If your Christmas List isn’t registered with the Godfather, Friends with Benefits has you Covered at the Inaugural Jingle Ball
By Laura Perry
School’s out this week and your Christmas shopping is done, right? If not, hope you’re on the nice list for the Annual James Brown Toy Giveaway. If your last-minute shopping list is one for big kids, get your ticket for the Jingle Ball. Friends with Benefits offers a one-stop-shop with silent auction prizes valued at five or six grand. The 40 items include jewelry, gold, beach trips, spa sessions, clothing and jewelry gift certificates, and lots more. They’re still accepting items for the auction—can Santa fit all of this in his sleigh?
Thursday, December 20th
21st Annual James Brown Family Foundation Toy Giveaway
Doors Open at 7:00 a.m./ Event begins at 9:00 a.m.
James Brown Arena
In order to get a Christmas toy for their child courtesy of the Godfather, parents should be pre-registered. The last chance to register was Saturday, December 1st. If you are registered, get there early, and if you’re not, avoid the traffic jam. For more information, contact James Brown Arena management at 706-722-3521.
Christmas with John Berry
This country music show with singer John Berry has become an Augusta holiday tradition, and it will be the Imperial’s last show before the Holidays. John Berry may be nationally recognized for his hits like “Your Love Amazes Me,” “I Will, if You Will” and “Give Me Back My America,” but he’s just a regular Aiken home town guy. There are a few tickets left, ranging from $15-$27. To get yours, call the Imperial at 706-722-8341 or visit their website, www.imperialtheatre.com.
Friday, December 21st
Couples or Singles “Island Paradise” Painting Class
7:00 p.m., but arrive early for set-up
Van Gogh and Vino (808 Stevens Creek Road, Suite 101)
For ages 18 and older, this makes a fun night out or even a great date night. You can come as a pair to create your masterpiece or get matched with another painter when you arrive. Each person chooses either the left or right side of the island to paint and the finished paintings could hang separately or side-by-side as a larger painting. All painting materials are provided, but bring your own favorite food and beverage (must be at least 21 to consume alcohol). The cost is $35, and please contact Van Gogh and Vino in advance if you’d like to be seated with other guests, 706-284-6649. For further details, see www.vangoghandvino.com.
Zombie Night= Augusta RiverHawks (5-11-3) vs. Huntsville Havoc (5-13-1)
James Brown Arena
Put on your favorite zombie costume and help the Riverhawks scare the Havoc back to Alabama. The Havoc hosted the RiverHawks last Thursday and sent us home with a 3-2 loss. It’s pay-back time. Zombies will get $2 off tickets at the box office. Tickets are $10-$21. Call 706-993-2645 or check out www.augustariverhawks.com.
Le Chat Noir
Starring WGAC radio personality Austin Rhodes and WRDW anchor woman Meredith Anderson, this humorous and touching play by A.R. Gurney is a benefit for Le Chat Noir. In one way, this Pulitzer Prize nominated play is action packed, taking you on a life’s journey for each of the two characters. In another, it’s barely a play at all, and just letters back and forth between two people who grew up together and went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. Saturday offers a second performance, also at 8:00 and tickets for each are $30. Call 706-722-3322 to get yours.
Saturday, December 22nd
Augusta RiverHawks (5-11-3) vs. Knoxville Ice Bears (10-7-0)
James Brown Arena
The RiverHawks are ready to give the Ice Bears their Christmas present to take back home to Knoxville – a big fat loss. Join the team to pull them through! Tickets are $10-$21. Call 706-993-2645 or visit www.augustariverhawks.com.
Sunday, December 23rd
Inaugural Jingle Ball, presented by the Friends with Benefits Fund
8 p.m. – midnight
As with all Friends with Benefits events, the recipe is music + fun people = great benefit to a good local charity. Last-minute Christmas shopping is also part of the equation with a silent auction. Auction items include jewelry, gold, beach trips, spa sessions, clothing and jewelry gift certificates, and lots more. Music is provided by Motown Christmas. White Horse serves the alcohol and the food is curtosey of a variety of local restaurants including Wife Saver, Sheehan’s Irish Pub. Kitchen 1454, and French Market West. Proceeds for this first-ever Jingle Ball will benefit the William Weston IV Fund as well as Kids ReStart. Get your $50 ticket at www.fwbfund.com/jingle-ball.html, and use the special promo code= Santa.
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