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Today's events for April 15

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TODAY

The University Theatre Players will perform "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $12. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-641-3305 or visit etherredge.usca.edu

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

The Aiken Toastmasters Club will hold hybrid meetings at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month in-person at Christ Central, 267 Laurens St. S.E., and via Zoom. For more information, email toastmastersaiken1355@gmail.com.

FRIDAY

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

SATURDAY

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline was April 13.

Pedego Aiken will hold Pedego Palooza 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pedego Electric Bikes, 4019 Pavilion Pass. The event will feature group rides, demos, the official Pedego Tour Bus, giveaways, live music, food and more. Admission is free for Pedego owners. Others may participate for a fee. For more information or to register, visit pedegoelectricbikes.com.

ACTS will hold Senior Food Distributions from 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the following locations: ACTS Aiken, 340 Park Ave. S.W.; Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A. Ave., Graniteville; 107 Charles St., Jackson; and Wagener United Methodist Church, 153 Columbia Road, Wagener. Qualifying individuals must be 60 or older, meet income requirements and live in the service area. A valid photo ID is required. For more information, call 803-642-5919.

The Astronomy Club of Augusta will celebrate National Astronomy Night from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Redcliffe Plantation, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, SC 29842. Club volunteers will demonstrate various telescopes and observe astronomical objects. For more information, call 803-827-1473 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/redcliffe.

A Sip & Shop event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post No. 26, 636 Old Airport Road. There will be 31 vendors on-hand. 

The Astronomy Club of Augusta will meet from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Redcliffe Plantation, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island. The program will be National Astronomy Night. Club volunteers will demonstrate various telescopes. For more information, visit angelfire.com/ga/astronomyclubaugusta or email showard2@tds.net.

A Trash and Treasures sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church DOC, 900 Kerr Drive S.W. Proceeds will benefit the Disciple Women's Fellowship mission work. For more information, call 803-648-4523.

An Every Child Ready community event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ridge Hill Baptist Church, 144 Ridge Hill Drive, Ridge Spring. Assessments will be held for ages and stages 0-3. The event will also feature information on Head Start, 4K, age-appropriate books and AmeriCorps. For more information, call Aiken County First Steps at 803-306-1343.

SUNDAY

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken's Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services Sunday. Worship in silence begins at 10 a.m., followed by online fellowship for those who wish to linger. For more information and the Zoom link, call Brenda at 803-648-6020.

7Sunday, a live-themed music show recorded in Columbia, is searching for music artists to showcase their talents. Shows are recorded on the second Sunday of the month and will air at midnight on one of the area's local TV stations. Artists from any genre are welcome. For more information, email info@7sunday.live. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

MONDAY

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain's choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday. The group gathers on Hitchcock Drive at the entrance to Aiken Estates, across from the Fresh Market along Whiskey Road. Participants are invited to stay for the whole time or as long as they can, and are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks and social distancing are encouraged even if participants have been vaccinated. If you can't stand, chairs are welcome. The witness against war and all forms of violence meet the first and third Monday of the month and are held rain or shine and on holidays. All are welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are nonpartisan. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Aiken Brass will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

TUESDAY

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book "The Secret Child," by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold an In Motion to the Ocean hike/run/walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will have seven weeks, 50 days to log 100 miles. They will receive a T-shirt and a medal upon completing the 100 miles. The cost is $25. Registration is open through Tuesday, April 20. To sign up, visit the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W.; H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; or the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. For more information, call 803-643-2181.

"Broadway's Next H!t Musical," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Tickets can be purchased online at usca.edu/etherredge-center or by calling the box office at 803-641-3305. The performance is part of the 2020-2021 Cultural Series.

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

APRIL 21

ACTS will hold a food distribution from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Ridge Spring Farmer's Market, 906 W. Main St., Ridge Spring. A valid photo ID is required. For more information, call 803-642-5919.

STAR puppy classes will be offered at 9 a.m. beginning Wednesday, April 21, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The class will meet on Wednesdays for six weeks. Puppies will learn commands and those who qualify will be eligible for the AKC STAR award at the end of the course. Puppies must be between 10 to 20 weeks old and have two sets of shots. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment must be completed prior to the first class. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

Basic Dog Training classes will be held at 10 a.m. beginning Wednesday, April 21, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The class will meet on Wednesdays for six weeks. Dogs will learn basic commands including come, sit, down, stay, wait, stand, etc., and topics will include basic dog care and what to expect from training. Dogs must be 5 months and older, have a current rabies vaccination and be registered with the city if the owner lives within the city limits. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment must be completed prior to the first class. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

APRIL 22

A Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Presented by Dana Ray Massey and Herlong and Doran Financial Group, the trivia night will pit teams against each other in a game show-like atmosphere to raise money for Children's Place. Audience admission is $25. To purchase tickets in advance, herlonganddorantrivianight.com. For more information, email brandi@allisonsouthmarketing.com.

APRIL 23

ACTS will hold a food distribution from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the New Ellenton Community Center, 212 Pine Hill Ave., New Ellenton. A valid photo ID is required. For more information, call 803-642-5919.

The Aiken Master Gardeners will hold a Lunchbox Lecture at noon Friday, April 23, via Zoom. The speaker will be Glen Hendry with the S.C. Bluebird Society. The topic will be bluebirds. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit aikenmastergardeners.org.

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

CanHope will hold an outside Paint Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the picnic shelter at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road S.E. Registration is $30 and includes canvas, paint supplies and artist instruction. For more information or to register, email miranda.m.church@gmail.com

The Mead Hall Episcopal School Strawberry Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, on the school's St. Thaddeus Campus, 129 Pendleton St. S.W. For more information, email pto@meadhallschool.org.

FAMCO will hold an event titled, "Communication: The No. 1 Contributor to the Success or Failure of any Marriage," from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Life Choices Pregnancy Care, 1900 Whiskey Road. Larry Glover, a certified behavioral health counselor, licensed drug and alcohol substance abuse counselor, will be the guest speaker. Snacks will be provided. The cost is $5. For more information, call Roger Rollins at 803-640-4689 or email rogerrollins@atlanticbb.net.

The Sister-2-Sister Women's Ministry will hold a Clothes Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Four Mile Missionary Baptist Church, 601 Jackson Ave., New Ellenton. Clothes will be available for men, women and children. The Rev. Christopher L. Holley is the pastor.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school's greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain's choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Southern Elite Cloggers and Dance will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is "Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 29

The Women of Woodside will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the outdoor venue at The Reserve Club, 3000 The Reserve Club Drive. Clothing will be provided by Capsule. Violinist Adam DePriest will perform. A black onyx necklace donated by Floyd & Green Jewelers will be raffled. For more information, email joycembowers@atlanticbb.net.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Western Carolina Antique Tractor & Lawn Tractor Pull Show will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive. Admission is free on Friday and $10 per person on Saturday. Children 12 and younger are free. The event will feature antique tractors, a truck and car show, and food and craft vendors. For more information, call 803-215-8516 or 803-480-0187.

MAY 1

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. The Shireys and Children of Promise will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

MAY 13

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or email, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school's greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

May 17

Celebrity Waiter Night, a fundraiser for Children's Place Inc., will be held Monday, May 17. Volunteers and local “celebrities” will team up in 12 Aiken venues, including The Alley Downtown Taproom, Blue Collard, Casa Bella, Fuse, Grumpy's Sports Pub, Malia’s, Mellow Mushroom, Newberry Hall, The Stables Restaurant, Tailgate Tavern, The Village Café and Whiskey Alley. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call 803-641-4144 or visit childrensplaceinc.org

 


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