SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Benefits, concerts, book fair among upcoming events

February 7, 2018

February 8: Think Purple for Brenda’s Angels

One of the fun stops in running errands for me is at Unique Expressions at Mitchell Shopping Center on Whiskey Road. Their post office is so convenient and efficient, and their selection of clothing and gifts makes browsing a pleasure. On Thursday, from 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to shop for a cure, as this fundraiser supports Brenda’s Angels in their research support for a pancreatic cancer cure. A percentage of your purchases will go straight to Brenda’s Angels. There will be refreshments served, raffles, gifts and love in the air. Go to BrendasAngels.org for more info. Marie Mullis Durrett and her network are relentless in their support and fundraising efforts to this cause.

February 8: Hearts for Hope and Homes for Nurture Home

Lisa Hendrix Tindal will host an event on Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. which will benefit Nurture Home, a transitional shelter for women and children in our community. Tickets are available for $35 at donatenow.networkforgood.org.

The location is 215 The Alley, in the Aiken Municipal Building. Local artists have donated pieces to their silent auction. Success stories will be shared by women who are no longer homeless. Contact Lisa Tindal at 803-641-4164 to learn more.

February 9: Oyster Roast and Chili Cook Off

St. Mary’s School Oyster Roast is Friday from 7-10 p.m. at the Parish School. There will be Oysters and Chili for $40 or Chili only $25. Live music and a cash bar are part of the fun, too. Call 803-649-2071 or email pto@stmaryschoolaiken.com for tickets.

February 10: One Shell of a Good Time

American Red Cross has their 7th annual Aiken Oyster Roast with live music and dancing from Anybody’s Guess and JC’s catering the oysters and low country boil. There will be a silent auction as well as complimentary beer and wine. It’s at the Aiken County Fairground, for $50 each, or tables for $500. For tickets, contact Donna Coors Jones at 803-642-2810, or any member of the Central South Carolina Red Cross Board or RedCross.org/SC. Visit www.redcross.org to see their plans.

February 16-17: Workshop for Church Choral Directors/Musicians

St. John’s UMC, downtown at Richland and Newberry, hosts a great workshop with two renowned musicians, Michael Shake and Philip Stopford. Registration fee includes all sessions, dinner on Friday evening, lunch on Saturday and snacks and is open with registration at $60 to any church musician, choir member, or choral director. Registration form and schedule of events is at www.southcarolinafellowship.org under Upcoming Events. 12:30 start on Friday, and 8:30 on Saturday. For further info, contact Catherine Stapleton Nance or David Salter at 803-648-6891.

February 20: Fatigued to Fantastic

Ginger Hudock is a holistic nutrition consultant. You can sign up for her newsletter and blog where she gives nutrition news and recipes by visiting www.NutritionwithGinger.net or calling 803-640-4381. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., Ginger will lead six weekly one-hour educational sessions. The cost is $150, which includes a detox shake mix (retailing for $68), and handouts. If you are experiencing symptoms like anxiety, depression, brain fog, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, skin problems, intestinal problems, difficulty losing weight or autoimmune disease, this program should be of help. The location is 309 Northwood Drive in Aiken. Call Ginger to register or for more info. Her columns on nutrition appear regularly in Bella Magazine.

February 20: Organist Extraordinaire Christopher Nash in Concert

In Clinton, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Christopher Nash will be performing a solo recital as a guest artist of Presbyterian College. Join him at Belk Auditorium to hear works of Bach, Widor, Franck and Vierne.

February 21-25: Heart Show at Etherredge

Do you have your tickets? Hope so! There are still some nice seats together available on Wednesday’s opening night. Contact Karen Wyont at 649-7560 for these seats. And, there may be a few available at other shows. Karen can refer you, if so. $25 evenings at 7:30; and $20 for matinees. Rehearsals are ongoing, and this show is going to be fun!

Here’s the story synopsis: It’s 1973 and Elvis had his Hawaii tour and two additional tours. While heading for Vegas, a terrible storm keeps him at the Memphis airport. Elvis decides to wait in the airport among the people. However, the people think he is an imposter since they assume the real Elvis would not hang out at the airport. Elvis recorded over 750 songs. All but one of the songs in the show was recorded by Elvis.

March 2-3: AAUW Books Fair Drop Off Info

The 2018 Book Fair will run Friday, March 2, and Saturday March 3, 2018 in the Tetra Tech Building at 900 Trail Ridge Road in Aiken, SC 29803. Donation days and hours will be Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-5. Thursdays are for sorting only, and not a day to take donations. Donate books, baskets, puzzles, teapots, umbrellas, small tables and cuckoo clocks: They appreciate donations of all kinds!

March 10: Aiken Women’s Club Luncheon Reminder

On March 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m., the annual luncheon benefitting the charities of the Aiken Women’s Club will again be held at St. John’s UMC, downtown at Richland and Newberry. The fashions will be from Affordables Apparel, which is also right downtown in Aiken. Tickets are on sale now for $25. Call Helen Randall at 649-4989 or Bea Peyser at 642-7170. I have attended this luncheon for several years and find it to be so enjoyable. The food is so delicious, featuring sides and desserts made by the AWC members and the main dish catered. The models for Affordable are local friends and neighbors, and the clothes are not some outlandish design, but rather lovely things which fit the lifestyles of us Aikenites. Why not get your ticket now, to make sure there is room for you? It is always very well attended.

Midge Rothrock has degrees in communications and an MBA. Send story ideas for “A Smidge with Midge” to Rothrock at rothrock@atlanticbb.net.