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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Night of 1,000 Lights will take place at 5 p.m. today in downtown Aiken. For more information, call the Aiken Downtown Development Association at 649-2221 or visit www.downtownaiken.com.
The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will open today and run through Dec. 27 with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day closings. Shuttle service will run from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly from Citizens Park. Hopelands will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. nightly, with special concerts at 7 p.m.; today 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 today 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. Dessert and solos by advanced members will follow the concert. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Barb Rollins at 648-2447.
The LEGO Club will meet at 4 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 642-2020 or visit www.abbe-lib.org.
Carolina Brass Christmas Pops will be at 8 p.m. today 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 tickets or for more information, call 648-1438 or visit www.apagonline.org.
The Aiken Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Books Are Fun Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Aiken Regional Medical Centers executive dining room.
Christmas at the Lake will take place at 6 p.m. today 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. Those who bring a new unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army will be entered to win a $50 Walmart gift card. For more information, call ARMC at 641-5000.
The Lower Savannah Council of Governments board of directors will meet at 7 p.m. today 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. today in the multipurpose room. The public is invited.
4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz at the Willcox on today 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 meeting today 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 today 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, call Joan Lacombe at 642-3872 or Roger Brock at 649-3470. New members and interested poets are welcomed also.
Marti Healy will be signing copies of her new book, “Yes Barbara, There Is An Aiken,” today at 3 Monkeys, 141 Laurens St. S.W., from 6 to 8 p.m.
Heights Church will hold a gospel drive-through presentation at Midland Valley Recreation Association, off Highway 421 in Clearwater, on Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 593-3054.
The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will open today and run through Dec. 27 with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day closings. Shuttle service will run from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly from Citizens Park. Hopelands will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. nightly, with special concerts at 7 p.m.; on Friday the AAA Homeschool Band performs. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.
The Christmas Candle Lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Graniteville Cemetery. Candles and bags are available at Napier Funeral Home. Glass containers are not permitted, and all personal items should be removed from the cemetery by Monday. For more information, call the Graniteville Cemetery Association at 663-8938.
Holiday Pops! At the Bell Auditorium will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the theater in Augusta. Tickets are from $15 to $40. For more information, visit www.soaugusta.org.
The Abbeville Opera House will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 8 p.m. Friday and at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday 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.
AARP Driver Safety will hold its final 2012 class on Friday at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, classrooms A&B on the 6th floor. Class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run to mid-afternoon. You may bring a bagged lunch or purchase lunch at the hospital cafeteria. The cost for materials is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members and may be paid with cash or check. Completion of this class may make student eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance. Please call (800) 882-7445 to register or 648-1363 with any questions.
Tickle You Pink, a new nail spa at 154 Fabian Drive, will hold a grand opening on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 226-0406.
Aiken Gingerbread Barns event will be held at Hotel Aiken from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Christmas Carolers will perform each night at 6 p.m. The Gingerbread Barns will be sold by Silent Auction with proceeds going to Equine Rescue of Aiken, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Museum, Aiken County Pony Club and the ASPCA. For more information, call 652-1181.
Elvis tribute artists Jeff Lewis and Cliff Wright will perform at “Carolina Christmas,” a one-night dinner show benefit for Toys For Tots, at 7 p.m. Saturday at 4656 Jefferson Davis Highway in Clearwater. Tickets are $15, which does not include dinner. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For reservations or for more information, call Terri Futreal at 474-2411.
Augusta author Charmain Brackett will hold a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Newberry Street. Copies of her fantasy novels “The Key of Elyon” and “Elyon’s Cipher” will be available to purchase at $12.95 each.