In the present day’s occasions for Could 8 | Leisure

TODAY

Pitch, Hit & Run MLB Skills Competition will be held at 9 a.m. today at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Participation is free and open to baseball and softball players ages 7-14. For more information or to register, visit pitchhitrun2021.com.

National Train Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. The event will feature balloons, face painting and live music from Depot Jam. Pot Smoker BBQ and the Whipped Creamery will have food available for purchase. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit visitaikensc.com or call 803-293-7846.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The market features vendors, food trucks and more.

Aiken Music Fest, a six-event music series, kicks off today from 6 to 10 p.m. at Highfields Event Center. Abby Bryant & The Echoes will perform. The gate opens at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. with opener Dave “Muz” Mercer. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit aikenmusicfest.com.

SUNDAY

Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2300 Edgefield Highway, will hold a Mother’s Day service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Lakisha Curry Wright will be the guest speaker.

MONDAY

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Preston and Weston will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the auditorium of the Ashley Little Administration Building on the campus of Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. The meeting will be in-person.

TUESDAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The May program will feature the book “Travels of Quinn,” by Sasscer Hill. Discussions will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 11 and 18. The cost is $30 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org

The DayBreak Adult Care Services Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia caregiver Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. The guest speaker will be APA neurologist Dr. Misbba Kahn. For more information or to RSVP, call 803-226-0288.

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “QuickBooks Online for Beginners” from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, via Zoom. The cost is $10. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

The AAA/South Aiken Baptist Christian School will perform its annual spring concert at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at South Aiken Baptist Christian School, 980 Dougherty Road. The concert is free and open to the public. Social distancing will be observed. For more information, email Barb Rollins at barbrollins@atlanticbb.net.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

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

St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a Come to the Table, a conversation and prayer gathering, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through May 11 at What’s Cookin’, 123 Laurens St. S.W.

THURSDAY

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Knights of Columbus building, 1003 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged or currently serving Marines. Associate membership is opened to all branches of the military and family members. For more information, visit aikenmc1939.org.

The Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W., will hold a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in celebration of the renovated County History exhibit. A curator’s tour of the exhibit will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Face masks are required. For more information, call 803-642-2015, email museum@aikencountysc.gov or visit aikencounty150.org.

MAY 14

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “Grow Your Business” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, via Zoom. Laura Gibbons of Blue Salamander Solutions will discuss ways to increase website traffic. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or email, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school’s greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

Creative Care LLC in conjunction with The Balm of Gilead will hold a COVID-19 awareness seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1219 Edgefield Highway. Dr. Julisa Patel of AU Health and Dr. Gil Potter of SCDHEC will be the guests speakers. Masks are required. For more information, call 803-226-4276.

May 16

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will hold a five-part lecture series titled “Biography of Our Home: 150 Years in Aiken County,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the museum ballroom, 433 Newberry St. S.W. Lauren Virgo, director of the museum, will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be the founding of Aiken County. Lectures will be offered in-person and via Zoom. In-person attendance is limited to 50 people and the Zoom meeting is open to 100. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $50 for tickets to all five lectures. For more information, email Linda Johnson at linders_j@hotmail.com.

May 17

Celebrity Waiter Night, a fundraiser for Children’s Place Inc., will be held Monday, May 17. Volunteers and local “celebrities” will team up in 12 Aiken venues, including The Alley Downtown Taproom, Blue Collard, Casa Bella, Fuse, Grumpy’s Sports Pub, Malia’s, Mellow Mushroom, Newberry Hall, The Stables Restaurant, Tailgate Tavern, The Village Café and Whiskey Alley. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call 803-641-4144 or visit childrensplaceinc.org

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Chris Ndeti & Mama Says Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

The Birdies for Brain Health charity golf fundraiser will be held at noon Monday, May 17, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The cost is $110 per person or $400 per team. The event includes a box-lunch, heavy Hors d’oeuvres. For more information or to register, visit birdiesforbrainhealth.com.

MAY 18

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The May program will feature the book “Travels of Quinn,” by Sasscer Hill. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 11 and 18. The cost is $30 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4-5:30 p.m. today. The group gathers on Hitchcock Drive 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, and are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks and social distancing are encouraged even if participants have been vaccinated. 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 are welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are nonpartisan. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.

MAY 20

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “6 Questions Every Business Owner Should Answer” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, via Zoom. Abigail Tiefenthaler of Sweetspot Strategies Inc. will lead the webinar. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

The Aiken Toastmasters Club will hold hybrid meetings at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month in-person at Christ Central, 267 Laurens St. S.E., and via Zoom. For more information, email toastmastersaiken1355@gmail.com.

MAY 21

The City of Aiken PRT Department will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W. Bingo will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m., exercise and wellness programs will be demonstrated from noon to 1 p.m. and virtual games will be available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All activities are free. Vendors will be on-hand and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 803-643-2181.

MAY 22

The Time for Three will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, on the lawn of the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Tickets are $50 For more information, visit joyeinaiken.com

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:25 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. “The Croods: A New Age,” rated PG, will be shown. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

MAY 23

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will hold a five-part lecture series titled “Biography of Our Home: 150 Years in Aiken County,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the museum ballroom, 433 Newberry St. S.W. Derek Berry will be the guest speaker. His topic will be the impact of the Savannah River Site. Lectures will be offered in-person and via Zoom. In-person attendance is limited to 50 people and the Zoom meeting is open to 100. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $50 for tickets to all five lectures. For more information, email Linda Johnson at linders_j@hotmail.com.

Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2300 Edgefield Highway, will hold an Anniversary Day Program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 23. Dr. Troy Toney will be the guest speaker. Dr. Alexander Pope Jr. will speak via Facebook live at 2 p.m.

MAY 24

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Swingsation of Aiken will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

MAY 25

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free.  

MAY 29

Keep Aiken County Beautiful will hold its second Clean Slate on Highway 78 litter clean up from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 29. The cleanup is open to anyone interested in participating. For more information or to register, call 803-502-9000, visit volunteer.kab.org or email kacb@aikencountysc.gov.

MAY 31

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Aiken Community Theatre will perform a Broadway Review at 7 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

JUNE 5

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5, the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Stan Ardis and the Believers Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

Immediately’s occasions for April 14 | Leisure

TODAY

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is operating at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, to prepare and file tax returns for eligible taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service extended the tax filing deadline for 2020 tax returns; however, the local VITA program will not be extending its season and has not changed its closing date, which is today.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school’s greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “Are You Ready to Start a Business” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

THURSDAY

The University Theatre Players will perform “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $12. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-641-3305 or visit etherredge.usca.edu

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

The Aiken Toastmasters Club will hold hybrid meetings at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month in-person at Christ Central, 267 Laurens St. S.E., and via Zoom. For more information, email toastmastersaiken1355@gmail.com.

FRIDAY

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

SATURDAY

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline was April 13.

Pedego Aiken will hold Pedego Palooza 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pedego Electric Bikes, 4019 Pavilion Pass. The event will feature group rides, demos, the official Pedego Tour Bus, giveaways, live music, food and more. Admission is free for Pedego owners. Others may participate for a fee. For more information or to register, visit pedegoelectricbikes.com.

ACTS will hold Senior Food Distributions from 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the following locations: ACTS Aiken, 340 Park Ave. S.W.; Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A. Ave., Graniteville; 107 Charles St., Jackson; and Wagener United Methodist Church, 153 Columbia Road, Wagener. Qualifying individuals must be 60 or older, meet income requirements and live in the service area. A valid photo ID is required. For more information, call 803-642-5919.

