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Instagram competition


In honor of its 75th anniversary, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will present #GertrudeHerbert75, a competition and art exhibition generated by the photo-sharing application Instagram.

The public is invited to participate. Through Jan. 4, participants are invited to capture images that highlight the architecture of Ware’s Folly and its gardens, classes, contemporary art or any other aspect of the institute that inspires them. The competition will culminate in a juried exhibition of 75 prints, each taken using Instagram, that will be on display Jan. 11-31 in the third-floor galleries.

The prints will be available for purchase via silent auction during the anniversary celebration events.

To participate, follow @gertrudeherbert on Instagram. Now through Jan. 4, capture images of Gertrude Herbert, filter the image and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #GertrudeHerbert75. Participants may also geotag the photo’s location to Gertrue Herbert Institute of Art. For more information, call the institute at (706) 722-5495.

Ladies auxiliary

The Aiken Unit 2005 Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart is seeking new members in the Aiken and surrounding areas.

Anyone intersted in assisting the chapters and departments of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is invited to attend an informational meeting in January.

Membership is limited to mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, stepdaughters, adopted daughters and direct lineal female descendents of persons awarded the Purple Heart by the Armed Services of the United States, and to women who have served in the Armed Services and have received the Purple Heart.

For more information, call chapter president Mary Jane Hamilton at (803) 643-3075.

Taking donations

When Help Can’t Wait will be open Dec. 26-27 to accept year-end donations.

Tax-deductible receipts will be given for 2012 to accommodate donors who still want to make the tax deadline.

When Help Can’t Wait enriches the lives of nursing home residents by providing them with comfort or convenience items that are often not provided by residential facilities.

Donations accepted include clean clothing and yard sale items. The organization also accepts small radios and cable-ready televisions in working condition, costume jewelry, lotions, paperback books, small stuffed animals, and socks.

Bring donations to the When Help Can’t Wait office, 3822 Commerical Court, Suite D.

For more information, call (706) 855-0715 or go to

Open house

The Harrisburg/West End Neighborhood Association will hold a holiday open house Dec. 20. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 63 on Milledge Road.

Festive dress is encouraged. Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit the Harrisburg/West End Neighborhood Association.

Family Night

The Kroc Center will present Family Night at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Families will build gingerbread houses together. Cost is $10 per family of four. Visit



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