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December 2017 Community Calendar and January 2018 events (where known)
Some events from late November may be included.
Holiday events are identified in red and green.


Downtown Aiken  

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.

November 30

2nd Annual Inspiration Tea benefiting homeless women and children, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Aiken Electric Cooperative Community Room, 2790 Wagener Road, Aiken. A light lunch will be served. Guests are asked to bring items for donation. RSVP by November 27 to 803-648-8331. Sponsored by SRNS, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., Aiken Personnel Services, and Curriculum Association.

November 30

Christmas in the 1800s, benefiting the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor. Aiken Municipal Building. $35 per person for sit-down dinner from Dukes Bar-B-Que and La Dolcé. Wine, coffee, sweet tea, desserts. With Kim Poovey, author, storyteller and living historian, in a new show. Music by Jayne Williams, Patti Elmore, and Bill Austin. Tickets are available online at www.diannshaddoxfoundation.org, and at 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts and Plum Pudding.

Through December

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.

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 1, 2, 15, 16

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.

December 2

10th Annual Nutcracker Tea, 2 p.m., benefiting the Aiken Civic Ballet. Selections of the ballet will be performed, and the dancers will sign autographs afterwards. Tickets are available at 3 Monkeys and Unique Expressions.

December 3

Aiken Jaycees’ Christmas Parade, 2 p.m., in downtown Aiken. The theme for the 2017 parade is “Aloha Christmas.”

December 3, 10, 17

“Holidays in Old Hollywood,” holiday music presented by composer and pianist John Vaughn and vocalist Brooke Lundy from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Willcox in the living room. 

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

January 6, 13, 20, 27

Aiken Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Williamsburg Street between Park and Richland.  8 a.m. – 12 noon.

 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 www.downtownaiken.com 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 between 5:45 and 8:45 p.m. S’mores can be purchased at Citizens Park for $5. Live entertainment each night; drafts for kids at Rye Patch. See the new exhibit at the Stables at Rye Patch called Historic Horses of Aiken. www.aikenismagical.com. Sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Aiken.

December 9 and 16

Christmas Crafts at The Farmers Market, sunrise to 12 noon, 115 Williamsburg Street, featuring holiday gifts by local craft vendors. Hot drinks and one-of-a-kind creations.

December 12

January 9

The December Luncheon of the Aiken Newcomers’ Club will be held Tuesday December 12, 2017, at Newberry Hall.  Cost is $15.00, cash or check.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with the Business meeting at 10:15 a.m., and lunch at 11:30 a.m. This month’s speaker will be Dr. Maureen Simpson, artistic director of the Aiken Choral Society who will entertain us with holiday music.   The Community Service group will be collecting for the Department of Social Services.  Unwrapped Holiday Toys and checks made payable to DSS will be accepted.  Reservations/cancellations must be made by noon Thursday December 7th by email to newcomers29803@gmail.com; the website at aikennewcomers.com; or by phone:  A-L, Bev Blanke (803)641-1444, M-Z, Chris Jakubec (803)641-2011.

December 12

January 9

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 linda@daybreakcare.com.

December 12

January 9    

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. The December speaker will be Dr. Maureen Simpson, artistic director of the Aiken Choral Society, who will entertain with holiday music.  The Community Service group will be collecting for the Department of Social Services.  Unwrapped holiday toys and checks made payable to DSS will be accepted.  Reservations/cancelations must be made by noon December 7 by email to newcomers29803@gmail.com; the website at aikennewcomers.com; or by phone:  A-L Bev Blanke, (803) 641-1444; M-Z, Chris Jakubec (803) 641-2011.

The January 9 meeting’s speaker will be Alvin Bey, a chemist and master gardener who teaches classes at USCA on “Teaming with Nature – Yards without Chemicals.”  The Community Service group will be collecting toiletries and items for Helping Hands.  Checks can be made payable to Helping Hands. Reservations/cancellations must be made by noon Thursday January 4 by email to newcomers29803@gmail.com; the website at aikennewcomers.com; or by phone to A-L, Karen Carman (757) 593-9013, M-Z, Ann Schneider (803) 514-2549.

