Today's events for Aug. 11


Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism will partner with Valley Fair Baptist Church, Serenity Charity Club, and Horsecreek Masonic District to host its Annual School Supply Giveaway today from noon to 2 p.m. at the Aiken County Recreation Center. Supplies and refreshments for all children, while items last. Everyone swims free. If anyone is interested in donating school supplies or food, contact Tandra Cooks at 803-663-6142.

The second preliminary pageant for the Little Miss/Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant will be held today and Sunday at the amphitheater on the campus of Aiken Tech, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. For more information or to request an application, email

The Off the Hook Crochet Group will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. The group is open to anyone interested in crochet. There is no formal instruction, but beginners are welcome. Attendees should bring yarn and a crochet hook. For more information, visit

“The Midnight Sun,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 3 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit

A Back 2 School Bash will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. today at the Churches Together for Kids Office, 231 Main St. S., Wagener. The first 500 students will receive sports tote bags.

A Back2School Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church, 425 Hampton Ave. N.W. The event, sponsored by the Free Riders Motorcycle Club, will provide students with book bags and school supplies. The event also will feature free food, games, prizes and music.

dog wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road. The cost is $20 for a bath or $30 for bath with nail trim/ear cleaning for dogs 30 pounds or less; $25 for a bath or $35 for bath with nail trim/ear cleaning; and $30 for a bath or $40 for a bath with nail trim/ear cleaning for dogs 60 pounds or more. For more information, visit

An AARP Driver’s Safety class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Cumberland Village, 3335 Wise Creek Lane. The cost is $15 for AARP member and $20 for non-members. Completion of the class may make students eligible for a discount on their auto insurance. For more information or to register, call Vince Jones at 803-648-1363 or 803-443-8899.


The Augusta GreenJackets in partnership with SRP Federal Credit Union and WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone are collecting school supplies to donate to students in need. Fans who bring supplies to the the GreenJackets game on Sunday will be entered to win several prizes. Supplies will be donated to the United Way of Aiken County.


A Conversation About Progress: A Community Dialogue will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday in the Penland Administration building on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. For more information, visit

The College Acres Public Works Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 33 Citadel Drive. All district residents are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 803-649-5689.

The Material Girls, Aiken’s American Sewing Guild group, will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 1630 Silver Bluff Road. Guests are welcome. This month, the group will finish lap blankets as a charity project. Those attending should bring cutting and measuring tools for fabric. For more information, call Cheri at 803-644-0576.

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday in the Ashley J. Little Administration Building on the campus of Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Edgefield County Youth Empowerment Center will hold a graduation ceremony for its Job Readiness for Teens program at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 117 Cardinal Drive, Johnston. Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, will be the keynote speaker.


The Aiken Newcomers’ Club will meet Tuesday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 11:15 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. There will be no program this month. To make a reservation or cancel a reservation, call Cynthia Tisaranni at 803-641-1683, email or visit Reservations or cancellations were due by Aug. 9.

The Crosland Park Neighborhood Association host a Government to Your Neighborhood meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Resource Center, 1248 Crosland Drive N.E. Scheduled speakers will be Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Aiken City Councilwoman Gail Diggs, Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco, Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker, County Councilman Willar Hightower and Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt. An evening meal of barbecue, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans will be served. A question and answer session will follow. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. For more information, email The deadline to submit questions was Aug. 7.

DayBreak Adult Care Services will hold a Hometown Care Meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the DayBreak Outreach and Training Center, 151 Linden St. S.W. The meeting is open to any individual who qualifies for the Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. The guest speaker will be from CanHope. For more information, call 803-226-0288 or visit

A Drink Your Beer, a celebration of beer, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at HarborChase of Aiken, 1385 Silver Bluff Road. The celebration will feature live entertainment, beer flights and beer-inspired appetizers. The event is free and open to the public. Community tours will be available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 803-618-1950.

The Suicide Bereavement Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mental Health America Aiken County, 233 Pendeton St. N.W. For more information, call 803-641-4164.


An Unplugged: Board Games event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Children younger than 11 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 803-642-2020 or visit


“Labyrinth,” rated PG, will be shown from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday as part of Snark Attack at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. This program is for teens in sixth through 12th grades. Snacks and drinks will be served. For more information, visit

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