The next scheduled business meeting of the South Carolina Mental Health Commission will be held today at 10:30 in room 320 at the SCDMH Administration Building, 2414 Bull St., Columbia.

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

Youth soccer, baseball and girls softball registration will be from today to 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 today. The first is at Bridgestone, located at 1 Bridgestone Parkway, Aiken, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second is at Aiken County Employees, 828 Richland Ave. W., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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

The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board’s (LSWDB) Youth Council will meet today at the Allendale-Fairfax High School, located at 3581 Allendale-Fairfax Highway (Highway 278), 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 WD administrator, at 649-7981 or email her at

The regular board meeting of the Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District will be held in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building today at 3 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.


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.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd. in Evans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; fashions of the 1940s and 1950s are encouraged. Tickets are available online at or by calling (706) 726-0386.

Tea seminars will be held at The Curiosity Shop, 224 Park Ave. S.W., in January and February. Each event focuses on two families of tea, with tastings, explanations and discussion groups. These events are limited to 12 people, so reserve a seat early. The cost is $20 per person; each seminar ticket includes 2 ounces of tea to take home and 10 percent off any tea-related purchases made that day. To make a reservation, call 644-0004. The first seminar will be Friday, and the discussion will be on white and green teas.

The Aiken Community Playhouse presents “Frost/Nixon” on Jan. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. For tickets or for more information, call 648-1438 or visit

Martha Schofield class of ’63 will hold a planning meeting at Golden Corral on Whiskey Road in Aiken on Friday at 6 p.m. All class members are invited. For more information, call Glover Hickerson at 648-7645, Janet Menefee at 278-5240 or Leroy Williamson at 564-6342.

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, 722 Silver Bluff Road, 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 to 5 p.m.

Two Guys and a Jukebox hosts karaoke every Friday at 9:30 p.m. at Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant, 1208 Whiskey Road. Call 221-8869 for more information.

Mended Hearts support group will meet Friday at 11 a.m. at the USC Aiken Business Conference Center. Lunch will be provided. Guest speaker will be Mila Padgett, USCA Wellness Center director. For more information, call Janet Rolfes at 642-4026.

Aiken Center for Active Seniors, the adult day care opening soon at 690 Medical Park Dr., will be open for tours and client registration Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Call 226-0355 or visit

for more information.

The Main House at Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. N.W., will host Gavin Reily on Friday, Jan. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 648-1181 or visit


Planetarium presents shows in January

On Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, the DuPont 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.

Chick-fil-A to host Girls’ Night Out

The Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Augusta-Aiken area will host a Girls’ Night Out event for mothers and daughters on Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Seatings are available every hour, and reservations are required. The activities of the evening are free, minus the cost of food. Visit to make a reservation.

ACP Youth Wing will meet

The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will meet Saturday at the URS Performing Arts Center on 126 Newberry St. Youth Wing I, fourth- to seventh-graders, will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., while Youth Wing II, eighth- to 12th-graders, will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Michele Kellrooney will lead the Bowman group – fourth- to fifth-graders, and the Youth Wing II will have a guest director this month. Dewey Scott-Wiley, USC Aiken theater professor and professional actress, will be joining. The Youth Wing is free and doesn’t require prior registration. Dressing in comfortable clothes and shoes is advised. For more information, call 648-1438 or email

The Southwestern District of the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs is offering a summer scholarship to Brevard Music Center. These students are limited to ages 14-18. Any sutdent living in the Southwestern District, which includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Hampton and Oragneburg counties, is eligible to enter. An application form must be filled out and sent, along with a registration fee of $5 to the Southwestern District Scholarship Chairman, Claudia Sandifer, PO Box 31, Bamberg, SC 29003. This form must be received by Saturday, Jan. 12 to allow time for scheduling. To receive an application of for more information, call 803-245-2354.

Genealogy 101 classes, presented by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, are being offered at the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, one Saturday a month. These well-attended meetings provide researchers with a basic understanding of how to start researching their family history and how to utilize various records. The next class will be held Saturday and will focus on cemeteries. The class will begin at 9 a.m. and will last about an hour, with time and assistance given afterward for research in the library until 1:30 p.m. Coffee and pastries will be served. There is a small attendance fee and the classes are open to the public. For more information, contact the Tompkins Library at (803) 637-4010.