ACCESSORIES PARTY: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Evans High School's commons area; the Evans High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will hold a drop-in accessories party; fashion purses, totes, duffles and accessories will be available for purchase, with monogramming offered for a small fee; the event is a fundraiser for FCCLA activities.
HARLEM'S HANDS UP OUTREACH MINISTRIES THRIFT SHOP: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 110 S. Hicks St.; free bread available; donations of clothing, housewares, school supplies and other items are welcome; (706) 556-2259.
LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 29, Interstate 20 at Louisville Road, Grovetown; closed Christmas Day; $7 adults, $3 children 6-17; children 5 and younger free; free parking; (706) 825-6441, www.lightsofthesouth.com.
20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; Augusta Collegium Musicum and Davidson Fine Art Magnet School choirs under the directorship of William Toole; tickets are available only at Sacred Heart Cultural Center Office; (706) 826-4700.
COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING: 6 p.m. at Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans.
TUESDAY NIGHTS TOGETHER SINGLES FELLOWSHIP: 7 p.m. in the administration building of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Avenue; area single adults are invited to a community-wide fellowship and Bible study; Ty Lockridge at (803) 279-6370.
HARLEM'S LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; museum is closed Sundays and Mondays; (706) 556-0401.
AIKEN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION: 7 p.m. at 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken; special called meeting to discuss test scores.
STEVE BAUGHMAN AND ROBIN BULLOCK, CHRISTMAS CELTIC GUITAR: 7:30 p.m., River Island Clubhouse, 1570 River Island Parkway, Evans, $15, available at Broadstrokes Gallery, (706) 860-6055 or (706) 267-5416; also 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Historic Depot, Thomson, presented by Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, $12 advance, $15 at door; (706) 597-1000.
GARDEN SERIES: 12:10 p.m. at the Columbia County Library; the Columbia County Extension Service office's monthly Gardening at Lunch series; Extension Agent Charles Phillips will present a program on care of house plants; (706) 868-3413.
MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CLOTHES CLOSET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at Wheeler and Belair Roads; donations accepted on the first day of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF COLUMBIA COUNTY: 7 a.m. at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse; president Lee Clark, (706) 863-2000.
SECOND ANNUAL CLAYWORKS CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room 202 at the conference center of the Lex Walters Campus, Greenwood.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY PUBLIX FAMILY SERIES: New York Voices, 3 p.m. at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. $6-$12; (706) 826-4705, augustasymphony.org.
WARRENTON, GA., HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: Downtown Warrenton; carriage rides, hayrides, Santa's workshop, open houses in shops, music, candlelit suppers, live Nativity, roasted marshmallows and apple slices; (706) 465-9604.
THE PERFECT GIFT: 7-9 p.m. through Saturday; Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road; sidewalk presentation of life of Christ.
MARTINEZ-EVANS OPTIMIST CLUB MEETING: noon at the Jones Creek Clubhouse; (706) 830-5730.
TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 6 p.m. at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave.; non-profit weight-loss support group; (706) 863-0726.
SECOND ANNUAL CLAYWORKS CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Creative Economies Gallery, 504 Main Street, Edgefield.
THIRD ANNUAL EVENING OF CHRISTMAS CELTIC GUITAR: 7:30 p.m. at Thomson's Historic Depot; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; (706) 597-1000.
FORT GORDON SIGNAL CORPS BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Walton Way Extension; the band and the Augusta State University Wind Ensemble will play holiday music; free.
COLUMBIA COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION : 6:30 p.m. at the Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive; (706) 868-3400.
AUGUSTA COMMISSION, 2008 BUDGET SESSION: 1 p.m., commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
AUGUSTA COMMISSION, REGULAR MEETING: 2 p.m., commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
COMMUNITY-WIDE TRANSFORMATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM: 7 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; with David Stayner; (706) 733-8838.
HOLLY JOLLY FIRST FRIDAY: events start at 5 p.m. in downtown Augusta; sidewalk entertainment, live performances and features of galleries and businesses on Broad Street; Christmas tunes on Tenth & Broad streets; headquarters tent and live entertainment will be moving to the north side of Broad Street.
NUNCRACKERS: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25; (706) 722-3322, lcnaugusta.com.
TURKEY SHOOT: 6 p.m. at the Grovetown Lions Club on Old Louisville Road, Grovetown; turkey shoot fundraiser; cost is $3 per shot for a chance to win a turkey and other items; concession stand is available.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$38, (706) 826-4707, www.augustaplayers.com.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Worship Center, 715 S. Old Belair Road; the Annie Moses Band will perform in its Christmas, Bright and Beautiful Tour; free; (706) 868-6410.
