TODAY

The North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. today. This year's Grand Marshal will be Carolyn Baggott, a long-time resident of North Augusta and City Council member from 1991-2015. This year's theme is Christmas Around the World.

The Town of Windsor Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. today.

The CSRA Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in partnership of the Greater Aiken Chapter of SCORE will hold a workshop on how to begin a consulting career at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Cotton Room of Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., Augusta. The workshop will cover the fundamental of consulting and will be led by Dennis M. Moen and Chip Retson. The cost is $10 and includes a buffet dinner. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit events.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/181840. Registration is due by midnight today.

The Town of Jackson will hold its Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. today on Highway 125 in Jackson. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. behind Jackson Middle School.

Holidays in Old Hollywood will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Dec. 9 and 16, at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave. N.W. The event will feature music from the 1930s-’60s. For more information, visit The Willcox on Facebook.

The Women of Woodside will hold a Deck the Halls event at 1 p.m. today and Monday. A Southern Living inspired model home at the Village of Woodside will be decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees, centerpieces and wreaths made by the Women of Woodside. Tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit womenofwoodside.com.

MONDAY

The Horse Creek Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 117 Hard St., Graniteville. The program will be the documentary, "Mart to Art: A Repurposed Life." The film is about the building that was the Leigh Banana Case Company Commissary near Barnwell and is now the Little Red Barn. The annual Christmas buffet will be held following the program. For more information, call 803-663-9457.

The Aiken County Transportation Committee will hold a work session at 6 p.m. followed by a public meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Sandlapper Room of the Aiken County Government Center, 1930 University Parkway. Citizens may address committee members about issues regarding county roads at this meeting. For more information, call 803-642-1694.

Aiken Women In Black, in partnership with Aiken Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, will hold a Vigil for Peace from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday on Whiskey Road across from The Fresh Market. These nonpartisan vigils in witness against war and all forms of violence are held on the first and third Monday of every month. All are invited to stand with us at Hitchcock Drive (the entrance to Aiken Estates, in front of Bethlehem Lutheran Church). We have signs, or you may bring your own as long as they are nonpartisan. For more information, call Brenda at 803-648-6020, Lynn at 803-226-5546 or Emilie of Moms Demand Action at 586-945-8771.

TUESDAY 

A recycled art workshop for ages 18 and older will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Registration opened Nov. 12. For more information or to register, call the Reference Desk at 803-642-2020 x. 1131.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in rooms 6 and 7 of the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Mrs. Claus will read a holiday book, and children will enjoy juice and cookies after the story. The program is for children 8 and younger. For more information, email howeeks@cityofaikensc.gov.

The Aiken Concert Band will perform its Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Etherredge Center on the campus on USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 803-641-3305 or visit aikenconcertband.org.

Nuclear Care Partners will hold a Cookies, Coffee & Questions event at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Federal Room of The mill on Park, 237 Park Ave. S.W. Former Savannah River Site workers will be able to decorate cookies, mingle with other former atomic workers, enjoy healthy snacks and ask questions about the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Program Act. Space is limited. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 803-295-5812.

Aiken Antiques and Uniques will hold an Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the store, 782 Silver Bluff Road in the Centre South Shopping Center. The event will feature sales, raffles, food and fun. For more information, call 803-226-9144.

The Davidson Chorale will perform in concert at 11 a.m. and noon Tuesda at St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta, as part of the Tuesday's Music Live concert series. Lunch will be served following the noon performance only. The cost is $12 per person for lunch, and advanced registration is required. The concerts are free. For more information, call 706-722-3463 or visit tuesdaysmusiclive.com.

The Savannah River Site Advisory Board will meet from 4:30 to 8:20 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 4 and 11, in the DOE Meeting Center, 230 Village Green Blvd. Suite 220. The Nuclear Materials and Waste Management committees will meet on Dec. 4. The Facilities Disposition & Site Remediation and Strategic & Legacy Management committees will meet on Dec. 11. For more information, call 803-952-7884 or email srscitizensadvisoryboard@srs.gov.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesda at Hubbell Power Systems Inc., 1850 Richland Ave. E. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org.

