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The Aiken Antique Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Tickets are $20 per person for the duration of the show. The show and sale will feature antique furniture, paintings, lighting, jewelry and rugs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikenantiqueshow.com.

A First Friday Dinner will be held at 4 p.m. today at VFW Post, 10601, 250 Hudson Road. The cost is $20, and the meal includes chicken, cole slaw, beans and bread. Proceeds will benefit the Fix-A-Roof fund.

The Aiken Antique Show Cocktails and Collectors' Preview Party will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Attendees will be able to preview and purchase fine antiques as well as meet the dealers and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $50 for arts center members and $60 for non-members. For more information, visit aikenantiqueshow.com.

Cindy Williams, who played Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the popular sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died. Williams' family said in statement Monday that she died in Los Angeles Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 75. Williams credits included the films “American Graffiti" and “The Conversation.” But she was by far best known for playing the straitlaced Shirley Feeney on the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The show, a spinoff of “Happy Days” was one of the most popular shows on television in its prime. It ran from 1976 to 1983.

Rising to let the puppy out at dawn, I glance at a thermometer, then check the radar. Throughout the day, I check the weather for hour-by-hour and day-to-day predictions. A weather station in my kitchen delivers current and historic data for wind, rain, temps and humidity. Rain totals are es…

General admission ticket sales for the 2023 Joye in Aiken festival will go on sale today. For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit joyeinaiken.com.

Ira “Bob” Born, a candy company executive known as the “Father of Peeps” for mechanizing the process to make the marshmallow chicks, has died. He was 98. Born's father, Sam Born, was a Russian immigrant who founded Just Born Quality Confections, a small candy company, in 1923. The family later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bob Born served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before joining the family business. In the early 1950s, he came up with a machine that mechanized the process for making marshmallow chicks, reducing the time to make them from 27 hours to six minutes.

The Aiken Beekeepers will offer an introductory beekeeping course beginning today at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road. The course will meet for five weeks on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at the church. The cost is $70 per person. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 912-660-7423 or visit aikenbeekeepers.org.

Let's Go Bingo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Aiken Senior Life Services, 1310 E. Pine Log Road. There is a $5 cover charge. Game cards are $1 each or $15 to $25. For more information, visit facebook.com/letsgobingoaiken.

 

Taking top quality photos of our pets can be a challenge. Even the latest smart phones with advanced camera technology are often no match for a squirming puppy, shy dog or grumpy kitty. The photos come out blurry. Or they’re too dark or overexposed. When we do manage to get our pets in focus…

— Adult French conversation is offered from 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. This is not for beginners. You must have some knowledge of French and be able to speak at an intermediate-advanced level. For more information or to register call Karine at the circulation desk at 803-642…

The Aiken Kiwanis Club will hold an Oyster Roast from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Palmetto Golf Club, 275 Berrie Road S.W. The event will feature live music by Red Foxwood, Beer and Buffalo Trace cocktails, all-you-can-eat oysters and chowder. Tickets are $80. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

The Aiken Kiwanis Club will hold an Oyster Roast from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Palmetto Golf Club, 275 Berrie Road S.W. The event will feature live music by Red Foxwood, Beer and Buffalo Trace cocktails, all-you-can-eat oysters and chowder. Tickets are $80. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

PFLAG Aiken will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave. For more information, email pflagaiken@gmail.com. 4th Thursday of the month

 

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Chef Dawn Redmon says she chose the name of the café she opened last September because it is between a lot of places: Augusta and Charleston, Columbia and Savannah, the beach and the mountains. More to the point for Aiken appetites, it's a short drive from town, in Williston where Charleston Highway crosses White Pond Road.

Breeze Days Training will be held at 7:30 a.m. today and Feb. 8 and 22 at the Aiken Training Track. Those wishing to watch horses train should use the horseman’s entrance, 724 Two Notch Road S.E. and park near the clocker’s stand. For more information, visit aikentrainingtrack.com.

The sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with 11 nominations. Nominations included acting nods for star Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a comeback performance decades after he starred in “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honor for the first time, big-screen spectacles dominated Tuesday’s nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with the “Avatar” and “Top Gun” sequels getting best picture nods. Collectively, the best picture nominees have earned more than $1.5 billion domestically so far, which is a record.  The Oscars will be presented March 12 in Los Angeles.

The Aiken County Public Library will hold a book club from 2:30-3:45 p.m. the third and fourth Tuesday of the month. The group meets in the first-floor meeting room of the library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Group A will meet today and discuss the book "The Thursday Murder Club" by Richard Osman. For more information or to sign up, call 803-642-2020 x. 3.

