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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: 2-3:30 p.m., Hammond's Ferry, North Augusta; crafts, interactive dance program presented by ABATSU African Drummers; free; (706) 828-3867



NACCAP SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIR: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Augusta Christian Schools' gym, 313 Baston Road, in Martinez; financial aid workshop at 7:30 p.m.; (706) 863-2905, ext. 137, www.augustachristian.org.

AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM: 10 a.m. to noon; lower level meeting room of Columbia County Library in Evans; information sessions for new volunteers to prepare tax returns for seniors; call Bill Kozel at (706) 210-3048.

Movie night: 6:30 p.m., Stop Loss ; free; Main Branch Library, 902 Greene St.; (706) 821-2600

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5:15-6:15 p.m. social and private weigh-in, 6:30-7:30 p.m. meeting, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 2321 Lumpkin Road; nonprofit weight-loss support group; (706) 737-1120, www.tops.org

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS: 9-9:45 a.m., 10-10:45 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; $37.50 per month; (706) 823-5294


TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5 p.m.; Pine View Baptist Church, 117 Pleasant Home Road, Martinez.

MAYOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST: 8 a.m., Burns Memorial United Methodist, 2372 Lumpkin Road; with Gregory Young, Matt Aitken and Mayor Deke Copenhaver; RSVP to (706) 821-1833

CPR AND FIRST AID TRAINING: Single sessions; 6 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 28, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; $20; two-year certification earned; (706) 955-0911, www.firstresponsecpr.com


MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CLOTHES CLOSET: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church at Wheeler and Belair Roads; donations accepted on the first day of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 6 p.m. at Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave.; (706) 863-0726.

THINK PINK LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; with keynote speaker Amy Breitmann, director of development for The Lydia Project; silent auction at 11 a.m. benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation; $25; (706) 823-3476

BEST OF AUGUSTA BASH: 6 p.m., Fort Discovery, Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street. Augusta Magazine celebration of winners of the 2008 Best of Augusta readers' poll; music, food and access to Fort Discovery's exhibits; $12 advance or $17 at door, available at The Augusta Chronicle cashier's office, 725 Broad St.; the Columbia County News-Times office in the Publix shopping center, Washington Road, Evans; the Fort Discovery ticket counter; and at www.augustamagazine.com

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940: Thursday-Saturday; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue; $37; 65 and older, military retirees, Army civilians, active-duty E7 and above $35; active-duty E6 and below $27; show-only tickets $22; www.fortgordon.com

THE GLASS MENAGERIE: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $15 adults, $12 seniors, faculty, staff; $7 students www.usca.edu

MUSIC AT THE CROSSROADS: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St.; $40; aikenperformingartsgroup.org

dialyze for life: 6-7 p.m., 1829 Wrightsboro Road, in front of Macedonia Baptist Church; for dialysis patients, group support and help; free; (706) 447-1114

HUNTINGTON DISEASE GROUP: 6:30 p.m., Medical College of Georgia Marks Building, Room 1122, 1429 Harper St.; (706) 721-2798


SEMIANNUAL ROCK, SWAP AND DIG AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at Graves Mountain, off U.S. Highway 378 between Lincolnton and Washington; (706) 359-3862.

JEKYLL AND HYDE, THE MUSICAL: Augusta Players production 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15-$40; (706) 826-4707, www.augustaplayers.org

ART OF CHOCOLATE: 7-11 p.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; entertainment, food, including desserts created by area chefs; benefits Child Enrichment Inc.; $50; www.childenrichment.org


SOUTHERN MIRAGE: 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Augusta Fencers Club, 134 Ninth St.; with Moria Chappell; gala show at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; www.alchemydance.com

20TH ANNUAL OLIVER HARDY FESTIVAL: in Harlem; (706) 556-0043; www.harlemga.org.

THIRD ANNUAL CSRA WINE FESTIVAL: 1-4 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in conjunction with Augusta Rose Society's 46th annual rose show; tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door; available at Vineyard Wine Shop in Evans or Toast Wine and Beverage in Martinez; www.csrawinefestival.com.

GREENBRIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FALL CARNIVAL: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; (706) 650-6060.

MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PUMPKIN PATCH: open daily starting today through Oct. 31; (706) 863-0510.

GOSPEL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lazar's Trailers, 487 Flowing Wells Road, in Martinez; barbecue cook-off and music festival to benefit Garden City Rescue Mission; featuring the Anchormen and Charlotte Ritchie; free, donations benefit mission; gardencityrescuemission.com, (706) 724-6960.

ADOPT-A-STREAM MEETING: 9 a.m.; Reed Creek Park Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez

AUGUSTA SYMPHONY COLUMBIA COUNTY MUSIC SERIES CONCERT: Montana Skies, 7:30 p.m., Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center on Evans Town Center Boulevard; $30; (706) 826-4705

LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK: Noon to 9 p.m., Augusta Common; with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual walk; (800) 399-7312

BERRY CENTER YARD SALE: 8 a.m., Langford Middle School, 3019 Walton Way Extension; (706) 738-6792

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