This is win-win situation – plenty of opportunities this weekend to have some fun, all for a good cause. On Saturday, the annual “A Taste of Something Wild” gives not only you and your tummy a good feeling, but it benefits both the Augusta Warrior Project and Augusta’s Alzheimers Association. Take your full belly to the Empty Bowl 2013 on Sunday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center for a silent auction and fundraiser for the Golden Harvest Food Bank, and fill someone else’s empty tummy.
Friday, March 8th
Spring/ Summer Consignment Sale
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church
Twice a year, Trinity holds a consignment sale featuring children’s and maternity clothes, toys, equipment, books and more. Proceeds are divided between the seller (60%) and the church’s mission partners (40%), with the net proceeds used to support the local, national and international missions of Trinity Outreach Ministries. The sale continues on Saturday, 8 a.m.—2 p.m. Call 706-738-8822 or visit www.trinityonthehill.net.
2013 North Augusta SpringFest Art Reception
North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center
This public reception, including an awards ceremony, kicks off 2013’s North Augusta SpringFest, a multi-week festival of arts, horticulture, and sports, which replaces the Yellow Jessamine Festival. Camellia Flowers is the theme for this year and the Camellia Show is on Saturday, 1-5 at North Augusta Municipal Center and includes a free floral waxing class at 1 p.m. SpringFest will continue over the next two weeks with more events. Get further information at www.naartscouncil.org.
Symphony of Kitchens “Toast to the Tour” Party
Southern Lighting Gallery
With Masters just around the corner, home sprucing up has already begun. Presented by the Augusta Symphony Guild, the 4th Annual Symphony of Kitchens Tour on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., features kitchens from first-time buyers to empty nesters in both Summerville homes and Champions Retreat homes. Find inspiration for your own spruce-up from exquisite table settings and fantastic floral arrangements to unique architecture and the latest in home innovations. Start your kitchen tour tonight at Southern Lighting Gallery. “Toast to the Tour” tickets are $50 each and kitchen tour tickets are $25. For more details, call 706-826-4705 or check out www.soaugusta.org.
Saturday, March 9th
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lucinda Clark, publisher and founder of Martinez’s PRA Publishing, leads this poetry workshop, getting you ready for Poetry Month in April and the Poetry Matters Celebration. Call 706-821-2600 or visit www.ecgrl.org
4th Annual Cedar Grove Historical Re-Enactments & Tours
11 a.m., noon, and 1p.m.
Cedar Grove Cemetery (120 Watkins Street)
Led by members of Paine College’s History Club, the free living history guided tours demonstrate African American history through re-enactments. In 1820, Augusta allotted 40 acres of land where slaves were laid to rest in wooden boxes or simply wrapped in cloth and buried in unmarked, shallow graves. It wasn’t until 1862 that the records began to show names and dates died. Notable graves include James Carter, Sr. (Augusta’s first black dentist), Mr. R.A. Dent (Augusta’s first black elected to the Legislature), Minister and Educator Mr. Silas Floyd, Mrs. Amanda Dickson Toomer (America’s richest black woman after the death of her father), David Dickson, and many others. Please park on the street. For more info, contact Professors Author Holmes and Robert Jones in the History Department at 706-821-8371.
11th Annual A Taste of Something Wild
Julian Smith BBQ Pit
Benefiting Augusta Alzheimer’s Association and Augusta Warrior Project, this wild game tasting soiree is sponsored by the Augusta West Rotary Club. It’s become the region’s largest wild-game tasting event. Attendees will be able to sample dozens of wild game dishes prepared from venison, wild pig, fish, dove, quail and several types of exotic meat. Musical entertainment will be provided by Eryn Eubanks & the Family Fold. Tickets are $40 advance or $45 at the door. Call 706-294-2374 for further details.
