TODAY

The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will run through Dec. 27, closing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The park will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, with special concerts at 7 p.m.; on Monday the Aiken High School Wind Ensemble performs. Parking and shuttle service is available at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.


The Equine Support Council and the Hatchaway Hounds Mock Hunt will hold its Christmas celebration at 2:30 p.m. Monday, in downtown Aiken. The event will include a caroling parade with horses, dogs and Santa’s hay wagon; new unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys For Tots. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., Santa will be at The Willcox for photos, and there will be caroling around the piano from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Willcox.


The New Ellenton City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 200 Main St. N. For more information, call City Hall at 652-2214.


Belles Canto, a newly formed girls’ chorale directed by Diane Haslam, will present “Sing a Glad Noel!”, a holiday concert featuring new and familiar carols in ensembles, solos and duets. It will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum, Newberry Street. Tickets are $5 at the door; no charge for students. For more information, call Diane Haslam on 642-2316.


Line Dance Class will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. at Palmetto Ballroom. The cost is $5 per person. Call 641-4800 for more information.



TUESDAY

The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will run through Dec. 27, closing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The park will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, with special concerts at 7 p.m.; on Tuesday the Aiken Singers perform. Parking and shuttle service is available at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.


The CSRA New Horizons Band will hold a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Etherredge Center for the Performing Arts at USC Aiken. Admission is free.


Author Sasscer Hill will hold a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Booklovers Bookstore. Hill is the author of three horse racing books, including “Full Mortality” and “Racing From Death.” For more information, call Booklovers at 643-3198.


The Jubilee Club will meet on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Millbrook Baptist Church gym. The Aiken Brass will perform. A meat will be provided. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call Judy Marks at 652-2248.


The Augusta Regional Airport Aviation Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Commission Chambers located on the second floor of the Airport in Administration. For more information, contact Airport Administration at (706) 798-3236.



WEDNESDAY

The Senior Men’s Club of Aiken will meet on Wednesday at Woodside Plantation Country Club at noon. The speaker will be the Rev. Jim Bennett relating his experiences with the weekly television program on gardening. The meeting for members, their wives, and guests will also include naming of the Senior Men’s Club Man of the Year. For more information about club membership or for lunch reservations, call 226-0338.


A Christmas Retreat for military families will take place from Wednesday through Friday at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center. The retreat is for Fort Gordon families unable to travel during the holidays. For more information, call Meredith Cook at 648-1817.


The Augusta Ballet will host its third annual Anyone Can Dance (& Cook) Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. The camp is open to ages 6-12, and the camp fee is $50. Parents will be invited to a camp dance recital at 2:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (706) 261-0555 or visit www.AugustaBallet.org.


The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will run through Dec. 27, closing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The park will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. Parking and shuttle service is available at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.



THURSDAY

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 aikestjohns@live.com.


The 21st annual Christmas in Hopelands event will run through Dec. 27, closing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The park will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, with special concerts at 7 p.m.; on Dec. 20 the Harmony River Chorus performs. Parking and shuttle service is available at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. For more information, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department at 642-7631.


Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Aiken Mall Cinemas, 300 East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.


Gingerbread Wars will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken County Public Library. The event is open to grades 6 to 12. For more information, call 642-2020 or visit www.abbe-lib.org.


The annual James Brown Family Foundation Toy Giveaway will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the James Brown Arena, 601 7th St., in Augusta.


The Aiken County Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken County Council Building, 736 Richland Ave. W. The meeting is open to the public.


The HarborChase Festival of Trees will take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at HarborChase of Aiken Assisted Living and Memory Care. Guests should RSVP with a call to 642-8444. For more information, visit www.harborchase.com.


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 perform “December In Our Town,” a winter musical, on Thursday at 6 p.m. Public is invited to attend. They will be collecting can foods at the event to give to the Salvation Army.