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FESTIVALS AND FAIRS

Augusta Greek Festival: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St.; (706) 724-1087

ART OF CHOCOLATE: 7 p.m. Friday, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; black-tie optional; entertainment by The Toasters, food by Berry's Catering, open bar, extravagant chocolates by area chefs, art auction; benefits abused, neglected and abandoned children; $50, at door or by phone; (706) 737-4631

HISPANIC FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Augusta Common; bands, food, arts and crafts; $2; free for ages 10 and younger and active-duty military; elcervantino.org

Columbus Day Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Columbia County Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens behind Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; arts and crafts, children's activities, entertainment, food by the Italian-American Club; free; columbiacountyga.gov

COLONIAL TIMES: A DAY TO REMEMBER: Oct. 17-18, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; featuring pottery, tomahawk throw, quilting, candle making, silversmithing, gunsmithing, blacksmithing; free; (803) 279-7560, colonialtimes.us

GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Oct. 16-25, Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 301 Hale St.; advance tickets: $5 admission only; $15 admission and unlimited rides; tixonline.com

BOSHEARS SKYFEST: Gates open 9 a.m., opening ceremonies 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, Daniel Field, Highland Avenue; $12 advance, $15 at gate; 12 and younger admitted free when accompanied by adult; $10 military, police, firefighters and reserves with picture ID; boshears.com

WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Oct. 22-31, Aiken Fairgrounds, 1566 Columbia Highway; tixonline.com, westerncarolinastatefair.com

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR: Nov. 5-14, Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road, Grovetown; columbiacountyfair.net

CIRCUE DU SOLEIL'S ALEGRIA: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 3:30, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28, 1, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29; James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; $32-$97; www.augustaentertain mentcomplex.com

SHEN YUN: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $39-$89; www.augusta entertainmentcomplex.com

SEASONAL FUN

GRAYSTONE RANCH FALL FEST: 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 1-10 p.m. Sundays, Graystone Ranch, 1017 McManus Road, Hephzibah; animal tours, hiking trails, pumpkin patch, food, hay maze; haunted forest opens at dark; $10 adults, $5 children; graystoneranch.com

CORNFIELD MAZE: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 8; Kackleberry Farm, 1025 Verdree Road, Louisville, Ga.; 7-acre maze; bring a flashlight at night; $11 ages 3-64, $8 seniors, $9 military, law enforcement, medical personnel; $9 groups of 15 or more (paying guests); ages 2 and younger free; Scouts Day Saturday; archery, fire making, knife throwing; earn a patch for going through maze; (478) 625-7552

WALK WITH THE SPIRITS: 3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Magnolia Cemetery, 702 Third St.; guided tours, history of cemetery; refreshments; not recommended for ages 5 and younger; $15 adults, $10 children; $10 per person for groups of 10 or more; (706) 724-0436

ROCKTOBERFEST: 3-7 p.m. Oct. 17, Columbia County Amphitheater, behind Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; free; food, inflatables; Covenant, the Tom Miller Project, Impulse Ride, Christian Harmony & The Sanctuary Praise Team; www.driven-ministries.com

HALLOWEEN PET COSTUME CONTEST: 11 registration, 11:30 a.m. contest Oct. 17, Nj's DogHouse, 3907 Mike Padgett Highway, Suite C; (706) 796-3262

TRICK OR TREAT ON NEWBERRY STREET: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, Newberry Street Festival Center, downtown Aiken; free; for ages 12 and younger; carnival games, inflatables, food, drinks, candy; (803) 642-7631

SPIRITS OF HALLOWED EVE GHOST WALK: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 24, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; walk among ghosts in a Colonial setting; tours free; Wine and Spirits dinner 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, The Spring House Tavern; $50; reservations required for dinner; (803) 279-7560.

