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YOUTH BASKETBALL: Jan. 26 through March 1, Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene, Clearwater; leagues for ages 4 through fourth grade; games will be played Saturday mornings; registration Monday; or (803) 474-2155

BOOK SIGNING: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Book Stall, 413 Hayne Ave., Aiken; local poet Laurel Blossom and her new book, Degrees of Latitude; (803) 644-0604

ROBERT BURNS NIGHT DINNER: 6 p.m. Saturday, Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Road, Aiken; dinner, Celtic harp music, vocalists, music by Savannah River Stringband and Scottish country dancing; $40 adult, $12.50 child; reservations required; no tickets sold at the door; tickets available at The Curiosity Shop, 202 Richland Ave., Laurens Street Antiques, 117 Laurens St., and Southside Gallery, 752 Silver Bluff Road, and by phone, (803) 649-4589

CAMELLIA SHOW: 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road; held by the Aiken Camellia Society; Lee Poe (803) 648-8249, Jim Dickson at (803) 279-9451


THE FADING OF THE GREY: 6-7 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. program, Saturday, Jan. 26, Shriner's Hall, Highway 1, Aiken; registration required; $25; (803) 593-5006 or

AIKEN COUNTY LANGUAGE ARTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; festival open to middle and high school pupils in public, private or home schools in Aiken and Edgefield counties; events include oral interpretation of published poetry, original poetry, dramatic monologue, storytelling and public speaking; pupils may enter two events; free; Keith Griffin (803) 641-3771,

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