Jan. 24: Events for today, Friday, Saturday
There will be a pajama party at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., for grades K through five today from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be stories, games, snacks and fun. Call the library at 642-2020.
There will be a winter nocturne featuring John O’Conor, an Irish pianist, today at 7 p.m. in the USCA Etherredge Center, located at 471 University Parkway. The cost is $20 for adults and seniors and free for students. For tickets or more information, call 641-3305.
The Hilton Garden Inn, 350 East Gate Drive, hosts trivia night every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Aiken County First Steps Family Strengthening Committee will meet today at noon at the Aiken County First Steps office located in the Byrd Learning Center, 1 Willis Circle, Graniteville. For more information, contact the ACFS staff at 663-5604.
The CSRA section of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) is having its monthly dinner meeting today at the North Augusta Community Center. Networking begins at 5:45 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. We will be featuring a speaker from Bridgestone. Visit www.aacei-csra.org for more information about our group. RSVPs were due by Monday.
Overeaters Anonymous will meet at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., in room 121, every Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 644-2953.
PFLAG Aiken will meet today at 7 p.m. at the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave. All are welcome.
Aiken Toastmasters will hold an open house today at 6:45 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, room 3, to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Light refreshments will be served.
Character first training will be held today at 8 a.m. This meeting will be held in the City Conference Center at City Hall on Park Avenue. Steve Swenson will be leading the training session.
Tea seminars will be held at The Curiosity Shop, 224 Park Ave. S.W. in January and February. Each event focuses on two families of tea, with tastings, explanations and discussion groups. These events are limited to 12 people, so reserve a seat early. The cost is $20 per person; each seminar ticket includes 2 ounces of tea to take home and 10 percent off any tea-related purchases made that day. To make a reservation, call 644-0004. Today’s seminar will be on oolong and black teas. The seminar on Feb. 7 will be on red rooibos and flavored black tea. The last seminar will be Feb. 28 on herbal infusions and flavored greens.
Two Guys and a Jukebox hosts karaoke every Friday at Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant, 1208 Whiskey Road, starting at 9:30 p.m. Call 221-8869 for more information.
The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill, 221 Greenville St., will host a night of acoustic music with Philipp Albenesius, Peter and Dorothy Bowers, Bruce Moyer and Drew Albenesius. For more information, call 648-1181.
There will be live music with “Yesterday’s Sounds” at the DAV Building, 2194 Colmbia Highway near the Aiken airport, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Friday.
St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School will host its first 5K Fun Run/Walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Citizens Park. The entry fee is $15, and all proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. To register for the Fun Run/Walk, visit www.active.com/running/aiken-sc/st-marys-inaugural-5k-run-walk-2013. Registration for the event closes on Friday at 11:59 a.m. PST. To learn more about the race and St. Mary’s School, visit www.stmaryschoolaiken.com and www.facebook.com/stmaryschoolaiken.
Author of “Keowee Valley” Katherine Scott Crawford will be coming to the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., on Saturday at 3 p.m. Crawford will discuss what she learned about the history of the Cherokee in the Carolinas from her research for this fascinating and romantic historical novel. The Friends of the Library will sell copies of the book for $18.95 after her talk. Go to http:// katherinescottcrawford.com for more information or to preview the book.
On Saturday, the DuPont Planetarium will present “Ancient Sky Lore” at 7 p.m. and Digistar “Laser” Fantasy at 8 p.m. Weather permitting, the observatory, housing the Bechtel telescope, will be open for viewing after each show. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for students grades 4K-12, and $3.50 for seniors. Tickets for Digistar “Laser” Fantasy are $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for students grades 4K-12 and $4.50 for seniors. All USCA faculty, staff and students are $1 for any show. Those with a valid college or military ID will receive a 50 percent discount. Children under 4 are not permitted. To make a reservation, call 641-3654 and leave your name, total number of guests, the date and time you wish to attend and your phone number.
Women In Unity is moving into a larger facility. Women In Unity will be having a two-day grand opening Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Come to 3 Pecan Park in Edgefield to help celebrate.
Steel Magnolia will be performing at the Newberry Opera House, located at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Call the Newberry Opera House Box Office to reserve your tickets at (803) 276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com
The Miss Fox Creek Pageant will be held on Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre in Augusta. This will be a nationally televised event, as MTV’s Emmy Award Winning show “Made” will be filming the pageant. Pageant tickets are now available for purchase from the Imperial Theater Box Office. Visit the Imperial Theater Website or call the box office to purchase your tickets today. You can pay with cash or check at the box office or with a credit card online. Tickets are between $10 to $13 and seating is reserved. Tickets are selling quickly and space is limited.
The South Aiken High School NJROTC Relay for Life team will hold a pancake breakfast at Fatz Café on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. Relay T-shirts will be sold for $15 and luminaries for $10 to $25. This is a community event.
The Aiken County Public School District, Edgefield County Schools, Therapy Solutions LLC, Cedar Creek West and the Family Y will host a Parent Resource Fair at the Family Y in Graniteville starting at noon on Saturday. The Resource Fair will offer learning workshops on a variety of topics including the IEP, behavior management, social skills, transition and more. In addition, families will have access to local agencies that provide services to students with disabilities. Free child care will be provided and coordinated by the school district. Children will be able to jump in the inflatables, build on the LEGO wall and play interactive games with the Xbox and other video gaming systems.