Styx Live, gem show, family festivals

What’s on the agenda this weekend? A Grammy-nominated band comes to Augusta, several family gatherings and the chance to buy semi-precious stones.

Live music

Live music is back at the Bell with Styx in consultation. The band, which started in 1976 with ‘Crystal Ball’, garnered hits including ‘Babe’, ‘Show Me the Way’ and ‘Mr. Roboto’. They just released their 17th album, ‘Crash of the Crown’. See them Friday at 7:30 PM in Bell Auditorium. Tickets start at $49.50 at aectix.com.

There will also be some local favorites performing. Ed Turner and number 9 back to the Imperial Theater on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm. Complemented by the 19-piece Number 9 orchestra, the group will perform classic rock with songs by Billy Joel, Chicago, The Beatles, ELO, Elton John and many more. Tickets are available at imperialtheatre.com, at the box office or by calling (706) 722-8341.

Fun raiser for St. Jude hospital

Four local businesses are raising the roof for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this Saturday: Impact Roofing, Southpaw Roofing, Hixon’s Roofing and Superior Distribution will compete in a softball tournament at Lakeside High School from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 533 Blue Ridge Drive in Evans.

Admission is free and includes a Smokey Boys BBQ barbecue. Bouncers will also be available for children and donations are encouraged to raise money for the hospital. St. Jude’s goal is to advance cures and preventions for childhood diseases through research and treatment.

Aiken-Augusta Jewels, Minerals and Fossils Show

During the 33rd annual exhibition, vendors from around the area will offer stones, crystals, meteorites and jewelry for sale. There will also be hourly door prizes, a grand door prize, grab bags and snacks. There will be COVID-19 protocols, including mask mandates and social distancing.

The show takes place at the Julian Smith Casino in Augusta on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Admission is cash only and costs $4 per person per day and $6 per person for weekend passes. Children under the age of 12 can enter for free with a paying adult.

Grovetown Gun Show

Gun collectors and hunting enthusiasts are invited to view the firearms, military surpluses, and more at the Columbia County Exhibition Center on Partnership Drive in Grovetown. The show is on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. General admission is $10 for adults ages 13 and older and $4 for children ages six to 12. VIP tickets offer no queues, no waiting, and cost $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children. For more information and to purchase VIP tickets, visit rkshows.com.

Back to school events

Church of the Good Shepherd on Walton Way in Augusta hosts a fall kick off Sunday at 10 a.m. Students and teachers are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed and donated school supplies will be collected for Monte Sano Elementary School. After the service there is a lunch including grilled chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and biscuits. Games will also be available for children.

Success team, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth education, is hosting its 6th annual bookbag promotion at the gym on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Aiken University of Technology on Jefferson Davis Highway in Graniteville. Founder Tim Behling said more than 1,000 bags will be available for pick-up and guests can enjoy a Scholarships 101 Workshop and several vendors.

Block parties

The 10th and Broad Block Party will feature special events, pop-up vendors and featured businesses such as: Augusta locally grown, Pineapple Ink Tavern and Buzzworthy Bubbles. The party will take place on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Kroc Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary and Augusta’s Salvation Army’s 130th with RJ’s Block Party on Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm There are games, music, food, bouncy castles and other activities.

Phinizy walk and ice cream social

Sierra Club’s Savannah River Group is hosting a social event at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park on Saturday. The group starts with a walk at 9:00 AM and an ice cream is offered at 11:00 AM. Vice Chair Linda Mcburney said there is no entrance fee, but asks anyone interested to contact her in advance at meetup.com so they know how much ice to have.

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