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FESTIVALS

Taylor County's Countryside FestivalToday-Saturday, on the square, downtown Butler. Festival will include beauty pageants, live music, street dance, parade, hog-calling, kiss-the-pig, cow patty bingo and Americana dress contests. (478) 862-3661. countrysidefestival@gmail.com.

Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Al Sihah Shrine Park. Event includes food and arts and crafts vendors, chili cook-off, local entertainment, a performance by award-winning country singer and songwriter Joe Nichols, and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Shriner's Children's Hospital. 746-6286. $10 admission, free for children ages 10 and younger.

Antique Fair and Market Place10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Heart of Georgia Technical College DuBose Porter Regional Business and Industry Training Center, Interstate 16, exit 51 at U.S. 441 South. Presented by the Dublin Service League. Visit tea room for sandwiches and desserts while browsing the fair's variety of booths featuring linens, jewelry, furniture, silver, holiday decor and art pieces. Meet Curtis Beall, the oldest living UGA cheerleader and author of “Memoirs of a Marine Dog: From the Rose Bowl to the Pacific Theater,” and Debbie Cox, author of “The Ketchup Boy.” Featuring the artwork of the late Lila Moore Keen, “The Lady of the Camellias.” Premiering at the fair, the new Service League cookbook, “Another Fare to Remember.” www.dublinserviceleague.org. For tickets, go by Plum Alley or call 275-0139. $6 advance, $7 at door.

Wilcox County Farmers Appreciation Day FestivalNov. 22, Rochelle. Sponsored by the Rochelle Lions Club. Arts and crafts, food vendors, animal displays, old tractor games and displays, children's games, 10 a.m. children's parade, 1 p.m. main parade and a 6-9 p.m. performance by the Kinchafoonee Cowboys. Ken McKie, (229) 365-3576, or Donnie Clack, (229) 365-3656. Free.

Randy Howard Songwriters FestivalNov. 28-30, Perry, The Tavery inside The New Perry Hotel. Several well-known songwriters are scheduled to be in attendance for this special fellowship weekend. www.myspace.com/rhsf2008.

Wesleyan Storytelling Festival7-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Wesleyan College, Candler Alumnae Building, Benson Room, 4760 Forsyth Road. Enjoy riveting and mesmerizing stories, refreshments, and conversation at this family event. Several different genres of stories will be told by Wesleyan senior education students and guests. 757-5117. Free.

MARKETS

City Market on the Green9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20, Poplar Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Saturday: Geoware Pottery and their portable pottery wheel. Market visitors can try their hand at pottery throwing, and children can experience what it takes to create a mug or plate. Handmade gifts for the holidays. Vendor inquiries welcome. Contact Naomi Davis, 836-4564 or e-mail davisfarmscsa@aol.com.

Wesleyan Market10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6, Wesleyan College, Main Quad, 4760 Forsyth Road. Held first Saturday morning of every month. 757-5180. Free.

GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN

Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's 7 p.m. today, Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church, 2656 Napier Ave. Also performing: the Golden Wings Quartet, the Dynamic Gospel Flames and the Flint Cavaliers. Call 335-2998. $24 advance, $27 day of show.

Roland Everett Fall and the Lightword Band6 p.m. Saturday, Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2238 U.S. 41 North. Part of the church's Fun Day, beginning at 3 p.m. and featuring bands and soloists throughout the day. Free.

The Anointed Ones4 p.m. Nov. 16, The Stone Creek Baptist Church, 1531 Riggins Mill Road. Also featuring The Bonnet Singers, The Emoni Gospel Singers, New Stars of Faith, The Sensational Jubilees, The Silver Stars, The Marvellettes and The Related Gospel Singers. Sobe (Tony) Thomas, 335-2226 or 742-3821.

The Refuge6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A Christian youth/young-adult center. 4917-A Mercer University Drive. 390-4013. $3 admission, concession and games extra.

Gospel and Jam Session8-10:30 p.m. every first and third Friday, Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 809 S. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. (478) 997-1734. Free.

JAZZ

'All That Jazz'7 p.m. Saturday, Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St. Presented by the Tubman African American Museum. Music by Mark Brooker and the Soul Proprieters and the Legendary J.C's. Live and silent auctions. Benefits the museum. “Creative” black tie. 743-8544.

Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz and Cowboy Envy5-8 p.m. Dec. 5, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. An evening of music, humor, specials in the Music Store and more. Food and beverages available for purchase. 751-3334 or www.georgiamusic.org. $5 general public; $3 for members and kids 4-17.

Tom Ridgeway6:30-9 p.m. each Friday, China Gourmet, 2975 Arkwright Road. Elegant dinner music.

Live Jazz with the Musical Stylings of K-MoThursday and Friday nights, Chef Audrey's Bistro and Bakery, 2728 Watson Blvd., Suite E, Warner Robins. (478) 953-7480.

Jazz Appreciation Class6:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 390 Pierce Ave. Taught by George Saunders. 742-4281. Free.

HIP-HOP

Poetic Peace7-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Cafe 567, 567 Cherry St. Open mic for poets, singers, painters, rappers and more. Hosted by Y-O. 744-9888, myspace.com/poeticpeace. Free.

ROCK/POP

Bloodkin and William Tonks5-8 p.m. today, Live at Five First Friday, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Athens-based rock band Bloodkin performs with fellow Athens singer, songwriter, guitarist and dobroist William Tonks opening. Food and beverages available for purchase. 751-3334. www.georgiamusic.org. $5 general public; $3 for members and kids 4-17.

SkydogNoon-5 p.m. Nov. 23, Central City Park. Featuring Paul Hornsby, Robert Lee Coleman, Mose Davis, Ken and Eric Wynn, Tim and Greg Brooks, Gary Porter, Kenny Williams, Tony Tyler, Mike Harrell, Bruce Whitten, Rachael Cox and more, with emcee Kyler Mosely. Bad weather moves event to Cox Capitol Theatre. 986-7093. Admission is one or more canned good to benefit Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.

COUNTRY

Jessie Smith8 p.m. Saturday, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Kevin Horne and Friends opens. 257-6391 or coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Madeline MacNeil3 p.m. Nov. 15, Old Opera House, 100 Lumpkin St., Hawkinsville. Madeline MacNeil in concert singing and telling stories with her mountain and hammered dulcimers. (478) 783-1884. $10.

The Claire Lynch Band8 p.m. Nov. 21, Douglass Theatre. Acoustic Productions presents the return of a bluegrass legend. Call 742-2000 for tickets. $20 advance, $22 at the door.

VARIETY

The Fellas8 p.m. today, Contemporary Arts Exchange, 590 Mulberry St. Featuring Browneagle of the United Cherokee Nation. All ages event. Reggie: smaconr@aol.com. Free.

Celtic SummitDec. 12, Douglass Theatre. Acoustic Productions presents Celtic Summit with Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman and Aaron O'Rourke opening. 742-2000. $20 advance and $22 at the door.

DANCE

First Friday8-10 p.m. today, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Provided by USA Dance. Dressy casual. Complimentary lesson in rumba and merengue. 752-3587 or 759-0802, www.paulaeastcom or paulaeastdance@yahoo.com. $5. First Friday7-l0 p.m. today, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Bands, cash bar, refreshments. 957-7728 or www.libraryballroom.com. Free.

Stars Over Macon BallSaturday. Presented by the Greater Macon Chapter of USA Dance with the support of The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Benefiting Hospice of Central Georgia. A world-class performance by international dance champions Eddie Ares and Nancy Senner. Black-tie optional. Ellen Terrell: 633-7396. $50 per person.

Dance7-10:30 p.m. Nov. 15. New Hope International, 204 Sullivan Road, Fort Valley. 955-0689. www.DanceHoustonCo.org. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Dance8 p.m. Nov. 21, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Ballroom, beach and country music. 923-5007 or 742-9367. $5.

Let's DanceThe Macon Health Club, 389 First St., and The Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Beginners to advanced. 759-0802, www.paulaeastcom or paulaeastdance@yahoo.com. $10 per lesson.

Ballet and Jazz ClassesMondays and Thursdays, Parkway Assembly of God Church, 5191 Eisenhower Parkway. For children ages 4-12. 718-0498.

