Around the block

Toy drive

Kiss Kids Kissmas Drive is being held by radio station WKSP-FM (96.3). Drop off new, unwrapped toys or money at these Wal-Marts: 6-10 a.m. today, Evans; 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aiken; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, Bobby Jones Expressway; 6-10 a.m. Dec. 28, Deans Bridge Road and Waynesboro, Ga.; or 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20, at McDonald's, Walton Way. Call Cher Best (706) 396-6000, ext. 195.

Family concert

New York Voices will perform at 3 p.m. today at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, as part of Augusta Symphony's Publix Family Series. Prices range from $6-$12. Call (706) 826-4705 or visit

Signal Corps concert

Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band and the Augusta State University Wind Ensemble will perform a Christmas concert at 7 tonight at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension. Admission is free. Call (706) 791-3113.

Holiday play

A Christmas Carol will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Ticket prices range from $12-$38. Call (706) 826-4707 or visit

Dance performance

Augusta West Dance Studio will perform The Night Before Christmas at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $8 and $10 and can be purchased through Augusta West. Call (706) 860-0998.

Christmas parade

The Augusta Christmas Parade will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, starting at 13th and Broad streets. Call (706) 210-8255.

Holiday light-up

The Augusta Chronicle Christmas Light-Up Spectacular will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Augusta with Mayor Deke Copenhaver "throwing the lights," which will cover about 400 utility poles along Broad Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard. Fireworks will follow. Visit www.augustadown

Hanukkah concert

A Hanukkah concert featuring The Robyn Helzner Trio will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Children of Israel Walton Way Temple, 3005 Walton Way. Tickets are $18 for adults and may be purchased at the door. Admission is free for anyone 18 and younger. A dessert reception will follow. Call (706) 855-7279.

Christmas concert

The Augusta Chorale will present its Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College, 1235 15th St. The concert will feature Handel's Messiah and mark Phyllis W. Anderson's debut as artistic director for the 60-voice group. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. A workshop for children will be held from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Workshop admission is free, but children must be accompanied by a parent. For information call (706) 830-0991 or (706) 836-9426.

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