Originally created 12/24/06

Around the block



See the lights

Christmas in Hopelands will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Hopelands Gardens on Whiskey Road at Dupree Place. The event features about 100,000 lights in displays. With no public parking available at the gardens, except for handicap, shuttle service is available with pickup and drop-off at the Goodwill parking lot, 1400 Whiskey Road (from 6-8:30 p.m.) and the Winn-Dixie, 1048 York Street N.E. (pickups at 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.). The event is free. Call (803) 642-7631.

Big-band sound

The Dick Goodwin Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Tickets are $30. Call (803) 644-8837.

Horse paintings

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken, is holding a Larry Wheeler exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 31. Mr. Wheeler is known for his paintings of horses and the people who breed, train, show and ride them.

Items in the show will be available for purchase and a portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the racing museum. The museum is open from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Call (803) 642-7650.

Say cheese

The Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St., Aiken, will present an exhibit, My Favorite Horse Photography, from Jan. 3-31. The public is invited to bring in a framed 8-by-10-inch horse photo that is ready to be hung to show in the Ballroom at Banksia. The show is free and the museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call (803) 642-2015.

Theater shows

The University of South Carolina Aiken's University Theatre Productions will present a 10-Minute Play Festival at 8 p.m. Jan. 25-27 and 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 28; and The Robber Bridegroom at 8 p.m. April 26-28 and 30 and 3 p.m. April 29 at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets for each staged production are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 students. Call (803) 641-3305.

Outdoor shopping

A Sportsman's Swap Meet will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Sutton Marine, 914 Park Ave., Aiken. Boats, fishing equipment, guns, collectibles and educational seminars will be some of the featured attractions.

Noncommercial vendors are welcome. Tables are $10, or bring your own at no charge. Registration for commercial vendors is $50. The registration deadline is Saturday, Jan. 6. Entrance is free. Call (803) 648-6141.

King celebration

The University of South Carolina Aiken will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Student Activities Center. The celebration, sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Programs at USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College, is free. This year's theme is a quote by Dr. King, "The time is always right to do what is right."

The featured speaker will be Bakari Sellers, who is the youngest member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Rep. Sellers' District 90 includes Barnwell, Bamberg, and Orangeburg counties.

A reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres will be held after the program.

Volunteers to go

The Aiken Area Council on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals in the Aiken, Graniteville, Gloverville, North Augusta and Wagener areas. Meals can be picked up between 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Call (803) 648-5547.