The monthly meeting of the Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be held today at Newberry Hall. The cost is $22 per person. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:15 p.m. The February guest speaker will be a representative from Agape Hospice who will present a seminar on VA pensions and benefits. Reservations were due by Friday.

There will be a Lenten retreat on Feb. 17-18 hosted by Gravatt Camp and Conference Center. The cost is $90 and includes three meals and double occupancy lodging. Register by today. Special rates are available for groups of six or more. This retreat requires a minimum of 10 participants. Online registration is available at

The next interest meeting for the Aiken Jaycees is today at 7 p.m. at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant at 716 E. Pine Log Road. The Jaycees is a non-profit, worldwide organization, with the Aiken chapter doing projects like the annual Christmas Parade and haunted houses. For more information, email

BNI “Means Business” meets every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cumberland Village in the downstairs conference room. BNI is a group of local business professionals who meet weekly to grow their businesses through networking, building relationships with other professionals, and exchanging business referrals. There is no charge for visitors, and lunch is included. For more information, contact Laura Gibbons at 803-270-3762 or

The Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority will meet today at 6:30 p.m. in the TRSWA conference room at the Savannah River Research Campus. The public is invited to attend.


The Edgefield Community Development Association is sponsoring a Downtown Wine & Chocolate Stroll on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Local merchants open their doors and roll out the red carpet for shoppers to peruse merchandise while sipping a glass of wine and tasting chocolate confections, offering up a fun filled night of hospitality and specials in their shops for you to enjoy.

There will be a meeting of the Aiken County Board of Disabilities, 1016 Vaucluse Road, on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Anyone who dresses in pajamas to Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing’s “The Pajama Game” performance on Thursday at 8 p.m. will have a chance to win a door prize. Ushers will be in pajamas too. The show will also run on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the URS Center for Performing Arts. For more information, call 648-1438 or visit

Literacy Night will be held at North Aiken Elementary School on Thursday at 6 p.m. All classes will present a book of their choice with a performance. The community is invited to this event.

The L.B.C. Historical Society will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Midland Valley Lions Club, 1 Lions Trail, Bath. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite finger food. Drinks and ice will be furnished. Patsy Cline will be entertaining with her favorite songs and telling her life story. The public is invited. For more information, call 593-3034 or 593-2271.

The Town and Country Club will meet Thursday at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Refreshments and socializing will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. After the meeting three Antique Dealers will give informational appraisals on items to members. The dealers are Susan Herbst, Jill Ryon and Sarah Taylor. These appraisals are for Town and Country Club members and their guests only. For information on membership or other questions, call 648-3227.

Tea Seminars will be held at The Curiosity Shop, 224 Park Ave. S.W. in January and February. Each event focuses on two families of tea, with tastings, explanations and discussion groups. These events are limited to 12 people, so reserve a seat early. The cost is $20 per person; each seminar ticket includes 2 ounces of tea to take home and 10 percent off any tea-related purchases made that day. To make a reservation, call 644-0004. Thursday will be on red rooibos and flavored black tea. The last seminar will be Feb. 28 on herbal infusions and flavored greens.

The Aiken Newcomers Club, a club for women, will meet Tuesday at Newberry Hall. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. The program this month will be Judith Evans, a Holocaust Survivor. The Community Service for February will be for Helping Hands. Bring children’s books for children ages infant to 18 years. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $14; bring your check made payable to Aiken Newcomers Club. Reservations and cancellations may be made no later that noon Thursday by calling (603) 540-4356 for last names beginning (A-L) and 514-2447 for last names beginning (M-Z).

The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce will host the Chamber Annual Banquet on Thursday on Edisto St., Johnston. Social will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The food and presentation will be 6:45 p.m. until. The dress is casual. There will be a raffle for a Tidwell’s $200 gift certificate. They are $5 each or three for $10. The cost of the event is to bring a dish according to your membership name. A-D or numbers: sweets, E-L: meat & cheese trays with accompaniments, M-R: vegetable trays with accompaniments, S-Z: appetizers and/or dips with accompaniments. RSVP by calling 275-0010.

The Stephen James CSRA Coin Club will hold its next meeting at the Aiken County Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, on Thursday, Feb. 7. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with the business meeting beginning at 6:45 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. The program will be a presentation by David Amey entitled “Anatomy of a Banknote.” There will be Show & Tell numismatic presentations by club members, a public auction, a door prize giveaway and updates on the latest numismatic happenings in and around the area. For more information, call 645-1769 or email the Stephen James CSRA Coin Club at

The SC ARTS (Augusta Regional Transportation Study) Policy Subcommittee will be meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. The meeting will be held at the Aiken County Council building, 736 Richland Av. West, at the corner of Richland Ave. and Morgan St. SC Department of Transportation officials will be reporting on the status of transportation projects in the Aiken area. These reports will include the results of citizen comments received concerning the proposed changes to Hitchcock Parkway. For more information, call 761-0360.

The Aiken Toastmasters will meet Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:45 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

The Aiken Parkinson’s Disease Group will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Aiken Family Y, 621 Trolley Line Rd. This month Shelly Bumgarner with Georgialina Physical Therapy will give a talk about the benefits of physical therapy for patients dealing with Parkinson’s disease. For more information, contact Amanda at 706-721-4895 or