YOUTH BASKETBALL: Games played Saturday mornings during February and March; Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene in Clearwater; basketball league for boys and girls in kindergarten through third grade; participants learn basic basketball fundamentals in a fun environment; (803) 593-3114

HISTORY OF TEA: 3 p.m. today; Willcox Inn, 100 Colleton Ave, Aiken; The History of Tea and the Silver Tea Service, Dr. Harry Robertson, of HG Robertson in Atlanta, will discuss the tradition of tea drinking, its influence on commerce, economics, politics, arts and crafts and its social impact; tea will be served in the dining room; $25; (803) 641-9094

JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY MEETING: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jefferson Elementary School, 1170 Flint Drive; to receive public input regarding the upcoming principal vacancy; (803) 641-2639

ADULT HORTICULTURE: 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays; Aiken High School, 449 Rutland Drive; soil preparation, pruning, plant propagation, pesticides; (803) 641-0441

CHORAL AUDITIONS: 7 p.m. Tuesday; new member auditions for Aiken Choral Society in the choir room of South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 1711 Whiskey Road; for male and female singers of all vocal ranges; rehearsals will begin at 7:30 p.m. immediately after auditions; Antoine Cordahi, (803) 648-1252

BUSINESS CONFERENCE: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday; University of South Carolina Aiken Business and Education Building, Room 140, 471 University Parkway; how to buy or sell a business; $75, registration required; (803) 641-3646

ANTIQUES PREVIEW: 7-9 p.m. Thursday; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Preview Party, preview and purchase fine antiques while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar; $50 per person or $95 per couple; (803) 641-9094

OPERA WORKSHOP: 8 p.m. Thursday; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; Augusta State University to hold an opera workshop; (803) 641-3305

DISABILITIES MEETING: 7 p.m. Thursday; Aiken County Board of Disabilities, 1016 Vaucluse Road, Aiken; (803) 642-8800

TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB MEETING: 9:30 a.m. meet and greet, 10 a.m. meeting, Thursday; at Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; musical program by Mac Frampton; free; (803) 649-9166

LINENS AND LACE: 9-10 a.m. Friday; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St, S.W., Aiken; For the Love of Linens and Lace, Connie Marks, of Victoriana, will share creative ways to use vintage linens and lace, proper care and storage; coffee and muffins will be served; $20; (803) 641-9094

ANTIQUE SHOW: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; Antiques in the Heart of Aiken; view and purchase fine antique furnishings presented by more than 20 specialized dealers from across the nation; $6; (803) 641-9094

HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; Sweetwater Baptist Church gym, 198 Sweetwater Road, North Augusta; for girls 5-12; held by Fox Creek High School softball team; (803) 613-9435

LOOK AT SCOTLAND: 9-10 a.m. Saturday; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; Patricia Williams, of Vandiver-Williams Ltd., will display and discuss fine antiques that come from Scotland; tea and scones will be served; $20; (803) 641-9094


MOMS CLUB: Monday, Feb. 5; MOMS Club of Aiken monthly meeting; newcomers, children welcome; (803) 644-7750

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; Barnwell First Baptist Church, 161 Allen St., Barnwell, S.C.; celebration of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring the Springer Theatre; $10; (803) 259-4589,

NORTH AUGUSTA ART GUILD: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive; recruitment meeting for new members; annual dues are $20; (803) 278-2962

AFRICAN-AMERICAN REDCLIFFE: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10, at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road; learn about the lives of blacks at Silver Bluff, Cowden, Cathwood and Redcliffe plantations from 1831 to 1975; participate in hands-on activities such as artifact identification and learn how historians investigate the social and cultural aspects of those who worked for the Hammond/Billings families; $6 adults, $4 children, $5.25 for South Carolina residents 65 and older, includes tours of slave quarters and the mansion; (803) 827-1473

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15; Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; Frank Ferrante recreates his portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this two-act comedy; $37.50 (803) 648-1438

BLACK HISTORICAL PARADE: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, from Florence Street to Hampton Avenue, ending at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken; (803) 641-3888

HEALTH FAIR: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17; Dillard's, Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road; University Hospital healthy heart health fair; free blood sugar testing, blood pressure screening, lipid profile, heart-healthful recipes; (706) 828-2502 or toll free (866) 591-2502

EQUINE ART EXHIBITION: Feb. 18-23, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum, open 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, opening reception, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18; internationally known equine artist Christine M. Cancelli; free; (803) 642-7650

THE WILLIS IRVIN EXHIBIT: Feb. 19-March 14, Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St., open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; an influential architect in Aiken history whose designs include Banksia, Whitehall II, the McCormick House, the present county offices, the Henderson Hotel, the Salley House, the Zeigler House, Idylwood and the Willcox Hotel; (803) 642-2015

BATTLE OF AIKEN: 9 a.m. to dusk, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 24-25; Confederate Park, Powell Pond Road; re-enactment brings to life the Battle of Aiken, which occurred Feb. 11-12, 1865; $12 adults, $6 pupils (6-18), children 5 and younger free; (803) 642-2500

I THINK I CAN: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 29-30; Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; University of South Carolina Aiken's Playground Playhouse Productions; $7 adults, $4 students; (803) 641-3305


AIKEN AREA COUNCIL ON AGING: Needs volunteers to deliver meals in the Aiken, Graniteville, Gloverville, North Augusta and Wagener areas; The council provides route sheets and it takes about an hour to deliver meals; (803) 648-5447

STITCHES FROM THE HEART: Seeking volunteers to knit, crochet blankets, sweaters and hats for children in the hospital; donations of yarn are appreciated; (866) 472-6903