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HOLIDAY



'Tis the Season Non-juried Art Exhibition

Through Dec. 30

Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.

(803) 641-9094

Lights of the South

6-10 p.m. through Dec. 30

633 Louisville Road

Holiday light display, hayrides, hot chocolate, baked goods; adults $7.50, children 4-17 $4, children 3 and under free; www.lightsofthesouth.com

Christmas at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdays, through Dec. 31

415 Seventh St.

Decorations from the Civil War period; (706) 724-0436, www.historicaugusta.org

Our Christmas Celebration

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31; closed Mondays

Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW

Christmas trees and decorations, (803) 642-2015

Return to Bethlehem

6-9 p.m. through Saturday

Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave.

Walk-through representation of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ; (803) 279-7525

An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival

5 p.m. today

Barton Field, Fort Gordon

Kris Kringle market, entertainment, hayrides, cookies and hot cocoa, crafts, visit from Santa; (706) 791-6779, www.fortgordon.com

Feast of Carols

7 p.m. Friday

USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway

$40; traditional holiday buffet and music recalling old Christmas specials such as those of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Andy Williams; (803) 641-3305

Tree-lighting ceremony

6:30 p.m. Friday

Center of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, Aiken

Free; Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will lead the ceremony; live music, refreshments, caroling; appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus; (803) 642-7631

'Twas the Night Before Lighted Boat Parade

6:30 p.m. Friday

Jessye Norman Amphitheater

myaugustadowntown.com

Symphony Orchestra Pops! at the Bell: Wycliffe Gordon Jazz Quartet, Holiday Festival Chorus

7:30 p.m. Friday

Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

$18.76-$42.12; www.soaugusta.org

A Celtic Christmas

7:30 p.m. Friday

St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, 1420 Monte Sano Ave.

Evening of Irish, Southern, traditional Christmas songs and stories with Harry O'Donoghue, the host of Georgia Public Radio's The Green Island Radio Show, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Carroll Brown; $15; Jeff Ryan, (706) 284-1531 or kilswah@aol.com

A Legendary Christmas

8 p.m. Friday

Hardin Performing Arts Center, Columbia County Library, Ronald Reagan Drive at Evans Town Center Boulevard

Local performers cover songs by George Strait, Elvis, Celine Dion, George Jones, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Marvin Gaye, Karen Carpenter and Miranda Lambert; $12; (706) 394-3916

Dear Santa

Friday-Saturday; dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. (reservations required)

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue Suite 32100, Fort Gordon

For ages 9 and older; civilians $38; seniors (65 and older), military retirees, Department of the Army civilians, active duty E7 and above $36; E6 and below $30; show only $25; (706) 793-8552

Holiday Open House

10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.

Free; (803) 441-4380

A Christmas Story

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 10-11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5

Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St.

$17; (803) 648-1438

40th annual Christmas Craft Show

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday

H. Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road

Free; crafts, food, visit from Santa; (803) 642-7631

Uncle Dickie's Holiday Extravaganza

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11, 16-18

Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.

$25; lcnaugusta.com; (706) 722-3322

North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes: Candlelight tour 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.

Beta Sigma Phi-sponsored tour of six homes and Sweetbay Cottage at the River Club; $15 advance beginning Monday at Jim Bush Flower Shop, Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Communigraphics, Parks Pharmacy; $18 day of tour; Heritage Center open for light refreshments and a rest stop; proceeds benefit North Augusta High School scholarships, North Augusta Pal Boxing Club, North Augusta School Wish List and other charities; (803) 279-4844, (803) 279-5074

Spirits of Christmases Past: Holiday on the Hill

6:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday

Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson

Spirits of Christmas past relate traditions of Sen. Thomas E. Watson's home; Friday's 45-minute tour begins with wine-and-cheese reception, $5, reservations required. Saturday's tour is part of McDuffie Tour of Homes, includes four other homes, $20; (706) 595-7777, www.hickory-hill.org

Brunch with Santa

9 a.m.-noon Saturday

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.