Steak dinner: 7 to 9 p.m. at American Legion Post 192, on Legion Drive off Owens Road, in Evans; (706) 863-8728.
NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:50-9:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; featuring six homes: Vince and Linda Dwan, River Club, 460 Shoreline Drive; Skip and Jean Jones, Olde Towne, 910 Carolina Ave.; Deborah Holmes, Hammonds Ferry, 463 Arrington Ave.; Kevin and Lee Little, Hammonds Ferry, 468 Front St.; Steve McElmurray, Campbelltown Towne Landing, 141 Savannah Point; Donnie Thompson, 930 River Oaks; Chris and Melody Garrison, 419 W. Martintown Road; $15 in advance (available until 2 p.m. Friday), $18 at the door; (803) 279-5074.
DEAR SANTA: Today-Saturday and Dec. 14-15, Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17, $15 for students and seniors; $6 for ages 12 and younger; (803) 648-1438, aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
MAGIC AND MUGGLES OVERNIGHT: Camp Tanglewood, Columbia County; for girls ages 13-17; Harry Potter activities such as creating magic wands, practicing "potions" and participating in trivia games based on the book and films; held by the Girl Scouts Central Savannah River Council; www.girlscoutscsra.org.
THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: 6 p.m.; lights will cover about 400 utility poles along Broad Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard; with Mayor Deke Copenhaver "throwing the lights"; includes carriage rides and fireworks.
SANTA BREAKFAST: 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary School; Breakfast with Santa event; Olga Cagle-Astorga at (706) 394-6771.
DECEMBER DASH 10K: 9 a.m. at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; benefits Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy programs; register at (706) 828-2109, www.active.com.
HOLLY DAYS: Saturday and Dec. 15, downtown Aiken; Santa pictures, crafts, shopping bargains; holiday music, 11 a.m. Dec. 15, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.; (803) 649-2221.
CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE: 2 p.m., starts at 13th and Broad streets; entry fees: $110 commercial, $35 nonprofit.
TURKEY SHOOT: 6 p.m. at the Grovetown Lions Club on Old Louisville Road, in Grovetown; turkey shoot fundraiser; cost is $3 per shot for a chance to win a turkey and other items; concession stand is available.
ADVENT DAY: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez; Advent Day of Reflection; breakfast, drinks and snacks will be provided; participants should bring a sack lunch; (706) 863-1718.
CHANUKAH CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Children of Israel Walton Way Temple, 3005 Walton Way; cost is $18 for adults, free for 18 and younger; tickets may be purchased at the door; a dessert reception will follow; The Boyn Helzner Trio will perform; (706) 855-7279.
BREAKFAST WITH AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SANTA: 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 15, Sunshine Learning Center, 1805 Kissingbower Road; Christmas carols, live entertainment, crafts and door prizes; $5, includes photo with Santa; (706) 364-4600.
FIFTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN HARLEM: 11 a.m. in downtown Harlem; (706) 556-0043.
LEGION BREAKFAST: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Sons of the American Legion Post 192 off Owens Road in Evans.
CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ASSOCIATION FOR SINGLE ADULTS DANCE: 8-11 p.m. at Westside High School on Patriots Way in Augusta; admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and includes dance lessons from 7-8 p.m.; Don Stephens at (706) 737-4944.
CHORALE CONCERT: 4 p.m. at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel; the Augusta Chorale's Christmas concert, featuring Handel's Messiah ; tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for students, with group rates available; (706) 830-0991.
CHARITY RIDE: 1 p.m. starting at Savannah Rapids Pavilion and onto the Greeneway in North Augusta; bike ride to help support the family of a Greenbrier High School teacher whose husband is suffering from leukemia; registration costs $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 12-17, with children under 12 admitted free; Ethan St. Martin at (706) 860-7507, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ANNUAL VESPER AND CAROL SERVICE: 7 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way, Augusta; choral works include Robert Shaw's, Many Moods of Christmas and Randol Bass, Gloria ; special guests will be The Five Points Brass from South Carolina; free; contact the church office or visit www.reidchurch.org.
THE AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS GIFT: 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; with full orchestra and more than 200 singers; presented by Macedonia and Warren Baptist churches; parking costs $4, admission free; a donation will be received to provide burgers, blankets and Bibles to the homeless.