Pairs and Spares Club6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, North Macon Park Recreation Center. Lilly Fickler: (478) 922-2367 or (478) 284-7250.

Robins Ramblers Square Dance Club7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, the Recreation Department, Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins. Nov. 15 will be our Spirit of America Dance. 923-8275 or 922-5286.

Dance9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays, VFW, 799 Monticello Road, Eatonton. (706) 473-3119. $7.

Ballroom Dance Classes5 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. 960-7030 or ballroomdancingmacon@yahoo.com to register. $10 per couple per lesson.

SOCIALS

Single Adult Recreation Night7:30-11 p.m. Nov. 14, Family Life Center of Centerville First Baptist Church, 108 Church St. Casual. No children or teens. For single adults (never married, widowed, divorced) ages 18-68. Activities, light refreshments, music, fellowship. (478) 953-3387 or www.fbcCenterville.org. Free.

MUSIC HALLS

Cocktails4755 Chambers Road. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. 784-9622.

Hollonville Opry House6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ga. 362, Hollonville. This week: Blue Jam, Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tym'n and Mackie Creek. (770) 228-4832. Free, operated on donations.

Juliette Opry House7-9 p.m. first and third Saturdays. (478) 256-1560 or www.myspace.com/julietteopry.

Ladebco Music6:30 p.m. every Friday, located on the square at 21 N. Lee St., Forsyth. Open mic for singer/songwriters and musicians. (478) 994-4433 or www.myspace.com/ladebcoguitars. Free.

Ole Clinton Opry6:30-10 p.m. Fridays, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. 986-6587 or www.oleclintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.

Our Place2132 U.S. 41 N., Perry. (478) 218-2299. No cover.

Pickin' on the Porch1 p.m. Sundays, Juliette Expresso, McCrackin Street (across from the WhistleStop Café), Juliette. To perform, contact Candace through www.myspace.com/juliette_jams, juliette.expresso@yahoo.com, (478) 718-6059 or (478) 994-0085. Free.

Powersville Opry5-9:30 p.m. Saturdays; south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 5 p.m. Local Talent, 6:30 p.m. Klassic Kountry with Doug Welch, 8 p.m. Mark Hall and The Filmore House Band. Also open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (478) 328-0678 or www.powersvilleopry.com. Free.

Wagon House Opry6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6:30 p.m. The Kindreds, 7:30 p.m. Cool Springs Ramblers, 9 p.m. The Vineyard. Contact Randy, (478) 363-1274. Admission free, donations accepted. FILMS

'Smoke Signals'3 p.m. today, Learning Support Auditorium, Macon State College. Sponsored by the History Student Organization. View the film and discuss Hollywood portrayals of American Indians. The moderator is Matthew Jennings, assistant professor of history. For more information, contact Jeff Burson at 471-5748 or jeff.burson@maconstate.edu. Free and open to the public.

'Sweet Bird of Youth'4 p.m. Sunday, Cox Capitol Theatre. Community Read presented by the Friends of the Macon-Bibb County Libraries. The community is encouraged to read Tennessee Williams' play and see the movie version, starring Paul Newman. The movie will be followed by a discussion. $5 general admission, no admission for members of the Friends.

Macon Film GuildDouglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Sunday: “Aleksandra.” Dec. 14: “My Kid Could Paint That.” Jan. 11: “Across the Universe.” Feb. 8: “Man on a Wire.” 742-2000 or e-mail info@maconfilmguild.org. $5.

LECTURES

Gordon College Southern Culture Series 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Fine Arts Auditorium: Debi Hamlin, adjunct professor of history at Gordon College, will give a vocal performance with a distinctly Southern feel. 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Student Center Auditorium: John Perdew will present a video of his one-man play, "Education of a Harvard Guy," that recounts his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. 7 p.m. March 26, Student Center Auditorium: The Southern Culture Series concludes with a presentation by Mark Brinkman, associate professor of biology at Gordon College, on the scourge of nearly every Southern lawn with "Fire Ants: Facts and Fun." Each event is free and open to the public.

