South Carolinian artist Colleen Morgan’s photographs will be on display throughout the month of March at the Hitchcock Health Center. The Center is open on Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 10
Juilliard in Aiken continues today. The annual event is in its fifth year coming to Aiken. For a full list of events, visit www.juilliardinaiken.com/program.php.
Today is the last day for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Dragons at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. Times are 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $74 for Circus Celebrity, $57 for front row, $37 for VIP, $23 for price level 4 and $17 for price level 5 ($15 on opening night for price level 4 and 5). Children younger than one are free. Doors open one hour before performance. For ticket information, visit LMCtix.com or call (855) 456-2849.
The Aiken Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its upcoming musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” today at 3 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. The show contains some adult situation and themes. Auditions will be held at the Aiken Prep campus of Mead Hall Episcopal School, in the gymnasium. The campus is located at 619 Barnwell Ave. N.W. Performance dates are May 24, 25, 26, 31 and June 1, 2, 7 and 8. For more information, visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
Tuesday, March 12
A commemorative musical show will play at the Newberry Opera House on Tuesday at 3 and 8 p.m. “Hooray for Hollywood,” a commemoration of movie musicals of the last 50 years, will feature a cast of 14 wonderful singers and dancers and a six-piece band live on stage. Film clips of from movies like “Singing in Rain.” “Grease” and “Dirty Dancing” will play, then the cast comes out to perform the numbers. Tickets are available at the Newberry Opera House box office. Limited seats are available for the 3 p.m. showing. For reservations, call 803-276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.
Thursday, March 14
The Aiken Performing Arts Group will present an improv spectacular production on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets to “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” are $40, $20 for students with valid IDs and can be purchased online at apagonline.org or by calling the box office at 648-1438.
Friday, March 15
St. Patrick’s Day will be the theme for Aiken Center for the Arts’ school holiday art days on Friday. The classes are open to children, K4 and older, and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All supplies but snacks and lunches will be provided. Daily tuition is $55, though need-based scholarships are available. These scholarships are limited, and all ACA members receive 10 percent off the camps. Classes also will run March 29. For more information, call 641-9094 or email Mandy Woodhouse at email@example.com.
Ten bands will come together to perform for the Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular will be held March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the cost is a $10 donation at the door; no tickets required. For more information, visit coloniallifearena.com.
“Dancin’ with the Young at Heart” for couples and singles will be hosted every Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the DAV Building, 2194 Columbia Highway North (US 1), near the Aiken Airport. Live band “Yesterday’s Sounds” plays a variety of oldies, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country, shag and more. Admission is $6. Snacks and drinks are available. The event is family friendly, so no alcohol. For more information, call Dana Watkins at 803-292-3680 or Furman Redd at 706-825-8776. The Aiken DAV has no affiliation with this event.
Juilliard in Aiken ends today with its Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration Concert at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $25, $35 and $45. For more information, visit www.juilliardinaiken.com.
Saturday, March 16
“Larry Cat in Space” at 7 p.m., and “To the Moon and Beyond” at 8 p.m., are shown at the Planetarium every Saturday in March. 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. All USCA faculty, staff and students are $1.00 for any show. A 50 percent discount is offered to those with a valid college or military ID. Reservations are encouraged; to make them, call 803-641-3654.
The 71st Running of the Aiken Trials will be on March 16 at the Aiken Training Track, 538 Two Notch Road S.E. Gates open at 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies and Carriage Parade starts at 1 p.m. Races start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call the Aiken Trials office at 648-4631.
All-you-can-eat oysters, sides and two cocktails will be offered up at North Augusta Women’s League’s second annual Oyster Roast on March 16 at Boeckh Park in Hammond’s Ferry. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. There will also be live entertainment and raffles, which include items like Dollywood tickets, his and her matching watches from Windsor Jewelers, 18 holes of golf from the River Clubs and a grill from Lowe’s. Tickets can be bought online at www.najwl.com or in-person at Communigraphics in North Augusta. For more information, call (706) 825-2965. Proceeds go to help meet the needs of less fortunate children in Aiken County elementary schools.
Tuesday, March 19
“Rhythm in America” will be performed by The Aiken Concert Band on March 19 at 8 p.m. at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center. Selections will include “The Fairest of the Fair” by John Phillip Sousa, “Quad City Stomp” by Michael Sweeney, “Rhythm of The Americas” by Bob Mintzer, featuring the Assembly Saxophone Quartet, “Prariesong” by Carl Strommen, and Symphonic Gershwin. The band will be under the director of bands at Aiken High School, Ryan Westberry. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. All proceeds go toward USCA band scholarships and to help pay band expenses. Tickets can be purchased at the Etherredge Center or by calling 803-641-3305.
