The Aiken Newcomers’ Club, a club for women, will meet today at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10:15. The club will celebrate its 40th anniversary this month. Don Mitcham, of the South Carolina Storytelling Network will be the guest speaker. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $14; bring a check made payable to Aiken Newcomers’ Club. The deadline for reservations and cancellations was Oct. 4.

Wildlife biologist Tracy Grazia of the U.S. Forestry Service will speak on “The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker in South Carolina” as part of the 2012 Nature Series, at 7 p.m. today at Birds & Butterflies, 117 Laurens St. N.W. Advance registration is required at a cost of $5. For more information or reservations, call 649-7999.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers Auxiliary will hold a fundraising Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Event today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers in dining rooms A, B and C. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. For more information, call Chairperson Deb Campbell at 514-2745.

The Aiken County Education Association-Retired meet on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Woodside Plantation Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. Attendees should have made a reservation by sending $16, the cost of the luncheon, to Sara Rutland to arrive no later than Oct. 8. Phone reservations will be accepted no later than noon today and can be made by calling 278-3037. All retired public education employees from the Aiken County School District, USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College are invited.

Fox Creek High School proposes to file an application for a loan/grant with Rural Development Community Facilities and will hold a public meeting today in the school conference room, 165 Shortcut Road, North Augusta, at 6 p.m.

The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting at the Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ building, 2748 Wagener Road (Highway 302 N.), today at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Sam Jordan, WD administrator, at 649-7981 or email

The Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support group will meet today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mental Health America Aiken County, 233 Pendleton St. N.W. For more information, call Lisa Tindal at 641-4164.

The Imani Group and USC Aiken will co-sponsor an exclusive screening and VIP reception for the documentary “Survivor: Living Above the Noise” today at 7 p.m. The film was featured at the 65th Annual International Film Festival in Cannes, France. The event will take place in the gymnasium at the Business and Education Building at USC Aiken. For more information, call Aja Vaughn at 641-34422 or the Rev. Brendolyn L. Jenkins-Boseman at 392-7095.

The Navy Birthday Dinner Dance will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday 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; registration forms are due by today.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Aiken will meet today at South Aiken Presbyterian Church. Childcare and dinner for kids provided. Registration is from 5:45 to 6 p.m. MOPS is designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. The group is on Facebook at MOPS Aiken. RSVP for childcare by calling 514-2039, by email at or on Facebook.


Children’s author/illustrator Jan Brett will hold a drawing demonstration and book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Books-A-Million in the Aiken Mall. For more information, call Books-A-Million at 642-0135.

BNI Means Business meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in Cumberland Village’s downstairs conference room. The local professionals’ networking group welcomes visitors at no charge, and lunch is included in the meetings. For more information, call Laura Gibbons at 270-3762 or email

Aiken Middle School’s PTO will host a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the school, 101 Gator Lane. Spots are available for $10 each by calling Tina Burrell at 624-0199 or Michele Cahill at 522-4451; deadline is Wednesday. Sellers, who get to keep their profits, are encouraged to bring their own tables and chairs. None will be provided. Refreshments will be available.

The Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism host a reception and unveiling of its 2013 Happy Places calendar from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Aiken County Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public, and will also include a live auction of the winning photographs.