Upcoming events for Friday, Nov. 8
Helping Hands Inc. will hold the 10th annual A Chef’s Extravaganza today at the Woodside Plantation Country Club beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. The theme will be Dining Around the World in One Night. Tickets are $100 and black tie is optional. Seating is limited. For more information or reservations, call 803-648-3456.
Mended Hearts will meet in the Business Conference Center at USC Aiken today from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 803-648-2381.
The Aiken Center for the Arts will offer an Audition Master Class and Acting Workshop today and Saturday with off-Broadway performer/actor/director/writer/teacher Ryan Scarlata. The deadline to register was Wednesday. For more information, call 803-641-9094.
Gavin Reily will perform at The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill today from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 803-648-1181 or visit www.rosehillestate.com.
The Aiken Gem Mineral and Fossil Society will meet today at 7 p.m. in room 200 of the USC Aiken science building. Herpetologist Sean Poppy from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory will be the guest speaker. His topic will be Aiken’s Hidden Biodiversity and will focus on animals hat may be encountered on field trips. For more information, call 803-649-0959 or visit www.aikengmfs.org.
The Carolina Dance Studio Competition Team will host a Deco Mesh Workshop fundraiser today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the studio, 55 Capital Drive. The cost is $45 and includes all materials and instruction. For more information or to sign up, call Bethany Reesor at 803-443-4205.
The Aiken Lions Club will hold a broom sale today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to Tire Kingdom at 2300 Whiskey Road.
Yesterday’s Sounds will play on Fridays at the DAV building, 2194 Columbia Highway N., from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $6. A prize drawing will be held at 8:45 p.m. For more information, call Dana Watkins at 803-292-3680 or Furman Redd 706-825-8776.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Jason Sikes is back with Diane Bailey for another “Elvis Meets Patsy” performance on Saturday. The show promises to offer different songs and costumes from its prior performance. Tickets are $22. The show will be at the URS Center for Performing Arts. For more information, call 803-257-5563.
The American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter will hold the third annual Red Cross Roast and Toast fundraiser on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Big Red Barn. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 8 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets or more information, call 803-641-4152.
The Art Association of Ridge Spring, 108 Maintenance Building Circle, Ridge Spring, will offer Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilting class on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 and is for ages 12 and older. Instructor Susan Congdon will teach hand-piecing hexagon shapes using paper templates. Students can either appliqué the completed flower motif onto a background and make a small pincushion or continue to make additional motifs that can later be joined into a quilt top. Students must bring sewing needles, neutral colored thread, cotton fabrics (¼ yard pieces will be sufficient) and scissors. For more information, email email@example.com or call Donna Minor at 803-685-5783.
The DuPont Planetarium at the USC Aiken Ruth Patrick Science Education Center will show In My Backyard at 7 p.m. and More than Meets the Eye at 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $2.50 for students 4K through 12th grade and $1 for USCA students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit www.rpsec.usca.edu.
The American Red Cross will hold a Babysitter’s Training course at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is designed for students ages 11 to 15 and will teach leadership, safety, basic care and first aid. The cost is $30 and includes babysitting text book and certificate. For more information or to register, call 800-882-7445.
The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce will hold an oyster roast, low country boil and barbecue on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Johnston Municipal Parking Lot. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at Johnston, Edgefield and Ridge Spring branches of First Citizens Bank, Regions Bank, SRP Federal Credit Union, Turkey Shoppe of Main, Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce and the Edgefield Town Hall. For more information, call 803-275-0010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Symphony Orchestra of Augusta in Aiken presents “Brillian Baroque” with guest artist Vonda Darr on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $8 for students. For more information, call 803-641-3328 or email email@example.com.
A yard/trunk sale to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be held at Hammond-Beyer Health Center, 920 Houndslake Drive, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 to rent a parking space. Donations of books will be accepted during office hours. Donations of clean, gently used items will be accepted on Wednesday and Friday. Clothing donations will not be accepted. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 803-507-1331.
South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 1711 Whiskey Road, will accept applications for the Aiken County Secret Santa program on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Applicants must apply in person, provide proof of income (maximum of $500 per month per person in the household), proof of eligible children living with them (this requires each child’s Social Security card and birth certificate; children must be between the ages of 1 and 12). Requested toys cannot cost more than $35 or be video games or weapons.
The Friends of the Aiken County Library and the S.C. Humanities Council will host an Educational Music Performance: John Fowler’s History and Roots of Ethnic Music in South Carolina at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., on Saturday at 3 p.m. The event will feature award-winning Appalachian musician and storyteller John Fowler who will explore the parallels between European, Native American and African influences that played an important role in shaping American music. This is a free program suitable for ages 12 and older. For more information, call the reference desk at 803-642-2020.
The Aiken High School PTSO will hold its school wide clean-up day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Yard work equipment, edger, rakes, leaf blowers, pruners, shovels, etc. are needed. Tools are always helpful. Tasks will include painting, planting, spreading pine straw, pressure washing, cleaning windows and sprucing up inside and out. A check-in station will be located at the front entrance. For more information, call 803-646-7246.
A Veteran’s Day program will be held at Winthrop Hall American Legion Post 212, 602 Hampton Ave., on Saturday at 11 a.m. Col. Richard K. Allen, retired USAF, will be the guest speaker.
The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will meet at the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., on Saturday. Youth Wing I for grades fourth through seventh will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Youth Wing II for grates eight through 12th will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration isn’t required and workshops are free and open to any students interested in the theatrical arts. For more information, call 803-648-1438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aiken Center for the Arts will offer an Audition Master Class and Acting Workshop on Saturday with Off-Broadway performer/actor/director/writer/teacher Ryan Scarlata. The deadline to register was Wednesday. For more information, call 803-641-9094.
The Just Us variety band will play on Saturdays from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the DAV building. Admission is $6. For more information, call Carroll Matthews at 803-640-4114.
The Aiken Lions Club will hold a broom sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to Tire Kingdom at 2300 Whiskey Road.