The Ridge Spring Miss Harvest Festival beauty pageant will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Ridge Spring Gymnasium from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Young ladies between the ages of birth and 20 are invited to compete. The Miss Harvest Festival(17-20) will be awarded a scholarship to the college of her choice. The deadline for applications is today. For an application or if you have any questions, call 637-5383 or 275-3241.
Matt Booth will give a lecture from 1-3 p.m. today at USC Aiken’s Penland Administration Building room 106. The event is sponsored by the Aiken Jaycees. For information call 640-3956.
The Aiken chapter of the S.C. State Employees Association holds a chapter meeting at noon today at the Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center, 1135 Gregg Highway. Guest speaker will be Rep. Tom Young. The meeting will include a catered lunch for $7 per person. For information or reservations, call chapter president Sandra Shealey at 641-7704, ext. 132.
A hospice volunteer training session will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at Trinity Home Care, 690 Medical Park Drive. The meeting includes a light lunch; to register or notify of special dietary needs, call Tammey at 641-8220.
BNI Means Business meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in Cumberland Village’s downstairs conference room. The local professionals’ networking group welcomes visitors at no charge, and lunch is included in the meetings. For more information, call Laura Gibbons at 270-3762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in becoming a certified poll worker for Aiken County can attend trainings held today at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. at Aiken Electric Cooperative Building, 2790 Wagener Road. Volunteers need only attend one session, and should bring an ID and Social Security card. for more information, call Yolanda Dortch with Aiken County Voter Registration and Elections at 642-2028.
The Lower Savannah Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Lower Savannah Regional Education Center, will be hosting a public seminar today for small to medium businesses on how to utilize social media for business. The seminar is limited to the first 200 registrants. Registration is required; go online http://newmedianeweconomy.eventbrite.com or call Denise Blystone-Hogan at (803) 508-7074 to register and learn of the seminar location.
The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority will meet today at 10 a.m. at the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority’s Main Conference Room, 202 Arbor Lake Drive, Columbia.
4 Cats in the Doghouse will play jazz at the Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave. S.W., on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mother’s Finest will perform at the Newberry Opera House on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Newberry Opera House box office. Call (803) 276-6264 for reservations or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.
The September meeting of PFLAG Aiken will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave. All are welcome to attend.
Floyd & Green’s “Night in Bali” will be held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nandina on Laurens Street. Special guest will be Joan Tanis from John Hardy. There will be a dance presentation and a “Year of the Dragon” themed venue.
On Thursday, Family Pharmacy will be at the Health Information Center in the Aiken Mall from noon to 1 p.m. administering flu shots. The cost is $25 or free with Medicaid. Bring your insurance card. For more information, call 641-5926.
The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Newberry Hall. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Denny Flahault at 226-9017 or emailing email@example.com. Deadline for reservations is 6 p.m. Friday. The guest speaker will be Attorney General Alan Wilson.
A “Never Picked Up A Needle” beginning knitting class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Sassy Knitter on Dougherty Road. The fee is $35. For more information, call 643-5648.
The Aiken County School Board communications subcommittee will host a meeting on Friday at 11 a.m. Ken Blackstone, executive communications director for Richland 2 Public School District will speak. The meeting will be held at the district office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive. The meeting is open to the public but does not include public participation.
The Aiken Kidney Benefit presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” will open at the URS Center for Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday. Additional performances will be held Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Oct. 6 at 3 and 8 p.m.; Sunday and Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and children 13 and younger and are available by calling the box office at 648-1438.
The ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta will begin Friday at 7 a.m. at the Riverwalk Marina with a 1.2-mile down river swim. The athletes will exit at The Boathouse to begin a 56-mile cycling leg through the rolling hills of Aiken County. The cycling route will then bring the racers back to The Boathouse, where they will transition to the run. The final 13.1 miles of the race will be covered with two circuits through downtown Augusta. The race will finish on Broad Street at Augusta Common, next to title sponsor ESi’s world headquarters. The event is hosted by the Augusta Sports Council, and race management will be provided by World Triathlon Corporation. Athlete check-in and the Ironman 70.3 Village will be open on Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spectators are also invited to join in the finish line celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Augusta Common. For more information, visit www.ironmanaugusta.com.
Mac MacAnally performs in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Newberry Opera House. For ticket information call the Opera House box office at (803) 276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.
“Yesterday’s Sounds” plays a variety of oldies, blues, rock ’n’ roll, country, shag, and more for those who want to dance every Friday night from 7:30 until 11 p.m. at the DAV Building, 2194 Columbia Highway N. (U.S. 1), near the Aiken airport. Admission is $6. Snacks and drinks are available. No alcohol. For more information, call Dana Watkins at 292-3680 or Furman Redd at (706) 825-8776.
Genealogical and historical societies from South Carolina and Georgia will meet for the Southern Studies Showcase on Friday and Saturday. The showcase is $25 per person and includes all workshops and admission to the Friday night block party featuring music and food catered by the Old Edgefield Grill. To register, or for a complete itinerary, call the Olde Edgefield District Genealogical Society at (803) 637-4010, visit www.oedgs.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.