Feb. Calendar

TODAY 

Aiken Youth Polo will hold its first USPA Interscholastic Polo Tournament Feb. 8-10 at the New Bridge Polo Club, 86 New Bridge Road. Games will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today. The tournament is free and open to the public. Tailgating is encouraged.

The annual South Boundary Singers Scholarship Concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the lobby gallery of the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. USCA students, faculty, staff and alumni will perform with members of the community. The concert is free and open to the public, but a goodwill donation will be accepted to benefit scholarships.

MONDAY 

The Aiken88 will hold its inaugural gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center, 1900 Whiskey Road. This is a gathering for those who wish to pray for our city, county and community. The group will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. For more information, call Wally Walliser at 803-645-5468.

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday in the Ashley J. Little Administration Building on the campus of Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway. 

TUESDAY, FEB. 12

The Aiken Newcomers' Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, 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. Stan Byrdy will be the guest speaker. His topic will be the History of the Augusta National Golf Club. Community service is collecting cash or checks for Camp Gravatt. To make a reservation or cancel a reservation, call Cidy Medvid at 931-260-0474 (A-L) or Polly Naramore at 803-642-7268 (M-Z) or email newcomers29803@gmail.com. Reservations or cancellations must be made by noon Thursday, Feb. 7.

Poet Ken Hada will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway, as part of the Oswald Distinguished Writer's Series. Hada has published six books including "Bring an Extry Mule," and "Persimmon Sunday." The event is free and open to the public.

The Crosland Park Neighborhood Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Community Resource Center, 1248 Crosland Drive N.E. The program will be Government to Your Neighborhood. An evening meal will be furnished by Thomas Emerson. Questions can be emailed to cpna@atlanticbb.net, questions will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Red Pepper, 752 Silver Bluff Road. Ed Mann will be the guest speaker. His topic will be the Battle of Aiken which is scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24. The meeting is open to all federal employees working or retired.

THURSDAY, FEB. 14

An Anti-Valentine's Day event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Celebrate being single on Valentine's Day with games, crafts and food. This program is for students in sixth through 12th grades. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

The Havana Cuba All Stars will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway, as part of the 2019 Cultural Series. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $15 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-641-3305 or visit etherredge.usca.edu.

The Edgefield Camellia Club will hold its Camellia Tea from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Magnolia Dale, 320 Norris St., Edgefield. The tea will feature Camellia blooms and refreshments with tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation. Local musicians will provide entertainment.

The Edgefield County Historical Society will present "The Loves of Lucy Pickens" Opening Night Black Tie Gala and Grand Dress Rehearsal in Imperial Russian Style at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $50 per person. Additional performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 in the William Miller Bouknight Theatre in the Edgefield Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield. Show tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-637-2233.

The Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness will hold its Up & Atom breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Crowne Plaza, 1060 Center St., North Augusta.NNSA Savannah River Field Office Manager Nicole Nelson-Jean will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be the future of the Savannah River Site and its role in national security. The cost is $20. Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday, Feb. 14. For more information or to make a reservation, email cnta@bellsouth.net or visit cnta.com.

Nuclear Care Partners will hold an information event for former Savannah River Site workers at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Jackson Municipal Complex, 106 Main St., Jackson. Space is limited to 25. Resources available include first-time filing for benefits, free medical screenings, denied claims, adding a consequential illness, accessing white card benefits, impairment ratings, skilled nursing care, financial compensation, home health care and more. For more information or to RSVP, call 803-295-5104.

A Ride for the Rescue event to benefit Aiken Equine Rescue will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Aiken Yoga, 116 Pendleton Ave. Bike reservations are $10 and are nonrefundable. Dog food, treats or other new dog related items will be collected for Molly's Militia. The deadline to reserve a bike is Thursday, Feb. 14. For more information or to make a reservation, email fitcat1@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, FEB. 15

The Edgefield County Historical Society will present "The Loves of Lucy Pickens" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 in the William Miller Bouknight Theatre in the Edgefield Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield. Show tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-637-2233.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16

The Black Historical Committee of Aiken will host its 18th annual Black History Parade on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. Line up  will begin at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The deadline to register to participate in the parade is Friday, Feb. 1. The entry fee is $20. Registration forms can be picked up at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St., or Brothers and Sisters of Aiken, 132 York St., anytime after 2 p.m. This year's parade theme is Days of the 1970s. The parade will start on Florence Street, across from the American Legion Post No. 212. 

The Off the Hook Crochet group will meet from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Those attending should bring yarn and a crochet hook. A crochet fashion show is being planned for March 16. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

The Edgefield County Historical Society will present "The Loves of Lucy Pickens" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 in the William Miller Bouknight Theatre in the Edgefield Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield. Show tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-637-2233.

The Senior Men's Club of Aiken will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Woodside Plantation Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. County Council Chairman Gary Bunker will be the guest speaker. For meeting reservations for non-members or more information about club membership, call 803-649-7697 by Saturday, Feb. 16.

A tour titled the African-American Experience: Resistance will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 16 at the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island. The tour lasts a little over an hour and includes the historic slave cabin and mansion. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 6-16. The tour is limited to 30 people and is first-cm, first-served. For more information, call 803-827-1473 or email redcliffe@scpart.com.

The Black Historical Committee of Aiken will host its 18th annual Black History Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Line up  will begin at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The deadline to register to participate was Feb. 1. This year's parade theme is Days of the 1970s. The parade will start on Florence Street, across from the American Legion Post No. 212. 

A Ride for the Rescue event to benefit Aiken Equine Rescue will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Aiken Yoga, 116 Pendleton Ave. Bike reservations are $10 and are nonrefundable. Dog food, treats or other new dog related items will be collected for Molly's Militia. The deadline to reserve a bike is Thursday, Feb. 14. For more information or to make a reservation, email fitcat1@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17

The Edgefield County Historical Society will present "The Loves of Lucy Pickens" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 in the William Miller Bouknight Theatre in the Edgefield Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield. Show tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-637-2233.

Finding PEACE in Mid-Life, a support group designed and facilitated by licensed professional counselor Dana Rideout, will meet from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Sundays Feb. 17 through March 24 at Rideout's office, 235 Pendleton St. N.W. Topics to be addressed include changing relationships with elderly parents and children, grief/loss, impact of alcohol on metabolism and mood, the shift from where am I going to what am I going to leave behind. The cost is $160 per person. An $80 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. For more information, call 803-226-0379 or email dana@danarideoutlpc.com.