Applause calendar

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Easter Egg scramble: 10 a.m. Saturday, Blanchard Woods Park, 4600 Blanchard Woods Drive, Evans; free; bring basket; children will be divided into age groups to collect more than 8,000 candy- or toy-filled eggs; (706 312-7191.

FINISHING TOUCHES OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL AND INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: 9:30 a.m. zoo, 10:30 a.m. rehearsal Saturday, April 26; First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension; held by the Augusta Symphony;

THE DOODLEBOPS LIVE: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29; University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $17-$42; (866) 722-8877,

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA: Storyland Theatre production April 1-5, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. for school-day shows and 3 p.m. Saturdays; school performances require reservations, $4.50 per show for students, chaperones and teachers admitted free; Saturday admission $5, no reservations requried; free tickets available for Saturdays for active-duty military and their families, with a military ID; (706) 736-3455 or


The last supper : 7 p.m. today, St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W,. Aiken; men of St. John's will make the painting come alive; (803) 648-6891, ext. 26.


special events

BATTLE OF THE DRUMLINES: 7 P.M. SATURDAY, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; host is Lil Ju Ju, of BET Allstar Blast; drumlines from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia competing; tickets at Pyramid Music and Video, Paine College bookstore and Augusta State University bookstore; $10;

Aiken Bridal and Prom show and workshop: Noon Saturday, Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave., Aiken; door prizes; $5 at door.

DIXIE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AND CHILI COOK-OFF: Saturday, March 29; 9 a.m. gates open, 11 a.m. cooking starts, 2 p.m. bluegrass bands; Powell Pond Road off South Carolina Highway 19; admission $6; chili sampler $10;

THE EAST COAST COMEDY JAM: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5; University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; with Ricky Smiley, J. Anthony Brown, George Willborn, Ced Delaney and Special K; $34.50; $39.50; (866) 722-8877,


La Tragedie de carmen : 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $22-49; performed by Augusta Opera; (706) 826-4710,

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET : 8 p.m. March 27-29 and March 31, 2 p.m. March 30; Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; presented by the University Theatre Players; a comedic take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Othello; $15 adults; $12 seniors, faculty, staff; students $7; (803) 641-3305.

ballet stars of new york: 7 p.m. March 28; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; Augusta Ballet event featuring principal dancers from New York and other guest artists; music by members of the Augusta Symphony; fifth annual Black Tie Gala afterward; for tickets, call (706) 261-0555.

SORDID LIVES : 8 p.m. April 11-12, 18-19, 24-26; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $20 (plus tax); (706) 722-3322.

DEARLY DEPARTED : 8 p.m. April 18-19, 25-26 and May 2-3; 3 p.m. April 27; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; (803) 648-1438; aikencommunity

BROADWAY AT THE BELL: Chicago, 8 p.m. April 18; productions at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; (877) 858-0300.

THE WIZARD OF OZ : Augusta Players production 8 p.m. May 2 and 3; 3 p.m. May 4; The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; (706) 826-4707.


The Augusta choral society: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; works by Bach, Lotti, Monteverdi and Rutter; (706) 826-4713;

AN EVENING OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: 7:30 P.M. TUESDAY, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; a cappella chamber choir sings selections from operas, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado AND The Pirates of Penzance; $10; (706) 722-8454.

Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29; Jabez Harden Performing Arts Center, Evans; $30; full-time students and military personnel with valid ID may purchase $7 tickets on concert evening only (subject to availability); Augusta Symphony Columbia County Music Series; (706) 826-4705;

MUSIC AT THE MORRIS: Music of the 19th and 20th centuries, 2 and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 30; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; lecture-recital presented by members of the Augusta State University faculty; free; (706) 724-7501.

CZECH PIANO TRIO: 8 p.m. Friday, April 4; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $22, $7 children (but no children younger than 6 admitted) no charge to Augusta State students, faculty and staff with JagCard; (706) 790-9274.

LIZ CARROLL AND JOHN DOYLE: Irish music, 8 p.m. Friday, April 11; The Quest Church, Martinez; $15 in advance; $18 at door; tickets at Broadstrokes Gallery in Evans; (706) 860-6055,

CANDLELIGHT JAZZ SERIES: 8 p.m. Sundays, May-August; Eighth Street Bulkhead; $6; (706) 821-1754.

