TODAY

The Aiken Technical College Foundation is hosting its sixth annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” gala today at 7 p.m. at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. Reserved tables and tickets are available by calling Mary Commons at 593-9954, ext. 1332. Proceeds benefit the ATC Scholarship Fund. The evening includes a reception, dinner, drinks, silent auction and secret entertainment. Join in celebrating Aiken Technical College’s 40th anniversary of “Putting Knowledge to Work.”


Aiken High School PTSO along with the newly formed Aiken High School Alumni Association will host a tailgate party for all alumni before the homecoming game against White Knoll High School today from 5 to 7 p.m. The tailgate party will be held on the softball field across from Hagood Stadium. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served as alumni from across the decades reminisce about their days at Aiken High. After the tailgate party, alumni will make a grand march into the stadium lead by a first ever alumni band. Those interested in participating in the band should contact Leigh Watkins at 642-3817 or email aikenhighschoolalumni@gmail.com. Tickets for the tailgate event are available at several local businesses including Tea Garden Gifts, Plum Pudding, Unique Frame Shoppe, Unique Expressions, Material Things and Aiken’s Unique Giftique or by contacting Katy Lipscomb of the PTSO at 643-3701 or Leigh Watkins with the alumni association at 642-3817. Tickets are $15 for the tailgate party or $21 for those who would also like prepaid game tickets. Children under 12 will be free with paid adult.


Anchor Health and Rehab holds its Annual Border Bash from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the center. The public is invited to come to the party and dress in team colors. For information, call 643-9896.


Professional jacket and boot fitting event will be held today at 7 p.m. at Boots, Bridles & Britches. Local artist Louise Melon and photographer George Buggs will be bringing some of their work, along with Dr. Lisa Handy, who will be there to sign her newly published book. For more information, call 643-1717.


The annual Edgefield Heritage Festival will be held at Oakley Park, downtown Edgefield, today from 7 to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature an antique tractor show, classic car show, whole hog BBQ competition, food vendors, craft vendors, live music, five jump castles for the kids – jump all day for $5 – Confederate and Federal troops living history, and tours of Magnolia Dale.


The Aiken Kidney Benefit presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” will be at the URS Center for Performing Arts on today at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and children 13 and younger. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 648-1438.



SATURDAY

The 24th annual Chocolate Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s School grounds, 118 York St. S.E. For more information, call Rosemarie Adams at 640-0356.


The Sassafras Festival will be held Saturday at Sassafras Park, Highway 421 in Burnettown. For more information, visit www.midlandvalleyarea.com or call 593-2676.


The Ridge Spring Miss Harvest Festival beauty pageant will be held on Saturday at the Ridge Spring Gymnasium at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Young ladies between the ages of birth to 20 are invited to compete. The Miss (17-20) will be awarded a scholarship to the college of her choice. For more information, call 637-5383 or 275-3241.


Meet a Master Gardener and Fall Education Day will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Aiken County Farmers Market, located on Williamsburg Street between Park and Richland avenues. Speakers are scheduled starting at 9 a.m. on “Camellias” by Lee Poe and Jim Dickson of the Camellia Society. At 10 a.m., “Pruning Shrubs and Trees” will be the topic presented by Sid Mullis, Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and popular speaker at local garden events. At 11 a.m., Master Gardener Bill Hayes will speak on “Winter Lawncare and Overseeding.” The Master Gardeners will be joined by other local nature organizations including the CSRA Bluebird Society, the Aiken Camellia Society, Aiken Beekeepers, the Rose Society and the Orchid Society. The event is free. For more information, call the Aiken Master Gardeners at 649-6297, ext. 122, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.


A Fall Festival and Safety Event will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Home Depot on Whiskey Road. The free event will feature a kids’ workshop, costume contest, face painting, coloring contest, and visits with the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. For more information call Home Depot at 648-6291.