Café Rio Blanco, 148 Laurens St., and USC Aiken’s the Guild of Poetic Intent are hosting Open Mic Night today at 6:30 p.m. at Café Rio Blanco. This event is free open to the community.

Noble Breads and Grocer are holding classes at its 1625 Richland Ave. location for mature youth and adults. The first class is today at 6 p.m. The topic will be on “The Oiling of America.”

There will be a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees today at 7 p.m. in the Edgefield County School District Board Room. The meeting is open to the public.

The CSRA New Horizons Band will have its first meeting of the spring semester at 5 p.m. today in the band rehearsal room at the Etherredge Center at USCA, 471 University Parkway. The public is invited.

The Birds & Butterflies Nature Series today is sold out, so another seminar is planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday. The topic is “Identifying Backyard Birds” and includes tips to help identify more than 60 species of birds in our area. Space is limited, so reservations are required by calling 649-7999. There is a $5 charge for each seminar or field trip when the reservation is made. Children 16 and younger are free. Seminars are held at Birds & Butterflies, 117 Laurens St. N.W., unless otherwise noted.

The Beech Island Historical Society will meet today at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s History & Visitors Center located at 144 Old Jackson Highway in Beech Island. Featured speaker will be former Augusta mayor and author Bob Young, who will talk about his new book, “The Treasure Train.” Following the talk will be a book signing and refreshments. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Jackie Bartley at (803) 827-0184.

The Edgefield County Republican Party will be holding its first meeting of 2013 at the County Council Chambers today at 7 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, visit

The Talatha Rural Community Water District Board of Commissioner’s monthly meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the district office. District members are encouraged to participate in nominations and elections for two board seats which will be held promptly at 7 p.m. The office is located at 4 Aspen Court. The meeting is open to the public.

Auditions for Aiken’s County-wide boys choir “Bound to Sing” will be held today and Jan. 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the choir room at Aiken’s First Baptist Church. They are looking for boys in fourth to sixth grades with unchanged voices. Nothing is required to be brought. Rehearsals for their spring concert will begin on Jan. 29 and continue every Tuesday afternoon from 3:50 to 5:15 p.m. until May. For more information, call Bill Riehl at 336-8802 or email


Jack Devine will be the speaker for the Wednesday meeting of the Senior Men’s Club of Aiken. His topic will be today’s nuclear power electricity generation programs. The Club will meet at Woodside Country Club at noon. Call 226-0338 for more information about the club membership or for lunch reservations. First time guests are free; members are $12. Annual dues are $15

There will be a South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council Business Meeting on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, located at 5400 Broad River Road, Columbia.

The Aiken County Public Library, located at 314 Chesterfield St. SW, will have Storytime Wednesdays for ages two and younger from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m., for ages two to three from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and ages 4 to 5 from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The Shepeard Community Blood Center will have a blood drive at USC Aiken, located at 471 University Parkway, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College will present the 2013 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the USC Aiken Etherredge Center lobby, 471 University Parkway. The special guest speaker is Demetrius McCoy, a youth pastor and rising community leader. During the ceremony, the “Legacy of the King” award will be given to a student who has encompassed King’s aspirations.

The event is free and open to the public.