Today’s events for Jan. 1

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Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services Sunday. Services are open to all and visitors are warmly welcomed. Worship in silence begins at 10 a.m., followed by online fellowship for those who wish to linger. For more information and the Zoom link, call Brenda at 803-648-6020.


Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday at the entrance to Aiken Estates, across from the Fresh Market along Whiskey Road. Participants are invited to stay for the whole time or as long as they can. If you can’t stand, chairs are welcome. The witness against war and all forms of violence meet the first and third Monday of the month and are held rain or shine and on holidays. All, including children and men, are welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are nonpartisan. Masks and social distancing are encouraged until COVID is behind us. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.


The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive.

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in person in the conference room near the main sanctuary at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. S.W. and via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step group for men and women, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road.


The Military Officers Association Aiken Chapter will meet at noon Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. Chelsea Stutz, park manager at Redcliffe Plantation, will be the guest speaker.

JAN. 6

4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave. 

JAN. 8

The House of Provision and Oakwood/Randall Branch Baptist Church will hold a new year dinner feast beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Gyles Park, 406 Park Ave. S.E. Free hot meals to go will be offered.

The Back to Basics Alcoholics Anonymous group will meet in-person at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Masks are required for all.

JAN. 11

The Aiken Newcomers’ Club will meet Tuesday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 10:15 a.m. The program will be a presentation on Joye in Aiken. Donations for Joye in Aiken will be accepted. Reservations are required. The cost is $20 per person and is payable at the door. To make or cancel a reservation, call Karen Carmen at 757-593-9013 or email newcomers29803@gmail.com. Reservations or cancellations are due by noon on Thursday, Jan. 6.

JAN. 13

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at 1016 Vaucluse Road. For more information, call 803-642-8800.

JAN. 14

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the library renovation project will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 15

The Aiken Civic Orchestra and members of the Aiken Composers’ Guild will present a concert titled New Year, New Voices at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikencivicorchestra.org.

JAN. 18

The Aiken Beekeepers will offer an introductory beekeeping course beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. The course will meet from 6-8 p.m. for six Tuesdays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road, beginning Jan. 18. The cost is $70 per person and children under 17 are free with a paid adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 912-660-7423.

JAN. 19

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at American Legion Post No. 26, 636 Old Airport Road. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org.

JAN. 22

A Library Lollapalooza Kids’ Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. The event will feature entertainment and presenters throughout the day. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 23

USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College will host the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the USCA Convocation Center, 2049 Champions Way, Graniteville. U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn will be the keynote speaker. Doors open at 2:30. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit usca.edu.

JAN. 25

A book club for adults will meet from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the conference room of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., and online via Zoom. The book selection for December is “Heartberries” by Terese Marie Mailhot. Sign up is at the information desk. Masks are required for those attenidng in-person. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 27

Jaimee Paul and Leif Shiers will perform “Broadway Our Way” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. The concert is part of the Aiken Performing Arts 2021-2022 season. Tickets are $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikenarts.com or call 803-648-1438.

JAN. 28

The Family and Marriage Coalition will hold a Marriage is Worth Celebrating gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. Cherell Butler, owner and director of Complete Care Counseling, will be the guest speaker. The event will feature a meal, fellowship and a message celebrating marriage and family. Tickets are $70 per couple or $35 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Roger Rollins at 803-640-4689 or email rogerrollins@gmail.com.

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