TODAY

The 24th annual Chocolate Festival will be held today 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 today 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 today 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 today 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 today 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.


The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Wagener Chapter of the VFW will sponsor a Cancer Walk today beginning at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall in Perry. Walkers are asked to pledge a donation for Aiken County Cancer Awareness. For more information on participating in the walk, contact Pam Lybrand at (803) 530-7466.


The Aiken Department of Public Safety will be hosting a Neighborhoods Education Session today from 10 a.m. to noon. The session will be held at the City of Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. N.W. To preregister for the event, call Cynthia Mitchell, ADPS community services coordinator, at 642-7780 or email cmitchell@cityofaikensc.gov.


The third annual Pink Ribbon Tea, hosted by the Pink Ribbonettes, Aiken Technical College, USC Aiken and Aiken Regional Medical Centers, will be held in ATC’s 900 building gymnasium on Oct. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. The tea is a local effort to spread breast cancer awareness. The event is free and open to the public but reservations should be made by today as food will be served. Call 593-9954, ext. 1271 to make a reservation.


The Village Health and Wellness Center invites the public to its Preview Party Extravaganza, the precursor to our grand opening, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Center, in the Village At Woodside, 440 Society Drive.


A pancake breakfast fundraiser for www.support1.org will be from 8 to 10 a.m. today at Fatz Cafe on Pine Log Road. The website provides critical incident stress support for emergency first responders. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door.


A Trinity on Laurens group will have an open house and awareness event for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 9 a.m. today at Trinity.


The annual Edgefield Heritage Festival will continue today at Oakley Park, downtown Edgefield, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. All profits go to charity each year and this year all profits will go to WE Parker Elementary School. The event will feature an antique tractor show, classic car show, whole hog barbecue 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 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.



SUNDAY

Aiken Electric Cooperative will hold its first Run United 5K to support the United Way of Aiken County’s “Living United” campaign. The fundraiser run will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. Check-in will begin at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $25 per runner and all proceeds will benefit the United Way of Aiken County. Registration deadline was Oct. 3. For more information, contact Robyn McCay or Donna King at 649-6245. Registration forms are available at www.aikenco-op.org.


The Owens-Eargle-Powell-Hair Reunion will begin with 11 a.m. registration Sunday, Oct. 7, at the New Ellenton Fire Department Training Center, 43 Chime Bell Church Road. The event honors the family lines of Etheldred Owens, Daniel Eargle, Abram Powell and Mathias Hair. For information call Esther Cope at (803) 652-3639 or Darlene Williams at (803) 593-5180.


Steve Tyrell performs in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Newberry Opera House in a show that highlights the works of Hal David and Burt Bacharach. Tickets are available at the Newberry Opera House box office at (803) 276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.


The Aiken Kidney Benefit presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” will be at the URS Center for Performing Arts on today 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.