The U.S. Submarine Veterans will celebrate their 500th visit to the Children's Hospital of Georgia and reunion of 2,500 honorary submariners at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the lobby of the Children's Hospital of Georgia, 1446 Harper St., Augusta. Reservations are due by Tuesday. For more information or to make a reservation, visit ghsu.wufoo.com/forms/za4n4ee0zxes5i

The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St., in room 224. Players of all levels and anyone interested in learning to play are invited. For more information, call Gary Warnock at 803-226-9280 or Tommy Harman at 803-599-8962.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

A Digital Library Branch info session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Participants will learn how to browse, checkout and download eBooks, audiobooks, videos and music from Hoopla and Cloud Library. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

The Wise Outrageous Women will meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 5, at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave. S.W. The program will be Christmas food, fellowship and songbirds. For more information, call Kathy at 803-641-7409 or Joyce at 803-594-1299.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Coloring for Grownups will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Those attending should bring their own coloring pens and pencils. Coloring sheets and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to make a reservation, call the reference desk at 803-642-2020 x. 1131 or visit abbe-lib.org.

Aiken County Habitat for Humanity will hold a Holiday Volunteer Drop In from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Powell Protection Agency, 1982 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. Santa will stop by and Christmas movies will be shown in the theater room throughout the event. For more information, call 803-270-6428.

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Tri-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.

Single, Single Again will hold its Christmas Wine and Cheese event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Theresa Hall, 125 Union St. Reservations are due by Thursday, Dec. 6. Attendees are encouraged to bring wine or drink of choice, hors d'oeuvres and a friend. Cheese will be provided. The cost is $5 at the door. For more information or to register, email Carla Noziglia at skipncar@aol.com or call Phyllis Autrey at 214-587-1156.

A Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. The event will feature holiday songs, refreshments and more. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult. Admission is free. For more information, call 803-642-7634.

Mistletoe + Merlot will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. This holiday shopping market is sponsored by the Aiken Standard and will feature more than 60 vendors. Tickets are $10, and include admission, appetizers and a drink ticket. The first 250 people will receive a souvenir wine glass. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Lionel Smith Ltd., 132 Laurens St. S.W.; Fox & Lady, 110 Laurens St. S.W.; Unique Expressions, 1521 Whiskey Road; Vikki's, 1216 Whiskey Road; Hibbitts Drug Co., 735 Main St. N., New Ellenton; and the Aiken Standard office, 326 Rutland Drive. Tickets are also available online at tickets.aikenstandard.com.

Night of 1,000 Lights will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in downtown Aiken. The streets will be lit with festive decor and some shops will stay open late to offer holiday treats, music and drinks. This is a free event.

The Aiken Newcomers' Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. The South Boundary Singers, with Diane Haslam, will perform Christmas music. Community Service will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Department of Social Services. To make a reservation or cancel a reservation, call Debby Harris at 949-874-1177 (A-L) or Gloria Owens at 803-649-7359 (M-Z) or email newcomers29803@gmail.com. Reservations or cancellations must be made by noon Thursday, Dec. 6.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

The 2018 North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. A fashion show and brunch will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23 for the tour, and $13 for the brunch and fashion show. Tickets can be purchased at Jim Bush Flowers, 501 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta; CommuniGraphics, 1400 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; Parks Pharmacy, 437 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; the Arts and Heritage Center, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; and Plum Pudding, 100 Laurens St. N.W. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit natourofhomes.org

A Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at The Village at Woodside, 230 Village Green Blvd.

The South Boundary Singers will perform their concert, "Winter Serenade" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road. Admission is free. Bound to Sing will also perform. A reception will be held following the concert.