The Astronomy Club of Augusta will celebrate National Astronomy Night from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Redcliffe Plantation, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, SC 29842. Club volunteers will demonstrate various telescopes and observe astronomical objects. For more information, call 803-827-1473 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/redcliffe.

A Sip & Shop event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post No. 26, 636 Old Airport Road. There will be 31 vendors on-hand. 

The Astronomy Club of Augusta will meet from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Redcliffe Plantation, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island. The program will be National Astronomy Night. Club volunteers will demonstrate various telescopes. For more information, visit angelfire.com/ga/astronomyclubaugusta or email showard2@tds.net.

A Trash and Treasures sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church DOC, 900 Kerr Drive S.W. Proceeds will benefit the Disciple Women’s Fellowship mission work. For more information, call 803-648-4523.

SUNDAY

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services Sunday. 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.

7Sunday, a live-themed music show recorded in Columbia, is searching for music artists to showcase their talents. Shows are recorded on the second Sunday of the month and will air at midnight on one of the area’s local TV stations. Artists from any genre are welcome. For more information, email info@7sunday.live. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

MONDAY

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday. The group gathers on Hitchcock Drive 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, and are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks and social distancing are encouraged even if participants have been vaccinated. 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 are welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are nonpartisan. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Aiken Brass will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

TUESDAY

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold an In Motion to the Ocean hike/run/walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will have seven weeks, 50 days to log 100 miles. They will receive a T-shirt and a medal upon completing the 100 miles. The cost is $25. Registration is open through Tuesday, April 20. To sign up, visit the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W.; H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; or the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. For more information, call 803-643-2181.

“Broadway’s Next H!t Musical,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Tickets can be purchased online at usca.edu/etherredge-center or by calling the box office at 803-641-3305. The performance is part of the 2020-2021 Cultural Series.

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

APRIL 21

ACTS will hold a food distribution from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Ridge Spring Farmer’s Market, 906 W. Main St., Ridge Spring. A valid photo ID is required. For more information, call 803-642-5919.

STAR puppy classes will be offered at 9 a.m. beginning Wednesday, April 21, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The class will meet on Wednesdays for six weeks. Puppies will learn commands and those who qualify will be eligible for the AKC STAR award at the end of the course. Puppies must be between 10 to 20 weeks old and have two sets of shots. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment must be completed prior to the first class. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

Basic Dog Training classes will be held at 10 a.m. beginning Wednesday, April 21, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The class will meet on Wednesdays for six weeks. Dogs will learn basic commands including come, sit, down, stay, wait, stand, etc., and topics will include basic dog care and what to expect from training. Dogs must be 5 months and older, have a current rabies vaccination and be registered with the city if the owner lives within the city limits. Pre-registration is required, and enrollment must be completed prior to the first class. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

APRIL 22

A Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Presented by Dana Ray Massey and Herlong and Doran Financial Group, the trivia night will pit teams against each other in a game show-like atmosphere to raise money for Children’s Place. Audience admission is $25. To purchase tickets in advance, herlonganddorantrivianight.com. For more information, email brandi@allisonsouthmarketing.com.

APRIL 23

ACTS will hold a food distribution from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the New Ellenton Community Center, 212 Pine Hill Ave., New Ellenton. A valid photo ID is required. For more information, call 803-642-5919.

The Aiken Master Gardeners will hold a Lunchbox Lecture at noon Friday, April 23, via Zoom. The speaker will be Glen Hendry with the S.C. Bluebird Society. The topic will be bluebirds. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit aikenmastergardeners.org.

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

CanHope will hold an outside Paint Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the picnic shelter at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road S.E. Registration is $30 and includes canvas, paint supplies and artist instruction. For more information or to register, email miranda.m.church@gmail.com

The Mead Hall Episcopal School Strawberry Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, on the school’s St. Thaddeus Campus, 129 Pendleton St. S.W. For more information, email pto@meadhallschool.org.

FAMCO will hold an event titled, “Communication: The No. 1 Contributor to the Success or Failure of any Marriage,” from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Life Choices Pregnancy Care, 1900 Whiskey Road. Larry Glover, a certified behavioral health counselor, licensed drug and alcohol substance abuse counselor, will be the guest speaker. Snacks will be provided. The cost is $5. For more information, call Roger Rollins at 803-640-4689 or email rogerrollins@atlanticbb.net.

The Sister-2-Sister Women’s Ministry will hold a Clothes Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Four Mile Missionary Baptist Church, 601 Jackson Ave., New Ellenton. Clothes will be available for men, women and children. The Rev. Christopher L. Holley is the pastor.

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Southern Elite Cloggers and Dance will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 29

The Women of Woodside will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the outdoor venue at The Reserve Club, 3000 The Reserve Club Drive. Clothing will be provided by Capsule. Violinist Adam DePriest will perform. A black onyx necklace donated by Floyd & Green Jewelers will be raffled. For more information, email joycembowers@atlanticbb.net.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Western Carolina Antique Tractor & Lawn Tractor Pull Show will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive. Admission is free on Friday and $10 per person on Saturday. Children 12 and younger are free. The event will feature antique tractors, a truck and car show, and food and craft vendors. For more information, call 803-215-8516 or 803-480-0187.

MAY 1

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. The Shireys and Children of Promise will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

MAY 13

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or email, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school’s greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

May 17

Celebrity Waiter Night, a fundraiser for Children’s Place Inc., will be held Monday, May 17. Volunteers and local “celebrities” will team up in 12 Aiken venues, including The Alley Downtown Taproom, Blue Collard, Casa Bella, Fuse, Grumpy’s Sports Pub, Malia’s, Mellow Mushroom, Newberry Hall, The Stables Restaurant, Tailgate Tavern, The Village Café and Whiskey Alley. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call 803-641-4144 or visit childrensplaceinc.org

 

Leisure within the Villages: The Bronx Wanderers stay | In Immediately’s Each day Solar | The Villages Each day Solar

At the Savannah Center, a black and white video of happy sock-hop dancers was projected onto the stage. The video perfectly captured the mood at the Bronx Wanderers performance on Wednesday.

Father and son Vinny and Vin A played everything from The Beatles to Tom Jones on the upbeat, sincere show.

Vinny grew up in the Fordham division of the Bronx, a great place to grow up, he told the audience. In the 1960s, career opportunities were either incorporated into the building or into the “local association”. Instead, when he was 17, he decided to work in the record business.

“There I worked with people like Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond and so on, and I had to spend 30 years with them,” Vinny said. “All of the songs we’ll see today are songs by artists I’ve been fortunate to work with.”

These songs included a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons medley (“December 1963 (Oh what a night!)”, “Grease” and “Who Loves You”). They nodded to the 50s and 60s with songs like “I Wonder Why” and “I Feel Fine”.

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Right this moment’s occasions for April 6 | Leisure

TODAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be not be held today. It will resume at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road.

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “Franchising 101” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday via Zoom. Bill Reichardt will cover the fundamentals of franchising. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

SATURDAY

A Pickleball Clinic for New Players will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Check in will be at 9:15 a.m. followed by court set up at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will cover proper court positioning, how to keep score, how to transition from tennis to pickleball and more. Balls and paddles are provided. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to sign up, call 803-642-7631 or visit aikenpickleball.com.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The event will feature vendors, food trucks and more. Music on the Square will be held from 5-9 p.m. 

