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HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES: American Red Cross delivering holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans; send cards through Friday, Dec. 7; Holiday Mail for Heroes, American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St., Augusta, GA 30813

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

PRE-KWANZAA CULTURAL COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND MARKETPLACE: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Warren Road Community Center; vendors, performances, storytelling, music, more; presented by Humanitree House and UpRising Enterprise Collective; free; humanitreehouse.com

’TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 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; planetarium show traces world’s holiday customs, explains seasons, presents possible explanations for the star of Bethlehem; rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium

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; carolers nightly; (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 Friday, Dec. 7; 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. 6; (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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