The Wise Outrageous Women will have a luncheon at Kathy Bankston’s home today at noon. Each member is asked to bring a small casserole. 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 today. Puppies for the Puppy Class must be between 10 and 20 weeks of age and have had two sets of shots. The Puppy Class runs for 6 weeks. Dogs for the Basic Class must have proof of having a rabies vaccination and be older than 20 weeks. The Basic Class also begins today at 11:30 a.m. The classes are held indoors at the H. Odell Weeks Activities 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 today 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 today at 11 a.m. at Golden Corral on Whiskey Road. Shannon Cook, MSW, Older Blind Counselor, S.C. Commission for the Blind, will discuss 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. For more information, call Roger Rollins at 640-4689.


The Aiken Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Aiken County Public Library. Visitors are welcome. If you are working on a needlepoint piece, bring it. For more information, call 641-1192.

Youth soccer, baseball and girls softball registration will be from Saturday to Thursday, Jan. 24. The cost is $50 for residents and $85 for non-city residents. Visit to register.

Shepeard Community Blood Center will have two blood drives Thursday. The first is at Bridgestone, located at 1 Bridgestone Parkway, Aiken, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second is at the Aiken County Government Complex, located at 828 Richland Ave. West, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Aiken Camellia Society will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in Ward Hall at Saint John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. This month’s free program, which is open to the public, will be tips for novices on how to enter camellia blooms in the 62nd Annual Camellia Show to be held at the Aiken Mall Jan. 19 and 20.

Inner Beauty MD Wellness and Aesthetics, located at 116D Pendleton St. SW, will have its grand opening Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. To RSVP, call 226-0097.

The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board’s Youth Council will meet Thursday at the Allendale-Fairfax High School, located at 3581 Allendale-Fairfax Highway, Fairfax starting at 10 a.m. The Council will discuss and make plans for the Youth Forum in March. The meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions pertaining to this meeting, contact Benella Floyd, Assistant Administrator, at 649-7981, or email her at


The Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society members will participate in “Rockhound Jeopardy” at 7 p.m. on Friday, in Room 200 of the Science Building at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Prizes will be given, show-and-tell shared and refreshments enjoyed.

Herbal Solutions will hold a re-grand opening on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deborah Schlag, author of “Becoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury,” will be present to sign copies of her book from 2-5 p.m. Herbal Solutions is located at 722 Silver Bluff Road.

The Knights of Columbus will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1003 Spaulding Drive. Admission is free, and proceeds will benefit the 4th Degree Knights.