SUNDAY

Pull and park worship services will be held at 10:30 a.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

The Palmetto Dog Club will hold Summer Dog Training classes beginning Saturday, April 17. Classes will meet for six weeks. The cost is $120. Registration will be held Sunday at the training field at 880 Banks Mill Road. For more information, visit palmettodogclub.org or call 803-262-9686.

MONDAY

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Experiment and the I-20 Horns will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

APRIL 13

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A ceremony honoring submarine veterans who have earned the designation “Qualified in Submarines” at least 50 years ago will be honored in a formal ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at VFW Post No. 5877, 116 Midway Circle. The ceremony will be hosted by the USSVI Denizens of the Deep Submarine Veterans. Inductees include David Byrd, Jack Goldenberg, Charles Jones and Earl “Mac” McCallum. For more information, call 803-257-6048 or email waynephillips.se2dc@yahoo.com.

A True Colors personality-typing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday April 13, and Saturday, April 24, and from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. Participants will complete an assessment and take part in interactive activities to learn about how the different personality types interact.

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “Concepts of Project Management” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

The Esther Marion DAR Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Gaston Livery Stable, 1315 Richland Ave. E. The meeting also will be available on Zoom. For more information or to register for the Zoom meeting, email dianewalls11@gmail.com.

April 14

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is operating at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, to prepare and file tax returns for eligible taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service extended the tax filing deadline for 2020 tax returns; however, the local VITA program will not be extending its season and has not changed its closing date, which will be April 14.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school’s greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

Greater Aiken SCORE will hold an online webinar titled, “Are You Ready to Start a Business” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit greater.aikenscore.org.

APRIL 16

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

APRIL 17

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday, April 17, at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline is April 13.

APRIL 18

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

APRIL 19

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday April 19, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today. The group gathers on Hitchcock Drive 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, and are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks and social distancing are encouraged even if participants have been vaccinated. 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 are welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are nonpartisan. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. The Aiken Brass will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

APRIL 20

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold an In Motion to the Ocean hike/run/walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will have seven weeks, 50 days to log 100 miles. They will receive a T-shirt and a medal upon completing the 100 miles. The cost is $25. Registration is open through Tuesday, April 20. To sign up, visit the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center, 841 Edgefield Ave. N.W.; H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; or the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. For more information, call 803-643-2181.

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

CanHope will hold an outside Paint Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the picnic shelter at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road S.E. Registration is $30 and includes canvas, paint supplies and artist instruction. For more information or to register, email miranda.m.church@gmail.com

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

The Hopelands Concert Series will be held Mondays through June. Southern Elite Cloggers and Dance will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place. Lawn chairs and blankets may be brought, as well as picnic dinners and non-alcoholic beverages. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged. Guests can park at the Green Boundary Club, 780 Whiskey Road. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Road and the Hopelands Gardens parking lot. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Face coverings are required indoors. The rain-out hotline is 803-643-4661. The concerts are free. For more information, call 803-642-7631 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or e-mail, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the high school’s greenhouse. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

May 17

Celebrity Waiter Night, a fundraiser for Children’s Place Inc., will be held Monday, May 17. Volunteers and local “celebrities” will team up in 12 Aiken venues, including The Alley Downtown Taproom, Blue Collard, Casa Bella, Fuse, Grumpy’s Sports Pub, Malia’s, Mellow Mushroom, Newberry Hall, The Stables Restaurant, Tailgate Tavern, The Village Café and Whiskey Alley. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call 803-641-4144 or visit childrensplaceinc.org

 

Spring is bustin’ out throughout, and so is leisure in The Villages | In At this time’s Day by day Solar | The Villages Day by day Solar

April is known for showers and there is a ton of entertainment in the Villages venues. Among the many options, Studio Theater Tierra del Sol’s second season 5 show, “Ada & The Engine,” opens at The Sharon on Friday. Preview performances take place from Tuesday to Thursday. The show runs through May 8th. On the stage at Lazy Mac’s Laughs, Matt Stanley will add some magic to the audience on April 13th and 14th with the opening act Hannibal Callens. Visit the dorfentertainment.com and lazymacs.com for more informations. Finally, Village’s favorite Absolute Queen will return for another energetic performance at the Savannah Center April 26-28.

Read these and many other stories in Sunday’s Daily Sun.

Observe the Cash – Right this moment’s Veterinary Enterprise

Is practice ownership right for you? If it’s time, consider three options.

Practice ownership only pays off financially and in other ways if you have the right practice at the right time and at the right price.

It’s 3 in the morning, cold, dark and rainy. I’m 3 or 4 years old and sitting in the backseat of my dad’s truck as he heads out to deliver another calf or fix another prolapsed uterus. Fast-forward a few years and dad has traded in the life of a mixed-animal practitioner to build a small-animal hospital. My new memories are filled with me running around the clinic, locking myself in cages, and playing with puppies and kittens. Another year or so goes by and dad grows the hospital to the point that he has time for “Ice Cream Thursdays” in the afternoon with me and my sister. He still works most Saturdays, but we are able to run our family’s cattle operation and, during the summers, load the camper and explore the country.

Not knowing any better, I assumed that all practice owners and their families enjoyed a similar lifestyle. I thought that veterinary medicine, while a passion, was just a career and that all practice owners built sustainable, profitable businesses that allowed them to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Unfortunately, the more immersed I became in our profession, the more I realized that what I saw growing up was more of an outlier than the norm. Whether it’s practice owners I meet at conferences or veterinary students and friends interviewing for jobs and relaying their experiences, I’ve seen the other side of the coin. For many veterinarians, practice ownership means long, grueling hours of managing a business and its employees, a responsibility for which practitioners tend to receive minimal, if any, formal training. They pour their heart and soul into a hospital, only to find that when they’re ready to retire, their practice, because of years of poor financial management, isn’t the nest egg they expected.

Are You Ready?

For an article about practice ownership, I realize I’m off to a dismal start. I’m not doing the next generation of owners any favors. My point is that ownership is what you make it. It can be:

  • A gateway to practicing a level of medicine of which you are proud.
  • A step toward financial security.
  • A vehicle for the work-life balance of which you dream.

Alternatively, it can be the pursuit of a passion that drains you, burns you out and leaves you holding an empty bag at retirement.

Success, happiness and fulfillment come down to preparation and the decision to work on the business and not just in the business. The choice is yours.

Speaking to a group of Veterinary Business Management Association students, I asked why they were interested in practice ownership. Readers, please take a moment to reflect on where you are in your career, what you love about it and what you feel is lacking. If you don’t own a practice, think about what ownership could mean for you personally and professionally.

The VBMA students listed these reasons that practice ownership is appealing.

  • I can be in charge.
  • I can practice a certain level of medicine.
  • I can build my team and formulate a clinic culture.
  • I can enjoy the freedom that comes with successful practice ownership.
  • I can reap the financial rewards of successful practice ownership.

Most of the reasons are self-explanatory, but let’s examine the last one. I’ve rarely met anyone in our profession who got into it for the money, but that doesn’t mean money isn’t an important result. In other words, the financial reward of being a veterinarian might not be why we do what we do,  but it is often a tangible benefit.

Multiple Paydays

The 2018 Well-Managed Practice Benchmarks Study showed that practice owners earned almost 25% more than associate veterinarians and that an associate with six to 10 years of experience and earning a median income of $93,000 took home $213,611 less a year than a practice owner. Where does all the money come from? I love walking practice owners through an exercise to convey just this.

