Bella Buzz

Downtown Aiken   

 October 27, 29, 30

Aiken Ghost Tours led by Kent Cubbage in the downtown area, 6:30 p.m. beginning at the St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church graveyard.  Eight stops and 15 stories of spirits and spooks. Reservations are available by emailing Kent at, or by calling him at 270-0773 and leaving a message about the desired date, number of people in the party and a callback number.  Kent will not call back unless your party cannot be accommodated.  $10 per person, payable by cash or check.  

October 29

South Carolina Historical Society Fall Tour, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Self-guided and self-paced tour ensures guests’ access to historic sites such as the Ford House, Rose Hill, Crossways, Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Banksia, Sandhurst, Dibble Memorial Library, and Hopelands Gardens. A barbecue lunch included in the price of the ticket will be held at the Gaston Livery Stable. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Programs and Events Coordinator, EmmaLee Boykin at (843) 723-3225, ext. 113. 

October 31

Story Time in the Gardens, 4 p.m., Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, at the Sand Patio, near the fountains. The theme for this season is A Fairy Tale Fall. Snacks and drinks welcome; lawn chairs or blankets encouraged. Instill a love of reading in your child that will last a lifetime. A free book will be given to each family in attendance at every reading. Ages: 8 and under. Free.  In case of inclement weather, the reading will be held inside the H. Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6&7, 1700 Whiskey Road. 

Through November

Smith Hazel Recreation Center After School Program, offered Monday-Friday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Make the grade and make it fun with homework help, computer access, games, awards for academic achievement and a light snack daily. The After School Program registration is ongoing.  Children attending the program must be between the ages of 5 and 13. The cost is $20 per week. Non-city resident fees apply. Smith Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw Street NE. For more information call 803-642-7634.

Through November 13

Trail Turkeys. Senior adult walkers (ages 50 and older) from the community are invited to walk the Smith-Hazel trail and submit their miles. A turkey or gift card will be awarded to those with the most miles walked. Forms can be picked up from the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. Free admission. Smith-Hazel Recreation Center Track.

November 2

 Aiken Mid-Day Lions 10th Annual Wine and Cheese Event, benefiting the club’s Scholarship/ Educational Fund, will be held at Trinity on Laurens, 213 Laurens Street, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. There will be a Silent Auction. Call or email Lion Kathy Iwert at (803) 599-8808 / or Lion Ellen Heim at (803) 617-8470 / Postponed from October.

 November 2

The November meeting of the Town & Country Club is changing location for this month to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. SW.  Meet and greet starts at 10 a.m., with meeting and guest speaker beginning at 10:30. The guest speaker will be Brenda Boyer, Owner of Changes Day and Medical Spa.  She will be presenting the benefits one can achieve from massage and other services provided at the spa.  Meetings are free of charge.  For more information, email Barbara Stafford at

November 2-5

Second Annual Southern City Film Festival, featuring 72 films and shorts at various venues downtown, including the AECOM Center, Newberry Hall, the Brown Pavilion in the Aiken Center for the Arts, and the African American Cultural Center. Renowned film critic Jeffrey Lyons is the host.

November 3, 4, 17, 18

The SRS Museum will be open to the public from 12 noon to 4 p.m. 224 Laurens Street SW. The Museum has exhibits about Aiken’s contributions to nuclear science and the balance of power in the world. Free admission.

November 4

Applefest, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. NW, A fun-filled day including a variety of fresh mountain apples for sale, apple desserts, games for kids, consignment, trash n’ treasure, a variety of booths and a silent auction. Enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Appleseed Café. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women; proceeds benefit three local charities. Call (803) 648-6891 for more information.

 November 4

Forest Therapy Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. led by Pat Homer, Certified Forest Therapy guide. Walk begins at the South Boundary entrance to Hitchcock Woods. Sale price of $20 for this walk. Register at or call Pat at 912-499-0737.