Fireproof Your Marriage WorkshopToday-Saturday. The Rain Church, 257 Gunn Road, Warner Robins. This workshop will offer a brief encounter of the issues brought up in the movie “Fireproof” and an opportunity to look up close and personal at relationships. Video clips, discussion, illustrations and applications. Six segments: two on Friday night, two on Saturday morning, and two on Saturday afternoon. Lunch on your own. (478) 953-7246.

Finding Money for College Workshop9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Macedonia Baptist Church, 600 Eisenhower Parkway. Targeting parents of ninth- through 12th-grade students. Presented by Georgia Financial Aid Commission and Bank of America. Door prizes for high school students. Sponsored by Manna of Hope Resource Center and Educational Talent Search. 743-8503 or marywhitfield@mannaofhope.com. Free.

Fostering the Foster Parent11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Macedonia Baptist Church, 600 Eisenhower Parkway. Childcare and foster parent consultants. Sponsored by Manna of Hope Resource Center. Door prizes. 743-8503 or marywhitfield@mannaofhope.com. Free.

Michael Waters6 p.m. Monday, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Poetry reading and reception. Gordon Johnston, 301-2588.

Michael Waters11 a.m. Tuesday, Macon State College Arts Complex Theater. The poet will read from his works. 1 p.m. poetry workshop in room 109 of the Student Life Center. Sponsored by the Macon State Artists and Lecturers Committee. 471-2990. Free.

Autumn Array of Authors Series 5:30 p.m. refreshments, 6 p.m. reading and discussion, Tuesday, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. The featured guest will be award-winning author W. Dale Cramer, who will be reading from his latest book, titled “Summer of Light.” Historic Macon, 743-3851.

Consulate Lecture 12:30-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, room 256, Student Life Center, Macon State College. Peter Wickenden, Deputy Consul General from the Atlanta U.K. Consulate, will talk about European domestic and foreign policy issues. Jill Dawson: jill.dawson@maconstate.edu or 471-5715. Free.

FUNDRAISERS

Yappy Hour5:30 p.m. today, The Patio, behind The Hummingbird, 430 Cherry St. Fundraiser sponsored by Central Georgia C.A.R.E.S. to eliminate the gas chamber at the Macon Animal Shelter. Cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, rickshaw rides with Mark Ballard. Music by Abby Owens. Four-legged friends welcome. Free parking in deck behind Hummingbird. $10 per person.

Dog Jog and Health Fair11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Central City Park. Fundraiser sponsored by Central Georgia C.A.R.E.S. to eliminate the gas chamber at the Macon Animal Shelter. Agility contest, costume contest, obedience training, microchip clinic, No Fleas Market, bake sale and more. Ann: 742-4054. www.maconanimalcarefund.com.

Vineville Baptist Church Fall Bazaar8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 2591Vineville Ave. Shop for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Homemade crafts and food items, children's Secret Shop and more in church's Activities Building. Classic Car Show outside. Proceeds go to missions. Free admission.

Visit from Santa5 p.m. Sunday, Bass Pro Shops. Benefits the Methodist Home for Children and Youth. 751-2827.

AXIS International Dinner 5 p.m. Nov. 15, Wesleyan College Anderson Dining Hall, 4760 Forsyth Road. Traditional cuisine representing several different countries will be offered and prepared by Wesleyan's international students. Proceeds benefit scholarships. 757-5134. $8 adults, $4 kids; kids under 10 are free; all you can eat.

ET CETERA

Fall Family Fun Days10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. The Rock Ranch Great Outdoor Adventure. Reptile show, birds of prey program, fishing rodeo, wildlife station, archery and more. www.therockranch.com. $13 adults, $11 children; discount coupons available at Chick-fil-A.

Christmas Made in the South10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Macon Coliseum. Craftspeople, art, gourmet food, entertainment. www.madeinthesouthshows.com. $6 adults, free children 12 and under.

Social Security Disability — The Process10 a.m. Saturday, Peyton Anderson Amphitheater, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Open to anyone interested in learning about applying for disability. Question and answer session included. Guest attorney: Winnie P. Pannell. Registration required. 238-6862.

Plantation Days in Talbot10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Patsiliga Museum, 780 Fielders Mill Road, Junction City. Featuring quilt exhibit, arts and crafts, 1840 Greek Revival home and camellia gardens, grist mill, steam engines, mule teams, cotton patch, live music. Bring chairs and a picnic lunch; concessions available. (706) 269-3630. $5 adults, $3 students, free for children under 5.

