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BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: The Wizard of Oz, 8 p.m. Friday; 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.

THE MAN, THE MESSAGE, THE MUSIC : 8 p.m. Jan. 14, 10:15 a.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 15, 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 16-17, 3 p.m. Jan. 18; Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts and Life Skills School, 2548 Deans Bridge Road; www.augusta, (706) 722-0598

GYPSY : 8 p.m. Feb. 26-27; 3 p.m. Feb. 28; The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15-$45; presented by the Augusta Players;, (706) 826-4707

HENRIK IBSEN'S AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE : 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; presented by Aquila Theatre Company, of New York; $15; (706) 667-4100


symphony orchestra Augusta string quartet: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans Town Center Boulevard Evans; featuring bassoonist Amy Marinello and pianist Ana Flavia Frazäo; $20; full-time students and military personnel with ID may purchase $7 tickets beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the center (subject to availability); (706) 826-4705

MUSIC FOR THE MILLER: 8 p.m. Saturday, West Acres Baptist Church; concert and silent auction benefiting the Miller Theatre and Symphony Orchestra Augusta; Helen Blocker-Adams, host; $8; speakers include Don Rhodes and Mike Deas; presented by four Greenbrier High School students as their senior project; tickets are available at the door or by calling (706) 832-2360

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Symphony Orchestra Augusta String Quartet, noon Tuesday; ETA3, The Dr. Blanche Coleman Concert, noon Jan. 26; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; lunch $10, catered by chef Andrew Crumrine; (706) 722-3463

ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DULCIMER JAM: 6-9 p.m. Jan. 16, 9-11 a.m. Jan. 17-18; Mistletoe State Park, Appling; $5 parking fee; (706) 868-0120

MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m. Jan. 22, main stage at Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305


stephen james csra coin club meeting: 6:45 tonight, Aiken County Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., Aiken; special presentation on coin values and scams in today's marketplace; open to the public; (803) 644-0761

audubon society merry ponds field trip: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; meet to car pool at Popeye's Chicken, 450 Walton Way; looking for ducks and other wintering birds; open to public and free; Paul Koehler (803) 471-0291,

ART MEETS FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA: 7 p.m. Saturday, Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; freelance artists will paint as models walk down the runway; with a band and DJ; fundraiser for Paine College Art Club; tickets available at Pyramid Music stores or by calling (706) 724-1508; Oscar A. Jessie, (706) 755-2488,

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

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE: 1 p.m. Jan. 16, starts at Dyess Park Community Center, 902 James Brown Blvd., proceeds south on boulevard, then west onto Wrightsboro Road, north onto Augusta Avenue, east onto Laney-Walker Boulevard, north onto 11th Street, east onto D'Antignac Street; (706) 821-1754

AUDUBON SOCIETY JACKSON BOAT LANDING ROAD FIELD TRIP: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16; meet to carpool at Silver Bluff Plantation Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; area known for having interesting birds; free and open to public; Paul Koehler (803) 471-0291,

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. UNITY BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. Jan. 18, Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; keynote speaker, state Rep. Alisha Thomas-Morgan; tickets $30; (706) 414-1906

LIFE OF THE MIND SERIES: 6 p.m. Jan. 19, Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; forensic anthropologist Michael "Sonny" Trimble will discuss experiences in Iraq; (706) 737-1444

AUGUSTA FUTURITY: Cutting horse competition Jan. 22-30, James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; Championship Bull Riding 8 p.m. Jan. 23; Wrangler Family Fun Fest 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23;

5K RUN FOR ADULTS AND MINI-RUN FOR AGES 13 AND YOUNGER: Jan. 23, Lakeside High School track; entries received by Monday will receive T-shirt; $20, includes brunch; held by Jordan River Foundation; (706) 877-0136,

BOOT SCOOT BOOGIE BASH: 6 p.m. Feb. 6, Savannah Rapids Pavilion; held by Augusta Red Cross; (706) 724-8481,

OYSTER ROAST AND TOAST: 7-11 p.m. March 26, Daniel Field Airport, Highland Avenue; fresh, steamed, roasted and raw oysters; chicken fingers; salad; desserts; wine; beer; live auction; The Toasters; $30, or $50 per couple;

COOKIN' FOR KIDS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27, Daniel Field Airport, Highland Avenue; wild game, barbecue and fish cook-offs; food, karaoke, children's games, inflatables, arts and crafts; $5 for ages 13 and older; $3 for 3-12; 2 and younger free;


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

ADULT BOOK CLUB ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Harlem Library, 375 N. Louisville Road; (706) 556-9795

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


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

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;


A Midsummer Night's (Sci Fi) Dream : 1-4 p.m. Jan. 23, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; show dates: 10 a.m. March 31, April 1-2; 8 p.m. April 1-3, 9-10, 29; from March 15 to May 15 shooting an independent film based on the production; copies of the play available for review at the Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way; (706) 830-5278

THE FOURSOME : 3 p.m. Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Jan. 18; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St.; openings for four men in their late 40s or older; (803) 648-1438, aiken


AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; lecture series: Aiken County History 101 -- The Many Facets of Aiken, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 16; $25 museum members, $30 others; 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. Saturday; character monologues that bring to life the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people; performed in museum theater format by actors; explains connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830s and William Tubman, who served from 1944-71 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;; (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. Thursday-Saturday; $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.;; (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; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; (706) 556-0401

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; Tyrone Geter exhibition January-February; $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; Deep Sea: Drawings by William Golding, through March 14; consists of an array of maritime drawings by the self-taught black artist; Toddler Time: Awesome Abstracts, 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. today; learn about works in the abstract gallery, then paint a work in the activity room; free for museum family members and parents; $4 others; registration required; screening of Dixiana, noon Friday; after the film, museum Director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion; free; Morris Museum of Art Gala, 6:30 p.m. March 5; $350 per couple for members ($175 per person) or $400 per couple for nonmembers ($200 per person); admission $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,

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; tours 1, 2, 3 p.m., $4 adult, $3 ages 6-16, $2.50 South Carolina seniors, free 5 and younger; (803) 827-1473


Do you want to make a difference in the community? Here are some opportunities to volunteer or get involved:

- Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. For information, call (706) 736-1199.

- Safe Kids East Central Georgia is seeking volunteers to help with events such as car seat and bicycle checks, and to lead ongoing programs that teach safety to children and teens. Training is provided. For information, call (706) 721-7606.

- North Harlem Elementary is seeking donations of empty printer cartridges and used cell phones for a recycling project. The items may be dropped off at the school on Fairview Drive or at Etc. of Harlem on Louisville Road. To get more information, call the school at (706) 556-5995.

- Formally Yours, a high school student's program to collect prom gowns for students in need, is seeking donations of prom dresses. Donations may be taken to any location of Tudor's Cleaners or to Coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem. For information, e-mail

- People ages 60 and older are needed to work 20 hours per week to help children read. Positions receive an hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement. Call Jackie Kennedy at the Senior Citizens Council at (706) 868-0120.

- Dropped Stitches, a group at Washington Commons that knits blankets for hospitals and soldiers, is seeking donations of yarn from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the retirement community on Washington Commons Drive off Washington Road across from Club Car in Columbia County. Call Holley Howard at (706) 860-0402.

- Hope Soap, a private, nonprofit agency that collects toiletries and packages and distributes them to area shelters, has several collection sites. Donations, particularly of personal-size items from hotels, may be brought to The Columbia County News-Times in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road, Evans, and Wild Birds Unlimited, West Town Shopping Center, Martinez.