November 4

Aiken Music Fest at Highfields Event Center. Gates open at 5 pm. And live music will play till 11 p.m. Beer and food trucks will be available. Web: tyyps:// Or email

November 4, 11, 18, 25

Aiken Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Williamsburg Street between Park and Richland.  8 a.m. – 12 noon. On the first Saturday of each month from April through October between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, meet a Master Gardener who will answer questions and identify plants, weeds, and any other mystery items the public brings.

November 9

Red, White & Blue BBQ, Saratoga WarHorse Fundraiser, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Newberry Hall.  Tickets are $50/person and can be purchased at Lionel Smith, Ltd. and Plum Pudding in downtown Aiken.  Checks should be made payable to Saratoga WarHorse.  Cash bar.  This is a “Horse Race of a Different Kind” event (bring cash for betting). Also, a wine pull, shag demonstration, and a silent auction will be featured.

November 9

Downtown Aiken Holiday Hop (Holiday Preview), an opportunity for shoppers to get a first look at what the downtown businesses have to offer for the holidays. Shop locak, shop late – stores are open until 8 p.m.! See a list of participating businesses at

 November 14

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. at Daybreak Training Center, 151 Linden Street.  Free and open to the public; no reservations needed.  Facilitators:  Liz Neal and Linda Lucas.  For more information call Linda at 803-226-0288 or 803-522-5893, or email

November 14          

Aiken Newcomers’ Club meeting, Newberry Hall.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; business meeting at 10:15 a.m.; lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Cost is $15, cash or check.  This month’s speaker is David Jameson, President and CEO of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce who will talk about Chamber activities and the Aiken Renaissance.  The Community Service group will be collecting for Military Families – Aiken/Augusta Warrior Project.  Make checks payable to ANC.  Reservations/cancellations must be made by noon Thursday, November 9 by email to; the website at; or by phone:  A-L, Barb Novak at 803-502-4933; M-Z, Debbie Wick at 803-648-1570.

November 16

Midday Music, 12 noon, First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Avenue NW. Featuring The Charlestones performing a unique a cappella blend in styles from Renaissance to Broadway, spirituals to country, and jazz to pop. Free admission.  For more information, call the church office at 803-648-2662.

November 17

Find a Furever Friend Friday at the Aiken County Visitors Center, 133 Laurens St. NW every third Friday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Enjoy free popcorn and have your picture taken with adoptable dogs brought by FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter).

November 21          

M’Aiken a Difference, the Lewy Body Dementia Association Support Group, will meet at 11 a.m. at the Daybreak Adult Care Services in Daybreak’s Training and Educational Center, 151 Linden Street.  Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. This month, a special program on Movement and Memory Disorder will be presented by Kathy L. Tuckey, Patient Educator/Outreach Coordinator at the NPF Center of Excellence at Augusta University. This is a return engagement requested by the caregiver group to learn more ideas on how to interact with their loved ones with a diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, or related dementias. Contact Nancy Sofge Martin for more information at 648-0835 or email her at

November 21

Turkey Walk and Turkey Shootout at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 4 p.m., designed to help promote a healthier lifestyle. See how many miles you can walk around the gym in the Turkey Walk. Participate in the Turkey Shootout by making as many baskets as you can in one minute. Prizes will be awarded for both activities. For ages 4-14, $5 per child. Registration is now open at the Smith Hazel Recreation Center through November 20.

