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Today's events for June 23

Town of Johnston celebrates the 33rd Peach Blossom Festival

Staff photo by Chrsitina Cleveland Ernest Lee, also known as the "Chicken Man," paints this piece for the town of Johnston during the Peach Blossom Festival Saturday.

TODAY

Ryan Abel & The Broad Street Revival will perform at 6:30 p.m. today as part of Amp The Alley in The Alley in downtown Aiken.

The Joye in Aiken Jazz Camp Jazz Explosion concert will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. The concert features the jazz camp faculty. Tickets are $20 per person and free for students with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 803-641-3305.

An exhibit titled Voices Made Visual will be on display at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., today through July 28. The exhibit is part of Voices and Votes Democracy in America. For more information, visit aikenvoicesandvotes.com.

An opening reception for the exhibit "Creative Connectors Create: Rural SC" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The exhibit features works from five rural creatives including Ernest Lee "The Chicken Man," Rajasekhar Y "Mr. Y," James Wilson, Robert Matheson and Terrance Washington. The exhibit will be on display through July 28.

The Farmers Market in The Alley will be held from 6-8 p.m. today and June 30. The market will feature farm-fresh produce, artisan goods, food and drinks and live music from Amp The Alley. For more information, visit gisitaikensc.com.

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

FRIDAY

Hops & Hogs will be held from 5-10 p.m. Friday at the Newberry Street Festival Center in downtown Aiken.

Forever Michael & Mariah: A Tribute to Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, visit musicroyaltyconcerts.com.

SATURDAY

A Family & Friends Vendor Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Development Center, 1016 Vaucluse Road. The event will feature local vendors, food trucks, games, music and more. Registration for food trucks and vendors closed June 17. The cost to register is $40 for food trucks and $20 for vendors. For more information or to be a vendor, call 803-489-7625.

The USRowing Southeast Regional Championship Regatta will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 and 26 at Langley Pond Park, 113 Langley Dam Road, Burnettown. The park will be closed for the event, but spectators are welcome. For more information, visit discoveraikencounty.com.

Voices and Votes: An Aiken County Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newberry Street Festival Center in downtown Aiken. For more information, visit aikenvoicesandvotes.com.

The Aiken County Historical Museum is celebrating the 159th birthday of Mr. Howe on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The event is free and open to the publics. To RSVP, email lwalker@aikencountysc.gov or call 803-642-2015.

The American Radio Relay League will hold its 2022 Field Day 2 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Ham radio operators with the Edgefield County Amateur Radio Club (WR4EC) will be on the grounds of Sweetwater Baptist Church, 198 Sweetwater Road, North Augusta. More than 40,000 ham radio operators throughout North America will set up temporary transmitting station to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill an service. For more information, visit wr4ec.club.

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 encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

SUNDAY

A Summer Celebration hosted by NewSpring Church will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. The event will feature food trucks and a fireworks show.

A free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 815 Murrah Road, North Augusta. Rapid test kits also are available. No ID, insurance or appointments are required. For more information, call DHEC at 855-72-3432.

needlework exhibit will be on display at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W., and the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., May 31 through June 26. Works by The Aiken Stitchin' Belles chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America and the Aiken chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will be on display. For more information, email aikenchapter@egacarolinas.org.

MONDAY

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Parris Island Marine Band will close out the concert series at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, 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. 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 Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The rainout hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

JUNE 28

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 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. 

JUNE 29

Successteam will hold its fourth annual Leadership Academy for Young Men. The academy will be held June 29 through July 2 on the campus of USC Aiken and will offer arts, a college and career fair, sports and more. Attendees will stay overnight in the campus dorms. For more information, visit successteam.org.

A job fair will be held Wednesday, June 29, at the Tri-Development Center, 1016 Vaucluse Road. Interviews will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. Positions are open to those age 18 and older with a good driving record. Those wishing to apply should bring a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver's license. CNA's are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit aikentdc.org.

JUNE 30

The Farmers Market in The Alley will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, June 30. The market will feature farm-fresh produce, artisan goods, food and drinks and live music from Amp The Alley. For more information, visit gisitaikensc.com.

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

JULY 1

JULY 2

Aiken Music Fest will be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Highfields Event Center, 118 Gaston Road. The opening band is Gabriel Flores followed by Blue Dogs. Tickets are $15 per person. The event also will feature the Aiken County Crafters and kids' activities. For more information, visit aikenmusicfest.com.

An Outdoor Fun Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Roy Warner Park, 4287 Festival Trail Road, Wagener. The event will feature outdoor activities, basketball, football, games, sack races, sidewalk chalk and more. For more information or to participate, call David at 803-564-6149.

An Out of School and into the Pool event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center Pool, 416 Kershaw St. N.E. There will be music and food. For more information, call 803-642-7634.

A Patriot Paw Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Downtown Dog, 150 Laurens St. S.W. Participants should meet at Downtown Dog by 9:45 a.m. 

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. The Oasis and Christian Corossroads will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

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 encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

JULY 3

JULY 4

JULY 5

The City of Aiken will hold registration for fall sports July 5-21 at Citizens Park, 651 Old Airport Road. Registration is open for flag football age 5-12; soccer coed and girls age 4-18; volleyball coed and girls ages 9-14; and cheerleading ages 5-12. Those registering for the first time will need to bring a birth certificate. For more information or to register, call 803-642-7761 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/etrak.

DayBreak Adult Care Services, the City of Aiken, Trinity on Laurens and Be Well Home Services will offer an educational series titled Living, Loving and Lifelong Learning. The July class, titled Advance Directives – Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Etc., will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 5, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The cost of the class is $5. For more information, call 803-226-028 or 803-643-2181.

