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THIS WEEK

BOARD MEETING: Aiken County First Steps Partnership; 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. W., Aiken; Marcia Nash (803) 643-3845

HEART WALK BOWLING TOURNAMENT: Held by Aiken Technical College; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Northside Bowling Lanes, North Augusta; public welcome to participate; five-player teams; $15 per person, includes two games and shoe rental; benefits American Heart Association; Katie Hallman (803) 593-9231 ext. 1271, hallman@atc.edu

AUGUSTA ROSE SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 105, Adult Building, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta; Paul Blankenship speaking on how to get the most out of your roses

AIKEN KITE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Perry Park, 720 Abbeville Ave., Aiken; demonstrations by Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts; kite-decorating contest, inflatables, food vendors and kite flying; (803) 642-7631

UPCOMING

WISH UPON A CAR BENEFIT CAR SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road; all makes and models; trophies for all classes; door prizes; registration required for cars; (803) 648-9804, wishuponacar@yahoo.com

RELAY FOR LIFE AIKEN GOLF CLASSIC: 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, Woodside Plantation, 1419 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken; proceeds go to American Cancer Society; $120 per person, includes play, lunch and hors d'oeuvres; (877)227-9398

TRICYCLE RACES: Held by Aiken Kiwanis Club; 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, Odell Weeks Recreation Center; registration begins 3:30 p.m., races begin around 4 p.m.; Deidre Martin (803) 641-3448

AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: May 8-10, Highfields, Gaston Road, Aiken; for times and tickets, call (803) 278-4849, www.tixonline.com


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