Start with this question: What do you get paid to do as an associate veterinarian? I’m not asking how you get paid — salary, ProSal, straight production or hourly — I’m asking what you get paid to do. The answer: You get paid to show up and practice medicine. When you’re not working, you’re not getting paid. When you retire, what happens to your paycheck? It stops the day you stop.

Now, think about a practicing hospital owner. How does she get paid? If she’s running a profitable business, she should be getting not only biweekly checks but several more. As a practice owner, you should be able to pay yourself through the following means:

  • Compensation for your role as a producing veterinarian. You’re on the payroll.
  • Compensation for your role as a manager. Even as a practice owner who loves management, I still employ a practice manager at each of my hospitals. I recommend leveraging a manager, but that doesn’t mean you as the owner shouldn’t receive a small cut of management compensation when you take an active role. From 3% to 5% of gross revenue should be shared with anyone involved in management. In my hospital, the manager usually gets 3% and my partner and I each take 1%.
  • A return on investment (ROI) check. In most cases, you’ll need to put money into the hospital. With any such investment, you should expect a return. Don’t confuse your production paycheck with your ROI. I target a 10% return on my investment each year under the rationale that the stock market, on average, returns about the same. I don’t go higher than 10% because I want to make sure I can reinvest in the hospital and offer profit-sharing to team members.
  • A rent check. If you own the real estate, I suggest that you create a legal entity to hold the real estate and another legal entity for your clinic. Your real estate company charges your clinic fair-market rent, just as if you were paying a landlord. Your real estate company then covers the mortgage. The spread between the mortgage and rent payments flows to you as the owner.
  • Equity in the practice and the real estate you own. When associates quit working, the money is gone. When the owners of a well-run hospital sell, they should receive a chunk of change for their equity.

How to Get Started

At this point, you’ve hopefully reflected on what practice ownership could mean for you. To those of you ready to take the next step, let’s blaze a trail.

I suggest to veterinary students, and say the same to experienced practitioners, that they consider these steps:

  • Determine your values, mission and vision (your North Star). If you don’t know where you’re going, the odds of getting there are slim.
  • Define your practice ownership goals. Take the SMART (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, time-based) approach. Written goals help keep your eye on the ball.
  • Build and hone your business, leadership and communication skills. Jumping in without them will position you to miss many of the benefits of ownership.
  • Learn the economics of veterinary medicine. This is connected to the previous point, but I’m talking about interpreting financial statements, practice management information system reports and key performance indicators.
  • Assemble a network of advisers, such as a consultant, broker, attorney, practice valuator, lender and mentor. People in your network might tell you about a hospital that has not yet been listed publicly.
  • Study models of practice ownership and practice types. Identify what would best align with your values, mission and vision.

As you map a path to ownership, realize that there is no rule of thumb as to a right or wrong time to act. Some associates practice for five or 10 years before leaping. I’ve known a few who jumped into ownership the day they walked out of veterinary school.

Winding our way along the path to buying or starting a practice, let’s explore three options: the startup, the buy-in and the buyout.

The Startup

When many of my veterinary mentors graduated in the 1980s, the traditional path was to work for a couple of years and then create a startup. This remains a valid path. I’m in the middle of doing it myself, so I can speak about the positives and negatives from experience.Let’s begin by reviewing five advantages of a startup.

  1. You need a business plan. I put this in the advantage column because skipping or skimping on a business plan is easy when you’re buying an existing practice. You more than likely need one to get financing. When done right, a business plan will lay out concrete steps for success before you gamble hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.
  2. You pick the location. You’ll want to practice where the patient need and client demand warrant a new clinic. I’ve seen veterinarians choose a certain area because that’s where they wanted to live. Unfortunately, their failure to analyze demographic data came back to haunt them. In addition to studying the demographics, consider simple things like street visibility and parking. My clinic partner and I ran into this issue early in our startup journey. We loved several locations, but the parking was so limited that we worried about not having enough foot traffic. Ultimately, we chose a location that could support clients who walked or drove.
  3. Build what you want. I’ve toured a lot of beautiful, well-laid-out veterinary hospitals. I’ve also seen some that left a lot to be desired. One of the fun but time-consuming aspects of doing a startup is that you can lay it out as you want — a veterinary architect comes in handy — with the main limitations being money and space.
  4. Practice the way you want. When you buy out an owner, you’ve got staff and clients trained to do things a certain way. With a startup, the only limitations to how you practice are your knowledge, team and client demand.
  5. Get a clean start. Unlike buying an existing hospital, there is no staff culture to adjust, no bad reputation to mend and no outdated equipment to replace.

Now, here are some hurdles if you opt for a startup.

  1. Financing can be difficult to find. I’m not saying you can’t get a loan for a startup. My practice partner and I have several letters of approval sitting on our desks. However, I’ve found that not having an existing practice’s financial track record makes things more difficult when you approach a lender.
  2. You might not start as soon as you’d like. Two friends of mine pushed back their grand opening by a month because of unforeseen delays in the build-out of their mixed-animal hospital. Expect delays with contractors and leases. You’re setting yourself up for frustration if you don’t set a realistic timeline.
  3. Initial income is absent. Unlike buying an existing hospital and having its projected monthly revenue and expenses, with a startup you’ve got nothing but a business plan and financial expectations. It’s nerve-wracking when your financial success depends only on projections.
  4. It’s all on you. Depending on the size and type of startup, you might wear more hats than you ever thought possible — CEO, medical director, manager, receptionist. The list goes on. No one can do all these jobs well. You might have to do it for a while, but your saving grace lies in your ability to leverage your business plan and support network to eventually hire the team you need.

A startup can be a thrilling ride, but if you’re looking for something a little less risky, the next option might be for you.

The Buy-In

For the purpose of this article, when I write about a buy-in, I’m talking about acquiring a minority or majority stake in an existing hospital. You have at least one other partner. The appeals of a buy-in are:

  1. Less risk. Assuming you understand the clinic’s financials and you have partners with whom you share similar medical, leadership and management philosophies, a buy-in tends to be less risky.
  2. Your investment should pay for itself assuming you have the practice valued correctly. I am pretty good at determining the fair market value of a hospital, but I still hire an outside valuator just to be safe. I’ve seen veterinarians overpay by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars after trying to save a little money on a valuation. Your investment should pay for itself through ROI checks. Of course, the return on investment and an increase in the value of your equity only happen if the practice is profitable and structured appropriately.
  3. You can be creative with the financing. When students or associates tell me they want to be an owner but don’t have the money, we talk about a buy-in. Bank financing aside, which can be a good option, I’ve had friends buy in to hospitals without money down or a loan. This can be accomplished through sweat equity or by forgoing the production component of your compensation.
  4. Mentorship. If you’re worried about not having the knowledge to run a hospital, buying in could allow you to be mentored by someone more experienced.

Here are the potential downsides of a buy-in.

  1. The process can be slow, from obtaining financing to working with attorneys on critical legal agreements.
  2. Until you own the majority, you’re not in charge. I’ve heard countless times about practice owners who tell a potential partner how excited he or she is to entertain fresh ideas and new protocols. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Unless you are the majority owner or stipulate something in the operating agreement, you don’t get the final say.
  3. Beware the golden handcuffs. Imagine this: A veterinary practice owner is starting to think about his transition. He partners with you and commits to selling the clinic to you at some point. You buy in, the clients love you, the staff respects you and you’re a top producer. The primary owner, now able to work less, watches the money pour in and the value of his hospital grow. All of a sudden, he thinks that keeping you handcuffed to the hospital through a minority stake is better. The scenario doesn’t describe every practice owner but beware of the possibility. A side note: If you get fed up, decide to sell your share and jump ship, be mindful of any noncompete agreement you signed.