SPECIAL EVENTS

BEST OF AUGUSTA BASH: 6-9 tonight, Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; held by Augusta Magazine; winners of its Best of Augusta reader's poll; food, performances; $12 advance, $17 at door; benefits Fort Discovery; (706) 823-3722, augustamagazine.com

ALUMNI AND FRIENDS CHEFS SHOWCASE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; held by Augusta Mini Theatre; augustaminitheatre.com, (706) 722-0598

THINK PINK BANQUET: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; guest speaker Kris Carr, cancer survivor and author of Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips; silent auction benefits the Lydia Project; $35; reservations required; (706) 828-3856, augustachronicle.com

OSWALD DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES, MARRIANNE GINGHER: 8 p.m. Tuesday, The Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; www.usca.edu

A TASTE OF WINE AND ART: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; with about 50 restaurants, caterers and wineries; silent auction for original art, vacations; $50; (803) 641-9094

BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5; Jim Brickman, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8; Wizard of Oz, 8 p.m. Jan. 8; Cabaret, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4; Garrison Keillor, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8; Hairspray, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; Bill Cosby, 2 and 5 p.m. March 28; Beauty and the Beast, April 24; www.broadwayin augustaga.com

THEATER

Jack and the beanstalk : 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $3; presented by the Patchwork Players; (706) 733-7043

BLACKBOX COFFEEHOUSE: 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; Danny Dunaway on harmonica, a short play (The Helper), Mike Frost Trio; $10, includes coffee, tea, desserts and fruit; (803) 648-1438

BAT BOY THE MUSICAL : Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 29-31; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $30; (706) 722-3322, lcnaugusta.com

BILBO AND THE MAGIC RING : 3 p.m. Oct. 31; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; a musical loosely based on The Hobbit; $12 for season, $5 per show; no reservations required; free for active-duty military and their families, with a military ID; presented by Storyland Theatre; school shows 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 27-30; $11 season, $4.50 each for students for weekday performances; (706) 736-3455; knology.net/storyland

NIGHT WATCH : 8 p.m. Oct. 23-24, 30-31 and Nov. 6-7; 3 p.m. Nov. 1: Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St.; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 ages 11 and younger; aikencommunity playhouse.com

THE CLEAN UP WOMAN : 8 p.m. Nov. 6, Bell Auditorium; $27.50-$34.50; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com, (877) 428-4849

MUSIC

Sound the Bell: A New Era: Works by John Williams, Hindemith and Rachmaninoff: Symphony Orchestra Augusta, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Ext.; augustasymphony.org

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Noon; Tuesday, The Augusta Symphony Woodwind Trio: The Merling Trio noon Oct. 27; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St., Riverwalk Augusta; lunch $10; (706) 722-3463

THE CORE ENSEMBLE IN TRES VIDAS: 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; presented by ASU Lyceum Series; $5; Augusta State students, faculty and staff free; www.aug.edu

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA STRING QUARTET AND TAYLOR MASSEY, CLARINET: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Jabez S. Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans; $20; (706) 826-4705, www.augustasymphony.org.

TRUMPETER JAMES ACKLEY: 3 p.m. Oct. 18, St. John Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; part of Concert with a Cause series; benefits the Jessye Norman School of the Arts; stjohnaugusta.org

AIKEN COMMUNITY BAND: 8 p.m. Oct. 20, The Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; www.usca.edu

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY OPERA ENSEMBLE: A Night at the Opera, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $5; Augusta State students, faculty, staff free; www.aug.edu

DANCE

REMEMBER ME : 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15-$35; with Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company; presented by Augusta Ballet; augustaballet.org, (706) 261-0555

FILM

augusta state university fall film series: 7 p.m., Monday, University Hall, Room 170 at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Afghan Star, not rated; free, open to public; (706) 729-2416

AWAY WE GO : 6:30 p.m. Monday, Augusta Public Library, 902 Greene St.; rated R; (706) 821-2600

LITERARY LIFE

gerrie sobel: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; signing Jacob and His Magical Flying Bears -- A Halloween Story; (706) 826-4700

DACRE STOKER, IAN HOLT: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Books-A-Million, 2441 Whiskey Road, Aiken; signing Dracula the Un-Dead draculatheun-dead.com

COMMUNITY

wonder woman lecture: 10 a.m. Friday, Augusta State University, 170 University Hall, 2500 Walton Way; Augusta State University history professor Ruth McClelland-Nugent presents Wonder Woman Against the Nazis! Facism and Feminism in Comics 1941-1985; (706) 737-1444

