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EVENTS

Augusta Home and Garden Show: 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; $7.50, ages 16 and younger free, $5 active military and ages 65 and older; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

Royal Comedy Tour: 8 p.m. March 5; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $39.50-$46.50; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com, (877) 4AUGTIX

Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. March 12; James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; $21-$70; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: 7 p.m. March 18-19, 3 and 7 p.m. March 20 and 1:30 p.m. March 21; James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; $11-$37; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

ONSTAGE

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon; $25 show only; $30, $36 military; $39 civilians; rated PG-16; www.fortgordon.com, (706) 793-8552

The Clean House: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eight St.; $25; (706) 722-3322

Out of the Mist ... A Dragon: 7 p.m. Friday; Burke County High School, 1057 Burke Veterans Parkway, Waynesboro Puppetry theater production by Woods and Strings Theater, Inc.; free; (706) 437-0070

Gypsy: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Jabez Harden Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; www.augustaplayers.org, (706) 826-4707

Kids Say the Darndest Things! 8 p.m. March 11-13 and 19-20; 3 p.m. March 21; Bartow Community Theater, 1138 Academy Circle, Bartow, Ga.; presented by Schoolhouse Players; $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger; (478) 364-3340, bartowga.tripod.com

Menopause the Musical: 8 p.m. March 16 and 18, 2 and 8 p.m. March 17; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $45; www.imperialtheatre.com

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family: 7:30 p.m. March 23-24; James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; $47-$57; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com, (877) 4AUGTIX

Broadway In Augusta: Bill Cosby: 2 and 5 p.m. March 28; Bell Auditorium; $40-$50, www.broadwayinaugustaga.com

Broadway In Augusta: Beauty and the Beast: 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 24, 2 p.m. April 25; Bell Auditorium; $35-$45; www.broadwayinaugustaga.com

AUDITIONS

Aiken Community Playhouse: The Fantasticks; 7 p.m. March 8-9; URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; requirements and audition forms on Web site; aikencommunityplayhouse.com, (803) 648-1438

MUSIC

Augusta State University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. today; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, ASU, 2500 Walton Way; $5; Augusta State students, faculty, staffers free with JagCard; www.aug.edu

Flo Carter's Musical Tribute: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center, 100 Georgia Ave.; tied to Palmetto Park & Pond exhibit; $5; 12 and younger free; (803) 441-4380

U.S. Army Signal Corps Band: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday; Good Shepherd Chapel, Barnes Avenue, Fort Gordon; www.gordon.army.mil/band

Opera Favorites: 7:30 p.m. March 5; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; (706) 733-0513

Beatles Music Fundraiser for CSRA Humane Society: 7:30 p.m. March 5-6 and March 12-13; Fort Discovery's Paul S. Simon Theater, 1 Seventh St.; with Ed Turner and Number 9, $25; csrahumanesociety.org/concert_tickets

The Last Seven Words of Christ: 7:30 p.m. March 12; First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 North Belair Road; $10, $7 for seniors, students and groups; www.ccchoralsociety.org, (706) 650-2311

Spring Gospel Fest: Doors 9 a.m., show 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 13; USC Aiken Convocation Center, 375 Robert Bell Parkway, Aiken; $27-$52; www.georgialinatix.com, (803) 643-6901

Pops! at the Bell Series: Air Supply: 7:30 p.m. March 19; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; augustaentertainmentcomplex.com; (877) 4AUGTIX

FILMS 

Augusta State University Spring Film Series: 7 p.m. Mondays through March 29; University Hall 170 on campus, 2500 Walton Way; Monday, The Necessities of Life, not rated; March 8, Wendy and Lucy, rated R; free, (706) 729-2416

Southern Circuit Film Festival: 7 p.m. March 10: Visual Acoustics; 7 p.m. April 7: Bleacher Boys; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; www.imperialtheatre.com

LITERARY LIFE

Nonfiction Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Monday; Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; Margaret Visser's Much Depends on Dinner; (706) 863-1946

FUNDRAISERS

Haiti Relief Gala: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday; Belair Conference Center, 7093 Singh Lane; $25, $50 couple, $500 sponsors (eight people); proceeds go to American Red Cross; (706) 855-2098