November 23, Thanksgiving Day

  • Bloodies and Bagels, annual fundraiser for the Aiken Land Conservancy, 9 to 10:30 a.m., on the lawn of the Aiken County Historical Museum.  Free. Donations accepted and membership sign-ups encouraged.
  • Blessing of the Hounds, 11 a.m., annual event to bless the hounds, followed by the Aiken Hounds formal opening meet, the oldest drag hunt in the nation.  Held at Memorial Gate in Hitchcock Woods. A local clergyman officiates the event each year, during which homage is paid to the various traditions of foxhunting, the heritage of Aiken’s historic hunt culture, and to the skilled hounds that make this sport engaging. The program lasts about 30 minutes. Visitors park downtown and walk from the South Boundary entrance into the woods; allow 30 minutes.  No motorized vehicles or dogs permitted in the Woods for this event.  Free.
  • One Table, free community Thanksgiving dinner in The Alley from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are needed to help purchase turkeys; send checks payable to Christ Central to 267 Laurens Street, Aiken, SC 29801. Volunteers are needed for prep help, setting up, and serving, and helping Thanksgiving Day. Those interested can call the One Table Volunteer line at 803-634-8734. The community is asked to provide desserts to the event; they can be delivered between 3 and 6 p.m. to Newberry Hall the day before Thanksgiving.

November 25

Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community. Sponsored by the Aiken Downtown Development Association (ADDA).

November 26

Messiah Sing-Along, hosted by the Aiken Choral Society, 4 p.m., First Baptist Church. Freewill offering at the event.

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
406 Park Avenue SE   

November 4, 11, 18, 25

Aiken Historic Tours, departing from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 10 a.m., at the corner of Park Avenue and Union Street.  Visitors must arrive 15 minutes early.  Reservations are strongly suggested because the tour often sells out.  Call (803) 644-1907 for reservations.  The guided trolley tours features historic homes and churches, sites, The Civil War’s Battle of Aiken, the live oak canopy on South Boundary, a guided walking tour of Hopelands Gardens and the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing Museum.

November 4  

Program to be determined.

November 11

Railroad music, 11 a.m.

November 18

Live bluegrass music by Depot Jam, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call 293-7846.

November 25

No musical performance over Thanksgiving weekend.

Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens St. SW    


Marissa Evans, Betsy Wilson Mahoney, Judy Adamick, Anne Rauton Smith, and Joy in the Journey.

November 4

Very Vera “Plymouth Rock n’ Roll Thanksgiving Cooking Camp for 11- to 14-year-olds. Register online at

November 9

Gallery Opening Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Light refreshments. Members of the Aiken Civic Orchestra will play during the reception.

AECOM Center for the Performing Arts
126 Newberry St. SW
Tickets and information:  803-648-1438

November 8-9-10-11 at 7:30 p.m.

November 12 at 2 p.m.

The Giver, presented by the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing. In the world of the Giver, people are assigned their roles in society, and men and women are assigned to each other. Jonas is assigned the special role of Receiver of Memories and works with the Giver, who keeps the memories of the world as it used to exist. Their plan will change their world forever. Directed by J.C. Crider.

November 16-17

The Aiken Performing Arts Group presents O Sole Trio, the classical crossover ensemble, in a performance of Bravissimo Broadway, celebrating Broadway tunes. 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit, call 803-643-4774, or email

Aiken County Public Library
314 Chesterfield St. SW   

Library Activities for Adults

November 2

Coloring For Grownups, 1 – 3 p.m. Bring your own coloring pens and pencils to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of creativity.  Coloring sheets and refreshments will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring books if you prefer. Make your reservation in person or call 803-642-2020, ext. 1131.

November 6, 13, 27

Partners In Friendship, 3 to 4:30 p.m. This elementary course in conversational Italian language and culture is suitable for adults or teens. Partners in Friendship membership optional.

November 7

Let’s Talk About It: The Play’s The Thing, 7 p.m. Discussion of Hamlet with Dr. Tom Mack. This program is a book club with the added bonus of a humanities scholar to broaden discussions. Participants will read, watch, and then compare three plays to their film adaptations. This program made possible with a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council and funding from the Friends of the Library. Copies of the plays have all been checked out at this time. Additional attendees must obtain their own copy.

