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St. Mary’s School is hosting its annual Eve of Chocolate, a Live and Silent Auction, with dinner and live entertainment today at 6:30 p.m. at St. Angela Hall (at Park and Fairfield Street). Donated items include vacations, jewelry, art, theme baskets, parties and collectibles. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the St. Mary’s School office or by calling 649-2071. Tables for groups of 8 or 10 may also be reserved. The event is a fundraiser for the school.


The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce along with the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council are putting together Bags of Love. Here are some things you might want to include: Valentine’s card, comb, tissue, soap, artificial sweetener, books, toothpaste, magnifying glass, toothbrush, band-aids, calendars, hand lotion, antiseptic cream, devotional books, blankets, cotton balls, sugar-free candy, stretch gloves, wash cloths, eye drops and false teeth holders. You may bring your bags on or before today at 12:30 p.m. to Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Calhoun St., Johnston.


Come out and enjoy an evening of jazz, dancing and light hors d’oeuvres on Feb. 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. for the Black History Musical Concert. This is for all adults. The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Pre-registration is available until today at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. For more information, call 642-7634.


Fountain of Life Fellowship will host “2 Hearts in 1 Valentine’s Banquet Dinner” today from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $25 per couple. Enjoy a night of fellowship, dinner, dancing, games, prizes, as well as a photo op with your sweetheart. For tickets and/or more information, call 335-7878.


The Sassy Knitter, 942 C Dougherty Road, is offering a “Never Picked Up A Needle” beginner knitting class starting today from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 643-5648.


Two Guys and a Jukebox are hosting karaoke every Friday at Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant starting at 9:30. Call 221-8869 for more information.


AARP Senior Driver Safety will hold the first class of 2013 today at the Aiken Regional Medical Centers, classrooms A&B, 6th floor. Class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run to mid-afternoon. You may bring a bagged lunch or purchase lunch at the hospital cafeteria. The cost for materials is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, cash or check (payable to AARP). Completion of this class may make student eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance. Call (800) 882-7445 to register or 648-1363 with any questions.


The Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society will meet today at 7 p.m. at the USCA Science Building Room 200, to plan for the upcoming show on March 8-10 at Julian Smith Casino in Augusta. The evening includes sharing refreshments, Show and Tell experiences, and a mini Silent Auction. Visitors are welcome; for more information visit www.aikengmfs.org and follow us on Facebook or call 649-0959.


The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will perform “The Pajama Game” today and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the URS Center for Performing Arts. For more information, call 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.


The Aiken County Education Association-Retired will be hosting a Legislative Breakfast for members of the Aiken County Legislative Delegation today at 8:30 a.m. at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken. Reservations were due by Monday.


The Aiken Civic Ballet Company will be performing the ballet “Alice in Wonderland” on March 8 at 7 p.m. at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center. Tickets will be available today at the box office, 803-641-3305, $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors.


The Black Historical Committee will host its 12th annual Black History Parade on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather the alternate day will be Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The committee would like to welcome all area businesses, churches, schools and patrons to be a part of this historical event. The parade processional will start on Florence Street across from the American Legion Post 212 and proceed east on Hampton Avenue. The parade will and at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. The deadline to register entries is today. Registration forms can be dropped off at Smith-Hazel or Brothers and Sister of Aiken County. For more information, call Charonica Pope at 641-3888 or Linthia Perry at 642-7634.


The Myrtle Beach Auction is coming to Aiken for a day of bidding fun on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Western Carolina State Fair’s fairgrounds. An auction preview will be held on today from 4 to 7 p.m. The auction is aimed at those looking to make home improvements. These items include house ware, tools, indoor and outdoor doors, shower stalls, lighting fixtures, hardwood flooring, engineered flooring, laminate flooring, porcelain tile and more. The event will also auction off a Red 1987 Camaro, a Red Custom Golf cart, and a Red 1979 Silverado, all added by a local Aiken resident. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Auction, contact Ed Hagins at (843) 828.4601. The Western Carolina State Fair ground is located at 1566 Columbia Highway N. For more information on event space rentals, contact Michael Dennis at 671-0585.


Mended Hearts support group will meet today at 11 a.m. at the USC Aiken Business Conference Center. Lunch will be provided. Guest speaker is Allen Riddick. For more information, call Janet Rolfes at 642-4026.


Carley’s Rays of Hope is hosting the second a Night of Wine and Roses today from 7 to 11 p.m. at Newberry Hall. Tickets are $60 for singles or $100 for couples. The evening will consist of dining, dancing, live entertainment and a silent and live auction conducted by USC Aiken head baseball coach Kenny Thomas. A special presentation will present Hitchcock Healthcare with the Ray of Hope Award, which honors those in the community who provide a “ray of hope” for our children. To learn more about the McMasters’ work and to purchase tickets for the event, visit www.carleysraysofhope.com. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Scott McMaster at miraclegirlaiken@aol.com or 292-8461.


Main House Inn at Rose Hill Estate will host Gavin Reily today from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 648-1181 or visit www.rosehillestate.com.


Aiken Art and Custom Framing, 222 Park Ave. S.E., is hosting an artist reception for Jeannette Shoemaker today from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the store at 644-7411.


For the “young at heart” (couples and singles), if you like to dance or just want to listen to some great music, the live band, Yesterday’s Sounds plays a variety of oldies, blues, rock ’n’ roll, country, shag and more every Friday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the DAV Building, 2194 Columbia Highway N. (U.S. 1), near the Aiken airport. Admission is $6. Snacks and drinks are available. The event are family friendly; no alcohol, please. For more information contact Dana Watkins at 292-3680 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.


USC Aiken’s Cultural Series will continue today at 8 p.m. at the Etherredge Center with Birdland Big Band, which features some of New York’s finest musicians. Directed by Tommy Igoe, one of the world’s greatest drummers, this performance is designed to recreate the ambience and experience of a night at the Birdland Jazz Club in Manhattan. For more information, call 641-3328.