Night of White: Medical College of Georgia silent auction, benefit dinner; 7-10 p.m. Saturday; River Room, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $50, includes catered dinner, open bar and live music; www.nightofwhite.org

Columbia County Charity Gala: for Arts Endowment Fund, Food Pantry; 7 p.m. Saturday; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Lock Road; Swingsation, dinner by Jeff Freehof of Garlic Clove Italian Eatery, raffle, dancing; $75; black tie; (706) 312-7191

Junior League of Augusta 58th Annual Attic Sale: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 6; Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 301 Hale St.; free, cash only; Preview Party, 7-10 p.m. March 5, $25, dinner, auction, raffle; (706) 736-0033, www.jlaugusta.com

Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk: for MCG Children's Medical Center; 9 a.m. March 6; course starts at MCG Children's Medical Center, 1450 Harper St.; $28, no entry fee for under 16 years www.heartandsoleinc.org

Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk Evening Celebration: 7-11:30 p.m. March 6; Marbury Center, 1257 Broad St.; $50, 21 and older only; www.heartandsoleinc.org

Empty Bowl: Golden Harvest Food Bank, Jewish Community Center; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 7; Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way; advance: adults $15, ages 2-10 $5; at door: adults $20, children 2-10 $7.50; www.emptybowlcsra.org

Oyster Roast and Toast: 7-11 p.m. March 26; Daniel Field Airport, Highland Avenue; oysters, chicken, salad, desserts, wine, beer; auction; The Toasters; $30, or $50 per couple, www.cookinforkids.com

Cookin' for Kids: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27; Daniel Field Airport, Highland Avenue; wild game, barbecue, fish cook-offs; karaoke, games, crafts; $5 13 and up; $3 for 3-12; www.cookinforkids.com

Sweet Celebrations: 6-10 p.m. April 24; North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; desserts, drinks, auction of themed baskets; benefits The RECing Crew; (803) 279-8820, www.therecingcrew.com

Aiken Walk MS: Raise money and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis; Check-in 9 a.m., walk 10 a.m. May 1; Aiken County Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken; 1-5 miles; free, Linda Trumbauer, (803) 256-2554, linda.trumbauer@nmass.org; www. carolinawalksms.org

COMMUNITY

Youth Soccer Registration

season starts April 12

10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today-Friday

Harrison-Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater

$55 (insurance, shirts, shorts, socks, medal), multi-child discounts; player draft 6:30 p.m. March 8; (803) 593-4698

Survivor Outreach Services Coffee Break

9:30-11 a.m. today

Grand Hall of Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

goal is to reach family members of those who have died in war; (706) 787-4767

Young Professionals of Augusta Lunch and Learn

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. today

Cafe 209, 215 10th St.

Kim Marcille, author of The Science of Making Things Happen: How to Turn Any Possibility into Reality; $10

Black History Month Program

6 p.m. today

Meadowbrook Elementary, 3630 Goldfinch Drive

student performances (James Brown, Michael Jackson, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) (706) 796-4915

W.S. Hornsby 50th Year Celebration

Founder's Day: 9:30 a.m. Friday,

Meet & Greet: noon Saturday

W.S. Hornsby Middle School Gymnasium, 320 Kentucky Ave.

Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Good Hope Baptist Church, 701 E. Cedar St.; (706) 823-6960

Art at Lunch: Augusta in Historic Photographs

noon Friday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Rosanne Stutts discuss turn-of-the-century glass-plate negatives; (706) 724-7501

The Wizard of Oz

2:30 p.m. for students, 6:30 p.m. friends and family, today

Paul Knox Middle School, 1804 Wells Road, North Augusta

Growing Tennis in Augusta

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Newman Tennis Center, 3103 Wrightsboro Road

free youth, adult registration day to increase USTA membership, introduce programs at the center; (706) 821-1600

Carolina Jamboree: Country Music Bands

6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Jaycees Building, Johnson Road at U.S. Highway 25, Belvedere

