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 today 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, by phone at (866) 722-8877, at the USCA Convocation Center Box Office.

Mike Gibbons and Betsy Wilson-Mahoney will sign copies of their book, “When I Think of Aiken” today 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 For more information, email

The STAR Riding Oyster Roast will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today 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. today 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 today 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 today 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 today 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. today 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 at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at or at the box office at 648-1438.

The University Players present “Frozen” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Etherredge Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of USC Aiken. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and faculty, and $7 for students; subject matter is mature and not recommended for children. Tickets are available at the box office at 641-3305.

The Williston Bamboo Trail of Horrors is open from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and 8-11 p.m. Saturdays through October at 612 Church St. Admission is $8, and drinks and light snacks are available. For more information, email

Sheriff Michael Hunt will be the speaker for the Monday meeting of St. John’s UMC PrimeTimer’s Sunny Monday group at 10:30 a.m. A lunch will follow at noon; for lunch reservations, call the St. John’s office at 648-6891 by today at 11:30 a.m.


Reality TV star Bobby Brantley of “Lizard Lick Towing” will be at the Aiken Gun & Knife Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center on Whiskey Road. For more information, call Gunrunner Shows at (706) 592-4347.

A 5K run fundraiser for breast cancer research will take place Saturday at Aiken State Natural Area; runners are asked to wear pink, and breast cancer survivors run for free. For registration information, visit, call 502-9000, or email

A free “Constitution 2012: Then Vs. Now, Man’s Quest for Power” class will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at New Life Natural Foods in Augusta. Speaker will be Daniel Wager, who received his master’s degree from Clemson with a thesis on the Civil War in Edgefield County. For more information, call (706) 737-8805.