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Today's events for April 28

Women of Woodside hold spring fashion show

The Women of Woodside held its Spring Fashion Show at Woodside Plantation Country Club. The show featured clothes from Affordables in downtown Aiken. Members attending the show brought cash donations for Aiken Senior Life Services. The eight models, from left, are Dee Newberry, Joyce Vermost, Rebecca Ramsey, Meredith Van Pelt, Judy Bends, Jermaine Newton and Barbara Burns.

TODAY

The Aiken Community Theatre Youth Wing will hold garden theater auditions today at AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Auditions are open to sixth through 12th graders and are by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, email actgardentheater@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

The Women of Woodside will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 12:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

FRIDAY

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday 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 and 9 a.m. Saturday 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.

The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, May 5, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Social time starts at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be David Tavernier. He will discuss Aiken's Winter Colony. The cost is $24 per person. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Friday. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Twigg at 803-262-5567 or email dtwigg62@gmail.com. Those who reserve but fail to show are expected to pay the $24 as the chapter is billed that amount.

"Dawn Larsen – Corn Under Canvas: An Evening with a Tent Show Actress," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-641-3305 or visit usca.edu/etherredge-center.

SATURDAY

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday 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.

The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch along with the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold a Celebration in the Gardens from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hopelands Gardens. A variety of activities will be available including a guide through the labyrinth, story time with Mother Goose, a craft, a tour of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and a seed planting near the Doll House. Tours of the Arboretum Trail and Blue Bird Society Tours also will be available. Parking will be available at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road.

SUNDAY

The annual reunion of the Fairview School in Lexington County will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fairview Community Center, 2710 Fairview Road, Leesville. All former teachers are students are invited to bring a picnic lunch. For more information, call Doris Bruorton at 803-226-9532, Farrol Gunter at 803-957-6722 or Marlene Gunter at 803-894-3588.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services Sunday, May 2. 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.

The City of Aiken will offer nine-weeks of summer day camp June 14 through Aug. 13. Sessions meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the H. Odell weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up ends at 5:30 p.m. Camps are for ages 5-12. The cost is $75 per week for city residents and $95 per week for non-residents. Camp will not meet Monday, July 5. Registration opens today. For more information or to register online, visit cityofaikensc.gov/prtregistration.

MONDAY

The Town of Windsor will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the activity building of the First Baptist Church of Windsor. Only one person from each family may attend. Face masks must be worn. For more information, call 803-571-0788 or 803-270-7003.

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today. 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 Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 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

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 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.

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.

St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a Come to the Table, a conversation and prayer gathering, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through May 12 at What's Cookin', 123 Laurens St. S.W.

MAY 6

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.

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

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, "Enhancing Social Media" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Aiken on Thursday, May 6. Events will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the SRP Federal Credit Union building, 135 Laurens St. S.W.; and from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. 

An opening reception for the Aiken Artist Guild Annual Member Show will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The show will be on exhibit in the ACA Main Gallery through June 11. For more information, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

MAY 7

The 19th annual CNTA Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 7, at the Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m., with staggered tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. This is a handicapped Captain's Choice tournament. The cost is $400 per foursome and $100 per single player. For more information or to register, call Allison Hamilton Molnar at 803-649-3456 or visit cntaware.org/annual-golf-tournament.

MAY 8

A Pitch, Hit & Run MLB Skills Competition will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Participation is free and open to baseball and softball players ages 7-14. For more information or to register, visit pitchhitrun2021.com.

A National Train Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. The event will feature balloons, face painting and live music from Depot Jam. Pot Smoker BBQ and the Whipped Creamery will have food available for purchase. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit visitaikensc.com or call 803-293-7846.

MAY 10

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Preston and Weston will perform at 7 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.

MAY 11

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 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 May program will feature the book "Travels of Quinn," by Sasscer Hill. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 11 and 18. The cost is $30 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

The DayBreak Adult Care Services Alzheimer's and Lewy Body Dementia caregiver Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The guest speaker will be APA neurologist Dr. Misbba Kahn. For more information or to rRSVP, call 803-226-0288.

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 16

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will hold a five-part lecture series titled "Biography of Our Home: 150 Years in Aiken County," at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the museum ballroom, 433 Newberry St. S.W. Lauren Virgo, director of the museum, will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be the founding of Aiken County. Lectures will be offered in-person and via Zoom. In-person attendance is limited to 50 people and the Zoom meeting is open to 100. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $50 for tickets to all five lectures. For more information, email Linda Johnson at linders_j@hotmail.com.

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

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Chris Ndeti & Mama Says Band will perform at 7 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.

MAY 18

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 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 May program will feature the book "Travels of Quinn," by Sasscer Hill. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 11 and 18. The cost is $30 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

MAY 22

The Time for Three will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, on the lawn of the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Tickets are $50 For more information, visit joyeinaiken.com

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:25 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. "The Croods: A New Age," rated PG, will be shown. 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.

MAY 23

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will hold a five-part lecture series titled "Biography of Our Home: 150 Years in Aiken County," at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the museum ballroom, 433 Newberry St. S.W. Derek Berry will be the guest speaker. His topic will be the impact of the Savannah River Site. Lectures will be offered in-person and via Zoom. In-person attendance is limited to 50 people and the Zoom meeting is open to 100. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $50 for tickets to all five lectures. For more information, email Linda Johnson at linders_j@hotmail.com.

MAY 24

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Swingsation of Aiken will perform at 7 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.

MAY 25

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.  

MAY 29

Keep Aiken County Beautiful will hold its second Clean Slate on Highway 78 litter clean up from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 29. The cleanup is open to anyone interested in participating. For more information or to register, call 803-502-9000, visit volunteer.kab.org or email kacb@aikencountysc.gov.

MAY 31

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Aiken Community Theatre will perform a Broadway Review at 7 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.


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