TODAY

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Aiken Mall Cinemas on East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.


Pre-race packet pickup for runners in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K will be today at Aiken’s First Baptist Church on Chesterfield Street. The Turkey Trot is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at Citizens Park off East Pine Log Road.


BNI Means Business will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in Cumberland Village’s downstairs conference room. The local professionals’ networking group welcomes visitors at no charge, and lunch is included in the meetings. For more information, call Laura Gibbons at 270-3762 or email laura@bluesalamandersolutions.com.


The USC Aiken School of Nursing will hold a memorial presentation honoring the late MaeDella Perry at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 28 in the USC Aiken School of Nursing lobby. A reception will follow the presentation in School of Nursing room 121. RSVPs are due by today. To RSVP or for more information, call Karen Morgan at 641-3277, or email karenmo@usca.edu.



THURSDAY

The Aiken Hounds will hold its annual Blessing of the Hounds at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hitchcock Woods Memorial Gate entrance. Vehicles will not be allowed beyond Laurens Street at South Boundary. Attendees may not bring dogs. In case of rain, call the Hitchcock Woods Foundation at 642-0528 or the Aiken Hounds at 643-3724 for cancellation information.


The Harvest Table holiday meal for those in need will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 231 Main St. S. in Wagener. The meal is free, and dine-in and carry-out service will be available.


The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at Citizens Park off East Pine Log Road.


The annual One Table Thanksgiving feast will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in The Alley behind the Aiken Municipal Center. The event will feature a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings and live music by local groups. For more information or to volunteer, call volunteer coordinator Kathryn Wade at 295-8585 or email robertwade@gforcecable.com.


The Aiken Land Conservancy will hold its third annual Bloodies and Bagels event Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum as a prelude to the Blessing of the Hounds in Hitchcock Woods. Bagels, coffee, juice and Bloody Marys will be offered, and donations will be accepted. For more information, call (855) 252-5263.



FRIDAY

The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, call the box office at 648-1438, or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.


Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Aiken Mall Cinemas on East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.


The Chitlin Strut Idol talent contest will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Salley Civic Center. Entrant applications are due with $15 fee by 4 p.m. Friday. General admission for spectators will be $3 for ages 5 to 11 and $5 for ages 12 and older. For more information, visit www.chitlinstrut.com, or call Salley Town Hall at (803) 258-3485.


Pianist John Vaughn will perform at The Willcox from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and during brunch service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.


Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 353 Fabian Drive.


The Blues Professor will perform Friday at the Carolina Jamboree in the Belvedere Jaycee Hut on Johnson Road. For more information, call 226-5073.



SATURDAY

A vaccine clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road. Microchips will be $15, rabies shots $10, combo vaccines $10, and low-cost spay/neuter appointments will be made at the clinic. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be crated on arrival.


Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdayat 353 Fabian Drive.


Salley Chitlin’ Strut will be held Saturday


The Salley Chitlin’ Strut will be Saturday at the Chitlin’ Strut Festival Site at 230 Pine St. in Salley. The Strut will open with the Dean Swamp Lodge pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., chitlin plate sales from 8 a.m. until end of festival at the cooking building, all day helicopter rides and carnival games starting at 9 a.m., the Chitlin’ Strut Parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street, live music from the Root Doctors, pictures with Santa Claus, a car and bike show from 3 to 5 p.m., a hog calling contest at 3 p.m., the Strut Contest at 3:30 p.m., and more. For more information, visit www.chitlinstrut.com, or call Salley Town Hall at (803) 258-3485.