If embarking on a startup or buying into a hospital isn’t up your alley, consider the last option.

The Buyout

A buyout, also known as a turnkey deal, refers to purchasing an existing veterinary practice in its entirety. You could do this as the new sole owner or in partnership with someone. Here are the positives.

  1. It’s like the buy-in in that you’re buying something with a foundation. Even if you haven’t been working at the clinic and don’t know its culture and clientele, the financial documents and reports gathered during the due diligence should provide a fairly clear picture of what you’re buying. You’ll know about revenue, expenses, client trends, staff numbers and tenure, equipment, and facilities, to name a few.
  2. You’ll have instant income. Assuming the clinic forward-booked clients, you’ll have appointments on the schedule when you take over.
  3. The investment should pay for itself. (See “The Buy-In.”)
  4. You’ll have more autonomy. If you’re the sole owner, you make the decisions. You’re ultimately responsible for everything.
  5. Financing should be easier. Assuming that the practice has value and is priced fairly and that you’re not a financial risk yourself, banks should jump at the opportunity to help you achieve your dream.

As for the negatives, the market for veterinary practices is cut-throat. Three associate veterinarians who took jobs at clinics where the owners were committed to selling to them called me to report that the owners reneged and instead decided to sell to corporate consolidators. As a private practice owner, I know the difficulty of buying a hospital at fair market value when a corporation is ready to offer a price you can’t match.

Also, assuming you can land a hospital you want, know that investing in a buyout tends to cost more than when you buy in. Unless you’ve got a partner, you’re responsible for everything, so make sure you’ve got the money to cover the monthly mortgage payment.

Another potential risk of buying a hospital outright is client and staff turnover. If you’re like me, one of the reasons I love buying a hospital is for the challenge and reward of watching what happens when we improve the culture, quality of care and management. Unfortunately, if change happens too fast or is implemented incorrectly, you risk losing staff and clients. I’ve never seen an ownership transition where some of that doesn’t happen.

When to Partner

Regardless of your path to ownership, I encourage you to examine the value of partnering with a colleague. Just like practice ownership isn’t for everyone and everyone isn’t right for ownership, the same rings true with partnerships.

A mentor once told me that a partnership is like a marriage. I’ve found it to be true. When you approach a commitment like marriage, you’d be wise to explore shared values and philosophies. It’s the same way with a business partner. From medicine to management to communication, the conversations with a partner should occur before you sign on the dotted line. Getting into most partnerships is easier, friendlier and cheaper than getting out of one.

If you decide you can do more with a partner than alone, you will enjoy a host of benefits. These range from complementary strengths, shared responsibilities, shared financial risk and more upside potential in growing the hospital when two or more people are working not just in the business, but also on the business.

On the other hand, having the wrong partner is just as impactful. Working with a maverick, a control freak or someone who doesn’t value you and what you bring to the table will create a nightmare for everyone.

What’s Your Path?

Whether you choose to pursue a startup or purchase all or part of an existing practice, due diligence is paramount. Consider the practice team, the market, the local demographics and the hospital’s financial health. Practice ownership only pays off financially and in other ways if you have the right practice at the right time and at the right price.

Making an educated business decision and preparing for the demands of ownership can be among the most rewarding decisions you make professionally and personally. Practice ownership can deliver freedom, flexibility and fortune.

Stith Keiser  is the CEO of Blue Heron Consulting (bhcteam.com) and an adjunct faculty member at several veterinary schools. His passion for the veterinary profession extends into his role as managing partner in a handful of private hospitals. In his free time, Stith and his wife enjoy the outdoors with their dogs and horses.

LEARN MORE

Veterinary and non-veterinary resources abound for the aspiring and current practice owner. I recommend these books and websites:

  • “The E-Myth Veterinarian,” by Michael E. Gerber and Peter Weinstein
  • “101 Veterinary Practice Management Questions Answered,” by Amanda L. Donnelly
  • “If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9½ Things You Would Do Differently,” by Fred Lee
  • “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins
  • “Built to Last,” by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
  • “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” by Simon Sinek
  • “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” by Patrick Lencioni
  • “The Advantage,” by Patrick Lencioni
  • “21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader,” by John C. Maxwell
  • “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” by Robert Kiyosaki
  • AAHA Press Practice Ownership Series: bit.ly/3rsHKRz
  • Partners for Healthy Pets: bit.ly/3f2s6ZR
  • Catalyst Council: catalystcouncil.org
  • Society for Human Resource Management: shrm.org
  • Harvard Business Review: hbr.org

At this time’s occasions for March 29 | Leisure

TODAY

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the greenhouse at Hurricane Circle Market & Garden. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

The Pink Ribbonettes, a breast cancer support group, has canceled all meetings until Tuesday, Sept. 7, due to pandemic concerns. For more information, call 803-641-0111 or 803-642-0605.

TUESDAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY

The National Nuclear Security Administration will hold a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Positions are available at the Savannah River Site, Kancy City National Security Campus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nevada National Security Site, the Pantex Plant in Texas, Sandia National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. For more information or to register, visit energy.gov.

THURSDAY

The Singing Brazells will perform from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Trie-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at 5080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.

FRIDAY

Good Friday services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Both services will be held outside. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, April 7, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Social time starts at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will be Joint Fundraiser Bingo Night co-hosted by American Legion Post No. 26. Cards are $5. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Friday. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Twigg at 803-262-5567 or email dtwigg62@gmail.com. Those who reserve but fail to show are expected to pay the $25 as the chapter is billed that amount.

APRIL 3

The Downtown Aiken Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 3, in downtown Aiken. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit downtownaikencom/events.

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Kingsway and the Heritage Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

A Hippity Hoppity Easter Basket Giveaway will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Easter baskets will be given away until they are gone. Children must be present. This is a drive-through program sponsored by the Charity Club, Horse Creek Masonic Lodge and OES.

A free COVID-19 testing event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 17519 Atomic Road. The Rev. Paul H. Bush is the pastor.

An Easter Egg hunt will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at New Beginning Baptist Church, 4000 Trolley Line Road. Free Easter baskets will be given to the first 100 kids. There also will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Ernest Thomas is the pastor.

APRIL 4

Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, outside at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

A pull and park Easter service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 5

Dino Hunt will be on display April 2-11 at Eudora Farms, 219 Salem Lane, Salley, as part of the Spring Festival. There also will be racing pigs, a corn pit for kids, camel rides and petting zoo. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per vehicle of six and $10 for each additional person. For more information, visit eudorafarms.net.

APRIL 8

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

APRIL 10

A Pickleball Clinic for New Players will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Check in will be at 9:15 a.m. followed by court set up at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will cover proper court positioning, how to keep score, how to transition from tennis to pickleball and more. Balls and paddles are provided. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to sign up, call 803-642-7631 or visit aikenpickleball.com.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The event will feature vendors, food trucks and more. Music on the Square will be held from 5-9 p.m. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Pull and park worship services will be held at 10:30 a.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 13

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A ceremony honoring submarine veterans who have earned the designation “Qualified in Submarines” at least 50 years ago will be honored in a formal ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at VFW Post No. 5877, 116 Midway Circle. The ceremony will be hosted by the USSVI Denizens of the Deep Submarine Veterans. Inductees include David Byrd, Jack Goldenberg, Charles Jones and Earl “Mac” McCallum. For more information, call 803-257-6048 or email waynephillips.se2dc@yahoo.com.