VIOLINIST VADIM GLUZMAN, AUGUSTA SYMPHONY: Masterworks performance 7:30 p.m. (prelude 6:30 p.m.), Saturday, April 26, First Baptist Church Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension; $25-$50; (706)

ERYN EUBANKS & THE FAMILY FOLD OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL: Saturday, June 14; Lynndale Inc., 1490 Eisenhower Drive; (706) 736-0043.


augusta colts: American Indoor Football Association team, Baltimore Mariners, April 4; James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.;, (706) 828-6820.

AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS: South Atlantic League affiliate of San Francisco Giants open season April 3-6 vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers, Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road;

AMERICAN LEGION POST 192 GOLF TOURNAMENT: Shotgun start 8:30 a.m. April 20; Bartram Trail Golf Club; $50; soft drinks provided; food and prizes afterward at American Legion Post 192; entry deadline April 16; (706) 863-8728.

CITIZENS FOR NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS GOLF TOURNAMENT: 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start May 9; Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive, Aiken; $75 per person; $280 foursome; $500 corporate sponsor; (803) 649-3456.


16th Annual Art Patchin Jr. Celebration: 6 p.m. today, Richmond on Greene, Greene Street; heavy hors d'oeuvres; auction for jewelry, spa packages and a Club Car golf car; door prizes, with grand prize being a golf package: a condo for a week in Hilton Head Island, S.C., during the Heritage Golf Tournament (plus four clubhouse tickets and parking pass); $50 per person, $75 per couple; benefits the Art Patchin Jr. Endowment of University Health Care Foundation; (706) 729-5660.

OYSTER ROAST AND TOAST: 7-11 p.m. Friday, March 28; Daniel Field Airport; $30 per person, $50 per couple; roasted, steamed and raw oysters, chicken fingers, desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks, music by The Toasters; $30, or $50 per couple; benefits Child Enrichment Inc., the Child Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

COOKIN' FOR KIDS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29; Daniel Field, Wrightsboro Road; ages 13 and older $5; ages 3-12 $3; ages 2 and younger free; featuring food, raptor and reptile shows, Ladybug the Clown, karaoke and children's games; benefits Child Enrichment Inc., the Child Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates;

RUMMAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29; CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; to benefit the homeless pets at the CSRA Humane Society; (706) 261-7387.

WALK MS AUGUSTA: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk Saturday, March 29; Stevens Creek Elementary School, 3780 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez;

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 25; Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St.; benefits the Alzheimer's Association; wine tasting event with catering by French Market Grill West and desserts by Augusta Technical College culinary arts department; for tickets, call (706) 731-9060.

SWEET CELEBRATIONS: 6-9 p.m. April 26; North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive, North Augusta; desserts from local businesses including the BBQ Barn, Cake Occasion, Earth Fare, Edible Artistry, Espress-Oh!, French Market Grille, Fresh Market, Miss Ira's Catering, Jennifer's Cakes, Heavenly Cakes, Tastefully Done and Very Vera; benefits The RECing Crew, an organization providing recreational opportunities for those with disabilities; (803) 279-8820.

RELAY FOR LIFE: 7 p.m. May 2; North Augusta High School; free but donations accepted; (803) 292-0659.

AUGUSTA SYMPHONY GOLF CLASSIC: Monday, May 19, Belle Meade Country Club, Thomson, Ga.; proceeds benefit the Augusta Symphony's education and outreach programs; registration $100 per person; $400 for foursome; registration deadline is Wednesday, April 30; entries include lunch, gifts, awards reception and a chance to win a Lexus, courtesy of Jim Hudson Lexus; hole sponsorships are available; to register or for more information, contact Beverly Smith at (706) 826-4704.


PLANT SWAP AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3; Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; participants can bring plants to trade with other gardeners or plants may be sold or purchased; no entry fee; (706) 738-4321.

HYDRANGEAS GALORE PLANT SALE AND GARDEN TOUR: 10 a.m. May 31; Franke Pavilion, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; featuring a variety from three wholesale nurseries; (706) 738-4321.


