Today’s events for May 3
The Warrenville Community Christian Council will observe National Day of Prayer and hold an hour of prayer at 11 a.m. today at the Warrenville Gazebo Park.
The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Aiken today. The first event will be held at noon in downtown Aiken on the corner of Laurens Street and Hayne Avenue. The second event will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The AAA Band and the South Aiken Christian School Band will perform. The Millbrook Church choir and orchestra will lead the music. All are invited to join the prayer.
The Honduras Agape Foundation will hold its annual cooking competition from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, 224 Barnwell Ave. N.W. Admission is $20 and includes the chance to sample creations by a variety of local cooks in support of ministry in Honduras – child-sponsorship programs, education, evangelism and medical/dental outreach. The winner is chosen by dollar votes. For more information, call 803-335-8855 or email email@example.com.
An exhibition by members of the North Augusta Artists Guild will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Order of St. Helena Convent, at 414 Savannah Barony Drive, North Augusta. The display will be up through July 28. Convent hours are Tuesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Wednesday through Saturday.
The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Tri-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at 1016 Vaucluse Road. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.
An appraisal fair will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Antiques on Pendleton, 116c Pendleton St. Professional appraisers will be onsite to estimate the value of antiques and collectables. This is a free event. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 803-335-7809.
The Hall of Fame video series will be shown at 2:30 p.m. today at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The film, titled “Early 20th Century,” will feature biographies of James Lide Coker, Walker Gill Wylie, David Bancroft Johnson, Bernard Baruch, Susan Pringle Frost, Mary McLeod Bethune, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Julia Mood Peterkin and James F. Byrnes. The film will be shown again at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the museum at 803642-2015.
The Aiken Newcomers’ Club will meet Tuesday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be a representative from the Aiken Board of Realtors and Multiple Listing SErvice. Their topic will be Real Estate and the Economy. Community Service will be collecting donations for FOTAS; to donate specific items visit aikennewcomers.com. To make a reservation or cancel a reservation, call Karen Carman 757-593-9013 (A-L) or Marianne Bange at 803-514-2563 (M-Z), online at aikennewcomers.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations or cancellations must be made by noon today.
The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council will have a student art show on display May 3-18 at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center, starting with a free reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. The public is invited. Awards will recognize top creations from local elementary, middle and high schools, along with the “Best in Show” creation, all at a 6 p.m. ceremony. For more information, visit naartscouncil.com.
Coloring for Grownups will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Those attending should bring their own coloring pens and pencils. Coloring sheets will be provided. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.
The Stephen James CSRA Coin Club will meet today at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.; the meeting will start at 6:45 p.m. with a short business meeting, door prize drawing, show and tell numismatic presentations and news of upcoming numismatic events. Pat James and Jim Mullaney will present the program “Currency Quiz Part II.” An auction will follow the program. For more information, call 803-645-1769 or email email@example.com.
The Edgefield County Mass Gospel Choir will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mims Park in front of Johnston Elementary School, 514 Lee St., Johnston. The concert is free and open to the public. Coolers and alcohol are not allowed. Those attending should bring their own chairs.
The Lions Club of Aiken will hold its Semi-Annual Broom Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday across from Chick-Fil-A on Whiskey Road. Proceeds benefit sight conservation, hearing impaired, diabetes awareness and other community projects.
The Aiken County Coroner’s Office will hold its annual Pauper Burial Service at 10 a.m. Friday at Graniteville Cemetery. Tad Marshall, pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, will be the presiding minister. Those to be laid to rest are Billy Edward Key, Nikolai Tchiguirev, Raymond Kenner, Brent Dukes, Robert Mogielniki and Wendell Baughman. The service is open to the public.
The Hall of Fame video series will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The film, titled “Early 20th Century,” will feature biographies of James Lide Coker, Walker Gill Wylie, David Bancroft Johnson, Bernard Baruch, Susan Pringle Frost, Mary McLeod Bethune, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Julia Mood Peterkin and James F. Byrnes. For more information, call the museum at 803642-2015.
Aiken Horsepower will hold its 15th annual Spring Fling Show & Shine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Fairgrounds, 1566 Columbia Highway N. The cost to enter a vehicle is $20 before Monday, April 30, and $25 the day of the show. Admission for spectators is free. Hamburgers, hot dogs and boiled peanuts will be available for purchase. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place, Best Motorcycle and Hot Wheel Race. Vendor spaces are available. For more information or to register, call Vickie or Manny Reynolds at 803-270-3505 or 803-292-8219 or visit aikenhorsepower.com.
The Ridge Spring Fire Department Benefit in memory of Michael Adamick will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the fire department, 201 Green St., Ridge Spring. The event will feature a barbecue dinner, auction and music from the Steel Justice Band. Tickets are $10, and are available at Ridge Auto, 30 Hilltop Drive, Johnston; The Nut House, 505 E. Main St., Ridge Spring; and Ridge Spring Town Hall, 906 W. Main St., Ridge Spring. For more information, call Jodi Adamic Cromer at 803-480-2454.
The Palmetto Dog Club will hold registration for its summer classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Palmetto Dog Club Field, 880 Banks Mill Road. Classes include Puppy Socialization, Obedience, Agility and Rally. Classes begin Saturday, May 12, and continue for six weeks. For more information and registration forms, visit palmettodogclub.org or call 803-262-9686.
The seventh annual Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Studios on the tour include Phoenix Factory’s Old Edgefield Pottery, Edgefield Clay Studio, PKPottery and Edgefield Clay Works. The Groundhog Kiln, located on Crest Road, will be fired the week of the tour and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call the Edgefield Clay Studio at 803-336-4666.
A Kitten Shower will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road. The event will feature kitten cuddles, shower snacks and more. For a list of gifts to bring, visit letlovelive.org.
The fifth annual Crowning Lupus Walk will be Saturday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit crowning lupus.com.
The Aiken Master Gardeners will hold a Meet a Master Gardener event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Aiken County Farmers Market, 115 Williamsburg St. N.E. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about lawns, gardens, weeds, insects and more. Plants also will be available for sale.
A Summer Art Show Extravaganza will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Art Nook School & Studio, 601 Silver Bluff Road. The event will feature a bounce house, food, rock painting, art projects, prizes and more.
FOTAS will hold its annual Woofstock Festival and Doggie Derby Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. The event will feature a Doxie Derby, races for other dogs and a variety of canine contests. There also will be raffles and prizes, vendors, music and shelter dogs available for adoption. All proceeds benefit the Aiken County Animal Shelter.
The South Boundary Singers will perform their spring concert, Together Man To Man at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road. The ensemble is under the direction of Diane Haslam. The concert is free.
Croquet for Ballet, a fundraiser for the Augusta Ballet, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. The event will feature a game of mini-golf croquet on Banksia’s grounds, life music, lunch, a tour of the museum and an open wine and beer bar. Tickets are $75 if purchased before Friday, April 27, $85 after April 27 and $95 at the door. Tickets are $10 for children ages 15 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit augustabellet.org.
The annual reunion of the Fairview School in Lexington County will be held Sunday, May 6, at the Fairview Community Center, 2701 Fairview Road, Leesville. All former teachers and students are invited. Those attending should bring a picnic lunch and drinks. Lunch will be at 1 p.m., and ice and tableware will be furnished. For more information, call Doris Bruorton at 803-226-9532, Farroll Gunter at 803-957-6722 or Marlene Gunter at 803-894-3588.