Free; brunch with an ethnic Santa Clause; (706) 724-3576

A Nutcracker Tea

2 p.m. Saturday

Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW

$10 adults, $5 children; tickets available at Unique Expressions and 3 Monkeys; (803) 648-5771

A Holly Day in Downtown Aiken

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Downtown Aiken

Participating shops offer a variety of treats to put you in the holiday spirit; (803) 649-2221, www.downtownaiken.com

Breakfast and Photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus

9-11 a.m. Saturday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

$10, includes breakfast, museum admission and a supervised art project; photos by Barry Koenig, available for purchase at barrykoenigphotography.com; (706) 828-3825

Christmas in America Festival

5-7 p.m. Saturday

Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

Free; tree lighting, music, caroling, food, crafts, visit from Santa; (706) 312-7191

Holiday Funk Festival featuring Brick

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.

Five-member platinum recording band combines house, R&B and jazz, with special guests Missing Pieces, Planet Jazz Allstars; www.imperialtheatre.com

The Augusta Chronicle Christmas Light Up Spectacular

4:30 p.m. Saturday

Augusta Common

augustachronicle.com/christmaslightup

2010 Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade

3 p.m. Saturday

Broad Street

Awards for best large float, best small float, most spirited walking group; entry forms at AugustaGa.gov; MyAugustaDowntown.com or send e-mail to AugParade@gmail.com

Christmas Tour of Homes Brunch and Fashion Show

10 a.m. Saturday

First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.

$10; fashions by Coldwater Creek; music by No Strings Attached; (706) 831-9624

Alleluia Community Christmas Festival

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; coffeehouse opens at 6 p.m.

Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road

Bakery, silent auction, arts and crafts, bookstore, German and Italian dinners, hot dog stand, boiled peanuts, games, entertainment; (706) 798-1882

Christmas for the Birds

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.

Free; bring apples, oranges or peanut butter for the birds and pet food to be donated to a local pet adoption center; children will make bird feeders to hang on trees for Christmas; cider and cookies served; story times at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.; colonialtimes.us

Home for the Holidays with Wycliffe Gordon

8 p.m. Saturday

USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway

(803) 641-3305

Columbia County Christmas Parade

1-5 p.m. Sunday

Begins at Evans to Locks Road and Evans Town Center Boulevard and ends at Evans High School on Cox Road

Artrageous! Family Sunday: Holiday Time

2 p.m. Sunday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Scavenger hunt, create your own ornament; www.themorris.org

Captain Claus Cruises the Augusta Canal

1:30-2 p.m. photos; 2-2:30 p.m. minicruise and 2:30-3:30 photos, 3:30-4 p.m. minicruise, Sunday

Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St.

$8 per person; (706) 823-0440, ext. 4

Music at the Morris: From One to Ninety-Two

2 p.m. Sunday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Singer/songwriter Tara Scheyer celebrates the holidays with songs for the whole family; free; www.themorris.org

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

7 p.m. Tuesday

Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 1301 Greene St.

$25; The Augusta Choral Society and The Augusta Collegium Musicum; fundraiser for Guild of Sacred Heart; (706) 826-4700

Deck the Halls with Historic Augusta

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday

415 Seventh St.

Create an evergreen arrangement, see the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in holiday decor, shop for candles, topiaries, paperwhites; $30 in advance at Historic Augusta, Charleston Street Fine Flowers and Events, 449 Highland Ave., or call (706) 220-7221

Night of 1,000 Lights

6-9 p.m. Dec. 9

Downtown Aiken

Sponsoring businesses stay open late, luminarias line streets; food, festivities, visit from Santa; (803) 649-2221, www.downtownaiken.com

Columbia County Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert

7 p.m. Dec. 9

Augusta Christian Schools Auditorium, 470 Fury's Ferry Road

Free; presented with the Augusta Christian Schools Band; (706) 860-6573, ext. 114

10th Annual Christmas at Cedar Rock

6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 9-11

Macedonia United Methodist Church, 1/4 mile off the Camak exit on I-20 on Highway 80 North

Free hayride through lights and displays, roast marshmallows, take pictures with Santa, "Kids Only" Shop, for ages 12 and under to buy gifts for $1; crafts, baked goods, jewelry, gift baskets and more for sale; (706) 465-9607

