Dec. 7: Events for today, Saturday, Sunday

  • Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 8:06 a.m.

TODAY

Beta Sigma Phi sorority’s 25th Annual North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (706) 831-9624.

The Aiken Choral Society Winter Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Hitchcock Parkway. Tickets will be $15 and will be available at the door.

The Aiken Performing Arts Academy will present “Christmas In New York” at 7 p.m. today at the Lloyd Kennedy Charter School/Aiken Performing Arts Academy at 226 Beaufort St. N.E. The Aiken Performing Arts Academy Dance Team will hold its holiday sale at the show. For ticket information, call 644-4824.

The Aiken County Educators Association-Retired will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at Woodside Plantation Country Club. Attendees should bring baked goods or white elephant items to auction for the ACEA-R Scholarship Fund. For more information or to make reservations, call Sara Rutland at 278-3037.

The Aiken Civic Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Etherredge Center for the Performing Arts at USC Aiken. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and seniors and are available at the Etherredge Center box office.

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold blood drives from 7:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Belvedere Elementary School, 201 Rhomboid Place, Belvedere, and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Wardlaw Academy will offer pit-cooked Boston butt as a fundraiser. $25 preorders for the 6- to 8-pound whole Boston butts will taken until 2:30 p.m. today, and meat will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Wardlaw Academy in Johnston. For more information or to preorder, call (803) 275-4794 or email smoore@moorecraft.net or lrobinson@wardlawacademy.com.

Irish Pub Night with Gavin Winship will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. today at the Stables restaurant at Rose Hill Estate, on the corner of Greenville Street and Edgefield Avenue. For more information, call 648-1181.

The Palmetto Mastersingers will perform their traditional Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. today at the Newberry Opera House. For more information or for tickets, call the box office at (803) 276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.

“Eli’s Bethlehem Inn” by Enopion Theatre will be at 7:30 p.m. today 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 www.enopion.com.

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

The Augusta Amusements Big Band will hold a holiday celebration concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reserved seat tickets are available at $20 and $25; call (706) 726-0366 or visit www.augustaamusements.com/events.htm.

Single, Single Again will hold an evening of theater with a group outing to dinner and a performance of “Miracle on 34th Street” today. The group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Pizza Joint for dinner and attend an 8 p.m. performance at the URS Center for the Performing Arts; tickets are $13. Reservations were due by Nov. 30. Fee is due at the door.

Two Guys and a Jukebox present Kountry Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. today at Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant. Hats and boots are welcome. For more information, call 221-8869.

Hammond Hill Elementary School will be a featured stop on the Beta Sigma Phi Tour of Homes and will be open to the public from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today. Admission will be $10 for HHE only; tickets for the full Beta Sigma Phi tour are $25. For more information, call 442-6170.

The Aiken County Public School District will hold a communications committee meeting at 11 a.m. today at the District Office at 1000 Brookhaven Drive. The meeting is open to the public but is not a regular board meeting and does not include public participation. For more information, call Tammie Newman at 641-2639 or email tnewman@aiken.k12.sc.us.

SATURDAY

The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m. Saturday with a matinee at 3 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. For more information, call the box office at 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

The New Ellenton Christmas Parade will take place at noon Saturday on Main Street. For more information or to register a parade entry, call Courtney at 652-2214 or email cmoseley@newellentonsc.com. Participation in the parade is free, and lineup will be from 10 to 11 a.m.

An art auction and wine tasting will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans, Ga. Admission will be $25 per person. RSVPs were due by Dec. 3. For more information, call (706) 228-3636 or email augustajcc2@hotmail.com.

The Midland Valley Parade will be at 3 p.m. Saturday on Highway 421. Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. Applications are available at Burnettown Town Hall and completed applications can be turned in there or mailed to Town of Burnettown, P.O. Box 944, Bath, SC 29816. For more information, call Robert Workman at 593-4907.

Women’s Ministry of Runs Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a bus shopping trip to Concord Mills in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday. The cost is $30 per person. It is open to all ages. Call Betty Gallman at 642-2212 to purchase a seat.

The Town of Jackson will hold its annual Breakfast With Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Jackson Community Center. Santa will arrive at 10 a.m. and will pose for pictures for diners with cameras. Breakfast plates are $5. For more information, call Jackson Town Hall at 471-2228.

Tom Mack will hold a talk and book signing from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call 642-2020.

The Run, Walk or Roll 5K walk/run and 2-mile wheelchair challenge will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Registration closed on Dec. 5. For more information, call Lori Comshaw at 443-9771 or visit www.strictlyrunning.com.

