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EVENTS

Spring Fling

Saturday, open 10 a.m., closes 1 hour after dark

Graystone Ranch, 1017 McManus Road, Hephzibah

$10; meet the Easter bunny, hiking trails, petting zoo, Easter egg hunt, enchanted forest; www.graystoneranch.com

Sacred Heart Garden Festival Preview Party & Live Auction

7 p.m. today

Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

$65; dinner by BBQ Barn, open bar, exhibits, vendor market, music by Carl Purdy & Custer's Last Band; (706) 826-4700

Sacred Heart Garden Festival

Friday-Sunday

Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

Festival and garden tour ticket $25, children under 12 are free; exhibits, lectures, entertainment, vendors; sacredheartgardentfestival.com

Summer Camp Expo 2011

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

Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez

Showcase of classes, camps for children; entertainment, food, prizes; free; sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta Family Magazine

The Riverwood Local Fest

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Riverwood Town Center, William Few Parkway at Washington Road

Free; farmers' market, art, plant sales, wool-spinning, soap-making, dancing, cooking shows; see Facebook: The Riverwood Local Fest

Historic Beech Island Tour

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Beech Island Historical Society's History & Visitor's Center, Beech Island

$20 advance, $25 day of; tour of 13 churches, homes, cemeteries; barbecue lunch ($8) at visitor's center; www.beech-islandhistory.org

Spring FunFest

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7

Columbia County Amphitheatre, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

Free; amusement rides, stage performances, vendors, educational booths; presented by WFXG-TV Fox 54; (706) 650-5400

Fort Gordon's Spring Fest

May 5-8; flea market opens 9 a.m. May 7

Barton Field, Fort Gordon

Free; entertainment, free children's activities, Eudora petting zoo, pony and camel rides, flea market; (706) 791-6779

Family Fair 2011

11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21

Augusta Common

Free; displays, kids' crafts, live music; www.wrdw.com/timetocare

ONSTAGE

Ah! Spring, featuring Frederica von Stade

8 p.m. today

Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway

$50; world-renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; (803) 643-4774 or AikenPAG@gforcecable.com

Augusta Players present Hairspray

Friday-Sunday

Imperial Theatre

Rated PG-13 for language and subject matter; (706) 826-4707; www.augustaplayers.org

Equine Performing Arts Series: Grace Over Fences: Jumpers and Hunters

6 p.m. Friday

Highfields Event Center, 190 Gaston Road

$60; tickets:Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Meybohm Realtors, Aiken Saddlery, Equine Devine; (803) 641-1111, aikenchamber.net

Audition: Moonlight & Magnolias, a slapstick comedy by Ron Hutchinson

7 p.m. Sunday and Monday

William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main St., Edgefield

Roles for three adult males, one adult female; cold reading from script; no experience necessary; shows June 17-19, 25-26; (803) 637-3833

Audition: The Altos

3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday

Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. S.W.

Roles for two men and three women; (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

Audition: WIT

7 p.m. Sunday

Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. S.W.

Show dates June 17-19 and June 24-25; (803) 648-1438 or www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

The Man, The Message, The Music: 'Birthday' Tribute to Godfather of Soul

3 p.m. May 1, 7:30 p.m. May 3 (dinner theatre)

Judith Simon Drama Studio, 2548 Deans Bridge Road

May 1 show, $12, $8 students; May 3 show $28.50; seating limited to 100; presented by Augusta Mini Theatre; www.augustaminitheatre.com

Juvie

7 p.m. May 7

North Augusta High School, 2000 Knobcone Ave.

$5; The Last Act Drama Society, North Augusta High School's drama club, presents the piece they entered in the Garcia competition

The Color Purple

2 and 7 p.m. May 8

Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

$55-$65; broadwayinaugusta.com

Black Box Coffeehouse

7-9 p.m. May 13

URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St.

$10; music from M'Aiken Music and highlights from Broadway Bound; (803) 648-1438

Becky's New Car

Dinner 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. May 13-14, 20-21, 26-28

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Bldg. 32100 Third Ave., Fort Gordon

$38, seniors, military retirees, DA civilians, active duty E7 and above, $36, E6 and below $30, show only $25; (706) 793-8552

Quickies: Ten-Minute Play Festival

8 p.m. May 13-14

Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.

