Looking for something to do this month?

  • Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:55 a.m.
Emma Bullington checks to see how her friend Lauren Dyches is doing while they compete in a pie eating contest at a previous St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival.
Emma Bullington checks to see how her friend Lauren Dyches is doing while they compete in a pie eating contest at a previous St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival.

With the arrival of fall and the cooler temperatures come more activities for those looking for something to do. Weekends in October around Aiken County are no exception. Here are a list of events going on each weekend through the month.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6

The 24th annual Chocolate Festival will be held Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the school grounds of St. Mary’s, 118 York St. S.E. For more information, call Rosemarie Adams at 640-0356.

The Sassafras Festival will be held Oct. 6 at Sassafras Park, Highway 421 in Burnettown. For more information, visit www.midlandvalleyarea.com or call 593-2676.

The Aiken Kidney Benefit presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed Oct. 6 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Oct. 7 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.

The Ridge Spring Miss Harvest Festival beauty pageant will be held Oct. 6 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.

The Master Gardeners will host the second Fall Education Day on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Aiken County Farmers Market, located on Williamsburg Street between Park and Richland avenues. Speakers are scheduled starting at 9 a.m. with “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 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 be held on Oct. 6 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 on Oct. 6 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, call Pam Lybrand at (803) 530-7466.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety will host a Neighborhoods Education Session on Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The session will be held at the City of Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. N.W. To pre-register for the event, call Cynthia Mitchell, ADPS community services coordinator, at 642-7780 or email cmitchell@cityofaikensc.gov.

A pancake breakfast fundraiser for www.support1.org will be held on Oct. 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fatz Cafe. 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 hold a open house and awareness event for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Trinity.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7

The Aiken Kidney Benefit presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed on Oct. 7 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.

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. Oct. 7 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. The registration deadline was Oct. 3. For more information, call Robyn McCay or Donna King at 649-6245.

Import Obsession will hold a free import car meet on Oct. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bruster’s Ice Cream on East Gate Drive. Check out some of the hottest import cars and bikes in the area. Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Brusters Ice Cream will be on hand with food and treats.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12

The Aiken Jaycees’ Dis-Oriented Express haunted house will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 30 and 31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue.

The Aiken Standard and Prestige Appliance will host the Aiken Home Show at the USC Aiken Convocation Center on Oct. 12 from noon to 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring exhibitors showcasing the latest in home and garden products and services. Tickets are $5 and remain valid both days of the event. Children 12 years of age and younger do not need a ticket. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.georgialinatix.com, by phone at (866) 722-8877, at the USCA Convocation Center Box Office, the Aiken Standard office and Prestige Appliance on Whiskey Road.

Mike Gibbons and Betsy Wilson-Mahoney will sign copies of their book, “When I Think of Aiken” on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Betsy’s studio on Hayne Avenue. To learn more about the book or to purchase a copy, visit www.whenithinkofaiken.com. For more information, email mwg1234@yahoo.com.

The STAR Riding Oyster Roast will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Black Forest Equestrian Center, 4343 Banks Mill Road. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For more information, call 270-2575.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Miss Western Carolina State Fair Pageant will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. Winners will be announced on stage at the fair. Everyone receives a tiara. The deadline to enter was Monday, Oct. 8. The cost is $55 for all events. For more information, contact director Kim Ray at (803) 645-2900 or kimberlieray@aol.com.

The Aiken Jaycees’ Dis-Oriented Express haunted house opens from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 30 and 31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue.

The Aiken Standard and Prestige Appliance will host the Aiken Home Show at to the USC Aiken Convocation Center on Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring exhibitors showcasing the latest in home and garden products and services. Tickets are $5. Children 12 years of age and younger do not need a ticket. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.georgialinatix.com, by phone at (866) 722-8877, at the USCA Convocation Center Box Office, the Aiken Standard office and Prestige Appliance on Whiskey Road.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place in Aiken at 9 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center as we walk to reclaim the future for millions. To register, visit www.alz.org/walk or call (800) 272-3900.

Kinder Kids of CSRA will hold the Justice for Kids Gala at Woodside Plantation Country Club on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. with cocktails followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. The evening’s program will include speaker, Judge Glenda Hatchett, a silent auction, door prizes, music and more. Tickets should have been purchased by Oct. 1.

Hands-on science experiments for children are among the many activities planned for area residents during this year’s 25th anniversary celebration of National Chemistry Week Oct. 21-27. This year’s theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.” The celebration will kick off on Oct. 13 in conjunction with S.E.E.D., Science Education Enrichment Day, hosted by USC Aiken’s Ruth Patrick Science Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on S.E.E.D. is available at rpsec.usca.edu.

Tail Waggin’ Walk, a fundraiser for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, will be held on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the SPCA, 199 Willow Run Road. Registration will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. with the walk at 10:30 a.m. and awards at 11 a.m. Registration fee is $25, which includes a T-shirt, pet bandana and doggie bag. For more information or to register, call 648-6863 or email cmiller@aikenspca.org.

The Beech Island Historical Society will hold its Annual Fall Festival & Yard Sale on Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The historical society will be selling yard sale items and lunch, and the Beech Island Garden Club will be selling live plants. There will also be music and demonstrating crafters. Funds benefit the Beech Island Historical Society. For more information, call President Jackie Bartley at 827-0184.

