Originally created 12/25/05

This week



'Tis the Season: 7 and 8 p.m. Monday and Friday; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students; children younger than 4 are not admitted; reservations are recommended; 641-3654

Christmas tree drop-off: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday, Jan. 8; drop-off 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; 642-7631

A BLACK-TIE NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday; Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, Aiken; hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served; the Charles Gatch Combo will perform; $150; proceeds benefit the Aiken Opera Society's Wonderful World of Opera; 215-6166

UPCOMING

Lee/Jackson banquet: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14; Langley Community Center, South Carolina Highway 421; Russell Darden will speak; doors open at 6 p.m.; $15; coat and tie recommended; 648-6072

auditions, The Canterbury Tales: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. Aiken; looking for at least 10 males and 10 females ages 12-18; 648-1438

Aiken Multiple Sclerosis Walk: 8 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. walk, Saturday, March 25; Aiken County Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.; (800) 477-2955

ONGOING

Stitches From the Heart: Seeking volunteers to knit, crochet blankets, sweaters and hats for children in the hospital; donations of yarn appreciated; (866) 472-6903