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Cast members rehearse for Nuncrackers at Le Chat Noir in downtown Augusta.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Cast members rehearse for Nuncrackers at Le Chat Noir in downtown Augusta.


LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH: 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 29, closed Christmas Day; Interstate 20 at Louisville Road, Grovetown; $7 adults, $3 ages 6-17; free ages 5 and younger; (706) 825-6441,

STEVE BAUGHMAN AND ROBIN BULLOCK, CHRISTMAS CELTIC GUITAR: 7:30 tonight, Historic Depot, Thomson, presented by Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, $12 advance, $15 at door; (706) 597-1000.

WARRENTON, GA., HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: Today, 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.

FORT GORDON SIGNAL CORPS BAND, AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. today; First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension; free; (706) 791-3113.

THE PERFECT GIFT: 7-9 p.m. today-Saturday; Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road; sidewalk presentation of life of Christ.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sacred Heart Cultural Center; with the Augusta Choral Society; $22 adults, $18 seniors, students, military; $5 ages 12 and younger; (706) 826-4713.

BREAKFAST WITH A black 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.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; Robert Toombs House State Historic Site, 216 E. Robert Toombs Ave., Washington, Ga.; ghosts of Christmas past, present and future will guide visitors through the house; (706) 678-2226.

COOKIES AND MILK WITH A black Santa: 3-5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 16, Sunshine Learning Center, 1805 Kissingbower Road; Christmas carols, live entertainment, crafts and door prizes; $5, includes photo with Santa; (706) 364-4600.

NORTH AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 5:50-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring the homes of: Vince and Linda Dwan, River Club, 460 Shoreline Drive; Skip and Jean Jones, Olde Towne, 910 Carolina Ave.; Deborah Holmes, Hammond's Ferry, 463 Arrington Ave.; Kevin and Lee Little, Hammond's 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.

HOLIDAY ON MAIN: Saturday, McCormick, S.C.; pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. McCormick Fire Department; parade, 10 a.m. on Main Street; pictures with Santa, Dorn Mill, $1; also, arts and crafts at 218 S. Main St.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE: 2 p.m. Saturday, starts at 13th and Broad streets; (706) 210-8255.

THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: 6 p.m. Saturday; lights will cover about 400 utility poles along Broad Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard; with Mayor Deke Copenhaver throwing the switch; includes carriage rides and fireworks.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Augusta Chorale performs Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, 4 p.m. Sunday; Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College; $15 adults, $5 students; pre-concert workshop for children 2:30-3:15 p.m. at Paine College, parents must accompany children; (706) 836-9426,

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Monday; Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; $10; presented by the Augusta Collegium Musicum; (706) 722-8454.

CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 6-9 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 27, except Dec. 12, 19, 24 and 25, Hopelands Gardens, Whiskey Road at Dupree Place; shuttle service to the gardens available, pickup at the Goodwill parking lot, 1400 Whiskey Road; handicap parking at Hopelands; free; (803) 642-7631.

TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13; Ronald McDonald House, 938 Greene St.; with every $10 donation, a light on the Sharing Tree will be lit; R.S.V.P. to (706) 724-5901.

LYDIA CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13; The Lydia Project, 1321 Arsenal Ave.; refreshments; (706) 736-5467,

CHRISTMAS AT THE QUARTERS: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; participants can enjoy special talks and interactive presentations, a live performance, games, tours of the historic house and special self-guided activities for families and home-school groups; $6 adults, $4 ages 6-16; $3 South Carolina seniors; 5 and younger free; (803) 827-1473.

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 ON ICE: 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, Augusta Ice Sports Center, 1249 Augusta West Parkway; $7 adult, $4 ages 6 and younger; groups of 20 or more, $4; (706) 863-0061.

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16; St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 2321 Lumpkin Road; nine traditional advent lessons with nontraditional gospel and jazz; (706) 798-1482.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23; Friendship Baptist Church, 515 Richland Ave., Aiken; (806) 648-9290.

CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT AND LESSONS AND CHORALS: 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24, St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; part of the Concerts with a Cause series; free; nursery provided; offering benefits the United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641, www.stjohn


NUNCRACKERS : 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 13-14; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $25; (706) 722-3322,

DEAR SANTA : Friday-Sunday 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, aiken

A CHRISTMAS CAROL : 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$38, (706) 826-4707,

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND SNOW WHITE : 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $3.50-$4; presented by the university's Born to Read Literacy Center and Patchwork Players; (706) 733-7043.

BROADWAY AT THE BELL: Movin' Out, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7; David Copperfield, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13; Ring of Fire, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Evita, 7:30 p.m. March 13; Chicago, 8 p.m. April 18; productions at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $145-$250 season tickets; (877) 858-0300.

CABARET: 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Feb. 15-16, 22-23, 28-29 and March 1, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100; $26-$35; $20 show only;


CHERRYHOLMES: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; part of the Southern Soul and Song series; tickets start at $12.50; presented by the Morris Museum of Art and Imperial Theatre; (706) 722-8341.

