Plenty of activities, events planned for weekend

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Expect ample sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s today and Sunday, great weather for some spring fun. There's also an abundance of entertainment opportunities across the area. Here's a sampling:

- The Olde Towne Artisans Fair in North Augusta features works by 26 artists and crafters. It includes paintings, jewelry, wood turning, food and music at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

- Earth Day observances will be held today at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta and at Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta.

The nature park's Swamp Stomp 5K race starts at 8 a.m., followed by an Earth Day Workday to remove nonnative plants from the grounds at 9 a.m. at 1858 Lock and Dam Road.

North Augusta's Kids Earth Day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 619 W. Buena Vista Ave. The event will feature games such as bowling with recyclable cans, a tire obstacle course and a performance by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band. Admission is one aluminum can.

- The Collegiate Disc Golf Championships continue at 10 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Hippodrome, U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta. Competitors include teams from Clemson University, the University of Georgia and Augusta State University. There's also a disc dogs event each day, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children.

- There are fireworks tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium after the Augusta GreenJackets' game against the Savannah Sand Gnats. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7:05 p.m. The teams also play at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. See greenjackets baseball.com for details.

- The Aiken Kite Festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Perry Memorial Park, 720 Abbeville Ave. N.E. Bring your own kite or watch the kite-flying demonstrations. There's also kite vendors, a DJ and amusements, with $10 for unlimited rides.

l The Augusta State Conservatory Jazz Ensemble performs at 7:30 tonight at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way. The conservatory recital will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Maxwell. Both events are free

- Best-selling author Kathy Reichs speaks at 6:30 tonight at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. in Evans. She's a forensic anthropologist whose novels inspired the Fox television series Bones .

- The Best Dam Bike Ride gives you a chance to bike around Thurmond Lake in a charity event that begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Thurmond Dam and Lake Visitor Center, 510 Clark Hill Highway in Clarks Hill, S.C. The event benefits the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation.

Collegiate disc golf championships: 10 a.m. today and Sunday; Hippodrome, U.S. Highway 1, North Augusta; $10 adults, $5 children; (706) 722-8326

OLDE TOWNE ARTISANS FAIR: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; www.colonialtimes.us

EARTH DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Lions Memorial Field, 619 W. Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta; (803) 441-4300

SWEET CELEBRATIONS: 6-9 p.m. today, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; featuring desserts from BBQ Barn, A Piece of Cake, Boll Weevil, Cake Occasions, Earth Fare, Espress-Oh!, French Market Grille, Jennifer's Cakes, Louise Odom, Madjon's Cafe and Bakery, Manuel's Bread Cafe, Ms. Ira's Catering, Publix, Sunshine Bakery, Tastefully Done and Very Vera; $10; (803) 279-8820

AIKEN KITE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Perry Memorial Park, 720 Abbeville Ave. N.E., Aiken; $10 unlimited amusements ; (803) 642-7631

SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS: Screening of Bama Girl : 7:30 tonight, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $8; imperialtheatre.com

SWAMP STOMP 5K: 8 a.m. today, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; registration required; (706) 828-2109

EARTH DAY WORKDAY: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; assist in building and other projects around Phinizy Swamp; all ages and skill levels accepted; registration required; (706) 828-2109

BEST DAM BIKE RIDE: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Thurmond Dam and Lake Visitor Center, 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C.; benefits Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation; $30 registration; ride lengths vary; Dawn Gantt, (706) 650-2876


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