Irish Set and Ceili Dancing lessons will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Just Breathe Studio, 116 Pendleton St., for all experience levels. Lessons are $5 per session. For more information, call 641-4202.

The Old Edgefield Genealogy Society will meet at 3 p.m. today at the Lynch Building Annex of the Tompkins Library in Edgefield. Speaker will be Richard Fowler, on “Influence of Presbyterianism on the Settling of Upstate South Carolina.”

“Taking Notes: Jazz and the American Story” will be presented by the Center for African American History, Art & Culture from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church at 425 Hampton Ave. N.W. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and ages 5 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at Second Baptist Church and at the Aiken Downtown Development Association at 208-A The Alley. For more information, call (706) 664-3989.

David Tavernier, author of “Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken’s Winter Colony in the Gilded Age,” will sign copies of the book from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at Aiken Office Supply on Whiskey Road.

The 26th Annual Christmas Made in the South craft show will be today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the James Brown Arena on 7th Street in Augusta. Admission is $6 and ages 12 and younger will be admitted free.


The North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs will hold its annual educational forum on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the North Augusta Community Center. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Vickey Bertagnolli, the consumer horticultural agent for Aiken and Lexington counties, will speak on “Controlling Fire Ants in Your Yard,” and Janice Badke from Wildbirds Unlimited will speak on “Winter Care of Birds in Your Backyard.” For more information, call Anna Sheets, vice president of North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, at 279-0272.

The Aiken Artist Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street. Speaker for the meeting will be Augusta-area artist Anne Nielsen, who will also critique members’ pieces on request. For more information, visit

The Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold a public input meeting on the development of a 7- to 10-year recreation and tourism master plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jackson Town Hall. For more information, visit, email, or call 502-9000, ext. 2700.

The LBC American Legion Post 153, 111 Langley Dam Road on Langley Pond, will hold an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 663-9535.

The James L. Hammons Marine Corps League Detachment 939 will hold a Veterans Day event at 11 a.m. Monday at the Aiken County Veterans Park at 1435 Richland Ave. Spectators are welcome to bring chairs.

The local chapter of the AARP will meet at 2:30 p.m. Monday at South Aiken Presbyterian Church on Whiskey Road. Guest speaker will be Mary White of the Aiken County Historical Museum, in the role of Rosie the Riveter. An election will be held for the group’s 2013 officers, and refreshments will be served.

Tickets go on sale Monday for a production of “Les Miserables” scheduled for March 19-24 at the Koger Center in Columbia. Ticket prices will range from $45 to $65 and can be purchased by phone at (803) 251-2222, online at, or at the box office. For more information, call the Koger Center at (803) 777-7500.


The Birds & Butterflies of Aiken Nature Series will continue with “Images of the Amazon and Galapagos Islands” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 117 Laurens St. N.W. Be transported to the Amazon River and Galapagos Islands through the camera lens of Aiken’s Forrest Roberts. Space is limited, so reservations are required by calling 649-7999. There is a $5 nonrefundable charge for each seminar when the reservation is made. Children 16 and under are free.

The Aiken Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer an adult first aid/AED course from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Aiken Area Chapter office at 1314 Pine Log Road. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call (800) RED-CROSS.

The Aiken Newcomers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Newberry Hall. Speaker will be USC Aiken vice chancellor for university advancement Deidre Martin. Admission is $14, and reservations and cancellations must be made by noon Thursday; attendees with last names beginning A-L can place reservations at 642-0663, and attendees with last names beginning M-Z can call 642-7268 for reservations.