The Aiken Community Theatre will perform "Miracle on 34th Street" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $12 for children and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-648-1348 or visit aikencommunitytheatre.org.

The Augusta GreenJackets in partnership with SRP Federal Credit Union and the City of North Augusta will hold the inaugural Christmas Holiday Movie Extravaganza at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at SRP Park, 187 Railroad Ave., North Augusta. The movie "Elf," rated PG, will be shown. Admission is $5 per person or $3 per person with the donation of a toy to Toys for Tots. Children 5 and younger are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-349-9467.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

The Backstretch Experience: Behind the Scenes at the Aiken Training Track will be held from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The Aiken Training Track, Aiken Thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame and Museum are partnering to offer this experience. Registration is $30 per person. Space is limited. To register, visit the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Those attending should meet at 8:45 a.m. at The Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, to be transported to the Training Track. For more information, call 803-643-2121 or email halloffame@cityofaikensc.gov.

Single, Single Again will hold its Christmas Wine and Cheese event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Theresa Hall, 125 Union St. Reservations are due by Thursday, Dec. 6. Attendees are encouraged to bring wine or drink of choice, hors d'oeuvres and a friend. Cheese will be provided. The cost is $5 at the door. For more information or to register, email Carla Noziglia at skipncar@aol.com or call Phyllis Autrey at 214-587-1156.

A Christmas Open House will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Oakley Park Museum, 300 Columbia Road, Edgefield. The event will feature tours, crafts, music and light refreshments. For more information, call 803-215-9798.

A Holiday Horse Wreath making event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center, 1123 Edgefield Highway. The cost is $50 and includes all materials. Space is limited. For more information or to register, email Nicole Pioli at nicole@greatoakatrc.org.

The Newberry Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Tour of Homes from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Newberry. Homes on the tour include the Tootle House, the Routon House, the Write-Turner House and the McCaughrin House. Tickets are $30. For more information or to make a reservation, call 803-276-4274 or visit newberrycountychamber.com.

The U.S. Submarine Veterans will celebrate their 500th visit to the Children's Hospital of Georgia and reunion of 2,500 honorary submariners at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the lobby of the Children's Hospital of Georgia, 1446 Harper St., Augusta. Reservations are due by Tuesday, Dec. 4. For more information or to make a reservation, visit ghsu.wufoo.com/forms/za4n4ee0zxes5i

The Midland Valley Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade begins at LBC Middle School. Signups start at 1 p.m. For more information, call the town hall at 803-593-2676.

A Down on Park Christmas Block Party will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Material Things, 616 Park Ave. S.E. The event will feature vendors, live Christmas music, a fire pit and crafts for kids. Photos with Santa will be available for $25, and proceeds will benefit FOTAS. Pets are welcome.

Christmas Crafts will be available at the Aiken County Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, at the market, 115 Williamsburg ST. Local, handmade Christmas gifts will be on display. For more information, call 803-293-2214.

GLEE, Gem Lakes Engaging Everyone, will light luminaries in Gem Lakes at dusk on Saturday, Dec. 8. The community is invited to drive through the streets and enjoy the sight. The rain date will be Monday, Dec. 10.

The Doro Wat Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. The performance is part of the 2018-19 Cultural Series and is sponsored by Jet Pilot Services. Tickets are $40. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 803-641-3305 or visit etherrdge.usca.edu.

Joe Fargis will hold a Jumping Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at Vista Schooling and Event Center, 859 Old Tory Trail. Fargis won medals during the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics. Proceeds from the clinic will benefit the USC Aiken Intercollegiate Equestrian Teams. Eighteen spots are available. The cost is $400 for the two-day clinic. The clinic can be audited for $20 per day or $30 for the weekend. For more information or to sign up, call 803-641-3518 or 334-456-2989. 

The Augusta Choral Society will perform A Carolina Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors ages 60 and older and $15 for active duty military and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit augustacs.org.