Registration is due by today for entrants in the Literary Structures Gingerbread Contest, which will be at the Aiken County Historical Museum and the Aiken Center for the Arts from Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8. Categories include best depiction of a literary structure, most creative/original, most traditional and best of show. Registration fee is $10; forms are available at For more information, call the museum at 642-2015.

Beginning today, the Aiken Social Security office will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. The office will close to the public Friday, Nov. 23, to reduce office backlog. On Jan. 2, the office hours for Wednesdays will go to 9 a.m. to noon for the public. For more information or for assistance, call toll-free to (800) 772-1213 or visit or, the agency’s Spanish website.

The Aiken Stitchin’ Belles chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library; the Twilight Belles will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in the same location. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 644-7732.

Lunch reservations were due by Friday for the next meeting of the Sunny Monday group at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John’s United Methodist Church. Guest speaker will be Mayor Fred Cavanaugh.


Pixley’s Home Healthcare is holding a Red Velvet Cake fundraiser with a Tuesday delivery date. Cakes are $30, and money is due at time of order; special time frames accepted. Proceeds go to Pixley’s Care Fund to assist home care patients in financial straits. For information or to order a cake, call Mrs. Pixley at 522-5228.

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 43 will hold a free Thanksgiving dinner and winter giveaway at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the DAV building at 2194 Columbia Highway, a quarter-mile past the Aiken Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Mary Jane Hamilton at 643-3075 or Liz Allen at 644-0796 or Hattie Allen at 649-4370.

Violinist Emil Altschuler will perform in the Tuesday’s Music Live series at noon Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Reynolds streets in Augusta. The concert is free, followed by a $10 lunch catered by Crum’s on Central, served in the St. Paul’s River Room. For more information or for lunch reservations, call the box office at (706) 722-3463 or visit

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 Beech Island Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Beech Island History & Visitors Center at 144 Old Jackson Highway. Speaker will be Billy Barkley with movies of downtown Augusta Christmas parades of the 1960s and the 1970s. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Jackie Bartley at 827-0184.

Talatha Rural Community Water District Board of Commissioners meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office at 4 Aspen Court.

New Zion Branch Ministries will sponsor its annual Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the New Ellenton Civic Center, 175 Oak Ridge Ave., New Ellenton. This year’s theme is “Bringing Unity to the Community.”

The Second Baptist Church Afterschool Program will hold a graduation for its first teen crime prevention class at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church fellowship hall. Keynote speaker will be Marshall King. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited. For more information, call Ernest Settles at 312-1185.

The University Theater Players will perform in “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Etherredge Center for the Performing Arts at USC Aiken. Tickets are $7 for adults and students and $4 for children, and are available at the Etherredge Center box office or by calling 641-3305.


Pre-race packet pickup for runners in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K will be Wednesday at Aiken’s First Baptist Church on Chesterfield Street. The Turkey Trot is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at Citizens Park off East Pine Log Road.

The USC Aiken School of Nursing will hold a memorial presentation honoring the late MaeDella Perry at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 28, in the USC Aiken School of Nursing lobby. A reception will follow the presentation in School of Nursing room 121. RSVPs are due by Wednesday. To RSVP or for more information, call Karen Morgan at 641-3277, or email

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Aiken Mall Cinemas on East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.

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