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Today's events for Jan. 26

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Aiken resident Tiajuana Cochnauer, left, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, visits with David Lobb and Jean Geiger after giving a presentation at the June 2 meeting of Aiken's Military Officers Association of America chapter. (Bill Bengtson/Staff)

THURSDAY

The Military Officers Association Aiken Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Capt. Michael Budney, USN (retired), will be the guest speaker. He is currently the manger of the Savannah River Operations office. His topic will be on the operations of the SRS including future plans at the site. The cost is $25 per person and checks should be made out to eh MOAA-Aiken Chapter. Reservations are due by Thursday. To make a reservation, call Brent Caldwell at 803-226-0546 or Jeanne Townes at 803-439-3303.

Jaimee Paul and Leif Shiers will perform “Broadway Our Way” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. The concert is part of the Aiken Performing Arts 2021-2022 season. Tickets are $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikenarts.com or call 803-648-1438.

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave.

FRIDAY

The Family and Marriage Coalition will hold a Marriage is Worth Celebrating gala at 6 p.m. Friday at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. Cherell Butler, owner and director of Complete Care Counseling, will be the guest speaker. The event will feature a meal, fellowship and a message celebrating marriage and family. Tickets are $70 per couple or $35 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Roger Rollins at 803-640-4689 or email rogerrollins@gmail.com.

SATURDAY

The Back to Basics Alcoholics Anonymous group will meet in-person at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Masks are required for all. 

The USC Aiken COVID Test Site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the USCA Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way, Graniteville. This is a drive-thru testing site. TourHealth will analyze the tests and provide results within 48 to 72 hours. 

JAN. 30

Anyone interested in becoming a S.C. High School Football official for the 2022 season should call Ricky Robinson, the district director of Aiken County, at 803-215-2513 or email ricrob2000@yahoo.com. Classes begin in May.

JAN. 31

The Town and Country Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson will be the guest speaker. His topic will be human trafficking. All are welcome. Reservations are due by noon Monday, Jan. 31. Lunch will be served and is $25. For more information or to make a reservation, call Diane at 803-760-9336 or email tcresv@gmail.com.

FEB. 1

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, by appointment only. VITA is open to those in need of help with tax preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns. Those wishing to use the VITA service must pick up an info packet, complete the forms in the packet and call to make an appointment once all forms are completed. Forms will be available at the Weeks Center Monday, Jan. 24, through April 8. Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Taxpayers must have a cellphone, and will be called by someone to work on their return.

The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive. 

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in person in the conference room near the main sanctuary at St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. S.W. and via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step group for men and women, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road. 

FEB. 3

A Cocktails and Collectors Preview Party for the Aiken Antique Show and Sale will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Tickets are $60 per person or $50 per person for arts center members. The show and sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Tickets are $15 per person and includes admission for all three days. Presentations will be given on Friday and Saturday. Bryan Huffman, a North Carolina-based interior designer, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Friday. His topic will be Bunny Mellon Style. Kirk Moore, historian and garden designer for Oakleaf in Highlands, North Carolina, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. His topic will be All About Terrariums. The cost to attend the presentations is $20 each and includes admission to the sale. For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

The Sons of the American Revolution, Henry Laurens Chapter of Aiken County, will meet at noon Thursday, Feb. 3, at Bobby's Bar-B-Q. Organization Vice President the Rev. Douglas A. Pickett will give a presentation titled John Marshall, Revolutionary War Soldier, Patriot and Supreme Court Chief Justice Par II. 

The Aiken Civic Orchestra's Winter Nocturne, an intimate evening celebrating excellence in artistry, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Pianist John O'Conor will perform. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Etherredge Center Box Office. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-641-3305.

The Town and Country Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson will be the guest speaker. His topic will be human trafficking. All are welcome. Reservations are due by noon Monday, Jan. 31. Lunch will be served and is $25. For more information or to make a reservation, call Diane at 803-760-9336 or email tcresv@gmail.com.

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave.

FEB. 4

The Aiken Antique Show and Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Tickets are $15 per person and includes admission for all three days. Presentations will be given on Friday and Saturday. Bryan Huffman, a North Carolina-based interior designer, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Friday. His topic will be Bunny Mellon Style. Kirk Moore, historian and garden designer for Oakleaf in Highlands, N.C., will speak at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. His topic will be All About Terrariums. The cost to attend the presentations is $20 each and includes admission to the sale. For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

The No Limit Reunion Tour featuring Master P, Mystikal, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, Fiend, Mr. Serv On, Choppa Style and special guest Juvenile will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

FEB. 7

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, by appointment only. VITA is open to those in need of help with tax preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns. Those wishing to use the VITA service must pick up an info packet, complete the forms in the packet and call to make an appointment once all forms are completed. Forms will be available at the Weeks Center Monday, Jan. 24, through April 8. Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Taxpayers must have a cellphone, and will be called by someone to work on their return.