Inaugural Roast on the River
The River Place (North Augusta)
After their 4th Annual Savannah Oyster Roast in January, the Savannah Riverkeeper organization is expanding their fundraising event upstream to the C.S.R.A, and bringing us our own oyster roast! Come taste some Low Country Boil or chili and have a Sweetwater Brewing Company beverage. Admission for individuals is $35; couples, $50; members’ discount, $10. Call 706-826-8991 or visit www.savannahriverkeeper.org.
Family Chocolate Festival
Reed Creek Park (Martinez)
Yum!! Learn about where chocolate comes from while enjoying chocolate deserts and experiencing the wetlands at night. Registration is required. $5. Call 706-210-4027 or visit www.reedcreekpark.com.
Shamrocks for Soldiers
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Benefiting the Augusta Warrior Project, this black-tie gala includes drinks, dinner, dessert, live music and casino games. The cost is $135 per couple, $70 per person, or $65 for each military member. Get further details at www.shamrocksforsoldiers.com.
2013 Juilliard in Aiken Festival: 5th Anniversary Celebration Concert
471 University Parkway (Aiken)
This concert kicks off Aiken’s week-long Juilliard festival. The week includes public performances, chamber concerts, master classes and outreach to area schools. It all started in March 2009, when Juilliard, America’s premier conservatory, joined with Aiken, to create a unique event that celebrated Aiken’s advancement of the arts. Aiken is the first and only community in the world in which Juilliard has partnered to create a festival of this magnitude. For further details on the week’s events and performances throughout the area and to buy tickets, go to www.juilliardinaiken.com.
Columbia County Music Series: The Harlem Quartet
Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center
Through music, the mission of the Harlem Quartet is to feature works by minority composers, advancing diversity and presentation of varied repertoire. Musicians of the Quartet include Ilmar Gavilan (violin), Melissa White (violin), Jaime Amador Medina (viola), and Matthew Zalkind (cello). Call 706-868-3349 or visit www.soaugusta.org.
Sunday, March 10th
Empty Bowl 2013
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Augusta Jewish Community Center
A fundraiser for the Golden Harvest Food Bank, this event includes an all-you-can-eat soup kitchen buffet with take-home ceramic bowls created by area students, the CSRA’s largest silent auction, and more. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 2-10. At the door, tickets are $20 (adults) and $7.50 (children). Get more info at www.emptybowlcsra.org.
Tangled Threads Quilting Demo
Augusta Museum of History
Held on the second Sunday of each month, the Tangled Threads Quilters Guild gives you an opportunity to see history in action. For more information, call the museum at 706-722-8454 of visit www.augustamuseum.org
Pottery Trunk Show
Morris Museum of Art
Featuring pottery of ceramicist Martha Buck from Appling, this trunk show is your chance to see some of her unique, timeless pieces, and maybe even bring some home for yourself. Call 706-828-3867 or visit www.themorris.org
Music at the Morris Series: Mike Frost Jazz
Morris Museum of Art
This month’s Music at the Morris will have one of our local favorites—the Mike Frost Jazz band, featuring the vocals and sax of Lauren Meccia, anchored by the dynamic bass playing of Mike Frost. Their sound includes elements of danceable funk, classic rock, and R&B. As always, the event is free. Call 706-828-3867 or visit www.themorris.org.
Legally Blonde, the Musical!
Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre
Based on the original book as well as the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, this matinee truly stays “in tune” with the popular flick as Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Refreshments include light snacks, desserts, soda, beer and wine for purchase. Tickets to the show only are $30. For reservations, call 706-793-8552. Get more info at www.fortgordon.com/theatre.php.
30th Annual Rose Sunday Concert
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
For Anglicans and Catholics, the 4th Sunday in Lent is Rose Sunday, or Mothering Sunday. For this Sunday, fasting is temporarily relaxed and joy shines forth amidst penance. It’s alos a great time to buy roses for your mother and take her to this free concert. This Keith Shafer concert will be followed by a reception in Tyler Hall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-724-2485 with further questions.
The Imperial Theatre
A story in which eight girlfriends gather for an annual friendship dinner, and discover what they really think of each other when a neighbor’s dog does the unthinkable. Tickets are $27.50-$40. Call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.
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