November 16

Family Game Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Get unplugged and join us for board games and refreshments! Register by November 13. Visit the Reference Desk or call the library at (803) 642-2020, ext. 1131 to register by phone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

November 28

Let’s Talk About It: The Play’s The Thing, 7 p.m. Movie viewing of The Importance Of Being Earnest. This program is a book club with the added bonus of a humanities scholar to broaden discussions. Participants will read, watch, and then compare three plays to their film adaptations. This program made possible with a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council and funding from the Friends of the Library. Copies of the plays have all been checked out at this time. Additional attendees must obtain their own copy.

November 30

Rock Painting, 5:30 to 7 p.m. You’ve heard of the new craze of decorating rocks then hiding them for others to find? Come paint rocks with us! We will supply rocks, painting supplies and basic instructions. You supply the creativity. For teens and adults ages 12 and up. Registration required. Call 803-642-2020 ext. 1131 to sign up.


October 28

Double Fright Feature!

Young Frankenstein, (rated PG), showing from 2 to 3:45 p.m.
Frankenweenie, (rated PG), showing from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

November 4

Captain Underpants; The First Epic Movie, Rated PG, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Two overly imaginative pranksters, George and Harold, hypnotize their school principal into thinking he's a superhero named Captain Underpants. Read the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey.

November 9

The Glass Castle, Rated, 6:30 to 8:40 p.m. An all-star cast shines in this inspiring film based on the best-selling memoir. Jeannette had a poor but wildly adventurous childhood, raised by her free-spirited father and her mother, an eccentric artist. As her father's behavior become ever more erratic, Jeannette must find the courage to live on her own terms in this uplifting story of unconditional love. Read the memoir by Jeannette Walls (362.82 WAL).

November 11

Mary Poppins, Rated G, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Movie Sing-A-Long! When Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents (David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns). SSA: closed captioning will be turned on.

November 18

Wonder Woman, Rated PG13, 3 to 5:20 p.m. Diana, princess of the Amazons, who grew up on a secluded island, is discovered by an American pilot who crash lands and tells her of a raging conflict in the outside world. Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the crisis. Fighting a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and destiny. Read Wonder Woman books and graphic novels by various authors in the ABBE Regional Library System.

Library Activities for Children 

October 27

Halloween Story Time, 10:15 a.m. (all ages). Wear your costumes and join us in the meeting room for a super spooky story time. Then go trick-or-treating in the library! 

November 3, 10, 17

Story Time Fridays. Help foster a love of reading with books, songs, and interactive activities that support early literacy skills. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

10:15 a.m.     Babies (0-23 months)

11 a.m.          Toddlers (2-3 years)

11:45 a.m.     Preschoolers (4-5 years) 

November 4

Family Storytime, 10:15 a.m., for all ages.

November 9

Lego Club, 4 p.m., Show off your super building skills! We provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination. No registration required; for ages 5-11.

November 14

Homeschool Hub, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Homeschool kids of all ages can join us for a book club. Read any fiction or nonfiction book about animals and then share it with the group. We’ll also do a fun activity. Contact the children's department at 642-2020, ext. 1141, for more information.

November 20

DIY Fall Crafts For Kids, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Drop by the library's meeting room any time between 4-5:30 p.m. and create some fall crafts.

November 28

Sensory Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Join us for interactive stories, music, movement and other activities. This is for children of all abilities and their caregivers. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Library Activities for Teens

Through November

Write A Story! It's National Novel Writing Month, and we're going to celebrate by writing a collaborative story in the Teen Room! Add a sentence or two to our growing story any time during the month of November. The final product will be posted on our Facebook page the first week of December. For grades 6-12.

November 17

Justice League After-Hours Event, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Make your own Wonder Woman wrist bands, shoot some baddies in our Villains Target Practice, show off your DC Comics trivia knowledge and watch some Justice League cartoons during our after-hours event. For teens in grades 6-12. You must register by November 13, to attend. Call (803) 642-2020, ext. 1141, or email to register


2nd Floor Display Case – Darlene Rittel's array of bison (aka buffalo) collectibles.

Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St. SW   803-642-2015
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.

October 29

South Carolina Historical Society Fall Tour, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., begins at the Museum. This self-guided and self-paced tour ensures guests’ access to historic sites such as the Ford House, Rose Hill, Crossways, Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Banksia, Sandhurst, Dibble Memorial Library, and Hopelands Gardens. A barbecue lunch included in the price of the ticket will be held at the Gaston Livery Stable. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Programs and Events Coordinator, EmmaLee Boykin, at (843) 723-3225, ext. 113.

October 31 – November 18

Carolina Pine Quilters Annual Show during regular Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.

November 4

Quilt show reception, 2 to 4 p.m., open to the public. Free. 

November 4

Leah Walker will give a children’s program about quilts, and Lauren Virgo will give a preservation talk about quilts. Times to be determined; call the Museum at 642-2015 for designated times closer to the date.

 November 23, Thanksgiving Day

Bloodies and Bagels, annual fundraiser for the Aiken Land Conservancy, 9 to 10:30 a.m., on the lawn of the Aiken County Historical Museum.  Free.

November 28

Tour of Banksia, the historic home of the Aiken County Historical Museum, 1 to 2:30 p.m. The tour is free, but reservations are required; limited to 15 participants. Call 803-642-2015 to register.  This tour will generally be offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

November 30

If Those Walls Could Talk, third program of the Museum’s Historic Homes Research Committee lecture series on Aiken’s historic Winter Colony homes.  2 p.m.  Free.       

DuPont Planetarium Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USCA
471 University Parkway  
Tickets and information: 803-641-3654
Tickets:  $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $4.50 for 4K-12 students; all shows for USCA students, faculty and staff (with ID), $2. $50 annual membership card.  Reservations encouraged by calling 641-3654.

October 28

[Observe the Moon Night]


Magic Tree House, 6 and 7 p.m.

Cosmic Colors, 8 and 9 p.m.

November 4, 11, 18, 25

Defying Gravity: It IS Rocket Science!, 6 p.m.

Seven Wonders, 7 and 8 p.m.

The Etherredge Center
471 University Parkway  
Tickets and information:  803-641-3305

November 1

Aiken Women’s Heart Board tickets go on sale for the 2018 annual show scheduled for February 21-25, 2018, at the USCA Etherredge Center to benefit the American Heart Association. Evening show tickets cost $25; matinee tickets cost $20. To purchase tickets, select a date, and contact the Heart Board member whose number is listed for that performance.

February 21, 7:30 p.m.   Karen Wyont, 649-7650

February 22, 7:30 p.m.   Penny Young, 522-0828

February 23, 7:30 p.m.   Frankie Lambright, 648-8720

February 24, 2 p.m.        Becky Scoggin, 643-1071

February 24, 7:30 p.m.   Diane Brace, 643-9599

February 25, 3 p.m.        Linda Calhoun, 643-3899

November 7

PUB Talent Show, 6 p.m. 

November 9

USCA Jazz performance, 7:30 p.m.

November 12

New Horizons Band performance, 4 p.m.

November 17

Student recital, 3 p.m.

November 20

USCA Wind Ensemble performance, 7:30 p.m.

November 30

University Theatre Players Fall Short Plays, 7:30 p.m.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers
302 University Parkway

Support Group Meetings:

AA:  Every Sunday and Wednesday evening, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Pavilion.

Aiken Cares: 2nd Tuesday, Alzheimer’s Support Group, for family members and caregivers, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Daybreak Training Center, 151 Linden Street. Facilitator:  Liz Neal.  

Al-Anon:  Support for those dealing with another’s drinking.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Trail Ridge Drive.  Call 270-0853 for more information.

