Almost time for the Heart Show

There are just a few tickets remaining for “The Last Mulligan,” this year's benefit. You might think from the title you know what the show is about: but, not so fast! There are some real surprises. The sets are being constructed, orchestra and singers are rehearsing together, and the Heart Board ladies are working behind the scenes supporting Jim Moore and his talented volunteers to make this another magical event. The show runs from Wednesday evening, Feb. 26 through a Sunday matinee on March 2. For information on getting last-minute tickets, call Linda Calhoun at 803-643-3899.

Events in reinforce community generosity:

Hope Center in Graniteville was even more exceptional than one might have imagined. DeDe Biles wrote a great account in Aiken Standard on Feb. 4, archived, in case you missed it. This Christ Central location at 6 Hickman St. in Graniteville has received bountiful donations, not just in tangible items and cash, but also in volunteer hours and support, and they are continuing, according to co-directors Tonya and Scott Shipes. Gov. Nikki Haley was well informed and upbeat, even when a whistle signaled a train rumbling past, as she cut the ribbon and congratulated Pastor Jimmy Jones, the Floyds, the Shipes and the community for collaboration at its finest.

ACTS' Icicle Ball held Feb. 8 turned St. Thaddeus' hall into a winter wonderland. The crowd was spiffed up, with some tuxes and lots of sparkles. Food was delicious, too.

Guests worked off the big dinner by dancing to the great music of Palmetto Groove.

Bidding on silent auction items was awesome, and many folks also purchased tickets at $50 each to buy food, similar to the display in a grocery cart, for the ACTS clients.

The volunteers of ACTS, like those of Christ Central, are remarkable. I was especially pleased, but not surprised, to see Barbara and George Zirps helping to set up for the event. Retired Naval Captain Zirps and his “first mate” are first-rate “prayer warriors” who faithfully also donate their time weekly at ACTS.

It was slightly bittersweet to know that Vicki Bukovitz, current executive director, is turning over all the reins to Carla Cloud at the end of this month.

Anybody else but Carla, and there might have been some concerns. But two finer leaders with warmer smiles than Vicki and Carla cannot be found.

Upscale Resale opportunity

Another Silent Auction begins on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at St. John's downtown, in their Ward Hall. Furniture, appliances, dishes, and numerous small items are offered, going to the highest bidder.

The proceeds from these high end items will benefit the charities of United Methodist Women.

Items can be viewed from now through Feb. 23. Stop by at the corners of Richland and Newberry during the week, or call 803-648-6891.

2014 Walk MS will be held on March 29

The Aiken Area Myelinators is a self help group is for those with multiple sclerosis and their support persons. This group, led by Pamela Zander Owen, meets 10 a.m. to 12 noon the third Saturday of every month at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 961 Trail Ridge Road in Aiken.

The Aiken Area Myelinators MS are involved in The National Multiple Sclerosis Society MS Walk on March 29 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other – a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we've made and to show the power of our connections.

When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 14,400 people living with MS in the Carolinas.

Register now, connect with others and start fundraising today. Contact Lisa Cottongim at 803-514-6064 or visit

Beatles and electric toothbrushes

While it seems nearly impossible to imagine half a century has passed since that famous first appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, time can be interminable while waiting for an electric toothbrush to finish the cycle, being on “hold” for the “next available operator” or standing on one foot, then another while a microwave re-heats that cup of lukewarm coffee!

Midge Rothrock has degrees in communications and an MBA and writes each month in the Aiken Standard's Mature Times. Send story ideas for “A Smidge with Midge” to Rothrock at