$10; original scripts by local authors; lcnaugusta.com

Comedy: Kevin Hart

8 p.m. May 14

James Brown Arena

$49.50-$59.50, $10 increase day of show; host of BET's Comic View: One Mic Stand; (877) 428-4849; georgialinatix.com

Aiken Community Theater Youth Wing meeting

1-3 p.m. May 14

URS Performing Arts Center, 125 Newberry St. S.W.

For middle and high school students interested in theatre; new members welcome; (803) 648-1438; www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

Rent

8 p.m. May 21-22, 27-28, June 3-4, 3 p.m. May 29

Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. S.W.

$20; $18 seniors, $15 students, $9 ages 12 and younger; June 3 performance interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing; (803) 648-1438

Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3-Imagine!

7 p.m. June 14, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 15

Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

$15-$25; $35 Gold Circle, $55 Sunny Seats; Elmo and friends visit exciting locations; georgialinatix.com; www.sesamestreetlive.com

MUSIC

Augusta Canal Moonlight Music: The Henrys

6:30 p.m. Friday

Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St.

$25, reservations required; Americana guitar/strings; Upcoming: Tara Scheyer May 6; Joe Stevenson May 13; (706) 823-0440

Concerts with a Cause: Mack Wilberg

3 and 6 p.m. Sunday

Saint John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.

Free; donations accepted for Interfaith Hospitality Network; Wilbert is conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; www.stjohnaugusta.org

Covenant Concerts: Michael Keelan, Taylor Massey and Jason Maynard

7:30 p.m. Friday

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way

Free, donations accepted; Keelan, concert master of Green Bay Symphony, presents chamber music; (706) 733-0513, covenantaugusta.org

MUSIC

Suex Effect

10 p.m. Friday

1102 Bar and Grill, 1102 Broad St.

Free; high-energy rock that challenges, energizes and uplifts; www.thesuexeffect.com

Garden City Chorus presents Happy Days Are Here Again

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way

$15 in advance, $20 at the door; www.aug.edu/pat

Ippie Music

7-9 p.m. Saturday

Borders Books and Music, 257 Robert C. Daniel Parkway

soundclick.com/ippie

Benji The Banjo

7 p.m. Sunday

Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way

$5; release of children's story written by local author Angel Cleary; cpurdy2@aug.edu

Hopelands Gardens Concert Series: Aiken Concert Band

7 p.m. May 2

Hopelands Gardens, 101 Dupree Place

Free; Upcoming: Mike Frost Trio May 9, Anybody's Guess May 16; (803) 642-7650, in case of rain, call (803) 643-4661

POPS! Under the Stars

6:30 p.m. May 14

University Health Care System Evans Campus, 447 North Belair Road

Free; featuring Symphony Orchestra Augusta; blankets and chairs welcome; rain location is West Acres Baptist Church; www.soaugusta.org

Augusta Children's Chorale Spring Concert

4 p.m. May 15

Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

$10; refreshments will be served after the concert; (706) 836-1914

Aiken Choral Society: Music from the Movies

7:30 p.m. May 20 and 3 p.m. May 22

Cornerstone Baptist Church, 100 Cornerstone Dr.

www.aikenchoralsociety.com

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

Noon-9 p.m. May 21

One mile north of Interstate 20 Exit 172/Thomson

$25 advance, free age 12 and younger; www.blindwillie.com

Memorial Tribute concert

7:30 p.m. May 28

Sacred Heart Cultural Center

Augusta Choral Society concert that focuses on sacrifices made by men and women of the armed services; augustachoralsociety.org

Columbia County Choral Society rehearsals

7 p.m. Tuesdays through May 31

First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Road

Singers wanted, open to all; upcoming: Lincoln Center world premiere of Incarnatio Mysteria; (706) 650-2311, www.ccchoralsociety.org

FILMS

Memphis

7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Augusta Exchange, 1144 Agerton Lane

$20; Tony Award-winning Best Musical about young white DJ who falls in love with rock 'n' roll and a black singer in the segregated 1950s

Movies Under the Stars: Megamind

Dusk, June 3; gates open 7 p.m.