Bariatric:  3rd Monday, 6 p.m., ARMC, Bariatric Services, 1st floor outpatient area.  Registration not required.  Facilitator:  Gail Collins, RN

Bereavement-Grief Support for Adults: 1st Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m., ARMC, 4th floor classrooms.  Call 641-5389 to register. Facilitator: Chaplain Cathy Cole.

Cancer Support Group:  3rd Wednesday, 3-4 p.m., First Baptist Church parlor. Facilitator:  Chaplain Cathy Cole, available to answer questions at 641-5389.

CSRA Dream Catchers -Traumatic Brain Injury and Disability, 1st Monday,

6-7 p.m., Walton Options for Independent Living, 325 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; register at 803-279-9611 or at Facilitator:  Les Paul Morgan

Diabetes:  2nd Tuesday

3-4 p.m., Odell Weeks Activity Center.  Registration:  803-293-0023.

Look Good … Feel Better: 3rd Wednesday, free program for female cancer patients actively undergoing or about to start treatment, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at ARMC. Call 641-6044 for more information.

Mended Hearts: 2nd Friday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Allen B. Miller Nursing Building at USCA.  Call 641-1192 for more information.  


Pink Ribbonettes: American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Self-Help/Support Group for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and caregivers. First Tuesday. See entry in Miscellaneous Venues for more information.

Odell Weeks Center
1700 Whiskey Road

November 1 and 8

Last two Puppy Classes of a series, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2. Your puppy will be a S.T.A.R. with this six-week course designed for dogs 10 – 20 weeks of age. Puppies will learn a variety of skills and commands, and will take the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test at the end of the course. Puppies must have record of 2 sets of shots.

November 1 and 8

Last two classes of a series of classes in Basic Dog Training, 6-7 p.m. Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2. Dogs five months and older will learn basic commands. Topics will include basic care of dogs and what to expect as training progresses. Optional enrollment in Week 7 for just $5 will give your dog the chance to become an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen. Dogs must be current on rabies vaccination and registered with City of Aiken if residing within city limits.

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Toddler Time, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Run, chase and release a lot of energy! This program every Wednesday allows children 5 and younger to interact with other kids their age. Equipment and toys are provided, but children may bring their own toys. Parental supervision required. Daily visits are $2 per child, or participants may purchase a 10-visit punch pass for $15. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Rock Climbing at the Carolina Bay, every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a fully-trained instructor. Climbing routes are designed for beginner and also experienced climbers. For ages 3 and older. Passes must be purchased at the Odell Weeks Center front desk before climbing. Cost: $6 daily or $25 per 5-visit pass for City residents and members. $9 daily or $35 per 5-visit pass for non-City residents. All participants must sign a climbing wall waiver; parent or guardian must sign for those under the age of 18. Due to the nature of this activity, the climbing wall may be closed due to inclement weather. Call 642-7631 for availability and reservations. For more information, visit or call 642-7631.

November 4

Whiskey Road Race 2017, primary fundraiser of The Cumbee Center for Abused Persons, 7 to 11 a.m., including a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run. The certified race course takes runners down Whiskey Road, through Aiken’s historic horse district and winds through South Boundary. Awards after the races will be given for overall winners and top three finishers in each age group. Overall winners are excluded from age division awards. For more information, email or visit

November 6, 13, 20, 27

Toddler Time, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Run, chase and release a lot of energy! This program every Monday allows children aged 36 months and younger to interact with other kids their age. (See entry below for children 5 and younger.) Equipment and toys are provided, but children may bring their own toys. Parental supervision required. New fees: $2/visit or $15 for 10 visits. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

November 6, 13, 20, 27

Tao-Flex, a new low-impact class designed for senior men and women, stresses balance and stability. Every Monday, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Odell Weeks Center. Open to all adults. Daily price of $4 for City residents, $5 for non-City residents. First lesson free.

November 14

Thanksgiving Story Time, 4 p.m., Rooms 6&7. Come out and listen to Thanksgiving stories about sharing together. A free book is given to each family in attendance. Cookies and juice will be served. For ages 8 and under, accompanied by an adult. Free admission.

