The Aiken Guardian ad Litem Program will be starting a new training session today and will run for two nights a week 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 today 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 today 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, those newly diagnosed and their caregivers. For more information, contact Irene at 649-9267 or Dianne at 644-3902 or visit

The Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support group will meet today from 6:30 to 8 p.m at Mental Health America Aiken County, 233 Pendleton St. NW. For more information, call Lisa Tindal at 641-4164.

There will be a free Information session today for the Couch to 5K and 10K Training Programs will be held at Odell Weeks Activities Center at 6 p.m. in room 3. Cost to enroll is $90 per person. Corporate rate is available. Call Lori Comshaw at 803-443-9771 for more information.

There will be an informational kickoff meeting for Aiken County Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program on today at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 1711 Whiskey Road. All women interested in learning about the program, working on the seventh Aiken County Women Build house,or getting information about the training classes at Lowe’s are invited. Enter through the main entrance. Call 644-8814 or 648-7205 for more details.

The South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, Aiken Chapter, will meet at the Aiken Public Library on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30. Call (803) 270-5311 for more information.

The South Carolina Recycling Market Development Advisory Council (RMDAC) will meet today from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The meeting will be held at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus at 151 Powell Road in Columbia.


The Wise Outrageous Women will have a luncheon at Kathy Bankston’s home Wednesday at noon. Each member is asked to bring a small casserole. Come enjoy each other with chat, eat and fun. Birthday Ladies, please bring dessert for January. For more information, call Kathy Bankston at 641-7409.

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is sponsoring Puppy Classes and Basic Dog Classes on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday. Puppies for the Puppy Class must be between 10 and 20 weeks of age and have two sets of shots. The Puppy Class runs for 6 weeks. Puppies who qualify will be eligible for the ACK Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibilty award. Dogs for the Basic Class must have proof of having a rabies vaccination and be over 20 weeks of age. The Basic Class also begins Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The classes are held indoors at the Odell Weeks Center. Register for the class in person at the Center. Pre-registration is required as enrollment must be completed before the first class date. For more information, call Aiken Parks and Recreation at 642-7631.

The monthly meeting of the Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be held Wednesday at Newberry Hall. Cost is $22 per person. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees association will have a meeting Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Golden Corral on Whiskey Road. Shannon Cook, MSW, Older Blind Counselor, S.C. Commission for the Blind, will be discussing the Older Blind Program with the S.C. Commission for the Blind, specifically, the scope of services, the referral process, eligibility and information on detection and prevention. All are welcome. For more information, call Roger Rollins at 640-4689.