The Augusta Men’s Chorus will give its annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way.

A children’s Christmas crafts session will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Recreation Center, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. Fees were due by Dec. 3. For more information, call Tandra Cooks at 663-6142.

Cold Creek Nurseries will offer music and pictures with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; live music with members of the AAA Homeschool Band will be at 11 a.m. For more information, call 648-3592.

Storytime and a book signing with Jan Waugh, author of “A Banana Split for Nicholas,” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Public Library. Books will be available for $5 each. For more information, call the library at 642-2020 or visit www.abbe-lib.org.

A Holly Day in Aiken will take place on Saturday with special promotions and discounts at participating downtown businesses, as well as photos with Santa and refreshments. For more information, call the Aiken Downtown Development Association at 649-2221.

Golden Harvest Food Bank will hold It’s Spooky to be Hungry Weigh-Ins from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at its Aiken and Augusta warehouses, at 81 Capital Drive in Aiken and 3310 Commerce Drive in Augusta. For more information, visit www.goldenharvest.org.

Angels Helping Sarah’s Santa will hold a yard sale/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hut on Penn Street in Edgefield.

The Aiken Choral Society will hold its 25th Annual Tour of Homes from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Musicians and singers will provide holiday music at each tour stop. Tickets are $15 each, and are available at the museum; maps will be available at the Aiken County Historical Museum at 3:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Equine Rescue of Aiken will be taking pet photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart on Whiskey Road. For more information, call Equine Rescue at 641-2237.

An ornament and card decorating workshop for ages 6 to 12 will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Recreation Center on U.S. Highway 1 in Graniteville. Registration is $10 per child and is due today. For more information, call 663-6142.

Santa Claus will be ready for his close-up with his fans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Chris’ Camera Center on Laurens Street. Photo sittings will be free.

A chili cook-off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at North Augusta Middle School. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 442-6200.

The Aiken Salvation Army and Toys for Tots will hold a Stuff-A-Truck event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart stores on Richland Avenue and Whiskey Road.

Sunset Memorial Gardens will hold its annual Holiday Luminary Service at dusk on Saturday at the cemetery at 2648 Jefferson Davis Highway in Graniteville. For more information, call 593-9213.

The Abbeville Opera House will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 8 p.m. Dec. 14, and at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15, at the Abbeville Opera House at 100 Court Square in Abbeville. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, call (864) 366-2157.

SUNDAY

The Augusta Chorale will give its annual Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel of Paine College. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for students; call (706) 830-0991 for tickets.

The Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday with line-up at 1 p.m. and departure at 2 p.m.; the route will go down Park Avenue and up Laurens Street to the finish line near Trinity Lutheran Home. For more information, call 644-3008 or visit www.aikenjaycees.com.

The Green Thumb Garden Club will sponsor its annual Christmas Tour of Homes from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Ridge Spring. Tickets are available through any garden club member.

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold blood drives from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, 118 York St., where six donors will win $25 Fatz Cafe gift cards; and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road.

The Jackson Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. Those interested in participating should call Town Hall at 471-2228 or visit the Town Hall at 106 Main St.

The North Augusta Evening Lions Club Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Sunday on Georgia Avenue, from Martintown Road to Buena Vista Avenue.

Local all-male chorus Bound to Sing will debut at its For the First Time concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Aiken’s First Baptist Church. For more information, call Bill Riehl at 336-8802 or email briehl@mac.com.

The Edgefield Historical Society will sponsor a Christmas Tour of Churches at 3 p.m. Sunday starting at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edgefield. For more information, call (803) 637-3833.

The Aiken Choral Society will hold its Winter Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Hitchcock Parkway. Tickets will be $15 and will be available at the door.

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold a Pickleball Social from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in gym 1. For more information or to sign up, call (703) 732-3075.

A Breakfast With Santa will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, rooms 6 and 7. Registration is limited to the first 80 people, and is due by Sunday. For more information, call Odell Weeks at 642-7631.

The Lydia Project will hold its Light Up the Night luminary memorial for those battling or lost to cancer at sundown Sunday in the Cedar Creek community and at the Walton Heath Way Memorial Garden in Cedar Creek. For more information, call Aiken Area Coordinator Lynda Platt at 641-0646 or visit www.thelydiaproject.org.

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will sponsor a Children’s Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Newberry Street. The event is free. For more information, call the museum at 642-2015.

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