The North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs will hold its annual educational forum today 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. today 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. today 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. today. 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. today 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. today 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 today 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.

Hospice Care of South Carolina will honor National Hospice and Palliative Care Month with a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. today in room 3 of the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center on Whiskey Road. For more information, call 649-9201.


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.

Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends of addicts, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in room 119 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W. Participation in the group is free. For more information, visit

The Aiken Branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday with voting in the branch elections from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday open to all branch members in good standing, at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Kershaw Street. For more information, call 502-0170.

The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board will hold a committee meeting on waste management from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the DOE Meeting Center at the rear of the Village Center, 230 Village Green Blvd. suite 220 in Aiken. A public comment period will be offered. For more information, call (803) 952-9219 or visit

CareSouth Hospice will hold a free hospice volunteer training class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at CareSouth Hospice, 231 Fury’s Ferry Road suite 212 in Augusta. To reserve a space in the class, call (706) 550-9966.

A linoleum printmaking class will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center in the Ireland Room. Registration is $35 which includes materials, the instructor’s fee and a light supper; registration is due by 4 p.m. Tuesday. For more information or to register, call Gravatt at 648-1817 or 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. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the New Ellenton Civic Center. For more information, visit or call 642-7559.