Line Dance Class will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. at Palmetto Ballroom. The cost is $5 per person. Call 641-4800 for more information.

The College Acres Special Purpose District will hold the next regular meeting today at 7 p.m. at the office on 33 Citadel Drive. These meeting are always open to the residents of the District. For more information, call 649-3899.

The American Sewing Guild Aiken Neighborhood Group will hold its January meeting today at 10 a.m. in the community room of Harbor Chase Care Facility on Silver Bluff Road, Aiken. 2013, the Year of the Hat, will be the topic of discussion. All area sewing enthusiasts, any interest, any skill level, are invited to attend. This meeting is free. For more information, about ASG or this meeting, call Lynne at 648-6218.

New Ellenton City Council will have a budget work session today at 6 p.m. and a community outreach meeting at the Civic Center at 7 p.m.

The Aiken Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Maureen Simpson, will begin rehearsals today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 100 Cornerstone Drive. Auditions are informal and required by the society’s bylaws. All of the sections have openings. The ability to read music is desirable. The featured composition of the spring concert, May 17 and 19 is “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett. For more information, call Maureen at 649-6570.

The monthly meeting of Local Chapter 5241 of the AARP will be held today at the South Aiken Presbyterian Church beginning at 2:30 p.m. The program speaker will be Zoom Heaton, pharmacist from TLC Medical Centre Inc. Visitors are welcome and refreshments will be served.

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Release Authority will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Bill Rogers Community Connection Center, 4900 Broad River Road in Columbia. During the meeting, the authority will review juveniles for possible release.

The Family Y will be kicking off Team Lean, a 12-week weight loss competition, with individuals and teams from churches, schools and businesses participating, today from 3 to 8 p.m.


The Beech Island Historical Society will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s History & Visitors Center located at 144 Old Jackson Highway in Beech Island. Featured speaker will be former Augusta mayor and author Bob Young, who will talk about his new book, “The Treasure Train.” Following the talk, there will be a book signing and refreshments. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Jackie Bartley at (803) 827-0184.

The Edgefield County Republican Party will be holding its first meeting of 2013 at the County Council Chambers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, log on to

The Talatha Rural Community Water District Board of Commissioner’s monthly meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the district office. District members are encouraged to participate in nominations and elections for two board seats which will be held promptly at 7 p.m. The office is located at 4 Aspen Court. The meeting is open to the public, and district members are encouraged to attend.

Auditions for Aiken’s County-wide boys choir “Bound to Sing” will be held Tuesday and Jan. 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the choir room at Aiken’s First Baptist Church. They are looking for boys in fourth to sixth grades with unchanged voices. Rehearsals will be Tuesday afternoons from 3:50 to 5:15 starting Jan. 29, continuing through May. For more information, contact Bill Riehl at 336-8802 or email


The Shepeard Community Blood Center will have a blood drive at USC Aiken, located at 471 University Parkway, Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College present the 2013 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the USC Aiken Etherredge Center lobby, 471 University Parkway. The special guest speaker is Demetrius McCoy, a youth pastor and rising community leader. During the ceremony, the “Legacy of the King” award will be given to a student that has encompassed Dr. Martin Luther King’s aspirations. The student must show leadership skills and illustrate how they have promoted inclusiveness and supported diversity on campus and in the community. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

The speaker for Wednesday’s meeting of the Senior Men’s Club of Aiken will be Jack Devine to speak on today’s Nuclear Power Electricity Generation programs. The Senior Men’s Club will meet at Woodside Country Club at noon. Call 226-0338 for more information about the club membership – annual dues is $15– or for lunch reservations – first time guests are free, members are $12.