December 15

Christmas concert featuring the Aiken Civic Orchestra, Adam de Priest, director, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Methodist Church, 104 Newberry Street NW. Free. The concert selections will feature holiday spirit and Christmas cheer. Joining ACO in the celebration will be the men’s voices of South Boundary Singers, directed by Diane Haslam. Familiar music will include popular holiday songs, traditional carols, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a. For more information, visit FB/AikenCivicOrchestra.

December 15,

January 19

Find a Furever Friend Friday at the Aiken County Visitors Center, 133 Laurens St. NW every third Friday of the month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Enjoy free popcorn and have your picture taken with adoptable dogs brought by FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter). 

December 19, January 19           

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. Contact Nancy Sofge Martin for more information at 648-0835 or email her at nancy13lbd@gmail.com.

JANUARY in Downtown Aiken

January 18

Midday Music, featuring Robert Simonds on violin, 12 noon, First Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Simonds is an orchestral player, chamber musician and solo recitalist. His repertoire includes kinetic, colorful and sincere music or today with Americana and Baroque traditions. 224 Barnwell Street NW. For more information, call the church office, 648-2662.

January 20

The 2018 Aiken Camellia Show will be held in the Aiken First Presbyterian Church Family Life Center. Flower entry is open to anyone who wishes to participate between 7 to 10 a.m. and then open to the public after judging finishes, around 12:30 p.m. The show lasts until 5 p.m. There also will be many Ikebana floral arrangements and a camellia information booth staffed by members to answer questions. Free admission.

January 17 
 
Heart Board's Annual Tea
The Aiken Women’s Heart Board announces the location of the 2018 Heart Board Tea, to be held on Jan. 17 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 331 Fairfield Ave. on the South Boundary end. This home was built in 1938. Part of the home, the caretakers’ quarters, was cut off from the main house and moved to the lot next door. The flow of the house is great, and the history makes it very appealing. The owner actually grew up in this home. Each year, the support shown to the Heart Shows by our community is phenomenal. The Aiken Women’s Heart Board want to express our thanks for your patronage of these benefits by welcoming you to our tea. It is always a special event. Please note the location and plan to come for refreshments and a tour.

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
406 Park Avenue SE   
803-293-7846
www.VisitAikenSC.com

December 1-30

The Festival of Trees will showcase 15 beautifully themed trees. Visitors can vote for Best in Show between December 5-15. For more information, visit www.aikenismagical.com or call 803-293-7846. Admission is free.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

January 6, 13, 20, 27

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.

December 9

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

December 16

Santa at the Depot, 10 to 1 p.m. Christmas music at 11 a.m. and Santa will make an appearance. Storytime begins at 1 p.m. Take photos with Santa, make crafts, and enjoy festive music. Cookies and milk will be served. www.AikenisMagical.com. 803-293-7846.


Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens St. SW    
803-641-9094
www.aikencenterforthearts.org

December 7

Gallery Opening Reception for Aiken Center for the Arts Gallery Shop Artists, Joy in the Journey and Jane Popiel, 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

December 12

Aiken Youth Orchestra Concert performance at 7 p.m.

December 20-21

Santa's 2 Day Artshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two days filled with creative and fun gift- making in our art shop. Create artful and edible gifts that will be creatively wrapped and ready to share with the special people in your life this holiday season. Pack your lunch. Supplies to make gifts and edible treats are included. Open to 4K and up. Register at
aikencenterforthearts.org 


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

December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, at 7:30 p.m.

December 10 at 3 p.m.

The Best Christmas Pageant. Ever. Presented by the Aiken Community Playhouse. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Mayhem and fun! Directed by Dustin Turner.

January 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.

January 21 at 3 p.m.

The Rainmaker. A “rainmaker” appears on a farm where a girl’s family is as worried about her being an old maid as they are about the severe drought. Will they pay the money he demands to bring rain? Will love rain down as well? Directed by Maureen Woltermann.


Aiken County Public Library
314 Chesterfield St. SW
803-642-2020
www.abbe-lib.org

Library Activities for Adults

 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.

December 4, 11, 18

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.

December 5

Let’s Talk About It: The Play’s The Thing, 7 p.m. Book discussion of The Importance Of Being Earnest with Dr. Julie Wise. 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.

December 6

Readers' Theatre & Holiday Sing-Along For All Ages, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All ages are invited to join in reading the Dylan Thomas story, A Child's Christmas in Wales. The story will be followed by a holiday sing-along. Participants are welcome to bring an instrument to play or a favorite holiday song to share. Refreshments are included in the free admission. Register by December 11.

