Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING: The Richmond County Retired Educators Association will hold its general meeting at noon at the Ramada Inn Plaza Hotel, 340 Broad St. The meeting will include a memorial service, fashion show by Dillard's and installation of officers. The luncheon fee is $10. For more information, call 278-3208.
ETHICS FORUM: The Rotary Club of Aiken Sunrise, the City of Aiken Character First Initiative, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Business Administration will hold an ethics forum from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Municipal Conference Center on Park Avenue in Aiken. The forum will focus on the importance of fair business practices. The meeting is free. For more information, call 648-8087.
BLACK TIE GALA: 100 Black Men of Augusta Inc. annual Black Tie Gala, An Evening of Elegance, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Club Ballroom at Fort Gordon. The event will honor The Sounds Unlimited Band's 10th anniversary. Additional honorees include Reps. Henry Howard, Charles Walker and Quincey Murphy. Tickets cost $65 per person and are available at Pyramid Music. For more information, call 724-5994.
GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hephzibah Lions Club will hold its seventh annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. at Pointe South Golf Club, 4324 Peach Orchard Road. There will be a hole-in-one contest on the sixth hole for a 2005 Buick LaCrosse or $25,000. The entry fee is $45. For more information, call 592-2982.
Today in regional history:
MAY 11, 1998
NORTH AUGUSTA - They were exuberant with praise, and there was no sign of despair. It was the same Old Piney Grove Baptist Church congregation that had gathered Friday beside the ruins of its original church to pray and then had begun the heartbreaking job of cleaning up debris. On Sunday in the North Augusta High School auditorium, the congregation was singing and testifying of the love of God in celebration of the church's 126-year anniversary. Old Piney Grove Baptist Church, in the Merriwether section of Edgefield County, S.C., was in the path of a string of tornadoes that touched down in several counties along the Georgia-South Carolina line Thursday night. Its historic original building, used for Christian education and as a family life center, was destroyed, and the roof of the current sanctuary built in 1976 was severely damaged. The disaster, however, did not deter this congregation."I woke up this morning, praising Jesus," said Doris Garrett, mistress of ceremonies. "Come, let us worship the Lord and give him the praise."