Equestrian Events


Through November 5

Aiken Fall Cup 2 Goal Tournament at Whitney Field, 420 Mead Avenue. For daily game schedules and updates, call the Polo Hotline at 803-643-3611. 

November 1-3

6 Goal Championship Fall Tournament at New Bridge, 862 New Bridge Road, Aiken, SC 29805.

November 4 and 11

Sunday Polo at historic Whitney Field, located at 420 Mead Avenue, 3 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person at the gate, or $30 for a ticket to the VIP Pavilion, which includes free food and drinks.  Social members and playing members are admitted free all season long.  Polo season runs from September through mid-November and from April to June.  For game schedules, call 803-643-3611, email, or visit for more information.

November 7-12

Aiken Polo Club’s Family Tournament, daily at Whitney Field, 420 Mead Avenue.

Miscellaneous Equestrian Events

October 28

The 26th Holiday Cup Fall Steeplechase, Aiken Horse Park, 931 Powderhouse Road.  

Gates open at 9 a.m.

10 a.m.         Village of Shops opens

                       Paddock Playground opens

11 a.m.         Guarantor Tent Party opens

11 - 1 p.m.     Halloween Trick or Treating at railside spots   

11:30 a.m.     Stick horse races

1 p.m.             First race

1:15 p.m.       Carriage parade

2 /2:30            Second and third races

2:45 p.m.       Hat and Costume contest

3 p.m.             4th race

3:30 p.m.       Last race

Races run rain or shine. No pets.

Patron passes are $20 in advance, $30 on race day. Children 10 and under are free. General infield parking passes are $20 in advance, $30 on race day.

Passes can be purchased in person or by phone (803-648-9641) at the Aiken Steeplechase office, 538 Two Notch Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can also be purchased at the following outlets: Aiken Drug, Aiken Saddlery, Birds & Butterflies, Floyd & Green, Lominick Pharmacy, Parks Pharmacy in North Augusta, Plum Pudding, Ridgecrest Coffee Bar, South State Bank, Smithers Insurance in North Augusta, USC Aiken, Odell Weeks Recreation Center, and the Aiken County Visitors Center.

For more information, go to

 November 1

Stable View Jumper Night. Registration at 2:30 p.m. Classes at 3 p.m., starting at 2’3” and ending with 3’9”. Spectators are welcome with no fees. Visit for more details, or call (484) 356-3173.

 November 3-5

Katy did Combined Driving Event, Katydid Farm, 359 State Park Rd. in Windsor. Thursday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Three-phase carriage driving competition, featuring dressage on Thursday and Friday, cross-country on Saturday and cones on Sunday.  Spectators welcome free of charge.  Sunday brunch from 11 to 2 p.m., $75. Tailgating spots available on Saturday.  This event benefits the Aiken Land Conservancy.

November 11

Historic Stable and Barn Tour, 9 to 11:15 a.m., sponsored jointly by the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and the Aiken Training Track. Meet at the Rye Patch parking lot, 100 Berrie Road, at 8:45 a.m. to load on mini-buses to the track. For those 16 and older. Cost: $30/person. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. For reservations, call 803-642-7631, 643-2121, or contact, or visit Rain date: November 18.

Miscellaneous Venues and Events

November 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16

American Contract League-sanctioned open bridge games, 10 a.m., at Harbor Chase, 1385 Silver Bluff Road, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. All levels of bridge players are welcome. Game fee is $5 per person. For more information, call Jay Rogaski at 843-368-6894, Maryanne Ebert at 803-522-5718, or email

November 4

Aiken Horsepower Car Show, monthly cruise-in featuring beautiful classic cars, 2-4 p.m., in the Home Depot parking lot, 1785 Whiskey Road. All cruise-ins will have a rain day the following day at Sears Hometown Store in Mitchell Shopping Center, same time. For more information, contact Vickie at or 803-270-3505, or visit

November 7

The Pink Ribbonettes, a breast cancer self/help and support group will meet at the Atrium of Millbrook Church, 176 E Pine Log Road from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  A light lunch will be provided. All who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, spouses and caregivers are welcome to come to this meeting. For more information, call 803-641-0011.

