Holiday events: Community

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

TREE-FOR-TROOPS CHRISTMAS TREE GIVEAWAY: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Barton Field Stage area, Fort Gordon; free; (706) 791-6001

HOLIDAY ART SHOW OPENING RECEPTION: 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Old Academy of Richmond County, 540 Telfair St.; Philip Morsberger, Tom Nakashima, Edward Rice, Brian Rust, Laura Spong, Mike Williams; exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 6; free; (706) 755-2878

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; rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium

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

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND ARTISANS MARKET: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta; explore the center and gift shop; vendors; free; (803) 441-4380; (803) 441-4380, artsandheritagecenter.com

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, augustajcc.org

A HAYRIDE THROUGH THE LIFE OF CHRIST: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13-16, Columbia County Fairgrounds; presented by Sharon Baptist Church in Appling; hot chocolate; free; dress appropriately for an outside ride on a wagon; (706) 541-0667, (706) 541-1532

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

AMERIGROUP WINTER WONDERLAND: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, May Park Community Center, 622 Fourth St.; toys, inflatables, refreshments, games, entertainment, free; (800) 600 4441


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