When the final school bell rings today, area students will race toward the doors and burst into their week of Spring Break fun. Various Aiken County locations are just waiting to welcome these students and their families.
Beginning Monday, students will be able to spend their days at camps. Plays will be going on around Aiken, as well as movie showings at the North Augusta library.
Local non-profits will be available for volunteering opportunities, as well as a few fundraisers.
The following is a way to get started.
Aiken offers many avenues for volunteering.
Tri-Development Center of Aiken County is one option. Over Spring Break, one can start getting involved with the center’s Special Olympic Buddy program by collecting water and donating it to the center or coming by and watching the video on the event. On April 11 and 12, anyone with musical abilities can come by and play, and there is the option of being involved in the center’s cleanup program.
“We are always looking for volunteers,” said Bonnie Anne Fulghum, safety prevention special event and volunteer coordinator.
To participate in these or any other volunteer opportunities, call Fulghum at 803-642-8809 or visit www.aikentdc.org.
A few other places to check out are United Way at www.unitedway.org; Salvation Army of Aiken at www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/commands/aiken; SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare at www.spca-albrecht.org/home.php; and the Cumbee Center at www.cumbeecenter.org.
Attending a charitable event is another avenue that can be taken.
The Second Baptist Church Relay For Life Team will be hosting a fish fry to support the America Cancer Society Relay for Life on April 13 at 355 Kershaw St. from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To help raise money for the Gaston Livery Stable, the Cat’s Meow Gala and Auction will be held on April 13. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Tickets are $30 or $50 per couple. The barn cats which have been scattered throughout town for months will be auctioned off, and live entertainment, food and a cash bar will be provided. For more information, visit www.gastonliverystable.com.
Breaks are always an ideal time to tap back into one’s interests. Some options for the week could be to read a book, watch some movies, work on crafts or run around outside.
And the local library might be able to assist you.
The North Augusta branch will be hosting a week-long movie marathon. There will be one movie showing per day from April 8-12 at 4 p.m. everyday. However, from April 10-12, there will be an additional showing at 10:30 a.m.
The schedule, in order, is as follows: The Monster High double feature “Friday Night Frights/Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love;” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days;” “Wreck-It Ralph;” “Hotel Transylvania” and “Rise of the Guardians.”
Another opportunity is available at the Aiken and Barnwell branches – Lego Club.
The club is designed to start the wheels of children’s imaginations and math and problem-solving skills, all elements that tie into reading, according to Kimberly McSpadden, Aiken County Public Library children’s librarian.
McSpadden will start her club meetings by introducing the group to a piece of literature.
Legos are supplied, and the club is open for grades K-5.
The club will be held at the Barnwell branch at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, and the Aiken branch at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.
For more information on the library’s events, visit www.abbe-lib.org/aiken/.
Another way middle and high school-aged students can be active is by participating in Smith-Hazel’s three-on-three basketball tournament on April 12. It starts at 12:30 p.m., and registration must be turned in to Smith-Hazel by Wednesday.
Camp is where students can interact with others and participate in various activities.
All through the week until April 12, the Aiken Family Y will offer its Masters camps.
During those days, there will be crafts and games held.
The earliest time to drop off kids will be 7 a.m. and the latest to pick up will be 6 p.m.
“It’s been pretty busy (before),” said Cody Smartt, an employee who has dealt with the camps for a couple of years.
The Aiken Family Y is located at 621 Trolley Line Road, Graniteville. For more information, visit www.thefamilyy.org.
The Mentoring Academics Computers Healthy Recreation Academy will be offering something a bit more educational during the same week. Its “Exercise Your Body and Mind” Masters week camp will delve into activities revolved around science, math, creative writing, computer literacy and fitness. The camp will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fleming Tennis Center, 1850 Chester Ave., Augusta. For more information, call 706-796-5046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performances and a few other events will help carry on the week.
Aiken Community Playhouse will be opening its golf-centered, romantic comedy “Fox on the Fairway” today at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for Performing Arts. The show will also run on Saturday and Wednesday, as well as April 12-13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The play does contain some adult themes and language.
For more information, call 803-648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
A play that’s more dramatic and political will be performed at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center. “Two Rooms,” directed by Jack Benjamin, will run April 9-13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for faculty and seniors and $7 for students. For more information, call 803-641-3305 or visit http://web.usca.edu/etherredge-center.
For something fun, light-hearted and kid-oriented, Spring Time’s Lunch and a Play will be held at Hopelands Gardens on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Columbia Marionette Theater will put on “Rumpelstiltskin.” Food can be brought to enjoy during the show. Peter Cottontail will be available for free pictures. For more information, call the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 803-642-7631.
Garden City Jazz will play and poetry will be shared at the Spring Break Café and Poetry in the Park event on Wednesday at the Eustis Park, 1001 Edgefield Ave. For more information, call 803-642-7636.
The Abbey Holley Band will play, as art will be displayed through the Alley for the second Horses and Courses on Thursday. Decorated golf carts and horses will also appear in a parade. The event will last from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Laurens Street. For more information, call Kim Coleman, Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism recreation superintendent, at 803-642-7631.