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FIRST TAKE FILM FESTIVAL: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $5; firsttakefilmfestival. com; (706) 723-3758

ROBINSON CRUSOE AUDITIONS: 4:45 p.m. Monday, Youth Services Gym, Building 45410, Fort Gordon; openings for about 55 pupils K-12th grade; participants must be present for entire audition period; performance date 3 p.m. Saturday in Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue; produced by the Missoula Children's Theatre, Fort Gordon Child and Youth Services and the Fort Gordon Entertainment Program; (706) 791-4389

MESHUGGAH-NUNS! AUDITIONS: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue; openings for five women and one man; bring a prepared song in the musical-comedy genre; auditions will also require cold readings from the script and some improvisation; show dates: July 18-19, 25-26, 31 and Aug. 1-2

PERCUSSIONIST NICHOLAUS MEYERS, TODD JENKINS, TRUMPET: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $5, free for Augusta State students, faculty and staff with JagCard; (706) 667-4100

AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS: South Atlantic League affiliate of San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday-Friday vs. Kannapolis Intimidators; Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road;

TERRA COGNITA CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS LECTURE SERIES: 6-8 P.M. THURSDAY, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; sculptor Nene Humphrey discusses her cloth creations; members, students and teachers free; nonmembers, regular museum admission; (706) 828-3815

country music concert series: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jim Perkins; April 24, Eryn Eubanks & the Family Fold; May 1, The Mason Jars; May 8, Split Rail; May 15; Fletch & Folk; Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; free; (706) 312-7191

SPRING FLING: HELD BY ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL; 7 P.M. FRIDAY, St. Mary on the Hill Parish Hall, 1420 Monte Sano Ave.; Patti M. Williams (706) 736-5516,; Kay Jesse (706) 738-1276,

augusta colts: American Indoor Football Association team, Florida Stingrays Friday, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.;, (706) 828-6820

SORDID LIVES : 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and April 24-26; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $20 (plus tax); (706) 722-3322

BUILDING A STRONG ART PORTFOLIO: 2 P.M. SATURDAY, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; director of scholarship and recruitment at the Savannah College of Art and Design will discuss how students and artists can create powerful portfolios suitable for college or professional applications; representatives from Savannah College of Art and Design will provide reviews of personal portfolios after lecture; for teachers, college and high school students and artists; members, students and teachers, free; nonmembers, regular museum admission; (706) 828-3815


Frank Yerby House opening: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20; Paine College, 1235 15th St.; (706) 821-8200 BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: Friday, April 25; James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; (706) 722-3521

SACRED HEART GARDEN FESTIVAL: April 25-27; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; with exhibits, lectures, vendors and children's Mad Hatter tea; tour private gardens in Summerville and Hammond's Ferry in North Augusta; tickets available at Sacred Heart, The Partridge Inn, Main & Taylor Shoe Salon and Wild Birds Unlimited; (706) 826-4700,

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 25; Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St.; benefits the Alzheimer's Association; wine-tasting event with catering by French Market Grille West and desserts by Augusta Technical College culinary arts department; for tickets, call (706) 731-9060

FINISHING TOUCHES OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL AND INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: Saturday, April 26; zoo 9:30 a.m., rehearsal 10:30 a.m.; First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension; held by the Augusta Symphony;

CONSERVATORY JAZZ BAND: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free; (706) 731-7971


hezphibah lions club charity golf tournament: 11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday, May 2; Applewood Golf Course, 6130 Story Mill Road, Keysville, Ga.; $50 per player, includes lunch, range balls, tee gifts, door prizes and a putting contest; benefits the visually and hearing impaired; (706) 592-9622

THE WIZARD OF OZ : Augusta Players production 8 p.m. May 2-3; 3 p.m. May 4; The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; (706) 826-4707

BROWN BAG HISTORY SERIES: 11:30 a.m. refreshments, 12:30 p.m. lecture, augusta museum of history, 560 reynolds st.; may 7, james brown: living in america and loving augusta; june 4, history and archaeology at the augusta arsenal; oct. 1, a continuation of the immigration patterns and their influence on augusta; nov. 5, never for want of powder: the confederate powder works and how we wrote the book; free for museum members, $3 others; participants should bring lunch; museum will provide beverages and dessert; (706) 722-8454

bus stop: 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show May 9-10, 15-16, 22-24; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100; $26-$35; $20 show only;

BLIND WILLIE MCtell blues festival: Noon Saturday, May 10; festival site is one mile north of Interstate 20, Exit 172, Thomson; Anson Funderburgh, Mary Flower, Mike Farris, Geoff Acheson and Crosstie Walkers; $20 in advance, $25 at gate; 12 and younger free; tickets on sale April 1; (706) 597-1000,

GOLF TOURNAMENT: 11:45 a.m. lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start Tuesday, May 13; Belle Meade Country Club, Thomson; opera singer Jessye Norman will join the golfers at the luncheon; tournament fee $300 for a foursome; single entry fee $75 in advance and $80 on site; first-, second- and third-place prizes awarded; other prizes and raffles available; held by the Jessye Norman School of the Arts; (706) 737-4322.

BULLDOG NETWORKING AND SOCIAL HOUR: 6 p.m. May 15; Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 2808 Washington Road; meet fellow University of Georgia Bulldogs in our area and get involved with the UGA Alumni Association Augusta Chapter;

PAGLIACCI : 8 p.m. May 16-17; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $22-$49; performed by Augusta Opera; (706) 826-4710,

HYDRANGEAS GALORE PLANT SALE AND GARDEN TOUR: 10 a.m. May 31; Franke Pavilion, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; featuring plants from three wholesale nurseries; (706) 738-4321

WESTOBOU FESTIVAL: Sept. 18-27; downtown Augusta; featuring a variety of performances and presentations by local, regional and nationally recognized individuals and organizations, primarily in the disciplines of dance, music, theater and visual arts;

ARTS IN THE HEART OF AUGUSTA FESTIVAL: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19-21; Augusta Common and surrounding areas downtown; featuring Augusta's ethnic community providing a variety of entertainment and food, plus more than 70 art and craft vendors; the Philippines is this year's featured country; weekend badges $7 ($5 in advance); children 10 and younger free;

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