Today’s events for April 20
The Aiken Community Playhouse will perform “The Dixie Swim Club” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors/active military and $12 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-648-1438 or visit aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
The Aiken County Branch NAACP will hold its 37th annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. today in the Business and Education Building on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $50 per person and $30 for college students and youth. For more information, call 803-810-1909 or email email@example.com.
Author Ron Baxley Jr. will sign copies of his new book “O.Z. Diggs Himself Out” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at Meeting on Main, 12906 W. Main St., Williston.
The 2018 Koda’s Kids High School vs. NFL Flag Football Game will be held today at Midland Valley High School, 227 Mustang Drive, Graniteville. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10. For more information, call 803-292-3830.
Brook Lundy and the Third Time Charmers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information, call 803-270-7993.
The 13th annual Under the Crown and Colonial Trade Fair: Colonial Life from 1735-1785 will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. Special guests will include Ben Franklin, Faire Wynds, the Rat Catcher, a Punch and Judy show and more. For more information, call 803-979-9776 or visit colonialtimes.us.
The Aiken Symphony Guild will present Horses and Harmonies II at 3 p.m. Saturday at Stable View Farm, 117 Stable Drive. Riders will show their horses accompanied by music from the Aiken Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Donald Portnoy. Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks will be served before the show, and a dinner will follow the entertainment. Tickets are $80 per person, and tables of 8 can be reserved. To make a reservation, mail a check to the Aiken Symphony Guild, PO Box 2801, Aiken, SC 29801 or visit aikensymphonyguild.com.
Aiken will celebrate Earth Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Newberry Street and The Alley in downtown Aiken. This year’s event will feature more than 46 vendors, guest speakers, music, food, a family bicycle ride, a walk in the woods, a kids zone and the Columbia Marionette Theatre. The City of Aiken also will hold an E-Waste Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts. Computers, keyboards, mice, printers, cellphones, DVD/VCR players, TVs and monitors will be collected. For more information, visit eartdayaiken.org.
The Aiken Wine & Sign, a regional book signing/fundraiser for essential tremor, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the City of Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.
A Local Author Book Signing and Presentation day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. Local authors from all genres will be available to sign and sell their books. For more information or to reserve a table, call Jessica Christian at 803-642-2020 ext. 1111.
The American Legion Riders of South Carolina will hold its eighth annual American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund Benefit Run on April 21-22. The run will start on Saturday in North Augusta, and will head east toward Newberry and Whitmire, making stops in Chester and Lancaster for lunch at American Legion Post 31. Riders will then proceed to American Legion Post 1 in Florence, where they will stay overnight. On Sunday, riders will then proceed to Orangeburg, Pelion and Chapin where they will gather for lunch. The ride will end at the Statehouse. For more information, call 803-648-232-7331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Edgefield Preservation Association will hold its Spring Tour from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The tour will begin with registration and coffee at 8:30 a.m. at the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield. The tour will include The Chain Gang Building, the Phoenix Factory’s Old Edgefield Pottery, the Village Blacksmith and Willowbrook Cemetery. The cost is $25 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. For more information, call Tonya Guy at 803-637-4010.
The Aiken Poets will hold its third annual poetry celebration in recognition of National Poetry Month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The program is titled Celebrating Aiken, Tree City USA, and will feature readings from the Aiken Poets as well as an open mic session. For more information, call Roger Brock at 803-646-2141 or Joan Lacombe at 803-642-3872. To participate, call Linda Hale at 803-642-1284.
The Astronomy Club of Augusta will hold a telescopes on the lawn event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Members of the Astronomy club will help guest locate and identify sky objects. For more information, visit angelfire.com/ga/astronomyclubaugusta.
The fourth annual ACTS Car Show: A Drive Against Hunger will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Millbrook Baptist Church, 223 S. Aiken Blvd. Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or cash. To be a vendor or enter a vehicle, call 803-649-3800 or email email@example.com.
The program I Come From Strong Women will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island. The program will include a short tour of Redcliffe and highlight some of the many remarkable women from its history. A special presentation will be held following the tour. Admission is $10 for adults and $2 for children. For more information or to reserve a space, call 803-827-1473, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit southcarolinaparks.com/redcliffe.
The Backstretch Experience: Behind the Scenes at the Aiken Training Track will be held from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The event begins with watching horses on the track for their morning training followed by a discussion of training equipment, the racehorse’s diet, conformation, track composition and more presented by Brad Staufer, head trainer at Legacy Stable. Registration is $30 per person. Space is limited. To register, visit the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Those attending should meet at 8:45 a.m. at The Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, to be transported to the Training Track. For more information, call 803-643-2121 or email email@example.com.
The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will meet Saturday at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. Grades 4-7 will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and grades 8-12 will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is free and allows students the chance to attend workshops on a range of theatrical skills. Those attending should wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow for movement. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Koda’s Kids Foundation in partnership with Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops will hold an Outdoor Youth Event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mayor’s Fishing Hole, 1823 Lock and Dam Road, Augusta. The event will offer information on fishing, archery and camping. Lunch will be provided. Admission is open to 300 participants. To register, visit kodaskids.org.
A Try Before You Buy event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply, 2655 Whiskey Road. Customers will be able to test a variety of power equipment products and enjoy activities such as Riding Mowers 101, Chainsaws 101, Trimmers 101 and Log Splitters 101.
The Aiken Area Mylenators MS Self Help Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Stuart Farnell, LMT, of Aiken, will discuss the benefits of massage therapy. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 800-344-FIGHTMS or visit nationalmssociety.org.
FOTAS will hold a Homes Wanted adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, 333 Wire Road. The shelter has received more than 150 strays and surrendered pets this month and homes are needed. Adoption fees for dogs/puppies is $35 and adoption fees for cats/kittens are $10. For more information, call 803-642-1537.
Depot Jam will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. Bluegrass musicians and the public are invited to join the music jam. All are welcome. For more information, email Steve Willis or Ashley Carder at email@example.com.