Warner Robins Art Association Craft Show 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, The Galleria, 2922 Watson Blvd., Centerville. Annual art scholarship fundraiser. Shirley: (478) 987-0254 or 953-7952.

Camp Fire Circle Story Time11-11:45 a.m. Saturdays (excluding Nov. 29) through Dec. 13, Kema's Hobby, 109 Atlanta Road/Ga. 11 (historic Downtown Gray by the railroad tracks). For kids 6 and under, older kids are also welcome to come and look at books they enjoy. (478) 986-5362, books@kemashobby.com or www.kemashobby.com.

Elise Witt: ‘A Musical Trip Around the World'10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Through multilingual singing, students will gain a perception of the rich differences that exist between cultures, while also sensing the universal nature of music that binds the world together as one family. Space is limited; reservations are required. The 45-minute performances are included with regular museum admission: $3.50 for ages 4-17. jwright@georgia.org. 751-3334.

Artifact ID DayNoon-4 p.m. Nov. 15, Old Schoolhouse in Old Clinton. The Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will partner with the Old Clinton Historical Society to put on its last ID Day of the year. They will be recording Paleo points, identifying artifacts for the public and making arrangements for site visits to record archaeological sites.

Christmas in November Bazaar8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15, Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 2815 U.S. 41, Fort Valley. Handcrafted treasures include afghans, quilted and crocheted items, wood crafted items, Christmas decorations, preserves and baked goods. Breakfast and lunch available. 953-3844.

Birds of Prey Show1 p.m. Nov. 15, Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base Amphitheater. Hosted by the Middle Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center and presented by the Georgia Southern University Wildlife Center. Participants will see the birds perform flying and retrieving exercises, and learn about their environments. (478) 926-6398 or mgystc@cbi.mgacoxmail.com. $10.

Public Ice SkatingNov. 15-16, 22-26, 28-30; Dec. 17-24, 26; Jan. 2-4, 9-11. Macon Coliseum. www.maconcentreplex.com. 751-9232. $8 per person.

Vince Dooley Book Signing2-5 p.m. Nov. 19, Kema's Hobby, 109 Atlanta Road/Ga. 11 (historic downtown Gray by the railroad tracks). Legendary Coach Vince Dooley will have two new titles: “Dooley's Playbook: 34 Most Memorable Plays of Georgia Football” and “Hairy Dawg Tours the Peach State,” plus other books and merchandise. Come join the fun, hang out with all the UGA fans and enjoy free homemade desserts, coffee and hot chocolate. (478) 986-5362, books@kemashobby.com or www.kemashobby.com.

Battle of Griswoldville Commemoration10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22, Griswoldville Battlefield, east of Griswoldville, Twiggs County, 10 miles east of Macon via U.S. 80 and Ga. 57 toward Gordon on Baker Road. Enjoy Civil War soldier-life presentations, walking tours and a commemoration program at the battle site. (478) 986-5172.

Drumming for Success Workshop 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 22, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Arvin Scott, award-winning percussionist, youth program developer and music professor at the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music, presents an inspiring, hands-on experience for youth ages 3-16, providing percussion instruction while stressing academic achievement, character building and creativity through personal goal accomplishment and group cooperation. Hand drums are provided for all participants. Workshop is included with regular museum admission. 751-3334 or www.georgiamusic.org. $3.50 for kids 4-17.

Journey to The Manger5 p.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4-6, The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. The Rock Ranch partners with the churches of the Centennial Baptist Association to re-enact the first Christmas. Choirs and bands will perform Christmas carols and guests will travel through a journey to see the first Christmas. Free.

200th Birthday CelebrationDec. 6, on the courthouse square, Eatonton. The celebration will include live entertainment from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring the Crosstie Walkers (folk, traditional gospel and rock), Ira “Enigma” Davis (rap artist from Atlanta), square dancers, and Big Ernie's Original Garage Band (’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s music). There will be food, a Christmas parade beginning at 2 p.m., and lighting of the city Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. (478) 414-6830 or ern_rogers@yahoo.com. Free.

