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Today's events for May 8

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Don Winslow, dressed as a conductor, is pictured Saturday during the National Train Day celebration at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. 

TODAY

Pitch, Hit & Run MLB Skills Competition will be held at 9 a.m. today 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.

National Train Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today 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.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The market features vendors, food trucks and more.

Aiken Music Fest, a six-event music series, kicks off today from 6 to 10 p.m. at Highfields Event Center. Abby Bryant & The Echoes will perform. The gate opens at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. with opener Dave "Muz" Mercer. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit aikenmusicfest.com.

SUNDAY

Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2300 Edgefield Highway, will hold a Mother's Day service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Lakisha Curry Wright will be the guest speaker.

MONDAY

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.

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the auditorium of the Ashley Little Administration Building on the campus of Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. The meeting will be in-person.

TUESDAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 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 7-8 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 RSVP, call 803-226-0288.

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, "QuickBooks Online for Beginners" from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, via Zoom. The cost is $10. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

The AAA/South Aiken Baptist Christian School will perform its annual spring concert at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at South Aiken Baptist Christian School, 980 Dougherty Road. The concert is free and open to the public. Social distancing will be observed. For more information, email Barb Rollins at barbrollins@atlanticbb.net.

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 11 at What's Cookin', 123 Laurens St. S.W.

THURSDAY

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Knights of Columbus building, 1003 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged or currently serving Marines. Associate membership is opened to all branches of the military and family members. For more information, visit aikenmc1939.org.

The Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W., will hold a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in celebration of the renovated County History exhibit. A curator's tour of the exhibit will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Face masks are required. For more information, call 803-642-2015, email museum@aikencountysc.gov or visit aikencounty150.org.

MAY 14

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, "Grow Your Business" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, via Zoom. Laura Gibbons of Blue Salamander Solutions will discuss ways to increase website traffic. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

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.

Creative Care LLC in conjunction with The Balm of Gilead will hold a COVID-19 awareness seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1219 Edgefield Highway. Dr. Julisa Patel of AU Health and Dr. Gil Potter of SCDHEC will be the guests speakers. Masks are required. For more information, call 803-226-4276.

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.

The Birdies for Brain Health charity golf fundraiser will be held at noon Monday, May 17, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The cost is $110 per person or $400 per team. The event includes a box-lunch, heavy Hors d'oeuvres. For more information or to register, visit birdiesforbrainhealth.com.

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

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4-5:30 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.

MAY 20

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, "6 Questions Every Business Owner Should Answer" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, via Zoom. Abigail Tiefenthaler of Sweetspot Strategies Inc. will lead the webinar. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

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.

MAY 21

The City of Aiken PRT Department will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. Bingo will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m., exercise and wellness programs will be demonstrated from noon to 1 p.m. and virtual games will be available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All activities are free. Vendors will be on-hand and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 803-643-2181.

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.

Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2300 Edgefield Highway, will hold an Anniversary Day Program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 23. Dr. Troy Toney will be the guest speaker. Dr. Alexander Pope Jr. will speak via Facebook live at 2 p.m.

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.

JUNE 5

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5, the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Stan Ardis and the Believers Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.


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