APRIL 16

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

APRIL 17

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday, April 17, at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline is April 13.

APRIL 18

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

APRIL 19

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday April 19, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

APRIL 20

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or e-mail, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

 

In the present day’s occasions for March 28 | Leisure

TODAY

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the greenhouse at Hurricane Circle Market & Garden. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

The Pink Ribbonettes, a breast cancer support group, has canceled all meetings until Tuesday, Sept. 7, due to pandemic concerns. For more information, call 803-641-0111 or 803-642-0605.

TUESDAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY

The National Nuclear Security Administration will hold a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Positions are available at the Savannah River Site, Kancy City National Security Campus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nevada National Security Site, the Pantex Plant in Texas, Sandia National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. For more information or to register, visit energy.gov.

THURSDAY

The Singing Brazells will perform from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Trie-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at 5080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.

FRIDAY

Good Friday services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Both services will be held outside. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, April 7, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Social time starts at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will be Joint Fundraiser Bingo Night co-hosted by American Legion Post No. 26. Cards are $5. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Friday. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Twigg at 803-262-5567 or email dtwigg62@gmail.com. Those who reserve but fail to show are expected to pay the $25 as the chapter is billed that amount.

APRIL 3

The Downtown Aiken Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 3, in downtown Aiken. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit downtownaikencom/events.

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Kingsway and the Heritage Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

A Hippity Hoppity Easter Basket Giveaway will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Easter baskets will be given away until they are gone. Children must be present. This is a drive-through program sponsored by the Charity Club, Horse Creek Masonic Lodge and OES.

A free COVID-19 testing event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 17519 Atomic Road. The Rev. Paul H. Bush is the pastor.

An Easter Egg hunt will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at New Beginning Baptist Church, 4000 Trolley Line Road. Free Easter baskets will be given to the first 100 kids. There also will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Ernest Thomas is the pastor.

APRIL 4

Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, outside at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

A pull and park Easter service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 5

Dino Hunt will be on display April 2-11 at Eudora Farms, 219 Salem Lane, Salley, as part of the Spring Festival. There also will be racing pigs, a corn pit for kids, camel rides and petting zoo. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per vehicle of six and $10 for each additional person. For more information, visit eudorafarms.net.

APRIL 8

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

APRIL 10

A Pickleball Clinic for New Players will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Check in will be at 9:15 a.m. followed by court set up at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will cover proper court positioning, how to keep score, how to transition from tennis to pickleball and more. Balls and paddles are provided. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to sign up, call 803-642-7631 or visit aikenpickleball.com.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The event will feature vendors, food trucks and more. Music on the Square will be held from 5-9 p.m. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Pull and park worship services will be held at 10:30 a.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 13

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A ceremony honoring submarine veterans who have earned the designation “Qualified in Submarines” at least 50 years ago will be honored in a formal ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at VFW Post No. 5877, 116 Midway Circle. The ceremony will be hosted by the USSVI Denizens of the Deep Submarine Veterans. Inductees include David Byrd, Jack Goldenberg, Charles Jones and Earl “Mac” McCallum. For more information, call 803-257-6048 or email waynephillips.se2dc@yahoo.com.

APRIL 16

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

APRIL 17

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday, April 17, at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline is April 13.

APRIL 18

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

APRIL 19

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday April 19, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

APRIL 20

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or e-mail, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

 

Right now’s occasions for March 22 | Leisure

HEUTE

Das Die Augusta Genealogical Society wird ihr vierteljährliches Programm abhalten online um 11 uhr samstag. Der Gastredner wird Ken Thomas Jr. sein. Sein Thema wird sein, Cousins ​​durch Chromosomen zu finden. Warum DNA machen und warum ist es notwendig, Genealogie zu machen? Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, besuchen Sie augustagensociety.org. Anmeldeschluss ist Montag.

Freiwillige Einkommensteuerhilfe wird verfügbar sein Montag, Dienstag und Mittwoch bis 14. April im H. Odell Weeks Aktivitätenzentrum, 1700 Whisky Road, nur nach Vereinbarung. Diejenigen, die Hilfe bei der Steuervorbereitung und der elektronischen Einreichung von Bundes- und Landeserklärungen benötigen. Wer den VITA-Service nutzen möchte, muss ein Infopaket abholen, die Formulare im Paket ausfüllen und anrufen, um einen Termin zu vereinbaren, sobald alle Formulare ausgefüllt sind. Termine sind zwischen 9.00 und 17.00 Uhr verfügbar. Steuerzahler müssen über ein Mobiltelefon verfügen und werden von jemandem angerufen, um an ihrer Rückkehr zu arbeiten.

Die Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation wird in Zusammenarbeit mit der Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum Live-Stream einer virtuellen Ausstellung heute von 18 bis 18.30 Uhr über Facebook, YouTube und Twitter. Die Ausstellung trägt den Titel “Pferde retten, Leben retten: Eine Feier – Ausstellung der Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation”. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie aikenhalloffame.com.

DIENSTAG

EIN Buchclub für Erwachsene wird sich am Dienstag von 14.30 bis 15.45 Uhr online treffen. Die Buchauswahl für März ist “Daughter of Fortune” von Isabel Allende. Um teilzunehmen, melden Sie sich am Referenzschalter der Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, an. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter abbe-lib.org.

Märchenstunde in den Gärten findet am Dienstag um 16 Uhr im Rye Patch in den Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road, statt. Die Story Time in the Gardens findet jeden Dienstag bis Mai statt. Am 6. April findet keine Story Time statt. Diese Veranstaltung ist für Kinder bis 8 Jahre. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Das Ehrfürchtige Aiken Al-Anon Gruppe Treffen dienstags und donnerstags von 18.30 bis 19.30 Uhr in der First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive.

Nar-Anon Aiken für Comfort Family Group wird dienstags von 18.30 bis 19.30 Uhr via Zoom. Für weitere Informationen senden Sie eine E-Mail momofoscar4@gmail.com.

DONNERSTAG

Das Parker Quartett wird am Donnerstag in der First Presbyterian Church, 224 Banwell Ave., im Rahmen des Joye in Aiken Festivals 2021 auftreten. Der Eintritt ist frei, je nach Verfügbarkeit. Die Türen öffnen um 11:30 Uhr. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter joyeinaiken.com. Diese Aufführung wird von Susan H. Adkins in Erinnerung an Dr. Carl R. Adkins gesponsert.

Das SPCA Albrecht Center wird am Top Dog Topgolf Spendenaktion von 19 bis 21 Uhr Donnerstag bei TopGolf Augusta, 437 Topgolf Way, Augusta, Georgia. Caddy-Tickets kosten 50 US-Dollar und beinhalten eine Mahlzeit und kein Spiel. Das Play Ticket kostet 75 US-Dollar und beinhaltet eine Mahlzeit und 1 Stunde Spielzeit. Der Erlös aus dem Ticketverkauf kommt den Heimtieren im SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Center zugute. Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, besuchen Sie letlovelive.org.

Das Das Aiken Center for the Arts wird einen Eröffnungsempfang abhalten für seine neuen Exponate von 18 bis 20 Uhr Donnerstag im Zentrum, 122 Laurens St. SW Für weitere Informationen, 803-641-9094 oder besuchen Sie aikencenterforthearts.org.

