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Ready for the weekend? Here's a roundup of stuff to do in the Augusta area:

SOUTHERN SOUL AND SONG: 7:30 tonight, Imperial Theatre, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder; $12.50-$35; presented by the Morris Museum of Art and Imperial Theatre; (706) 722-8341.

DROP DEAD, JULIET : 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $5; performed by the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing; (803) 648-1438.

INSPECTING CAROL: 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, today and Saturday; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; $35 civilians, $33 for ages 65 and older, retirees, Department of the Army civilians, active duty E7 and above; $26 active duty E6 and below, $20 show only; reservations required; (706) 793-8552,

Garden gear


Picking up pinecones can be a pain in the back. The innovative Coneivore helps you pick them up in one easy reach. The 36-inch handle tube plunges over the top of a pinecone, snatching it off the ground and into the tube. $34.95. Available at or call toll free (888) 266-3949.


Contact Features Editor Tharon Giddens at: (706) 823-3347 or

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