Originally created 12/31/06

Around the block



Horse paintings

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken, is holding a Larry Wheeler exhibit today. 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. today. Call (803) 642-7650.

Say cheese

The Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St., Aiken, will present an exhibit, My Favorite Horse Photography, from Wednesday to Jan. 31. People are invited to bring in framed 8-by-10-inch horse photos to be hung in the Ballroom at Banksia. The show is free. 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.

Bee camp banquet

The Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp 1575, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold its annual Lee/Jackson Banquet Saturday, Jan 13, at the Aiken Shrine Hall on U.S. Highway 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the banquet begins at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be retired Army Col. Robert Kerner. Additional entertainment will be provided by country and bluegrass musician Larry Lamb. Coat and tie are recommended but not required. The cost is $15 and advance reservations are required by Saturday, Jan. 6, for meal selection - steak or chicken. Tickets may be purchased by mailing your check and meal selection to: Eugene Barron, 11 Roslyn Circle, Aiken, SC 29803. Call 642-6433.

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.

Softball explosion

The Clearwater Explosion Softball team for girls 12 and younger is looking for players. Call Matt Fleming at (803) 634-0223.

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, the youngest member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. His District 90 includes Barnwell, Bamberg, and Orangeburg counties.

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

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.

Volunteers to go

The Aiken Area Council on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals in the Aiken, Graniteville, Gloverville, North Augusta and Wagener areas. Call (803) 648-5547.