From Staff Reports
Thursday, January 21, 2010


MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m. Friday, main stage at Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; (803) 641-3305

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL: 9:30 a.m. free small instrumental petting zoo, 10:30 a.m. rehearsal Saturday; First Baptist Church of Augusta; rehearsal free for children and students; $5 adults; (706) 826-4705

ROMANTIC: CELLIST YANGHEE LEE: Symphony Orchestra Augusta, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension; $25-$45; (706) 826-4705,

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA YOUTH COMPETITION: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; a competition of young artists on all orchestral instruments, with cash prizes; free;

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: ETA3, The Dr. Blanche Coleman Concert, noon Tuesday, lunch $10, catered by chef Andrew Crumrine; The Kimoni Duo Feb. 9; organist Julian Collings, cellist Rebecca Hewes Feb. 23; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; concerts free, no reservations required, meals require reservations;, (706) 722-3463

JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $5; Augusta State students, faculty, staff free with JagCard;

MILLENNIUM BRASS: 7:15 pre-concert, 8 p.m. concert Feb. 12, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; presented by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society; $25; $7 school-age children; no children 5 and younger admitted; Augusta State students, faculty, staff free with JacCard;

THE GEORGIA GUITAR QUARTET: 3 p.m. Feb. 14, St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; benefits the Lydia Project; (706) 724-9641,

BAROQUE AND BEYOND: Symphony Orchestra Augusta, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension; $25-$45; with Kelly O'Dell, oboe; (706) 826-4705,

PUBLIX FAMILY CONCERT: Symphony Orchestra Augusta, 3 p.m. Feb. 21, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $10 adults, $5 children; free for Augusta State students, faculty, staff with JagCard;

RICHMOND COUNTY ALL ELEMEN-TARY SCHOOL CHORAL FESTI-VAL: 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; free; (706) 826-4700

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA AND WIND ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $5; Augusta State students, faculty, staff free with JagCard;


HENRIK IBSEN'S AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE : 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; presented by Aquila Theatre Co. of New York; $15; (706) 667-4100

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST : Saturday family show 3 p.m. Jan. 30, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; presented by Storyland Theatre; no reservations required; $5 per person; active-duty military and their families admitted free with military ID; school shows Tuesday-Jan. 29, reservations required, $4.50 per student; (706) 736-3455,

BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA: Cabaret, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4; Garrison Keillor, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8; Hairspray, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; Bill Cosby, 2 and 5 p.m. March 28; Beauty and the Beast, April 24; www.

RUMPLESTILTSKIN : 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $3 adults and children; Augusta State students, faculty, staff free with JagCard; presented by The Patchwork Players;

THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB : 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-12; 2 p.m. Feb. 13-14, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. Feb. 16; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway;

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET COPPELIA: 8 p.m. Feb. 19, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway;

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL : 8 p.m. March 16 and 18, 2 and 8 p.m. March 17; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $45;


AUGUSTA FUTURITY: Cutting horse competition Friday through Jan. 30, James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; Championship Bull Riding 8 p.m. Saturday; Wrangler Family Fun Fest 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday;

HAITI RELIEF AT CASA BLANCA: Friday, Casa Blanca, 936 Broad St.; half the proceeds of all meals will be donated to the Hope for Haiti television broadcast, which will be shown in the cafe; the program starts at 8 p.m.; (706) 504-3431,

AUDUBON SOCIETY PHINIZY SWAMP DUCK WALK FIELD TRIP: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; $3 members, $5 others; Paul Koehler (803) 471-0291,

ICE BOWL: Registration 9 a.m., starts 10 a.m. Jan. 30, International Disc Golf Center, Wildwood Park, 3828 Dogwood Lane, Appling; amateur divisions: $20 plus canned goods or $10 donation; professional divisions: $20 plus canned goods or $10 donation; benefits Columbia County Cares Food Bank;


SPAGHETTI DINNER BENEFIT: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Augusta State University Ballroom, 2500 Walton Way; with author and motivational speaker Cassandra King; silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; $12 per person and may be used for take-out or dine-in; tickets may be purchased by Tuesday; take-out may be picked up from 5-6 p.m.; (706) 731-7080

BOOT SCOOT BOOGIE BASH: 6 p.m. Feb. 6, Savannah Rapids Pavilion; held by Augusta Red Cross; (706) 724-8481,

