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 today 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 Sgt. Harold F. Adkison Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 255 will meet at 1:30 p.m. today. 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 welcome. Call 819-9595 for more information.

The Savannah River Woodturners will meet today 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, visit 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 today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Those with MS, as well as their support persons, are invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Pam at 644-1342 or email

The Aiken Camellia Society will hold its 62nd Annual Camellia Show today from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 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. 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.

H&R Block, 1030 Pine Log Road in the Silver Bluff Commons, will hold an open house today 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 today at 10 a.m. at Smith-Hazel Recreational Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (864) 631-3073.

Today 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.

The Aiken Community Playhouse presents “Frost/Nixon” today 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 today 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 fifth annual ACTS 5th Icicle Ball will be held today 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.

Today Aiken Center for Active Seniors adult day care will be conducting tours and client registration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is located at 690 Medical Park Dr. Visitors please enter under the blue awning in the rear parking lot. Call 226-0355 or visit for more information.


The Aiken Barnwell Genealogical Society will meet Sunday at the Aiken County Historical Museum, located at 433 Newberry St. SE, at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Loretta Myers of Eutawville. The public is invited to attend.

On Sunday, Aiken Center for Active Seniors adult day care will be conducting tours and client registration from 1 to 5 p.m. The center is located at 690 Medical Park Dr. Visitors please enter under the blue awning in the rear parking lot. Call 226-0355 or visit for more information.


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 Shepeard Community Blood Center will have a blood drive Monday, Jan. 21 at Menardi Filters, located at 1 Maxwell Drive, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Aiken Women In Black will hold a Vigil for Peace from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. Everyone is invited to join us to witness for peace, against all war and violence, on Whiskey Road at Hitchcock Drive, in front of Bethlehem Lutheran Church across from Moe’s Restaurant and the new Fresh Market. For more information, call Brenda at 648-6020 or David at 215-3263.


The New Ellenton City Council will have a regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

A representative of the Columbia Museum in Columbia will be at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Lauren St. S.W., on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to give a gallery talk on the new exhibition “Impressionism from Monet to Matisse.” This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, call 641-9094.

Gravatt Camp and Conference Center will host Mindfulness in Art with Mary How on Tuesday 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. Come prepared to make draw and practice skills learned. No art experience required. For more information, email or call 648-1817. Registration was due by Thursday. Online registration is available at

The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at St. John Towers dining room, located at 724 Greene St., Augusta. Dr. Kapil Sethi, professor of neurology and director of the Movement Disorders Program at Georgia Health Sciences University, will be the speaker. The title of his presentation is “The Future of Parkinson Disease Medication.” This event is free and open to the public For more information, call (706) 364-1662.

Boys in fourth to sixth grade are invited to audition for South Boundary’s Bound to Sing choir on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Aiken’s First Baptist Church at 120 Chesterfield St. N.E. Nothing is required to be brought to auditions. Rehearsals for the next show will begin on Jan. 29 and will be on each following Tuesday. For more information, email South Boundary’s Bill Riehl at or call him at 336-8802.

The CSRA New Horizons Band will welcome potential new members to a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the band rehearsal room in the Etherredge Center at USCA, 471 University Parkway. No experience is necessary. Visit, email or call 641-1200.

The CSRA section of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) is having its monthly dinner meeting on Thursday at the North Augusta Community Center. Networking begins at 5:45 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. There will be a speaker from Bridgestone. Please visit our website at for more information about our group. RSVP to by Tuesday.

Noble Breads and Grocer is holding classes at its 1625 Richland Ave. location for mature youth and adults. The Tuesday class at 6 p.m. will be on the topic of “Introduction to the Work of Dr. Weston A. Price.”