FEB. 8

The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive. 

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in person in the conference room near the main sanctuary at St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. S.W. and via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step group for men and women, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road. 

Feb. 10

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at 1016 Vaucluse Road. For more information, call Shemeco Butler at 803-642-1055.

The Aiken Camellia Society annual camellia auction will be Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thaddeus Church, 125 Pendleton St. S.W.

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave.

FEB. 12

The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County will hold the 2022 Boot Scootin' for Our Kids fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at The Big Red Barn, 187 Chime Bell Church Road. Tickets are $75 per person or $550 per table of eight. To register for the Silent Auction or to purchase tickets, visit cacofaiken.cbo.io.

Aiken Mardi Gras will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in downtown Aiken.

FEB. 14

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, by appointment only. VITA is open to those in need of help with tax preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns. Those wishing to use the VITA service must pick up an info packet, complete the forms in the packet and call to make an appointment once all forms are completed. Forms will be available at the Weeks Center Monday, Jan. 24, through April 8. Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Taxpayers must have a cellphone, and will be called by someone to work on their return.

FEB. 15

DayBreak Adult Care Services will hold its Lewy Body Dementia Support Group at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. For more information, visit daybreakaiken.com or cal 803-226-0288.

The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive. 

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in person in the conference room near the main sanctuary at St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. S.W. and via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step group for men and women, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road. 

FEB. 17

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave.

FEB. 18

The Aiken Community Theatre will perform "Murder's in the Heir" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors age 60 and older and active military, $12 for students and $7 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikencommunitytheatre.org.

Rick Springfield will perform his "Stripped Down" acoustic show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Bell Auditorium, 712 Teflair St., Augusta. Tickets are $79, $59 and $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aectix.com.

FEB. 19

"Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till" will be performed as part of the USCA Cultural Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit etherredgecenter.universitytickets.com.

Actor and playwright Mike Wiley will speak from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Center for African American History, Art and Culture, 120 York St. N.E. He will speak about how he developed his one-man play, "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till." The event is in partnership with USC Aiken. For more ifn

Keep Aiken County Beautiful will hold a Whiskey Road Cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 19.

FEB. 21

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, by appointment only. VITA is open to those in need of help with tax preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns. Those wishing to use the VITA service must pick up an info packet, complete the forms in the packet and call to make an appointment once all forms are completed. Forms will be available at the Weeks Center Monday, Jan. 24, through April 8. Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Taxpayers must have a cellphone, and will be called by someone to work on their return.

FEB. 22

The Augusta Genealogical Society will hold a virtual genealogical program from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr. will be the guest speaker. His topic will be Writing Your Family History Book: The Narrative History Approach. The program is free to society members and $10 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22. For more information or to register, visit augustagensociety.org.

The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive. 

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in person in the conference room near the main sanctuary at St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. S.W. and via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step group for men and women, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road. 

FEB. 24

The Aiken Community Theatre will perform "Murder's in the Heir" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors age 60 and older and active military, $12 for students and $7 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikencommunitytheatre.org.

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave.

FEB. 26

A Suicide Prevention Training Seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at American Legion Post No. 26, 636 Old Airport Road. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among veterans. Attendance is free by reservation. For more information or to register, text name and email to 814-882-7215. Attendance is limited to 30 people.

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold its 12th annual Black History Jazz Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The event will feature live music by Preston & Weston, dancing, refreshments and door prizes. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E.; or the Lessie B. Price center. For more information, call 803-642-7634.

The Augusta Genealogical Society will hold a virtual genealogical program from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr. will be the guest speaker. His topic will be Writing Your Family History Book: The Narrative History Approach. The program is free to society members and $10 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22. For more information or to register, visit augustagensociety.org.

FEB. 28

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, by appointment only. VITA is open to those in need of help with tax preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns. Those wishing to use the VITA service must pick up an info packet, complete the forms in the packet and call to make an appointment once all forms are completed. Forms will be available at the Weeks Center Monday, Jan. 24, through April 8. Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Taxpayers must have a cellphone, and will be called by someone to work on their return.