On Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, the Planetarium will present “Ancient Sky Lore” at 7 p.m. and Digistar “Laser” Fantasy at 8 p.m. Weather permitting, the observatory, housing the Bechtel telescope, will be open for viewing after each show. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for students grades 4K-12, and $3.50 for seniors. Tickets for Digistar “Laser” Fantasy are $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for students grades 4K-12 and $4.50 for seniors. All USCA faculty, staff and students are $1 for any show. Those with a valid college or military ID will receive a 50 percent discount. Children under 4 are not permitted. To make a reservation, call 641-3654 and leave your name, total number of guests, the date and time you wish to attend and your phone number.

St. Gerard’s Thrift Shop located at 640 Edrie St. N.E. will have it’s monthly sale today from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Proceeds go to help the needy. It will, also, be open on Sunday from 11a.m. to 1p.m. For more information, call 649-3203.

The Purple Heart group will meet at VFW Post 10601, 250 Hudson Road, today at 10 a.m. All Purple Heart veterans are invited and welcome to attend. For more information, call 642-4026 or 215-5442.

The Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St., will show the movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” rated PG, today from 3 to 4:45 p.m.


Auditions for “Fox on the Fairway,” written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Peg Tribert, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. For more information, call ACP box office at 648-1438 or visit

A concert featuring violist Douglas Temples Jr. and pianist Daniel Maltz will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. The concert will feature works by Bach, Chopin and others. The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served immediately following with a chance to meet the musicians.


The Horse Creek Historical Society will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the parish house of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Graniteville. This will be the annual “share” meeting, and Kay Bradford will speak about her father’s experiences as a POW during WWII. Non-members are also invited.

The Aiken Stitchin’ Belles Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet for a Stitch-In on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Visitors are welcome.

SeniorNet will be offering computer classes for adults age 50 and older. There will be an open house and registration Monday from 9 a.m. to noon at the McGrath SeniorNet Learning Center at USCA, which is between the tennis courts and softball field at 471 University Parkway. For more information, call 803-641-3563 or visit


The Aiken Guardian ad Litem Program will be starting a new training session on Tuesday and will run for two nights a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Guardian office at 5170 Woodside Executive Park.

The Aiken Newcomers’ Club, a club for women, will meet Tuesday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. The program this month will be Lauree Caldwell, RN of ARMC on Women Enlightened for Better Health. The community service for January will be a Salvation Army food drive. Bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $14. Bring a check made out to: Aiken Newcomers’ Club. The Pink Ribbonettes will be meeting Tuesday at 10:30 a.m to noon at the Educational Building at Millbrook Baptist Church located at 1901 Whiskey Road (behind McDonald’s.) The Pink Ribbonettes is a local support group dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors, newly diagnosed and their caregivers. For more information, contact Irene at 649-9267 or Dianne at 644-3902 or our website