Columbia County Amphitheatre, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

Free; lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, coolers welcome; concessions available; (706) 721-5736 or mcghealth.org/movies

LITERARY LIFE

Poetry at the Discovery Center

2 p.m. May 7

Discovery Center, 405 Main St.

Featured readers: Malaika Favorite and Gilbert Allen; open microphone; refreshments; (803) 637-3833

Book Signing: Sylvia Ramsey

4-6 p.m. May 12

Inner Bean Cafe, 139 Davis Road

Ramsey will sign copies of new children's book Merchild Land; proceeds benefit American Bladder Cancer Association; (706) 951-7893

ARTS

Artist Meet and Greet: Christopher Kuhl

1-2 p.m. Sunday

Augusta-Richmond County Library, 823 Telfair St.

Internationally exhibited vision artist Kuhl will meet people, discuss his work on display at library through May 31; (706) 821-2604

Adult Artist Workshop: Printmaking Studio

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 14, noon to 4:30 p.m. May 15

Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

$70 members, $85 nonmembers, materials included; learn etching using solar plate process; take home completed work; (706) 724-7501

Aiken Artists Guild 2011 Member Show opening reception

6-8 p.m. May 19

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

S.C. House of Representatives Bill Taylor will present awards at 7 p.m.; this year's juror will be Kevin Grogan, director of Morris Museum of Art

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

Educational

Drum for Your Life

Thursdays, April 14-May 19

Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way

$77; taught by Not Gaddy; (706) 737-1636

Discovery Walks: Unlocking the Waters

10 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday

Augusta Canal Headgates

Led by Peter Hughes, board member of the Augusta Canal Authority; (706) 823-0440, ext. 2, www.augustacanal.com

African Drum and Dance Workshops

2-3:30 p.m. Saturday; 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday

Faith World Center, 702 North Belair Road

$15 teen and adults, $12 children ages 6-12; must be paid in advance; (706) 210-8033

Voices of the Past: A Petersburg Boat Pilot

11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. May 14 and June 4

Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

Free; character monologue oral history of James Henry Balchin, who piloted cotton boats from Petersburg to Augusta; (706) 722-8454

Senior Classes

Class days and times vary

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

(803) 642-7631; Line Dance; Ceramics; Silver Sneakers I; Fit 4 Ever; Silver Sneakers Yoga Stretch; Yoga I & II

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 members, $50 nonmembers for a four-week class; (803) 641-9094

FUNDRAISERS

Ribs, Bibs & Dibs (benefits Senior Citizens Council of CSRA)

5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road

$20, includes dine-in or carry-out; advance tickets only; silent auction; (706) 868-0120

Get on the Good Foot Walk (proceeds to J.A.M.P. Youth Summer Music Camp)

8-8:45 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk May 7

Augusta Common

$5 ages 9 and older, $1 ages 5-8; family activities after the walk (concerts, inflatables, face painting); www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org

Art Factory's Spring Cleaning Sale

8 a.m.-noon May 7

Hickman Park, 965 Hickman Road

Variety of items for sale, supports Art Factory programs; (706) 731-0008, www.artfactoryinc.org

Aiken Relay for Life Idol (benefits The American Cancer Society)

May 7

Mi Rancho, 3607 Richland Ave.

$10; limited to first 40 contestants to turn in entry and donation; first place $200, second place $100; (803) 641-8220 or (803) 292-3310

Derby Day (benefits the Augusta Training Shop)

5-8 p.m. May 7

St. Paul's River Room, 605 Reynolds St.

$50 advance, $60 at door; watch Kentucky Derby; Southern cuisine, mint juleps; hat contest; auction; The Mason Jars; (706) 738-1358

Mead Hall's Annual Strawberry Festival

10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7

Downtown Aiken

Vendors, games, pony rides, pie eating contests, bake sale, frozen casserole sale, book sale, inflatables and more; (803) 644-1122

Relay for Life

7 p.m. May 13 until 7 a.m. May 14

Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way

Relay teams, friends, families walk or run in relay; cancer survivors, caregivers are honored guests; (706) 731-9900, relayforlife.org/augusta

