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Best of Augusta

The Best of Augusta Bash 2008 will be held at 6 p.m. today at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

The event will highlight the winners of the 2008 Best of Augusta readers' poll.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $17 at the door, and include food, entertainment and access to Fort Discovery's exhibits. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets may purchased at The Augusta Chronicle cashier's office at 725 Broad St., The Columbia County News-Times office at 4272 Washington Road in Evans, Fort Discovery at 1 Seventh St. and online at www.augustamagazine.com.

For more information call (706) 823-3722.

Two-face musical

Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical , an Augusta Players production, will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

The show is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets cost $15 to $40.

For more information, call (706) 826-4707 or visit www.augustaplayers.org.

Swamp Saturday

Swamp Saturday will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road.

The free 2 1/2-mile hike takes in the park's wetlands and scenic points.

Groups must call in advance, (706) 828-2109.

Family Festival

As part of Children's Week 2008, a Family Festival and Education Fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Eighth Street Plaza on Riverwalk Augsuta.

The festival will feature arts and crafts, entertainment and food. Admission is free.

For more information call (706) 721-1869.

Movie at library

A free screening of the movie Young @ Heart , rated PG, will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 902 Greene St. Call (706) 821-2600.

Greek Festival

The 2008 Augusta Greek Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at 10th and Greene streets in downtown Augusta.

The festival is held by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and will feature a Greek market and vendors, food, live music and dancing.

Admission is free. For more information, call (706) 724-1087 or visit www.holy trinityaugusta.org.

It's fair season

The Georgia-Carolina State Fair will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Oct. 26, at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 202 Hale St.

Advance tickets are now available. Admission is $5. Admission with unlimited rides is $15.

For more information, call (706) 722-0202 or visit www.georgiacarolinastatefair.com.

Halloween spooks

A Halloween Spooktacular party will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

The event will feature a costume parade, Weird Science demonstrations, activities, door prizes and refreshments.

Admission is $4 for ages 18-54; $3 for active duty military, ages 4-17 and 55 and older; and free for members and children under 4. The first 500 children will receive goodie bags.

For more information call (706) 821-0200.

Donations needed

Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking donations of canned meats and vegetables and other nonperishable food items. Take donations to 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta, or 13 Enterprise Ave., Aiken.

Call (706) 736-1199 or (803) 648-0752.

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