A Swingin' Holiday

3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10

Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

Nick Hilscher and his Big Band present the music of Frank Sinatra; $25; www.augustaamusements.com

32nd annual Jesus ... Our Treasure! The Presence of Our Christ Singing Christmas Tree

7 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12

Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road

(706) 869-1774

Joy of Toys Holiday Toy Drive

6-9 p.m. Dec. 10

Adventure Crossing, 4350 Wheeler Road

Knology, Adventure Crossing, WBBQ, Y102.3, Trantergrey Media and Firehouse Subs present toy drive to benefit Augusta's U.S. Marine Toys for Tots campaign; free cookies, cocoa, holiday music, Santa; bring new, unwrapped toy worth $10 or greater to receive free hour at Adventure Crossing, second hour $7, third hour $6; "drive thru" donations receive buy-one-get-one Adventure Crossing attraction pack and 20 tokens; chance to win free year of Knology services; (706) 364-1063

Aiken Choral Society Winter Concert

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12

Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1618 Sherwood Place, Aiken

$15, (803) 649-6570

Aiken Choral Society's 22nd annual Holiday Homes Tour

3:30-7 p.m. Dec. 11

Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW

$15; (803) 649-3057

Messiah and Candlelight

7:30 p.m. Dec. 11

St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St.

$25; Augusta Choral Society, (706) 826-4713, www.augustachoralsociety.org

A Christmas Carol -- The Musical

8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12

Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.

$15-$41, Augusta Players performance; (706) 826-4707, www.augustaplayers.org

Breakfast with Santa

8:30 a.m. Dec. 11

H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Children can have breakfast with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes, make crafts; children under 12 must be with adult; $2 per person with breakfast; preregister by Dec. 4; (803) 642-7631

Kringle's Window

3 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 8 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 3 p.m. Dec. 19

Edgefield County Theatre Company, William Miller Bauknight Theatre at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield

$15 adults, $10 under 17; (803) 637-3833

Christmas in Hopelands

5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 18-19; 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 20-23; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 26

Hopelands Gardens, 101 Dupree Place

Free, donations accepted; gardens decorated for Christmas; refreshments; park at Goodwill lot on Whiskey Road; Dec. 11-12, 17-19: crafts for kids and craft vendors at Rye Patch and concerts at Roland H. Windham Stage; bring blanket or chair; (803) 642-7631

Augusta Chorale annual Christmas Concert

4 p.m. Dec. 12

Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Paine College, 1235 15th St.

$15; (706) 821-8200

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Masterworks Series

4 p.m. Dec. 12

St. John's Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St., NW

(803) 641-3305

Aiken Christmas Parade

2 p.m. Dec. 12

Downtown Aiken

(803) 648-8955

Holiday Music with the Augusta Collegium Musicum

7:30 p.m. Dec. 13

Augusta Museum of History rotunda, 560 Reynolds St.

A capella chamber choir sings Christmas music from around the world; $10 museum and collegium members, $15 nonmembers; arrive early, limited seating; proceeds benefit museum programs; (706) 722-8454, www.augustamuseum.org

Walk Through Bethlehem

6-9 p.m. Dec. 17-19

Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 West Milledgeville Road, Harlem, Ga.

Free; interactive walk-through nativity scene and village set in biblical times; 706-556-6885

Christmas Music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, hosted by THEgathering

8 p.m. Dec. 17

Curtis Church, 1326 Broad St.

Free with a canned good donation but ticket required due to limited seating, tickets available at Rock Bottom Music; (706) 722-7348 ext. 211 or e-mail THEgatheringAugusta@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/pages/THEgathering-Augusta-GA/158002617555959

Handel's Messiah, Columbia County Choral Society with Davidson Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Dec. 17

First Baptist Church of Evans, Belair and Washington roads

$15; $10 seniors, students, active duty military and dependents, and groups; (762) 233-7793 (local call), www.ccchoralsociety.org

12 Bands of Christmas concert

6:30 p.m. Dec. 18; doors open at 6 p.m.

Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.

