Today

Mike Gibbons and Betsy Wilson-Mahoney will sign copies of their book, “When I Think of Aiken” today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum. To learn more about the book or to purchase a copy, visit www.whenithinkofaiken.com. For more information, email Michael Gibbons at mwg1234@yahoo.com.


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 today 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. Reservations were due on Oct. 6. For more information, call 593-9954, ext. 1271.


The tradition of New Orleans jazz championed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be the height of entertainment at the Newberry Opera House today at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Newberry Opera House box office. Call 803-276-6264 for reservations or visit our website www.newberryoperahouse.com.


The board of directors of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments meets at 7 p.m. today at the Tourville Lodge-Buck Ridge Plantation near Orangeburg. The public is invited. For more information call the Lower Savannah Council of Governments at 649-7981.


The Aiken Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will meet today at 1 p.m. in the Aiken County Public Library. Bring needlepoint to work on or for assistance in completing. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 641-1192.


4 Cats in the Doghouse perform at the Willcox Inn from 7 to 9 p.m. today.


The Aiken Performing Arts Group’s 2012-13 season opens with “The Passion of Spanish Dance” featuring Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater today and Friday at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.apagonline.org or at the box office at 648-1438.


The Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting will be at 3 p.m. today at the auditorium of the Agriculture Building. Meetings are open to the public. For more information call the district office at 649-4221 ext. 3, or visit www.aikenswcd.com or blog.aikenswcd.com.



Friday

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 Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday 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 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.


Mike Gibbons and Betsy Wilson-Mahoney will sign copies of their book, “When I Think of Aiken” on Friday 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 Friday 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.


The Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at USCA Science Building, Room 200. Kim Cochran, educator and hobby enthusiast from the Atlanta area, will present a talk on “Rocks – Our Earth’s Crust” including their formation and presence in certain locations. Attendees will bring specimens for identification and enjoy refreshments and camaraderie. Preparations for its booth at SEED will be finalized.


“Dancin’ With the Young At Heart,” an event for ages 50 and older, will take place Friday from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at the DAV Building, 2194 Columbia Highway N. (U.S. 1), near the Aiken airport. Admission is $6. Snacks and drinks are available. For more information, call Dana Watkins at 292-3680 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.


The Aiken County Education Association-Retired will be meet on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Woodside Plantation Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The deadline for reservations was Oct. 9. All retired public education employees from the Aiken County School District, USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College are invited. For more information, call 278-3037.


Mended Hearts support group will meet Friday at 11 a.m. at the USC Aiken Business Conference Center. Lunch will be provided. Guest speaker is D.S. Waterman on changes in the cath lab. For more information, call Janet Rolfes at 642-4026.


Gavin Reily performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate. For more information, call 648-1181.


The Aiken Performing Arts Group’s 2012-13 season opens with “The Passion of Spanish Dance” featuring Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater today and Friday at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.apagonline.org or at the box office at 648-1438.