Arts center event will have a little something for everyone

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The third annual Aiken Arts Alive is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

"This will open up the arts center to everyone," said Kristin Brown, the executive director, who expects between 500 and 600 people to come through the doors between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.

The event will feature live performances and other arts activities.

Aiken Arts Alive has a Beach Bash theme. The Magical Fires of Polynesia will bring the sights and sounds of the Pacific islands, and Lo Down Brown, an Aiken band, will play beach music. The Carolina Strings, Aiken Singers and Aiken Civic Ballet also will entertain.

Other activities will include creating a beach mural, silly surfing photography, face painting and caricatures.

"This is our outreach to the community," Ms. Brown said. "We will also provide information on the upcoming classes that are available."

Aiken Arts Alive will serve as the opening reception for the Ron Krenta exhibition, the South Carolina Watermedia traveling exhibition and Aiken Center for the Arts' summer camps.

Guests include Calhoun Raccoon, from the South Carolina Natural Heritage Corridor, and Big Cheese and Sandi the Balloon Lady, who will make balloon figures.

Representatives from Aiken's Department of Public Safety will present a drug dog demonstration.

Aiken Arts Alive is free.

For more information, call (803) 641-9094.


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