The Miss Southern Sweetheart Pageant will be held today at NACOG, located at 2610 Columbia Highway, starting at 10:30 a.m. The deadline to enter was Feb. 10. No door entries. There will be two Overall Miss Southern Sweetheart winners and all contestants will receive a tiara. Awards will be given in each age division for beauty, valentine wear, best eyes, hair, smile and best dressed. Call Kim Ray at 645-2900 or email for more information.

The Catholic Women’s Association will hold its annual Game/Card Party in St. Angela Hall today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and includes a light lunch and numerous prizes. All proceeds will benefit Aiken charities. Reservations are due by Thursday, Feb. 7. For more information or to reserve a table, call 648-8671 or 648-5569.

The Black Historical Committee will host its 12th annual Black History Parade today at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the alternate day will be Sunday 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 precede East on Hampton Avenue and end at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. The deadline to register entries was Feb. 8. All entries must be in place prior to 2 p.m., but entries can arrive at 1 p.m. if needed. Registration forms can be dropped off at Smith-Hazel Center on Brothers and Sister of Aiken County. For more information, contact Charonica Pope at 641-3888 or Linthia Perry at 642-7634.

The Aiken Area Myelinators National MS Society Self-Help Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Any individual with multiple sclerosis, as well as his/her support person, is invited to attend. For more information, call Pam at 644-1342 or email Refreshments will be served.

The Martha Schofield High School Class of 1967 will hold a reunion planning meeting at Red Lobster today at 5 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the 46th reunion, come and help plan. If you are interested but cannot come, call 270-5167 and speak with Pat.

The Sgt. Harold F. Adkison Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 255 will meet at 1:30 p.m. today. The chapter meets in the Fellowship Hall of the Bath United Methodist Church, 176 Maple St., one block from the Horse Creek Midland Valley Veterans Park. For more information, call 819-9595.

The Savannah Wood Turners’ meeting will be held today at Howard Moore’s home, 4955 Fulcher Road in Hephzibah, Ga. The turners will harvest a sweetgum tree that has been transfused with red aniline dye. For more information, contact Lee Carey at (706) 627-8373.

The Aiken County Public Library will be having a Saturday movie event at the library today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The featured movies will be “Movie Beasts of the Southern Wild,” rated PG-13.

James Gregory, “the funniest man in America,” comes to The URS Center for the Performing Arts today at 7 and 9:15 p.m., but the earlier show is sold out. Tickets for the 9:15 p.m. show are available at the box office. Tickets are $35 for seating in the first three rows and $27 for seats in the fourth row and back.

USC Aiken’s University Theatre: ‘Experimental Relief’ will be today at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Etherredge Center; admission is free, though donations are welcome. For more information visit

Aiken Historic Tour will be today at 10 a.m. Experience Aiken’s grace, charm and elegance during this two-hour guided tour aboard our “climate controlled” trolley. Advance tickets are sold through the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, or call 642-7631. Reservations are highly recommended as tours are often sold out. Departure is the site of the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Arrive early to view the museum prior to departure. Museum opens at 9 a.m.

DuPont Planetarium presents “Follow the Drinking Gourd” today at 7 and 8 p.m. Learn how slaves used astronomy and song to escape the bondage of slavery and travel along the Underground Railroad to Canada. Appropriate for all ages: some content might make young children uneasy. For more information, call 641-3654 or visit


There will be Lenten Retreat on Sunday and Monday hosted by Gravatt Camp and Conference Center. The cost is $90 and includes three meals and double occupancy lodging. Registration was due by Feb. 6. Special rates are available for groups of six or more. This retreat requires a minimum of 10 participants. Online registration is available at

Audition dates for Aiken Community Playhouse’s “The Nerd” are Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. The cast calls for five adult males around their late 20s to 50s, and two females around their mid 20s to 40s, though ages are just guidelines and not requirements. The director asks those interested to be familiar with pages 16 to 20 and 26 to 29 of the Dramatists Play Service published script. Show dates are late April and early May. For more information, visit

Aiken Barnwell Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Laney, Redcliffe Plantation Park interpreter, who will speak on genealogy of people of the Redcliffe Plantation area. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 649-4605.