STORYLAND THEATRE: Today-Saturday, Jack and the Beanstalk; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; show times 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. for school-day shows and 3 p.m. for Saturday family matinees; school performances require reservations, $4.50 per show for pupils, $11 for season; chaperones and teachers admitted free; special rates for home-school groups; matinee tickets are $12 for season or $5 per show; Saturdays do not require reservations; free tickets available Saturdays for active-duty military and their families with a military ID;, (706) 736-3455

SPRING SCHOLASTIC FAIR: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Greenbrier Elementary School, 5116 Riverwood Parkway, Evans

THE ROAR OF LOVE: 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, performed by Columbia County Ballet; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $12 students and seniors, $17 adults; (706) 860-1852

FREE STRANGER DANGER EVENT: 6 p.m. Friday, Seigler's Karate Center, 4471 Columbia Road, Suite A3, Martinez; event includes showing children how to defend themselves against predators; (706) 855-5685

ORATORY CONTEST: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Columbia County Library, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; open to high school juniors and seniors; present a five- to seven-page essay with anti-abortion topic; registration due by Friday; first place, $250; second place, $100; (706) 726-1269,

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP: 8 a.m. Saturday; Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road;

EASTER EGG HUNT: 9 a.m. Saturday, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; children will be divided into age groups to collect more than 8,000 candy-filled Easter eggs; free; bring basket; (706) 312-7191,

THE ANDERSON SENIOR FOLLIES: 7 p.m. Saturday; Alexander Hall, Building 29805, Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon; high-energy, Broadway-style production honors soldiers, songs, dances, products and inventions all made in America;

GOLF MEMORABILIA SHOW AND SALE: Stan Byrdy book-signing, 2-4 p.m. Saturday; Robbie Williams book-signing, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Saturday through April 8; Antique Market of Augusta, 3179 Washington Road; (706) 860-7909

GOLF CLINIC: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Augusta Municipal Golf Course, 2023 Highland Ave.; with Vaughn Taylor, Charles Howell III and Jim Dent; $10 (706) 533-8076

DRIVE FOR SHOW, ROCK FORE! DOUGH: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; First Tee of Augusta, 3165 Damascus Road; $25 in advance, $35 day of show; with John Kolbeck, Corey Smith, Dashboard Confessional, Cheap Trick; (706) 364-4653


JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE: The Soul Generals, Danny Ray, The Bittersweets: 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $20 in advance, $25 at door; (706) 722-8341,,

GREATER TUNA: 8 p.m. April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $15 each; (706) 722-3322,

UNDERCOVER ARTIST SHOW: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; $75; art auction, food by Very Vera; benefits hospital; (706) 823-8584

DARRYL WORLEY, THE WRIGHTS: Red, White and Bull Bash, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, Augusta Common, Eighth and Reynolds streets; $20; benefits The Greater Augusta Arts Council;; (706) 826-4702

MARINA LOMAZOV: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14; First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension; prelude by violinist Jonathan Aceto at 6:30 p.m.; $20-$40; military and students with valid ID may purchase $7 tickets at box office (if available); no advance reservations accepted for discounted tickets; (706) 826-4705,

RIBBON CUTTING: 10 a.m. Friday, April 20; Pendleton King Park, 138 Pinetree Road; for sculpture garden created by pupils from Monte Sano Elementary; (706) 731-0008

GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; preview party 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19; with Tara Dillard, landscape architect and author; (706) 826-4700, or

WHITE LINEN AFFAIR AT THE GARDENS: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens, 1 11th St.; music by quietSTORM; $35; proceeds benefit the chapter's community service projects; (706) 829-4134

AUGUSTA VIRTUOSI: 7:30 p.m. April 26; Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; $20; (706) 826-4705;

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY'S BORN TO READ LITERACY CENTER AND PATCHWORK PLAYERS: April 27: The Magic Clock of Cuckoo; May 14: Around the World With Captain Book; June 12: Emperor's New Clothes; July 9: Once Upon a Summertime; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; show times 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; $4; group rates available; (706) 733-7043

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