November 21

Successful Women’s Mastermind Alliance (SWMA) Aiken, women’s networking group.  Featuring a luncheon and speaker (to be announced), 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Woodside Plantation Country Club. SWMA members and first-time guests, $22.  Returning guests, $30.  For more information, call Abigail Tiefenthaler at 954-804-9413.

Outside Aiken

November 9

SRS Public Tour, sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens.  To register, visit  If registering online is difficult, call 803-952-9472.  Seats are limited to two individuals per reservation, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.  To book larger groups, call 803-952-9472. Next tour: December 12.

November 25

Annual Salley Chitlin’Strut, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Town of Salley, 230 Pine St., NW, Salley, SC 29137. Family fun, vendors and the famous boiled or fried chitlin’s. For more information, visit, call 803-258-3485, or email salley2@

Coming in December

December 1

Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony in downtown Aiken on Newberry Street, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Music, refreshments, and a countdown to the lighting of the tree, as well as a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. For all ages, but children must be accompanied by adults. Free.

December 2

The Nutcracker Tea, benefiting the Aiken Civic Ballet, at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Details in the December issue.

December 2-3

Christmas Craft Show at Odell Weeks Center, featuring homemade crafts from 100+ talented artisans from across the Southeast. Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

December 5

Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 4 p.m., Odell Weeks Center, Rooms 6&7. Mrs. Claus will read holiday books to all boys and girls and also give away a free book to every family in attendance. Enjoy cookies and juice with Mrs. Claus after she reads. For ages 8 and under, must be accompanied by an adult.

December 7

Night of 1000 Lights on the streets of Downtown Aiken. This festive evening includes Santa, carolers, snacks, and of course, the luminaries throughout Downtown. Sponsored by the Aiken Downtown Development Association (ADDA).

December 7

Smith-Hazel Tree Lighting, 6 to 7 p.m., Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. Help decorate the community tree, sing holiday songs, and enjoy refreshments with door prizes and a special guest. For all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission.

December 9

Ugly Sweater Crawl. It’s about to get ugly in Downtown Aiken! Celebrate the holidays and get festive in your favorite holiday sweater while shopping and dining in Downtown Aiken. Participating downtown businesses will offer specials and promotions on this day. Check the ADDA website at for a list of participating businesses. Sponsored by the Aiken Downtown Development Association (ADDA).

December 9, 10, 14-22, 27

26th Annual Christmas in Hopelands. Walk through two miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays at Hopelands Gardens, with more than 100,000 twinkling lights. For all ages, but children must be accompanied by adults. Free admission. Parking is at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road, with shuttles to Hopelands Gardens. S’mores can be purchased at Citizens Park for $5.


Tickets to the Winter Lecture Series at the Aiken County Historical Museum will go on sale at the Museum for the series dates of January 16, 23, 30, and February 6 and 13. All lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. and are held in the ballroom of Banksia. Ticket prices to be announced. Speakers confirmed as of press time include Dr. Walter Curry, whose subject is his great-great-great-grandmother who was in the Civil War; Fred Gahle, who will discuss his book about local WWII veterans; and the Museum’s own Lauren Virgo, who will discuss and display some of the artifacts uncovered in the Museum archives.

December 16

Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m., Odell Weeks Center, Rooms 6&7. Santa is making a special stop at the Weeks Center for breakfast with the children. He is excited to listen to their holiday wishes. After breakfast, children can make a holiday craft to take home. Pre-registration between November 11 and December 11 is required. For ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. $3 per plate.