Cooking classes to begin Tuesday Prestige Appliances & Accessories will present a new cooking series, "Cooking With Karen: Gourmet Meals Made Easy," which will begin on Tuesday and run through May 7. The new series will focus on four themes like "Don't fear fish" and "Gourmet to go" over eight separate classes. Classes will be limited to 20 people and are $75 per person. All classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. To reach Prestige Appliances & Accessories, located at 116A Pendleton St. in downtown Aiken, call 644-0103. Register for beef cattle school A Beef Cattle Marketing School will be held in Blackville on Tuesday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about marketing cattle, including marketing alternatives for small producers. Cost is $40 per person and includes all materials, lunch and refreshments during breaks. The deadline for registration is Feb. 26. For more information, call Lisa Marshall at the Clemson University Extension Office at 649-6297, ext. 121. Spelling bee is today at 7 p.m. The Aiken County School District will host the annual district Spelling Bee at the Washington Center for the Arts tonight at 7 p.m. The participating students in grades 5-8 were the first- and second-place finishers at five earlier contests held in each attendance area. Those students are Peyton Carter and Austin Rentz, Area 1; Mary Kay Jenkins and Jesse Suggs, Area 2; Kaitlynn Haney and William Hardy, Area 3; Taylor Sims and Marquis Anderson, Area 4; and Ashley Partin and Dalton Pike, Area 5. Haney, a LBC Middle School seventh-grader, has won the Area 3 Spelling Bee three straight times and came in second in the district last year. The contest is sponsored by the URS Corporation and the Washington Savannah River Company.