Der Autor Ron Rash wird am Donnerstag um 11:30 Uhr virtuell als Teil von sprechen Gastvortragsreihe Dynamic Dialogues des Aiken Technical College. Rash ist Autor mehrerer Romane und Gedichtsammlungen, darunter “Burning Bright”. Sein Thema wird “Burning Bright” sein: Ein Autorengespräch. Die Diskussion ist kostenlos und für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Um mitzumachen, besuchen Sie bit.ly/38LmKhD oder rufen Sie 571-392-7650 an und geben Sie die PIN 753 814 2925 ein.

FREITAG

Das Das amerikanische Rote Kreuz wird eine Blutspende abhalten Freitag von 12 bis 17 Uhr in der Victory Baptist Church, 620 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta. Für weitere Informationen oder zur Vorregistrierung besuchen Sie redcrossblood.org oder rufen Sie 800-RED-CROSS an.

SAMSTAG

Das Aiken County Kite Derby findet am Samstag um 11 Uhr im Harrison-Caver Park, 4121 Augusta Road, Clearwater, statt. Bringen Sie einen Drachen mit und füllen Sie den Himmel. Die Teilnahme steht allen Altersgruppen offen. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie unter 803-599-6847.

Das Cottontail Cruise 2 Mobile Eiersuche findet am Samstag von 9 bis 13 Uhr auf Ihrem Rasen statt. Peter Baumwollschwanz und seine Freunde werden in der Stadt herumhüpfen und Eier mit hohen Süßigkeiten in Ihrem Garten. Die Teilnehmer müssen innerhalb der Stadtgrenzen von Aiken wohnen und Kinder müssen unter 10 Jahre alt sein. Die Anmeldung ist auf 50 Teilnehmer begrenzt. Die Registrierung ist am 21. März geschlossen.

Die Aiken High School Horticulture Class wird ihre halten jährlicher Pflanzenverkauf Samstag bis 1. April von 10 bis 14 Uhr im Gewächshaus hinter der Aiken High School, 449 Rutland Drive.

Das Die Augusta Genealogical Society wird ihr vierteljährliches Programm abhalten online um 11 uhr samstag. Der Gastredner wird Ken Thomas Jr. sein. Sein Thema wird sein, Cousins ​​durch Chromosomen zu finden. Warum DNA machen und warum ist es notwendig, Genealogie zu machen? Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, besuchen Sie augustagensociety.org. Anmeldeschluss ist Dienstag, der 22. März.

Die American Foundation for Suicide Prevention wird die 2021 SC landesweiter virtueller Campus-Spaziergang am Samstag. Studenten des Aiken Technical College werden an der virtuellen Spendenaktion teilnehmen. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie afsp.org/sccampus.

30. MÄRZ

Märchenstunde in den Gärten findet am Dienstag um 16 Uhr im Rye Patch in den Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road, statt. Die Story Time in the Gardens findet jeden Dienstag bis Mai statt. Am 6. April findet keine Story Time statt. Diese Veranstaltung ist für Kinder bis 8 Jahre. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Das Ehrfürchtige Aiken Al-Anon Gruppe Treffen dienstags und donnerstags von 6: 30-7: 30 Uhr in der First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive.

1. APRIL

Das Singing Brazells wird auftreten Donnerstag, 1. April, von 19 bis 20 Uhr im Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, im Rahmen der Community-Konzerte in der Park Series. Der Eintritt ist frei. Die Teilnehmer werden gebeten, ihre eigenen Stühle mitzubringen. Kühler und Alkohol sind nicht erlaubt. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie johnstondevelopmentcorp.org.

Das Aiken County Board of Disabilities und der Vorstand des Trie-Development Centers wird am Donnerstag, dem 1. April, um 18.30 Uhr am Jefferson Davis Highway 5080 auf Beech Island zusammentreten. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie von Joan Lioi unter der Nummer 803-642-8800.

3. APRIL

Das Downtown Aiken Easter Eggstravaganza findet am Samstag, den 3. April in der Innenstadt von Aiken statt. Weitere Informationen und eine Liste der teilnehmenden Unternehmen finden Sie unterowntownaikencom / events.

EIN Gospelsingen findet am Samstag, 3. April, um 18 Uhr im Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert, statt. Kingsway und das Heritage Quartet werden auftreten. Der Eintritt ist frei. Soziale Distanzierung wird beobachtet. Ein Liebesangebot wird angenommen. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie midgsc.com.

EIN Hippity Hoppity Easter Basket Werbegeschenk findet am Samstag, 3. April, um 13 Uhr im Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater, statt. Osterkörbe werden verschenkt, bis sie verschwunden sind. Kinder müssen anwesend sein. Dies ist ein Durchfahrtsprogramm, das vom Charity Club, der Horsecreek Masonic Lodge und der OES gesponsert wird.

EIN kostenlose COVID-19-Testveranstaltung findet am Samstag, den 3. April von 9 bis 15 Uhr auf dem Berg statt. Zion Baptist Church, Atomstraße 17519. Der Pfarrer Paul H. Bush ist der Pastor.

8. APRIL

Das James L. Hammons Abteilung Nr. 939 der Marine Corps League wird sich treffen Heute von 18:30 bis 19:00 Uhr im Knights of Columbus-Gebäude, 100 Spaulding Drive. Neue Mitglieder werden benötigt. Die Mitgliedschaft steht allen ehrenamtlich entlassenen Marinesoldaten, FMF-Korpsmännern und Kaplänen offen. Für weitere Informationen oder um Mitglied zu werden, rufen Sie Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) Unter 803-722-6247 an oder senden Sie eine E-Mail tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

13. APRIL

Das Das Aiken Center for the Arts veranstaltet A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q & A. Dadurch erhalten die Bewohner einen Einblick in das Leben der Gebietsschreiber. Die Veranstaltung findet von Februar bis Mai statt und umfasst vier lokale Autoren mit jeweils zwei Sitzungen. Die erste Sitzung wird eine Einführung in den Autor und sein Buch sein, gefolgt von einer Diskussion des Buches in Sitzung zwei. Auf dem April-Programm steht das Buch “The Secret Child” von Marti Healy. Die Diskussionen finden dienstags, am 13. und 20. April von 19 bis 20 Uhr statt. Die Kosten betragen 35 USD und beinhalten eine Kopie des Buches. Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, besuchen Sie die ACA in 122 Laurens St. SW, rufen Sie 803-641-9094 an oder besuchen Sie aikencenterforthearts.org.

Märchenstunde in den Gärten findet am Dienstag um 16 Uhr im Rye Patch in den Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road, statt. Die Story Time in the Gardens findet jeden Dienstag bis Mai statt. Am 6. April findet keine Story Time statt. Diese Veranstaltung ist für Kinder bis 8 Jahre. Der Eintritt ist frei.

18. APRIL

Zur Feier ihres 100-jährigen Jubiläums bietet die Adath Yeshurun ​​Synagoge eine Diskussion über Aikens jüdische Geschichte nach den 1950er Jahren Sonntag, 18. April, von 17 bis 18.30 Uhr über Zoom. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie asourceoflight.org.

19. APRIL

Die Eröffnung Aiken Center Classic Golfturnier findet am Montag, den 19. April im Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive, statt. Das Wahlturnier des Kapitäns beginnt mit einem Schrotflintenstart um 9 Uhr. Die Kosten betragen 100 USD pro Person oder 400 USD pro Viererteam. Frühstück und Mittagessen werden angeboten. Alle Einnahmen kommen dem Aiken Center for the Arts zugute. Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, besuchen Sie aikencenterforthearts.org.

