An essential tremor support group meets at 3 p.m. in Cumberland Village assisted living facility, 3335 Wise Creek Lane at South Carolina Highway 118 Bypass and Highway 421. For more information about the meeting or the support group, call 648-5182, or 641-0393.
An organizational meeting for adult basketball leagues will be at Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road. Organizers for the Men's and Women's Church Leagues will meet at 6:30 p.m. The meeting for the Open League will be at 7:15. For more information, call Carlos Otero at 642-7651, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reform Party of Aiken County will meet at 7 p.m. at the Aiken County Council chambers on Richland Avenue. For more information, call Larry Murphy at 593-5068.
The Beech Island Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Historical Society office, 144 Old Jackson Highway, Beech Island. Guest speaker for the meeting will be Herman Boland, who will display and lecture on his models of outhouses throughout history. The meeting is free and open to the public.For more information, call Jackie Bartley at 827-0184.
The Aiken Prep Parents Association's 2000-2001 Lecture Series will begin at 7 p.m. at the Aiken Preparatory School gymnasium, 619 Barnwell Ave., with "At Risk: The Challenges Facing Parents and Students," presented by Dr. Fred Splittgerber. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call Aiken Prep at 648-3223.
The 2000 Aiken Jaycee County Fair runs until Sunday at the Aiken Jaycee Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 1. Entertainment includes Jim Bo the Clown, the Baboon Lagoon, the Wild West Follies and concerts by country star Joe Diffie on Friday night and Southern rockers .38 Special on Saturday night. Advance tickets are available by phone at (803) 278-4849, or via the Web at www.tixonline.com.
The Aiken County Historical Museum will reopen after a week closed for repairs. The museum will resume its regular hours. Its next exhibit, the 20th annual quilt show, will open Nov. 1.
The Aiken Center For the Arts plans its first "A Taste of Wine and Art" fund-raiser from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Augusta band Jazz-a-ma-Tazz and wines from Ben Arnold Sunbelt Beverage Co. will provide ambience for a silent auction and a display of works by local artists. Seventeen local restaurants will have sample tables at the event for tasting. Tickets cost $35, and are available at the center. For more information, call the Aiken Center for the Arts at 641-9094.
The Jacksonville Community Commission will sponsor the ninth annual Sweet Potato Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Community Park, Huber Clay Road, Langley. The festival will feature live entertainment all day, food and crafts vendors, Miss Sweet Potato and Little Miss Sweet Potato pageants, and of course, sweet potato pies. Leading the lineup of entertainers for this year are rhythm and blues singer Paul Evans, country singer Becky Wright and gospel musician Earline Frazier.
The Miss Harvest Festival 2000 Pageant will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridge Spring Civic Center. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship to the school of her choice. Groups begin at age 4 and continue into a Ms. category, ages 22 and older. Call (803) 808-3348 or (803) 685-5296.
The Aiken County chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will hold a viola sale to raise funds to benefit hospitalized Purple Heart veterans. Chapter members will have the violas for sale at the North Augusta and Aiken Wal-Marts and at the North Augusta Kmart. For more information, call chapter commander Marvin Buncher at 279-7035.