December 6

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 at the Reference Desk or call 803-642-2020, ext. 1131.

December 6

Adult Book Club, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Each month this book club will read a book from the chosen theme and then meet to discuss it. Read one of the following books for the December meeting: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini, or A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Visit the Reference Desk or call the library at 803-642-2020, ext. 1131 for more information.

 

December 6

Digital Library Branch Info Session, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to browse, check out, and download eBooks, audiobooks, videos, and music from the Digital Branch Library.

December 14

Readers’ Theatre & Holiday Sing-Along For All Ages, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All ages are invited to join in reading the Dylan Thomas story, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The story will be followed by a holiday sing-along. Participants are welcome to bring an instrument to play or a favorite holiday song to share. Refreshments are included in the free admission. Register by December 11.

December 27 – March 31

Winter Reading Challenge. Beat the winter blues with a fun reading challenge! Pick up a challenge sheet starting December 27. Return it by March 31 to win a small prize and to be entered in a drawing to win a in a drawing to win a $25 Books-A-Million gift card. Stop by or call the Reference Desk at 803-642-2020, ext. 1131, for details. Open to adults only.

Movies

December 2

Sing-A-Long Movie: Frozen, rated G. 3 to 5 p.m. Sing along with the Academy Award-winning musical event of a generation! Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, like never before in an all-new, full-length Sing-Along Edition! Follow the lyrics with a bouncing Frozen snowflake. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. It’s pure enchantment – and full of fun for the whole family!

December 9

Valerian & The City Of A Thousand Planets, rated PG13. 3 to 4:50 p.m. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline are on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha where species from all over the universe have converged over the centuries. There is a dark force at the center of Alpha which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, so Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the evil and secure Alpha as well as the future of the universe. Read the movie tie-in novel by Christie Golden.

December 16

Santa Stole Our Dog: A Merry Doggone Christmas, Dove-approved for all ages, 3 to 4:35 p.m. On a wintry Christmas Eve, Santa Claus (played by Ed Asner) accidentally steals a family’s dog which leads to an epic 12-days-of-Christmas journey to the North Pole to get the dog back. Original songs by Dolly Parton and others.

Library Activities for Children

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.

December 7

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.

December 8 and 22

Play & Grow. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Ages 0-5 can drop in for playtime at the library while Storytime is on a break. DUPLO blocks, toys, puppets, and more will be available for families to explore in the first-floor meeting room.

December 12

Homeschool Hub, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Homeschool kids of all ages can join us for a book club. Read any fiction or nonfiction book on this month’s theme 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 this month’s theme.

Library Activities for Teens

December 14

Teen Advisory Group (TAG), 5 to 6 p.m. Help plan teen programs, choose new materials, and earn volunteer hours. Open to ages 13-18. Call Jennifer at 642-2020 ext. 1141, for more information.

Displays

2nd Floor Display Case – Snowmen and Gingerbread Men 

JANUARY 2018 

Library Activities For Adults

December 27 – March 31

Winter Reading Challenge. Beat the winter blues with a fun reading challenge! Pick up a challenge sheet starting December 27. Return it by March 31 to win a small prize and to be entered in a drawing to win a in a drawing to win a $25 Books-A-Million gift card. Stop by or call the Reference Desk at 803-642-2020, ext. 1131, for details. Open to adults only.

Adult Book Club. Call the reference desk for more information. 803-642-2020, ext. 1131

January 3 through March 28, on Wednesdays

Acrylic And Oil Painting Art Sessions, from 2 to 5 p.m. Local artist Dale Keene teaches one-on-one acrylic and oil painting for adults/teens. Sessions start in January and will conclude at the end of March. Registration and purchase of your own materials is required. Call the Reference Desk at 803-642-2020, ext. 1131 for more information.

January 4

Coloring For Grownups 1 to 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 at the reference desk or by calling 803-642-2020, ext. 1131.

January 8, 22, 29

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.

January 22

Cynthia “Andy” Landis will give a program about her children’s book called Miracle on Montgomery Farm at the Aiken County Public Library from 5 to 5:50 p.m. The book is about farming, faith and friendship and is written for children from ages 7 to 10. Landis is a playwright, singer-songwriter, former actor, and farmer. Her co-author is Michelle Shelby a former Marine who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Attendees may buy a book for $10 cash and have it autographed at the event.