AUGUSTA SYMPHONY, NEW YORK VOICES: Pops! At the Bell concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Bell Auditorium; Publix Family Series concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 826-4705,

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY, HANDEL'S MESSIAH : 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; Part I and selections from Parts II and III; $5-$22; (706) 826-4713, www.augustachoral

MUSIC AT THE MORRIS: 2 p.m. Sundays, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; Dec. 16, Crescent Brass; Jan. 27, Josef Patchen; Feb. 17, Funmilayo Eke Harmon; free; (706) 724-7501.

VIOLINIST DIANA COHEN AND PIANIST MARIna lomazov: Noon, Jan. 8; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets; part of the Tuesday's Music Live series; concert free; lunch $7, catered by Poppy Seeds; reservations required for lunch; (706) 722-3463.

ERYN EUBANKS AND THE FAMILY FOLD: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12; Unitarian Universalist Church; part of the Common Grounds Coffeehouse series; $12 adults, $8 students; $2 off in advance; (706) 414-6515.

AUGUSTA SYMPHONY COLUMBIA COUNTY MUSIC SERIES: Wycliffe Gordon Presents! 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans; $30; full-time students and military personnel with ID may purchase $7 tickets on concert evenings only (subject to availability); (706) 826-4705,


AUGUSTA COLTS OFFICIAL DANCE TEAM: 3 p.m. Sunday, Health Central, 945 Broad St.; $20 application fee, cash; (803) 215-0034,


FRIDAY DANCE: 8:30-11 p.m. Fridays; The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive; $5; dance on second Saturdays, 7:30-11 p.m.; $10; The Seven Deadly Pirates, Friday-Saturday and Dec. 14-15; dance and theater production followed by food and dancing; $18-$25; (706) 854-8888


NAOMI WILLIAMS BOOK-SIGNING: 2-4 p.m. Sunday; Borders, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; signing Jacob's Daughter.


AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; Aiken Artist Guild Show through Friday; museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; regular prices for boat tours; boat tour hours through March 31: center open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with one-hour boat tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m., weather permitting; reservations required; $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, students for one-hour tours; ages 3 and younger free with paid adult; three-hour tours cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, military and students; center admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, military and students, free for ages 4 and younger; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; (706) 823-0440.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Greetings from Augusta: A Postcard Exhibition, through December; $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays;; (706) 722-8454.

GROVETOWN MUSEUM: 106 W. Robinson Ave.; information, artifacts and photographs of Grovetown, Columbia County and Georgia; 1-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; $1; (706) 863-4576.

DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 pupils, $1 University of South Carolina Aiken students, faculty and staff; reservations recommended; (803) 641-3654.

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1840 Broad St.; 1797 house, regular hours 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $2 adults, $1 children; (706) 737-2820.

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; admission half-price after 3 p.m.; (706) 821-0200.

HICKORY HILL: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; former home of Tom Watson, populist politician in the late 1800s and early 1900s; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, closed major holidays; (706) 595-7777 or

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; From My Hands: Quilt Collection from Dr. Geraldine Bell through Jan. 5; regular admission $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Sundays; www.lucy, (706) 724-3576.

MEADOW GARDEN HISTORIC SITE: 1320 Independence Drive; 1792 farm home of George Walton, Declaration of Independence signer; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays by appointment; $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $3 students, $1 children;; (706) 724-4174.

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Worth Remembering, through Feb. 24; Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats along the Way: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by John Baeder, Saturday through March 9; second annual Print Fair and Young Artist Showcase, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, first floor auditorium; fair and showcase free; 11 a.m. lecture with Wes Cochran is free for affiliate group members, $3 for nonmembers; Art at Lunch with John Baeder, noon Friday, Dec. 14, $10 members, $13 nonmembers; R.S.V.P. by Wednesday; $5 adults, $3 seniors, pupils and military with ID; free for museum members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; (706) 724-7501,

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: Off Lock and Dam Road, near Augusta Regional Airport; weekdays noon to dusk, Saturdays-Sundays and holidays dawn to dusk; December Dash 10K, 9 a.m. Saturday; register online at; Holiday Break Bike Tour, 2 p.m. Dec. 16; 11-mile bike ride with Andy Jordan; helmets required; $5 Academy members, $8 others, register by Dec. 13; (706) 828-2109.

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; tours of 103-year-old former church noted for architecture; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; (706) 826-4700.

BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 419 Seventh St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $5 adults, $4 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-17 and free ages 5 and younger; (706) 722-9828.


TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS WORKSHOP: 1 p.m. Wednesday; Morris Museum of Art 1 10th St.; free; participants must register with Georgia Council for the Arts at

TALENT SHOW: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Butler High School gym, 2011 Lumpkin Road; open to all Richmond County high school students; $10; first place $500, second place $350, third place $150;

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