Around the block

Time to play ball

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta are accepting registration for the Junior NBA Basketball League for boys ages 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18. Registration continues through Feb. 8, and the cost is $10. League play begins Feb. 18. For more information, call (706) 312-2200.

Futurity rides in

The Augusta Futurity will begin today and run through Jan. 26 at James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St. To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at (706) 828-7700.

Country concert

A concert featuring Confederate Railroad and 17 South will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at The Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon, 2834 Washington Road. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Call (706) 364-1862.

Musical mixture

Concerts With a Cause will present Emily Saliers, of the vocal duo the Indigo Girls, and her father, Methodist minister Don Saliers, in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.

The Salierses will explore musical connections between the sacred and the secular in the performance, Saturday Night Meets Sunday Morning Music.

The concert is free, and a nursery will be provided. An offering will be taken for The Rape Crisis Center.

For information, call (706) 724-9641.

Music on Tuesday

American coloratura soprano Diane Penning and pianist Paul Bisaccia will perform at noon Tuesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets, as part of the Tuesday's Music Live series. The concert is free. Lunch will be provided by Cindy's Catering and costs $7. Lunch reservations are required.

For information or to make reservations, call (706) 722-3463.

Reading, signing

The 18th annual Winter Gathering of Writers will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in 170 University Hall at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Novelist and editor Susan Mucha and radio host and entertainment critic Jackie Cooper will read original works. There will be a book-signing and reception after the readings; admission is free.

Call (706) 729-2416.

Electronics recycling

CSRA Public Electronics and Glass Recycle Day will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St. Acceptable items include computers, fax machines, scanners, pagers, digital cameras and cell phones; unacceptable items include televisions and microwave ovens.

Call (706) 821-0224.


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