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The University of South Carolina Aiken will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Student Activities Center.

The free celebration is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Programs at USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College. This year's theme is a quote by the Rev. King, "The time is always right to do what is right."

A reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres will be held after the program.


Adult horticulture classes are held from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Aiken High School, 449 Rutland Drive. Topics include soil preparation, pruning, plant propagation and pesticides. Call (803) 641-0441.


The Aiken County Language Arts will hold a festival at the University of South Carolina Aiken for all middle and high school pupils from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. The registration deadline Friday.

Events include oral interpretation of original and published poetry, dramatic monologue and story telling. Pupils may participate in two events. Pupils will compete in grade 6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 divisions.

All participants will receive a commemorative pin and division winners receive medals. Call (803) 641-3771.


The University of South Carolina Aiken's University Theatre Productions will present a 10-Minute Play Festival at 8 p.m. Jan. 25-27 and 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 28; and The Robber Bridegroom at 8 p.m. April 26-28 and 30 and 3 p.m. April 29 at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets for each staged production are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 students. Call (803) 641-3305.


The University of South Carolina Aiken has announced a schedule of its homecoming activities. Events in January include Painting the Streets - murals that will remain on display the rest of the semester.

On Friday, Jan. 26, there will be two events. Painting will be from noon to 4 p.m. The Aiken After Dark Carnival will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight. The university's first homecoming parade will be on Laurens Street in Aiken at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The Faculty/Staff Basketball Game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29.

The complete schedule can be found at


Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St., Aiken, will present an exhibit, My Favorite Horse Photography, all this month. The show is free.

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call (803) 642-2015.


University Hospital will hold a health fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Dillard's in the Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road. The event includes free blood sugar testing, blood pressure screening and a lipid profile, along with heart-healthful recipes. Call (706) 828-2502 or toll free (866) 591-2502.


The Aiken Area Council on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals in the Aiken, Graniteville, Gloverville, North Augusta and Wagener areas.

Meals can be picked up between 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Call (803) 648-5547.


Stitches from the Heart, a national nonprofit organization that knits and crochets blankets, sweaters and hats for children in area hospitals, is seeking volunteers. Donations of yarn are appreciated. Call (866) 472-6903.