The Aiken and South Aiken High School classes of 1982 will celebrate their 30th class reunion today 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 or call (404) 380-0680.

The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m. today 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

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. 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. today 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. today 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 today 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, 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. today 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. today 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 today. 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. today at Aiken Office Supply on Whiskey Road.


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


Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Mount Vintage at Towne Square, at 285 Mount Vintage Plantation Drive in North Augusta.

Reservations are due by Monday for the Dec. 6 meeting of the Town and Country Club at Houndslake Country Club. For reservations or for more information, call 643-8964.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA chapter will sell poinsettias starting Monday in the front lobby of Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. For more information, call Michael Crim at (803) 685-2100 or (803) 480-0386.


WJBF News Channel 6 will hold a Toys For Tots collection drive from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Walmart on Knox Avenue in North Augusta. For more information, call the station at (706) 828-7211.