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Today's events for Nov. 26

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TODAY

A Christmas Jubilee will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Gospel of Deliverance Church, 3341 Vaucluse Road.

The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association America will hold its holiday dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. N.W. The program will include Angels gifting to veterans and their families at USC Aiken and entertainment by the Savannah River Stringband. For more information or to make reservations, call 803-439-3303 by today.

SATURDAY

The Aiken Land Conservancy will hold Clays for Conservation at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Palmetto Shooting Complex, 535 Gary Hill Road, Edgefield. Admission is $150 per person to shoot and $75 for spectators/junior shooters 18 and younger. For more information, visit conserveaiken.org.

An Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Aiken Equine Rescue, 532 Glenwood Drive. The event will feature tours, raffle prizes, refreshments and a barn plan reveal. Local items will be available for purchase. For more information, visit aikenequinerescue.org.

The Farmers Market Christmas Craft Show will be held Saturday at the Aiken County Farmers Market, 115 Williamsburg St. In addition to handmade items, live wreaths and Christmas trees will be available for purchase. 

Christmas in the Backcountry will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. The buildings will be open for visitors to tour, and there will be demonstrations.

TUESDAY

The Davidson Chorale will perform at noon Tuesday at St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta, as part of Tuesday's Music Live. Admission is free. For more information, visit tuesdaysmusiclive.com.

The North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Calhoun Park. 

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, "The Money Side of Business" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. For more information or to register, visit csra-score.org.

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.

THURSDAY

The USC Aiken Wind Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are free to students, USCA faculty and staff; and $10 for the general public. For more information, call 803-641-3305.

The Town of Jackson will hold its tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Jackson Town Hall. An ice skating event will follow at 6 p.m. Skate rentals are $3 for childre and $5 for ages 12 and older. The rink will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. 

Night of 1,000 Lights will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in downtown Aiken. Experience luminaries lining the streets as shops stay open late and offer holiday treats, drinks and music for a festive evening out. This is a free event.

VFW Post 10601 will hold a sausage dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the post home, 250 Hudson Road. The cost is $7 and includes a sausage and fries. All proceeds benefit post projects.

DEC. 3

The Christmas Craft Show in Aiken will be held Dec. 3 and 4 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The show will open at 9 a.m. each day. The show features handmade crafts and goodies made by talented artisans from across the Southeast.

The 33rd annual Downtown Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken. Kick off the holiday season with a live musical performance, a special hello from Santa, and a countdown to the lighting of the singing Christmas tree. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Parents can grab a take-home craft kit for children.

The fifth annual Festival of Trees will be held Dec. 3-31 at the City of Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. The festival kicks off with a trees lighting at 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Residents can vote for their favorite tree.

The Aiken Community Theatre will present "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 and 2 p.m Dec. 5 at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, visit aikencommunitytheatre.org.

The Town of Wagener Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. 

DEC. 4

The Augusta Choral Society and the Lyra Vivace Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Saint Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $15 for students and members of the military. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit augustacs.org or call 706-826-4731.

The SAHS Booster Club will hold a Festival of Trees from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at South Aiken High School, 232 E. Pine Log Road. The event is a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit SAHS athletics.

A gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Matt Tollison and King's Cause will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

"The Polar Express" will be shown at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. Reservations must be made in advance, and the cost is $5 per person. Watch the movie on the deck at the depot, wear pajamas, and bring pillows and blankets. Popcorn will be available. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker Tea will be held at Dec. 4 an 5 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, visit aikenballet.org.

The Town of Wagener Christmas Parade will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, along Main Street in Wagener. 

The New Ellenton Christmas Parade will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade will start from the assembly area at Ellenton Village on Main Street, continue up Main Street, and will end at St. Paul United Methodist Church. 

The GVW Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade will start in the parking lot of Leavelle McCampbell Middle School located at 82 Canal St., Graniteville. It will proceed through Graniteville on Highway 191 all the way to the traffic light at Highway 421 in Warrenville. If the parade is canceled for any reason it will be held on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

Christmas for the Birds will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the the Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. Participants can create decorations for the birds to eat throughout the winter.

DEC. 5

The Aiken Choral Society will perform a Christmas Through the Ages concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Aiken's First Baptist Church, 120 Chesterfield St. N. Admission is free, though donations to support the choral society will be accepted. For more information, visit aikenchoralsociety.org.

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a Holiday Bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Cedar Creek Community Center, 2485 Club Drive. The Bazaar will feature gently used scarves and handbags, silent auction items and a wreath and basket raffle. Holiday cheese balls will be available to order. For more information, visit ccaiken.com.