$10, children 5 and younger free; 48Volt, The Crowns, NoStar, Tara Scheyer and The Mud Puppy Band, My Instant Lunch, G-City Rockers, L.i.E., Will McCranie, Brandon Bower, Sibling Strings, John Kolbeck and The Unmentionables; 12Bands.org

The Nutcracker

7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19

USCA Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway

$20 adults, $15 seniors and students; Aiken Civic Ballet production, (803) 648-5771

I'll Be Home for Christmas, a Tribute to Elvis with Jason Sikes

3 p.m. Dec. 19

URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken

With the Sassy Brass Band and special guests from Motown; $22, front row $30; (803) 593-1756 or (803) 648-1438

Columbia County Civic Orchestra Christmas Concert

6 p.m. Dec. 19

West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road

Handel's Messiah, (706) 860-6573, ext. 114

John Berry Christmas Tour 2010

7:30 p.m. Dec. 21

Imperial Theatre

$27, $20, child ticket rate available (706) 722-78341

Starlight Cinema: Elf

6:30 p.m. Dec. 21

Graniteville Recreation Center Complex, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway

Free; photos with Santa; Aiken County parks and recreation staff will collect new or gently used hats, scarves and mittens for the Cumbee Center; (803) 642-7559

Concert With a Cause: Christmas Eve Concert of Lessons and Carols

10:30 p.m. Dec. 24

St. John United Methodist Church, (706) 724-9641

Free; donations will be taken to benefit United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641

ONSTAGE

AUDITION: Up the Down Staircase

7 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Aiken Community Playhouse, URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St.

Open to middle and high school students; parts for 12 males and 18 females; show dates are 8 p.m. Feb. 25-26, 3 p.m. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. March 4-5; acp1011.com

MUSIC

Group Therapy

7 p.m. today

Amici 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway

(706) 650-7511

Carey Murdock & NoStar album release

8 p.m. today

Sky City, 1157 Broad St.

$12, includes admission and a copy of the new album; Patrick Blanchard will also perform; nostarband.com

Tuesday's Music Live: The University of Georgia Accidentals

11 a.m. (without lunch); noon (with lunch) Tuesday

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.

Concerts are free; lunch after concerts is $10 and requires reservation; (706) 722-3463, TuesdaysMusicLive.com

Columbia County Choral Society rehearsals

First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Road

For more information and rehearsal schedules, call (706) 650-2311

(Fall) Colors of Jazz Series: Girls Wear Lipstick Jazz Ensemble

7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way

$15 per concert, $35 for the series; columbiacountyjazz.com

True Music Southern Soul & Song: Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Band

7:30 p.m. Dec. 17

Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

$12.50-$22.50; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com

FILMS

The Met: Live in HD series: Verdi's Don Carlo

12:30 p.m. Dec. 11

Regal Augusta Exchange 20, 1144 Agerton Lane

Live transmission of Metropolitan Opera performance Don Carlo, a dark and intense epic of love, war, politics, and religion at the height of the Spanish Inquisition; $24 adult, $22 seniors, $18 child; www.metopera.org/hdlive; (706) 667-9713

LITERARY LIFE

Storytime in the Park

4 p.m. third Fridays through Dec. 17

Smith-Hazel Recreation Center Park, 400 Kershaw St.

Free; ages 10 and under, ages 4 and under must be with adult; each child will receive free book; (803) 642-7634

ARTS

Tuesday Painters

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays

Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Ave.

$3 adult, $1 student, free 5 and younger; watch painters, participate; art supplies free with admission; (803) 441-4380

Art at Lunch: Low-Country Artist Clay Rice

Noon Friday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Silhouette artist, author, musician Clay Rice to perform songs, tell stories about growing up in the Lowcountry and traveling the U.S.; members, $10; nonmembers, $14. Lunch by Wife Saver. Paid reservations; (706) 828-3867

Wet Paint Party (membership drive for Greater Augusta Arts Council)

7-10 p.m. Saturday

Sky City, 1157 Broad St.

