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UGANDA SPIRIT: 3 p.m. today, 413 Hayne St., downtown Aiken; open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization; (803) 233-2807

AUTHORS OF MYSTERY AND HORROR SHOW: 7 p.m. Monday, Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road; designed for middle- and high- school pupils; open to the public; show will feature tricks based on poems and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and others; learn more at; (803) 279-5767

RIBBON-CUTTING: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Seven Gables, 1208 Georgia Ave.; Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Palmetto House; (803) 279-2323

AIKEN JAYCEES WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Thursday through Oct. 27, 5-11 p.m. weekdays and noon to midnight weekends, Aiken Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 1 North, Aiken; rides, concerts, monster truck shows, demolition derby, art, craft and horticulture shows; reserved concert seating available for $15;

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, SANCTUS REAL, BETHANY DILLON: 7 p.m. Thursday, University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway; $18-$27; (866) 722-8877,

PIECEFUL HEARTS QUILT GUILD QUILT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Riverview Park, 100 Riverview Park Drive; $4; (803) 279-6456

BIRD WATCHING: 9 A.M. SATURDAY, Hammond's Ferry sales office, 89 Crystal Lake Drive; Lois Stacey, president of the local Audubon Society, will introduce the public to indigenous birds; bring binoculars; free; (803) 613-1641

COLONIAL TIMES: A DAY TO REMEMBER: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; alchemist, animals to pet, butter churning,musicians, pottery, weaving and more; free; (803) 279-7560

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