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Local news in brief for Feb. 7

Book signing to be held today Fans of fine dining - and fun dining - can pick up a guidebook with autographs by South Carolina connoisseurs at a special book signing Saturday. Aida Rogers and Tim Driggers will be signing copies of their book, "Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full: A Collection of Sandlapper's Favorite Restaurants," from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Aiken Office Supply on Whiskey Road. Copies of the book are on sale now at the shop. The book is a compilation and update of some two decades' worth of entries in Sandlapper magazine's dining column, "Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full." The Thoroughbred Country section includes such Aiken landmarks as Malia's, Riley's Whitby Bull and the Track Kitchen. The paperback has a cover price of $24.95. For more information about the book, visit the Sandlapper Society Inc. website at For more information about the book signing or to reserve a copy of the book, call Aiken Office Supply at 648-8339. Library offers full slate of events The Aiken County Public Library has events this weekend to take patrons' imaginations from the Deep South to the Middle East. The library will hold a free screening of the 2008 movie adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's hit novel, "The Secret Life of Bees," from 2 to 3:45 p.m. today. The film, which stars Queen Latifah, Sofie Okenedo, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning in an ensemble cast, is rated PG-13. The second Great Decisions discussion series event will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the library. Sunday's topic will be "Afghanistan and Pakistan," and a video presentation will precede the discussion. For more information about this weekend's happenings or other upcoming events, visit the library's website at, or call the Aiken County Public Library at 642-2020.

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