MOVIES

January 6

Victoria & Abdul, rated PG13, 3 to 4:50 p.m. The true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) reign. When a young clerk, Abdul Karim, travels from India for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he finds favor with the Queen herself. The two forge a devoted loyalty to one another, creating jealousy in her household and inner circle. Still, the friendship grows as the Queen observes a changing world through new eyes. Read the nonfiction book of the same title by Shrabani Basu.

January 20

Sing-A-Long Movie: The Sound Of Music, rated G, 3 to 5 p.m. SSA: closed captioning will be turned on. A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

Library Activities for Children

January 5, 12, 19, 2

Storytime 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)

11:00 a.m. -- Toddlers (2-3 years)

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

January 9

Homeschool Hub, 11 to 12 noon. Homeschool kids of all ages can join us for a book club! Read any book about our monthly topic that interests you to share with the group, and then participate in a special activity. Contact the children's department at 803-642-2020, ext. 1141, or visit our website to find out this month's topic.

January 9

Lego Club, 4 to 5 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: This month's Lego Club is on a Tuesday, not a Thursday. Show off your super building skills! We provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination. No registration required; for ages 5-11.

January 12

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (after-hours event) Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll for Storytime, games, and hot chocolate! When you leave, your fluffy friend will stay behind for a stuffed animal sleepover. Plan to pick up your friends between January 15 and 19. Recommended for ages 4-7. Registration by January 8 is required; visit the first floor circulation desk, email jennifera@abbe-lib.org, or call 803-642-2020, ext. 1141.

January 19

Crime Scene Science, 4 to 5 p.m.

For ages 7-11. Registration is limited to 30 participants. Register by January 16.

Join us for some hands-on science! Learn about forensic science and conduct some experiments. For more information or to register, call Jennifer at 803-642-2020, ext. 1141, or email jennifera@abbe-lib.org. Sponsored by the Younger Chemists Committee, a part of the American Chemical Society.

January 20

Family Storytime –10:30 to 11 a.m. Family Storytime is a repeat of the previous Storytime Friday. Please visit www.abbelib.org for additional Storytime days and times.

Library Activities for Teens

Wanted: Teen Tech Tutors
Are you a teen who needs volunteer hours? Enjoys working with technology? Looking to make a difference in the community? Teens in grades 9-12 can earn volunteer hours through Teen Tech Tutors. Ask for an application at the reference desk. Questions? Call 803-642-2020, ext. 1131, or email mariec@abbe-lib.org.

January 1-31

Teen Scavenger Hunt –Follow clues and win a prize! Visit the Teen Room any day during January to get started. Turn your completed clue sheet into the Circulation Desk for a small prize. For grades 6-12.

January 18

Books, Movies & Music, 5 to 6 p.m. We're starting a monthly discussion group! We want to talk about your favorite books and authors, movies and television shows, and songs and bands! Join us at our first-ever program, where we'll discuss YA (Young Adult) books-turned-into-movies, choose a name for the group, and plan future events. Snacks will be served. For grades 6-12.


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

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.

December 2

10th Annual Nutcracker Tea, 2 p.m., benefiting the Aiken Civic Ballet. Selections of the ballet will be performed, and the dancers will sign autographs afterwards. Tickets are available at 3 Monkeys and Unique Expressions.

December 3-4

Drop off your ugly Christmas sweaters to be put on display in the Museum December 8.

December 6 

Celebrate the 135th anniversary of the historic Transit of Venus with a presentation by Dr. Gary Senn of the Ruth Patrick Science Center, 2 p.m., followed by a trip outdoors to see the transit viewing structure on the Museum grounds.

December 8

Ugly Sweater Night, 6 to 8 p.m.  The public will vote on the sweaters dropped off at the Musuem December 3 and 4, culminating with the Ugliest Sweater Awards.

Mid-December

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 24 –26

Closed for Christmas. 

JANUARY 

January 1

Closed For New Year’s Day

January 4, 6

SC Hall of Fame Video Presentation, 2:30 p.m.

 January 9, 16, 23, 30

Ballroom Dance Lesson Series, 6:30 p.m.

 January 16 

Friends of the Museum Winter Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m.

