THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Bartow Theater, Bartow, Ga.; presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.; $10 adults, $5 children; (478) 364-3440

INDIAN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Taylor Memorial Park, 3578 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth, Ga.; rides, games, fireworks, music, dance, arts, crafts, pottery, henna tattoos, traditional floor painting, exhibition, ceremonial parade, international cuisine; free; (770) 331-3819

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Augusta fire marshal indicted on extortion charges
According to the federal indictment returned by a grand jury Thursday, Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard is accused of extorting money from nightclub owners and managers with threats of economic harm.
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