Thursday, August 9
The Aiken Newcomers’ Club, a club for women, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Newberry Hall. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., and the business meeting at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $14. Bring a check made out to Aiken Newcomers’ Club. Reservations and cancellations may be made no later than noon today by calling 644-7924. School supplies will be collected for the fall seminar.
Arts Academy in the Woods will offer a watercolor for beginners class with Paula Bowers today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are included. The $45 fee includes materials, instructor’s fee and a light supper. For more information, visit www.bishopgravatt.org or call 648-1817.
The Board of Directors of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments will meet today at the Brandt Building in Allendale. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
4 Cats in the Doghouse will feature guest saxophonist Joel Cruz today at The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave. S.W., from 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, August 10
Yesterdays Sounds will host Dancin’ with the Young at Heart, a ’50s-style dance party, on Friday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at 2194 Columbia Highway N. Yesterday’s Sounds will play, and those attending are asked to wear ’50’s-themed outfits. Tickets are $6 per person. For more information, call Dana Watkins at 292-3680 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.
The Aiken Downtown Development Association’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre production, “The Weakest Link … to Murder!” will be performed Friday and Saturday at Newberry Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. An annual fundraiser for the ADDA, this evening is filled with good food, good laughs and wonderful audience interaction. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 649-2221.
Astronomy Club of Augusta will hold an Astronomy Movie Night on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC Aiken. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a lunar observing on the lawn afterward.
The members of the Disabled American Veterans Aiken Chapter 43 will hold a Forget-Me-Not Fund Drive at both of the Whiskey Road Walmart entrances on Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All proceeds will go to the patients of the August VA Hospital and to help needy veterans in the CSRA. Everyone is encouraged to come by the tables, get a Forget-Me-Not, and make a donation. For more information, call Commadner Alonzon Allen at 644-0796 or (973) 818-2036.
Dr. Jimmy Sites, host of Spiritual Outdoor Adventures, will be the key speaker at an Outdoor Expo at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta on Friday. The event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m., will feature exhibits, door prizes and a barbecue dinner. For tickets and more information about this CSRA event, call the church at (706) 860-1586 or visit augustaoutdoorexpo.com.
Saturday, August 11
The sixth annual Paddlefest festival will be held Saturday at the Riverfront Marina in downtown Augusta from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This USA Canoe/Kayak-sanctioned race fills the Savannah River with paddle enthusiasts from all over the Southeast in canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards and homemade rafts. Attendees can watch the paddlers and enjoy delicious food, beverages and a local array of outdoor vendors at the festival following the races. The event is free to spectators. All proceeds benefit Savannah Riverkeeper Inc. The fee for racing competitors is $25 per person. For more information, visit www.PaddlefestGA.com.
There will be a Back to School Bash at 351 Huber Clay Road in Langley, on Saturday starting at noon in memory of two female teens that were murdered on Thanksgiving Day in 2010 in Augusta off of Laney Walker Blvd., Angela Brooks and Nancy Cushman. The teens were from Aiken County. There will be live performances, free food, free school supplies and a small memorial ceremony at the end.
The ACP Youth Wing will hold its first meeting of the 2012/13 season on Saturday, with a new format and expanded offerings. Youth Wing 1, consisting of fourth through sixth grades, will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Youth Wing 2, consisting of eighth through 12th grades, will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the URS Center for Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W., on the second Saturday of each month from August through May. The Youth Wing is open to students in fourth through 12th grades with an interest in the theatrical arts. There is no cost, and no preregistration needed.