The Delta Chapter of the educational sorority Alpha Delta Kappa is sponsoring a crafting/vendor event on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Listine Courtney Senior Center in Wagener. Come and shop to support the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. Also bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. The group will also be accepting donations of old cell phones and ink cartridges to support the cancer foundation, as well.

Mike Gibbons and Betsy Wilson-Mahoney will sign copies of their book, “When I Think of Aiken” on Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market. To learn more about the book or to purchase a copy, visit www.whenithinkofaiken.com. For more information, contact Michael Gibbons at mwg1234@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Women Build Kitchen Tour will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Aiken’s next Women Build project. The tour features eight South Boundary area homes within a one-mile radius; a local chef will be giving demonstrations in each kitchen. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. For ticket information, visit www.aikenkitchentour.com or call 641-6777.

The Navy Birthday Dinner Dance will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Woodside Plantation Country Club, sponsored by the Navy League Aiken-Augusta Council. Membership is not required to attend. Reservations and payments can be made at www.usma.org./nlaa; registration forms are due by Oct. 9.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

The Western Carolina State Fair will be held at the Aiken Fairgrounds from Oct. 18-27. Mega Passes are $25 and are available only in advance. Gate admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.westerncarolinastatefair.com.

The Aiken Jaycees’ Dis-Oriented Express haunted house opens from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 and 30-31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue.

The 21st Annual Colonial Times “A Day to Remember” Colonial Life from 1735 to 1785 will be held on Friday Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21. This event is for fourth grades only and homeschoolers of all ages. Reservations are required. Educational Day is on Friday, Oct. 19. The event will be held from 10 to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. This a free event. It will be held at Living History Park, 299 West Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. Special guests will be Ben Franklin, Arrogant Frenchman, Faire Wynds, Rat Catcher and many more. For more information, visit www.colonialtimes.us or call 979-9776.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

The Aiken Jaycees’ Dis-Oriented Express haunted house opens from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 and 30-31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue.

The Carly Unltd. Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 20 with an 8:45 a.m. tee time at Houndslake Country Club. The format is captain’s choice and the tournament will have a shotgun start. Lunch is provided. The cost is $85 per person with four-member teams. For more information, contact Blake Faulkner at 640-8861 or blakefaulkner85@gmail.com and Brittany Lawrence at 645-7487 or bclawre@g.clemson.edu.

The Western Carolina State Fair will be held at the Aiken Fairgrounds from Oct. 18-27. Mega Passes are $25 and are available only in advance. Gate admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.westerncarolinastatefair.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

The Cruise-In to Cumberland Car Show will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Cumberland Village. For more information, call Cumberland Village at 643-0073.

The Western Carolina State Fair will be held at the Aiken Fairgrounds from Oct. 18-27. Mega Passes are $25 and are available only in advance. Gate admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.westerncarolinastatefair.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

The Western Carolina State Fair will be held at the Aiken Fairgrounds from Oct. 18-27. Mega Passes are $25 and are available only in advance. Gate admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.westerncarolinastatefair.com.

The Aiken Jaycees’ Dis-Oriented Express haunted house opens from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 and 30-31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

The Aiken Jaycees’ Dis-Oriented Express haunted house opens from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 and 30-31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue.

The Western Carolina State Fair will be held at the Aiken Fairgrounds from Oct. 18-27. Mega Passes are $25 and are available only in advance. Gate admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.westerncarolinastatefair.com.

“Spirits of Hallowed Eve” will be held on Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Living History Park, 299 West Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. Walk amongst the ghosts of yesteryear in our Colonial setting. Guided tours will take visitors back in time. Entertainment will be in the tavern. At 8:30 p.m. Faire Wynds will host the grand finale. Tours will be given from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Tours are free, but a $5 per family or $1 per person for large groups reservation fee is required. For more information, visit www.colonialtimes.us or contact the park at 979-9776.

Hands-on science experiments for children are among the many activities planned for area residents during this year’s 25th anniversary celebration of National Chemistry Week Oct. 21-27. This year’s theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.” The Hispanic Celebration of National Chemistry Week will be held on Oct. 27 from 1:45 to 4:15 p.m. in North Augusta. Contact Linda Youmans-McDonald for additional information at ldyoumans@gmail.com.

Mike Gibbons and Betsy Wilson-Mahoney will sign copies of their book, “When I Think of Aiken” on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fall Steeplechase Village of Shops. To learn more about the book or to purchase a copy, visit www.whenithinkofaiken.com. For more information, contact Michael Gibbons at mwg1234@yahoo.com.

Shepeard Community Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be at Runs Missionary Baptist Church, 717 Williston Road, Beech Island on Oct. 27 from 10-3 p.m. This is Runs’ first blood drive. Donors will be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card in October from Shepeard Blood Center. Also, you will be entered for a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards from the church.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

Aiken Community Playhouse holds auditions for an upcoming production of “Frost/Nixon” at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the URS Center for the Performing Arts. The cast calls for eight men and two women, with some doubling of roles. For more information, call the Playhouse at 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

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