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SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Local animal shelters overflowing, Fire Over Aiken sure to delight

June 13, 2018 GMT

Local animal shelters overflowing

There were 545 strays and surrendered animals brought into the Aiken County Animal Shelter for the month of May. Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS), as well as those who work at the SPCA Albrecht Center, try so hard to find homes for these worthy animals. Can you add one to your household? Visit the SPCA’s Thrift Stores as another way to help. A new SPCA location opened in the Mitchell Shopping Center on Whiskey Road on May 24. This was the former site of Furniture Outlet, which is now in the Target center further South off Whiskey Road. Their SPCA locations get high marks from customers. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. They have another Thrift Shop on Richland Avenue. For further information, search letlovelive.org. If you cannot afford to get your family pet spayed, check with FOTAS to see if they can help: www.FOTASAiken.org.

Dog Ears reading program

FOTAS is taking reservations now for kids 5 years old and older to read to the greatest listeners, which are adoptable animals at the Aiken County Animal Shelter at 333 Wire Road. From 11 a.m. to noon on June 14, June 28, July 12 and July 26, these sessions take place, overseen by FOTAS reading volunteers. A craft will be made too at each session. This is in collaboration with the Aiken County Library system. Why not build confidence in your youthful reader in this unique way? Call 803-514-4313.

Hops and Hogs still on, set for June 22

From 6 to 10:30 p.m. on June 22 at the corner of Pendleton Street and Hayne Avenue, plan on this admission-free family event still taking place. There will be vendors with barbecue, craft brews, and the Lee Phillips Band.

Heart Show cast presents Midsummer Music Event

July 24 and 25 are the dates for this 7:30 p.m. summertime treat, this time with favorite music from “That’s Amore” performed by the talented singers and musicians from the popular Aiken Women’s Heart Board Benefits. Tickets are still a reasonable $15, and they are only available for purchase directly from the Etherredge Center Box Office. Call 803-641-3305 for ticket information or visit the Box Office on the USC Aiken campus to reserve your seats.

Regal Aiken Mall 8

I was at the Regal Aiken Mall 8 recently and realized the theater now has comfortable seats, even with cup holders. Great to have this choice of movies here in Aiken. The movie theater is at 300 East Gate Drive near the Aiken Mall. You can browse showtimes and order your tickets in advance at www.atomtickets.com.

Fire Over Aiken

There have been plenty of display ads about this upcoming Five Over Aiken event for Saturday, June 23, at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 9 a.m. Expect food trucks and vendors, live music, rides, exhibitions, and all sorts of family fun and fireworks. If you buy a Patriot Ride Pass by June 21 from Atlantic Broadband, Aiken Standard, or AllStar Tents and Events (all presenting sponsors), the cost is $20 for unlimited rides starting at 5 p.m. that evening. Otherwise, view the Kids Talent Show from noon to 2 p.m., Men’s Beauty Contest at 3 p.m., and enjoy the Midway starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks will occur starting at 9:15 p.m. For more information, email fireoveraiken@atlanticbb.net.

King’s Brass this Thursday

“Under the Steeple” at St. John’s UMC downtown, corner of Richland and Newberry, is where wonderful brass musicians will be performing, starting at 7:30 p.m. in a concert free to the community, as part of the St. John’s Fine Arts Series. King’s Brass can be previewed at www.kingsbrass.org. They are really popular, so plan on parking and getting to the Sanctuary a bit early. There will be a freewill offering.

Fans of ACTS

Such generous customers of Lowe’s on Whiskey Road helped ACTS collect fans and funds on June 1 and 2 to assist ACTS clients during the legendary hot S.C. summer months ahead. For $19, one can assure a safe and new fan will go a long way toward providing comfort. If you missed the Lowe’s dates, you can still contribute by contacting ACTS directly at 803-649-3800, or mailing to 340 Park Ave. S.W., Aiken, SC 29801. You can also select a fan from Lowe’s and drop it off at the Park Avenue location, as well. Then, while you are there, you can browse in the ReSale Store. Receipts can be provided upon request. A fan makes an ideal donation from a Sunday school class or a neighborhood group, doesn’t it? How cool!