Originally created 12/25/05

Around the block



Christmas services

- A Christmas service will begin at 9 a.m. today at Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 590 Hemlock Drive, North Augusta. Call 279-1493.

- Mount Transfiguration Baptist Church will hold its Christmas service at 10:45 a.m. today at the church, 350 Blanchard Road, North Augusta. Call 278-4051.

- Grace Brethren Church of Aiken will hold its Christmas service at 10 a.m. today at the church, 144 Talatha Church Road. The service will include a sermon in song and a cantata. For more information, call 649-3967.

Art exhibitions

Exhibitions by Carol Sue Roberts and Dorothy Johnson will continue through December at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The exhibitions are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 641-9094.

Hopelands lights

Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. through Tuesday at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken. See more than 75,000 lights on this walk-through event that features self-guided tours of Rye Patch, the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and The Doll House. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies will be served nightly. The event is free, though donations are appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and all visitors should ride the shuttle from either the parking lot of the Goodwill Shopping Center, 1400 Whiskey Road, or from the former Winn-Dixie, 1048 York St. N.E. The event will be closed today. Call 642-7631.

Planetarium show

The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. Monday and Friday at the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Children younger than 4 will not be admitted. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Tree drop-offs

Christmas trees can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday, Jan. 8, at the following locations: H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw Place, Aiken; and Citizen Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road, Aiken. For more information, call 642-7631.

New Year's party

A black-tie New Year's Eve celebration will be held from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, Aiken. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served, and the Charles Gatch Combo will perform. The cost is $150 per person and $300 for couples. Proceeds benefit the Aiken Opera Society's Wonderful World of Opera. For more information, call 215-6166.

First Tuesday

First Presbyterian Church in Aiken will hold its First Tuesday Fellowship at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the church, 224 Barnwell Ave. N.W. Anne Campbell will talk about the role religion has played in her life in horse racing. The lunch and program cost $4.50. No reservations are required. Call 648-2662.

Holocaust talk

The Town and Country Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. The guest speaker will be Judith Evans, a Holocaust survivor. Refreshments will be served at the event , which is free. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Call 649-9166.