 January 23

Friends of the Museum Winter Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m.

 January 23

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.

January 30

Friends of the Museum Winter Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m.


DuPont Planetarium Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USCA
471 University Parkway
http://rpsec.usca.edu/Planetarium/pubshows.html  
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.

November 25

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

Seven Wonders, 7 and 8 p.m.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Mystery of the Christmas Star, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.

January 6, 13, 20, 27

Magic Tree House Space Mission, 6 p.m.

Dark Shadows, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

January 31, 2018

Total Lunar Eclipse


The Etherredge Center
471 University Parkway
www.etherredge.usca.edu  
Tickets and information:  803-641-3305

Heart Show Tickets Now on Sale

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 30, December 1, 2, 3

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

December 5

Christmas Concert by the Aiken Concert Band, 7 p.m. 

 

 December 8

The Cultural Arts Series presents the St. Petersburg Quartet, 7:30 p.m.

December 10

Home for the Holidays, concert performance by the Aiken Choral Society with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, featuring the Carol of the Drum, Many Moods of Christmas, Christmas at the Movies, a Sing-Along, and more.

December 17 at 7 p.m.

December 23 at 2 p.m.

The Nutcracker, presented by the Aiken Civic Ballet, South Carolina’s longest continuously operated dance company.

JANUARY

January 4

Town & Country will meet at the Etherredge Center at 10 a.m. for a business meeting and guest speaker who will be Tom Williams of Floyd and Green Jewelers.

January 18

The Cultural Arts Series presents Dallas Brass, 7:30 p.m.


Aiken Regional Medical Centers
302 University Parkway
803-641-5000
www.aikenregional.com

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 www.csradreamcatchers.weebly.com. 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
803-642-7631

December 2-3

Christmas Craft Show at Odell Weeks Center, featuring homemade crafts from 100+ talented artisans from across the Southeast. Friday 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 6, 13, 20, 27

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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.

December 6, 13, 20, 27

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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 www.cityofaikensc.gov/index.php/climbing-wall/ or call 642-7631.

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 15, 22, 29

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.

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 15, 22, 29

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.

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.

January 3

A New Player Clinic will be held at H.Odell Weeks Activity Center in Gym 1 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Interested players must register at Odell Weeks and pay the $15 fee prior to the clinic. Paddles and balls are provided. Wear tennis or court shoes and comfortable athletic clothing. Maximum of 8 players per clinic. We will be offering a 20% discount for private or group lessons to all registered beginners for the month of January and February. For more information, visit www.pickledillys.com The next pickleball new player clinic will be held on February 7.


Equestrian Events

Miscellaneous Equestrian Events

December 1-3

Holiday Premiere, Bruce’s Field 931 Powerhouse Rd. SE. www.equusevents.com

 December 2

4th Annual Southeast Hunter Trials, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stable View Farm, 117 Stable Drive. Visit http://www.StableViewFarm.com for more details, or call (484) 356-3173.

December 6

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 http://www.StableViewFarm.com for more details, or call (484) 356-3173.

December 13

Stable View Schooling Dressage Show. SCDCTA Schooling Show. Begins at 12 noon unless entries warrant. Grand Prix through Intro. Spectators welome with no fees. Visit http://www.StableViewFarm.com for more details, or call (484) 356-3173 or contact amber@stableviewfarm.com.

December 9

Backstretch Tour at the Aiken Training Track, sponsored by the Aiken Training Track and the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, 9 to 11:15 a.m. (Rain date is Saturday, December 16.) The cost of the tour is $30 per person and space is limited.  Registration deadline is December 7. Registration and payment can be made at the H.O. Weeks Center. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet at the Rye Patch parking lot, 100 Berrie Road at 8:45 a.m. to be transported to the Aiken Training Track by mini-bus.  For more information, call 643-2121 or 642-7631 or email halloffame@cityofaikensc.gov.


Miscellaneous Venues and Events

December 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 26, 28

January 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30

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 aikenaugustabridge@gmail.com.

December 2

January 6

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 aikenhorsepower@hotmail.com or 803-270-3505, or visit www.aikenhorsepower.com.

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. 