RICK BRAGG: 11 a.m. today, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free; presented by Sandhills Writers Conference; informal luncheon with Mr. Bragg, noon Friday; (706) 667-1636.


VOLUNTEER AND EAGLE SCOUT RECOGNITION DINNER: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; Georgia-Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America; (706) 733-5277.

BLACK-TIE GALA: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29; DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; held by 100 Black Men of Augusta; $65; Calvin Thomas Jr. (706) 733-0188, ext. 7744,

state middle and high school Science Olympiad: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29; various locations at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; (706) 731-7993,

JIM METTS MEMORIAL CAR SHOW: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29; Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans; held by The CSRA Road Angels and Evans Lions Club.

HILLTOP RIDING STABLE HORSE CAMPS: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7-11; North Range Road, Fort Gordon; open to ages 7-13; reservations required; (706) 791-4864.


spring fling: Held by alumni and friends of Aquinas High School; 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, St. Mary on the Hill Parish Hall, 1420 Monte Sano Ave.; Patti M. Williams (706) 736-5516, pwilliams@aquinas; Kay Jesse (706) 738-1276,

ROCK CREEK SPRINGFEST: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26; Augusta Technical College;


bus stop auditions: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100; show dates May 9-10, 15-16, 22-24;

ROBINSON CRUSOE : 4:45 p.m. April 14; Youth Services Gym, Building 45410, Fort Gordon; openings for about 55 pupils K-12th grade; participants must be present for entire audition period; performance date 3 p.m. April 19 in Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue; produced by the Missoula Children's Theatre, Fort Gordon Child and Youth Services and the Fort Gordon Entertainment Program; (706) 791-4389.

MEDEA : 7 p.m. May 4-5; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; openings for four men, five women and two children ages 4-7; (803) 648-1438.


Friday Dance: 8:30-11 p.m. Fridays; The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive; $5; dance on second Saturdays, 7:30-11 p.m.; $10; (706) 854-8888.

BALLROOM DANCING: 7:30 p.m. first Saturdays, Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; free dance lesson at 8 p.m.; held by USA Dance; $7 members, $10 others; (706) 863-1180.

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ORGANIZATION FOR SINGLE ADULTS DANCE: 8-11 p.m. Saturdays; Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way; $5 members, $7 others, includes dance lessons 7-8 p.m.; refreshments; (706) 267-8642.


AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; Hotels of Aiken County Exhibit, through March; photographs of important local hotels; museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; center open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with one-hour boat tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m., weather permitting; reservations required; $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, students for one-hour tours; ages 3 and younger free with paid adult; three-hour tours cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, military and students; center admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, military and students, free for ages 4 and younger; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; (706) 823-0440.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; James Brown: A Memorial Tribute through March 31; History on Canvas Saturday through March 31; $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays;; (706) 722-8454.

BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 419 Seventh St.; A Wilson 150 Exhibit -- President Woodrow Wilson, through May 23; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $5 adults, $4 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-17 and free ages 5 and younger; (706) 722-9828.

GROVETOWN MUSEUM: 106 W. Robinson Ave.; information, artifacts and photographs of Grovetown, Columbia County and Georgia; 1-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; $1; (706) 863-4576.

DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 pupils, $1 University of South Carolina Aiken students, faculty and staff; reservations recommended;; (803) 641-3654.

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1840 Broad St.; 1797 house, regular hours 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $2 adults, $1 children; (706) 737-2820.

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

HICKORY HILL: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; former home of Tom Watson, populist politician in the late 1800s and early 1900s; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, closed major holidays; (706) 595-7777 or

LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; exhibits pay tribute to Harlem 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.; Malaika Favorite exhibit, through March; regular admission $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Sundays;; (706) 724-3576.

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Art at Lunch, noon Friday, April 4, mixed-media artist Yvonne Pickering Carter talks about her career and her artwork included in the exhibition Something to Look Forward To; catering by the New Moon Cafe; $10 members; $13 nonmembers; registration required by April 2; $10 members, $13 others; Artrageous!, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6; create a collage painting; tour the exhibition Something to Look Forward To with art instructor Nancy Bookhart Wellington; free; $5 adults, $3 seniors, pupils and military with ID; free for museum members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; (706) 724-7501,