The Aiken Adult Horticulture Class meets at 7 p.m. Mondays, except for holidays, in the horticulture classroom of Aiken High School, 449 Rutland Drive, Aiken.
The classes offer hands-on training on growing and propagating plants. Annual dues are $60, which will cover the cost of materials.
For more information, call Winona Specht at (803) 649-2169.
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The Ford Trucks Equestrian America Balloon Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at the Aiken Polo Club fields on Powderhouse Road, Aiken.
The festival will include hot-air balloons, an equestrian trade fair and junior equestrian exhibitions.
The price of admission is a donation to the families of servicemen and women of Fort Gordon.
For more information, call (706) 791-6779 or visit www.poloamerica.com.
Libraries in the Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield Regional Library System will be closed today and Monday for the Labor Day weekend.
The 32nd annual Aiken's Makin' festival will be Friday and Saturday in downtown Aiken. The festival includes local and regional arts, crafts, food vendors and family entertainment.
For more information, call (803) 641-1111.
Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking donations of canned meats and vegetables and other nonperishable food items. Take donations to 13 Enterprise Ave., Aiken, or 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta.
The Aiken branch can be reached at (803) 648-0752. The Augusta office can be reached at (706) 736-1199.
The following cooling centers are open free of charge:
- 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. Call (803) 642-7631.
- 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, Kershaw Street, Aiken. Call (803) 642-7634.
- 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and various times Saturdays and Sundays, Citizens Park II, 651 Old Airport Road. Call (803) 642-7761.
The Augusta Chronicle is accepting nominations for Community Counts Youth of the Month. This award recognizes students of good academic standing who possess special talents in the arts, athletics or other areas. Youths who volunteer in their school, church or community also are worthy of nomination.
The child selected as Youth of the Month will be highlighted in an article in The Augusta Chronicle . A banquet will be held next summer to honor all 12 recipients of the award and their family members.
Nominees must be ages 8 to 18 and residents of the Aiken-Augusta area at the time of entry. Nomination forms are available online at augustachronicle.com/communitycounts.
For more information, call (706) 823-3223 or e-mail sarah.owen@augusta chronicle.com.
The Edgefield Community Development Association is sponsoring a farmers market on Saturday mornings. Village Markets will be held around the square from 8 a.m. to noon on first and third Saturdays.
If you have something to sell, call Johanna Holmes at (803) 637-1981 or Sharon Nunamaker at (803) 637-3400.