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File photo of a past SpringFest art exhibit.

The Augusta Genealogical Society will hold its annual symposium and workshop Aug. 9 and 10 at First Baptist Church Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Ext., Augusta. Workshops on Tax Roll Strategies and Local Land Records will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and will cover "Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online"; "Follow: What Can be Learned Offline About a Case Solved Online"; "Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogy Brick Walls"; and "Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion." Symposium admission is $50-$55 for members and $55-$60 for non-members and includes snacks, lunch, syllabus and lectures. Workshop admission is $35-$45 for members and $40-$50 for non-members.

The Aiken Newcomers’ Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. There is no program during the summer meetings. The Community Service Committee will be collecting donations for Christ Central Ministries to provide school supplies. The cost for the luncheon is $15. The club is open to all women in the Aiken area regardless of how long they have lived in the area. To make a reservation or cancel a reservation, call Karen Carmen at 757-593-9013 or email Reservations or cancellations are due by noon on Aug. 8.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Berry Benson Camp in North Augusta will be having its monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Acacia Masonic Lodge off Brookside Drive at 7 p.m. Author Tom Poland will be the speaker.

The Belvedere Fire District Commissioners will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Belvedere Fire Department located at 204 Hampton Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.

George and Martha Washington will be hosts of a high tea party at Horns Creek Church museum, located at 475 Old Stage Road in Edgefield, on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. The event is $30 and attendees can RSVP at 803-637-2233. Dress as a person of that era or wear your Sunday best. There will be an elaborate five-course repast with delicious, original Mt. Vernon tea and much more.

The Aiken County Republican Party meets the second Thursday of each month at the Aiken County Historical Museum-Banksia, 433 Newberry Street, SW in Aiken. A social begins at 6:30 p.m. while the Party Executive Committee conducts a business meeting separately. At 7 p.m. the Monthly Party meeting is held including formal speakers. All members and prospective members are invited. For more information or an agenda please contact the chairman at

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1002 Carolina Avenue, in North Augusta. PAL is a faith-based group open to anyone who has a loved one with addictions. For more information, contact Jeff at 706-260-8791 or email or contact Pam at