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No dry lecture

Sid Mullis, the director of the University of Georgia Extension Service office in Richmond County, will speak about water conservation at 6 p.m. today at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road, as part of the Family Discovery Series. The cost is $3 per family. For more information, call (706) 828-2109.

'Carmen' at Imperial

Augusta Opera will present La Tragedie de Carmen at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Ticket prices range from $22 to $49. Call (706) 826-4710 or visit www.augustaopera.com.

Classical performance

The Augusta Choral Society will perform works by Bach, Lotti, Monteverdi and Rutter at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for seniors. Call (706) 826-4713 or visit www.augusta choralsociety.org.

Country show

Damon Smith will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday at The Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon, 2834 Washington Road. Admission is $5 for men and $3 for women. Call (706) 364-1862.

Museum musical

The Augusta Collegium Musicum will present Gilbert and Sullivan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. The a capella chamber choir will sing selections from H.M.S. Pinafore , The Mikado , Trial by Jury , The Gondoliers and The Pirates of Penzance . Light refreshments will follow the concert, which costs $10 and benefits the programs of the museum. Call (706) 722-8454.

Imperial ballet

The Augusta Ballet will present Ballet Stars of New York at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The Augusta Symphony will provide music for the evening's program, which includes works by George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon. The fifth annual Black Tie Gala will follow the performance at the Augusta Museum of History.

Performance ticket prices range from $15 to $35, and gala tickets are $135. Student and senior discounts are available.

For more information, call (706) 261-0555 or visit www.augustaballet.org.

Pet benefit

The CSRA Humane Society will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at its pet center, 425 Wood St.

The event will benefit the homeless pets at the center. Call (706) 261-7387.

Club performance

Patrick Davis will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For more information, call (706) 722-3322.

Musical lecture

Augusta State University faculty members will present a lecture-recital about music of the 19th and 20th centuries at 2 and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., as part of the Music at the Morris series. Admission is free. Call (706) 724-7501.

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