SINGLES DANCE: 7 p.m. Saturdays, The Ballroom Dance Center, Evans; $6 members, $8 others; lessons 7-8 p.m. and refreshments; held by the Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; christiandances.org

HAMFEST: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Evans Middle School, 4785 Hereford Farm Road; $5; $10 for tables; prize drawings; held by the Amateur Radio Club of Augusta; (803) 279-6725

TEENS IN ACTION WITH GOALS POETRY CAFE: 6 p.m. Oct. 17, Henry H. Brigham Community Center Gymnasium, 2463 Golden Camp Road; compete in rapping, singing, readings, creative writing and reciting poems; cash prizes and trophies; (706) 796-6819

SIERRA CLUB: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension; Savannah Riverkeeper Dr. Frank Carl explaining how volunteers can help monitor local streams and rivers; Judy Gordon gordonjudith@att.net

PARTICIPATORY SPORTS

BOLIVIA BENEFIT WALK/RUN: Saturday; 8 a.m. one-mile children's run, 8:30 a.m. 5K run, 8:45 a.m. 5K walk, followed by 100-yard tot trot; Riverview Park, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; 5K $17; children's run/tot trot $12; held by Grace United Methodist Church; (803) 279-7525

STRIKE-OUT ALZHEIMER'S BOWLATHON: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17, Brunswick Lanes, 3067 Washington Road; admission and shoes free; donate $25 or more to be entered to win door prizes; benefits Alzheimer's Association; (706) 731-9060, gamemorywalk09.kintera.org/augusta

AUGUSTA WEST DANCE GUILD GOLF TOURNAMENT: Shotgun start 1 p.m. Oct. 21, Forest Hills Golf Club; 1500 Comfort Road; benefits Toys for Tots and Augusta West Dance Guild; (706) 955-3121

INFORMATION MEETING FOR THE CSRA HEAT VOLLEYBALL CLUB: 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Hull Fine Arts Center, Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road; discussion of traveling teams and clinics for girls in fifth through 12th grades; tryouts Nov. 8 and 15, with callbacks on Nov. 22; www.csraheat.com

ATTRACTIONS

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; (706) 823-0440

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; exhibits The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown; From Ty to Cal: A Century of Baseball; Stories and Legends: A Community That Heals; Into the Interior: A History of the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company; Voices of the Past Museum Theatre: A Petersburg Boat Pilot, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday; free with admission of $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays; augustamuseum.org; (706) 722-8454

WOODROW WILSON HOME: 419 Seventh St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $5 adults, $4 for 60 and older, $3 for 6-17 and free ages 5 and younger; (706) 722-9828

DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 7 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; shows $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students, $1 university students, faculty and staff; (803) 641-3654, rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1840 Broad St.; 1797 house, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday by appointment; group tours by appointment, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; $2 adults, $1 children; 5 and younger free; (706) 737-2820

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; $8 ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; children 3 and younger free; half-price after 3 p.m.; www.nscdiscovery.org; (706) 821-0200

HICKORY HILL: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; home of Tom Watson, Populist politician; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, closed holidays; (706) 595-7777, www.hickory-hill.org

LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; tribute to native Oliver Hardy; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; (706) 556-0401

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; October-November: Community quilt exhibition; $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com; (706) 724-3576

MEADOW GARDEN HISTORIC SITE: 1320 Independence Drive; 1792 home of George Walton, Declaration of Independence signer; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays by appointment; $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $3 students, $1 kids; (706) 724-4174; www.geocities.com/meadowgarden3

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and military; free for members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; Emil Holzhauer: The Georgia Years, through Nov. 29; William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005: through Nov. 8; screening of Benny Andrews: The Visible Voice, 3 p.m. Oct. 18; followed by gallery talk with docent and Creative Conversations member Gloria Greenbaum; free; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; (706) 724-7501, themorris.org.

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: 1858 Lock and Dam Road; open dawn to dusk Saturday-Sunday, holidays; noon to dusk Monday-Friday; (706) 828-2109, www.phinizyswamp.org

REDCLIFFE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE: 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Monday; tours 1, 2, 3 p.m., $4 adult, $3 ages 6-16, $2.50 South Carolina seniors, free 5 and younger; (803) 827-1473


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