Free for Greater Augusta Arts Council members; nonmembers will be asked to join at the door; membership levels start at $25; meet more than 25 artists, buy original artwork, sample food from local restaurants, fashion and hair show presented by Modish and Vintage Ooollee; (706) 826-4702

Silhouette Portraits by Clay Rice

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Silhouette artist Clay Rice creates personalized portraits, advance reservations only; $40 per person for two copies; (706) 828-3825 or e-mail janna.crane@themorris.org to make appointment

Jim Harrison Gallery Holiday Open House

1-4 p.m. Sunday

Jim Harrison Gallery, 1 S. Main St., Denmark

All attendees will receive a free print; Harrison will sign purchases; jimharrison.com

Trunk Show: Katrina Gray of EarthWear Jewelry

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Katrina Gray has been creating jewelry for 40 years using skills as a potter and silversmith; free admission; www.themorris.org

Sunday Sketch

2-3:30 p.m. Sunday

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Sketch in the galleries, with materials supplied by the museum. Check-in in the activity room; free; www.themorris.org

Breakfast with Jim Harrison

8-11 a.m. Dec. 11

Jim Harrison Gallery, 1 S. Main St., Denmark

The show will include a number of in-store specials; jimharrison.com

Educational

Technical Assistance Workshop

8:30 a.m. Saturday

Waynesboro Campus, Augusta Technical College, 216 Highway 24 South

Free; registration required, continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; free lunch at 12:30 p.m.; teaches grant writing; (843) 792-3518

The Coming of the Civil War lecture

10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 (reservations requested)

Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.

Free; Fritz Hamer, curator of history at State Museum in Columbia, speaks about new exhibition The Coming of the Civil War, which focuses on origins of disagreement between South Carolina and the federal government; (803) 641-9094

Spanish Language Classes

Mondays

Friedman Branch Library, 1447 Jackson Road

Advanced class at 2:30 p.m., beginner class at 4 p.m.; (706) 736-6758

Home-school art classes

10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays

Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.

grades 5K through 12; $45 for members, $50 for nonmembers for a four-week class; (803) 641-9094

Patriot Boat Tour

3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

Behind the Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.

$12 adults, $6 children; patriottourboat.com, (803) 730-9739

FUNDRAISERS

Christmas Motorcycle Ride (benefits Full Circle Refuge Ministry and YDC Christmas Events)

11 a.m. registration Saturday

The Building Worship Center, 1739 Gordon Highway

Kickstand up at 11:30 a.m.; food and fellowship at 12:30 p.m.; (706) 233-7154

Golden Harvest's Extreme Dream: Everyone Eats!

Monday through Dec. 11

Warren Baptist Church, Washington Road

Campaign in conjunction with Augusta's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; goal is to raise $50,000 and collect as much food as possible; www.goldenharvest.org/Donate.aspx

Dinner with Ray Tanner (for Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and School)

6:30 p.m. Dec. 10

Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave.

$50 adults, $25 ages 12 and younger; dinner and presentation by USC Aiken baseball coach Ray Tanner; buy tickets from school at (803) 279-8396 ext. 100 or at Parks Pharmacy

Cares for Kids Radiothon (for MCG Children's Medical Center)

Dec. 9-11

MCG Children's Medical Center Lobby, 1446 Harper St.

1 04.3 WBBQ-FM and 96.3 WKSP-FM; pledges can be made by calling (706) 922-KIDS or at mcghealth.org/kids

An Evening of Soul (for The Center for African American History, Art and Culture)

7 p.m. Dec. 9

Municipal Building Conference Center, 215 The Alley

$35 per person, $65 per couple; Playback the Band with Tutu D'Vyne; cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres; (803) 649-2221

COMMUNITY

December Dash

9 a.m. Saturday

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road

10K; register at www.active.com or call academy office at (706) 828-2109

Fly Casting Lessons

3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Brick Pond Park, Hammond's Ferry

$50 per child for a two-hour lesson; offered by Rivers & Glen Trading Company; (706) 738-4536

Senior Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 9

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.

