TODAY

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.; today 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. today at Aiken Mall Cinemas, 300 East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.


Gingerbread Wars will take place at 4 p.m. today 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. today at the James Brown Arena, 601 7th St., in Augusta.


The Aiken County Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today 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. today 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, today at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The school will be collecting canned foods at the event to give to the Salvation Army.


The Aiken Center for the Arts will be offering winter art day camps today and Friday and Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. The camps are open to children, ages K4 and up. Enrollment is on a daily basis allowing campers to choose the days and times they want to attend. Parents may also choose between full and half-day camps. Full-day camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning camps run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and afternoon camps run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Campers bring snacks and lunches and the Arts Center provides all other supplies. Daily tuition is $60 for full-day camps and $40 for half-day camps. Arts Center members receive a 10 percent discount on all camps and classes. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to qualified campers. For more information, call Mandy Woodhouse at 641-9094.


Greendale Elementary School will hold Moe’s Night, 1500 Whiskey Road, today from 5 to 9 p.m. This is a monthly event for the school, and it receives a portion of the evening’s profits.



FRIDAY

The W.E. Parker Class of 1967 Christmas Party will be on Friday at American Legion Post 212 at 602 Hampton Ave. N.W. For more information, call 649-7806.


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


A Goodies For Grands cooking session will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Courtney Senior Center in Wagener. Space is limited to 25; call Carolyn at (803) 564-5211 to reserve a seat.


Two Guys and a Jukebox are hosting karaoke every Friday at Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant, starting at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 221-8869.


The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate will hold a Bluegrass Christmas with Savannah River Bluegrass Band on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 648-1181 or visit www.rosehillestate.com. Please use the entrance at the corner of Greenville Street and Edgefield Avenue.


USC Aiken offices will be closed beginning Friday and will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2.


Yesterday’s Sounds will be rockin’ around the Christmas tree on Friday from 7 to 11:30 p.m. for senior singles and couples 50 and over. Yesterday’s Sounds plays a variety of dance music every Friday night at the DAV Building, 2194 Columbia Highway N. (U.S. 1), near the Aiken airport. Admission is $6. Bring your favorite finger foods. The band is providing the sodas, coffee and water. Attendees will eat at 7 p.m., and the band will begin playing at 8 p.m. No alcohol is allowed. The public is welcome. For more information, call Dana Watkins at 292-3680 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.


There will be a MedMob event at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center park near Price Avenue on Friday at 3 p.m. The group will be getting together to meditate/pray for peace and healing. People around the world will also be getting together to pray/mediate at the same time.


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 Friday the New Horizons Band 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 Aiken Center for the Arts will be offering winter art day camps Dec. 20 and 21, Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. The camps are open to children, ages K4 and up. Enrollment is on a daily basis allowing campers to choose the days and times they want to attend. Parents may also choose between full and half-day camps. Full-day camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning camps run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and afternoon camps run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Campers bring snacks and lunches, and the Arts Center provides all other supplies. Daily tuition is $60 for full-day camps and $40 for half-day camps. Arts Center members receive a 10 percent discount on all camps and classes. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to qualified campers. For more information, call Mandy Woodhouse at 641-9094.