Golfers have a chance to compete for over $10,000 in prizes at the the 18th Triple Crown Golf Classic on March 25 at the Woodside Plantation Country Club. All of the proceeds will benefit the Tri-Development Center and Helping Hands. Any golfers interested in playing in this foursome gross and net scramble event must calll Helping Hands at 803-648-3456 or Tri-Development Center at 803-642-8812. It costs $100 to enter, but that includes a Chick-fil-A lunch and Outback Steakhouse steak dinner.
Friday, March 22
A black tie gala to precede the 47th Running of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase, “La Bella Luna” will be on March 22 at 7 p.m. at Ford Conger Field. It’s $250 per couple, with all proceeds going towards Area Churches Together Serving.
Saturday, March 23
The 47th Running of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase will commence at 10 a.m., with the first race being at 1 p.m. General admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Subscriber admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, both available at the Steeplechase office. For more information, call the Steeplechase office at 648-9641.
Friday, March 29
“Fox on the Fairway” will open at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on March 29 at 8 p.m. This Aiken Community Playhouse show will also run March 30 and April 5, 6, 10, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m., and April 7 at 3 p.m. The director is Peg Tribert. The show contains some adult themes and language. For more information, call 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
Easter will be the theme for Aiken Center for the Arts’ school holiday art days on March 29. The classes are open to children, K4 and older, and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All supplies but snacks and lunches will be provided. Daily tuition is $55, though need-based scholarships are available. These scholarships are limited, and all ACA members receive 10 percent off the camps. For more information, call 641-9094 or email Mandy Woodhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 30
The final Triple Crown event is the Pacers & Polo event on Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Powderhouse Polo Field on Powderhouse Road. Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults in advance and $5 for children and $10 for adults at the gate. VIP Hospitality Tent tickets are available. Before March 15, these are $50; after March 15, they are $75. The matches begin at 1 p.m. For more information, call Debbie Boggs at 803-641-3630 or Randy Warrick at 803-641-3406.
Monday, April 8
The 2013 Masters Golf Tournament officially begins on April 8 at 8 a.m. with practice rounds. The competition will not start until April 11 and will go until April 14. The event is soldout. The Augusta Golf National Club is located at 2604 Washington Rd, Augusta. For more information, visit www.augusta.com.
Tuesday, April 9
Grace Potter and NeedtoBreathe are two bands to perform at this year’s Rock Fore! Dough concert at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion, Evans. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Kids 5 and younger are admitted free with general admission. No coolers are allowed. For more information, visit www.rockforedough.com.
Thursday, April 11
The Abbey Holley Band will perform, and art displays will be scattered through the Alley at the 2nd Annual Horses and Courses on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Laurens Street. A decorated golf cart and horse display will also be present. The event is sponsored by the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department and Arts Commission.
Friday, April 12
Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans on April 12 at 7 p.m. General admission is $40, and a $100 VIP pass is available. Tickets can be bought by calling 1-877-987-6487 or by visiting www.columbiacountychampionshipfestival.com.
Saturday, April 13
The Friends of Gaston Livery Stables’ barn cat fundraiser will come to a close on April 13 with the Cat’s Meow Gala. This event will be held at the Aiken County Historical Museum from 7 to 11 p.m. with food, cash bar and live entertainment. The cats are anticipated to be auctioned off, and tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the mortgage of Gaston Livery Stable.
Michael Gunter’s Mr. Barney Gaston is the mascot of the 28 barn cats that is featured around town. He and his fellow cats will be up for auction off on April 13. This Friends of Gaston Livery Stable’s fundraiser will raise money for the stable.×
Submitted Photo Pictured is "Decked out for Fall" by Colleen Morgan.×
Aiken Standard File Photos These three riders prepare to jump an obstacle during the Aiken Steeplechase, the second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown. The annual three-weekend event begins March 16 with the Aiken Trials, followed by the Steeplechase on March 23 and Pacers and Polo on March 30.×
Natalie Grace Gregory and Christine Hauer watch intently as the horses pass by during the first race of the Aiken Trials.×
FILE - In this April 8, 2012 file photo, Charl Schwartzel, right, of South Africa, helps Bubba Watson put on the green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. There's one palm tree at Augusta National, and it takes on new meaning for Masters champion Bubba Watson. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)×