December 4

Holiday Home Tour at Woodside, presented by the Women of Woodside, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tea and raffle from 2 to 5 p.m. at Woodside Plantation Country Club. Tickets are $20 (checks payable to WOW) and can be purchased at Nandina, Re-fresh, 3 Monkeys, Plum Pudding, Aiken Design Center, and Southside Gallery; also at Woodside Plantation Country Club and the Reserve Club. Proceeds go to local charities selected by the Women of Woodside.

December 7

Town & Country Club will meet at Woodside Plantation for a holiday luncheon at 10 a.m. for a business meeting and Christmas program.  The program will be presented by Joel Scraper, Director of Choral Activities at USCA. Contact Barbara Stafford at barbstaff1@gmail.com for more info.

December 8

Fifth Annual Madrigal Dinner presented by Aiken Choral Society. The Renaissance yuletide feast provides entertainment and merriment at The Reserve Club ballroom in Woodside. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The chorus, directed by Dr. Maureen Simpson, will be in full Renaissance garb.  To purchase tickets and or for more information, visit www.aikenchoralsociety.org or stop by the Aiken County Visitors Center at 133 Laurens Street NW. 

December 19

January 16

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. www.facebook.com/groups/swmaaiken. For more information, call Abigail Tiefenthaler at 954-804-9413.


Outside Aiken

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 http://www.chitlinstrut.com, call 803-258-3485, or email salley2@ comporium.net

December 12

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 www.srs.gov/general/tour/public.htm.  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.


Coming in January and February

January 5

An Evening With Southern Songwriters will be held at Sage Valley Hunt Club in Graniteville, South Carolina, from 6:30 to10:30 p.m. The event, benefiting Mead Hall Episcopal School, will feature three Southern songwriters, including Levi Lowrey, Wyatt Durrette, and Angie Aparo who have written songs for or performed with the Zac Brown Band. A limited number of tickets for the event is available for $150 per person; tickets include a barbecue dinner and drink ticket. There will also be a cash bar, silent auction and gift shop for event merchandise. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit meadhallschool.org or the event page on Facebook.

January 17

2018 Annual Women’s Heart Board Tea, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ridgeley Hall, 332 Berrie Road SW. The Heart Tea is the Women’s Heart Board way of thanking patrons for their support of the Benefit, and for them to pick up their pre-ordered tickets.  They may also purchase Benefit tickets at the Tea.  Non-patrons will be required to purchase a Tea ticket at the door

January 18

An Evening with Pearlfriends, benefiting Aiken Senior Life Services, 6:30 p.m., Aiken Center for the Arts. The Arts Center will be turned into a comedy club for an evening. Walk the pearl carpet on a girls’ night out with drinks, dinner and laughter. Nationally known comedian Karen Mills will be the featured performer. Tickets will be for sale January 2 at 3 Monkeys, Floyd and Green, and Plum Pudding. Sponsorships, individual tickets, and tables of 8 will be available. For more information, contact Flo Holford and Dede Dohse at 2pearlfriends@gmail.com or call 803-292-9182.

January 20

The 2018 Aiken Camellia Show will be held in the Aiken First Presbyterian Church Family Life Center. Flower entry is open to anyone who wishes to participate between 7 to 10 a.m. and then open to the public after judging finishes, around 12:30 p.m. The show lasts until 5 p.m. There also will be many Ikebana floral arrangements and a camellia information booth staffed by members to answer questions. Free admission.

January 20

An Evening of New York Jazz – Saluting Our Military, an evening of music by vocalist Gerry Eisenberg with a trio of New York’s finest jazz musicians. Aiken Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. The concert benefits Saratoga WarHorse. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by contacting Daria Carney at (301) 928-6439 or at daria@saratogawarhorse.org. The ticket includes wine, coffee and dessert.

January 26

Women’s Empowering Network inaugural meeting, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Newberry Hall. Register at www.businessexsellence.com. For more information, contact Eleanor Togneri at e.togeneri@businessexsellence.com.

February 1-4

Aiken Antiques Show featuring art, garden, vintage, design, Aiken Center for the Arts.

February 1, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Cocktails & Collectors Preview Party. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers; tickets include the show and sale.

February 2-3, Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

February 4: Show & Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Purchase $15 tickets good for the duration of the show online at aikencenterforthearts.org or 803-641-9094. All proceeds benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts.

February 3

Lip Sync Battle, sponsored by the ADDA (Aiken Downtown Development Association). For more information, contact ADDA at 649-2221.