Blood drive this Thursday and Ruby Tuesdays' coupons

Deri Beard will be working at a blood drive this week and would like the community to know about this important event. Did you know that every blood donation has the potential to save three lives?

The Aiken Mid-day Lions host at the Shepeard Blood Center on Thursday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family and camera along, since USC's mascot Sir Big Spur will be at the Center from 3 to 5 p.m. This drive is generously co-sponsored by Ruby Tuesdays.

For donating, you receive a coupon for a free appetizer, and a free children's meal from Ruby Tuesdays, so you could head there next.

And, while at the restaurant, pick up a coupon for Give Back program, which benefits the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and Helping Hands. Plus, the Shepeard Center is giving away free GreenJackets tickets for the game on June 6.

That is another event to enjoy as thanks for giving your blood.

Classical conversion is on Thursday night

Conductors Craig Coelho and Dr. Joel Scraper will join the South Aiken High School Chorale with the Masterworks Chorale for a free concert.

Come to the sanctuary at St. John's UMC, downtown at the corners of Richland Avenue and Newberry Street at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Anna Hamilton will accompany on piano; and, Mark Dickens returns to St. John's glorious Schantz organ for this concert.

Talented USCA students are also participating. These exceptional voices will be providing musical sounds in many languages.

Praise for Minute Clinic at CVS

Susan McDonald reports good things about how quick, efficient and professional the staff (including a nurse practitioner) is at the Minute Clinic at CVS on Whiskey Road.

Susan is great at IT, spending career years demonstrating how technology can work for us. When she is impressed, it must be effective.

Susan's mom was visiting and needed a health check one evening recently. Not only was the staff good, but the electronic sign-in process at this new clinic is quick and easy to use, creating from initial check in process any data required to fill a prescription on the premises, too. Good to know.

Wheelchair Ramp Golf Tournament fun

A future longer article will appear detailing the funds raised from generous donors and 75 golfers on May 16.

Through this annual successful primary fundraiser, volunteers can continue building ramps for those homebound in our area.

The day was so much fun, perfectly hosted at Houndslake Country Club. Buckwheat's BBQ served a terrific lunch again.

A special shoutout goes to HarborChase for providing a delicious breakfast on what started out as a chilly Friday morning.

For several years, they have given this tournament a good start to the day.

Thanks to Scott Sanders, executive director, as well as directors Susan Emison, sales, and Ed Giddings, hospitality, with James Dodd from Ed's staff.

Aptly-named downtown Equine Divine

At 126 Laurens St. S.W., one can find perfect gifts for the graduate with a love of horses. Their equestrian collections are exceptional.

From upscale clothing items, gifts to please animal lovers, to sporting art, it is a treat to browse this collection.

They will even wrap and ship, which is always a nice plus. The owner and her staff are gracious. or call 642-9772.

Virginia Johnson's quest to honor sister, the late Sandy Rogers

When Ginny Johnson sets her mind to accomplishing something, it will get done.

Ginny learned the Aiken Public Safety Department needed a new police canine to replace beloved Sasja. She also learned ADPS had not budgeted for this replacement.

Fallen officer Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers was such an animal lover. This was the just right thing to do, and the only stipulation Ginny made was that the dog be called Sandman, to honor her sister's memory.

To purchase a tee shirt or “203 – We Go On” decal, visit the family-owned Jack Rogers Tire at 1724 Richland Ave. E. or call 803-649-9495.

As of early May, more than $3,500 has been raised toward the $8,000 cost.

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