TODAY

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today 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 today 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. today 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. today 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 today 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 today 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.



THURSDAY

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. every Thursday in room 121 at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 104 Newberry St. N.W. All are welcome. For more information, email aikestjohns@live.com.


An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 961 Trail Ridge Road. The class will go through mid-afternoon, and students should bring bag lunches. The class is free to retired or active military and their immediate families; registration for non-veterans is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 541-6825 or 648-1363.


The USC Aiken Concert Choir will perform John Rutter’s “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s United Methodist Church on Newberry Street. Tickets will be $20. For more information, call Dr. Joel Scraper at 641-3306 or email joels@usca.edu.


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 was due by Tuesday. For more information or to register, call Gravatt at 648-1817 or visit www.bishopgravatt.org.


Men’s a cappella chorus South Boundary will perform “Rippin’ Off the Masters” at 7 p.m. Thursday at South Aiken Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for ages 60 and older, and $5 for students; tickets are available from South Boundary members or by calling 643-3899.


The United Methodist Women will hold its 42nd Annual Turkey Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s United Methodist Church on Newberry Street. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4 to 10, and free for age 3 and younger; tickets are available through UMW Circle members or by calling 648-6891.


The 5th Annual Suzanne Messick Memorial Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit the Savannah River Cancer Foundation and South Aiken High School basketball will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Aiken High School gymnasium. The game will feature SAHS versus the SRCF Old School Ballers, and there will be entertainment by the Harlem Globetrotters. Admission will be $3 for students and $5 general admission.


A public input meeting on the Dougherty Road Corridor Study will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus hall at 1003 Spaulding Drive. For more information, call the City of Aiken Planning Department at 642-7608, email planning@CityofAikensc.gov, or visit www.cityofaikensc.gov.


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


Hitchcock Healthcare Gameday Down Under will take place at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Outback Steakhouse on Whiskey Road, in the Aiken Mall shopping complex. Tickets are $20; for tickets, call the Hitchcock Healthcare development office at 293-4375.


Local author Marti Healy will hold a book signing for her new book “Yes Barbara, There Is An Aiken,” from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Aiken County Visitor’s Center in the Holley Building on Laurens Street.


A Cub Scout Round-Up will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Aiken County Public Library on Chesterfield Street. The event is open to all boys in grades 1-5 interested in scouting and their families.


The Senior Poets Corner will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Riley’s Whitby Bull restaurant, at 801 E. Pine Log Road. New members and those interested in poetry are welcome. For more information, call Joan Lacombe at 642-3872 or Roger Brock at 649-3470.