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BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: The 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.broadwayinaugustaga.com

MUSIC

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, noon Jan. 12, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; lunch $10, catered by chef Andrew Crumine; (706) 722-3463

EVENTS

WWE Smackdown/ECW Live: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; $15-$50; www.georgialinatix.com, (877) 428-4849

LITERARY LIFE

BOOK DISCUSSION: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Columbia County Library, 7022 Town Center Blvd., Evans; discussing Charlaine Harris' Dead and Gone and Poppy Done to Death; (706) 863-1946

CHARLAINE HARRIS: 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Columbia County Library, 7022 Town Center Blvd., Evans; visit by author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired HBO's True Blood; (706) 863-1946

COMMUNITY

Ga-Lina Christian Singles: 8-11 p.m. Saturday, the Social Inc., 3157 Washington Road; a dance lesson offered from 7-8 p.m.; $8 members, $10 others; (706) 863-1214, www.ga-linasingles.com

SINGLES DANCE: 7 p.m. Saturdays, The Ballroom Dance Center, Evans; $8 members, $10 others; lessons 7-8 p.m.; held by the Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; christiandances.org

WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS OF AUGUSTA DAY: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Day School Building, 3067 Wheeler Road; students and families can visit the school; www.wsa.net

ART MEETS FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA: 7 p.m. Jan. 9, Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St.; fundraiser for the Paine College Art Club will feature Atlanta fashion designer Mychael Knight, a Season 3 finalist of Bravo's Project Runway; freelance painters painting as models walk down the runway, a band and a DJ; tickets available at Pyramid Music locations or by calling (706) 724-1508; for more information, jessieoa@paine.edu, (706) 755-2488.

WINES OF THE SOUTHERN RHONE WITH DICK AND SALLY BENJAMIN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; reservations required; (803) 279-9522

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. UNITY BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. Jan. 18, Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; keynote speaker is state Rep. Alisha Thomas-Morgan; sponsored by Alpha Chi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; (706) 414-1906

ATTRACTIONS

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. SW, 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. Tuesday-Saturday, with one-hour Petersburg boat tours 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., weather permitting; group charters for other days and times can be arranged; (706) 823-0440

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; exhibits The Godfather of Soul, 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 Co.; Voices of the Past Museum Theater Series: The Other Tubmans: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9; character monologues that bring to life the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people; performed in museum theater format by actors; explains the connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830s and William Tubman, who served from 1944-1971 as president of Liberia; $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; closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day; holiday hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Jan. 2; $8 ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; ages 3 and younger free with paid adult; 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; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; (706) 556-0401

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; 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 children; (706) 724-4174

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and military; free for members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; 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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