Around the block

Survey says


Aiken has hired the firm of Hass and Hilderbrand to conduct a survey in Crosland Park in preparation for improvements to that area's sewer system.

The surveyors, who will be carrying identification, will need access to backyards on the following streets:

Vincent, George, Alfred, and parts of Sommer, Crosland Drive, Croft, Schroder, Hahn and Aldrich.

The work, which has begun, is scheduled to take about four months. The surveyors will be in each yard for about 30 minutes. Residents do not need to be at home when the surveyors are working, but they are asked to unlock gates and put dogs inside.

For information, call Ted Jones, of the Department of Public Works, at (803) 642-7610.

Cooling centers

The following cooling centers are open free of charge:

- 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. Call (803) 642-7631.

- 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, Kershaw Street, Aiken. Call (803) 642-7634.

- 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and various times when open for other events on Saturdays and Sundays, Citizens Park II, 651 Old Airport Road. Call (803) 642-7761.

Walking the dog

There will be a Dog Walk and Microchip Clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, to benefit homeless pets at the CSRA Humane Society Pet Center, 425 Wood St., Augusta. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Dogs must be at least 4 months old and current on vaccines.

Walkers can have their walk sponsored with donations to the shelter. The first 25 walkers who raise $50 in donations will get a T-shirt.

The Microchip Clinic will be held by appointment only, beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $25. To schedule an appointment, call the shelter at (706) 261-7387.

Lead on

Leadership Aiken County is accepting applications for 2008-09. Applications are available at North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Ave., or by calling Pamela Amendola at (803) 643-2258.

Leadership Aiken County meets each month to discuss issues, problems and opportunities facing Aiken County.

Fun at the library

There will be Karaoke Idol for young adults at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road in North Augusta. Magician Chad Crews will be at library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Call (803) 279-5767.

Farmers market

Edgefield Community Development Association is sponsoring a farmers market on Saturday mornings this summer. Village Markets will be held around the square from 8 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays.

Vegetables, eggs, plants, herbs and other home-grown fare will be available. If you have something you would like to sell, call Johanna Holmes at (803) 637-1981 or Sharon Nunamaker at (803) 637-3400.

Free HIV testing

Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and Hope Health will offer free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Roy Warner Memorial Park, South Carolina Highway 39, Wagener.

There will be free food and music at the event, and prizes will be given to everyone who is tested.

Call (803) 564-6149.