Let's Go Bingo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Aiken Senior Life Services, 1310 E. Pine Log Road. There is a $5 cover charge. Game cards are $1 each or $15 to $25. For more information, visit facebook.com/letsgobingoaiken.

 

The 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way, Graniteville. Aiken City Councilmember Lessie Price will be the guest speaker. An agency fair will be held prior to the speech which starts at 3 p.m. For more information, visit atc.edu.

A Multi-Faith Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. today. The following locations will be open to provide more information on their faith: (Catholic faith) St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, 125 Park Ave. S.E.; (Jewish faith) Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, 154 Greenville St. N.W.; (Mormon faith) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 358 E. Pine Log Road; (Muslim faith) Aiken Masjid, 3604 Trolley Line Road; and (Protestant faith) First Baptist Church, 120 Chesterfield St. N. For more information, email aikeninterfaith@gmail.com.

The Tri-Development Center will hold Las Vegas Night in Aiken from 7-11 p.m. today at the Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive. The event will feature casino-style games, live music, comedy and food. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Terrence Jackson at 803-642-8809.

book signing will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today in the first-floor meeting room of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Anna Dangerfield and Lilian Brannon will sign copies of their new book, "Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch: The Friends' Story." Reservations are required and were due by Jan. 10. For more information or to RSVP, email cathymcq60@gmail.com. The event is presented by The Friends of the Aiken County Library. 

We live in a very fast world in which we often give things a very quick glance. That’s why I enjoy walking. It slows me down. I have to watch my feet so as not to trip on a branch or root hidden by brown leaves. In the winter woods, something in the early fog or the late afternoon haze alway…

The Senior Men's Club of Aiken will meet at noon today at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The guest speaker will be Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the South Carolina Policy Council. He will give an update on the 2023 S.C. legislative session as well as upcoming projects. The cost is $25 without dessert and $28 with dessert. Reservations are required. Membership is open to men aged 55 and older. For more information about club membership or to make a reservation, call Rick Endler at 803-649-7697 or email afendler@bellsouth.net.

The Beech Island Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the society's History and Visitors Center, 144 Old Jackson Highway, Beech Island. Rick Wise, with the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust will be the guest speaker. His topic will be the Revolutionary War Battle of Camden.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a time to celebrate the birthday and reflect on the accomplishments and legacy of Mr. King. It is also a national day of service on which people are encouraged to use their day off from work or school to volunteer in their community. Individuals and group…

Aiken Civic Orchestra will perform a concert titled "Living Composers" today at 7 p.m. as part of the "Under the Steeple" series at St. John's United Methodist Churc, 104 Newberry St. Larger scale musical works from members of the Aiken Composers Guild will be featured in this annual collaboration. There is only a suggested donation of $20 at the door for admission. For more information about Aiken Civic Orchestra visit aikencivicorchestra.org or fb.com/aikencivicorchestra.

Fancy footwork from the '40s and '50s is part of the scene four times annually at Newberry Hall, at least under relatively normal circumstances.

When you volunteer at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, you become part of the FOTAS family. Our volunteers walk and socialize with the dogs and play with the cats which makes them more adoptable. They also organize and staff special events and assist at the front desk, as well as help with a…

The making of a film has reignited efforts to repatriate the remains of America’s first Black Navy pilot, who died in 1950 during the Korean War. Fred Smith is the founder of Memphis-based FedEx and financed the film “Devotion,” which tells the story of Jesse Brown and his fellow naval aviator, Tom Hudner. Smith's family connected with Brown's relatives at Hudner's funeral in 2018 in Arlington. Smith has paid for imaging of the site where Brown's remains are believed to be located. Jessica Knight Henry, Brown’s granddaughter, said it was her grandmother's wish to have his remains returned.

A Community Pet Food Drive will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, 333 Wire Road. FOTAS is offering pet food assistance to those in the community in need. Those who need pet food may drive up to the shelter’s front door and remain in their car while FOTAS volunteers bring out a registration form and place dog or cat food in their vehicle’s trunk. For more information, call 803-514-4313 or email info@fotasaiken.org.

Lisa Marie Presley, a singer, Elvis’ only daughter and a dedicated keeper of her father’s legacy, died Thursday after being hospitalized for a medical emergency. She was 54. Presley’s death was confirmed by her mother, Priscilla, who called her daughter "the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.” Presley, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, shared her father’s brooding charisma. She followed him professionally, releasing her own rock albums in the 2000s, and appearing on stage with Pat Benatar and Richard Hawley among others. She was married four times, including to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage. She had four children.

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