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. today 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

The Owens-Eargle-Powell-Hair Reunion will begin with 11 a.m. registration today 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. today 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

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

Import Obsession will hold a free import car meet today 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 Aiken area. Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Brusters Ice Cream will be on hand with food and treats.


The Miss Western Carolina State Fair Pageant will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. Winners will be announced on stage at the fair. Deadline to enter is Monday. The cost is $55 for all events. Contact director Kim Ray at 645-2900 or

The American Sewing Guild local chapter will hold its monthly meeting on Monday at 10 a.m. in the community room of Harbor Chase Assisted Living facility on Silver Bluff Road in Aiken. “Jackets on Parade” will showcase the completion of a yearlong project. All area sewing enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public. Call Joyce at 644-4084 for more information.

Aiken Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold its fundraising Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Event on Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Dining Rooms A, B and C, located off the cafeteria. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. For more information, call Chairperson Deb Campbell at 514-2745.

The Aiken Artist Guild meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Aiken Center for the Arts. It will feature Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragon. During the meeting, she will be demonstrating the techniques of sculpturing and will be discussing opportunities for artists interested in the arts, architecture, music and literature to visit her chateau in France for a remarkable artistic experience.

Carolina Pine Quilters will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Whiskey Road. The program will be on how to use precuts to construct quilts.

The local chapter of the AARP will hold the monthly meeting on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the South Aiken Presbyterian Church on Whiskey Road. The speaker will be from the state AARP, speaking on “You have a right to know” of possible changes to senior benefits from the Federal Government. Visitors are welcome and refreshments will be served.

An inaugural citizens action meeting, open to all, will be held at the Cedar Creek Community Center on Monday, Oct. 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.. The meeting will be devoted to determining whether sufficient interest exists to form an organization in Aiken County to identify and evaluate the impact of key cultural, political and economic issues and problems affecting the citizens and residents of Aiken County. Once established, it is envisioned the Aiken NPR will prove a catalyst for meaningful corrective action. At the inaugural meeting, David Lobb, an independent, write-in candidate for the S.C. House District 86 seat, will address what he considers are the most substantial issues and concerns impacting Aiken County and District 86. Refreshments will be available at the meeting. For directions, or additional information, please call Jim Clapp at 641-4154.

The Augusta Players will hold auditions for child and adult roles for a production of “A Christmas Carol ... The Musical” on Oct. 8 and 9. For information email Kitty Reagan at