TODAY

Former University of South Carolina pitcher Michael T. Roth, who led the Gamecocks to consecutive College World Series championships, will speak and hold an autograph session today at 6 p.m. at South Aiken High School. Tickets to the event are $30 each and include a Bobby’s barbecue dinner. Proceeds will benefit the South Aiken High School Athletic Booster Club. Payments can be sent to South Aiken Athletic High School Booster Club, P.O. Box 5314, Aiken, SC 29802, or for more information, call Shere Ladd at 640-3700 or email southaikenboosterclub@live.com.


On Saturdays, Jan. 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.


The Aiken Community Playhouse presents “Frost/Nixon” Jan. 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. For tickets or for more information: (803) 648-1438 or www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.


The Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Augusta-Aiken area will host a Girls’ Night Out event for mothers and daughters today 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 www.chick-fil-agirlsnight.com to make a reservation.


The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will meet today 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 info@aikencommunityplayhouse.com.


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 student living in the Southwestern District, which includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg 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, P.O. Box 31, Bamberg, SC 29003. This form must be received by today 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 today 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.


The Knights of Columbus will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon today at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1003 Spaulding Drive. Admission is free, and proceeds will benefit the 4th Degree Knights.


The Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, will have a showing of the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” rated PG, today from 3 to 4:45 p.m.


The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave., will host Jennifer Sheehan for an encore performance today at 6:30 p.m. Dress is festive attire and the cost is $125 per person, which includes a dinner and cabaret. For more information, call 648-1438.


There will be an Aiken Historic Tour today at 10 a.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Call 642-7631. Reservations are highly recommended as tours are often sold out. 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.