TODAY

The W.E. Parker Class of 1967 Christmas Party will be today 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. today 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. today 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 today 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 today and will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2.


Yesterday’s Sounds will be rockin’ around the Christmas tree today 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 today 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.; today 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 today 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.


The Price is Right Live! is coming to the Bell Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m., and are $35, $40 and $45. They can be purchased at online at www.georgialinatix.com, by phone 1-877-4AUGTIX and at the James Brown Arena box office. Audience members are chosen and given chances to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing the well-known games, like Plinko and Cliffhangers, from the television show.


Local author David M. Tavernier will be signing copies of his book, “Stories of the Rich and Famous, Aiken’s Winter Colony in the Gilded Age,” at Equine Divine on Laurens Street downtown today from 5 to 7 p.m.


The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave., will hold Friday Night Piano with John Vaughn today from 7 to 9 p.m.



SATURDAY

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart on Richland Avenue and from 3 to 7 p.m. at Aiken Mall Cinemas, 300 East Gate Drive. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.


A screening of “Polar Express” will be at 1 p.m. and a screening of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Public Library. For more information, call 642-2020 or visit www.abbe-lib.


Angel Wings Food Bank will hold a Food Giveaway on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone in the community and surrounding areas that is in need of food is welcome to come. All first time applicants must have a valid photo ID and proof of residence (utility bill). For more information, call (803) 298-9042.


There will be a book signing at Desserves, 125 Laurens St. S.W., from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Aiken native J.B. McGee will be at Desserves signing copies of her book, “Broken.”


Faith Riders for Christ Motorcycle Ministry will be hosting the 2012 Toy Run on Saturday. Those interested in joining will be bringing toys to the Tri-Development Center of Aiken County. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Riders Fellowship Church, 157 Frontage Road. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. The ride will conclude at Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, 1016 Vaucluse Road. The ride will be escorted by Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.


Christmas at the Depot will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas crafts will be available for little ones to participate in along with cookies and milk. For more information, call 293-7856 or visit www.aikenis.com.


The Aiken Historic Tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. Experience Aiken’s grace, charm and elegance during this two-hour guided tour. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Departure is the site of the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Arrive early to view the museum prior to departure. Museum opens at 9 a.m. Tours fill up quickly. Advance registration is preferred. Advance tickets are sold through the Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Road. Call 642-7631.


There will be two Dupont Planetarium showings of “Tis the Season” at 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Dupont Planetarium is located in the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens, $2.50 for 4K - 12th grade students and $1 for USCA students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 641-3654 or visit http://rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium/.


The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave., will hold Sunday Brunch Piano from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Jon Vaughn on Saturday, Dec. 22.


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.