$7; Charles E. Goodman and the Augusta Chorale; (706) 724-3576

Aiken's 175th Birthday Party Celebration

1-4 p.m. Dec. 18

USC Aiken Convocation Center, (803) 643-6901

Free, but tickets required and available at locations around Aiken; traditional children's birthday games, inflatables, clowns, magician, crafts, party favors, living birthday cake, laser show; (803) 644-9165 or (803) 641-6777

OUTnight

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Weekly night out for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people, various locations; (706) 951-7163

Augusta Got Talent

9 p.m. Wednesdays

Cocktail Lounge, 663 Broad St.

$3 entry fee; (706) 306-9077

International Folk Dancing

7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays

Augusta Ballet, 2941 Walton Way Extension

No partner needed; (706) 394-5535

Brickyard Market

5 p.m. until dusk Fridays

Boeckh Park, Hammond's Ferry, North Augusta

Free; produce, live music, arts and crafts, seasonal plants and flowers

Dinner/Dance

6-11 p.m. Friday

American Legion Post 63, 90 Milledge Road

Dinner 6 p.m., $10; dance 8-11 p.m. $13; (706) 733-5184

American Christian Dance

7-11 p.m. Friday

Social Ballroom Dance Hall, Social, Inc., 3157 Washington Road

$10 donation; free dance lessons 7-8 p.m.; appetizer buffet; reserved seating available; (866) 849-1392, americanchristiandance.com

Carolina Jamboree: Country Music, Bands and Dancing

7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

J.C. HUT Building, S.C. Highway 25 and Johnson Road, Belvedere

Family-oriented, no smoking or alcohol; (803) 279-4638

Second Saturday Dance Party

7:30-11 p.m. second Saturdays

Ballroom in Motion, 205 Elkdom Court

$10; free dance lesson 8-11 p.m.; (706) 414-6381

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

health & wellness

Heart and Vascular Education

8:25 a.m., 9:25 a.m., 1:55 p.m. Wednesdays

University Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute

1350 Walton Way, Classroom 2

universityhealth.org/calendar

Huntington Disease Support Group

6:30 p.m. today

MCG Marks Building, 1429 Harper St. Room 1122

(706) 721-4895

Cribs for Kids

5:45-8 p.m. today

MCGHealth Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way

Families who demonstrate financial need receive a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sac, pacifier for $10 fee per registered child; (706) 721-7606

Let's Talk Cancer Support Group

5:30-7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 16

MCG Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd., first floor

(706) 721-0550

Safety Seat Inspection

Friday, call for appointment

MCGHealth Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way

Teaches proper use of car seats; free inspection; (706) 721-7606

Weight Loss Surgery and You

6-7 p.m. Tuesday

University Heart and Vascular Insititute, 1350 Walton Way

Free; light refreshments will be served; learn about weight loss surgery and options available at University Hospital; (706) 828-2502

Safety Seat Inspection

Dec. 8, call for appointment

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Drive

Teaches proper use of car seats; free inspection; (706) 721-7606

ALS Support Lunch and Learn

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9

MCGHealth Medical Office Building, 1446 Harper St., fourth floor, room 4306

Lunch is provided; (706) 721-2681

Breast Cancer Support Group

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

MCGHealth Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd., first floor

(706) 721-4109

Car Seat Class

5:45-8 p.m. Dec. 9

MCG Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way

$10, financial assistance available to Medicaid and Peach Care eligible families; mcghealth.org/kids

Safe Sitter Program

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11

Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road

$25 per student, includes lunch; teaches 11- to 13-year-olds how to handle emergencies while caring for younger children; (706) 721-7606

Trauma Support Group

Noon-1 p.m. Dec. 15

MCG Hospital and Clinics, 1120 15th St.

Meets the third Wednesday of every month; meeting rooms alternate; call for specific location; (706) 721-4633 or (706) 721-3264

Blood Cancer/Stem Cell Support Group

5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 16

MCG Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd., first floor

(706) 721-9134 or (706) 721-1634

Support for people with oral and head and neck cancers

6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 21

MCG Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd., first floor

(706) 721-0550

Breast-Feeding Class

7-9 p.m. Dec. 21

MCG Medical Office Building, 1446 Harper St., fourth floor, Room 4306

(706) 721-9351

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 27

Augusta MS Center at MCG Hospital and Clinics, 1120 15th St.

(706) 721-1411

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