PASTA FESTIVAL: Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner 4:30-8 p.m. Feb. 12, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 953 Telfair St.; spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, salad, rolls and tea; $8 adults, $4 ages 11 and younger; take out available; (706) 855-7892

AUDUBON SOCIETY SILVER BLUFF PONDS FIELD TRIP: 9 a.m. Feb. 13, Silver Bluff Plantation Sanctuary, Kathwood Ponds, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; bird watching around the ponds and other areas; free and open to public; Paul Koehler (803) 471-0291,

OYSTER ROAST AND TOAST: 7-11 p.m. March 26, Daniel Field Airport, Highland Avenue; fresh, steamed, roasted and raw oysters; chicken fingers; salad; desserts; wine; beer; live auction; The Toasters; $30, or $50 per couple;

COOKIN' FOR KIDS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27, Daniel Field Airport, Highland Avenue; wild game, barbecue and fish cook-offs; food, karaoke, children's games, inflatables, arts and crafts; $5 for ages 13 and older; $3 for 3-12; 2 and younger free;


CHARLAINE HARRIS: 7 p.m. Saturday, Columbia County Library, 7022 Town Center Blvd., Evans; visit by author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which inspired HBO's True Blood; (706) 863-1946


5K RUN, MINI-RUN: Saturday, Lakeside High School track; $20, includes brunch; held by Jordan River Foundation; (706) 877-0136,

AUGUSTA NEWCOMERS ORGANIZATION: Dinner 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Stratford Clubhouse, Evans; RSVP to hospitality@augusta, or call Laura Dobbins at (706) 364-6824

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON SOCIETY PHINIZY SWAMP DUCK WALK FIELD TRIP: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; $3 for members, $5 others; Paul Koehler (803) 471-0291,

GREATER NORTH AUGUSTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE A.M. CONNECTION: 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, reservations required; (803) 279-2323

NORTH AUGUSTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET: 6 p.m. Jan. 30, Wesley Center at Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; tickets available at Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Ave.; $17 in advance, $20 at door, $150 table of eight; John Felak, (803) 215-6056

TEENAGE YEARS 101: 7 p.m. Feb. 3, auditorium at the Academy of Richmond County, 910 Russell St.; event, offered by Chief Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett, aims to educate teens and parents about the laws, issues and punishments that affect them; parents urged to attend; (706) 737-7152

TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB OF AIKEN: Coffee and socializing 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. Feb. 4, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Park-way; speaker is Kathryn Wall, who has written nine mystery novels set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina; her 10th book is due out in the spring; (803) 641-4777

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON SOCIETY MERRY BRICK PONDS FIELD TRIP: 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20; meet to carpool at Popeye's Chicken, 450 Walton Way; looking for ducks and other wintering birds; Paul Koehler (803) 471-0291,

HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN AIKEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27, tour begins at Aiken Preparatory School, 619 Barnwell Ave.; maps provided; free;

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHARITY GALA: 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Savannah Rapids Pavilion; music by Swingsation, dinner by Chef Jeff Freehof of Garlic Clove Italian Eatery, Vegas-style games, raffle, dancing; $75; benefits the Columbia County Arts Endowment Fund and Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 312-7191

PAWS IN THE PARK: Fundraiser for CSRA Humane Society; registration 9:30 a.m., walk 10 a.m. March 20, CSRA Humane Society pet shelter, 425 Wood St.; (706) 261-7387

GA-LINA CHRISTIAN SINGLES: 7-11 p.m. Saturdays, the Social Inc., 3157 Washington Road; dance lesson offered 7-8 p.m.; $8 members, $10 others; (706) 863-1214,

SINGLES DANCE: 7 p.m. Saturdays, The Ballroom Dance Center, Evans; $8 members, $10 others; lessons 7-8 p.m.; held by the Christian Social Organization for Single Adults;

AIKEN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE YOUTH WING: 1-2:30 p.m. second Saturdays, August through May; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; teens in middle school through high school; (803) 648-1438


MOON , rated R: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Augusta Public Library, 902 Greene St.; (706) 821-2600

SOUTHERN CIRCUIT FILM FESTIVAL: VISUAL ACOUSTICS: THE MODERNISM OF JULIUS SHULMAN, 7 p.m. Feb. 10; The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, 7 p.m. March 10; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; Southern Circuit Film Series; explores the career of 97-year-old architectural photographer Julius Shulman;


