Tyesha Simmons, the sister of Travis Smith, who was murdered in late December in the Ridgeview Manor apartment complex in North Augusta, has organized an anti-violence rally for today. Smith’s murder is still unsolved. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. at Lions Memorial Field, 619 West Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta. The purpose of the rally, Simmons said, is to bring attention to the growing homicide rate in the area and to remember those who lost their lives to violent crimes. Balloons also will be released in remembrance of those lost to violent crime.

The GVW Fire Department Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. today. For more information or to register a float, call Zeke Deas at (803) 979-9032, or e-mail

“Eli’s Bethlehem Inn” by Enopion Theatre will be at 5 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Kroc Center on Broad Street in Augusta. The event includes a dinner of potato soup, bread, fruit, cheese, skewered chicken and apple tarts. Tickets are $16; for tickets call (706) 771-7777 or go online to

The 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. The event will feature food, crafts, children’s activities and a visit from Santa today. Admission and parking are free. For more information call 642-7631.

The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m. today and Dec. 7 and 8 with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 8 at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. For more information, call the box office at 648-1438, or visit

The CPR Foundation of the Carolinas will offer free CPR education and training at the Wagener Christmas Parade today. Sign-ups will be available at the Foundation’s booth during the parade, and training will take place at Wagener City Hall after the parade concludes. For more information, visit, or email

The Fields Brothers Band will perform at 7 p.m. today at the DAV building in Aiken. Admission will be $5. For more information, call 221-2449 or (843) 340-2800.

Elvis tribute artist Jason Sikes will give a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. today at the Horse Creek Banquet Hall on Jefferson Davis Highway, next to Bobby’s Bar-B-Q. Tickets will be $10. For more information, call 593-1756 or 593-5900.

The Old Aiken Hospital staff will hold its annual gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. today at St. John’s United Methodist Church on Newberry Street. For more information, call 648-3600 or 649-4088.

The Windsor Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. today with a rain date of Sunday. A reception with hot chocolate and hot dogs will follow the parade, where prizes for best float and band will be awarded. To enter or for more information, call Laura Smith at (803) 257-5838 or Ginny Williams at (803) 645-5151.

Artist Esther Melton will lead a one-day oil pigment stick workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Aiken Center for the Arts at 122 Laurens St. S.W. Fee for the workshop will be $125, and advance registration is required; a materials list will be given out at time of registration. For more information, call the Arts Center at 641-9094.

Artist Ron Roth will give a talk on “Audubon in the Lowcountry” from 3 to 4 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 642-2020 or visit

Veterinary Services will hold an open house today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the practice at 1721 Whiskey Road, across from the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. For more information, call 648-5489 or visit

The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will meet today at the URS Performing Arts Center on Newberry Street. Youth Wing I meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and Youth Wing II meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The meeting has moved from its usual second Saturday due to a performance of “Miracle on 34th Street.” For more information, call 648-1438, or email

A Spring Admissions Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to noon today at Aiken Technical College. Participants can meet the faculty, register for classes, and learn about the application process. For more information, visit, or text “StartNow” to 70720.

The ninth annual Reason for the Season black-tie banquet will be at 7 p.m. today at the Star Center in Ridge Spring. Tickets are $12. For more information call Diana Abney at (803) 685-7528, Ann Lott at (803) 685-0401, or Anthony Jerry at (803) 431-1591.

A production of Agatha Christie’s classic “The Mousetrap” will be at 7 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Sunday at South Aiken High School. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, available at the door.

The Edgefield Area Clay Guild will have its Christmas Pottery Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Simpkins Street in Edgefield.

Material Things will offer sleigh pictures with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at a Holiday Open House at the shop in Centre South Shopping Center on Silver Bluff Road. Pictures will be $20 in a holiday frame and emailed to the subject; proceeds benefit the 100 Women Project in support of the Aiken Child Advocacy Center.

Wagener’s Hometown Holiday Celebration continues today starting with a Community Yard Sale at 8 a.m. next to the Petal Shoppe. At 11 a.m. will be the Celebration Parade starting at Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School. Barbecue plates go on sale at 11:30 a.m., and from noon to 2 p.m. will be a car and tractor show. At 1 p.m. the new Wagon House will be dedicated, and at 2 p.m. there will be a surplus equipment auction. For more information, call Wagener Town Hall at (803) 564-3412.

The Aiken County Historical Museum Christmas Celebration will take place today through Wednesday during regular business hours at the museum at 433 Newberry St. S.W. Several trees will be on display throughout the museum. For more information, call the museum at 642-2015.

Aiken Horsepower will hold a cruise-in from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Home Depot on Whiskey Road. The group will make a $5,500 donation to the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons at the December cruise-in. For more information, visit

The Aiken Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea will be at 2 p.m. today at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and are available at Unique Expressions and 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts.

“Tis the Season” shows will be at 7 and 8 p.m. today at the DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the USC Aiken campus. For more information, call 641-3654, or visit

Karaoke and DJ music will be on from 8 p.m. to midnight today at Iron Horse Bar & Grill. For more information call 867-2388 or visit

The Purple Heart group will meet at 10 a.m. today at VFW Post 10601, 250 Hudson Road. The group is open to all Purple Heart veterans. For more information, call 642-4026, or 215-5442.

Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick will host an Arts and Crafts Fair, Holiday Market and Tree Lighting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the market from 4 to 8 p.m. The tree will be lit up at 6:30 p.m. in the park. For more information, call (864) 862-3216.