Holiday events: Community

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A motorcycle rider with a Santa Claus hat is seen in a group of riders as they make their way down Reynolds Street during the annual Augusta Toy Run. The 13th annual Augusta Toy Run is set for Sunday, Dec. 2.
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TREES FOR TROOPS CHRISTMAS TREE GIVEAWAY: 4 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

HANGING OF THE GREENS: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd.; tradition to prepare for season of advent; (706) 724-1230 or (706) 738-7670

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

LIGHTS FOR LYDIA COMMUNITY LIGHTING: Dusk Saturday, Dec. 8, throughout the area; luminaria kits containing candles, sand and white craft bags to light 10 luminarias $10 through November; benefits The Lydia Project; (706) 736-5467, thelydiaproject.org

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

SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICE HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Freedom Park, Fort Gordon; free; (706) 791-6001

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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