The fifth annual Friends Helping Friends Christmas for Children fundraiser for the Columbia County Foundation for Children will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Five Pines on Gordon Highway. Raffles, a motorcycle show and a pool contest; (706) 755-6632.
The Augusta Symphony will inaugurate its Columbia County Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. The series includes four concerts; tickets cost $70 for all four; (706) 826-4705.
Wags and Flags
Augusta Animal Rescue Friends, CSRA Happy Tails Rescue and Heartsong Animal Rescue will hold Wags and Flags, offering pet adoptions and entertainment and celebrating Veterans Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of SuperPetz, 216 Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez; (706) 836-2708.
The annual Washington Connections Arts Festival, in Washington, Ga., will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the town square; (706) 840-2734 or www.washington-wilkes-arts-foundation.org.
GOP women meet
The Republican Women of Greater Columbia County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tony Roma's on Robert C. Daniel Parkway, in Augusta. The speaker will be Chief Magistrate Wade Padgett. For information, call (706) 868-7722.
For National Hospice Month, St. Joseph Hospital will hold A Night of Remem-brance at 7 p.m. Thursday on the hospital grounds; music by Augusta Children's Chorale. Rain date is Nov. 7; (706) 729-6222.
Art of Chocolate
Tickets are on sale for the annual Art of Chocolate fundraiser for Child Enrichment Inc., from 7-11 p.m. Friday at Old Medical College on Telfair Street in Augusta. Tickets cost $50 at CSRA Federal Credit Union, Fat Man's and First Bank.
The CSRA Parkinson's Disease Walk will begin with 8 a.m. registration Saturday, followed by a raffle and silent auction, at the old Family Y track on Wheeler Road in Augusta; call Bert at (706) 738-2678.
Harlem will holds its first Trash to Treasures Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Harlem United Methodist Church. Spaces are free, but must be reserved. A Taste of Harlem restaurant sampling also will be held; call Kathy Ham at (706) 556-0401.
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