TODAY

The Birds & Butterflies of Aiken Nature Series will continue with “Images of the Amazon and Galapagos Islands” today 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. today at the Aiken Area Chapter office at 1314 Pine Log Road. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.redcross.org or call (800) RED-CROSS.


The Aiken Newcomers Club will meet at 10 a.m. today 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.


The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board will hold a committee meeting on waste management from 6 to 8 p.m. today 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 cab.srs.gov/meeting_schedules.html.


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 www.nar-anon.org.


The Aiken Branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. today 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.


CareSouth Hospice will hold a free hospice volunteer training class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today 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. today. For more information or to register, call Gravatt at 648-1817 or visit www.bishopgravatt.org.


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 the New Ellenton Civic Center. For more information, visit www.aikencountyprt.com or call 642-7559.



WEDNESDAY

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Graniteville at 76 Canal St.


BNI Means Business will meet 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 laura@bluesalamandersolutions.com.


Wise Outrageous Women will meet at noon Wednesday at Sun Rise Nail Salon at 770 Silver Bluff Road. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required; for information or to register, call Penny Studebaker at 648-6005.


The Benedict College Theatre Ensemble will perform in “The Color Purple” at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center on the college campus in Columbia. Admission will be $5. Advance tickets are on sale at the cashier’s office in Pratt Hall or room 303 of the Fine Arts/Humanities Center, and will be on sale at the door for all performances. For more information call the cashier’s office at (803) 705-4392 or the Fine Arts/Humanities Center at (803) 703-4358, or visit www.benedict.edu.


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Golden Corral on Whiskey Road. Guest speaker will be Jessica Campbell of the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 640-4689.


“The Five” exhibit will open Wednesday at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street, and will remain on display through Dec. 28. “The Five” will include works by Judy Adamick, Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, Doris Sofge, Anne Smith and Jill Stafford. A solo exhibit by Barbara Yon will also open Wednesday and remain on display through Dec. 28. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Center. For more information, call 641-9094.