Coloring for Grownups will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the Creative Lab on the first floor of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Those attending should bring coloring pens or pencils. Coloring sheets and refreshments will be provided. To make a reservation, call 803-642-2020 ext. 1131.

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 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. 

The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Living Hope Fellowship Church, 2550 Old Dominion Road. Players of all levels and anyone interested in learning to play are welcome. All acoustic instruments are welcome. For more information, call Gary Warnock at 803-226-9280 or Tommy Harman at 803-599-8962. 

JULY 6

JULY 7

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

JULY 8

The movie "Luca," rated PG, will be shown at 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, in the first floor meting room at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit abbe-lib.org.

JULY 9

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 encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

JULY 10

JULY 11

Revival services will be held at 7 p.m. July 11-14 at Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 2451 Edgefield Road, Trenton. The Rev. George L. Brightharp is the pastor. 

JULY 12

"The Fisherman and His Needy, Greedy Wife," will be performed by Porkchop Productions at 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. The show is designed for grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit abbe-lib.org.  

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 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. 

JULY 13

JULY 14

Survival Island will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Children ages 6-12 can find out if they have what it takes to survive on an island. Registration opens Monday, June 20. For more information or to register, call 803-642-2020 ext. 1121.

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

JULY 15

Family Game Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The event will feature BINGO, a Jeopardy-style quiz game, minute to win it and more. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5 per person or $18 for a family of four. Registration ends Friday, July 15. For more information or to register, call 803-643-2181.

The Aiken Master Gardeners will hold a Lunchbox Lecture at noon Friday, July 15, at Millbrook Baptist Church, 223 S. Aiken Blvd. The topic will be Exciting Plants for Deep South Gardens. The guest speaker will be Ted Stephens. For more information, visit aikenmastergardeners.org.

JULY 16

An exhibit titled Reflections of a Life Once Lived, featuring the artwork of Robert Atkins will be on display at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W.

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 encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

JULY 17

Vacation Bible School will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 18-20 at Central Baptist Church, 1652 Wire Road. The theme will be Rocky Mountain Railroad. Family night will be Wednesday, July 20. VBS is open to kids kindergarten through sixth grade. For more information or to register, visit bvspro.events/p/events/cbcvbs2022.

JULY 18

Aiken Chapter 1145 of the South Carolina Vietnam Veterans of America will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at VFW Post 10601, 250 Hudson Road. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month. For more information, call Frank Burgess at 803-507-1976. 

Aiken Chapter 1145 of the South Carolina Vietnam Veterans of America will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at VFW Post 10601, 250 Hudson Road. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month. For more information, call Frank Burgess at 803-507-1976. 

JULY 19

DayBreak Adult Care Services will hold its Lewy Body Dementia Support Group at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. Deonna James, a speech therapist with Trinity Home Health of Aiken will be the guest speaker. 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. 

The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Living Hope Fellowship Church, 2550 Old Dominion Road. Players of all levels and anyone interested in learning to play are welcome. All acoustic instruments are welcome. For more information, call Gary Warnock at 803-226-9280 or Tommy Harman at 803-599-8962. 

JULY 20

JULY 21

A Recycled T-Shirt Bag workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Participants should bring an old T-shirt or two for the project. This program is designed for teens. Registration opens Friday, July 1. For more information or register, call 803-642-2020 ext. 1121.

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

JULY 22

A Kids Prom Night will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Aiken County Recreation Center, 917 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. The event will offer raffles, food, pictures, games, music and dancing. Admission is free. To make a reservation, call 334-362-0035 or 803-508-1038.

A Family Game Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The event will feature BINGO, a Jeopardy-style quiz game, minute to win it and more. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5 per person or $18 for a family of four. Registration ends Friday, July 15. For more information or to register, call 803-643-2181.

JULY 23

A symposium titled the History of Democracy in South Carolina will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Second Baptist Church, 1151 York St. N.E., as part of the Voices a Votes: Democracy in America series. For more information, visit aikenvoicesandvotes.com.

An exhibit titled Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. through Sept. 3. For more information, visit aikenvoicesandvotes.com.

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Tri-Development Center, 1016 Vaucluse Road. For more information, call Shemeco Butler at 803-642-1055.

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 encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

JULY 24

JULY 25

JULY 26

The Savannah River Ecology Lab will present live animals at 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. The program is designed for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit abbe-lib.org.

A book club will meet from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. The book selection for July is “The Echo Wife," by Sarah Gailey. For more information or to sign-up, visit the library desk on the second floor or call 803-642-2020 ext. 3.

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. 

JULY 27

JULY 28

The movie "Downton Abbey: A New Era," rated PG, will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the first floor meting room at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit abbe-lib.org.

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

JULY 29

The Terence Young Experience with special guests Edwin G. Hamilton and the Double Threat Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets are $45. FOr more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikencommunitytheatre.org.

A program titled "Slavery and War in Aiken County through the Reconstruction Era and Beyond" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 23, at the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island. The program will be held by author Dr. Walter Curry and genealogists Wayne O'Bryant and Jerome Gaines. Tickets are $10. Registration is required and is open through Thursday, July 21. For more information or to register, call 803-827-1473 or email redcliffe@scprt.com.

A discussion of the book, "Unexampled Courage," will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Center for African American History, Art and Culture, 120 York St. N.E. 

The movie "Downton Abbey: A New Era," rated PG, will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the first floor meting room at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit abbe-lib.org.

JULY 30

The movie "Encanto," rated PG, will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the first floor meting room at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit abbe-lib.org.

The movie "Downton Abbey: A New Era," rated PG, will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the first floor meting room at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or 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 encouraged for those who are not vaccinated.