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Today's events for Jan. 14

Aiken County Public Library's first floor reopens to public as major renovation nears completion 4

A worker installs new doors on the first floor of the Aiken County Public Library on Monday. A soft reopening of the first floor was being held.

TODAY

Area Churches Together Serving will hold an Oakwood-Windsor Community Food Distribution from 4-5 p.m. today at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School, 3773 Charleston Highway. The distribution is open to all ages who meet eligibility requirements. Those attending should stay in their car and follow directions from the volunteers. For more information, call ACTS of Aiken at 803-649-3800.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the library renovation project will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

SATURDAY

Trash and Treasure Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Dr. S.W. Proceeds will benefit the mission work of the Women’s Disciple Fellowship. For more information, call 803-648-4523.

Betty White Birthday Celebration will be held from 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Dog, 150 Laurens St. S.W. The event will feature games, treats, contests and more. Donations will be accepted to benefit FOTAS.

A Community Pet Food Drive will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday 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. Adoptions specials also will be available at the shelter, including some pets with waived adoption fees. For more information, call 803-514-4313 or email info@fotasaiken.org.

SCDHEC will hold a free COVID testing event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Saron Baptist Church, 352 Railroad Ave. W., Wagener.

Keep Aiken County Beautiful will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Highway Cleanup from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Volunteer parking is available at the Aiken Housing Authority, 100 Rogers Terrace.

The Aiken Civic Orchestra and members of the Aiken Composers’ Guild will present a concert titled New Year, New Voices at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikencivicorchestra.org.

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. 

SUNDAY

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services Sunday. Services are open to all and visitors are warmly welcomed. 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.

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.

MONDAY

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Center for African American History, Arts and Culture, 120 York St. N.E. For more information or to register, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code CMF.

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare will hold a Golden Girls and Betty White Birthday adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Albrecht Center, 199 Willow Run Road. Senior animals age 6 and older will be available for no adoption fee. A $5 donation to benefit female animals will be collected as part of the #bettywhitechallenge. The event also will feature a Betty White raffle, treat bags for adopters and Betty White photo props. For more information, visit letlovelive.org.

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday 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. 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, including children and men, are welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are nonpartisan. Masks and social distancing are encouraged until COVID is behind us. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.

JAN. 18

The M'Aiken A Difference Lewy Body Dementia Support Group won't meet in January due to the current surge in COVID cases. The next meeting is tentatively planned for Tuesday, Feb. 15. For more information, email nancy13lbd@gmail.com.

The Beech Island Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Beech Island Historical Society History and Visitors Center, 144 Old Jackson Highway. Allen Riddick with the Aiken County Historical Society will be the guest speaker. The presentation will be on his collection of photos of Aiken from the 1880s to 1950s. For more information, call Jackie Bartley at 706-833-3631.

The Aiken Beekeepers will offer an introductory beekeeping course beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. The course will meet from 6-8 p.m. for six Tuesdays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road, beginning Jan. 18. The cost is $70 per person and children under 17 are free with a paid adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 912-660-7423.

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. 

JAN. 19

Aiken County Adopt-A-Highway will hold its annual safety meeting from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Sandlapper Room on the first floor of the Aiken County Government Center, 1930 University Parkway.

Keep Aiken County Beautiful will hold a Trash Talk Brainstorming Q&A Panel Discussion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Sandlapper Room on the first floor of the Aiken County Government Center, 1930 University Parkway.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at American Legion Post No. 26, 636 Old Airport Road. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org.

JAN. 20

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

JAN. 21

Alabama with special guest Martina McBride will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. Those attending will learn player positioning on the court, how to keep score, basic rules and how to get started. Attendees should wear tennis shoes and bring something to drink. Balls and paddles will be provided. For more information or to sign up, visit signupgenius.com.

JAN. 22

A Library Lollapalooza Kids' Day originally scheduled for  Saturday, Jan. 22, has been postponed due to the current COVID surge. It has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 30, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

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. 23

USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College will host the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the USCA Convocation Center, 2049 Champions Way, Graniteville. U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn will be the keynote speaker. Doors open at 2:30. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit usca.edu.

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. 25

The Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center Board of Directors will meet virtually at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. For more information, call 803-508-7809.

A Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, 160 Merovan Drive, North Augusta. This is a free event. For more information, call 803-426-1196.

A book club for adults will meet from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, online via Zoom. The book selection for December is “Heartberries” by Terese Marie Mailhot. Sign up is at the information desk on the second floor of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 27

Jaimee Paul and Leif Shiers will perform “Broadway Our Way” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, 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.

JAN. 28

The Family and Marriage Coalition will hold a Marriage is Worth Celebrating gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 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.

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.


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