November is the beginning of the holiday season and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism employees are busy now installing all the Christmas decorations that will light up the skies of North Augusta. This year’s city of North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Calhoun Park and Lookaway Hall. There will be plenty of Christmas music entertainment from our local school bands as we countdown to approximately 6:10 p.m., the time that Mayor Bob Pettit will pull the switch to light up the Christmas tree and the streets of North Augusta. The Boy Scouts will be roasting marshmallows in the courtyard of Lookaway Hall.
The 2019 North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 8 starting at 3 p.m. The float entry deadline is Nov. 25. Forms are available at the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce located at 406 West Avenue.
The North Augusta Council of Garden Club’s Community Educational meeting will he held on Monday, Nov. 18 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the North Augusta Community Center. Guest speaker for the event will be Richmond County Extension agent Campbell Vaughn. Campbell will be discussing pollinators and gardeners and their role in a butterfly garden. Campbell is the son of Billie Vaughn, the namesake for Billie’s Butterfly Garden.
Speaking of Billie’s Butterfly Garden, the North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs has been selected as a first place winner in the National Garden Club competition for the Kellogg Civic Achievement Award for concept, work and gift to the community for Billie’s Butterfly Garden. Plans are in the works to decorate the butterfly garden for the upcoming holiday season.
The Barbara S. Greene Bluebird trail on the Greeneway had a good year. New birds in our skies include 40 Bluebirds, 11 Chickadees, three Tufted Titmice and 14 Carolina Wrens. Hats off to Janis Krauss and members of Friends of the Greeneway for their upkeep and inventory of the birdhouses.
Registration for youth basketball is now in progress and runs through Nov. 20. You may register at the Riverview Park Activities Center or use our online registration at www.northaugusta.net. Leagues are available for children ages 4-18 and include recreation leagues and competitive leagues. Evaluations and drafts will begin on Thursday, Nov. 21.
For more information on our youth basketball program, membership, classes or anything else recreation related in the city of North Augusta, please call our front office at 803-441-4311 or visit our website at www.northaugusta.net.