Applause calendar

LIST YOUR STUFF: Send event information to or to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.



TOM WATSON WATERMELON FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1, Thomson; prizes, seed spitting contest, watermelon shot-put, watermelon roll, kids zone, arts and crafts, food, historical displays, music by Atlanta bluegrass band High Cotton; (706) 595-7777,


AIKEN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS VS. YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF AUGUSTA: Gates 5 p.m., first pitch 6 p.m. Saturday, Lake Olmstead Stadium, 78 Milledge Road; $10, includes entry to July 16th GreenJackets vs. West Virginia game; ages 11 and younger free; inflatables, benefits the Kroc Center and Helping Hands Inc.;

TEA AND HUMMUS FUNDRAISER: 7 p.m. Monday, Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave., Aiken; featuring light hors d'oeuvres and a screening of West Bank Story; free; held by Aiken Peace; benefits David Matos' peace mission to Israel and Palestine; brief Aiken Peace meeting at 6:30 p.m.; (803) 215-3263

WWE PRESENTS RAW LIVE: 7:30 p.m. July 18, University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $17-$52; (866) 722-8877

JAWBONES VS. SAWBONES (LAWYERS VS. DOCTORS) CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME: 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Augusta Christian School gymnasium; benefits Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services; food, hot dogs, pizza, door prizes; $5 at door with children 10 and younger free; (706) 231-4640


Spitfire grill: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and July 17-18; 3 p.m. Sunday; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St.; $15 general admission; aiken

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WEST END HORROR : Dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. July 17-18, 24-25, 30-31 and Aug. 1; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue; $37 civilians; $35 ages 65 and older, Department of the Army civilians and active duty E7 and above; $28 active duty E6 and below; and $22 for show only; (706) 793-8552,


Music in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Maude Edenfield Park, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; today, Doug and the Henrys; July 16, Miriam Allen and Rod Kight; July 23, J-Man Band; July 30, concert and art show at Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta;

AUGUSTA IDOL COMPETITION: 7 p.m. Friday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; 100 contestants welcome to start lining up at 2 p.m.; winner will receive hotel and air accommodations to attend American Idol audition in Denver on Tuesday;

CANDLELIGHT JAZZ: 8 p.m. Sundays through August; Sunday, quietSTORM; July 19, Rob Foster and Pulsar; July 26, Preston and Weston; Aug. 2, Jazz Collective; Aug. 9, Mike Frost Trio; Aug. 16, GPS; Aug. 23, Playback, the Band; Aug. 30, Sounds Unlimited; $6; Eighth Street bulkhead at Riverwalk Augusta;


augusta greenjackets: West Virginia Power, 7:05 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Greensboro Grasshoppers, 7:05 p.m. July 17-18 and 20; 5:35 p.m. July 19; Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road; $1-$11; $1 small beers and sodas Thursdays, $1 hot dogs Sundays, small hot dog, soda, popcorn free for ages 11 and younger Mondays, two-for-one small beers and sodas Tuesdays, baseball bingo free Wednesdays;

AUGUSTA SOUTHERN NATIONALS: Gates open 8 a.m., races 9 a.m. July 17-19, Augusta Riverfront Marina, 298 Prep Phillips Drive; advance series tickets $22, patron tickets $60; at gate series tickets $30, patron tickets $70;, augusta


Toast of the town: 3 p.m. Aug. 30, 7 p.m. Aug. 31; St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School, 118 York St. S.E., Aiken; vocalists, dancers, musicians, poets, gymnasts, magicians, jugglers; each act (of 10 people or less) should be less than 4 minutes; all ages and abilities welcome; held by Aiken County chapter of American Red Cross; show: Oct. 10 at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken; (803) 641-4152



BRICK YARD MARKET: 4 p.m. to dusk Friday, Hammond's Ferry, 450 Railroad Ave., North Augusta; fresh produce and flowers, bread, wine, art and more; (803) 613-1641

GROWING AUGUSTA THE GREEN-WAY: 8:15 a.m. Saturday, help cut the grass at the state-owned Augusta Golf and Gardens, 1100 Reynolds St.; bring mowers, weed trimmers, blowers and other lawn equipment;, (404) 451-3473

YOGA CLASS FOR ALL LEVELS: 6- 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Radiant Well-being Yoga Studio, 501 West Ave., North Augusta; free, open to public; (803) 613-0684

GIRL SCOUTS TRAVELING TROOP SESSIONS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Telfair Street; bring fabric to make pillowcases for children with serious illnesses; free; an adult must stay with children; (800) 997-2472

DUCT TAPE PARTY FOR TEENS: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta; create fashions with duct tape; (803) 279-5767

FAMILY CRAFT TIME FOR AGES 1-5: 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, The Family Y, 401 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta; $5 members, $8 others; to register, call (803) 278-0882

UGA ALUMNI THIRD THURSDAY NETWORKING AND SOCIAL HOUR: 6 p.m. July 16, Indigo Joe's Sports Pub & Restaurant, 3730 Wheeler Road; free; Augusta chapter;


AUTHOR VISIT: 11 a.m. Saturday, Beulah Grove Resource Center, 1446 Lee Beard Way; Tina A. Brown will discuss her book Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan; (706) 667-4731

BOOK DISCUSSION: 11:30 a.m. July 16, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center, Evans; featuring Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; (706) 863-1946

CSRA WRITERS: 6:30 p.m. July 20, Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; writers can bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued; (706) 836-7315


SUMMER KID SHOW SERIES: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays in July; today: Coraline and Doogal; Evans Stadium Cinemas, 4365 Towne Center Drive, Evans; $1; (706) 869-1269

MOVIES IN THE COMMON: 9 p.m. Friday, Augusta Common; screening of The Longshots, rated PG; $2; (706) 821-1754

FAMILY MOVIE MATINEES: 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Wednesday, Horton Hears a Who; July 22, Wall-E; July 29, special feature; Performing Arts Center, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; (706) 312-7192

INKHEART (PG): 6:30 p.m. Mon-day, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 902 Greene St.; part of the Teen Movie Series; movies free; July 20, Twilight, rated PG-13; July 27, Coraline, rated PG; (706) 821-2600


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; $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free for 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays;; (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

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. Mondays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; $8 ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; half-price after 3 p.m.;; (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,

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.; $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; www.lucycraftlaney; (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;

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and military; free for members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; Southern Eccentric: Paintings by Larry Connatser, through Aug. 16; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; (706) 724-7501,

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

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