March 18: events today through Thursday
Aiken Women in Black will have a Vigil for Peace from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. Vigils will be held on Whiskey Road at Hitchcock Drive, in front of Bethlehem Lutheran Church across from Moe’s Restaurant and the new Fresh market. For more information, call Brenda at 803-648-6020 or David at 803-215-3263.
The Aiken Master Gardener’s Lunch Box Series will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road. Andy Cabe, director of the botanical garden at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, will be the guest speaker. His topic will be “Another Installment: 50 more of Andy’s favorite plants.” For more information, call 803-649-6297 ext. 122 or email www.aikenmastergardeners.org.
Line Dance Class will be held at 6 p.m. on Mondays at the Palmetto Ballroom. Cost is $5. Call 803-641-4800 for more information.
Banksia Quilter’s Society will meet at the Aiken County History Museum at 10 a.m. today. Please bring any project to work on.
The CSRA Dreamcatchers, a support group assisting those with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to live as independently as possible, will hold a FUNraising event every Monday in March from 4 to 10 p.m. at Sno-Cap Drive-In, 618 West Ave., North Augusta. All purchases benefit the group. For more information, call 803-279-4004, visit SnocapDrivein.com or visit www.facebook.com/SNOCAP.
The Aiken Concert Band will perform on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for its annual spring concert at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken. The title of the performance is “Rhythm of the Americas,” and 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.
The Beech Island Historical Society will meet on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s History and Visitors Center, 144 Old Jackson Highway, Beech Island. Elizabeth Laney, interpreter at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site in Beech Island, will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be “Redcliffe Roots – Redcliffe Families and Genealogy.” The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Jackie Bartley at 803-827-0184.
Learn interesting facts about the hummingbird at Birds & Butterflies on Tuesday at 7 p.m.. See slides of nests and young, and many species that occur across the U.S. Discussion of feeders, food, feeder maintenance and plants that attract hummingbirds. Space is limited, so reservations are required by calling 803-649-7999. There is a $5 non-refundable charge for each seminar or field trip when the reservation is made. Children 16 and under are free.
The Aiken County Public Library will host beginning French classes Wednesdays from 4 to 4:30 p.m. for grades 1 through 5. Registration is required at the first floor circulation desk or by calling 803-642-2023. Space is limited.
The CSRA Citadel Club will hold a Muster Formation on Wednesday at The Red Pepper Cafe at 6 p.m.
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 803-644-2953.
Aiken County Public Library will host Sea Urchin Storytime on Thursday at 4 p.m., featuring “While the Sun Shines, the Sea Urchin Sleeps” by local author Barbara Lawrence. Call 803-642-7585 for more information.
The Aiken County First Steps Executive Committee will meet on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Aiken County First Steps office in Byrd Learning Center, 1 Willis Circle, Graniteville. For more information call Marcia Nash at 803-663-5604.
Agape Senior is sponsoring a free dementia care seminar for seniors and families on Thursday at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. Experts will discuss the signs and symptoms of dementia and how to better care for someone suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Call Sherri Siler at 803-351-7339 for more information.