Holiday events: Community

Holly Harper does a little elf dance before the 2011 Augusta Toy Run. Put on by the Southeastern Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, motorcycle riders will again deliver toys to Fort Gordon's Christmas House. At least one new, unwrapped toy or $10 is required per rider to participate. Riders will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.
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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF AUGUSTA HOLIDAY MARKET: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to
5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18; $7 (good for all three days), ages 11 and younger free; photos with Santa 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, $15 for photo session with all children and a picture CD; benefits community projects of the Junior League of Augusta; tickets from, (706) 736-0033 or at Junior League office, 363 Highland Ave. in Surrey Center

AIKEN SPCA PICTURES WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Cold Creek Nursery, 398 Hitchcock Parkway, Aiken; (803) 648-6863,

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS & CAROLING: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; indoor craft show, food, entertainment; (706) 312-7192,

ELK’S LADIES’ CHRISTMAS DINNER/DANCE: 6-11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Elks Lodge, 205 Elkdom Court; featuring The Fabulous Fun Time Band; bar open 6 p.m., dinner 7-8 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m.; reservations recommended; (706) 860-1256

BLOODIES AND BAGELS: 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; party for charity

42ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Odell Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; vendors display handmade treasures; (803) 642-7631

’TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29; additional 6 p.m. show Dec. 15, 22, 29; 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17; DuPont Planetarium, USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students 4K-12; reservations encouraged; show traces world’s holiday customs, explains seasons, presents possible explanations for the star of Bethlehem;

13TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA TOY RUN: Sunday, Dec. 2, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America and ABATE; begin staging 12:30 p.m., kick stands up 1:30; riding from Augusta Museum of History to SEPVA headquarters, 4010 Deans Bridge Road; benefits children of military personnel at Fort Gordon; at least one new unwrapped toy or $10 per rider; (803) 634-0785, (706) 796-6301

AIKEN GINGERBREAD BARNS: View barns 3-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Willcox Hotel, 100 Colleton Ave., Aiken; admission is unwrapped toy; silent auction of Aiken gingerbread barns 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7; benefits Toys for Tots and horse-related charities; silent auction winners pick up barns Dec. 9; Christmas carolers each night; (803) 652-1181

ANNUAL JEWISH COMMUNITY CHANUKAH LATKE & SALMON DINNER: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; members $12 adults, $6 4-12, free 3 & younger, $35 family max; guests $15 adults, $8 4-12, free 3 & younger, $50 family max; reservations by Dec. 4; (706) 228-3636,

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Odell Weeks Center, Rooms 6 and 7, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; breakfast with children and listening to holiday wishes; children make holiday craft; ages 12 and younger, accompanied by an adult; registration required; $2 per person if eating breakfast; (803) 642-7631

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