Bolingbroke Christmas Parade3 p.m. Dec. 6, Rivoli Road, Bolingbroke. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy snacks and pre-parade festivities beginning at 2 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the grand finale in the parade and will visit with the kids after the parade in Santa's Workshop. Contact Vicki Smith at 994-1306 with questions or for an application to participate in the parade.

Plantation Christmas1-4 p.m. Dec. 6, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette. Take an afternoon stroll through two of the Jarrell family homes with traditional decoration and natural greenery. Stories, music and refreshments included. (478) 986-5172. $2.50-$4.

Disney On Ice presents a Disneyland Adventure7 p.m. Dec. 11-12; 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13; and 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Macon Centreplex. www.maconcentreplex.com. 751-9232. $18-$33.

Tahino 'Sabor Latino'10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Latin trio transports students through Latin America with stops in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Students play instruments and sing along as they learn how the music brought by African slaves to Latin America became interwoven with Spanish and French influences to create the complex rhythms of today. Space is limited; reservations are required. The 45-minute performances are included with regular museum admission: $3.50 for ages 4-17. jwright@georgia.org. 751-3334.

Drive Through Nativity6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 11-13, Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Ave. Twelve scenes with live actors and animals depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. 746-9688. Free.

Hometown Christmas4-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Atlanta Road/Ga. 11 will be closed from U.S. 129 to the corner by the Meat Shoppe, downtown Gray. Sponsored by Gray Station Better Hometown. Choirs from the elementary, middle and high schools will be performing throughout the event, along with other individual performers. Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. and come down the street from the Carriage House to Curves in his reindeer-drawn sleigh/golf cart. Free pictures of the kids with Santa will be provided. Local businesses and craftspeople will be set up on the street selling wreaths, jewelry, art, baby quilts and more.

MUSEUM EVENTS

Search for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker7 p.m. Monday, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Geoff Hill from Auburn University will describe recent possible sightings. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com. Free during the regular meeting of the Ocmulgee Audubon Society.

'Adventure on Mars' with Nagin Cox6-9 p.m. Nov. 20, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. 6:30 p.m.: Special Showing of the Planetarium Program “Updates from Mars.” 7:30 p.m.: “Hitting the Road on Mars” presentation by Nagin Cox. Cox will show how her engineering team at NASA has kept the Exploration Rovers studying history and environment of Mars for more than five years. www.masmacon.com. Admission available at the door or reserve by contacting 477-3232. $10 members, $15 non-members, $5 students.

'Explorers of Polynesia'4 p.m. today; 4 p.m. daily and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Saturday-Jan. 13, Mark Smith Planetarium, 4182 Forsyth Road. Follow Nainoa Thompson as he rediscovers the ancient art of navigating by the stars. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com. Free with museum admission.

Festival of Trees Holiday LuncheonNoon. Thursday, Museum of Arts and Sciences. 477-3232, extension 200 or rsvp@masmacon.com. $50 per person.

'Festival of Trees' DisplayNov. 15-30, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Local artists adorn trees. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com.

Explorers' Camp9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-26. Ages 7-12; limit 15 children. Children become explorers as they navigate into a global experience through the culture and geography featured in “National Geographic MAPS” and “Celebrate!” Advance registration required, 477-3232, extension 204; camps@masmacon.com; or www.masmacon.com. $95 members, $115 nonmembers/three-day session.

'Celebrate!' and 'India Unveiled' ExhibitionsNov. 24-Jan. 4, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Discover the customs of Posada, Kwanzaa, Diwali and Germany's holiday traditions. A photo display of India's people, architecture, landscape and religious customs highlights this year's annual holiday exhibition. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com.

Santa's Secret Shop Opens10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 28, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Cocoa and cookies will be served. Find lots of new items, all less than $10, and shop early to have the best choices. Remember, the Secret Shop is just for kids, so help your children compile their shopping lists. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com.

'Story of The Star'Noon, Saturdays through Dec. 27, Mark Smith Planetarium, 4182 Forsyth Road. This annual holiday show reveals the origins of some year-end customs and then goes in search of a scientific explanation for the Star of Bethlehem. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com. Free with museum admission.

