The Aiken High School Bands will give their Winter Concert at 7 p.m. today at St. John’s United Methodist Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Silver Bluff High School will host Night of the Stars today at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. There will be a drama presentation, culinary display, art display and band concert. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Brown at or 652-8100.

The Local Chapter 5241 of the AARP will have its annual Christmas party at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center today at noon. Entertainment will be provided by the Savannah River Band. Bring a dish to share and an unwrapped toy for Secret Santa. Guests are welcome. You do not have to be a member of AARP National to belong to the local chapter.


The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board will hold a committee meeting on nuclear materials from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the DOE Meeting Center at the rear of the Village Center, 230 Village Green Blvd. suite 220 in Aiken. A public comment period will be offered. For more information, call (803) 952-9219 or visit

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare will hold at Lights for Love event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the shelter at 199 Willow Run Road. Participants may make a $15 donation to honor a loved one (two- or four-legged).

M’Aiken Music will perform “All Over the Place” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts at 739 Greene St. in Augusta. Tickets are $5.

There will be a Candlelight Service from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Warrenville Cemetery. For more information, call 648-0172.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta. Tickets are from $45 to $55; for more information, call (706) 724-2400.

The National Wild Turkey Federation will offer an onsite hunter education class from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Federation Conference Center, 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield. Attendance all three nights is mandatory for course completion. Space is limited to 50 students. For more information or to sign up, visit

Mystery author Caroline Todd, who in collaboration with her son publishes under the pen name Charles Todd, will hold a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Booklovers Bookstore, 1886 Huntsman Drive, in the Country Square shopping center off Hitchcock Parkway. The featured title will be the Todds’ newest book “The Walnut Tree.” For more information, call Booklovers at 641-3198.

The Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mental Health America Aiken County at 233 Pendleton St. N.W. For more information, call Lisa Tindal at 641-4164.

Reservations are due by noon Thursday for the Aiken Newcomers Club meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Newberry Hall. Reservations were due by Thursday.

A CPR and First Aid training class will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center on Whiskey Road. Fees will be $25 for CPR and first aid, or $35 for CPR, AED and first aid. For more information, call (706) 955-0911 or visit

The School District of Edgefield County board of trustees will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the district board room.

Doctors Hospital will offer a Total Joint Replacement Educational Talk on Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the South Tower, Classroom 1 at Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road, Augusta. This talk prepares patients for joint replacement before, during and after their hospital stay. Bring any questions and concerns you would like addressed. To register, call (706) 651-4343.

Doctors Hospital will offer a Spine Education Class on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the South Tower, Classroom 1 at Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road, Augusta. Having a spine surgery? This information session will address all concerns before, during and after your surgery. To register, call (706) 651-4343.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus for ages 8 and younger will take place Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, rooms 6 and 7. She’ll be reading holiday books to good little boys and girls; she will even give away a free book to every child in attendance at the free event. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 642-7631 for more information.


Wise Outrageous Women will hold its Christmas party at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Aiken County Historical Museum. For more information, call Barbara Burger at 648-8818, or Joan Damron at 649-1826.

A beginning French language class for grades 1-5 will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 642-2020 or visit


Annual Christmas in Hopelands opens

The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will open Thursday and run through Dec. 27 with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day closings. The park will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., with special concerts at 7 p.m.; on Dec. 13 the Chukker Creek Boys’ and Show Choirs perform. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.

Night of 1,000 Lights will be held Thursday

Night of 1,000 Lights will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday in downtown Aiken. For more information, call the Aiken Downtown Development Association at 649-2221 or visit