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Nathaniel Johnson, of Grovetown, takes a picture of his sons Aaron (right), 10, and Mekhi, 3, on a horse named Special while it is held by its owner, Aiken resident Sonny Ford. Mr. Ford is part of the Buffalo Soldiers group that gave a presentation at Augusta State University on Monday.



NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY FUNDRAISER: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the following IHOP locations: 2324 Washington Road; 4361 Washington Road, Evans; 180 Aiken Mall Drive, Aiken; enjoy a free short stack of pancakes in exchange for a donation to Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; (706) 721-9566

REBECCA McCLANAHAN READING: 8 p.m.; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; part of the James and Mary Oswald Distinguished Writer's Series; focus of her reading will be her collection of essays The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Prize in Nonfiction; (803) 641-3305


A YEAR OF JAZZ: ASU Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, 8 p.m.; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $5-$10 each; (706) 667-4100

FORT GORDON BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT: 1:30 p.m.; Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue; guest speaker is Dr. Rubye Braye; (706) 791-2014

COMEDY WITH KEN DAVIS: 7 p.m.; Warren Baptist Church; $10 adults, $5 students, $30 cap per family; (706) 863-2905, ext. 136,

NATIONAL BLACK HIV AWARENESS AND INFORMATION DAY: 6:30 p.m.; Holiday Inn, 2155 Gordon Highway; free; with J.L. King; refreshments; (706) 667-4342

LECTURE AND RECEPTION: 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. lecture; Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Lamar Boyhood Home, 415 Seventh St.; Eric Alberta will speak about toys in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries; held by Historic Augusta Inc.; $5 suggested donation appreciated; RSVP to (706) 724-0436



AIKEN COUNTY COUNCIL: Development Committee, 4 p.m.; Judicial and Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m.; Work session, 6 p.m.; Regular meeting, 7 p.m.; Aiken County Council building, 736 Richland Ave. W., Aiken

COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: 6 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

AUGUSTA COMMISSION: 2 p.m., eighth-floor commission chambers, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.


AUGUSTA HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION: 5:30 p.m., Room 802, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.


AIKEN CITY COUNCIL: 7 p.m. City of Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.


CITY OF AIKEN BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS: 5:30 p.m., City of Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.

COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION: 5:30 p.m., 4781 Hereford Farm Road. For information, call (706) 541-0650.