Relay for Life Survivor Dinner

6 p.m. May 13

Westside High School field, 1002 Stelling Road

Survivors receive recognition as honored guests and walk first lap of relay; to register, visit www.relayforlife.org/augusta, (706) 731-9900

Pancake Breakfast (benefits Operation Helmet)

8-10 a.m. May 14

Fatz Cafe, 996 Pine Log Road

$7; proceeds to buy helmet liners for military deploying to Afghanistan; tickets at Aiken VA clinic 8-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays

FORE Kids Golf Tournament (benefits Junior Achievement)

11:30 a.m. registration/lunch, 1 p.m. start May 18

Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive

Players have a chance to win $1 million in shootout competition; (706) 736-3070

Golf Tournament Fundraiser (benefits Augusta Choral Society)

May 20

Forest Hills Golf Club

Golf, food, fun, prizes, raffle, silent auction, 19th Hole Party; augustachoralsociety.org

Dancing Stars of Augusta (benefits Alzheimer's Association of Augusta)

6-10 p.m. June 10

Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

Local celebrities paired with dance professionals; cocktails and dinner followed by dance program; www.dancingstarsofaugusta.kintera.org

COMMUNITY

Annual Trip to Biltmore Estate

Departs 5:30 a.m. Friday

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

$100, continental breakfast, transportation, admission; guided tour; (706) 724-3576

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

7 p.m. Friday

USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway

$50 adults, $30 18 and younger; speaker will be Shirley Sherrod; music by Preston and Weston; (803) 643-3384 or (803) 502-0170

Grab Your Future Middle School Girls' Conference

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

Aiken Technical College, 2276 U.S. Highway 1

Free; lunch included; call for space availability (803) 641-4144

Spring Fashion Show

5 p.m. May 1

Manuel's Bread Cafe, 505 Railroad Ave., Hammond's Ferry

Food by Manuel's Bread Cafe, fashions by Chico's of Augusta, evening wear by Edge Emporium; (803) 613-1641

Aiken County Board of Disabilities meeting

7 p.m. May 5

1016 Vaucluse Road

(803) 642-8800

First Friday Classic Car & Hotrod Cruise In

5-8 p.m. May 6

French Market Grille West, 368 Fury's Ferry Road

Car participants will receive a 15 percent off their bill that night only; (706) 855-5111

Laney Walker/Bethlehem Block Party

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7

Pine Street

$1, includes raffle ticket for flat-screen TV; live entertainment, Southern soul food cookoff; raffle and tours of Heritage Pine development

Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale

9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7

Franke Pavilion, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.

Participants share plants and trade with other gardeners; drop off donated plants at pavilion 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6; (706) 738-4321

Aiken County Veterans Council

7 p.m. May 10

Ryans, 1953 Whiskey Road

(803) 642-9678, (803) 226-0859

Aiken Memorial Day Parade registration

Deadline for entries May 14

Entries being accepted for Aiken Memorial Day Parade (1 p.m. May 28); registration instruction forms at www.aikenmcl.org; (803) 643-0675

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Baby Loss Mother's Day: A Mother's Day for Mothers with Empty Arms

2 p.m. Sunday

University Hospital, Evans Campus, 447 North Belair Road

Recognizes motherhood of those who have experienced pregnancy loss or loss of child by stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS; (706) 774-5802

Oral Cancer Screenings

8:30-11:45 a.m. May 12

MCG Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd.

Free; call (706) 721-4400 to schedule a time

Volunteer Training for Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services

May 12-16

University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way

Advocates must participate in 23 hours of training, respond to local hospitals within 30 minutes; (706) 774-2746 or volunteerrcsas@uh.org

Children's Asthma and Wellness Event

10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14

Kohl's parking lot, 4227 Washington Road

Free; mcghealth.org/kids

Parkinson's Disease Seminar

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 20 (reservations required)

Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway

Free; guest speaker Jay Alberts of the Cleveland Clinic; continental breakfast provided; (706) 721-4895 or astefanakos@georgiahealth.edu

Breast Cancer Coalition meeting and luncheon

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28

The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd.

$12.95; topics include small space organic vegetable gardening, including pots; flower arranging; (803) 279-6019, www.bcpccsra.org


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