Joye in Aiken’s first “Joye to the World!” Holiday Concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. For more information, visit www.joyeinaiken.com.

The North Augusta Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, along Georgia Avenue in downtown North Augusta.

The Town of Windsor Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. The parade begins at Cedar Road and ends at the Old School/Park with festivities. For more information, email csimmonswindsortownclerk@gmail.com

The Town of Jackson Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, on Highway 125 in Jackson.

The Edgefield Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in downtown Edgefield.

DEC. 6

The Horse Creek Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the parish house at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 117 Hard St., Graniteville. Deborah Tritt Harmon with the Gregg-Graniteville Archives at the USC Aiken Library will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be USCA's 60th anniversary exhibit.

SPCA event aims to empty shelters

An Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope Event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Dec. 6-11 at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road. During the event, the Bissell Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees for $25 or less. This year, more than 200 shelters in 40 states are participating.For more information, visit letlovelive.org.

DEC. 7

The Aiken Concert Band will perform its Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Ticket are $10 and $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit etherredgecenter.universitytickets.com.

DEC. 8

DayBreak Adult Care Services will hold its Alzheimer's Disease Support Group at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The meeting will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. For more information, visit daybreakaiken.com or cal 803-226-0288.

DEC. 10

A Real Talk Youth Discussion Forum will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Spoken Word Christian Ministries, 1219 Edgefield Highway. Kenneth Lott will lead the discussion. The topic will be the Many Masks We Wear – The Effects of Bullying and Peer Pressure. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 803-226-4276 or email vinahead2013@gmail.com.

Holidice, a synthetic ice skating experience, will be open Dec. 10-Jan. 23 at the Aiken Fairgrounds located at 561 May Royal Drive. Holidice will be closed Dec. 13-15, Dec. 25, Jan. 3-6, Jan. 10-13 and Jan. 18-20. For more information, visit holidice.com.

DEC. 11

A Holiday Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, call the museum at 803-642-2015.

Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Salley Civic Center, 258 Pine St. N.W., Salley.

Breakfast and a Book with the Clauses will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center. The event will feature breakfast, a craft and a holiday story read by Mrs. Claus. Each family will receive a copy of the book. The cost is $5 per person. Registration is open through Dec. 9 or until filled. For more information or to register, stop by the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E.; or the Lessie B. Price Center or online at cityofaikensc.gov/prtregistration.

St. Mary's School will hold a Gingerbread Dash 5K from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, at Citizens Park, 651 Old Airport Road. Check-in begins at at 8:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $20 for adults age 18 and older, $15 for children and free for those age 5 and younger. Registration includes time tracker, a string bag if registered before Monday, Nov. 15, and a bounce pass. Bounce passes are $5 for those not racing. Runners are encouraged to wear an ugly Christmas sweater or dress as any Christmas character. For more information or to register, visit st.maryscholaiken.com.  

The 30th annual Christmas in Hopelands event will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11-23 in Hopelands Gardens. The walk-through exhibit features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. There is no cost to enter the event or to utilize the shuttle service. All guests should use the shuttle service; shuttles run continuously from Citizens Park, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Handicap parking is available at 135 Dupree Place. No animals are allowed on shuttle vehicles.

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra will present its "Home for the Holidays" concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Etherredge Center, 340 Scholar Loop. The afternoon will be filled with holiday melodies as well as the added bonus of including two additional Aiken groups, the Aiken Choral Society and the Aiken Civic Ballet. For more information, visit aikensymphonyorchestra.com.

The Midland Valley Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11. It will start at Augusta Road and Lion’s Trail and end at Augusta Road and Old Depot Street in Langley.

The first Christmas Parade in Crosland Park will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. For any groups that want to participate (churches, fire department, ect.), contact Dale Couch at 803-508-8418 or Bob Fry at 803-649-3622.

DEC. 12

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will hold a Holiday Tea and Historic Homes Lecture from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The cost is $30. A traditional English tea will be served. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online at achmfriends.org.

The annual Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in downtown Aiken. The parade will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit aikenjaycees.com.

DEC. 14

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra will present its "Messiah" concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. For more information, visit aikensymphonyorchestra.com.

DEC. 17

"The Nutcracker" ballet, presented by the Aiken Civic Ballet, will be held Dec. 17-19 at the Ettheredge Center, 471 University Parkway. For more information, visit aikenballet.org.

DEC. 18

A Holiday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Rose Hill, 221 Greenville St. N.W. For more information, visit rosehillinaiken.com.

Santa at the Depot will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. The event is free. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 803-293-7846.

The Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in downtown Aiken. Stop include Trinity on Laurens and The Willcox.


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