20. APRIL

Das Das Aiken Center for the Arts veranstaltet A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q & A. Dadurch erhalten die Bewohner einen Einblick in das Leben der Gebietsschreiber. Die Veranstaltung findet von Februar bis Mai statt und umfasst vier lokale Autoren mit jeweils zwei Sitzungen. Die erste Sitzung wird eine Einführung in den Autor und sein Buch sein, gefolgt von einer Diskussion des Buches in Sitzung zwei. Auf dem April-Programm steht das Buch “The Secret Child” von Marti Healy. Die Diskussionen finden dienstags, am 13. und 20. April von 19 bis 20 Uhr statt. Die Kosten betragen 35 USD und beinhalten eine Kopie des Buches. Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, besuchen Sie die ACA in 122 Laurens St. SW, rufen Sie 803-641-9094 an oder besuchen Sie aikencenterforthearts.org.

Märchenstunde in den Gärten findet am Dienstag um 16 Uhr im Rye Patch in den Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road, statt. Die Story Time in the Gardens findet jeden Dienstag bis Mai statt. Am 6. April findet keine Story Time statt. Diese Veranstaltung ist für Kinder bis 8 Jahre. Der Eintritt ist frei.

26. APRIL

Das 10. jährliches Support1 Golfturnier findet am Montag, den 26. April im River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta, statt. Der Check-In erfolgt um 8:30 Uhr mit einem Schrotflintenstart um 10 Uhr. Das Turnier wird vom Kapitän gewählt. Die Kosten betragen 300 USD pro dreiköpfigem Team. Ersthelfer erhalten einen Rabatt von 25 USD. Für weitere Informationen oder um sich zu registrieren, senden Sie eine E-Mail info@support1.org.

24. APRIL

Die Stadt Aiken wird eine halten Film im Park Event Samstag, 24. April, 20.15 Uhr, im Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Die Teilnehmer sollten Liegestühle oder Decken mitbringen. Die Veranstaltung ist kostenlos, aber Food Trucks werden zur Hand sein. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie unter der Telefonnummer 803-642-7634 oder unter cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

27. APRIL

Märchenstunde in den Gärten findet am Dienstag um 16 Uhr im Rye Patch in den Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road, statt. Die Story Time in the Gardens findet jeden Dienstag bis Mai statt. Am 6. April findet keine Story Time statt. Diese Veranstaltung ist für Kinder bis 8 Jahre. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Ein Buchclub für Erwachsene Wir treffen uns online von 14.30 bis 15.45 Uhr, Dienstag, 27. April. Die Buchauswahl für April lautet “Where the Crawdads Sing” von Delia Owens. Um teilzunehmen, melden Sie sich am Referenzschalter der Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, an. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter abbe-lib.org.

30. APRIL

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull wird auftreten Freitag, 30. April, von 19 bis 20 Uhr im Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, im Rahmen der Community-Konzerte in der Park-Reihe. Der Eintritt ist frei. Die Teilnehmer werden gebeten, ihre eigenen Stühle mitzubringen. Kühler und Alkohol sind nicht erlaubt. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie johnstondevelopmentcorp.org.

Immediately’s occasions for March 21 | Leisure

TODAY

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history through the 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. today via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services today. 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.

The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable will hold a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Gaston Livery Stable, 1315 Richland Ave. E. Elliott Levy and Coleen Reed will sign copies of their book “Aiken County Jeopardy.” Books are available at Howell Printing, True Value on Laurens Street, Equine Divine and The Willcox.

MONDAY

The Augusta Genealogical Society will hold its quarterly program online at 11 a.m. Saturday. The guest speaker will be Ken Thomas Jr. His topic will be Finding Cousins Through Chromosomes, Why do DNA and Why is it necessary to do genealogy? For more information or to register, visit augustagensociety.org. The registration deadline is Monday.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 14 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, by appointment only. Those in need of help with tax preparation and e-filing of federal and state returns. Those wishing to use the VITA service must pick up an info packet, complete the forms in the packet and call to make an appointment once all forms are completed. Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Taxpayers must have a cellphone, and will be called by someone to work on their return.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in collaboration with the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum will live-stream a virtual exhibit from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Monday via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The exhibit is titled Saving Horses, Saving Lives: A Celebration – Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Exhibit. For more information, visit aikenhalloffame.com.

TUESDAY

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The book selection for March is “Daughter of Fortune,” by Isabel Allende. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

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

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

The Parker Quartet will perform on Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 224 Banwell Ave., as part of the 2021 Joye in Aiken Festival. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit joyeinaiken.com. This performance is sponsored by Susan H. Adkins in memory of Dr. Carl R. Adkins.

The SPCA Albrecht Center will hold at Top Dog Topgolf fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at TopGolf Augusta, 437 Topgolf Way, Augusta, Georgia. Caddy Tickets are $50 and include a meal and no game play. The Play Ticket is $75 and includes a meal and 1 hour of game play. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the shelter pets at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Center. For more information or to register, visit letlovelive.org.

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold an opening reception for its new exhibits from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the center, 122 Laurens St. S.W. For more information, 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Author Ron Rash will speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday virtually as part of Aiken Technical College’s Dynamic Dialogues guest lecture series. Rash is the author of several novels and collections of poems, including “Burning Bright.” His topic will be “Burning Bright”: An Author’s Talk. The discussion is free and open to the public. To join, visit bit.ly/38LmKhD or call 571-392-7650 and enter PIN 753 814 2925.

FRIDAY

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Victory Baptist Church, 620 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta. For more information or to pre-register, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.

SATURDAY

The Aiken County Kite Derby will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harrison-Caver Park, 4121 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Bring a kite and help fill the sky. Participation is open to all ages. For more information, call 803-599-6847.

The Cottontail Cruise 2 Mobile Egg Hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on your lawn. Peter cottontail and his friends will hop around town and high candy filled eggs in your yard. Participants must live within the Aiken City Limits and children must be under the age of 10. Sign up is limited to 50 participants. Registration closed March 21.

The Aiken High School Horticulture Class will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through April 1, at the greenhouse behind Aiken High School, 449 Rutland Drive. 

The Augusta Genealogical Society will hold its quarterly program online at 11 a.m. Saturday. The guest speaker will be Ken Thomas Jr. His topic will be Finding Cousins Through Chromosomes, Why do DNA and Why is it necessary to do genealogy? For more information or to register, visit augustagensociety.org. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 22.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold the 2021 S.C. Statewide Virtual Campus Walk on Saturday. Aiken Technical College students will be participating in the virtual fundraising event. For more information, visit afsp.org/sccampus.

MARCH 30

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

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

APRIL 1

The Singing Brazells will perform from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Trie-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at 5080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.

APRIL 3

The Downtown Aiken Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 3, in downtown Aiken. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit downtownaikencom/events.

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Kingsway and the Heritage Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

A Hippity Hoppity Easter Basket Giveaway will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Easter baskets will be given away until they are gone. Children must be present. This is a drive-through program sponsored by the Charity Club, Horsecreek Masonic Lodge and OES.

A free COVID-19 testing event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 17519 Atomic Road. The Rev. Paul H. Bush is the pastor.

APRIL 8

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

APRIL 13

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

APRIL 18

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

APRIL 19

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday April 19, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

APRIL 20

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org