with every unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots brought to the Morris or Imperial Theatre; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com
A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m.; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; featuring the Augusta Choral Society and soloists Maureen Simpson, Diane Haslam, Chuck Neufield, Kyle Hancock, Nikki Wickware and Becca Gosey; $22 adults, $18 seniors and students and $5 pupils 12 and younger; tickets available at Sacred Heart; (706) 826-4713, www. augustachoralsociety.org
HOLIDAY GOSPEL FEST: 6 p.m.; Mt. Anna Baptist Church, Banks Mill Road, Aiken; bring a canned good; (877) 360-5632
HOW TO BEHAVE AT THE HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY
The office holiday party can be a great time to socialize with co-workers or a career wrecking minefield. It's all in how you choose to behave or misbehave, according to Peter Hess, the 30-year-old founder and president of YAPA, a free Internet-based membership organization for young professionals seeking career and personal success.
Mr. Hess and Lou Kennedy, a nationally known author on business etiquette and etiquette trainer for YAPA U, the educational arm of YAPA, have compiled a list of mistakes to avoid:
- The biggest error is not going to an office party that is a must-attend event.
- Don't forget your boss is watching. He or she will notice how you act.
- Dressing inappropriately. Too casual for guys or too sexy for women sends the wrong message in a professional workplace.
- Don't just talk shop. Even bosses avoid boring.
- Introduce yourself. Mr. Hess says some young professionals fail to introduce themselves to senior management so they shouldn't be surprised when bosses ignore them when it comes time for promotions.
- Watch your manners. That means it's best to watch how many cocktails you have. Don't have more than two alcoholic drinks.