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S (SCI FI) DREAM : 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; show dates: 10 a.m. March 31, April 1-2; 8 p.m. April 1-3, 9-10, 29; from March 15 to May 15 shooting an independent film based on the production; copies of the play available for review at the Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way; (706) 830-5278

LEADING LADIES : 3 p.m. Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; openings for four men 20 and older and two women 20-40; (803) 648-1438,


AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; lecture series: Aiken County History 101 -- The Many Facets of Aiken, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 16; Banksia watering trough dedication, 11 a.m. Saturday, ceremony at the South Boundary side by the serpentine wall; a hunt breakfast will follow, held by Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum; $25 museum members, $30 others; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with one-hour Petersburg boat tours 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., weather permitting; group charters for other days and times can be arranged; (706) 823-0440

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Voices from the Past: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., with A Petersburg Boat Pilot Feb. 20, March 20, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 24; The Other Tubmans Feb. 6, March 6, April 17, May 1; exhibits The Godfather of Soul, James Brown; From Ty to Cal: A Century of Baseball; Stories and Legends: A Community That Heals; Into the Interior: A History of the Georgia Railroad and Banking Co.; $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays;; (706) 722-8454

WOODROW WILSON HOME: 419 Seventh St.; free tours Feb. 15 for Presidents Day; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $5 adults, $4 for 60 and older, $3 for 6-17 and free ages 5 and younger; (706) 722-9828

DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 7 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; shows $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students, $1 university students, faculty and staff; (803) 641-3654,

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1840 Broad St.; 1797 house, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday by appointment; group tours by appointment, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; $2 adults, $1 children; 5 and younger free; (706) 737-2820

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; $8 ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; ages 3 and younger free with paid adult; half-price after 3 p.m.;; (706) 821-0200

HICKORY HILL: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; home of Tom Watson, Populist politician; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; closed holidays; (706) 595-7777,

LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; (706) 556-0401

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; Tyrone Geter exhibition January-February; $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays;; (706) 724-3576

MEADOW GARDEN HISTORIC SITE: 1320 Independence Drive; 1792 home of George Walton, Declaration of Independence signer; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays by appointment; $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $3 students, $1 children; (706) 724-4174

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St; Deep Sea: Drawings by William Golding, through March 14; Morris Museum of Art Gala, 6:30 p.m. March 5; $350 per couple for members ($175 per person) or $400 per couple for nonmembers ($200 per person); admission $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and military; free for members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; (706) 724-7501,

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: 1858 Lock and Dam Road; open dawn to dusk Saturday-Sunday, holidays; noon to dusk Monday-Friday; (706) 828-2109,

REDCLIFFE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE: 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Monday; tours 1, 2, 3 p.m., $4 adult, $3 ages 6-16, $2.50 South Carolina seniors, free 5 and younger; (803) 827-1473


Do you want to make a difference in the community? Here are some opportunities to volunteer or get involved:

- Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse. For information, call (706) 736-1199.

- Safe Kids East Central Georgia is seeking volunteers to help with events such as car seat and bicycle checks, and to lead ongoing programs that teach safety to children and teens. Training is provided. For information, call (706) 721-7606.

- North Harlem Elementary is seeking donations of empty printer cartridges and used cell phones for a recycling project. The items may be dropped off at the school on Fairview Drive or at Etc. of Harlem on Louisville Road. To get more information, call the school at (706) 556-5995.

- Formally Yours, a high school student's program to collect prom gowns for students in need, is seeking donations of prom dresses. Donations may be taken to any location of Tudor's Cleaners or to Coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem. For information, e-mail

- People ages 60 and older are needed to work 20 hours per week to help children read. Positions receive an hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement. Call Jackie Kennedy at the Senior Citizens Council at (706) 868-0120.

- Dropped Stitches, a group at Washington Commons that knits blankets for hospitals and soldiers, is seeking donations of yarn from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the retirement community on Washington Commons Drive off Washington Road across from Club Car in Columbia County. Call Holley Howard at (706) 860-0402.

- Hope Soap, a private, nonprofit agency that collects toiletries and packages and distributes them to area shelters, has several collection sites. Donations, particularly of personal-size items from hotels, may be brought to The Columbia County News-Times in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road, Evans, and Wild Birds Unlimited, West Town Shopping Center, Martinez.

From the Thursday, January 21, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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