USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College present the 2013 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today 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 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 today’s meeting of the Senior Men’s Club of Aiken will be Jack Devine, speaking on today’s Nuclear Power Electricity Generation programs. The club will meet at Woodside Country Club at noon. Call 226-0338 for more information about the club membership – annual dues are $15 – or for lunch reservations – first time guests are free, members are $12.

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

There will be a South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council Business Meeting today at 10 a.m. at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, located at 5400 Broad River Road, Columbia.

The Aiken County Public Library, located at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., will have Storytime Wednesdays for babies (ages 0-2) from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m., for toddlers (ages 2-3) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and preschoolers (ages 4-5) from 11:30 a.m. to noon.


The Aiken County First Steps Executive Committee will meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Aiken County First Steps office located in the Byrd Learning Center, 1 Willis Circle, Graniteville. For more information, contact Marcia Nasha at 803-663-5604.

The Shepeard Community Blood Center will have a blood drive at UPS, located at 2031 S. Centennial Drive, Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Gravatt Camp and Conference Center will host Mindfulness in Art with Mary How on Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch. The cost is $25. Learn the practice of using mindfulness in your creative expression. Participants will learn basic mindfulness skills to employ while making art. No art experience is required. For more information, email or call 648-1817. Register by Thursday. Online registration is available at

Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School will hold a Winter Wonderland Learning Fest on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Callie Herlong at or (803) 685-2000.

The Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., will have a legal talk on wills on Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attorney Marcia Shew with S.C. Legal Services will give free presentation on the differences between a last will and testament, living wills, health care power of attorney and general durable power of attorney. For more information, call 642-2020.

The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 350 East Gate Drive, hosts trivia night every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., will have Teen Bad Art Night on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. Who says art has to be pretty? Grades 6-12 can use materials to create the good, the bad and the downright ugly of art. No registration is required. Call 642-7585 for more information.

The Senior Poets’ Corner will meet on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Riley’s Whitby Bull restaurant, 801 East Pine Log Road, for its next monthly poetry reading session and lunch if desired. For more information, call Joan Lacombe at 642-3872 or Roger Brock at 649-3470. New members and interested poets are welcomed, also.

North Aiken Elementary’s After School program is co-sponsoring a Family Day Celebration with the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse. The celebration will be Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be prepared by the Curtis Dawkins Catering Company. Family Day is a national initiative.

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., in room 121, every Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information contact or call 644-2953.


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

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

The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill, 221 Greenville St., will host Savannah River Bluegrass on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information call 648-1181.

Astronomy Club of Augusta at Augusta State University, New Science Center Conference, Room W1008, will have Astronomy Jeopardy on Friday at 7 p.m. hosted by Tedda Howard. The categories are beginner, easy, intermediate and challenge. This is planned so youth can also compete. There will be refreshments, new member orientation, Q&A and lunar observing after the meeting.

“Yesterday’s Sounds” plays a variety of oldies, blues, rock ’n’ roll, country, shag and more from 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Friday night at the DAV Building, 2194 Columbia Highway N. (U.S. 1), near the Aiken airport. Admission is $6. Snacks and drinks are available. No alcohol, please. For more information, contact Dana Watkins at 292-3680 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.


The Women Build program will sponsor training clinics for women interested in participating in the construction of the next Habitat of Humanity Women Build house, which will begin the first weekend in March. The free clinics will be held at the Lowe’s of Aiken on Whiskey Road, beginning Saturday and continuing each Saturday through Feb. 23. The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to noon.Sign up for the clinics by visiting and clicking on the VolunteerUp button. Designate “Women Build” as your team. Call 644-8814 or 648-7205 for more details.

The fifth annual ACTS 5th Icicle Ball will be held Friday at 340 Park Ave. S.W. in downtown Aiken. The social will be at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing will be from 8 to 11 p.m. It will be catered by Newberry Hall and Music by Palmetto Groove Party Band. Tickets are $70 per person or a table of 8 for $560. For more information, call 649-3800 or visit Tickets can be purchased at ACTS. All proceeds benefit ACTS food programs.

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

Tryouts for a Summer Band Camp scholarship to Furman University, University of South Carolina, or Bob Jones University will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bamberg. These auditions will start at 10 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. Students are limited to grades 8-12.

The Sgt. Harold F. Adkison Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 255 will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Refreshments will be available one hour prior to meeting. The Chapter meets in the fellowship hall of the Bath United Methodist Church, 176 Maple St. Korea Service vets are also welcome. Call 819-9595 for more information.

The Savannah River Woodturners will meet Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 144 N. Bel Air Road in Evans. Lee Carey will demonstrate Bowl Basics and Pyrography. Guests are welcome. For directions or other questions, see our website at or contact Lee Carey at 706-627-8373.

“Managing Pain and Sleep Issues in Multiple Sclerosis” will be the topic when the Aiken Area National MS Society Self Help Group, the Myelinators, meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Jan. 19 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Rd. Those with MS, as well as their support persons, are invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Pam at (803) 644-1342 or e-mail

The Aiken Camellia Society will hold its 62nd Annual Camellia Show on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Aiken Mall. The show is free to the public and any camellia grower may enter blooms from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19. Awards will be given in several categories based on camellia types: C. japonica, C. reticulata, and hybrids of these or other species. For more information about the show, call Lee Poe at 648-8249 or Jim Dickson at 279-9451.

On Saturday and Jan. 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.

H&R Block, 1030 Pine Log Road in the Silver Bluff Commons, is holding an open house on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. to showcase their office décor and meet the staff. Light refreshments will be served.

An event looking at the life of a Proverbs 31 woman will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. at Smith-Hazel Recreational Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (864) 631-3073.