'National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure' ExhibitionThrough Jan. 11. Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Learn how to navigate using both modern technology and traditional mapping techniques. Travel with renowned explorers from the depths of the oceans all the way to other planets in this nationally touring, interactive exhibition. 477-3232 or www.masmacon.com. Free with museum admission.

Masterworks!4-5 p.m. Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Ages 8-12 learn about a famous artist and create a work in their style. 477-3232, classes@masmacon.com or www.masmacon.com. Members $25 per month, nonmembers $35 per month; advance registration required.

Polar Bear Den10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. For kids ages 2-5 and their guardians. 477-3232. $3 for children, free for guardians and museum members.

Museum ObservatoryDusk to 10 p.m. Fridays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. 477-3232. Free, donations welcome.

Sky Over Macon8 p.m. Fridays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. A weekly live planetarium talk. Enter through planetarium doors, unlocked at 7:45 p.m., instead of main museum entrance. 477-3232. Free, donations welcome.

Mini-Zoo Tours3 p.m. daily, plus extra tour at 1 p.m. Saturdays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Free with museum admission, $4-$8.

AREA ATTRACTIONS

The Cannonball House10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 856 Mulberry St. The 1853 home was struck by a cannonball during the Civil War. Period furnishings and Civil War relics are featured. 745-5982. $5 adults, $4 senior adults, AAA and military personnel, $1 students, free for children younger than 6.

Dauset Trails Nature Center9-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 360 Mount Vernon Road, Jackson (off Ga. 42 near Indian Springs State Park). Live animals on exhibit are black bears, otters, cougars, hawks, owls, venomous snakes, bobcats, buffalo, a beaver and a bald eagle. Picnic area and trails. (770) 775-6798. Free.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 751-3334 or (888) GA-ROCKS. Web site: www.georgiamusic.org. $8 adults, $6 senior citizens 55 and older, active military and students with ID, $3.50 youth ages 4-16, free for 4 and younger.

Georgia's Old Capital Museum10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, Old Capital Square at Jefferson and Greene streets, Milledgeville. (478) 453-1803. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students and children 6 and under are free.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 301 Cherry St. 752-1585. $8 adults, $6 seniors, students and military, $3.50 kids age 6-16, free for kids 5 and younger.

Hay House10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 934 Georgia Ave. Tours on the hour with last tour at 3 p.m. 742-8155. Web site: www.hayhouse.org. $8 adults, $7 seniors and military personnel, $4 students, free for children younger than 6.

Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2-5:30 p.m. Sundays. 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, off Ga. 18, 20 miles north of Macon near Juliette. 986-5172. $3.50 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 6-12, free for kids younger than 6.

Old Mill Motorcycle MuseumNoon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit the Old Juliette Mill and see the collection of antique motorcycles and collectibles. Call (478) 992-9931 for more information. Adults $7, free for seniors 75 and up and 15 and under.

Sidney Lanier Cottage10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 935 High St. Birthplace of the poet Sidney Lanier (1842-1881). $5 adults, $4 seniors 65 and older and AAA members, $3 youth (ages 6-18). 743-3851. Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, Russell Parkway and Ga. 247, Warner Robins. 926-6870. Visit www.museumofaviation.org. Free. More than 120 aircraft, missiles, simulators and open cockpits in four buildings and outdoors. “Transporter" motion simulator rides Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5. For tours, call 926-5558.

Tubman African American Museum9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 340 Walnut St. 743-8544. Web site: www.tubmanmuseum.com. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and younger and students with ID; children under 4 are free.

The Neel House10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 730 College St. This 16th-century English-inspired house was designed and furnished in 1910 by architect Neel Reid. Web site: www.fgcmacon.org. 742-0921. Mondays are free, Tuesday through Friday $3.

TOURS

Around Town Tours10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Tickets for self-guided tours available at Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Price includes transportation on trolley. Historic Macon tour comprises Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Tubman African American Museum; $18 adults, $8.50 youth. Historic Macon intown trolley tour comprises Hay House, Cannonball House and Sidney Lanier Cottage; $17 adults, $9 youth. Combination ticket includes all six attractions; $32 adults, $16.50 youth. (800) 768-3401.

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