The Friends of the Aiken Library will hold its annual meeting today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., at 2 p.m. For more information, call 803-642-7586.

The Aiken Concert Band will perform its annual fall concert titled “Music of the United Kingdom” at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center today at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. All proceeds go to USCA band scholarships. Tickets can be purchased by calling 803-641-3305 or visit

The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken will meet today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church. For more information, call Gary at 803-226-9280.

The Beech Island Historical Society will meet at the Beech Island History and Visitors Center, 144 Old Jackson Highway, Beech Island, today at 7:30 p.m. Archaeologist George Wingard with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program at the Savannah River Site will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Jackie Bartley at 803-827-0184.

The Jubilee Club of Millbrook Baptist Church will host John Peace on the piano today at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s gym. This is a free event to those older than 50. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish for lunch. For more information, call Judy Marks at 803-652-2248.

The Talatha Rural Community Water District Board of Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the water district office, 4 Aspen Court. The meeting is open to the public and district members.

The Guild of Poetic Intent will hold an Open Mic. Night at Mi Rancho, 3607 Richland Ave., on Tuesday starting at 6:30. Participants can read poems, stories, songs and rants in front of a live audience.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Recreation and Tourism Department and Anne Fulcher with Rural Health Inc. will host a presentation on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Aiken County Recreation Center, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. For more information, call Tandra Cooks at 803-663-6142.

The Coalition for Suicide Prevention of Aiken County will meet on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Aiken Center, 1105 Gregg Highway.

The Western Carolina State Fair is preparing to judge the Competitive Exhibits for the 2013 fair. Entries for the horticulture exhibit, that includes plants, hanging baskets, vegetables and cut flowers, are due Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m.  Entries may be dropped off at the Aiken Fairgrounds located off Highway 1. For more information, visit or call Amanda Dennis at 803-671-0586. Rule booklets are available at, Fox Shoe Repair, Connie’s Framing, and the Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

The Senior Men’s Club of Aiken will meet at the Woodside Plantation Country Club on Wednesday at noon. Fred Humes, executive director of the Aiken/Edgefield Development Partnership will be the guest speaker. The cost of lunch is $13 and annual membership (January through December) is $15. For more information on the club or to make reservations, call 803-226-0338.

The second BEER4BOOBS will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 11: p.m. at Grumpy’s Sports Pub, 216 East Gate Drive. All proceeds to benefit The Pink Ribbonettes, a local support group dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors and the newly diagnosed. For more information, call 803-226-9868 or visit’sSportsPub or www.Grumpy’

Aiken Technical College will host a Percentage Night fundraiser at Zaxby’s, 1725 Whiskey Road, on Wednesday. Zaxby’s will donate 10 percent of total sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to the United Way.

Thursday, Oct. 18

The Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., will host an adult Pinterest pumpkin party on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a real or fake pumpkin and their favorite fall treat with recipe to share with the group.

The Aiken County Democratic Party will hold its 11th annual Fish Fry on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Aiken Electrical Co-op Community Room, 2790 Wagener Road. Speakers will include U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, State Rep. Bakari Sellers. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Harold A. Crawford Jr. at 803-648-7218 or Teresa Harper at 803-642-4871 or email

An Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group will meet on Thursday at HarborChase of Aiken from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, call Samantha Thompson at 803-642-8444.

The Area 4 Council of Aiken County Public Schools will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the District office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive. For more information, call 803-641-2487.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road.

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., in room 121, every Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, email or call 641-1792 or 644-2953.

The Aiken Christian Women’s Connection will hold its annual Fall Festival Fundraiser on Oct. 22, at Woodside Plantation Country Club from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Marilyn Sitton, a former beauty queen and ballroom dancer from Norcross, Ga., will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be Expectations, Disappointment, Joy. Melissa Oremus, owner of Bisquets and Glazy, will do a presentation on her business. The cost to attend is $17 and includes a dinner buffet. Reservations are due by Thursday and can be made by calling Pam Harmon at 803-270-0704 or emailing

The Senior Poets Corner will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Riley’s Whitby Bull, 801 East Pine Log Road, for its next monthly poetry reading session and lunch if desired. For more information, call Joan Lacombe at 803-642-3872. New members are welcome.

The Aiken Mid-day Lions will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Aiken Regional Medical Centers in the private dining room behind the cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 17, for a business/self-purchased lunch meeting. For more information, call Vicki Major at 803-649-1982.

Preston, Weston and Sandra will perform at The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 803-648-1181 or visit

Friday, Oct. 18

The Aiken Technical College Foundation will hold its seventh annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? gala on Friday at 7 p.m. at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. The event includes a reception, dinner, drinks, silent auction and secret entertainment. Tickets are $80 per person or $800 for a reserved table of 8. For more information, call Mary Commons at 803-508-7413 or email Proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road.

The Town of Jackson will hold its sixth annual Hook and Cook Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Jackson Community Center and Pavilion. Entertainment will begin on Friday night with the Palmetto Groove Party Band and continue all day Saturday. A dessert competition will be held on Friday and a barbecue cook-off and fishing tournament will be held on Saturday. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call the Town Hall at 803-471-2228 or Lynn Sullivan at 803-471-9778.

Oliver West & 39 Express will perform bluegrass at The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 803-648-1181 or visit