Nov. 23: Events for today, Saturday
The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, call the box office at 648-1438, or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Aiken Mall Cinemas on East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.
The Chitlin Strut Idol talent contest will take place at 6 p.m. today at the Salley Civic Center. Entrant applications are due with $15 fee by 4 p.m. today. General admission for spectators will be $3 for ages 5 to 11 and $5 for ages 12 and older. For more information, visit www.chitlinstrut.com, or call Salley Town Hall at (803) 258-3485.
Pianist John Vaughn will perform at The Willcox from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and during brunch service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at 353 Fabian Drive.
The Blues Professor will perform today at the Carolina Jamboree in the Belvedere Jaycee Hut on Johnson Road. For more information, call 226-5073.
The Edgefield Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. today at the town square. The event will include caroling, hot cocoa, and a screening of “The Polar Express” on the side of the bank building after the tree lighting. For more information, call Town Hall at (803) 637-4014 or visit www.facebook.com/VisitEdgefield.
Yesterday’s Sounds performs at a couples’ and singles’ dance from 7:30 to 11 p.m. today at the DAV Building at 2194 Columbia Highway N., near the Aiken Airport. Admission is $6 and refreshments will be served, but no alcohol. For more information, call Dana Watkins at (803) 292-3630 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.
Musician Celia Gary will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. today at The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate, at Greenville Street and Edgefield Avenue. For more information, call 648-1181, or visit www.rosehillestate.com.
The Aiken and South Aiken High School classes of 1982 will celebrate their 30th class reunion on Saturday at the Savannah Riverstreet Riverboat, 9 East River St., Savannah. This is the original Aiken High senior class members of 1982 separated by the establishment of the new high schools’ openings in 1982. Contact the Marriott Savannah Riverfront for room reservations at (912) 233-7722. For more information on the reunion, contact Marva Stephens Holmes by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (404) 380-0680.
The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, call the box office at 648-1438, or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Aiken Mall Cinemas on East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket. There will also be a separate blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 353 Fabian Drive.
Christmas in the Backcountry will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Living History Park at 299 West Spring Grove Ave. in North Augusta. Special guests will be Kessie the slave girl and St. Nicholas, who will pose for photos with visitors. Admission will be free.
“In My Backyard” and “More than Meets the Eye” programs will take place at 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the DuPont Planetarium at USC Aiken. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for grades 4K-12, and $3.50 for seniors. Those with valid college or military I.D. will receive a 50 percent discount. For more information or to make a reservation, call 641-3654.
The Salley Chitlin’ Strut will be Saturday at the Chitlin’ Strut Festival Site at 230 Pine St. in Salley. The Strut will open with the Dean Swamp Lodge pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., chitlin plate sales from 8 a.m. until end of festival at the cooking building, all day helicopter rides and carnival games starting at 9 a.m., the Chitlin’ Strut Parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street, live music from the Root Doctors, pictures with Santa Claus, a car and bike show from 3 to 5 p.m., a hog calling contest at 3 p.m., the Strut Contest at 3:30 p.m., and more. For more information, visit www.chitlinstrut.com, or call Salley Town Hall at (803) 258-3485.
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 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Boots Bridles and Britches on Pine Log Road.
A vaccine clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road. Microchips will be $15, rabies shots $10, combo vaccines $10, and low-cost spay/neuter appointments will be made at the clinic. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be crated on arrival.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Edgefield will sponsor a bus trip to the Salley Chitlin’ Strut, on Saturday. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. from Piedmont Technical College. The fee for the trip is $20. For more information, call Lovett Bean at 637-6108, Alva Lewis at 637-5289, and Marjorie Bibbs at 637-3129.
Local author Marti Healy will have a book signing for “Yes Barbara, There Is an Aiken” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Aiken Office Supply on Whiskey Road.