AARP Local Chapter #5241 will hold the monthly meeting today at 2:30 p.m. at the South Aiken Presbyterian Church on Whiskey Road. The speaker will be Elliott Levy from the Aiken County Historical Museum. Visitors are welcome and refreshments will be served.

The Carolina Pine Quilters will meet at 7 p.m. today at Trinity United Methodist, 2724 Whiskey Road. Visitors are welcome.

The Aiken Artist Guild will hold its next meeting today at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Danny O’Driscoll. The meeting will be held at the Brown Pavilion, upstairs from the Aiken Center for the Arts at 122 Laurens St. S.W.

The Aiken County First Steps Board will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Aiken County First Steps office, located in the Byrd Learning Center, 1 Willis Circle, Graniteville. For more information, contact Marcia Nash at 663-5604.

The Commissioners of College Acres Special Purpose District will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today at the office at 33 Citadel Drive. All residents are invited to attend these meetings. For more information call 649-3899.


Noble Breads and Grocer, 1625 Richland Ave., will show the movie “Genetic Roulette, the Gamble of Our Lives,” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. This film is intended for mature youth and adults.

The Bluegrass Blowout Benefit Show will be held Tuesday at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. All profits will go to Claire Salisbury, an 8-year-old, who suffers from a rare form of alopecia. The benefit will feature three great regional bluegrass bands: Flatland Express from Orangeburg, New Dixie Storm from Pickens and local favorite Savannah River Bluegrass. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door, or by calling the box office at 648-1438. For more information, call Roger Abernathy at 645-4779.

Sixth to 12th graders are invited to the Aiken County Public Library’s “Teen Anti-Valentine’s Party” event on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. The library is at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, call 642-2023.

The Aiken Newcomers Club, a club for women, will meet on Tuesday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. Judith Evans, a Holocaust survivor, will be the guest speaker. 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 the Aiken Newcomers Club. The deadline to register was Feb. 7.

Southern Wesleyan University, 802 East Martintown Road, North Augusta, will be holding a blood drive in conjunction with Shepard Community Blood Center on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Love of Pet Therapy” will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Anchor Health and Rehab, 550 East Gate Drive. Lois Fair of Jae Mar Academy will introduce some local therapy dogs and answer questions about the program. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event and open to the community. For more information, call 643-3694 and ask for Activities Director.

The Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Group will meet on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at MHA Aiken County, 233 Pendleton St. N.W. For more information call Lisa Tindal at 641-4164.


The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71 is sponsoring Dinner and Elvis on Friday at 6 p.m. Russell Schneider will be featured as Elvis. Dinner will be Pork Loin, red-Skinned potatoes, green beans, a beverage and dessert. Tickets are $15 or two for $25. Tickets are available at Parks Pharmacy, 438 Georgia Ave., and Sno-Cap Drive-In, 618 West Ave., North Augusta. Proceeds benefit Hospitalized Veterans and Palmetto Girls State Program. Reservations are required by Wednesday at noon. The event will be held at The American Legion Post 71, 333 East Pine Grove Ave., North Augusta. For reservations, contact Linda Smiley at (706) 831-9624 or

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

Henry Middleton Chapter D.A.R. will have a meeting Wednesday at the Aiken County Historical Museum at 10 a.m. and will host speaker Lauree Caldwell, RN and Women’s Health Nurse Navigator Aiken Regional Med Center. For more information, call Carolyn at 649-7909.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) association is meeting on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Golden Corral on Whiskey Road. Deb Reynolds, community outreach manager for the Philips Lifeline Program with the Aiken Area Council on Aging, will be speaking on topics of interest such as Falls and Falls Prevention. All are welcome.


Cheveux Salon and Spa is holding a cat and dog food drive to benefit the Aiken SPCA. The salon is accepting donations through Thursday. Residents can drop off donations at the salon, 1510 Whiskey Road, during their business hours. Cheveux Salon and Spa is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the salon at 642-8699.

The Camellia Tea, sponsored by the Edgefield Camellia Club, will be held on Thursday at Magnolia Dale in downtown Edgefield from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. This event is open to the public; admission is free. Magnolia Dale is located at the intersection of Norris and Bacon streets, across the street from the Edgefield United Methodist Church and beyond the Post Office. Sandwiches, sweets, punch and teas from the Charleston Tea Plantation will be offered.

Aiken Performing Arts Group will present “All Hands on Deck!” on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students. For more information, call 648-1438 or visit


PalmettoPride presentation of “Litter Trashes Everyone” puppet show, performed by the Columbia Marionette Theatre, will be in Clearwater on Friday at 9 a.m. and in Gloverville at 1 p.m. This show is one of the many educational programs offered by PalmettoPride to engage students in helping keep our state clean and how they can be part of the solution. This show is about 20 minutes featuring marionettes and hand puppets to convey the message that every citizen has a responsibility to help keep South Carolina beautiful.