Things to do: Lobster races, plant sales and lots of music

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LOBSTER RACING
WHAT: 100 lobsters will compete in several heats leading to the main races at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. A children’s area features activities and interactive rides and games. Music performances by Merging Traffic, Palmetto Groove, Anybody’s Guess, Simple as That and Midnight Crossing
WHEN: 6-11 p.m. Friday, May 4
WHERE: Newberry Street Festival Center, downtown Aiken
ADMISSION: $10 adult, $5 with student ID, under 6 free; wear a 2012 Lobster Race T-shirt for free admission. T-shirts ($15) and Ride Bands ($20 in advance and $30 event day) available at Atlantic Broadband, Hitchcock Healthcare, Coach T’s Diner, All-Star Rents, Lionel Smith Ltd. and Screenprint Factory.
MORE: lobsterrace.com

AND THEY'RE OFF: Maria Flanagan, 7, drops in her lobster as her sister Sophia, 4, and uncle Max Blanco watch her compete during the 2010 Aiken Lobster Race. Hundreds come out annually to cheer on the crustaceans that battle it out in a nod to both this weekend's Kentucky Derby and the impact of the horse industry in Aiken.  COREY PERRINE/FILE
COREY PERRINE/FILE
AND THEY'RE OFF: Maria Flanagan, 7, drops in her lobster as her sister Sophia, 4, and uncle Max Blanco watch her compete during the 2010 Aiken Lobster Race. Hundreds come out annually to cheer on the crustaceans that battle it out in a nod to both this weekend's Kentucky Derby and the impact of the horse industry in Aiken.

GREEN THUMBS
WHAT: Plant Sale and Swap to Benefit Pendleton King Park
WHEN:
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 5
WHERE:
Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.
DETAILS:
Free admission; bring plants to trade with other gardeners, purchase plants and garden related items and books; Master Gardeners selling a variety of plants

DERBY DAY
WHAT:
Derby Day, Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Augusta Training Shop
WHEN:
4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 5
WHERE:
Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.
DETAILS:
Silent auctions, watch Kentucky Derby live, Southern cuisine and mint juleps, entertainment, outdoor games, ladies’ hat contest
TICKETS:
$50 advance, $60 at the gate; www.augustatrainingshop.com, Georgia Bank & Trust branches or at Augusta Training Shop, (706) 738-1358

CANDLELIGHT JAZZ
WHAT:
Outdoor jazz concert series
WHEN:
8 p.m. Sundays
May 6:
ASU Conservatory Jazz Band (Joel Cruz, interim director)
May 13:
Lakeside High School, Lunar Octopus
May 20:
Davidson Fine Arts
May 27:
London Arrington’s Dirty Jazz
WHERE:
River Stage on Eighth Street at the Riverwalk
DETAILS:
Concerts are performed rain or shine; admission is $6 for ages 13 and older; www.gardencityjazz.com

MUSIC AT HOPELANDS
WHAT:
Hopelands Summer Concert Series
WHEN:
7 p.m. Mondays
May 7:
Aiken Concert Band
May 14:
Aiken Youth Orchestra
May 21:
Aiken Community Playhouse presents Broadway Re-Bound
May 28:
Aiken Civic Ballet
WHERE:
Hopelands Gardens, 100 Dupree Place, Aiken
DETAILS:
Free; bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnics; pets on leash welcome
MORE:
(803) 642-7631; sign up for rain-out text alerts at www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=6cfedce500682c37960a or call (803) 643-4661


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