Aiken Poets meet to plan poetry celebration

The Aiken Poets met Feb. 21 to make preliminary plans for their annual A Celebration of Poetry program to be held on May 11 at the Aiken Country Historical Museum. Pictured, seated, from left, are Lorie Dilindek, Ruth Larkin, Earnie Knight, Barbara Knight, Dorothea  Robinson and Ellen Jenks; standing, from left, are Maureen Woltlermann, Ken Goad, Harvey Lacombe, Barbara Jordan, Joan Lacombe, Roger Brock, Mary Bergen, Dr. James Hill, Marion Harley, Paul Harley and Linda Hale. Asta Corley and Rodger Miller are not pictured.


Paladin Productions presents “Love & Sorrow," a musical revue, at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. S.W. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Tickets for the show and reception are $27 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets to the show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at ACTS of Aiken, 340 Park Ave. S.W. and ACTS of Graniteville, 50 Canal St., Graniteville. Tickets are also available online at All proceeds will benefit ACTS programs. For more information, call 803-649-3800.

The Aiken Poets will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at AnShu Asian Cafe, 122 Coach Light Way. The group meets the third Thursday of every month. New members are welcomed. For more information, call Joan Lacombe at 803-642-3872.

The Greater Aiken SCORE will hold a workshop titled Before You Launch – Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the N.L. Bush Education Building at Friendship Baptist Church, 515 Richland Ave. E. For more information or to register, visit


The Off the Hook Crochet group will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Those attending should bring yarn and a crochet hook. For more information, visit

"Downtown Abbey: The Motion Picture," rated PG, will be shown from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit

The Aiken Camellia Society's annual show will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the gym of Aiken's First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave. Blooms may be entered for judging from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. The event will also feature floral arrangements by members of Ikebana International. For more information, call Jim Dickson at 803-279-9451.

Depot Jam will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. Bluegrass musicians and the public are invited to join the music jam. All are welcome. For more information, email Steve Willis or Ashley Carder at

The Aiken Area Myelinators Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Those living with MS or caring for someone living with MS are invited to attend. The program will address a few current topics related to research and treatment developments and this year's schedule of local events. Time for sharing and questions will be provided. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call Rex Lutz at 803-640-9257.

The Omicron Tau Lambda Leadership Institute and the Aiken Area Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will hold the 13th annual MLK Drum Major Unity Award Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Student Activities Center on the campus of Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. The theme will be Beyond the Dream: It's Time to Work. Dr. Jerry Corbett, pastor and missionary, will be the keynote speaker.

Friends of the Animal Shelter will hold a Dog Ears Reading session from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, 333 Wire Road. Children will be able to practice reading to shelter cats and dogs. To make a reservation, call 803-642-1537 or email Participants must be at least 5 years old.

Car Tunes will perform classic rock and country music at 7 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 5877, 116 Midway Circle.

The Aiken Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe, 996 Fatz Cafe. Tickets are $8. Money raised will benefit Lions Club programs.

The Just Us band will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the DAV, 2194 Columbia Highway N. Admission is $6. For more information, call Carroll Matthews at 803-640-4114.


The Edgefield Preservation Association will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lynch Building Annex of the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield. Donald Ferguson will be the guest speaker. His topic will be photo restoration and a time period identification. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 803-637-4010 or email