Author of “Keowee Valley” Katherine Scott Crawford will be coming to the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., today at 3 p.m. Crawford will discuss what she learned about the history of the Cherokee in the Carolinas from her research for this fascinating and romantic historical novel. The Friends of the Library will sell copies of the book for $18.95 after her talk. Go to http:// katherinescottcrawford.com for more information or to preview the book.
Today, 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.
Women In Unity is moving into a larger facility. Women In Unity will be having a two-day grand opening today from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Come to 3 Pecan Park in Edgefield to help celebrate.
Steel Magnolia will be performing at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, today at 8 p.m. Call the Newberry Opera House Box Office to reserve your tickets at (803) 276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com
The Miss Fox Creek Pageant will be held today, at 6 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre in Augusta. This will be a nationally televised event, as MTV’s Emmy Award Winning show “Made” will be filming the pageant. Pageant tickets are now available for purchase from the Imperial Theater Box Office. Visit the Imperial Theater Website or call the box office to purchase your tickets today. You can pay with cash or check at the box office or with a credit card online. Tickets are between $10 to $13 and seating is reserved. Tickets are selling quickly and space is limited.
The South Aiken High School NJROTC Relay for Life team will hold a pancake breakfast at Fatz Café today from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. Relay T-shirts will be sold for $15 and luminaries for $10 to $25. This is a community event.
The Aiken County Public School District, Edgefield County Schools, Therapy Solutions LLC, Cedar Creek West and the Family Y will host a Parent Resource Fair at the Family Y in Graniteville starting at noon today. The Resource Fair will offer learning workshops on a variety of topics including the IEP, behavior management, social skills, transition and more. In addition, families will have access to local agencies that provide services to students with disabilities. Free child care will be provided and coordinated by the school district. Children will be able to jump in the inflatables, build on the LEGO wall and play interactive games with the Xbox and other video gaming systems.
St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School will host its first 5K Fun Run/Walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Citizens Park. The entry fee is $15, and all proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. To register for the Fun Run/Walk, visit www.active.com/running/aiken-sc/st-marys-inaugural-5k-run-walk-2013. Registration for the event closes on Friday at 11:59 a.m. PST. To learn more, visit www.stmaryschoolaiken.com and www.facebook.com/stmaryschoolaiken.
The Historic Aiken Foundation Awards presentation will be held at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The next meeting of the Banksia Quilters Society will be Monday at the Aiken County Historical Museum.
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 War Between the States Lecture Series will continue at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W., on Monday at 7 p.m. David B. Thompson of Limestone College will perform Southern piano music that was played during the Civil War era. Among the pieces that will be featured are “General Lee’s Grand March” and “Major General Hampton’s Quickstep.” On Feb. 4, the speaker will be Charles Hilton. Hilton will tell the story of Confederate currency. The third and last part of this series will be Monday, Feb. 11, when the topic will be, “What happened on that date in 1865?” Kathy Benedetto is scheduled to sing songs of the period. Admission is $5 per person per evening. For more information, call the museum at 642-2015.
The Shepeard Community Blood Center will have a blood drive Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at Mount Vintage, located at 285 Vintage Plantation Drive, North Augusta.
The CSRA Fly Fishers will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Club House of the River Island Community in Evans, Ga. Ben Moore will give a talk on his winter guided trips on the Saluda River, below Lake Murray; on the Savannah River; on the Chattooga River and his summer guiding in western Montana. We will collect membership dues and discuss winter and spring fishing trips for 2013 . For more information, visit www.csraflyfishers.org.