Wise Outrageous Women will hold its Christmas party at 12:30 p.m. today 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 to 5 will take place at 4 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 642-2020 or visit


The LEGO Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 642-2020 or visit

Carolina Brass Christmas Pops will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students with valid I.D. For more information, call 648-1438 or visit

Christmas at the Lake begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The outdoor event will feature performances by local choral students, the Aiken High School Marching Band and special guest Santa Claus. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army to be entered to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. For more information, call ARMC at 641-5000.

Overeaters Anonymous will be at 7 p.m. every Thursday in room 121 at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 104 Newberry St. N.W. All are welcome. For more information, email

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

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. nightly, with special concerts at 7 p.m.; on Thursday the Chukker Creek Boys’ and Show Choirs perform. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.

The AAA Homeschool Band will hold its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday at River of Life Church on U.S. Highway 1 North. Solos by beginners and intermediate members will be at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Solos by advanced members and dessert will follow the concert. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Barb Rollins at 648-2447.

The Aiken Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Books Are Fun Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, at the Aiken Regional Medical Centers executive dining room.

The Lower Savannah Council of Governments board of directors will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clemson Extension Education and Research Center in Blackville. For more information, call 649-7981.

The Aiken Kiwanis Club meets each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Village breakfast room, 3335 Wise Creek Lane in Aiken. Each luncheon meeting features a guest speaker on topics of community interest. Kiwanis is a service club dedicated to helping children locally and globally.

North Aiken Elementary will hold a Career and Community Day at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the school’s multipurpose room. The public is invited.

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz at the Willcox on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. with special guest Joel Cruz on saxophone.

The Aiken Camellia Society invites members and visitors to attend the free Thursday meeting featuring speaker Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana at St. John’s Methodist Church, room 200 (second floor) starting at 7 p.m. Bring your garden questions for Stephens, a nationally renowned plantsman that has introduced many fascinating cultivars to our area from Japan and other Eastern countries.

“The Senior Poets’ Corner” will meet Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Riley’s Whitby Bull restaurant at 801 East Pine Log Road for their next monthly poetry reading session and lunch if desired. For more information, please call Joan Lacombe at 642-3872 or Roger Brock at 649-3470. New members and interested poets are welcomed also.

On Thursday, Marti Healy will be signing copies of her new book, “Yes Barbara, There Is An Aiken,” at 3 Monkeys from 6 to 8 p.m., downtown on Laurens Street.

Aiken Technical College’s Training and Business Development Division recognition ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Aiken Technical College’s gymnasium (900 building) and will recognize more than 150 ATC students who have completed a variety of training courses through TBDD.