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SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Shag dancing, Holistic Wellness Fair, and Senior Extravaganza coming up

September 5, 2018

Learn to shag from the pros

Judy and Johnny Turner will again offer their instructions on Shag dancing. To reserve your place or for more information, please call 803-221-2361 or email jsturner430@atlanticbb.net. There are six one-hour classes, for $50 per person. They begin on Sept. 10. Beginner class starts at 7 p.m., and intermediate at 8:15, for the six weeks. The Shrine Club is at 1526 Columbia Highway North, in Aiken. The number for the Shrine Club is 803-648-2254. You can search for directions online. Why not call the Turners and reserve your space? You could be good at this style of dance well before holiday parties!

Holistic Wellness Fair

On Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, you are invited with free admission to browse at the Holistic Wellness Fair. With over 80 vendors, one can learn more about pendulums, essential oils, hand-crafted jewelry, dream catchers, gemstones and the like. There will be chair massages, which will feel great, no doubt. Expert holistic financial planners and animal specialists will be on hand. You might even win one of the door prizes!

Visit www.facebook.com/holisticwellnessfair or contact Melissa Kitchings at 803-640-0785 for more information.

Senior Extravaganza on Sept. 19

From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, you are invited to join in on the 11th Annual Senior Extravaganza at the Odell Weeks Center. This event provides information on resources available to senior citizens of our community. The first 325 who register can attend a catered luncheon provided by Aiken Regional Medical Centers and receive a free T-shirt. You do not have to pre-register to attend the Fair, just for the luncheon. Educational sessions are limited to the first 565 attendees. Registration began in late August, so be sure to check and see if there is still room. I do not want to disappoint people! For more information, contact H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 803-642-7631.

To be a vendor or sponsor, call the center or email Brie Campbell at bcampbell@cityofaikensc.gov.

Garden City Chorus in concert

Sept. 29 is the date, Wesley Center at Grace Methodist Church at 639 Georgia Avenue in North Augusta is the venue, and the tickets are on sale now. At 2:30 p.m., the Suzuki Strings of Augusta will be the opening performers, providing the prelude music; and, at 3 p.m., the show “Barbershop meets Broadway” begins. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 on the day of the show. Call 803-599-4228 to reserve your spot. The quartet Boardwalk will be special guests this year. It is a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Last year, a group of us then returned to Aiken to enjoy Oktoberfest, downtown at Hayne Avenue and Pendleton Street, from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Aiken’s Makin’ this weekend

You have no doubt seen plenty of ads for this. It is a two-day arts and crafts family event in downtown, on Park Avenue on Sept. 7 and 8. There will be food, handmade crafts, and performing artists. For more information, visit aikenchamber.net. The event opens daily at 9 a.m.

Addams Family at Aiken Community Theatre

The musical will be creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. And, it runs Sept. 6-15. Brad King and Ernesto Barquet Sr. will be among those performing. Call 803-648-1438 for more information or visit AikenCommunityTheatre.org. Gets you thinking about Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en planning yet?

The City of Aiken will have a Saturday Night Trunk-or-Treat event on Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1072 Banks Mill Road in Aiken. They invite you to dress up in a family-friendly costume and come out for this event. Admission is $1 for children 12 and under, and when these kids are accompanied by an adult, they will be able to trick or treat from decorated trunks and carnival games. Concessions will also be present, for purchasing items. The folks taking money would really appreciate exact change.

There will be other Trunk-or-Treat events, at area churches and venues throughout this “creepy” weekend. This is a fun and safe way for kids to enjoy themselves and celebrate.

Save the date for Aiken Civic Ballet

The Aiken Civic Ballet Company are rehearsing now for “Dracula,” which will be Nov. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. “Dracula” will be at the Etherredge, at 471 University Parkway. Public ticket sales begin Monday, Oct. 1, for this November event. Call 641-3305 for ticket office.

The Nutcracker Tea will be held at The Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St., Aiken. The phone number there is 803-642-2015. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. is the Tea scheduled time.

Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. is when the Aiken Civic Ballet Company delights us again at Etherredge Center at USC Aiken, with their annual performances of “The Nutcracker.” Tickets go on sale Nov. 19, so you might want to make a note on your calendar now.

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