Around the Block

'Wind' is blowing


Performances of the play Inherit the Wind will be at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for ages 60 and older, $12 for students and $6 for ages 11 and younger. For more information, call (803) 648-1438.

Lincoln at library

The national traveling exhibit Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, will be on display through Tuesday at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta.

The free exhibit explores Lincoln's principles and his legacy. Groups should schedule a visit in advance. Call the library at (803) 279-5767.

Literary session

The James and Mary Oswald Distinguished Writers Series, featuring writer Jill McCorkle, will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken.

The reading is free. For more information, call (803) 648-6851.

Country clubbing

The Town and Country Club of Aiken will meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Socializing begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m.

There will be a guest speaker from the National Audubon Society in Jackson. For more information, call (803) 642-5332.

Boating course

The Thurmond Lake Sail and Power Squadron will teach a basic boating course consisting of four Tuesday and Friday sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 and 27, and March 3, and noon to 3 p.m. March 6, at the McCormick Public Library, 201 Railroad Ave., McCormick.

The cost for materials and books is $25 a person or $30 a couple. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.

To sign up or for more information, call Bill O'Neill at (864) 391-2761 or Dave Kloppenburg at (864) 391-3795.

Historical talks

The Aiken County Historical Museum 2009 Lecture Series will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 17 at the museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken.

Cost for the series is $30 and includes a one-year membership to the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum.

Call (803) 642-2015.

Want money?

The City of Aiken State Accommodations Tax Committee is accepting funding requests for tourism-related projects that will take place July 1 through June 30, 2010.

State accommodation tax grants are available for qualifying nonprofit or government organizations. Interested organizations should contact the Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for a handbook and application. Applications are available at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, and online at

Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. Contact Lisa Hall at (803) 642-7650 or

Working for food

Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking donations of canned meats and vegetables and other nonperishable food items. Take donations to 13 Enterprise Ave., Aiken, or 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta.

The Aiken branch can be reached at (803) 648-0752. The Augusta office can be reached at (706) 736-1199.