Jerry Helms on Bridge: Taking Tricks ... Techniques for Better Declarer Play

coffee 9:30 a.m., seminar 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, lunch included

Social Inc., 3157 Washington Road

$125, ($115 is tax deductible); proceeds benefit CSRA Junior Bridge League; (706) 736-1011, lynthis216@aol.com

Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Aiken

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Tour begins at Aiken Preparatory School, 619 Barnwell Ave.

maps provided; free; www.celebrateaiken.com

Miss Southern Sweetheart Pageant

10:30 a.m. Saturday

North Aiken Church of God, 2610 Columbia Highway, Aiken kimberlieray@aol.com

Morris Museum of Art Gala

7 p.m. March 5

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

food, auction, dancing; $125 35-under, $175 members, $200 public, (706) 828-3825, janna.crane@themorris.org

Audubon Society Phinizy Swamp Nature Park Field Trip

9 a.m. to noon March 6

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park parking lot, 1858 Lock and Dam Road

walking trip into the park; free, open to public; Paul Koehler, (803) 471-0291, pkoehler@audubon.org

Academy Awards Party

6:30 p.m. March 7

Casa Blanca Coffee Cafe, 936 Broad St.

Academy Award screenings, hold an authentic Oscar, appetizers, prizes; $20; (706) 504-3431, casablancatime.com

Alzheimer's Association's 11th Annual Education Conference

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13

Gordon Club, Building 18402, 19th St., Fort Gordon

for families, caregivers; care strategies, awareness; $25-$45; reservations required; (706) 731-9060

Teenkeeper

March 13-14, April 17-18

Savannah Riverkeeper offers two-day boat trip on the Savannah River

$75; limited to first 40 students; limited scholarships available; (706) 826-8991, info@savannahriverkeeper.org

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Meeting

5 p.m. March 15

Ryan's Steakhouse, 208 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez

$8.50; reserved seating; (706) 855-9888, dwgermany@yahoo.com

Fort Discovery's Camp Spring Break

April 5-9

Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

choose theme: Science of Sports or Science Soup (different topic every day); $150 for members, $175 for nonmembers; (706) 821-0614

Plane Pull

Registration 9 a.m. May 1

Augusta Regional Airport, 1501 Aviation Way

teams compete to pull Boeing 727 12 feet fastest; benefits Ronald McDonald House; $500 team; register by April 16; (706) 724-5901

Ga-Lina Christian Singles

7-11 p.m. Saturdays; dance lesson offered 7-8 p.m.

The Social Inc., 3157 Washington Road

$8 members, $10 others; (706) 863-1214, www.ga-linasingles.com

Singles Dance

7 p.m. Saturdays; lessons 7-8 p.m.

The Ballroom Dance Center, Evans

$8 members, $10 others; held by the Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; christiandances.org

Just Breathe Studio Classes

Cardio Dance: 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays; Yoga for Scoliosis: 7 p.m. Mondays; Yoga for Spinal Health: 7 p.m. Wednesdays;

Just Breathe Studios, 1501 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Saturday spine classes have been canceled; justbreathestudio.com

ATTRACTIONS

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with one-hour Petersburg boat tours 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.; charters can be arranged; (706) 823-0440

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Voices from the Past: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., with A Petersburg Boat Pilot March 20, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 24; through March 31st: Hollingsworth Candy Company Memorabilia; The Other Tubmans, March 6, April 17, May 1; 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.; $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays; augustamuseum.org; (706) 722-8454

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. Tuesdays-Fridays 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; 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.; Tyrone Geter exhibition through Saturday; $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; 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; Morris Museum of Art Gala, 6:30 p.m. March 5; $350 a couple for members ($175 a person) or $400 a couple for nonmembers ($200 a person); free admission until March 16; regular $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and military; free for members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; (706) 724-7501, themorris.org

GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: Kristin Casaletto: Selected Works, through March 5; Laura Umphrey: Before It's Gone, through March 5; Employees of the Augusta Training Shop: Selected Works, through Friday; Ware's Folly Gallery and Walker-Mackenzie Studio, 506 Telfair St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, by appointment Saturday; free; (706) 722-5495; ghia.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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